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My Philosophy: A quality photo tutor provides a supportive learning environment for students to reach their full learning potential. Students need to feel comfortable to express themselves. To me, this means helping students understand that anyone can learn how to be an artist. Most students are surprised to learn this because they have received messages from early on that their art is not “art.” I explain this by telling students that just as they need to learn their ABCs to read, they also need to learn the language of color, line, shape, texture, and form to become competent visual communicators.
I believe in giving students opportunities to apply their learning by creating meaningful art through class projects, whether it be through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture or other type of art. To encourage them to be risk-takers and express themselves through art, I also showcase my own art, and teach the steps taken to complete the work. I enjoy seeing the students connect with my art when they see it created firsthand. Some of the demonstrations that I have done in class to highlight my own art include: photography, furniture-design, welding, painting, ceramics, and metal sculpture.
I believe in helping my students make connections within the local community to display their work in local museums, restaurants and coffee shops. Due to this exposure in the public, many of my students have sold their art work.
When determining what to teach, I try to stay current in the field of Art education by collaborating with other Art teachers in my school and district. I have found that I have much to learn from others and the relationships with colleagues that I have made over the years have been instrumental when developing a vision and determining the learning goals for my students. Additionally, I maintain relationships with artists from near and far.
During my tutoring sessions, I encourage students to make connections between art and their own personal lives. Through this process, students begin to reflect on their own learning. We live in a world of diversity and the skills taught in art education promote this. Through art they can further learn about themselves and those around them.
My Goal: I hope to inspire students to create art as well as give them the foundation needed to be creative thinkers, while learning from them in exchange. I am just as happy serving a "just as a hobby" photo student as a I am with someone who strives to use their photo skills in a future career.
My Style: My sessions are relaxed, enjoyable, and very conversational. My emphasis, always, is on concepts and communication. I will help you with your ability to SEE things in a new way. I will help you sharpen your ability to CREATE. I will help you be RELEVANT in our current day with my approach to social media. And, most importantly, I will help you LEARN about the art of photo, in a way that only one-on-one instruction can provide.
My Experience: As an art educator for over 20 years, I have taught photography ( and still do), ceramics, drawing and painting, and sculpture. I graduated from the University of Georgia with an Art Education degree and also hold a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University.
My Understanding of Social Media: Together, we will work through the role of photography in our culture today.
To Sum It Up: As Georgia O’Keeffe, a favorite of artist of mine, once stated, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I could say no other way... Things I had no words for.”
I am a certified k-12 art teacher. I taught k-8 drawing and painting on the Navajo reservation. I taught students how to stretch, gesso, and paint their own canvas. I took classes at the University of Georgia from an abstract expressionist painter shown at the MoMA, named James Herbert.
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