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Don R.

Learn Painting or Digital Art from a Seasoned Professional Artist

Learn Painting or Digital Art from a Seasoned Professional Artist

$55/hour

  • 28 hours tutoring

  • Fremont, CA 94536

About Don


Bio

Hello student artists! I look forward to exploring with you the endless fascination of art. Handling materials or manipulating a digital image can be very gratifying indeed. And creating images that express what only you can express is a wonderful ability to possess and can be a great joy. I believe in teaching through suggestions and discussing what the art is showing us as it progresses. I wound never dictate exactly how things should be done. I was taught there is no such thing as a "bad"...

Hello student artists! I look forward to exploring with you the endless fascination of art. Handling materials or manipulating a digital image can be very gratifying indeed. And creating images that express what only you can express is a wonderful ability to possess and can be a great joy. I believe in teaching through suggestions and discussing what the art is showing us as it progresses. I wound never dictate exactly how things should be done. I was taught there is no such thing as a "bad" picture—just one that's not finished! So I'm sure we'll have a relaxed but stimulating time together.

I spent 12 months in 2009–10 tutoring part-time at a Best in Class after-school enrichment program. I was in charge of classes of 4th through 8th graders in English and writing. Another time, in 2011, I worked with elementary and junior high students to create murals from winning drawings they had done on the theme "Save Water," sponsored by our county water district. I was paid by the district to bring ten of these murals to completion on pump houses and walls of other facilities. They wanted them beautiful and true to the young artists' intent, and that's what we proudly produced—together!

I have been working in Adobe PhotoShop since 1995 and love this amazing tool. Same for Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign the page-layout program. I have hungrily consumed information about art and artists since my college days. As part of our time together, I might suggest that you, your parents and I spend a Saturday morning at one of the wonderful art museums we have here in the Bay Area. There's nothing more inspiring than that! The whole world looks more beautiful after an immersing ourselves splendid art.

I very much look forward to meeting you and starting the journey. I'm the father of three daughters, all grown now, and they all have art talent. One is a professional artist.


Education

College of the sequoias, reedley college
art
Cal State Fresno, Fresno, CA
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $55
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Fremont, CA 94536
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/29/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I've been an illustrator and graphic designer for many years now, and use PhotoShop to retouch and doctor photos as well as create original digital illustrations. Best of everything to you and yours!
Art History,

Art History

My study of art history began in college with classes at Cal State Fresno. Books and magazines on the subject, and museum tours, continue to broaden my understanding. I have conducted several groups of about ten persons through museums who have paid to be part of the tour (proceeds donated to non-profits). People have appreciated my insights and enthusiasm for the topic.
Art Theory,

Art Theory

I began studying art theory while completing my studies at the University of Arizona, Tempe. Great texts such as The Elements of Art, Visual Communications, and The Dictionary of Symbols have been lasting guides through my career as a commercial artist. I have accumulated much information over the years that could be very helpful to students.
Drawing,

Drawing

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts as an art major at Cal State Fresno, I served as a staff artist then art director at four S.F. Bay Area advertising agencies. I've been a freelance artist and designer in the decades since. Almost every piece of art I do, even digital, begins with a pencil and paper. I spent a year part-time as an English tutor, and learned that students progress best when the teacher discusses their work with them instead of just telling them how to do it.
Painting

Painting

As a commercial artist, first on staff at ad agencies, and now freelance, I've had the opportunity to paint many pictures featuring people, animals, landscapes and things. The finest tutoring I've done in this area, and a most fond memory, was working with students on creating a series of ten public murals for the Alameda County Water District. A big lesson for me on that project was that students need time to lose self-consciousness. Then, when natural creativity is freely flowing, is the time to have short discussions as things progress. I'm all about encouraging them to explore for themselves, not about dictating the "right" way to do things.

Computer

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

I've been an illustrator and graphic designer for many years now, and use PhotoShop to retouch and doctor photos as well as create original digital illustrations. Best of everything to you and yours!

History

Art History

Art History

My study of art history began in college with classes at Cal State Fresno. Books and magazines on the subject, and museum tours, continue to broaden my understanding. I have conducted several groups of about ten persons through museums who have paid to be part of the tour (proceeds donated to non-profits). People have appreciated my insights and enthusiasm for the topic.

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Don R. is a great tutor

Don, has devoted his time and resources to teach me about not only techniques and tips in art, but also the main principles and factors of it too. He is a clear expert whom is extremely talented as well as patient and friendly. He makes a great teacher and I have learned lots in the time I have spent working with him. I look forward to keep working with and learning from him in the future.

Ming, 9 lessons with Don

Very satisfied with Don's lesson

Don is very nice, and professional. He also gave some good suggestions and instructions for my daughter's work, not only in details, but also in overall design, I think that is really helpful. My daughter want to take some more lessons. Thank you!

Ying, 9 lessons with Don

$55/hour

Don R.

$55/hour

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