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Hello! My name is Sue, I have been an artist my entire life, have shown my work in New York for over 15 years, and have really loved teaching for the past five years. I currently teach at Pratt and Montclair State University. I moved to New York City after earning a full scholarship to The Cooper Union, where I earned a BFA in art. I spent six years working in designing and developing prototypes, and then went on to earn a Master's degree in painting from Bard College. I was able to balance experience in a corporate environment as well as keep a consistent art making practice. After my design experience I began teaching. Along my path I also wrote a book on making toys out of recycled fabrics-- this was a great thrill for me! I wrote the text, designed and made the toys, and even illustrated the how-to pictures. I have done other projects, commissions with other artists, as well. I also moonlight at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, where I paint and sculpt the portraits of the wax figures-so you can see I have a very extensive range of experience!
In terms of teaching I've taught drawing, sculpture, painting, and a toy design classes. I'd love to work one-on-one with anyone who wants to develop their skills in these fields. I have really enjoyed sharing my discoveries through teaching, and I know I can inspire and encourage growth in these areas. I like to work with each individual at their own level. I have often taught those surrounding me various techniques, and in my corporate job would instruct painting and drawing techniques to those newly hired for the position. In recent years I have worked with college students on developing their overall potential in whatever area they are focusing on, be it design, drawing, or painting.
My strengths are that I am very personable, easy to get along with and very rigorous with what I know can be achieved. So in a sense I strive to maintain a balance of keeping things challenging, and fun as well. I can see the potential in anyone, and I work with people at their own level. I work to inspire students to find their own potential, and also to see the beauty and excellence in the art that surrounds them.
I spent over 30 years drawing from life, and have taught the past three semesters of drawing at Montclair State University. I teach beginning drawing (The Still Life,) Figure Drawing,and all related issues surrounding the various tools and techniques and papers, line and line weight, tone and tonalities, scale and composition, proportion, negative space and positive space, sighting techniques.
I have studied painting for many years, both as a student at The Cooper Union and as a professional working artist. I have exhibited my paintings for over 10 years, and have a masters in painting from Bard College.
Wonderful tutor for my daughter — Sue tutored my daughter in art last year when she was 4-5 years old. She was absolutely wonderful in connecting with my daughter and exploring all different kinds of art (including crafts and sewing). She always came with original ideas of things to do but was flexible if my daughter had something else in mind. My daughter looked forward to Sue coming every week. I highly recommend Sue! ...
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