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My name is Brittany and I am an artist, 1st grade teacher and reading/writing/English tutor to multi-grade level students in the East Bay area. I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently moved to the Bay area during the fall of 2012.
As an English/Reading/Writing/ SAT/ACT tutor:
I am friendly, patient, encouraging, and love to help others. I adapt my lessons to each student's learning style, and make sure to integrate their individual interests. I have worked with ages K-12, and have a lot of experience helping Spanish and Arabic English language learners in particular. In addition to my experience as a tutor, I have also worked with kids as an art teacher and after school kindergarten teacher. I love coming up with creative ideas to make the process of learning fun and easy!
As an art teacher I will improve your technical skills, and help encourage you to think critically and conceptually about your work. I aim to help students' master oil painting techniques (traditional and otherwise), acrylic painting, watercolor painting, drawing, and dry media and become fluent in rendering the figure and drawing from observation. I believe self-expression is integral to one's well being and that visual art fortifies one's ability to problem solve and derive meaning from the world.
About Me/My work as an artist:
My work has been exhibited in The Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Sullivan Gallery, and the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, and also featured on Jezebel and Hyperallergic online. Upon acceptance to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I was granted their Merit and Enrichment Scholarship and during my time as a student I was juried into their upper-division painting program, Advanced Painting. As a senior in high school, I was awarded the Congressional Art Award, for which my work was hung in the Capitol Building, and I received a $3,000 Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design.
I received my BFA from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Drawing as a means of observation is a key part of any fine artists' foundation, and is incorporated into my work practice. Teaching how to draw is an essential part of my lesson plan as a tutor.
I have been working for a tutoring company for students k-6th called The Learning Curve for 5 months. They offer SES tutoring to students in the East Bay area. While working there I have taught reading/writing/phonics/ESL and helped with students that have learning disabilities. I have also been working for an independent contracting company called The Buddy System for K-6 students in the East Bay who are home-schooled. In addition to this, independently I have been tutoring k-6 students on my own for 5 months.
I am a self-employed painter who specializes in portraiture.
Background: I received my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During my time there I was accepted into their upper-division painting department, Advanced Painting. I was one of a very small fraction of my colleagues within the entire Painting department who was selected (24 of 400). During my time in Advanced Painting I was given my own studio and worked one on one with my teachers. This program is understood to have a rigor comparable with the graduate program.
I have been working for a tutoring company for students k-6th called The Learning Curve for 5 months. They offer SES tutoring to students in the East Bay area. While working there I have taught reading/writing/phonics/ESL and helped with students that have learning disabilities. I use the phonics method, putting a heavy emphasis on encouraging students to sound out their words instead of taking guesses, and have had much success. I have a library of books that focus on learning word families that I use with each student that is of appropriate age. Phonics is the main method I use to teach my students how to read.
Very positive tutor. — Today was my first lesson with Brittany. She provided very clear explanations about different techniques for drawing. She gave me useful hints and she showed confidence in the subject giving me constant positive feedback on my work. Overall it is a plus for my first lesson. ...
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