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Xenia J.

Daly City, CA

$55/hour

Classically Trained Painter, Accomplished Architectural Designer

In-person lessons
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UC Berkeley
Art and Architecture
UCLA
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley (Art and Architecture)

UCLA (Master's)

About Xenia

I started oil painting at age 9 and a little later also took up dry pastel. I was winning district competitions almost immediately and as I got better, placed state-wide. I began commissioned works before I started high school: mostly portraits. While in high school, I assisted the Art Teacher with guiding the class through difficult moments, mostly of breaking out of "traditional" methodologies of representation.

I continued to assist others through into UC Berkeley where I received two degrees simultaneously: one in Fine Art Practice, and one in Architecture. I was well recognized for disintigrating the boundary between Art & Architecture.

Soon after graduating with honors from UC Berkeley, I became an internationally recognized Installation Artist. At the same time, I was working as an Architectural Designer in a small firm that specialized in High-End Custom Residential Architecture, and that itself had won countless awards. This firm prided itself on Artful architectural drawing sets: a rare skill.

If you are looking to try your hand at a new way of expression, are interested in exploring ways to see past convention, or want to learn fundamentals and when to break the rules, please contact me. I am most concerned with what you want to get out of our time together and therefore do not adhere to "lesson plans". Art and Architecture become far too boring for us both when too structured and removed from the student's personality.

(I also have experience working with and aiding people with disabilities.)

Patience is key in any tutoring and I have extraordinary patience. Also, I have the ability to continually reformulate the "question" or re guide the perspective of the student until they understand the objective. Lastly, I encourage a confidence in students by teaching them skills or ways of viewing that they have been looking to achieve.

The best way to begin in Art and Architecture, or even to refine your skill sets, is to be enthusiastic and contact me. I have a vast amount of knowledge and skill, and am inviting the opportunity to share it with you.
I started oil painting at age 9 and a little later also took up dry pastel. I was winning district competitions almost immediately and as I got better, placed state-wide. I began commissioned works before I started high school: mostly portraits. While in high school, I assisted the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Daly City, CA 94014
In-person lessons
Art:
Architecture,
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing,
Painting
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Dyslexia

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ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD is a difficult diagnosis to be in school with. I should know, I was diagnosis with ADHD in my late 20's, and by that time had finished Graduate School with my third degree.
In elementary school Teacher's Aids would dedicate their time to managing me and keep me from distracting the other students who could simply focus in class. I didn't learn how to focus until I was able to manage my own time, which included holding fast to a rigid schedule which included timed breaks and multiple projects to work on. Applying these skills with youth, and understanding you need work with them and not fight against them and hold them to traditional methodologies, is going to bring the best success. This takes observation, understanding that this isn't a deficit, and a huge amount of patience.

Architecture

I have an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Architecture. I have a Master's in Architecture from UCLA. I have designed and had built a guest house. I am on Houzz even. I have over a decade in the business.

Drawing

I have an undergraduate degree in Fine Art Practice wherein Drawing is a main function of obtaining this degree. Likewise, I have another undergraduate degree in Architecture which is heavily dependent on Drawing and Drafting. Both of these degrees are from UC Berkeley. My graduate degree in Architecture is from UCLA: again, more drawing/rendering.

Painting

I started private art classes at age 9 in oil painting. I went on to help others through high school and college understand color mixing, brush techniques, and helpful tips for having an amazingly steady hand! (There's a stick involved, but that is all I am going to say). I also have a Fine Art Practice undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley
Art and Architecture
UCLA
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley (Art and Architecture)

UCLA (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Xenia will travel within 30 miles of Daly City, CA 94014.