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Virgil S.

La Mesa, CA


Experienced Art/Graphic Design/Multimedia/Japanese Tutor.

Background check passed as of 11/30/11
5.0 average from 45 ratings
Virgil is an outstanding tutor!
— Kristina, San Diego, CA on 10/1/14

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San Diego State University
Studio Art
San Diego State University
San Diego Mesa College


San Diego State University (Studio Art)

San Diego State University (Master's)

San Diego Mesa College (Other)

About Virgil

Hello students!

My name is Virgil. I have been a teacher since I was 17 starting with cross-age tutoring elementary school children and since then my life has revolved around education to my ripe old age of 37. I received my Teaching Credential in Art, with a supplemental in Japanese in 2004 and became an Art teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District. From there, I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Technology which extends my teaching skills from secondary education to adult learning and received my certification in Interactive Multimedia. My deep passion is learning and helping those who want to learn. We are given many opportunities, but sometimes never quite sure where to start and I believe this is where we start our journey together of endless potential.

I have lived an interesting life. I taught martial arts for 15 years and was an Anime comic book artist for Sypher Art Studios in the mid 90s. Being in the comic book industry was a great learning experience because you meet a variety of personalities and you learn from the people you encounter. I was able to live in Japan on a student exchange program for a year and use Japanese at a whole different level. One of the best experiences of my life! Around the time I was working as an Art teacher, I started training to become a professional wrestler. I've always loved pro wrestling when I was a kid and when the opportunity came to become a pro wrestler, I took it. My prior martial arts experience helped me become a very prolific wrestler, but I am retired now. However, my history of being a pro wrestler has connected me stronger to my younger students because they always have questions. Now, I am a singer in a band.

And what do these things have in common? These are all things I learned in school. I took advantage of the programs that school provides and turned them into productive aspects of my life. And you can too!

My expertise falls under art, graphic design, Flash animation, Actionscript, website development, and video editing. So if you are looking for skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash, I'm your man. But I am also very good at traditional art such as drawing and painting.

Most of my students that I have tutored in the past, I have done as one-on-one sessions because there's no better result than having a teacher to help you for your needs. I am a very warm and enthusiastic teacher and I believe applying things in your everyday life is what makes things easier to understand. I have also worked at San Diego State University tutoring adults in website development, so if you are an adult that's not a problem. If you are really interested in me, but you are not local, we can work something out. I have many ways of doing distance learning, but it all depends on what your needs are.

Feel free to ask me any questions because I am always willing to help. Thank you for reading and hope to work with you in the future. Study hard because the results are rewarding!

Hello students!

My name is Virgil. I have been a teacher since I was 17 starting with cross-age tutoring elementary school children and since then my life has revolved around education to my ripe old age of 37. I received my Teaching Credential in Art, with a supplemental in
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Travels within 25 miles of La Mesa, CA 91941
Background Check: Passed

"Virgil is an outstanding tutor!"

- Kristina, San Diego, CA on 10/1/14

"Virgil is patient and helpful, and we have worked out some knotty problems I could not have done on my own."

- Dolores, Chula Vista, CA on 6/12/15

"Virgil is great at explaining Japanese using story comparisons."

- Jodi, San Diego, CA on 6/8/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Liz, San Diego, CA on 11/30/14

"Virgil is a great tutor!"

- Sky, San Diego, CA on 1/20/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Ashley, San Diego, CA on 9/27/12

"Awseome Tutor!"

- Annette, Rohnert Park, CA on 2/2/12

"Great Tutor"

- Marybeth, San Diego, CA on 1/26/12
Adobe Photoshop,
Video Production
Adobe Flash,
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop,
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Video Production
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash is used to create online animations with interactive elements. Many web developers use Flash for banner advertising or creating highly visual content for their webpages.
Flash uses a scripting language called Actionscript (2.0 or 3.0) to engage the user with interactivity.
Many Flash applications are making the transfer to mobile devices with Flex, but a background in Actionscript is very important. With the implementation of HTML 5, Flash applications are still safe because they can be embedded within HTML 5 without the plug-in Flash Player.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop has become the standard for image editing and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) graphics for print (CMYK), web graphics (RGB) and photography. This application uses bitmap technology that utilizes small bits of information called pixels that create an entire image.
Photoshop uses a layering system that can be used to composite images above or below each other. Within these layers you can add multiple effects such as filters or blending modes. Photoshop works well in cross platforming with other applications such as Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver.


I received my B.A. in Studio Arts at San Diego State University in 2001 and have my California teaching credential in art. I have been an art instructor in the public schools and community for over 7 years.
I have had over 150+ art students in grade levels from primary to secondary (Sweetwater Union High School District) and consult with clients as a graphic designer. I specialize in figurative drawing and illustration. My work has also been published in comic books.

I use my comic book background to introduce art techniques such as contour and value. I also find that it is a helpful tool in creating rapport with new art students. I implement perspective which can translate to students as a foundation for technical drawings for industrial design. I like to use the personal interests of students and turn their interests into an art lesson.


Dreamweaver is a website authoring and editing software that incorporates a visual layout for non-programmers in HTML, Javascript, and CSS, but is also use by programmers as well.
Dreamweaver allows users to create a file management system for html, images, and CSS files for upload to a server via FTP.

Most of my website creation is developed in Dreamweaver since I am a visual learner. Most of the students I have tutored in Dreamweaver have jumped in face first without really knowing basic HTML, which becomes a frustrating experience when not knowing where to go in the code to add or edit content. CSS also plays a big role in Dreamweaver because it defines the layout and spacing between elements in your webpage. Although on Dreamweaver HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc., seem to be all the same language to the beginner, a good place to start is to understand the basic "sentence" structure of each code.
Using the "Split" view helps the web designer understand where they are in the design and in the code simultaneously, so as a new learner you have the benefit of seeing both worlds of a programmer and a designer. But in my experience beginners tend to concentrate more on "Design" view and get completely frustrated when they make edits, but then don't see the changes in the browser view. By knowing simple HTML, you can usually pinpoint where the problem may be and fix it in the code.

With the recent release of Adobe CS5.5, Dreamweaver has HTML5 coding and mobile capabilities.


Japanese is very structured language and as English speakers, we tend to get overwhelmed by vocabulary, grammar, and idiom memorization. The writing system includes romajii (romanized characters), hiragana, katakana, and kanji (Chinese characters), but then there is whole other side of conversational Japanese that is unspoken within academic courses. I've often been told in order to learn Japanese, I have to think Japanese and that is hard to imagine when I wasn't raised there. The best way to learn Japanese is to practice and role-play in real-life situations where your vocabulary and grammar can be put to use.

Fortunately, I have lots of practice teaching low to mid level classes in Japanese and I can help illustrate how to learn Japanese from an American point of view.

San Diego State University
Studio Art
San Diego State University
San Diego Mesa College


San Diego State University (Studio Art)

San Diego State University (Master's)

San Diego Mesa College (Other)

Virgil is an outstanding tutor! — Virgil has been my son's drawing tutor for the past three months. My son is twelve years old and Virgil is very patient with him. He makes sure my son grasps a concept and has time to practice the concept before moving on. If my son is still struggling or needs more practice, he stays on that concept or provides suggestions geared towards my son's age and ability level. My son was struggling w ...

— Kristina, San Diego, CA on 10/1/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Virgil will travel within 25 miles of La Mesa, CA 91941.