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Do you need help with editing, drawing, bringing something from your imagination into form? Whatever creative projects you are working on, whether it be visual or verbal expression, I'll work with you to discover your natural learning style and develop a plan of action. Maybe you just need some tips on how to get a paper or presentation started, or you want to have a step by step series of hands-on exercises to develop how to "see" by drawing with a pencil or wire in 3 dimensions. I facilitate your unique process by listening carefully and navigating in response to your abilities and desired outcomes.
I have years of experience with creative writing, project proposals, and academic papers; I know it is important to have an editor with fresh eyes, and someone who cares about you finding your personal, creative voice. My background in liberal arts includes a BA in Design from UCLA and a three year degree in Metals from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. I was valedictorian of my high school - the York School - in California, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA. I enjoyed school, took classical piano lessons for 11 years, tango dance now, and believe that having a broad base of knowledge and abilities will help you to accomplish what you set out to do. I ended up working freelance on the stop-motion animated film, "Coraline," thanks to my jewelry, design, and metalsmithing skills.
I have been public speaking through my TED Fellowship, TED Senior Fellowship, and other venues for the past four years. Currently, I'm working to create coral restoration art/science sculptures in the ocean and an interdisciplinary, interactive art installation on land. For many years I taught art (jewelry, sculpture, mixed-media, drawing) and collaborative projects through schools and alternative educational spaces. Writing grants and proposals, biographies and blog posts is part of my every day. As a tutor, I look forward to helping you to succeed with your art and writing.
Drawing is a form of seeing. Since I was four, I've been making art - drawing and juxtaposing materials and concepts to discover and express. My experience includes traditional art training at The York School (high school): charcoal, color theory, blind contour drawing, negative space, still-life, painting, ceramics, for example. At UCLA I took 4 years of design and drawing courses highly influenced by the Bauhaus style. Drawing, sculpture, textiles, photography, contemporary and historical design, and art history were part of the curriculum palette. Following that, I started a jewelry studio and then entered a 3 year metals program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where I gained high level technical skills in jewelry and sculpture fabrication, ceramics, photographic processes, woodwork, welding...Drawing helps you to see so that you can observe the world with new perspectives and create unique realities with many mediums. One of my favorite things to do is go to a bookstore or museum and absorb the art world and stimulate my imagination. As a tutor I will help you find your artistic voice.
I have been giving public presentations for science pubs, TED talks, schools, and mini Maker Fairs, to name a few venues of the past 4 years. I can help you to develop your connection with the audience and your subject matter by advising how to incorporate video, power point slides, and even costumes/clothing and props to add creative elements to engage the audience. As an artist working across many disciplines, I need to write grant applications, share verbally my intention and concepts, and give pitches for larger works, so whether it is for a general audience, work environment, school, I can give you supportive tools, resources and methods to relax and find your true voice for public speaking. Mostly, it takes practice and a few kind people to cultivate the confidence and basics to build upon.
I have received grants and fellowships, including a TED Senior Fellowship, with my writing skills. As a self-employed artist, blogger, and public speaker, I am writing every day for different audiences. From the casual email, to the formal grant submission, I am prepared to help develop academic papers, creative writing, and provide proofreading and editing with fresh eyes. I attended one of the top high schools in the US, The York School, which fostered academic writing abilities. When I attended the Oregon College of Art and Craft after receiving a BA in Design from UCLA (summa cum laude), I was "retrained" to find my own voice for creative writing, artist statements, and other forms of writing; sometimes you want to use words to portray an intimate, personal world that truly reflects you. I am able to help you find your voice and orchestrate the English language to communicate clearly with others, whether it is for a class, an oral presentation, or personal work.
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