MOREthanWIRE

MOREthanWIRE

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1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I've been making art for 20 years. I showed immense talent for rendering at 11 years old and now I can work with any medium.  But more importantly, I LOVE the process! Which means I love making even more than I love the finished product.  I see beauty in mistakes and find honor in fixing them. This intention comes across in my life and in the work I encourage others to make.  

Check out more of my work and a full artist statement and resume at www.morethanwire.com

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Florissant, MO 63034
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Depending on the medium we are working with the start up process will be a little different. For sculpture I can to start out with basic materials such as mat board and wire, and then learning how to combine them into one piece. Moving on from there to conceptualize your own ideas into three dimensional form. For drawing and painting I will typically start out with a sketchbook and various exercises that range from observational drawing to experimental sketching to explore individual mark making. It's been my experience that drawing from observation is key to learn technical skill, but experimenting freely is how an artist develops their own personal style.


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

I have been a crafter my whole life, ranging from beadwork and wire wrapping to hot glue and popsicle sticks. Recently I returned to finish my bachelors of fine arts, where I emphasized in metalsmithing. My work is largely mixed media so I enjoy working with a variety of materials and processes. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Again this varies depending on medium and the necessary studio time to make progress, but I typically charge by the hour and a studio class is most effective in 2 or 3 hour segments. 


How did you get started teaching?

Crafts class. My first experience teaching was at Lohmeier sculpture park where I assisted a few other artists in teaching kids crafts.  Again with crafts it's largely focus on multiple mediums and a free flowing approach to techniques, which encourages freedom of expression over finely rendered skills. I have also taught several friends how to wire wrap, and get started painting with acrylics.


What types of students have you worked with?

Kids, teenagers, and adults from all different skill sets. I've worked with people who've never touched A paintbrush to people who regularly paint.  


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love community art events, be it fairs or art shows. I love talking about art, so much so that my enthusiasm can be a little overwhelming. I won't lie, I think it bothers some people. LOL! 


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

Without being too picky, I would say it's best to learn from someone who isn't locked into one style of painting, or sculpture, etc. This allows them to be more Open to different approaches in making and therefore your feedback will be less biased.


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

Time, budget, materials. What do you want to make? How long do you have to make it or is this going to be a lifelong endeavor of learning and expression? What materials would you like to work with or experiment with? And it's always wise to consult your budget, because skill is worth paying for and knowledge even more so. 


Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Craft Classes Drawing Lessons Sculpting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons