Having recently graduated with a BFA in fine art from the California Institute of the Arts, I am eager to begin offering lessons in drawing, painting, Photoshop, and drumming. For me, art offers alternative ways of seeing, thinking, and communicating while generating a strong sense of self and a productive outlet for dealing with life. I am constantly learning about art through other people, and teaching what I have learned to others is a rewarding way to pay it forward. I have been drawing all my life in graphite, charcoal, pastels, and colored pencil; painting for nine years with oils, acrylics, and water colors; Photoshop for six years, and drumming for eleven years most prominently in the style of rock, progressive, and jazz. I believe it is important to understand art and music both technically and conceptually, to have an understanding of its history and current state, and to be able to experiment both thoughtfully and intuitively. Therefore I feel that teaching art and music is vastly different from teaching math or science; one can break rules, play with materials, and simultaneously find and escape from oneself.
When I teach drum lessons, I teach students to read sheet music, rudiments for snare drum as well as beats on a full drum kit. I also adapt to the students' specific stylistic interests after the basics are learned, to learn to hear and replicate beats from their choice of audio recordings.
For drawing and painting, I introduce the students to a variety of materials to work with and the specific advantages of each medium. I work through exercises in drawing from still lives, landscapes and portraits to accurately replicate their proportions, highlights and shadows, as well as plotting grids to enlarge an image from photographs or Photoshop. Fundamentals in composition and color theory are also vital to begin to create one's own images. I introduce students to professional artists that share similar interests to the particular student in order to learn to read meaning from their work and draw connections between different artists and the individual. I also love to bring people to museums or galleries to see work in person to teach lessons in art history and have conversations about the meaning of specific works of art.
In Photoshop I teach students how to learn all the tools necessary to create and edit images, touch up photographs and collage different images together. Students will be familiar with tools such as lasso, brush, clone stamp, spot healing brush, paint bucket, marquee, text, magic wand, etc., as well as using filters, layers, color correcting, halftones, image modes and sizes, transform, guides, and many other useful tools in the program.
Nothing gives me more joy than to share my passion for the arts with others and to guide them to finding their own voice and interests in the field of their choice.
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