So you are halfway through summer and you suddenly decided you are tired of going to the pool, or your usual crowd has become lame, and you are starting to wish it was time to go back to school already. What do you do? Your parents keep hassling you - asking you, "What's wrong?" All you can say is that you are bored! Step #1- Visit your local library - not online - in person. Check the library activities board for upcoming events for your age (adults too). Ask the librarian to help you find how to books of your favorite subject area- or a new area that you think could someday be added to your list of favorites. Some examples of books my children used to check out include: the basics of Karate (and other martial arts), books about drama, foreign language learning, how to make the best paper airplanes, how to draw cartoons, and how to do skateboard tricks. There are hundreds of books on subjects ranging from sports to arts and crafts, and from do it yourself handyman to... read more
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I am interested in teaching problem solving and confidence, I believe every child can achieve excellence and I have the skills to allow children to do just that! I have been a teacher in the Cleveland CCCCA School District. During that time I have served as a certified and licensed art teacher. This particular field is unique because it has allowed me to work with students in all grades. I have had the opportunity to teach senior high school over the course of my career in China. I believe I can make parents' and students' lives more productive with less conflict.
Being a visual teacher, I understand the effects of visual stimulation on brain development and utilize imagery where appropriate to enhance learning. I also utilize graphic, image-rich technologies in my teaching and understand the advantages and disadvantages of various visual technologies and try to use them appropriately. I avoid passive learning and bridge the gap between seeing and doing. I often create assignments and activities that allow students to develop and apply their visual information and handling skills. Kinesthetic learners Tips Take study breaks often Use large paper when learning Read stories that are filled with action Highlight information when learning Keep moving, but don't misbehave Participate in activities that use a lot of energy like, running errands & walking Move about while studying When learning a new skill repeat it several times step by step Visual learners Tips Draw or write on in large, colorful... read more
- Able to recognize learning weaknesses of students and attack them effectively to produce better class performance. - Able to explain accurately course’s topics and apply a wide range of other techniques to produce a better understanding on different situations.
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
Many of my students are stumped when it comes to deciding what type of folio book to use to present their artwork for college admissions. Many schools require hi-res image uploads to specific sites where they can view you portfolio online. It is also a wise choice to have hardcopies of your work neatly and strategically placed into a presentation book. This blog will help you to decide what kind of book you might want to use. While there is no one best solution, each has its own advantages and disadvantages over the others. The easiest way to decide which presentation books are the most appropriate for your art is to first rank by importance the following criteria: cost, protection from damage, ease of use, and clarity. Once you have established the relative importance of these factors, choosing the right book becomes easy. Size Matters. One of the first decisions you need to make before creating a portfolio is to choose the format in which you will be presenting your... read more
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
COURSE OUTLINE: Preparing A Portfolio For College Admissions 2 hr - 6 week Instructional Important Steps: 1. Contact first choice and back-up colleges admissions departments to obtain their particular portfolio and admissions requirements. The required content of the portfolio may differ from college to college and each school's criteria should be followed as closely as possible. 2. Examples of requirements: Required content Original art, slides or digital portfolio Size limitations Amount of pieces (generally 12 to 20) Application deadlines 3. Abilities often found within a portfolio: Most work is done in pencil, charcoal, or other drawing mediums, but it can also include painting and collage. Drawing from observation – Still life, figure model, portrait or landscape as accurately as possible. (Taken from real life, not a photo or your imagination) Work in color – Conveying an understanding of color through pastels, watercolor,... read more
I am available for: Preparing A Portfolio For College Admissions 2 hr - 6 week Instructional Coursework includes: •Important Steps for applying •Presenting Your Portfolio •Practical work in Drawing from observation, Work in color, Design work, Personal art and other media. I will spend six weeks building basic skills in drawing, color and design. Your artwork reflects who you are as an artist, your motivation and self-discipline. Getting accepted to a college level art program will give you the chance to produce and showcase your own work.
The philosophy of teaching I have embraced in thirty years of teaching medical students and college students is based on the belief that learning is student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. There must be present, a student mentor relationship of trust. There should, however, always be an authoritative presence in the mentor. This leadership should be omnipresent, whether in the classroom, tutorship, or online. The mentoring teacher’s role involves using his expertise to place necessary resources in the hands of the student and to train him to be not just knowledgeable in his chosen fields of study, but to become an expert at resourcefulness and seek the role of “teacher" himself. It is here where leadership is taught through example. Now that the majority of teaching is performed on an online forum, students now know that the teacher’s role in the online classroom is to be a facilitator, in addition to being a provider of information... read more
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."
Hey all, My name is Ben E., a new Tutor on the WyzAnt network. I specialize in Animation, Drawing, and computer design. I hope to get to know some of you! Thanks! Ben
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 I had to... read more
These days, students and parents are busier than ever, and I understand that tutoring may be just one item of many on the family calendar. Since my goal has been to make life easier for parents and students by offering you high quality private tutoring in the convenience of your own home unless you preferred the quietness of your tutor home instead. I am a dedicated Tutor who loves seeing students succeed in school, and who recognizes the importance of patience and creativity when helping students. I am able to give enthusiastic and enjoyable lessons and I have the ability to make any subject interesting. I have been tutoring since before I started college in 2005. I am a graduate from Jacksonville University, where I received a Master in Business Administration degree. I am looking forward to serving your needs as a tutor. I also understand that Math and Advanced Sciences are very challenging, and they present students with concepts that are totally foreign and at times... read more
Carry a sketchbook and/or a pencil or "mark maker" like a sharpie everywhere. It can be small enough to fit in a pocket and still serve the purpose. When you sketch often... even doodling...you are training your eyes to see. Draw your hand, an old shoe, and fruit, dishes, vases and the trees you see. When you have more time to devote to sketching, carry a larger sketchbook 5x7 for sketching with markers, pencils or charcoal pencils. Take a thick piece of cardboard or plastic (foam board) and cut out a small rectangle shape, creating a small window to look through (squint your eyes) when you are sketching so you can see basic shapes, their colors, tonal values and placement much better. This is called the "Notan". Notan helps you figure out a better composition you can do on a larger paper later, perhaps adding a bit of color. Divide a page in your smaller sketchbook into 4 to 6 windows. Play with the placement of these shapes and negative spaces, never placing an object... read more
There is a misperception in many people's minds concerning creativity. It is the belief that a child who looks at the world and can codify it into "drawings" that roughly resemble people or animals is somehow more advanced than the child who refuses to do so. In my opinion, and in the opinions of many creative people (Leo Buscaglia, for one), being able to draw a green lollipop on a brown stick and call it a tree is actually a stunting of the creative impulse, because it causes the mind to cease seeing things as they are, and breaks down the experience of the world into a series of hieroglyphic images, instead of the 3-dimensional, ever-changing world that becomes more colorful, more meaningful the more one sees. Asking a child to "learn to draw people and animals" in the usual, codified manner may seem to be a step towards art, but in reality, it is a step backwards. It encourages him NOT to see, NOT to be artistic, but to conform to politically correct norms for what... read more
It's time for summer fun! I am now taking reservations for summer fun art classes. Summer fun art classes are open to all ages, but students will be grouped age appropriately. Art classes will be in sculpting, painting (watercolors and acrylics), drawing, batik, collage, crafts (for the younger artists), and art history (this meets at a local art museum). All classes (except art history) will meet here in Orlando, either on my deck which looks out over the lake, or out by the lake. Students will be responsible for all supplies. Craft supplies, for some classes, will be provided by the teacher. Models, for posing, will be provided by the teacher, from time to time. Firing, for the sculpting class, will be arranged by the teacher at a discount rate.
Something that confuses me is whether a web designer should be an artist who codes or a programmer who designs. When I went back to college to study web design more seriously, I focused on learning the code side since I felt that art and design was a natural skill I had outside of school. I have taken art classes in junior high and high school, but I've been drawing all my life and even had painting lessons for a few years before the art classes. I dabbled in graphic design early on, but never took classes in it until well into my web design courses. I do enjoy creating digital artwork, though I still enjoy creating art and crafts. I met with a student who seemed to enjoy incorporating a traditional craft look to her blog and replicating graphics that looks like fabrics and paper textures. The vintage style of these designs is something I always enjoy too. I found it very interesting to see websites that give a very traditional look. Perhaps it's my own interests in paper... read more
The minute I walked into my student's home, he ran to get his wooden, green race car & beautiful trophy that he had won over the weekend. He placed 2nd out of his entire boy scout troop for having one of the best designed cars & for it's speed in finishing their race. He really talked fast & used correct sentences as he excitedly told me how he had drawn his sleek-looking race car, then explained how he carved it out of a wooden block, put wheels on it and painted it too. He was so over-joyed about his winning. He told me also how he had to measure for the size of the car, write about the steps that he took to make it, & that he had to explain his project in front of the group. His mom was beaming just as much as he was! She is thrilled that he is gaining more confidence in speaking & reading before an audience. She added that her son gave a speech at his church, plus she & other family members couldn't get over the fact that he volunteered to speak "twice" at a recent... read more
Hello there D.D.I. is a comprehensive online mentoring and lecturing course focusing on a month long intro and overview of many different subjects sounding commercial production art, work flow development, and personal growth and investigation. This course will cover a broad range of subjects including character design and illustration, 3D modeling and and its fundamentals, Digital Sculpting with Zbrush, photo shop basics and advanced work flow approaches, as well as an in depth look into the important of theory and its relevant to personal, and commercial biased work. All students will be directed to an online live broadcast for lectures and demos. This enables for students to work freely at there own pace while also allowing multiple attendees to participate.