Anthe is an award-winning artist and graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
She has been teaching classes and private lessons since 1995 in a multiple medias. She has won awards for her collages, mixed media works and paintings in acrylic, watercolor, and oils. She is also an accomplished caricaturist who has been working since 1990.
Creating art and sharing it by means of teaching comes naturally to me. I believe in spreading the joy I get in creating with others and what better way to do it than through providing lessons.
Anthe Capitan-Valais is one of the most talented artists I have ever seen. She is accomplished in painting, jewelry, and in so many other creative arts. She has led classes at our library for children and adults, and is inspiring and patient. She has worked with dancers to create an arts and dance program, and our participants were thrilled. I have also worked with Anthe, as I am a musician, and our collaboration has been wonderful. Anthe is always upbeat and knowledgeable, and she spreads joy wherever she goes. It always amazes me how she is comfortable with both adults and children, and any class she teaches is special. I look forward to working with Anthe in the future. Michelle Miller Librarian and Event Co-Ordinator Wissahickon Valley Public Library 215-643-1320
She does a really nice job with my daughter. She loves her sessions with Anthe!
Anthe really helped me prepare for entering college. Without her guidance my drawing and painting skills would not have developed to the level required to be able to handle collegiate level courses. She gave me the foundation I needed to pursue my passion as a professional artist.
When working with a new student I evaluate their skill level and any drawings or work they may have created by asking to see sketches. If they don't have any then I have them start to draw a simple object so I can see their knowledge of seeing and how they draw. Once I have done that I take them on a journey of discovery. Working with the mediums they want to learn. I prefer to have the student learn to develop their own style and techniques using the knowledge I provide, showing them how to use the materials, and apply those to their project. I help them to develop their own sense of who and what they are as an artist. No matter their level or skill spreading joy through the process.
I graduated with honors from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a degree in printmaking and painting. I also sculpt, create mixed media and collaged pieces. I have won awards for watercolor, oil, acrylic, printmaking and collages. I have always loved working with a multitude of materials and techniques to acheive interesting and unique works of art.
I have also studied at Cleveland Institute of Art and Iconography through the Prosporon School. I have a well rounded education from the classical traditions through to the abstract personal expression that I create today.
I provide personalized instruction at $50 an hour and when paying by the month I discount to $45 an hour. Most beginner drawing, mixed media and collage classes are 1 hour in length. Beginner painting requires a minimum of 1.5 hour for most mediums and up to 3 hours a session. However the frequency is negotiaged depending on whether there is the ability to paint at home or not.
I have been teaching since 1990 when a friend asked me to teach her daughter who seemed to have no outside interests and was a real intervert. I took her under my wing and enjoyed the process so much. She inturn told others and my teaching continued. I also worked with retirees who always wanted to create but never had the time before. Now they have the time but don't know where or how to begin. I enjoy introducing different materials to them and seeing what they enjoy as well as excell in the most.
It seems that my students have always come to me through word of mouth. I am expanding my teaching to stay in my studio more so I am utilizing this platform.
I have worked with a diverse group of students; intellectually challenged, extremely bright, elderly, and youth alike. My one prerequisite is that they like art or want to create something! I don't care whether they have ever created or not or what the skill level. My goal is to introduce them to the materials in a warm enviroment that makes creating enjoyable no matter the age or skill level.