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Duane P.

Creative Expressions Tutoring - Digital & Traditional Art

Ashley, MI (48806)

Travel radius
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I am a traditional artist who works with pen & ink, water colors and airbrush mediums; however, I am also very competent in the digital arts as well. I am currently attending college classes and working towards a degree in Computer Animation. I enjoy sharing my creative interests with the next generation. In the past I have conducted short seminars on basic sketching; helping new artists to train their eyes to see past the preconceived symbols that we are so accustomed to and actually see everyday objects as they are - and then sketch them.

As a designer, I have had to work closely with Engineers and communicate on their level through mathematics. So, I have also developed a good understanding of geometry and pre-algebra. My writing and verbal skills along with some basic computer skills also have been strengthened due to managerial positions I have held.

I greatly look forward to working with you. As I side note, it may interest you that I am a huge fan/collector of action figures, fantasy art and enjoy watching super hero movies. I like to think that I have a good sense of humor and am easy to get along with.

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Duane’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing

Adobe Flash

Primarily, I use Flash for simple animations - not for games. I have some experience with Action Script and have built one or two websites using Flash; but, I do not recommend it. I can assist with basic learning of the tools and accurately using the timeline and properly installing the different 'tweens'.

Adobe Photoshop

I enjoy creating original artwork as well as manipulating existing photos in Photoshop. I can teach some basic photo retouching and special effects that professional photographers use to make their photos look like $$$. I will teach you how to select images, adjust your selection, move images; how to use the layers effectively and also how to blend layers for those awesome special effects. There is so much that Photoshop is capable of doing it can be very overwhelming; but if you know what you want it to do, we can help get you there.

Algebra 1

To me, algebra is like a coach's play book. It's all X's and O's in the book, but in real life there's actual players filling those positions and carrying out the plays. It's the same way with algebra: There are specific functions that need to be "played" out and in specific order regardless if you're working with x and y or with 9 and 13. Algebra is the rough outline without any of the details added. It's math broken down to the basic principles. Once you understand how math works, then you are able to apply it using any variable.

AutoCAD

I was first introduced to AutoCAD in 1998 with R14; since I have used it to create drawings for personal and commercial drafting projects; design new-product concept drawings and also to design large steel structures called 'bridges' that were used in the manufacturing of corrugated paper board (card board). I can teach the various tool functions using the command line as well as a mouse or stylus.

Drawing

When working with a beginner, I start out teaching the basic shapes: circles, triangles and rectangles. Once mastered, these shapes are the building blocks to sketching everyday objects. Shadows, highlighting and shading are next - these elements will add the 3 dimensional effect that will turn your drawings into eye-popping works of art!!

Elementary Math

Understanding and excelling at math will help with many other areas in school as well as your personal life. Math requires a focused thought process and ability to be methodical. There are plenty of advantages to being able to work through story problems and recognize patterns in complex math equations; you will notice that other subjects will seem easier to grasp when you exercise the part of your brain that calculates those math problems.

General Computer

I have been working with desktops and laptops since Windows 97. I also have some experience with Mac's. I don't know how to hack or bypass the manufacturer's settings but I can assist with basic setup; setting personal preferences and even most common office software. I can also help set up your web browser to add favorite websites; add one-click email and help get you started with your facebook, twitter or other social network accounts.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is one of the programs that can be customized to your specific needs and requirements. Whether you need to make lists, graphs or other data output or you need several working spreadsheets to help in running your small business, I can help you use Excel to it's fullest potential. Not only is it set up to create awesome columns and rows of data; it has built in formulas that can calculate, sort and build colorful graphs. I used Excel to keep track of monthly sales; then prioritized each part number to print out a production schedule for the Plant Manager.

Microsoft Word

Word is more than just a simple word processor. Using built in templates or creating your own from scratch you can accomplish some very impressive desktop publishing. Newsletters, custom letterhead and professional flyers are just the beginning of what Word is capable of with the right training and knowledge. Once you become aware of what tools are available, your imagination is the only limitation you will have.

Photography

I enjoy working with people to share my knowledge of the art of photography. It can seem intimidating when looking at the modern SLR with all of it's buttons and dials. But, we will go through each step and learn how the basic components (lens, aperture, sensor) deal with light. I will help you learn how to compose a shot and teach you the difference between Taking a Shot and Making a Shot.

Prealgebra

To me, algebra is like a coach's play book. It's all X's and O's in the book, but in real life there's actual players filling those positions and carrying out the plays. It's the same way with algebra: There are specific functions that need to be "played" out and in specific order regardless if you're working with x and y or with 9 and 13. Algebra is the rough outline without any of the details added. It's math broken down to the basic principles. Once you understand how math works, then you are able to apply it using any variable.

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Duane will travel within 20 miles of Ashley, MI 48806.

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