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Helen M.

Brooklyn, NY

$60/hr

Art Lessons with Certified Art Teacher & Columbia University Grad

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Art Lessons with Certified Art Teacher & Columbia University Grad

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Helen is a museum teaching artist working for the New York Historical Society's education department. She completed her M.A. degree in Art & Museum Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2011. Helen moved to New York City from the Philadelphia area, where she studied Painting and Art History as an undergraduate at the Tyler School of Art. After her Bachelor's, Helen worked for a prominent auction house, recognized both nationally and internationally, and specializing in decorative arts and furnishings, mid-century modern design, fine art, jewelry & silver. With a diverse range of academic and professional experiences, Helen offers a well-rounded and comprehensively informed approach to her practice as an educator.

With a progressive teaching philosophy that recognizes the teacher as simultaneous leader and learner, Helen is committed to maintaining her own artistic practice as a resource for her teaching. She continues to evolve and develop alongside her students, ensuring their experience takes place in a nurturing, secure, and learner-centered atmosphere. Helen believes that effective and successful teaching can only take place in an environment where participants feel comfortable taking chances, making mistakes, and learning that art making, like anything worthwhile, takes time and requires hard work.

With each session, students gain the capacity to not only recognize, but also reshape the outcome of their art making with increased independence. It is her goal to lead students toward a key insight, which affirms that the artistic process actually begins where most think it concludes. Learners come to stress the importance of a self-reflective process, which is key to effective and thoughtful art production. As such, each new effort becomes a progression forward, further developing and communicating a distinctive visual language. This, more than anything else, stands at the core of her instruction.

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Art History

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with additional undergraduate and graduate coursework in aesthetics, art theory, and criticism. I spent a semester in Tokyo, Japan studying art and art history, which extends my knowledge base to many artistic movements (Eastern & Western). My specialty Post-War and Contemporary Art, but can work with any movement or topic.

While completing my graduate coursework at Columbia University, I obtained a position with the education department at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. My work there allowed me to gain hands-on experience with contemporary art and artists in the rapidly changing context of an institution with no permanent collection.I researched and selected exhibition related resources, edited guided-tours, and developed training programs for docents, freelance educators, operations, and visitor services staff in at least 5 exhibition cycles at the museum.

Drawing

I completed a Bachelor's degree in Drawing and Painting at the highly acclaimed Tyler School of Art, which is part of the larger Temple University in Philadelphia. My work has been selected for a number of group exhibitions, and my portfolio has also granted my admission to graduate school at New York University (NYU) and Columbia University, where I accepted admission and completed my Masters. I have also taught on the college level at a community college in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, working with all skill levels and abilities.

As a graduate student I continued my artistic practice, taking on an additional studio course as an independent study. The focus was drawing and after the class was completed, I was invited by the professor to work as her Teaching Assistant for the students taking the introductory course.

Painting

I completed my Bachelor's degree in Painting at the acclaimed Tyler School of Art, which is part of the larger Temple University in Philadelphia. While there, I received instruction and praise from distinguished artists who worked as professors in the art school.

I have worked in Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor varieties of the medium, and taught two college level courses in painting (one based on watercolors and the other on acrylics). My artist portfolio also yielded my admission to graduate school at both New York University (NYU) and Columbia University, where I accepted, and thereafter completed my Masters degree.

I work in both abstract and representational styles, in a variety of sizes, formats, and surfaces. My work has been selected for a range of group exhibitions, featuring multiple works in a single show.

I continued my painting practice as a graduate student, studying with prominent art practitioners who also served as faculty in the department at Columbia University.

Temple University, Tyler School of Art
Teachers College, Columbia University
Master's

Education

Temple University, Tyler School of Art

Teachers College, Columbia University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

After 4 or more lessons, a rate discount of $10/hr will apply. Rates are per student/per hour. For group sessions, rates will depend on circumstances and age-range of participants.

Travel policy

Helen will travel within 30 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11238.


About Helen

Helen is a museum teaching artist working for the New York Historical Society's education department. She completed her M.A. degree in Art & Museum Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2011. Helen moved to New York City from the Philadelphia area, where she studied Painting and Art History as an undergraduate at the Tyler School of Art. After her Bachelor's, Helen worked for a prominent auction house, recognized both nationally and internationally, and specializing in decorative arts and furnishings, mid-century modern design, fine art, jewelry & silver. With a diverse range of academic and professional experiences, Helen offers a well-rounded and comprehensively informed approach to her practice as an educator.

With a progressive teaching philosophy that recognizes the teacher as simultaneous leader and learner, Helen is committed to maintaining her own artistic practice as a resource for her teaching. She continues to evolve and develop alongside her students, ensuring their experience takes place in a nurturing, secure, and learner-centered atmosphere. Helen believes that effective and successful teaching can only take place in an environment where participants feel comfortable taking chances, making mistakes, and learning that art making, like anything worthwhile, takes time and requires hard work.

With each session, students gain the capacity to not only recognize, but also reshape the outcome of their art making with increased independence. It is her goal to lead students toward a key insight, which affirms that the artistic process actually begins where most think it concludes. Learners come to stress the importance of a self-reflective process, which is key to effective and thoughtful art production. As such, each new effort becomes a progression forward, further developing and communicating a distinctive visual language. This, more than anything else, stands at the core of her instruction.

Education

Temple University, Tyler School of Art
Teachers College, Columbia University
Master's

Education

Temple University, Tyler School of Art

Teachers College, Columbia University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

After 4 or more lessons, a rate discount of $10/hr will apply. Rates are per student/per hour. For group sessions, rates will depend on circumstances and age-range of participants.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11238

Helen’s Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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