Hands On Art Lab
My name is Rachel Naber-Thomas. I am the owner and designer at Hands on Art Lab. I have also been an art educator for over 16 years. My intention is to create, educate, and collaborate with clients and the community. I am offering private lessons, small group workshops, and team building experiences. I also believe in contributing to the local community by being a resource for artistic growth, an outlet for stress, and business willing to be involved in social entrepreneurship.
As an experienced Art Educator and designer, I will help you tap into the human need to make stuff, learn, and grow. I will help you reflect your personal creative potential using a variety of tools and mediums. I can create experiences for individuals or groups using photography, computer art, relief printing, drawing, painting, crafts, and fiber art.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
My typical workflow is to ask what they are interested in and then do an information assessment such as reviewing their past work or having them make a sketch for me.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a bachelors degree in photography and a Master's degree in Art Education. I have taught a variety of art subjects at both the high school and community college level.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, I charge by the hour and give the option of having students buy or bring thier own materials.
How did you get started teaching?
I did volunteer work while pursuing a career in photography.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with a third grade through adults. Mixed abilities from advanced placement students through special education.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I really like learning to knit at a shop in Annapolis. My instructor Sara challenged me to learn new skills.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask a lot of questions to see if you get a good first impression and review their portfolio. You have to mesh as people and ain artisitic syles if you are going to work well together.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What learning style do they respond best to? Do you like the teacher to show you one on one or do you like to look and listen then try something new on your own first?