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You or your child will enjoy learning with a tutor whose experiences include conceiving, developing and publishing a 60 page full-color comic book, teaching children art from fine art collections at The Cleveland and Philadelphia Museums of Art and twelve years teaching in public and private schools. You or your child can expect to be an active participant in his or her own course of study, while exploring artists ways and developing basic art skills.
You can expect to guide the course of study based on your passions, goals and interests. Getting out in the world to explore resources like artists works in galleries, museums and cultural centers is as important as sitting quietly to focus on drawing, painting or sculpting from life, from pictures or from ones own imagination.
This tutor carves wood, has sculpted in plaster and clay, painted in watercolors, acrylic and oils and never tires of the delights of drawing. Photography is a tool that is too fabulous to live without. In addition to creating art works, the art student can set a goal to exhibit his or her work, knowing this tutor has organized student exhibits in public venues.
Finally, you or your child will appreciate learning creative problem-solving processes that are applicable and relevant to everyday challenges.
I earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1992. I taught children's art classes in the galleries and studios at the Cleveland and Philadelphia Museums of Art for a total of four years. I also taught middle and high school students for over 12 years in public and private schools. I created a "Little Art Book" to introduce students to the basics of art history. Many of my lessons integrate art history in studio art lessons
Art History tracks creative human expression since the earliest times - from paintings on cave walls through Greek and Roman architecture and portraits, medieval manuscripts, Islamic mosaics, renaissance paintings, African sculptures, Mayan stone carvings, Mexican murals, including all times, crossing all cultures up to and including present times. There is a useful and simple approach to help viewers understand art works called The Feldman Approach to Art Criticism. It includes four steps: 1. Description 2. Analysis, 3. Interpretation 4. Evaluation. This four step approach provides a guide for more deeply understanding what one sees and provides a way for viewers to judge subjective works of art.
I earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1992. I taught children's art classes in the galleries and studios at the Cleveland and Philadelphia Museums of Art for a total of four years. I also taught middle and high school students for over 12 years in public and private schools. I am certified to teach art K -12. I am currently an art instructor with the world renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and teach basic drawing, painting and design in their Restorative Justice Program.
I particularly love teaching drawing from life; portraits, figures, plants and still lives. I also have experience teaching drawing using comic book style, including use of perspective and sequential art to tell a story.
Drawing may be the simplest of art forms, making marks with a tool on paper, but it is also one of the most challenging. One must learn to look and see well in order to draw from life. Drawing is literally being moved by what one sees - as the hand moves to capture what sits in front of us. One is not so much drawing a "chair" as something to sit on, but seeing and drawing a linear structure that captures the essence of the object. The artist learns to do a visual analysis considering line, shape, form, texture, value, color and space. The artist can create a mood or express ideas by using balance, contrast, unity, emphasis, repetition and scale. Artists also draw from pictures and their imaginations. In all cases, drawings reveal the mysteries of the inner and outer worlds we all find ourselves in. Frederick Frank wrote: "I have noticed that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle: the branching of a tree, the structure of a dandelion's seed puff. I discover that among the "Ten Thousand Things" there is no ordinary thing. All that is, is worthy of being seen, of being drawn." (From Zen and the Art of Seeing
I earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1992 and am certified to teach art K-12.
Continuing my education, I take painting classes at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and portrait painting classes at the Woodmere Museum. I taught middle and high school students the basics of color theory and technique (watercolor, tempera, and acrylic) for over 12 years in public and private schools. I also taught drawing, painting and design to young adults with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Tutoring begins with the student communicating his/her passion, interests and questions. Once I understand what the student wants to explore and the level at which he/she is beginning, we can set a course of study to help the student reach set goals.
Three of the most inspiring resources I use for exploring color and painting are Johannes Itten’s The Elements of Color, Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit and G.F. Brommer and N.K.Kinne’s Exploring Painting. Currently, I am painting with acrylic on hand built ceramic pieces. I’m exhibiting and selling my work in a local gallery.
Great tutor — My son is 8 years old. He has been with Mrs. M for almost 2 months now. Lou Ann knows his strength and passions. She knows how to work with children. She customizes the teaching plan for my son. She teaches him the basic of drawing while encouraging his creativity. We can see the nice progress he has made over the period. He loves the lessons. ...
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