I take each student as an idividual and find out what they would like to learn. Then step by step I share with them hands on ways for them to get there. I help them apply the basics to their work, teach composition, mood, values and how to create a piece of art they will be proud of. I'm a self taught artist and have been teaching for 25 years. I also have gained as much pleasure from teaching as I do when creating my own work! I Primarily teach in NC, but also in TX, TN and FL. I am also willing to travel to teach workshops for groups in other areas. My own work which varies in subject, has recieved numerous awards in National as well as International exhibits. I also enjoy painting portraits of people and pets for clients.
I love to see that spark in the eyes of a student when things click in and they "get it"!
I enjoy meeting new people and making long term friendships with ongoing students.
Sharing what I've learned, sometimes the hard way, with others and helping them to avoid those same mistakes!
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It depends on where they are in their artistic endeavors.
Are they just wanting to be hobbyist and enjoy a nice distraction for their own pleasure or are they serious students who want to eventually create art for a living?
I take each student as individuals work to help them reach the next level. I enjoy working with beginners tgrough advanced students.
It also depends on what they want to learn work in as I teach most 2 dimensional mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, pen and ink, pastels, colored pencil, scratchboard and alcohol inks.
I am am mostly a self taught artist. I do take workshops myself too, as I love the learning process. I started teaching children 25 years ago and then adults started asking if I'd do adult classes a year later. Having taught hundreds of students through the years I'm proud to say I've not had a failure yet! Some have told me they'd prove me wrong, but they haven't yet! I teach locally in Asheville, Old Fort and Black Mountain NC as well as travel to teach each year in West Jefferson NC, Lake Toxaway NC, Texas, Naples FL and other areas.
As I am an independent instructor the price varies as to location, length of series, ongoing, 2 hour or 3 hour weekly or 1 to 5 day workshops. Also coming into play is if supplies are included or students bring their own plus cost of supplies of I'm furnishing them. I'd be happy to give a FREE quote when I know what they are interested in.
Strange but true! I had been dabbling with oil paints for a couple of years in my spare time. I got rear ended and had whiplash, strained and sprained muscles in various areas. I was working for a county office sitting all day doing office work but wasn't getting much better. The Dr. Said that I couldn't sit very long, lift over 5 pounds, stand very long etc or I wouldn't get better. I told him what did he expect me to do. I was single at the time and had to work. He told me, "I've seen some of your artwork, why don't you teach", which scared me to death. But after thinking about it, I tjought, well I know more than kids do and started with 4 little boys in the garage! Then taught kids at a local art center which kept expanding. Within a year I had 3 children's classes and 4 adult classes that I was teaching each week! This gave me at age 52, a whole new direction and passion for my life and I've never been happier! A HAPPY ACCIDENT....
Students aged 5 to 95! Begginers through advanced as well as those with physical or mental challenges.
Of course selling ones own work is always exciting. To think someone appreciates what you do enough to part with their hard earned money. And winning awards or getting commissions is very satisfying. But recently one of my students began teaching and that was an awesome feeling!
Also recently a couple of my students received awards for pieces they entered into a show that was higher than my award! Love it...
If it's a beginner, I would say "Find an instructor whose work and style you like that has experience working with beginners. Don't get into a class tgat is over your head as you might get duscouraged before you get started".
For someone with experience, is say "Talk with several instructors and explain what your goals are. Let them tell you how they think they can help you reach your goals."
What medium do they want to learn?
Do they want to attend a weekly class or occasional workshop?
What subjects do they enjoy looking at or taking photos of? What subjects are they drawn to?
How far would they be willing to travel for classes.