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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. 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

1. You can freely express ideas. You have the freedom to create your own designs. 2. You can create logos. Using the pen tool, you can create shapes for your logo. 3. You can draw objects. Objects and drawings could be done realistically in Adobe Illustrator. 4. You can draw cartoons. Cute cartoon characters used for whatever purposes can be done in Illustrator. 5. You can draw icons. You can easily draw icon graphics using different shapes. 6. You can draw maps. You can create maps using the line and pen tool to draw lines and shapes. 7. You can draw info graphics. You can create graphs and pie charts by simply entering data and figures. 8. You can resize with good quality. you can resize vector images and scale them without losing the quality. 9. You can print with color separations. In printing, there are times when color separations are needed. 10. You can save vector EPS files. EPS files make it easy to print sharp outputs. Adobe Illustrator... read more

To get started with watercolor painting, you will need these 11 watercolor painting supplies: Watercolors Paper Palette Paper Towels Jug of water Soap Pencil Kneaded Eraser Flat Board Tape Brushes One extra supply that I can't be without - Watercolor Pencils! A Quick Lesson: Watercolors and colored pencils work really well together. When layered, they combine to create gorgeous textures and a rich sense of color. Using a 2B pencil, lightly outline your subject. Also make some marks to denote areas of shadow or highlights. Next, use a sepia colored pencil to color in the darkest parts, as well as some of the mid-tones. Now it's time to add the watercolor! To make the color as dark and pigmented as possible, wet the brush and swirled it in the watercolor pan. When it is wet enough, lift the brush and paint the heavy color onto the darkest parts of the painting. To make the more watery color (like a smoky grey... read more

Positive and negative space works in unison to affect the overall composition of a work of art. Understanding how positive and negative space work will greatly improve your ability to create successful pieces of artwork. The positive space in a work of art is the area of interest. Usually, the subjects of the artwork are considered to be the positive space. The negative space is made up of the areas around the subjects, or areas of non-interest. Positive space does not refer to “good” space and negative space does not mean “bad” space. Instead, the artist can manipulate the balance between the positive and negative spaces in an artwork to create emphasis on desired objects or relationships. An artwork may have a relatively equal amount of positive and negative space. Or, an artwork may have mostly negative space and still be equally successful in its composition. In the same token, an artwork could be made up mostly of positive space, with limited negative space and... 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

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.

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