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Don R.

Fremont, CA

$55/hour

Learn Painting or Digital Art from a Seasoned Professional Artist

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 9/29/16

$55/Hour


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

Education

College of the sequoias, reedley college (art)

Cal State Fresno, Fresno, CA (Other)

About Don

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.
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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Fremont, CA 94536
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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

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

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

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 what do it.

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.

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

Education

College of the sequoias, reedley college (art)

Cal State Fresno, Fresno, CA (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Don will travel within 20 miles of Fremont, CA 94536.