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*BOOM*! Okay now that I've got your attention allow me to say hello. I am an artist first and foremost. Always have been and always will be, even to the grave. You see, I was born this way!
My grandmother, who is an artist, got her degree in Art Education. She taught two of my teachers, one of which became my home town's own personal personality. So I have a wonderful pedigree and personality to match!
I choose AIPH because it had more of a vocational-school-like approach that suited my learning style. I took longer then expected to achieve my Bachelors degree due to a change over in school curriculum. They only offered Associate degrees when I started, and 3/4 of the way to my degree they offered a Bachelors (of Science) in Animation. Being the nerd that I am, I had to have it for my own... my precious!
I also learned web design as a hobby to start, and I'm glad that I had the chance to do so -- as Disney (my primary job prospect) folded their animation studios, and shortly there-after bought Pixar. However, my animation background proved very useful in conjunction with my understanding of the web. So crafting portfolio sites, animating ad banners, and more become a staple. However, I'm not one to put aside new opportunities just because they "don't quite fit".
I've worked as a waitress (fine dining, truck stops, bed and breakfast kitchen), retail as a cashier, tech-helper for minor issues (OMG the Mac ate my zip disk!! help!), lab monitor, peer mentor (teacher's aide), and even did an extended stint as a peer-tutor while in college. I've volunteered panels at conventions as well, hosting "art 101" type classes that were left standing room only by the end of them.
Oh, and if you haven't noticed. I'm a goofball. Comes with the territory of being an animator - or so I've observed. ;)
I'm a mom of three, and teaching kids from 10 and up is a favorite of mine. I'm open to all age ranges, and cater the lessons to the mentality. I do not have experience, nor am I comfortable working with special needs kids. This is something I hope to correct in the near future. Most of the money from this venture will be put towards attaining a PA-certified teaching degree (hopefully specializing in art-therapy).
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Adobe Flash creates animations, games, movies, and more depending on what one wishes to accomplish. It has a built in coding engine, as well as many useful animation tools.
I learned Flash in college as a replacement for my older (DOS based) "Digital Animation 1" class. We learned how the timeline works, How the tweening tools worked, and the basics of coding for interaction.
The focus for my particular version (Computer Animation Major) of the class was on the animation techniques and how to take traditional animation and make it a digital reality. I've since taken that and bought more books on the program to expand my understanding of the programming environment.
During my time in college, I worked for the tutor lab. Flash was one of my subjects. I taught the basic fundamentals to those who didn't quite get it.
As it is a constantly changing program, I try to keep up with the changes as much as possible with self-taught lessons from online tutorials. Flash really is one of those programs you can excel at one thing within it's environment, and barely touch any of the others. It is a nearly complete "studio" in a box.
I've created graphics animated banners with flash. Short cartoons, animated greetings cards, and shorts for businesses (lectures/lessons) are others I've created with Flash.
Now I'm focusing mainly on the animation aspect of it as some of it's tools have once again changed.
Adobe Illustrator is a vector program used to create amazing graphics. Introduced to me while in college, I learned the ins and outs of the program. One of the major lessons I learned about digital art programs is that you never stop learning. There are always updates, always various changes in the menu options, and improvements in how the program runs that needs to be discovered or re-discovered.
Never let this be a limitation to your learning such programs. Look at it as an opportunity to "keep up with the times".
Adobe Photoshop is one powerful program. It has gone through several changes since it's inception, and it never ceases to amaze me what the developers at Adobe can think of next as an improvement!
You can color correct old photos, "repair" damaged photos, create beautiful graphic design ads, layout websites, and even "paint" in it! It is many tools in one for the digital artist and designer!
When I was in 8th grade I hated history/social studies. Then I learned of the brilliance of old war tactics! Who knew that this new love of all things historic would help me in art school!?
Art history isn't just about names, dates, artworks, and where the are currently located. It's about the heart of an artist, the political environment that helped spawn an art piece, and why an artist choose the colors they did due to the mood they were in at that time. With Art History you learn more about technique, style, layout, and composition as well as how they changed how we view art today.
I have a long history of art starting with my grandmother paying for lessons when I was in grade school. I decided to make art my career, and hold a Bachelors (BS) in Computer Animation (middle states accredited) from the Art Institute of Philadelphia (AIPH). I have also hosted art-basics panels for conventions (Hands & Feet, Basic Character Design), which were very well received.
Science is a passion of mine. I had a hard time choosing between an art career or a science career.
My experiences with science started at a young age. My father is a (now retired) mechanic with a mind for puzzles. I grew up in his shop always asking questions about how this worked or that worked and why, why, why?!
I've always kept high grades all through grade school and high school in my science classes. I received A's in both Science and Advanced Biology in high school.
During high school they had a deal with the local Vo-Tech (Vocational Training Technical School) for various "trades". I took up Environmental Tech (to be certified as a Field Tech with an OSHA Certification). Due to class and time requirements for my art portfolio I was forced to choose.
During the summer between my Junior and Senior year, I was hired by the Vo-Tech to act as a "Peer Mentor" (teacher's aide) to help teach the class. This was for a summer-course to get 6th-8th graders interested in the trades. In addition to the certificate of completion, I and one other Peer Mentor received a special standing ovation from both teachers and students for the work we did with the kids.
HTML is the coding language of the web. Before HTML there were DOS message boards! Black screen with light text!
HTML is the language browsers use to offer us a more visual experience of the internet. I can help you understand the "short hand" way the language is written as well as best practices in organization to help keep your code neat and readable.
Microsoft Word is to the Typewriter what Digital Cameras are to Photography. It is a powerful tool with a lot of bells and whistles, but it is not as intimidating as it may seem at first go.
Starting with a bottom-basics in using it as a word processor (typewriter), to more advanced of how to layout resumes, or integrate spreadsheets - I offer a wide variety of what I know to you depending on your needs.
I learned a great deal about painting from my grandmother, who was a certified art instructor. Bob Ross's shows helped as well, but the final stroke of help came from one of my instructors in college, Bill Martone.
Painting was a rather important subject for me as an animator, due to the need to create backgrounds for the animation we created. So understanding color theory, the visual weight of a color, the psychology of certain colors within a given culture, and how lighting can effect shadows and highlights were all regularly expounded upon.
I am more at ease with watercolor and acrylic, two very different mediums.
Phonics is a system used to teach readers how to sound out words, as well as learn how to decode (read and understand) new words. This is a fundamental principle for English-based language here in the US.
When I worked from AIPH as a student tutor, I came across a few students that somehow managed to make their way to college without being able to read or write. Their ages ranged from new high school graduate to 40-something adult.
When my son started to read, I worked very closely with him on his reading homework. Instead of reading things for him (like on video game instructions on PBS kids) I'll help him work out the letters for himself.
I used a staged system, starting with letter recognition an into basic words recognition using both sounds and games (word play, rhyming) to help the student pick up on both the visual and auditory cues to the word-sound. This incorporates both synthetic phonics as well as analytical phonics.
Enunciation, clear projection, organization, nerves of steel - sounds daunting? You can do it!
Public speaking can be fun, and depending on your setting and business culture it can be equally informative for you as it is for those who to whom you are speaking. From panels at conventions, to being a guest speaker for T.E.D talks, public speaking is something we do for others as much as for ourselves.
Speaking in front of a large crowd of people still scares me to death, but I've done it for special events (including my high school graduation) all my life. School reports, poetry readings, sharing excerpts of novels I've worked on with a group, to hosting informative art panels at conventions - I've done it all!
Best yet, I hope to help you achieve the same - even finding ways to overcome that fear.
Reading is more then simply sitting down with a good book for a few hours.
Reading is also the ability to process that information so that you understand what exactly is going on within a given excerpt. It goes beyond being able to read specific words, but how those words interact with each other.
I started reading before I started pre-K, at 3 years old. I have so many in my home some rooms look like miniature libraries. Historic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, with a smattering of contemporary and old classics can easily be found on my bookshelves.
Yes. I love reading and I enjoy sharing that love of reading, comprehension, and understanding.
Study skills range in both type and format from memorization to flash card practice. Study skills also include self discipline in sitting down to take the time for your work.
I have worked as a peer mentor (teacher's aide) in high school. I have also worked as a tutor in both college and high school. As an Orientation Leader for my college, one of the vital keys we touched on with the new students were various study methods.
I took fellow students on as private tutoring lessons as well to get a feel of what their study environment was like for them. With that in hand I helped them develop better habits and skills which greatly improved their grade.
As a mother of a 13 year old and a 6 year old, I have first hand experience with how the age variations change the needs for "study time".
I took up webdesign as a side hobby, teaching myself as I went along.
I was given a list of books to read for myself, and eventually gained a few side jobs making websites.
Recently, I worked with Aquent (a creative-folks staffing agency), participating in their "Summer of Learning" program for HTML5. I received a 775 (top 7% out of over 10k participants) on my final scoring.
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