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Escape The Rut: Free Your Creative Mind

Have you ever felt like you have fallen into a rut, stuck doing the same things, with no noticable improvement in the quality of your life, career, or relationships? Falling into a rut means you are following tried-and-true but well worn steps instead of taking a chance or exploring new areas. What is the primary reason we do this? Fear.   Most people make their decisions based on some level of fear. “If I try that, I might fail.”, or “If I do this, others will think poorly of me.” or the big one: “If I take a chance, I might end up living in a van down by the river.” Fear is the biggest factor that holds people back from trying new things and fulfilling their dreams. I better not chance it; it’s just too risky. Don’t get me wrong; we live in dire economic conditions right now. There are millions of people in this country out of work or under-employed, so there are real-world consequences to going off on a new path on a whim. The fear of losing... read more

Tutoring 2014

Hello!  I am writing to let you know that in 2014, as an ART TUTOR I will be offering lessons that you don't need to haul any art equipment to.   If you want to schedule more then one lessons, and invite some friends, the lessons would have, food and music in a quiet not distracting setting and I would come to your residence.   Great for Summer parties with kids!  Adults can take in the fun too, for everyone needs some fun time, and down time, from everyday schedules.  I have an open backyard for painting if you prefer lessons at our home.  (Weather permitting.)    I am excited this year to try something new and FUN!  There is Art companies out there who can do the same thing, but you don't know the instructor.  Get to know me.  I am a mother of 5, and enjoy art.  I help out doing art in my daughters school once a month.  I have experience, and schooling, and a degree.   If you... read more

How Does One Master What They Do?

As I think about how my own passion for my practice became an art form, I also begin to explore what I consider to be my mastery, as posed by this question by WyzAnt: How did you master a subject or concept that challenged you in school?   I then thought about why I like art. I believe art is limitless because it is freeing, it allows us not to think in binaries but to put it in a large grey scale. It allows us to put into perspective something that we have discovered to be a passion or interest greater than what we have known it to be before provoking it.   I went into school believing that I found what I was interested couldn't be found in it. It's true. I discovered I loved poetry. I loved conceptual writing, which is a little like weird internet poetry but more directed towards looking at writing as an art. In other words, writing that in itself can indicate a relation with something else outside of it. For example, the font, weight, colors... read more

Quote of the Day - John Steinbeck

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." ~John Steinbeck   There's an artist in each teacher and each student: teaching is the collaboration of two innovative minds. As a tutor, I see living, breathing artwork that is guided simultaneously by intuition, creativity and reason. I'm in a gallery surrounded by the curiosities and masterpieces of knowledge. Each piece has a story that narrates a small piece of the creators' lives.

Advice to my younger self- the student

IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades' it is natural for me to dip my toes in different waters- all at the same time, but that does not mean that I can give 100% to any of them at that time. While I was able to get good grades (A- average) while in school, I was impressed by how much better I did- and felt about my work- the few times that I scaled back on my activities. Another piece of advice that I wish that I could bestow upon my younger self would be to learn how to speak up in a group setting when someone is not fulfilling their part of an agreement. Now, this said, the best way to do this would be in a tactful... read more

Availability

Earlier this year I started tutoring Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have a lovely student who is excelling in her work as an artist both in Drawing and Photoshop. After the end of the 3rd quarter, we will be going into Painting with Acrylics, Gauche, and Oil Paints if there is time. Because I am a full time student at UALR and only have one car to share with my spouse, I have a bit of a strict schedule. So I will have my availability up for those of you seeking a tutor in any area of Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting. These times are for physical (face-to-face) tutoring. Monday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM Tuesday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM Wednesday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM Thursday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM Friday - 7:00AM to 10:00AM / 1:00PM to 3:00PM / Anytime after 5:00PM Saturday & Sunday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Schedule is subject to change seeing as life does happen. I am also available for online tutoring over Skype / G+... read more

Success through a Dialogical Approach in Teaching, Teaching from the Back of the Classroom, Teaching in the Round

Over the past 5 years I have had significant success in teaching in the subject areas of drama, theatre, writing, applied art and theatre aesthetics, contemporary philosophy, and dramatic practice and theory. Young people who have worked with me on the mid- and high school level, in special education settings, and at the college and university level, have achieved considerable success in graduating from school, and continuing their education on the college and university level. A large number of my former students has entered the professional work force in theatre and the entertainment industry, either as interns or employees of established and well respected theatrical institutions such as the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, The Lookingglass Theatre, and Irondale Ensemble Project in New York City. Students who have worked with me at the German National Theater in Weimar, Germany, have gone on to study at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, and the Staatliche Hochschule fuer... read more

Pre-teen Success!

I am currently working with a wonderful young lady in her pre-teen years to compile a portfolio for admission to the Rush Arts Academy in Philadelphia. This young lady has raw talent, but also is a fabulous listener! She struggles in self-confidence (what artist doesn't?), but we are making great improvements. We have meetings every other weekend, and I demonstrate a new technique and project for the portfolio. So far, we have completed a pencil still life of dishware, a 2-part positive and negative charcoal still life of fruit, and a watercolor painting of a bamboo plant. They have all come out fabulously. Currently we are working on her awesome self-portrait collage idea, incorporating several small canvases on a large canvas, with emphasis on what she enjoys to do. I have a great feeling about this current project! The next meeting is going to focus on creating a landscape work with oil pastel and matting her finished work for presentation. There are a few things I... read more

Not just an Art Teacher

Who is Amanda O.? Just another art teacher in Philadelphia? I am indeed an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District, but am so much more than that. While some students have the misconception that teachers just hatch from an egg as is, we know that's not true. I have many parts to me, as I am sure you have to you. I am a world traveler, who loves exploring new places, but also loves home more than anywhere. I also truly love helping others. During the summers of 2004 and 2005 I was able to combine these two passions by volunteering for a Christian service group called Project Serve. Our Project Serve team went to a small village just outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras those 2 summers to serve the people of a Christian Youth Camp. My team focused on building a dorm hall and establishing a clean drinking well. While it was incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally, each time I traveled there shaped who I am today. While we worked 8 of the 10 days we were there,... read more

A Life-changing Difference

I will be the first to admit I wasn't always a great student when I was in school. In regular school, my own folks couldn't help me with my homework as neither parent had finished high school. They tried, but it was too much for them. So I really struggled through grade school and then high school. In college I struggled once again. I was smart, but I just couldn't understand some subjects the way they were taught, which honestly seemed all backwards to me. Science was a particularly difficult subject at the time. Try as hard as I might, I just could not seem to make sense of anything I was learning. Then everything changed when a relative suggested I get a tutor. I looked around and found a great tutor. What a difference he made in my life. Suddenly, the things he did to help me made me realize that it wasn't me that had a problem; it was the way the subject was being taught in school. He helped me to create a context for what I had to learn, and gave me a logical order... read more

Do You Really Need a Tutor?

In today's world where everything is about our accomplishments, and time is of the essence, it really helps to get a tutor. I don't think I would be where I was today if I had not had the benefit of a tutor in some of my college subjects. A good tutor can help you to have more confidence and success as you move forward with your goals and dreams. Working with a good tutor can make a world of difference for you. Why not give it a try today?

Indoor Star Gazer

Last night we sprinkled the last few panko flakes out of the can, a moment I had been waiting for ever since I had seen a lesson for an oatmeal container planetarium. As my art charge for the day was significantly younger (2), I revised the lesson to be more little-kid friendly than the original. R. was a little young for understanding the more scientific part of what we were doing, but he loved playing with the flashlight in the dark room and seeing the different patterns it made on the wall. It’s got me thinking about other light-based projects for young kids, and I’ve included a couple of alternate activities based on this one at the end of the lesson plan. --------------------------- Indoor Star Gazer *freely repost, but attribute to Doodles (doodlesnyc.com)* Time: 30-1 minutes depending on how involved the kids are in the constellation drawings. Then, plenty of time for playing with it in a dark room. Materials: a round canister (we used a Panko container),... read more

Watercolor Relief Cards

It’s been a week full of toddler art–which is great, because it means the kids and I get to wallow in our materials and get paint in our hair, our toes, and sometimes…our mouths (non-toxic!). This project was great, because not only did it give a finished project that J. could play and learn from after our session, but the making was extremely tactile. Lots of paint splashing and fascinated puddle watching. There were some problems and things I would do differently (listed in detail below), but overall, success. ---------------------------- Watercolor Relief Alphabet Cards *freely repost, but attribute to Doodles (doodlesnyc.com)* Time: 1.5 hours (if you do multiple paint coats, less if you only do one) Materials: two sheets of 15×20? nice watercolor paper folded into 4, then divided into 4 (so you have four rows of four), watered down tempera paint, sponges and containers, blow-dryer Begin with two sheets of watercolor paper that are folded into four rows... read more

Parachute People

Today I was watching not one but two 2 year olds, so I was looking for something that would occupy them with minimal mess, as well as give us something fun to do post-project. It was a lovely day, with just the slightest bit of wind…so I thought of making a version of Busy Bee’s parachute people. Kids this age love gluing things, and my version of the project had the added benefit of helping them learn body-parts. If you take the parachute people outside, the plastic bags pick up the air currents and the people come gently floating down to squeals of toddler delight. --------------------------- Parachute People *freely repost, but attribute to Doodles (doodlesnyc.com)* Time: about 30 minutes, less or more depending on how involved the kids are in the preparations. Materials: glue stick, cut out body parts from magazines (kids can help you with this, too, depending on age and temperament),basic paper figure, stapler, plastic bag Have a paper figure cut... read more

How nice when people let you know they appreciated the work you did.

What nice things were said today about my teaching. This by a former Principal. "Rosemary was a very dedicated teacher with good moral values and a passion for teaching. She was always prepared for class, punctual, responsible and was able to motivate children to learn. She was also very creative in her approach and the children were drawn to her. I was very fortunate to have her ... in both programs I have supervised. The students and their parents respected her and learned a lot under her leadership. I would highly recommend Rosemary ... She is a team player who sets high standards for herself and is a hard worker. She would be a valuable addition to your program."

Color Matters: Color Consideration in Graphic Design

Whether designing a business card, posters or ads, color matters, more often than people realize. It isn’t a matter of selecting what colors appeal to you, but what appeals to your target audience. No matter what medium you’re designing for, color relationships are one of the first of design considerations you should keep in mind when first imagining what the end product is to accomplish. Color can affect mood, as well as physical reactions. For example, take a moment and consider -what are the predominant color schemes that are seen in most fast food restaurants? Red and yellow. Studies have shown that red actually speeds up the metabolism. Now think about what the purpose red might serve in a fast food place. Their goal is to get you in, get you fed, and get you moving out so that the next batch of customers can get in there. In contrast, think of the last time you were in a higher-end restaurant – there the colors are more subdued and calmer, their purpose is to... read more

Hello

I thought I'd write a bit about why I chose to sign up on WyzAnt. When I was attending Penn State, I became disillusioned with the art instruction available at universities. To me, it seemed that the curricula were heavy on theory (what is art, why do people make art, and a personal artistic voice) and unconscionably light on technique! Now, I don't want to short-sell my instructors in any sense. They did a fantastic job within the expectations of their field and the university, and they are my examples for how to effectively communicate artistic ideas. Wherever I looked in the mainstream art-education universe I saw a huge gap in the teaching; students never really learned how to observe nature and faithfully record their observations! Technique, as it pertains to drawing and painting the way I teach, can be defined as "the physical and mental skills with which an artist translates their understanding of the observed world into a work of art." I found that... read more

The Gift of Education

On June 2, 1989, my life changed forever. A brand new world was brought to my attention. I moved into the main land of the United States. I am Puerto Rican, meaning natural born American, but was raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Don't get me wrong, I have always been more fourtunate than most people with my condition. You see, I have a condition called Spina Bifida. I guess it would make more sense if I explain myself. Normally, during the first month of a pregnancy, the two sides of the spine (or backbone) join together to cover the spinal cord, spinal nerves and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord). Spina bifida refers to any birth defect involving incomplete closure of the spine. Myelomeningocele is the most common type of Spina Bifida. It is a neural tube defect in which the bones of the spine do not completely form, resulting in an incomplete spinal canal. This causes the spinal cord and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord) to stick out... read more

Hello

I just joined the WyzAnt community as a Spanish tutor in Washington County PA. I attended Bethany College and have a BA in Spanish and another one in Visual Art. Also, I have am a certified teacher in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania for Spanish and Art.

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