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Alexander S.

Brookline, MA

$40/hr

Effective and Experienced Instructor of Fine Arts and Spanish

Background check passed as of 1/22/15
Usually responds in about 2 days

Effective and Experienced Instructor of Fine Arts and Spanish

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My relationship with the arts has been a lifelong one. I grew up taking art classes, and pursued my love of drawing, painting, and printmaking through high school and college. I received my BFA in Studio Art from the University of Rochester in 2010. Most recently in 2013, I earned my Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (SMFA), where I have accepted a post-graduate teaching fellowship in the Print and Paper department for 2013-2014 school year, teaching undergraduate level screen printing courses.

I began working as a Teacher's Assistant during my undergraduate career, co-teaching two introductory printmaking courses. At SMFA, I gained experience as Graduate Teaching Assistant for multiple screen printing courses, and co-taught a five week intensive summer course with another graduate student. I have worked with students at many different skill levels, providing me the valuable experience of approaching students' practices from different entry points. My goal has always been to identify what the student really wishes to accomplish, and work towards that goal. Teaching at an undergraduate level involves technical instruction, but also a degree of conceptual instruction, and I thoroughly enjoy helping people to understand their impulses, their artistic and aesthetic choices, and to know why they make what they make. Overall, I aim to help developing artists, both serious and hobby artists, to improve their technical skills and gain a sense of direction by creating exercises that target weaknesses, and working towards set goals.

As an artist, I work primarily in printmaking, sculpture, installations, and site-specific projects. Printing methods I am proficient with include screen printing, relief (woodcut and lino-cut), and lithography. As a screen printer, I have printed work for many Boston artists and university faculty, including a piece in collaboration with Mark Cooper at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and most recently a piece for Magdalena Campos-Pons, to be displayed at the Cuban Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale. I employ various drawing methods and painting methods within printmaking and on their own. Traditional painting techniques include watercolor, gouache, ink, acrylic, and oil. My ongoing experience of designing posters has forced me to maintain a professional aptitude with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well.

Computer:
Adobe Photoshop
Language:
Spanish
Homeschool:
Spanish
Corporate Training:
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Photoshop

I have been using photoshop for graphic design, photography, and fine art for over 10 years, and have received extensive training as part of my Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree. Photography is an integral form of research and part of my art work. I also maintain an active professional practice of architectural photography, and my workflow experience involves advanced retouching and manipulation techniques and use of photoshop CC or CS6 with Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, and LightRoom.

Art History

I possess both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree.
I have been studying art for most of my life, and though my degrees are in "Studio Arts", to be an artist requires a deep understanding and perpetual study of art history. In addition to this, I maintain a practice of critical writing and proposal writing, and have acted as a curator.

Art Theory

I possess both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree.
I have been studying art for most of my life, and though my degrees are in "Studio Arts", to be an artist requires a deep understanding and perpetual study of art history. In addition to this, I maintain a practice of critical writing and proposal writing, and have acted as a curator.

Drawing

I hold a BFA and MFA degree, and have over twenty years of drawing experience. Regardless of the final medium, all of my artwork begins with drawing. My tutoring methods involve designing exercises or assignments focusing on improving hand skills and accomplishing goals set forth on behalf of the student, making the medium work for you. I have experience in life drawing, technical drawing, perspective study, architectural rendering, illustration, and hand lettering, with a large variety of different drawing materials.

Painting

I hold a BFA in Studio Art, and recently received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), in Boston, where I have taught. I have almost twenty years of painting experience. My tutoring methods involve designing exercises or assignments focusing on tackling the student's identifiable weaknesses, expanding the student's breadth and depth of techniques and tools, and accomplishing goals set forth on behalf of the student, making the medium work for the student. I am most well versed in watercolor, gouache, and ink painting, but am also proficient with acrylic and oil.

Spanish

Native Speaker. Studied abroad in Mexico and Spain. Further travel: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Argentina. Have tutored high school students, college students, and continuing education adults at various starting levels of proficiency, as well as translated public relations print and web content for the guild of Catalan art galleries (GGAC) in Barcelona.

Will tailor content of exercises, aural and textual, to your interests or needs while maintaining a broad approach to development of skills.

University of Rochester
Studio Art
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Tufts)
Master's

Education

University of Rochester (Studio Art)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Tufts) (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alexander will travel within 5 miles of Brookline, MA 02446.


About Alexander

My relationship with the arts has been a lifelong one. I grew up taking art classes, and pursued my love of drawing, painting, and printmaking through high school and college. I received my BFA in Studio Art from the University of Rochester in 2010. Most recently in 2013, I earned my Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (SMFA), where I have accepted a post-graduate teaching fellowship in the Print and Paper department for 2013-2014 school year, teaching undergraduate level screen printing courses.

I began working as a Teacher's Assistant during my undergraduate career, co-teaching two introductory printmaking courses. At SMFA, I gained experience as Graduate Teaching Assistant for multiple screen printing courses, and co-taught a five week intensive summer course with another graduate student. I have worked with students at many different skill levels, providing me the valuable experience of approaching students' practices from different entry points. My goal has always been to identify what the student really wishes to accomplish, and work towards that goal. Teaching at an undergraduate level involves technical instruction, but also a degree of conceptual instruction, and I thoroughly enjoy helping people to understand their impulses, their artistic and aesthetic choices, and to know why they make what they make. Overall, I aim to help developing artists, both serious and hobby artists, to improve their technical skills and gain a sense of direction by creating exercises that target weaknesses, and working towards set goals.

As an artist, I work primarily in printmaking, sculpture, installations, and site-specific projects. Printing methods I am proficient with include screen printing, relief (woodcut and lino-cut), and lithography. As a screen printer, I have printed work for many Boston artists and university faculty, including a piece in collaboration with Mark Cooper at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and most recently a piece for Magdalena Campos-Pons, to be displayed at the Cuban Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale. I employ various drawing methods and painting methods within printmaking and on their own. Traditional painting techniques include watercolor, gouache, ink, acrylic, and oil. My ongoing experience of designing posters has forced me to maintain a professional aptitude with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well.


Education

University of Rochester
Studio Art
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Tufts)
Master's

Education

University of Rochester (Studio Art)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Tufts) (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Brookline, MA 02446

Alexander’s Subjects

Computer:
Adobe Photoshop
Language:
Spanish
Homeschool:
Spanish
Corporate Training:
Spanish

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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