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As a tutor, my most important traits are patience, creativity, and competence. I have eight years of experience working with college students as a lecturer in art and art history (drawing, painting, art history survey, 20th century art). My M.A. is in Art History from the University of Missouri, where I was a full-scholarship grant recipient. My previous experience includes teaching at a community arts center with students from middle school through adult. Before coming to the Midwest I studied and lived in Europe and I'm bilingual (German/English). I also have experience working individually and in small groups with international business professionals learning English and German for effective oral and written communication. As a published writer, experienced editor, and one who has graded many papers, I can help you to write with clarity and persuasiveness, whether in creative or academic mode.
I have taught Drawing I and II (Beginning and advanced) and Figure Drawing at the college level (Benedictine College, UMKC) and Beginning Drawing at a community arts school. My emphasis for beginning classes is on observational drawing, the process of seeing like an artist, and understanding perspective. In more advanced classes we also explore composition, imaginative drawing, choice of subjects, and examples of master artists.
I am a working artist who has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally.
As someone who has learned a foreign language and lived in a foreign culture, I have special insight into the learning process. I use a variety of approaches that mimic the "natural" approach to language acquisition (i.e. learning as a child does) which avoids written language in the earlier stages of contact with the new language,favoring spoken English. These include picture cues, modelling responses, lots of action (I can be theatrical!), and humor. For more advanced students who need to improve writing, I am sensitive to issues of grammar and construction that non-native speakers struggle with. I am especially good at targeting pronunciation to help students communicate clearly by creating individualized practice exercises. Starting with an assessment of needs, I will develop an effective approach to move the student forward.
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