Skateboarding/ Rollerblading And Graffiti Art Lessons
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I always start with asking what your experience is with art, and what makes them interested in learning. I observe what your perspective and thought process is around their own work and process so as to know what is coloring their relationship with their creative process.
If you have experience, we take a look at their work together and I listen to your thoughts about your work, what you like and what you would like to explore more. If you have no experience, I have us paint or draw alongside each other and observe your process. I observe nuances in the process and then intuitively take the next steps from there.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have always desired to explore and discover my artistry on my own, without any institution or instruction. This way I intend to create as authentically as possible, and discover my own ways and techniques. I have had some tips from graffiti artists on a few basic techniques, and took a basic art class in college where I was asked to create some works in styles I would not have thought of, which showed me there are many tools and materials I can use to express myself, other than spraypaint and markers.
Because I am self-taught, using my own self-awareness and self-examination to explore and develop, I find myself to be good at guiding others through their process in a way that honors who they are. Im also great at helping trained artists break out of confines of their institutional influences.
I do have formal training in acting under Diaan Ainslee, and martial arts training from Randy Tay, and under Yushinkan in NYC. These practices also influence me as a person and artist and inform my artistic process. All goes hand in hand.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
SKATEBOARDING/ ROLLERBLADING LESSONS:
$60 per hour per person
+ $30 per hour if the lesson goes over 1.5 hours ( this is usually for parents who let their kids keep skating with me if they like to, sort of a part- babysitting situation)
$10-$20 extra to come to you if you are in the far reaches of Brooklyn, Queens, North of Soho, or outside of NYC, depending on distance. Im located in Kensington, Brooklyn.
ART / GRAFFITI LESSONS
for in person:
$30 per hour per person with a $100 minimum per session.
One class should be 2 hours minimum.
If youre on a budget, you can bring a friend and split the cost this way:
3 hours for up to 4 people for $100
I am also open to negotiating something else if these prices dont work.
Corporate and big group rates available
How did you get started teaching?
After getting in some trouble for doing graffiti in the streets of NYC in 2006, I began doing community service with a non-profit that worked with kids in low-income areas. I did some drawing and mural classes with kids, and painted some murals in the neighborhoods.
One day I recalled how fortunate I was to have the bits of support here and there, from my mother to a graffiti artist friend I ha been through a lot with. They gave me inspiration to explore myself as an artist, more than just a tagger, and helped me with a bit of skill. By the time I had to quit tagging, I had developed enough skill to feel I could move on to explore making other kinds of art. I knew that many graffiti-tagging kids quit on art all together after they get in trouble with the law, because they have not yet developed enough skill to feel they have a chance at developing as an artist. So the thought came to share some skills and inspiration on youtube. I noticed at the time, in 2010, there were no graffiti tutorials that explained anythng. They were just sped up videos of someone sketching. So I began making " Reskew's Tutoroals". The channel currently has close to 15,000 subscribers.
Years later, aside from some small one time art classes here and there, some through Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, some opportunities fell in my lap. I have since then worked for Smarter Toddler Preschool and Daycare, Crayon Power with kids with autism, Brooklyn Apple Academy, and Dida Academy.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked mostly with students with little to no experience or formal training in art, from ages 1 to 70. Some have had diagnoses of adhd and autism, at different levels of the scale.
Most of my skateboarding students have been absolute beginners.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I think the most important thing is that you get a good feeling about the teacher and will feel good working with them. If someone tells you you have to do something a certain way, run the other way. A good teachers approach should be along the lines of " if you want this outcome, you could try this. But take what you like and leave the rest. You might discover something I never thought of, and eventually, you will."
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
I think a student has already had all the thoughts they need to go to a new teacher. The teacher should be able to draw out the information they need, if not already presented. It is part of the process. You may have an idea that you want to learn a specific style, such as landscape, portrait, or abstract. However, a teacher who has no experience in the style can teach you foundational aspects of how to use the paints and materials, and can be of great help to start you off.