HSJMet & Assoc., LLC

HSJMet & Assoc., LLC

2 employees
25 years in business

About this pro

As an Art Director, I have a strong 23+ years background in fine art and commercial design. I studied in NYC at the School of Visual Art, Cooper Union; The Drawing Center and the Defense Information School; and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Maryland. This platform allows me to keep the flame of all things visual art alive during this current pandemic.

A few of my passions are to assist and teach budding artists on their creative journey. My main enjoyments come from family, painting, teaching the various disciplines in the world of visual arts.

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Leesburg, VA 20177
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to begin by inquiring of the students' inspirations, their comfort level in exploration and risk taking and by delvining into the medium of their choosing or by initially working in various mediums until the one they find most comfortable stands out.

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

My background and interests in the visual arts come from a family of fine artists, illustrators and architects. I decided to take visual arts seriously after prompting from loved ones and educators while in middle school. I matriculated in variuos fully accreditied institutions spaning from NYC, the US Army and Baltimore. I currently work as an Art Director and run a graphic design and fine arts firm based in Loudoun County, Virginia.

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

Yes, my rates are hourly and also based on the logistics of travel, materials and any publications and equipment required for the lessons.

How did you get started teaching?

During my tenure in the US Army, the ability to train, communicate and share professional expertise was key to effective leadership and management.

What types of students have you worked with?

A wide range. I have worked with analytical thinkers who had a hard time grasping the value and beauty of art and design, physical children and those young at heart. If the desire to learn is present, class can begin!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Coming home from long work days and seeing my three children studiously drawing, painting and exploring their creative faculties. I strive to keep that spark alive in them while they are young, it will serve them greatly as they grow and select a professional career.

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

Be open to explore and to re-learn how to be a child again. To get rid of their fears and take risks. To not worry of the outcome and allow their inner child and imagination to guide their expressions.

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

Find your "why". What draws you to art? Study the greats and find the ones that influences you. Do you have the time and resources to take on art? What are your motivations and goal(s) for entering into the world of art?

Lessons offered

Adobe Illustrator Classes Photoshop Classes Drawing Lessons Graffiti Art Classes Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Adobe Creative Suite Classes Adobe Indesign Tutors Adobe Lightroom Classes Art Theory Tutors Art History Tutors Cartooning Classes Computer Classes Contemporary Art Theory Classes Graphic Design Classes Illustration Classes Web Design Courses