As a professional artist I am interested in sharing my knowledge of fine arts in the academic environment. Teaching provides inspiration for both the student and the teacher, creating a productive symbiosis. For me teaching is a necessary component of art making. It is the responsibility of artists to share their experience not only through visual means but also by direct communication with others. I received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (Maryland) in 2009 and an MFA from Towson University, Maryland in 2013.
I am also a 2013 recipient of Touchstone Young Artist Fellowship program in Washington D.C. As a recent college graduate I am aware of the current standards and expectations from student portfolios. I have been teaching Non-Major Drawing course at Towson University since 2012 and have experience with beginners.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the teaching experience for me is seeing the progression of a students work from the initial shy beginnings into a more virtuoso style of drawing. I also want my students to enjoy drawing/painting as an experience.
Art can be very therapeutic, and I believe that every person should experience art and what it has to offer. This includes the joy of inspiration and pride in accomplishing something wondrous and beautiful. I have a firm knowledge of painting, drawing and intaglio printmaking, as well as deep respect for technique.
Familiarity with material opens tremendous potential and versatility, as well as the ground for conceptual exploration. As an educator I believe in developing the students’ technical skills as well as cognitive thinking.
Conceptually I believe it’s important to explore the contemporary society we live in. By providing knowledge of materials and techniques and widening students’ conceptual boundaries I seek to enrich the creative, inner world of the students.
Art is a language that everyone can be well versed in. It provides an outlet, a breathing space from the mundane. And my job as a teacher is to equip every student with skills to travel outside the mundane.
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