University Norhtern Colorado (Fine Art)
The University of Northern Colorado (Master's)
When I was young, I loved to draw. My mom encouraged me by allowing me to draw murals in my bedroom and bought me “Learn to Draw” booklets to learn and practice. In 6th grade I won 1st place the school art show. Fast forward 7 years I entered the University of Northern Colorado Fine Art program, where I received a Master of Arts in Fine Art. I taught drawing at UNC and Red Rocks Community College. I believe that even in a class of 15 an art teacher needs to recognize and nurture the visual aptitude of the individual.
Fast forward 3 or 4 years I entered the Art Institute of Colorado, the world of design was new and exciting. I spent 30 years in 2 and 3 dimensional design, designing and art directing. Art directing is really a form of tutoring and coaching. In 2011, I returned to my love of painting. I always thought it would have been beneficial to be introduced and trained in the career possibilities and opportunities based on the broad foundation of drawing.
I believe all people have a unique visual aptitude. The ability of your brain to translate the world onto paper or a computer screen is unique to each of us. There are levels in ability to represent artistic perspective and likeness, and levels that can represent graphic communication for a corporation. Your brains innate ability can be recognized and nurtured. I have coached, mentored, directed and tutored fine art, graphic design and 3 dimensional construction. Included in the lesson is the context, how it was done in the past. I can tutor individual areas, or a course I’ve developed in Drawing Foundations, which touches all of these areas.
I have many samples of fine and commercial art, and 3 dimensional design that I can share with students.
I have fundamental lesson plans for fine art and design skills and tools. And, I’ve developed a program for Drawing Foundations that helps students identify their unique skill set and passion. For students with an eye on a career, I offer real world lessons. Whether your in 6th grade 12th grade or adult learning, lessons are tailored to you needs and aptitude. When I was young, I loved to draw. My mom encouraged me by allowing me to draw murals in my bedroom and bought me “Learn to Draw” booklets to learn and practice. In 6th grade I won 1st place the school art show. Fast forward 7 years I entered the University of Northern Colorado Fine Art program, where I received a Master of Arts in Fine Art. I
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I taught drawing during and immediately after graduate school. Many tutor-like activities prove I will be successful; I created a drawing course syllabus for college teaching applications, taught Odyssey of the Mind, a creative thinking competition for 7th graders, I was an art director of graphic designers at AT&T and USWEST. Finally and very relevant, I raised 4 children to adults. The fundamental method in tutoring is structuring lessons based on the aptitude and pace of the individual student.
I also have developed a course called Drawing Foundations. It is a course designed to show how the aptitude to draw is can be leveraged in many fields.