Edward Smith

Edward Smith


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My name is Edward Smith, I've been creating art since age five. I studied commercial art in high school and at Kendall School of art and design (KSD) as it waas called back then.  Although I major it illustration, I've always been a self painter, with the help of books and viewing other works.  I've competed in art shows, and have put together my own shows in the west Michign area.  I have several web sites where my work can be seen and is for sale.  I've taught in many art classes since 11th grade.  I worked with home schoolers, families, and groups.  I like to think that I can not only teach a person to paint, but to be knowledgable of the process and the steps necessary to becoming a successful painter one who's work is worthy of recognition. Some of my work can be found here... https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/2-edward-smith.html

I enjoy the creative process, to watch a painting evolve.  We all know what we want in a painting, but we also know there will be unexpected surprises as we continue to paint.  I enjoy painting portraits and still lifes and most recently I have my own unique set of paintings that I think define me most of all, that I enjoy.   Some of my work can be found here...                                                 https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/2-edward-smith.html

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Grand Ledge, MI 48837
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first like to see where the student is at drawing, since the drawing will play the most important role in the success of the painting.  Then I talk about light and shadow and from there we begin to add color.  Color to the object in the painting while accessing light and dark areas in order to develope a 3D look.  Three steps, Step 1 subject drawing, Step 2 Light and Dark, Step 3 Color and color theory.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm a self taught painter and have been since high school. My formal education  is in commercial illustration.  I've taught in classrooms since I was in the 11th. grade, and in homes as well.

How did you get started teaching?

I was working part time after school and one of the teachers had seen my art and ask me if I would teach color theory to his third and fourth graders, and that's how I got started...

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students age 5 to 95, some had disablities some didn't, some were were wealthy some were poor, some lacked artistic skills, some had great artistic skills, I never turned anyone who wanted to practice art away.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I guess that would have to have been creating my own one man art show from the ground up.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for some one you feel relaxed with, if your uncomfortable you wont be able to focus and nerves will ruin your painting.  Some one who has good people skills, can communicate and is down to earth.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What exactly they want to learn.

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Acrylic Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons