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My favorite things to do indoors - summer, winter, fall & spring

Reading is my favorite activity at any time of the year.   I especially love to read books. Books on religions, theology, art and world cultures.  I read them in hard copy, on-line, and on my Kindle. I also listen to audio-books and books-on-tape/cd's that i borrow from the library.    In the summer I enjoy reading English "tea-cozy" mysteries. "Tea-cozy" mysteries are fun with great plots and are not  too  violent. Violent books and movies give me nightmares, so I don't do "violent".   When I was younger and learning French and Spanish in high school and university, I would read magazines and books in these languages. (I still do.) Of course, I didn't understand all the vocabulary (and still don't) and needed to look up some words. I didn't look up all I didn't know, that would have taken too long, and I was impatient to get on with it.   Somehow the more I read the more I... read more

Summer tutoring in the Parks of New York City

Over these coming warm weather months I plan on incorporating lessons in the parks of New York City. This is an ideal place for drawing, watercolors, painting and of course live sketching. Today I worked with a students who is focusing on creative concepting for an illustration series. I look forward to working with new students who want to broaden their fine or digital art skills while taking advantage of all the resources NYC has to offer! Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn how I can help you with your creativity.

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

Sketch, watercolour, painting, cartoon, Chinese...

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.

Kinesthetic learners VS. Visual learners

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

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

Presentation Books - Weigh Your Options

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

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

COURSE OUTLINE: Preparing A Portfolio For College Admissions

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

Preparing A Portfolio For College Admissions

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.

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

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."

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 Art Hous

I thought I'd offer you a free lesson while you are trying to choose a teacher. This art lesson can take several weeks but you will find out all sorts of things about yourself as an artist by doing it. Art lessons can be intimidating and scary or it can be fun. This art project is fun once you get past the mixing part. If you hire me, I'll meet with you and give you a lesson to complete before our next meeting. I will refer you to websites, books, etc. that will help in furthering your skills, but practice, practice, practice is the rule here. You can see a hundred demonstrations and videos, but you will only out do your last personal best by practicing. The tutoring can supplement what you are doing in school, or can be the only thing you are doing right now. Let me know what your goals are. One of my favorite ways to paint is to blow up a flower, like Georgia O'Keeffe did. There is no telling what I will get when I interpret a flower in this way. I have done 4 so far... read more

Teaching Art

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... read more

Summer Fun!

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.

Finding a balance between design and function

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

( D.D.I ) Digital Art Design and Illustration

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.

Photoshop for Everyone!

More people are using Photoshop every day, as well as its kid sister, Photoshop Elements. Not just photographers, designers, and artists, but also small business owners, event promoters, high school kids, and their moms and dads - they're creating postcards, comic books, newsletters, enhancing photos of their products, or sending cool pix to their friends, and using Photoshop to make all their pictures better. Because Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have SO many options, they can be incredibly frustrating to a novice. The tools are powerful, but not always intuitive, even for a professional photographer. Before you ever launch the program, you must figure out what you want to do with it. Then you can learn how to accomplish that task step-by-step. And on the way, you'll learn so much more. There are three basic purposes for using Photoshop: 1) You can enhance any photograph. That crooked vacation photo with the weird yellow tone can be made beautiful in about... read more

Painting with Multiple Mediums

Artists recognize that different painting mediums achieve different visual effects. However, if you take a good look at a photograph, or the scenery around you, you will notice that different aspects resemble different light and color sensations. It makes sense then that to achieve the variety we see in real pictures, we could use different mediums when we paint. I have found that if you get creative and avoid a purist standpoint, it is possible to create an impression using watercolor paints, oil paint, and acrylic paint in the same painting. Decide where you want to use water color paints and apply those first. They work great for soft background light, still water, and spaces of sky. Use the water color paints anywhere you want transparent, luminating, solid color. Look at your photograph and identify areas where you want to create this effect and then apply water color paints there in your painting. In the painting shown here, I used them for the background light... read more

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