My name is Tim and I am an enthusiastic and creative teacher in the visual arts. I have an educational background in drawing, painting and printmaking. I have also done work with filmmaking. I hold a Master's of Fine Arts in studio arts. I am a showing artist in Chicago and I love working as a teacher and mentor for all those interested in the visual arts. I have worked with students of all ages (from the very little to adults) and I always approach each student on their own terms - for there is no one way to be an artist. I model my teaching based on the needs and interests of the students, meeting each student where they are at in their understanding and skills. I believe in helping them become a more confident, skilled and knowledgeable artist.
I believe learning and making art should be a fun, engaging experience. Each project is a student-driven, conceptual challenge which utilizes fundamental art-making skills. Whether it is through exploring a new medium, a new artistic concept, learning visual art vocabulary or developing skills in a new way of making, the content of each project is student-driven. I am here to facilitate each young artist becoming more successful in his or her developing practice and diverse in his or her abilities as a maker.
I truly believe that young artists (whether they are just trying things out or extremely gung-ho about creating masterpieces) need to be encouraged in meaningful ways, challenged on their own terms, and treated with the understanding and intelligence they deserve in order to be braver in their developing artistic explorations.
As far as my art and teaching experience:
I have taught college drawing and painting courses in Chicago, I taught art classes to 5-12 year olds for 4 years, I am currently a visiting artist at an elementary school in Chicago Public Schools and show my work in the Chicago area. I recently spent time doing research in Italy for a new series of paintings (my profile photo was taken in Venice!).
Whether or not you choose me as a tutor, I hope you continue in your engagement with the visual arts. It always leads to creative discoveries!
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