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S. worked on two homework projects: a copy of a high contrast drawing by Katherine Nelson, and a portrait head by a contemporary artist (name forgotten) who draws very much like John Singer Sargent. The first project was high contrast and took a long time. It was a good start, but lacked fluidity. The second, S. worked it as a large sketch and used a much freer line. She got a pretty good likeness... read more

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S. had her first try at gesture drawing at a horse farm in her neighborhood. We lasted about 20 minutes: though it was fun, the bugs were biting. We returned home and S. tried her first sketches of trees. Again - the bugs were too annoying, so we went inside the house and reviewed recent homework. S.'s homework was adequate but it is clear that she needs to move away from dependence on line. Conceptually,... read more

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S.'s homework, as before, demonstrated strong comprehension of the prior lesson and serious time investment. She is a quiet person who absorbs information with little comment and processes it with surprising quickness. Her homework drawings were based on still life compositions of her choice. Her control of proportion and spatial relationship in the homework assignment achieved effects far beyond... read more

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S*** invested at least 3 hours of time in her homework and the results were exceptionally good - surprising that she has never explored drawing before. Her skills are at a higher level than the usual beginner.  As part of her homework, she listed what she liked in six issues of "Drawing Magazine". Her taste is as broad as the subject itself! So my challenge, as a teacher, is to... read more

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Hello fellow artists.  Today I would like to let you into the wonderful world of gouache.  This painter friendly medium is easy to use and gives wonderful rich coverage and and clear saturated colors. Gouache dries very quickly and because of this characteristic a painting can be modified without having to wait hours for it to dry. The most important thing about gouache is if the underlying... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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! ... read more

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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... 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... read more

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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... read more

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