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Redlining for Digital Art Students.

When Redlining works for my students, I try to keep their stylistic choices in mind, even as I correct anatomy.   For those who don't know, Redlining is the process of drawing an informal sketch over another person's piece of art to point out and correct flaws, especially in anatomy. The sketch is usually in red, hence the name. However, as I often correct posing, rather than drawing over the original sketch, I set them side by side.   In this piece I not only corrected the pose and anatomy, but corrected the misuse of bandages to bind [which can be very dangerous, bruising and even fracturing ribs, and often causing permanent scarring] into a small leather riding corset.   In this piece I did two redlines. The first one simply corrects the anatomical structure of the picture, but the second one shows what I personally would consider better poses for the idea the artist was trying to portray.   In... 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.

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

Answer to "Summer Slump Survival Guide"

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... 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

Significant Achievements

- 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.

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.

The Teaching Philosophy of Dr. Charles C.

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... 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

Math, Science, French, Arabic Tutoring

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

Learn the art of seeing and translating the likeness on a surface.

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... read more

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