Laura Wass Designs
Welcome Artists! My name is Laura.
I have been an artist since I was old enough to hold a paint brush and have been teaching Art for 14 years.
I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art Education from Wayne State University and have exhibited my art in shows throughout Southeast Michigan.
I can teach any medium but I am most comfortable painting with acrylics.
Feel free to contact me so we may discuss how my experience may benefit you and your artistic endeavors.
I enjoy doing custom work for others. Seeing their vision come to life creates a feeling of accomplishment for me. It has always been a part of my personality to help others. What better way to do that than thru the arts? Art speaks when words cannot.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
It's important to understand what each student is hoping to get out of our time together. What are you looking to accomplish? What brought you here? Do you have any previous experience? What are your interests?
Once we know what we are looking to accomplish we can then tackle the materials and their uses and discover which ones are more suited for the student and their intentions.
Some students will require (or at least feel more comfortable with) a step-by-step approach whereas others may be ready to go on their own with minimal instruction. Everyone is different. I find that a gradual release of responsibilty works for most: I demonstrate, we try it together, you try it on your own.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BFA and M.Ed from Wayne State University. I have been teaching Art (Elementary thru Adults) for 14 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I don't have a standard pricing system. Having taught in schools for several years, I know how to tackle a lesson with time limits so we will get a lot accomplished. You will not feel like I have wasted your time.
How did you get started teaching?
I’ve always known I would be a teacher. I was even a teaching assistant while in college earning my degree to become a teacher. I traveled extensively for a few years after high school, taking in all the art and culture I could that our 50 states had to offer. In college we read some books and wrote some papers and that's fine. It expanded my mind and looks good on a resume. But I feel that my life experience greatly added to my drive and passion to be someone who loves to share what they know.
What types of students have you worked with?
I’ve worked with ages 3-adult. I have taught Art, grades K-8 for 12 years and Digital Photography for Adults for one year. I currently teach Art, grades pre -k thru 8 at a private school in Iakland Twp. and painting classes, ages 7-adult at Painting With a Twist on the weekends.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I recently went to Traverse City with my sister. We go up a few times a year to see our family. We make it a tradition to go the first weekend in March as it is the annual Suds and Snow event at Timber Ridge. it's a fun time with tons of great local eats and drinks. The best part of this "party in the woods", besides being there with family, is seeing how creative people can get with their costumes. Every year has a different theme and this year's was "Hawaiian Luau". Thank goodness it was 43° and Sunny that day!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Teaching requires a certain amount of patience and a sincere love of education. It is vital that your teacher be specialized in the subject matter at hand.
A teacher should not only know the subject but also be able to motivate and inspire you.
A good teacher cares about your growth and progress. It is not just about the outcome but also the process getting there.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What do I already know?
What do I want/hope to learn?