Im easy going. Informal but, know my stuff :)
I am a formalist. I focus on the elements of art; size, shape, color, tone, line, rather than content or meaning. Even in works that apear to be about something, the formal aspects are the main focus. The message comes regardless so, focus on the formal aspects. The painting is an object of it's own, not a copy of reality. It has it's own reality.
I have painted and drawn for nearly 40 years. I have been a "teaching artist" for nearly 6 years. This means I am an artist who began to teach, after decades of painting and drawing. I did not study education and choose to teach art. Sometimes, there is a difference in these two types of approaches in the classroom.
I currently teach (online) for the Kirkland Arts Center and previously at, Gage Academy of Art. I also teach privately for one or, small groups also online (Zoom) imperfect but it's working out.
The people. Sharing the information I have. My classess are conversational in nature. I like to answer questions people have about painting.
I am not everyone's cup of tea. I talk in an interwoven style, in service of critical thinking rather than following rules. Experimentation and testing ideas are how my classess unfold. Basically, its a studio visit where we paint together and I assist with "how do I" questions and some semi lecture sharing of other painters work, how to create color charts, how to measure, the idea of working large to small shapes, etc.
I hosted a paint and sip for 36 ladies. Amy was the artist who taught us all how to create the sample painting. Most people painted the same theme but few did other things and Amy was helpful with their questions in addition to providing instructions to the large group. Everyone enjoyed the event and took home a fun piece of art. We will definately have Amy lead the next painting event we have.
Hi, First thing I do is talk with you about what your goals are. What type of work are you aiming to produce and for what purpose. Some people just want a general improvement in skills and some people are looking to work towards a very specific goal.
I studied art at the Universtiy of Montana (eary 1980's) and the Art Institute of Seattle (mid 1980's and early 1990's) on and off over about a decade.
My base price is $45 for a first time two hour studio session using supplies in my studio.
This is an introductory price and it is assumed, if you continue, you will purchase your own supplies or pay an additional supply fee depending on the project or course of study.
For example a drawing supply fee would generally cost less than a supply fee for painting.
I got started teaching when I was invited to teach at Gage Academy of Art in Capitol Hill in Seattle.
I have worked with kids 12 to 18 and adults of all ages and skill levels.
If you are looking to hire a teacher the most important part is you get along well and they are making work you like. That you are comfortable in the environment you are working in, though first time can be a little scary!
Be aware of what it is you want. Are you studying to be able to draw your family's portraits, make illustrations for a story, paint rocks, or are you open and just want a fun passtime. Are you not sure but, just love paint?!
Do you want to have a finsihed project (like a portrait) or are you happy gaining skills even though you do not come out with a completed project?
All of that information is very useful to the teacher in understanding how make the most out of your lesson.