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Marina J.

Marina training in Visual arts and Photoshop, Illustrator, etc

Acton, MA (01720)

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My Name is Marina and I have been teaching Visual Arts and Graphic Design and Web Design at the local college. I also have been tutoring students of al ages privately for a very long time.

More then 20 years of teaching and tutoring in Classical Drawing and Painting. Also offering classes or private lessons in Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Flash on both Mac and PC. Anything that could be printed or made into a Web site. Also beginner lessons on the computer including file management.

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Marina’s subjects

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Dreamweaver, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop, Drawing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Russian

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign CS5 software provides precise control over typography and built-in creative tools for designing, preflighting, and publishing documents for print, online, or to mobile devices. Include interactivity, animation, video, and sound in page layouts to fully engage readers.

For over 15 years of teaching experience, I had students who came in with some beginner level in InDesign and wanted to take those skills to the next level. I also teach more advanced students who are ready to get on the next level and want to enrich their portfolios. Or if it's just a first step for you to become a Graphic/ Web Designer, I am good at making students feel comfortable and confident.

All levels, I teach basic tools, page layout, brochure layout, business cards, and print/web standards. For more advanced students - multipage documents, book design and layout, and web design.


I grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia where I was classically trained as an artist at a very early age. Petersburg has been at the epicenter of art and culture for centuries, known for esteemed performing and visual artists, historic museums and its world renowned architecture. I spent many hours backstage at the Kirov Ballet painting the ballerinas as they did their routines. I also had the privilege to study at celebrated art institutions like the Hermitage and the Muchin Art Academy. My BFA is in traditional Drawing and Painting. My grandfather was a masterful landscape painter, I worked in a range of medium but strongly favor water colors and drawing.

I am a student of the arts who thrives on contributing to the academia environment... I received my MFA in graphic design from Boston University. I dedicated the last fifteen years to teaching graphic and multimedia, drawing and painting courses both at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northern Essex College. I regularly attend conferences and seminars to stay sharp with emerging web and design technologies. I am also very active in the community and regularly donate my works and time to Hadassah and other charitable organizations.

The Boston Globe wrote a story on a life size ice sculpture depicting a Russian Troika created based on my insightful drawings. The ice sculpture was a fairytale brought to life, which featured a church with onion domes along with Father Frost and an Ice Princess riding a sled pulled by horses. The display was unveiled at the 'Boston First Night' Celebration in 2002.


I have been teaching students how to use Dreamweaver in various training classes and seminars since version 3. I teach it in the class format and also have been teaching privately as well. I usually start with the beginner level and at the end of the semester students are able to build and manage web sites, change and replace content and graphics. In the beginning I go over basic html. Many school suggest that students take html as a prerequisite, but not everyone does that. For instance in the beginning I go over:

Using a proper doctype
The four essential elements: html, head, title, and body
Paragraphs and breaks
The six levels of headings
Hyperlinks and email links
Ordered and unordered lists
Images (with alt text and width and height attributes) in the page
Basic, unadorned tables

And then we go over more complex tasks during the semester.


I have been teaching Mac, Mac OS and apps for from 1995 at the college level and privately. I also use Mac OS for my freelance design business for the last twenty something year sand I feel that I can offer a lot of advise and expertise on this subject.


I am a native Russian speaker, who has been leaving here in Boston area for a long time. I completed my primary and high school education in Russia and completely fluent in Russian, write and read in Russian on the advanced level. Even designed some books and websites for local businesses that run and serve Russian population.

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other (BFA in Art Education)

BU (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marina will travel within 30 miles of Acton, MA 01720.

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