I am particularly passionate about the critical need for strong traditional skills of drawing to set a solid foundation for artmaking in any and all media. Drawing realistically from observation, understanding the properties of light, value, form, space, depth, texture and perspective, as well as fully integrating core design and composition principles is absolutely essential to the development of the artist.
My absolute favorite thing is when a student "gets" it - that "AH-HA" moment! Brings tears to my eyes every time!!!
Usually what is needed (and often sorely lacking in most arts education and training) is a good explanation of technique and principles, a clear and straightforward demonstration, and then guidance and some assistance in the execution of a skill - coupled with the student's passion and desire to learn and dedication to the necessary practice of course - to have a true breakthrough which paves the way for satisfying and fullfilling artistic development.
Many years ago I was made aware about just how important a strong fine arts foundation is for any aspiring production artist. From understanding gesture and anatomy to recognizing how light plays on any form, Nina was instrumental in opening my eyes to understanding and developing these fundamentals. She is the most fundamentally rooted fine artist that I know and has a keen eye when it comes to drawing and painting from life. Not to mention she is a natural born instructor. In one of my versions of Utopia I would spend the rest of my days as an evolving artist under Nina's tutelage. Without question you can expect to be pushed to your limits, resulting in progressive artistic growth, from her mentoring.
I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2016 for a time and I had to drop it due to my work. I have gotten to know Professor Stanley over the last few years. I don't get to attend all of her sessions on Picarto TV and You Tube due to work, but every chance I can I jump in. She has been the most Inspirational Fine Artist I have ever known. For me she has become a "Mentor" of the Fine Arts. Her ability to keep her Students wanting more by treating them more as family and friends makes it easy to " Want to Learn More" She deserves more than "5 Stars" as a rating.
The level of expertise and accessibility of the instructor
Very supportive and understanding. Takes the time to teach correctly.
Assess initial skill level, then tailor instruction to build and strengthen core skills and develop technique, ability to see and interpret, understanding the "science" behind seeing and optics. I believe in a traditional atelier style of learning, where students work alongside the instructor on personalized projects as well as maintaining daily practice.
BFA and MA in Painting and Drawing with an emphasis on human and animal anatomy and representational realism.