I am a professional visual artist originally from New York City with a BFA from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. I have an active studio practice, and exhibit in Los Angeles and New York. I am also an Arts writer with over 20 published articles on contemporary art. Because, I am passionate about bringing art into the community to inspire others I make time to teach. And I love to teach!
I have worked as a Teaching Artist and creator of visual arts curriculums for non-profit organizations for 10 years. I am knowledgeable in a wide variety of mediums but specialize in tutoring painting, drawing, collage and Art History. Although I am an arts writer, I have not had the opportunity to teach writing yet but I would be willing to. In my ten years I have taught all over Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Culver City, East Los Angeles, Hollywood, Inglewood, Pacific Palisades, Watts, Westchester, South Central and Torrance. I have taught grades K-12, gifted students, at-risk teenagers, LGBT homeless youth and post-incarerated adults.
In addition, I have experience in counseling prospective art students with the admissions process to art schools. This includes school selection, portfolio assessment, writing essays and securing financial aid/grants and scholarships. These students have been High School graduates as well as adults that were returning to school after many years of absence.
When tutoring or mentoring I like to create a comfortable and joyful atmosphere for my students based on positive reinforcement. I use a step by step approach to teaching to ensure the student is successful in reaching his or her goals. I teach from a perspective of "Victory". I tell my students that "No matter how difficult the work might seem at the moment you will be definitely be victorious in the end!" All my students have taught me so much about life and made me a better teacher who is compassionate, patient, fun, flexible and extremely sensitive to diversity.
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