I love making art and discovering new media. I've shown in galleries since 2010. In 2013 I joined a collective gallery and in 2015 I left to open my own space, Push/Pull. My passion is for creating surreal portraits that combine unexpected elements. I teach teen fine art and mixed media classes regularly, as well as crafting, art and professional development workshops for adults.
My strengths are in drawing, illustrations, inking, dry media, acrylic paint and embroidery. I've also done work with small sculptures, recycled materials and jewelry making.
I really love seeing people learn new creative skills and feeling empowered to make art. I feel like I'm just putting the right tools in their hands, helping them look at things differently, and giving them the boost to try new things.
Max is very good at breaking down the steps it takes to get you where you want to be. I have taken a few of her classes, and been able to take the concepts I learned back to make my personal projects a lot better.
For new students I work on the basics of art terms. We start with building up their confidence and observation skills. I start with learning what media they're comfortable with and what they're interested in.
I've been teaching fine art classes at Push/Pull since 2016.
Pricing depends on length of time, number of students or private, and materials or tools needed. Rates start at $50/hr for individuals and $75 for groups.
I started teaching by being eager to help. I found that I had a knack for explaining processes to students and that I love introducing people to new creative adventures.
I've worked with students from 12 years old through adults. Most of my students are beginners or have only basic skills.
In a recent teen art class I had students draw fun air plants with different media (charcoal, pastel, graphite and marker) and then I introduced them to using brushes and nibs with ink. I was impressed by how much amazing art they made in 2 hours. One of the students told me that they learned more in two hours of art than they had in their last semester of science! I was really excited since it felt like they were doing all the work and their art looked amazing.
I would really encourage students to find a teacher that they click with. I've had students that didn't click with me and though it doesn't happen often, it is a struggle for both of us.
What level are you at now? What skills do you have? How much time are you willing to dedicate to this?