The quality of my service is fom my experience as a teacher in a broad spectrum of venues; as Professor of Photography, College of Design Graduate program at North Carolina State University, a Digital Photography Instructor at Meredith College, and a Visiting Professor of Digital Photography at Elon University and Alamance Community College Design department.
I have 18 years of experience teaching, leading and achieving success with students at Durham Public Schools, and presently in Wake County. I am a forward thinking leader for my students, with a high level of energy and innovation. I’ve gained recognition for out of the box thinking, an ability to adapt to new concepts and environments quickly, and have a passionate commitment to creative growth and excellence.
My years of experience is what make my teaching stand out. I enjoy the process of explaining and showing my students something new, and even more when they have an ah ha! moment. My reward is in learning something new when explaining and discussing photography, the history, aesthetic considerations and contemporary technology and software. Within this context I focus on what my student's needs are, how to incorporate their artistic proficiencies with technique and follow through with editing solutions.
She is very knowledgeable and tries to meet the student where they are at and tailors her teaching to the student’s needs. She is very personable.
Paula has been teaching my 12 year old son about photography, and basic photo editing software. She has really captured his interest and tailors her approach to his creative talents . She is very patient, encouraging and listens well, and we've really enjoyed meeting with her. She is always on time and is a great communicator, sending us reminder emails during the week.
Goid instructor She listens She customizes her lessons to each individual”s needs
She taught me to develop film, learn photography and appreciate pictures in a way I never knew was possible.
I begin by asking a variety of questions; how familiar they are with photography technique and subject matter, camera operation and digital editing. I would ask to see some examples of work. I would also ssk if they have a specific goal, media preference, if their lessons are artistically, project or deadline driven, or all of the above.
BFA inphotography Goddard College
Art Institute of Boston
MFA in photography Pratt Institute
My hourly tutoring rate is $50.00 per hour for basic photography and $75.00 for digital editing in Photoshop. The hour includes 55 minutes of tutoring and 5 minutes to check in on your progress and our scheduling. I am not able to stay longer than 60 minutes unless otherwide arranged. During the quarantine, I will be inquiring potential students about learning groups, which would max-out at four students. The student(s) agrees to pay the tutoring fee with an advance deposit, or in full at the beginning of the tutoring session. If you would like to pay me fee in advance, you may write a check to: Paula Siwek or via Paypal or Venmo.
I earned my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. My teaching career began two years later at North Carolina State University. I have been teaching photography ever since.
I have worked with students ranging from pre-teen and high school ages to college and post-college age adult learners. I have experience teaching in the county school district, in private schools and universities, in an online format, and as a private tutor.
One recent moment I am fond of would be when a student was awarded 1st place in the esteemed Congressional Art award for central North Carolina.
I would advice a student looking for a tutor to make sure you are open to new adeas, suggestions and possibilities.
Have some examples of your favorite photos to share. Think about why they are your favorites and be open to talk about it. Photography offers a multitude of aesthetic and technical possibilites. The question could be as simple as "how do I do this", regarding a technique or subject matter, if you have some work to illustrate!