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Jay C.

Web Media, Animation and Arts Teacher for STEM (Adobe Suite / Blender)

Web Media, Animation and Arts Teacher for STEM (Adobe Suite / Blender)

$50/hour

About Jay


Bio

I enjoy sharing a vast knowledge of arts and technology and inspiring others to work above their ability. I have been teaching and designing curricula in STEM related subjects for over 10 years at my Animation Studio and other Maker Spaces, Schools and Libraries.

Learn a single software program or combine skills to produce a full project alone or with a group.

I am experienced with teaching to all ages and skill levels and can explain complex concepts for all students. Autism...

I enjoy sharing a vast knowledge of arts and technology and inspiring others to work above their ability. I have been teaching and designing curricula in STEM related subjects for over 10 years at my Animation Studio and other Maker Spaces, Schools and Libraries.

Learn a single software program or combine skills to produce a full project alone or with a group.

I am experienced with teaching to all ages and skill levels and can explain complex concepts for all students. Autism Awareness!

Ages:
- 6 - 12
- Teens and tweens
- Adults

My lessons use Storytelling and Animation as a means to learn STEM and Arts blended subjects in an engaging and fun way.

Whatever the subject, I've got you covered! 2D & 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Video Editing, Audio Editing, Music Production, Game Design, Programming and Web Design.

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- Computer Qualifications:

The project lessons use many Adobe Suite programs or a variety of Open Source (FREE) software available to everyone if software costs are a barrier. I can even provide workshop computers if needed!

Full Adobe Suite:
- Flash/Animate
- Illustrator
- PhotoShop
- Premiere
- DreamWeaver

Blender is a powerful and free program that supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Open Source (FREE):
- Blender
- Pencil
- Gimp
- Inkscape
- Audacity
- Garage Band (Mac)
- SoundNation (Browser)

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- Art Qualifications:

I believe in an inclusive environment where everyone has access to technology and resources and is welcome to collaborate. Using Storytelling as leadership which encompasses the arts of: Animation, Drawing, Illustration, Perspective, Rendering, Design Fundamentals, Color Theory, MIDI Music Composition, Voice Acting, Writing and Telling Stories.

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- Let's Start Learning Something New!

I am available throughout the Phoenix Metro area and Online.

I can meet:
- online
- in person
- one-on-one
- in groups;

I work with Home Schoolers and Tech Camps; and I enjoy making Custom Lessons and Workshops to meet any student or group needs.

Let me know how I may help you learn your next new skill!


Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: I am always willing to work with a students' budget and offer discounts for scheduling multiple lessons. Let me know your needs and we'll work something out.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/15/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator since 1993 and have been teaching vector illustration for the past 10 years. With experience in a wide range of applications for vector art I am ready to tackle any project from Print and web to animation, large format and 3D printing, cartography, illustration and more.
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I have been using Adobe Photoshop since 1993 and have worked in various industries doing large format print production, photo colorization, color correction and touch-up. I have been teaching Photoshop for 7 years and I have lessons for any application from Web Design and print setup to using pixels for fun artistic projects like Digital Scrapbooking, Digital Painting and Illustration.
Drawing,

Drawing

I have been teaching life drawing and rendering since 2004. I use the Loomis Method to help students bring their drawing skills to the next level. Many students know how to draw faces in one way. I use this popular drawing method to show how to draw the head from different angles, how to draw features of the face, likes eyes, nose and mouth; and how to draw the muscles and bones that make up difficult things to sketch like hands and posture. This enables students to expand their knowledge of life drawing and also how to imitate cartoon styles, create their own styles and different creatures. I also include drawing in perspectives, shading, and different rendering techniques like pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I am a CG Generalist with a 30 year career in graphic design that has run the gamut of everything from CAD and 3D printing to industrial manufacturing, 3D modeling and product simulation to web and video game design, from large architectural installations to printing business cards. With this experience and insight I provide lessons in Design Fundamentals, Color Theory, Typography, Drafting and Rendering. These are an essential part to my curriculum that I have been teaching since 2009 because they focus on the foundation that enhances a students' artistic skills as well as underlying concepts to develop any kind of graphic design application across industries.
Painting,

Painting

I have been painting in several media since 1990 and my favorite is Water Color, but I also enjoy Acrylic, Oil and Pastels. There's also digital painting that can be done using PhotoShop and 3D software like Blender to paint models. I have been teaching a water color painting class for the past 7 years which also incorporates some sketching, pen and ink, perspective rendering, calligraphy and various fun painting techniques. I have fun, simple lessons that anyone can learn and apply to their own projects. I am open to providing similar lessons for any other medium you may be interested in painting with from traditional brush and paints to working with digital tools.
Video Production

Video Production

I have 12 years experience filming multi-camera and audio productions for live music videos, live game shows, and doing video editing and compositing for commercials, animations, cartoons, 3D simulations, interactive learning, instruction videos and presentations. My curriculum involves teaching students to use Adobe Premiere and Blender for their animation and cartoon projects and I have been doing this for 7 years. The lessons include framing a shot, lighting, green screen, camera effects, syncing audio, editing and transitions.

Computer

Adobe Flash,

Adobe Flash

I have been using Flash for 23 years and have been teaching 2D animation and game design using Flash for more than 10 years. I have taught Flash online with single students and also in collaborative groups to complete a full animation project. My animation studio is a maker space open to the public and has facilitated many animation and game design projects over the past decade and more.
Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator since 1993 and have been teaching vector illustration for the past 10 years. With experience in a wide range of applications for vector art I am ready to tackle any project from Print and web to animation, large format and 3D printing, cartography, illustration and more.
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I have been using Adobe Photoshop since 1993 and have worked in various industries doing large format print production, photo colorization, color correction and touch-up. I have been teaching Photoshop for 7 years and I have lessons for any application from Web Design and print setup to using pixels for fun artistic projects like Digital Scrapbooking, Digital Painting and Illustration.
Animation,

Animation

I opened my animation studio as a maker space to host Animation Summer Camps in 2006. Since then I have designed curricula for schools and libraries that use Animation as an outlet to learn STEM related subjects blended with the Arts. Animation has something for everyone and includes all the Arts; like storytelling, acting, writing, music, drawing, illustration and 3D modeling. When possible I like to incorporate hands-on learning using LEGO and clay to create stop motion animation. Then we translate those skills onto the computer to work with digital tools that help bring animation to life.
Dreamweaver,

Dreamweaver

I have been hand-coding web projects for more than 15 years but I still use DreamWeaver because it makes things so much easier and efficient. This is my go to tool when working on sites and when teaching others to code for the web too. I have designed and built hundreds of websites and even teach many of my clients to use WordPress and learn some HTML so that they can manage their own website. I teach Web Design as part of a business entrepreneurship program to help people get started with managing their own website. With ability to work using CSS, JavaScript and PHP Dreamweaver is useful for every part of a web project. It also conveniently has the ability to connect directly to a server making page updates fast and streamlined.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I am a CG Generalist with a 30 year career in graphic design that has run the gamut of everything from CAD and 3D printing to industrial manufacturing, 3D modeling and product simulation to web and video game design, from large architectural installations to printing business cards. With this experience and insight I provide lessons in Design Fundamentals, Color Theory, Typography, Drafting and Rendering. These are an essential part to my curriculum that I have been teaching since 2009 because they focus on the foundation that enhances a students' artistic skills as well as underlying concepts to develop any kind of graphic design application across industries.
HTML,

HTML

I have designed and built hundreds of websites and even teach many of my clients to use WordPress and learn some HTML so that they can manage their own website. I have been hand-coding HTML since 1998 and teach Web Design as part of a business entrepreneurship program to help people get started with managing their own website. For more advanced applications I use CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. Designing for mobile devices and the web has added many new skills to the needs of web designers and I strive to stay on top of the latest and greatest technologies. Today, Web Design encompasses a wide range of media and skills. Animation, Apps and Games have become part of our web experience so everything that I teach has to do with Web Design in some way.
Music Production,

Music Production

My music production background dates back to the 1980's with synthesizers and reel-to-reel recording equipment. Since then I have worked behind the scenes doing live audio for stage sound and monitoring, live and studio multi-track recording, multi-track editing and mastering as well as producing music CDs, live internet radio and scores for animation, film and even audio books for children. For the past 8 years I have been teaching music production using MIDI and synthesizers that easily allows you to make music on your computer using a keyboard, or even record your musical instruments with microphones and track them to make a whole song. I am familiar with a variety of DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) like Garage Band, Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, VCV Rack, Audacity and many others.
Video Production,

Video Production

I have 12 years experience filming multi-camera and audio productions for live music videos, live game shows, and doing video editing and compositing for commercials, animations, cartoons, 3D simulations, interactive learning, instruction videos and presentations. My curriculum involves teaching students to use Adobe Premiere and Blender for their animation and cartoon projects and I have been doing this for 7 years. The lessons include framing a shot, lighting, green screen, camera effects, syncing audio, editing and transitions.
Web Design

Web Design

I have designed and built hundreds of websites and even teach many of my clients to use WordPress and learn some HTML so that they can manage their own website. I have been hand-coding HTML since 1998 and teach Web Design as part of a business entrepreneurship program to help people get started with managing their own website. For more advanced applications I use CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. Designing for mobile devices and the web has added many new skills to the needs of web designers and I strive to stay on top of the latest and greatest technologies. Today, Web Design encompasses a wide range of media and skills. Animation, Apps and Games have become part of our web experience so everything that I teach has to do with Web Design in some way.

Corporate Training

Adobe Flash,

Adobe Flash

I have been using Flash for 23 years and have been teaching 2D animation and game design using Flash for more than 10 years. I have taught Flash online with single students and also in collaborative groups to complete a full animation project. My animation studio is a maker space open to the public and has facilitated many animation and game design projects over the past decade and more.
HTML,

HTML

I have designed and built hundreds of websites and even teach many of my clients to use WordPress and learn some HTML so that they can manage their own website. I have been hand-coding HTML since 1998 and teach Web Design as part of a business entrepreneurship program to help people get started with managing their own website. For more advanced applications I use CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. Designing for mobile devices and the web has added many new skills to the needs of web designers and I strive to stay on top of the latest and greatest technologies. Today, Web Design encompasses a wide range of media and skills. Animation, Apps and Games have become part of our web experience so everything that I teach has to do with Web Design in some way.
Web Design

Web Design

I have designed and built hundreds of websites and even teach many of my clients to use WordPress and learn some HTML so that they can manage their own website. I have been hand-coding HTML since 1998 and teach Web Design as part of a business entrepreneurship program to help people get started with managing their own website. For more advanced applications I use CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. Designing for mobile devices and the web has added many new skills to the needs of web designers and I strive to stay on top of the latest and greatest technologies. Today, Web Design encompasses a wide range of media and skills. Animation, Apps and Games have become part of our web experience so everything that I teach has to do with Web Design in some way.

Music

Music Production

Music Production

My music production background dates back to the 1980's with synthesizers and reel-to-reel recording equipment. Since then I have worked behind the scenes doing live audio for stage sound and monitoring, live and studio multi-track recording, multi-track editing and mastering as well as producing music CDs, live internet radio and scores for animation, film and even audio books for children. For the past 8 years I have been teaching music production using MIDI and synthesizers that easily allows you to make music on your computer using a keyboard, or even record your musical instruments with microphones and track them to make a whole song. I am familiar with a variety of DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) like Garage Band, Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, VCV Rack, Audacity and many others.

Examples of Expertise


Jay has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 23 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Knowledgeable, patient, easy to learn from

Jay was able to help me navigate through a variety of questions I had in web design and in basic Photoshop. He was able to explain and walk me through step by step what I wished to accomplish on existing Photoshop projects I had as well as create new projects. Even from my mostly beginner skill set he was patient and thorough in his explanations and I didn’t feel overwhelmed. He was on time and was in touch after our session with additional information for me. Will definitely be scheduling another session with Jay.

Shara, 1 lesson with Jay

Dedicated and patient tutor

I highly recommend Jay. He was able to work with my busy schedule and meet me to help. He was very knowledgeable about HTML and CSS files and even had some examples of his own work we used as references. As a college student, paying for a tutor isn't always the most fun idea but I got much more for my buck than imagined. He took the extra time to finish what we couldn't in an hour and messaged me about what we would do moving forward. Jay clearly cares about his passion in Web and working with students. Very happy to have connected with him.

Lauren, 1 lesson with Jay

Knowledgeable and helpful

Jay is very knowledgeable and helpful. He even worked over time to make sure my son get the whole picture in the graphic design. My son does not graphic design knowledge. Jay has a good curriculum to teach him so he can get a basic idea how to use the tool. He also told us where to download a free graphic editing software. This is our first time to use the online tutoring. The experience is quite good. We will continue his next lesson. Really appreciate it. Thanks, Jay.

Betty, 1 lesson with Jay

Very patient and thorough

Jay was understanding towards my level and accommodated that. Also very thorough about the material helping me develop strong foundational skills.

Heather, 2 lessons with Jay

Great tutor

Jay Helped me with a project which needed to be completed in Adobe Illustrator. He is an awesome instructor. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He had a solution for every challenge we encountered.

John, 1 lesson with Jay

Outstanding knowledge & perfect teaching style

My first tutorial with Jay was brilliant and I look forward to a whole lot more. After struggling for so long to learn the basics of 3D animation, working on my own and relying on videos and such things, I finally feel I'm on track to learning what I need. In fact I'm flabbergasted at how much I learned in just the first hour of learning with Jay ... and now my imagination is racing with creative possibilities! I tend to be awkward with technical stuff, but Jay guided me with patience and good humour -- even when my questions were a bit quirky. I feel Jay's broad, eclectic interests and abilities in Art, music, and technology plus his generosity of spirit give him a unique advantage as a teacher. Being a teacher myself (in completely different fields) I can confidently say that Jay is top notch in what he offers.

Prodos, 28 lessons with Jay

Knowledgable and adaptive

Jay and I focused primarily on the asset warp tool... but he also provided numerous types for best practices, shortcuts, etc. Very helpful session. I appreciated that Jay was adaptive to what I specifically needed to learn today.

Jack, 1 lesson with Jay

Excellent tutor

He’s really good at eyeing weaknesses in your technique and coming up with plans to help curve bad habits! He really knows how to make the most out of your time. After leaving a lesson you feel a sense of improvement to either your method of crafting or you understanding of the craft.

Ari, 2 lessons with Jay

It was great and very helpful.

I learned a lot in a short amount of time. He came with a lesson and then answered all my questions. I look forward to more lessons. We covered a number of topics and went over my needs and what anticipated I'll need in the future. I highly recommend Jay.

Mike, 7 lessons with Jay
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Jay C.

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