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I love to read and write, and I think part of my job as a tutor is to help students enjoy their work. While I was an honors student at Vassar College, I never received less than an "A" on any essay I wrote, and was awarded Vassar's J. Howard Howson Prize for my senior thesis in comparative religion. My approach to teaching writing covers composition, essay structure, grammar, vocabulary and style, and is designed to give students a set of steps that they can eventually use on their own in writing essays. I believe that reading great writing is essential to learning to write well. I can also help students improve their research skills, navigating library resources both online and in the stacks.
I come from a family of scholars and educators, so teaching is a natural passion for me. My father was a sociology professor, and my grandfather and great-grandfather both philosophy professors. During the school year, I teach drawing and design in the BFA program at New Hampshire Institute of Art, and have also taught in the art departments at The University of New Hampshire and American University in Washington, D.C. My experience also includes two years in France teaching ESL to public elementary school students. I speak French at an intermediate level, and can tutor in French conversation, reading and writing. While studying in the post-baccalaureate art program at Brandeis University, I worked for one year as an ESL tutor with private students in Boston. At Vassar I also studied psychology, philosophy, art history, classics, education, folklore, anthropology and dance, all of which inform my work as an artist and educator. I earned my MFA in painting from American University where my coursework included art history and art theory; during my graduate studies I was awarded a Mellon Foundation grant and a travel prize for research in Spain.
I also offer lessons in drawing and painting, art appreciation, and cooking.
In short, my education and teaching experience have given me a rich foundation on which to draw as a tutor. I have a broad knowledge base in the humanities, and I am friendly, organized and empathetic. I look forward to hearing from you!
While a student at Vassar, I took many art history electives and came very close to minoring in the subject. I took courses including a two semester survey of western and world art history; The Arts of Japan; Romanesque and Gothic Architecture; and 17th Century Flemish and Netherlandish Painting. My graduate work at American University included an upper-level art history seminar on European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting. I achieved "A"s in all these classes. I have an artist's perspective on historical and contemporary art that includes social and historical dimensions as well as formal and philosophical issues. In the studio art classes that I teach at NH Institute of Art, I frequently incorporate examples from art history in slide lectures. I have a strong command of art historical language and research methods, as well as a love of the subject.
I earned my MFA in painting from American University, Washington, D.C., in 2009. My current work consists of observational self-portrait paintings and drawings that use chromatic color and dramatic cropping to convey a contemporary vision of the female figure that is both sensual and confrontational. I currently teach drawing in the foundations program at New Hampshire Institute of Art, and art history at Franklin Pierce University. I have also taught drawing and painting at The University of New Hampshire and American University. I have studied at Chautauqua School of Art, and at The Marchutz School for Drawing and Painting in Aix-en-Provence, France. My work has been exhibited at The University of New Hampshire Museum; Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York City; and Washington Art Association, among other venues.
From 2004-2006, I taught ESL to French public students in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France, through the Assistants Langues program run by the French government. When I returned to the states, I tutored non-native speakers in English conversation for one year in Boston as a private contractor. These three years of teaching gave me a strong foundation in how to approach ESL both with children and adults. I also speak French at an intermediate level and am able to use strategies and exercises from my studies in French in teaching ESL.
I was a religion major and received honors in the subject at Vassar College. My area of focus was religions of Asia and particularly India. For my senior thesis on the philosophy of aesthetics in Hinduism, I was awarded Vassar's 2004 J. Howard Howson Prize for Excellence in the Study of Religion. My coursework in religion included: Western Religious Traditions, Eastern Religious Traditions, Hindu Traditions, Buddhist Traditions, Islamic Architecture, Religion and the Body, Healing Traditions of India and China, and Dreams and Religion. I have broad general knowledge of the world's major faith traditions and more in-depth knowledge of Asian religions. I am also familiar with theories of ritual and of spirituality and art.
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