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My name is Andrew, you can call me Andy or Drew or Andrew.
I have my Bachelor's in Art Education and graduated cum laude. I also took a year in a Master's program (Higher Education in Student Affairs) at Salem State this past year. I've been involved in art all of my life, and started my education in high school where I took AP classes and got the highest score for my AP Design portfolio in my class after having only been in the class for a few weeks. I've worked in digital, sculpture (including ceramics, glass blowing, and welding), painting (mostly non-representational), drawing, and photography. I was born with a passion for creating as well as a passion for teaching. I hold a firm belief that the tutor learns just as much from the student as the student learns from the tutor, and that is what I think a great reward is.
That said, I don't want it to feel like "tutor" and "student". I want you to feel comfortable with me watching you work and feeling comfortable asking me questions and taking questions. But I also want to see you take initiative. Free lesson right here: don't be afraid to make marks. Maybe that's all you need to know! But I can help you build on that.
I'm patient and understand that not everyone learns the same way. I like to incorporate other subjects in with art and teach in an interdisciplinary way. History, science, math, and English all have something to do with art and visa versa. I might ask you about yourself to get to know what your talents and interests are in aside from art, see if we can help you grasp art concepts through these other mediums. I also hope you have patience because I feel that experience can teach you better than me orating how to do something. I want to utilize time more with you actually creating art and learning as we go. You can work as fast or as slow as you want. I might suggest an exercise here or there if I see you getting frustrated or something doesn't seem to be working for you. Or we can take breaks and talk about it or move to another project. I will adapt to your pace.
I've taught a couple of classes, but most of my work has been in Residence Life, which I partially consider a teaching position. In residence life I've developed programs (much like simplified lesson plans) regularly for residents that often times were educational based. I worked well as a resident assistant because I like to make people feel comfortable. With that said, my work space is my living space so I want you to feel comfortable in my home. If I can swing it, I'll have food occasionally. I have a cat so if you are allergic we might be able to do work outside if I can get an easel and a pallet for painters.
Hope to hear from you soon and I'm open to any and all questions! Including but not limited to price negotiations.
I took basic drawing and figure drawing, as well as a variety of other classes throughout my college career where drawing was a basic necessity to succeed. In basic drawing we covered the elements of design mostly (line, color, shape, texture, space, and form). In figure drawing we followed along the same terms, but also learned different drawing techniques such as blind drawing (helps you focus on detail), quick sketching (trains your eye to quickly summarize), used a variety of media (charcoal was most popular due to its malleable nature). On top of that, many studio classes required me to keep sketch books of projects I was working on, or required me to sketch out the composition beforehand. Besides charcoal, I've worked with regular drawing pencils, pastels, color pencils, markers, and more.
I have been a mac user for nearly a decade now. I know the basics as well as helpful keystrokes, useful tricks, and some minor troubleshooting. I have experience with both macbooks and imacs.
I have utilized Publisher in my marketing experience. I've used it mostly to create advertisements and also templates for buttons. I've taught my colleagues in the past a trick or two in harnessing its usefulness! I know basics as well as helpful keystrokes.
I have the most experience in non-representational painting. I've worked little with oils, mostly watercolors and acrylic paint. I also do have experience with air-brushing, though I'm a little rusty since that was back in high school and wasn't too in depth. I did take a class called color and design where we worked with watercolor and learned how to mix colors to create new ones, how to shade with color, and worked a lot with value. We touched a bit on brushing techniques as well.
I've only academically worked with 35mm film. I've been taught how to develop and process prints. I've only worked with a Minolta, but I can find my way around most 35 mm cameras. I understand shutter speed, aperture settings and how they correlate with one another, loading and unloading a camera, and focus. All my work was outside of a studio setting however, so I'm not familiar with flashes or working with artificial light.
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