I am an artist and philosopher with experience working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. I studied in a K-12 college preparatory school and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (in visual art) and a minor in philosophy. I have experience in drawing, painting, art history, philosophy of aesthetics, sculpture, enameling, ceramics, and minor woodworking. My academic strengths include: writing skills, reading comprehension, analysis and college preparation.
I bring a vast knowledge, intense enthusiasm, and acute patience in working with students one on one. I encourage students to invest in the details of their projects, creative inquires and ideas so that they gain confidence and clarity of purpose.
Fostering creative inquiry is crucial to the foundation of a student’s self-confidence and analytic aptitude. The tutorials I lead are not only a place where art is made; they are also a space to experiment, investigate and explore creative approaches towards the articulation of ideas. Through encountering examples both historical and contemporary, concepts such as abstraction are negotiated not only as precedents in the history of art making but also as reflexive tools which paradoxically complicate perception by opening it. In physically generating examples themselves, students begin to access a myriad of questions which we explore and engage together.
In 2009, I led an elective architectural seminar that asked high school students to explore their campus as an expanded classroom while the school was in the process of updating academic buildings under a new Master Plan. Through group discussion, field trips, visiting lectures from the headmaster, architects, construction workers, the librarian and the archivist, readings, and assignments interpreting blueprints and designing their own school, the class came to recognize their educational context through a distinct architectural continuum.
Art making is as much an exercise in thoughtful observation as it is hands-on execution. I hope to introduce a learning environment that opens up creative inquiry where a student is challenged to develop an appreciation for art in his/her own ethical terms.
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