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Art is my passion and I have drawn, painted, sculpted and created art my entire life. I have taken classes in figure drawing, sculpture, graphic arts, Chinese brush painting, ceramics, color, watercolor, and pastels, and am always learning new ways of creating. I love helping people tap into their inner artists, express themselves visually, and learn techniques and skills for art-making and creating.
I believe that art should not be judged - there are no mistakes. When teaching, I emphasize learning the elements and principles of art, I use art through the ages and cultures to teach composition, emotional content, and help students to assess their own creations. It is exciting to watch my students create art and enjoy the art-making process.
I taught second grade for four years, was the Arts and Crafts Director at a summer camp, have taught Art to Grades K-5 at two local elementary schools, and was consultant to the middle school Art teacher. I have also taught 3-day art sessions on Greek pottery to middle school students at a local intermediate School.
I have a Post-Masters Certificate in Art Therapy and believe that art can also be used for healing, stress reduction, self-awareness, and spiritual development, and I have given classes, workshops and retreats in those areas using art.
We are all artists. We are all capable of using lines, shapes, and color to express our thoughts, feelings, and the world around us. The level of sophistication of that expression depends on our skill development and understanding of the elements (the abc's of art) and principles (the grammar of art or how the elements are put together) that are used in visual art.
From high school on, I have gone to museums, read books, and generally studied art, artists lives, and the cultures in which they lived. I made visiting museums and churches in the various countries of Europe one of the primary goals of my three-month trip to Europe so that I could better understand the cultures in which artists of the past lived and that influenced their art.
When I began teaching Art at St. Raymond School in Dublin, CA, I did extensive internet research on schools of art, artists, their styles and their cultures in order to help my students develop their understanding of art history and art composition.
Everyone can draw a dot or a line. That is where each artist starts in their art-making, and it is where I begin to teach. I like to see what people draw, hear about their interests, and observe the skills they already have. Then I begin introducing and teaching concepts and techniques in a gradual progression so that students are constantly building on what they already know and can do.
We begin with basic lines and shapes, then learn about different kinds of lines, organic and geometric shapes, gradually adding the elements of value and color, rhythm and patterns. Students also learn about proportion and scale and about creating balance, harmony and unity in their art., all while creating their own artwork.
Because I have taught Art to students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, I have seen students develop their skills and understanding over a period of time, which was very exciting to me, and which helped me hone my art teaching skills. I know how to teach those who have trouble drawing a square as well as those who have sophisticated drawing skills.
The classes I took in art as well as my own experience in drawing has helped developed my own skills, and I love to share that knowledge with others.
I am delighted! — I am a physician, recently retired, and I never learned how to draw. In fact I was terrified of drawing. Beverly has been an excellent tutor for me. She has patiently taken me through baby-steps in sketching. She has tailored the lessons to help me be more at ease with practicing, learning, making mistakes and learning some more. Beverly has encouraged me to be more fluid and less precision-o ...
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