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David A.

Berwyn, IL

$35/hr

Tutoring in art, design or anything Adobe, HTML multimedia

Background check passed as of 4/18/12
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Tutoring in art, design or anything Adobe, HTML multimedia

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I have extensive experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and In-Design. I have taught all these programs at the college level and have two degrees in art. As well as help with software, I can give you advice on color theory and selection, choosing the best fonts and give you ideas based on art history.

My students consider my class hard work and also very rewarding. I will help you develop your eye as well as your software skills. Creativity and software skills go hand in hand. I was a tutor all through college which led me to be hired as an instructor in my department. I am very used to explaining things in a logical and easy to understand manner. I have experience working with international as well as US born students.

While I do have a car and am willing to travel, students with transportation or who live near Berwyn, Oak Park, Forrest Park or North Riverside may be interested in being tutored at my home which also functions as my art studio.

Although my education is in art, I do have extensive knowledge in music and have taught Bass Guitar in the past. I have used my music in video projects and recently had one of my songs used in a film.

English:
English, ESL/ESOL
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop,
Desktop Publishing,
Dreamweaver,
General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Word, Photography,
Video Production, Web Design
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
European History, World History
Music:
Guitar,
Songwriting
Art:
Adobe Photoshop,
Art History,
Art Theory , Drawing,
Painting,
Photography,
Video Production
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Word, Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe InDesign

I have taught classes using In Design for more than 5 years at Westwood College, Columbia College and the Illinois Institute of Art. Classes I have taken using In Design include Intro to Typography, Publication Design, The Art Dir4ector/Copywriter Team and Advanced Typography. As a faculty member at Columbia College I am allowed free online training.
Adobe In Design is the industry standard for page layout design and multiple page documents. You can create text and image frames, resize text and images as well as use various borders and design elements. Much like Photoshop and Illustrator, you can create and manage layers and use transparency. You can also create drop caps and create outlines for your text. In Design documents can be exported as a PDF for printing or an Adobe Flash document as well.

Adobe Photoshop

I have taught classes using Adobe Photoshop for more than 10 years at Columbia College, Westwood College, and the Illinois Institute of Art. As a faculty member I am entitled to free online training.
Classes I have taken that taught me about Photoshop include Intro to Computer Graphics, 2D Imaging and Time based Design.

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for editing photos and creating pixel based art and graphics. While it originally began as a digital darkroom, it has expanded to do much more. You can composite many photographic elements as well as scanned objects by using the layers and blending modes. There are also painting, drawing, shape and airbrush tools. Artists can draw or paint with these tools as well as "airbrush" photos to clean up imperfections. Photoshop also has many options for color correction including hue/saturation, color balance and the channels. While channels can store color information, selections can be stored as a channel also. Photoshp has a library of filters which are a series of special effects. There are also "layer styles" which can be used for creating text effects or to create button style images for web pages. Photoshop has an animation pallet for creating animated GIF images or for working in Quicktime format. Newer versions of Photoshop have the option of creating 3D layers where the artists can import a model, re-size rotate and color that object. These can be rasterized to work like any other Photoshop layer.

Art History

In college, I took Art History 1, Art History 2, History of Communication Design, and Women in Art, and I took History of Interdisciplinary Art in grad school. I taught Art History and History of Graphic Design at Westwood College. I have many books on the subject as well.

Desktop Publishing

I have taught classes in graphic design that include desktop publishing software and projects. This was at Westwood College and the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. I am skilled in both Quark Express and Adobe InDesign which are both industry standard programs. I use InDesign for much of my freelance work. I have books for InDesign (which I get free since I teach) as well as free access to Lynda.com tutorials.

Drawing

I began drawing at an early age. I had private drawing instruction in high school as well as taking all the art classes offered at my junior high and high school. I received the Timothy Christian High School senior art award. In college I took drawing 1, drawing 2, figure drawing 1, applied drawing and figure illustration. Although impossible to count I am confident saying I have made at least 1,000 drawings in my lifetime.

Dreamweaver

I work with Adobe Dreamweaver all the time. I have taken classes in college that taught both dreamweaver and HTML and I think it's essential to know both. I have also taught dreamweaver classes at the college level.

Guitar

I have been playing guitar and bass guitar for over 30 years. I took lessons from several great instructors and studied music theory in high school and college. I have taught private lessons before. I have extensive experience performing live and working in recording studios.

Painting

I began painting at an early age. I took all the art classes offered at my junior high and high school. I received the Timothy Christian High School senior art award. In college I took painting 1, painting 2, and color theory. I have completed around 100 paintings in my lifetime.

Photography

I studied traditional photography in both high school and college. I know a lot about lighting and have experience with digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop as well.

Web Design

I studied HTML and dreamweaver in college. I have a basic knowledge of javascript. I have also worked with Adobe Flash. I have designed many websites.

Columbia College, Chicago
Graphic Web Design
Columbia College, Chicago
Master's

Education

Columbia College, Chicago (Graphic Web Design)

Columbia College, Chicago (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 20 miles of Berwyn, IL 60402.


About David

I have extensive experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and In-Design. I have taught all these programs at the college level and have two degrees in art. As well as help with software, I can give you advice on color theory and selection, choosing the best fonts and give you ideas based on art history.

My students consider my class hard work and also very rewarding. I will help you develop your eye as well as your software skills. Creativity and software skills go hand in hand. I was a tutor all through college which led me to be hired as an instructor in my department. I am very used to explaining things in a logical and easy to understand manner. I have experience working with international as well as US born students.

While I do have a car and am willing to travel, students with transportation or who live near Berwyn, Oak Park, Forrest Park or North Riverside may be interested in being tutored at my home which also functions as my art studio.

Although my education is in art, I do have extensive knowledge in music and have taught Bass Guitar in the past. I have used my music in video projects and recently had one of my songs used in a film.

Education

Columbia College, Chicago
Graphic Web Design
Columbia College, Chicago
Master's

Education

Columbia College, Chicago (Graphic Web Design)

Columbia College, Chicago (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Berwyn, IL 60402

David’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop,
Desktop Publishing,
Dreamweaver,
General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Word, Photography,
Video Production, Web Design
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
European History, World History
Music:
Guitar,
Songwriting
Art:
Adobe Photoshop,
Art History,
Art Theory , Drawing,
Painting,
Photography,
Video Production
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Word, Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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