(SVA) School of Visual Arts, NY
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Master's)
Even as a little girl growing up in the town of Saint Andrews, Jamaica, Valencia always knew that she wanted to be an artist. Encourage by her mother, who is an artist in her own right, skilled in the craft of crochet, Valencia began drawing. Eventually, she would place a series of drawings together unto two broomsticks, (creating a scroll) placed inside a cardboard box and turning the broomsticks tried to create the illusion of motion. The children in her neighborhood would gather to watch these drawings. Years later, she would learn that she was creating a rudimentary form of animation.
Emigrating from Jamaica to the United States as an adolescent, Valencia continued to build upon her varied body of paintings and drawings. Her formal training in the arts began at Pratt Institutes in Brooklyn, New York where she received three scholarships and earned a certificate in figure drawing. It was there that Valencia would delve into other media, such as sculpting. Her training continued at the prestigious School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. At SVA, Valencia would further develop her skill as an artist and would go on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in media arts.
Upon her graduation from SVA, Valencia continued her studies at the University of California Los Angeles, (UCLA) where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television. (Her focus was cartoon animation).
Valencia has worked on staff as a freelance artist for some of the top people in the entertainment industry. She worked in character design for Hanna Barbera Studios and individuals including critical acclaimed actor/director Forest Whitaker. Valencia has also had her work commissioned by municipalities. Her paintings have been displayed in various exhibitions, including the Watts Summer Festivals in Los Angeles. Her work was features in the Diversity 2000 Exhibit as a guest of California Russian Artists at the Valley Institute of Visual Art (VIVA) Gallery in Northridge, a suburb just north of Los Angeles. Recently, she designed the cover of a book for Guda Gayle-Evans, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg.
Today, Valencia continues to pursue her career as an artist. She is also committed to imparting her knowledge on to young people. This includes work with various non-profit and public institutions such as the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Anim-Action Studios, and the Los Angeles Unified School district. (LAUSD) Valencia believes that the Arts are very important part of an individual’s life. Through her individual work and collaboration with others, Valencia hopes to inspire young people through the arts
Even as a little girl growing up in the town of Saint Andrews, Jamaica, Valencia always knew that she wanted to be an artist. Encourage by her mother, who is an artist in her own right, skilled in the craft of crochet, Valencia began drawing. Eventually, she would place a series of drawings together unto two broomsticks, (creating a scroll) placed
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I have taught students from all ages in the field of drawing, figure drawing, traditional animation and painting. From my many years of teaching, I have developed successful methods of instruction that enhance my abilities as an artist and motivator. I am capable of organizing a curriculum that conveys the value of building a strong learning community while encouraging students to sharpen their skills in order to professionally participate in the art industry. Art is subjective and a representation of one's imagination- a philosophy essential in assessing students and individual progress. When teaching I expose students to the core principles of art (understanding of shapes. Space, color theory and art history) while encouraging students to engage in many styles and techniques to stimulate creativity and expression. As an instructor at WyzAnt, I will foster confidence in student's artistic capabilities so they may inspire others. I have a BFA from School of Visual Arts and a MFA from UCLA for fine arts. I taught art at University High school in Los Angeles, California. (4 years). I taught figure drawing at Vision 21 Art & Design School in Los Angeles.
I have a BFA from School of Visual Arts and a MFA from UCLA for fine arts. I taught art at University High school in Los Angeles, California. (4 years). I taught figure drawing at Vision 21 Art & Design School in Los Angeles.