I am a professional practicing artist and a teaching artist. I am trained as an architect.
I loved working on composition both with still life and color, amd getting to use different mediums. The lessons were clear and structured but there was always room for the students' ideas and creativity.
Courtney gave private art lessons to my two sons. Not only is she an extremely talented artist (we have her paintings all over our house), she is a caring and enthusiastic teacher who always thought of different projects and varied media for them to learn from. Every lesson was magic, and we have saved most of their work from their time with her. Her influence is still felt in our home today, as they mix art with their advanced high school studies! She is fabulous!
I like that Courtney took the time to make working with her fun, always open to help and to tell amazing stories. She has a great sense of humor and isn't afraid to show it. Even after working with Courtney she has kept in touch, being a great mentor and friend.
I like new students to tell me about themselves and their interests. I love to see examples of their previous work, if applicable, so I can design a course of action to work with them. I am very open and encouraging. 'No drawing is a bad drawing.'
I have been teaching for over 20 years at the University and college level. I have recently starting teaching with groups of seniors in my community. I have also taught private lessons in my studio for ages 8 and above. Most of my students are very interested and accomplished in art but I am also open to students new to art.
I have a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where I also studied painting. My professional work blurs the boundaries of Art and Architecture. I teach in multiple areas: drawing, painting (watercolor and oil), collage and mixed media, color theory, design, architecture, and digital media.
I normally charge $150 for 4 small group lessons. (each lesson is 1 3/4 hours) Small group private lessons range from 4-6 students. Ages 8-54
I charge $75 per hour for senior classes. Students ages 55+ These are normally funded by the State Arts Board.
I charge $100 for private college portfolio consultation. These lessons/meetings last for 1- 1 1/2 hours.
Lessons for groups of 1-3 students are negotiable.
I have always enjoyed teaching and love to see my students succeed. I have been teaching as a 'Graduate Teaching Fellow' since I was in graduate school at Yale University. I taught architecture design, drawing, History of Art I and II, and History of Modern Architecture to Yale undergraduate students.
I enjoy teaching students from age 8 and up.
I loved helping a recent class of students in Edina present their collage work to their community, family and friends.
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