Kent Godsil_Fine Arts Educator // Drawing, Painting, & Photography

Kent Godsil_Fine Arts Educator // Drawing, Painting, & Photography

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About this pro

I am an ardent fine arts educator and established artist based in New York City. My private practice with students cultivates an extraordinary technical proficiency in drawing, painting, and photography that is founded upon an extensive knowledge in art history, applicable philosophies of aesthetics, and emerging theories and practices in contemporary art.

I strongly believe there is a fundamental dialogue underlying successful programs of private study that is itself an art form, magnificently reflecting the student's growth and deeper exploration of his/her creative potential. In addition to holding a professorial record, I have extensive experience in conducting portfolio reviews for college preparation and have delivered multiple workshops and lectures on fine art. Studio visits and critiques may also be scheduled upon request. I also have a strong academic background in creative writing, literature, and poetry that I also offer services in upon request.

I received my BFA (drawing concentration) from Maryland Institute and College of Art, summa cum laude. I subsequently earned my MFA (mixed media concentration) from the University of Pennsylvania. I was awarded MICA's Presidential Scholarship, the Thomas Sangiamo Award in Drawing, the Lucile Hecht Memorial Scholarship, two departmental awards of recognition in drawing, and functioned as a “Departmental Leader” for two consecutive years. I also received the Fine Art Chair's Scholarship at UPenn. My large format drawings in charcoal (featured here) have been published in American Artist: Drawing.

I have a genuine enthusiasm for teaching that parallels my passion for the arts. I will commute to any of the five boroughs in New York City. Serious inquiries only, please.

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The private curriculum I passionately establish with each student is entirely customized around his/her technical and conceptual ambitions as an artist, regardless of background or experience. I have a genuine enthusiasm for teaching that parallels my passion for the arts. I am profoundly grateful for the conversations that are central to my sessions- for the exchange of ideas that shape the ongoing professional relationships I share with my students. Most things pale in comparison to the joy of watching each student's unique creative journey!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I typically begin by discussing the goals and applicable fields of study that best suit the student. Based on that initial evaluation, I will develop a customized syllabus or "ongoing program" that encompasses the area(s) of study in an effort to maximize the student's artistic and creative potential. For some students, this syllabus or approach may be more flexible based on his/her respective interests at large. Other students, however, may want a more "intensive" or structured style. Although my lessons are typically scheduled at least once per week, I am readily available via email and phone to discuss progress with respect to the assigned academic and conceptual exercises/readings.


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

I received my BFA (drawing concentration) from Maryland Institute and College of Art, summa cum laude. I subsequently earned my MFA (mixed media concentration) from the University of Pennsylvania. I was awarded MICA's Presidential Scholarship, the Thomas Sangiamo Award in Drawing, the Lucile Hecht Memorial Scholarship, two departmental awards of recognition in drawing, and functioned as a “Departmental Leader” for two consecutive years. I also received the Fine Art Chair's Scholarship at UPenn. My large format drawings in charcoal (featured here) have been published in American Artist: Drawing.


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

I must note that I have a preference of working with students who share an interest in holding at least one private session per week, so that the fundamentals that are explored may be reinforced. I typically charge $56-$72 per hour (based on circumstances and nature of study), which includes email critiques of works in progress and text or phone calls as needed to address questions and/or concerns. I will charge $120 for a two hour session.


How did you get started teaching?

I have professorial experience in various fine art subjects, from drawing to digital photography. After conducting workshops on my own studio practice and lecturing on contemporary art theory and practices, however, I soon discovered that the most rewarding aspect of these educational experiences were the personal relationships that formed the foundation for a creative exchange of ideas. In working individually with a student, I embrace this dynamic as an intrinsic aspect of my approach that not only engages the student in an effort to expand his/her technical acumen, but also expand that individual's underlying conceptual framework. I have worked with students of all ages with varying degrees of experience.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages and with various degrees of experience!


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently conducted a painting workshop to a group of 28 individuals in Harlem, NYC, with notable differences regarding their art backgrounds. My approach was oriented to the individual's questions or point of concerns, yet fluid with respect to the participants as a whole; I feel this allowed for an open-minded and engaging experience where cooperation and communication harmonized to create a rich and rewarding educational experience at large.  


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

Ask questions! What are your goals as an artist and what do you hope to accomplish? In what ways are you aspiring to not only advance your technique, but also expand your creative outlook and individuality as an artist? I strongly encourage and invite such questions as a point of departure with respect to study, and how I personally can be of service. 

First and foremost, I believe a student should have confidence that the person with whom they are studying is well qualified in the individual's respective area(s) of interest. Once that is established, however, the student should question what his/her overarching goals are artistically. I personally believe that the most rewarding teaching experiences are those in which a student may feel safe to explore the "questions within", and how doing so may formally and conceptually challenge the potential of the work.


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

What is it that I am expressing or hope to express with respect to my individuality or my "subjective" experience of the world around me? This loosely forms the basis of "content". What informed or “sensible” risks am I willing to make both technically and conceptually to expand my artistic perspective(s)? This yields a certain experimentation with respect to “form”, elegantly thought of as the most succinct articulation of “content”. And how willing or committed am I to expand and maintain the skills necessary to develop an artistic voice that is authentic and genuine?


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