Rocky Mountain College + Design (BFA Painting Drawing)
Metropolitan State Univerity of Denver - Education degree (Other)
I received my K-12 art education license from Metro State University. Prior to working at Rock Canyon, I was an elementary school teacher at Cherry Creek School District. I then moved to L.A. and worked in the education department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I moved back to Colorado in May and I teach ceramics, photography, drawing and painting grades 9-12.
My mom is a professional artist so I learned how to paint and draw at a very young age — we also didn’t have TV growing up so it gave me something to do. In 2006, I was commissioned to do a mural for a Montessori school in Carbondale — it was of a bunch of flowers. I was also commissioned to do two murals for the University of California, Los Angeles while I was living in California. I had an artisan residency in Wyoming, which was very cool. And I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I had four shows and sold quite a few of my pieces.
I’ve exhibited more than 280 bodies of work and my work has been shown in more than 30 venues throughout the U.S. I think it’s so important for me to practice art in order to teach it to my students.
I love how the students whom I work with keep everything so honest and real. They really inspire my own art. I take a ton of photographs and I’m always trying to sculpt, draw and paint different things. I ask my students to do the same — I tell them to take photos when they are at home or outside of school for inspiration.
Fun fact about me: I love trying new things. I play tennis and golf. I love to figure skate and sail. I love to cook — even though I’m not very good at it.
I studied Photography, Drawing and Painting, and Ceramics in College and have been teaching it to students from ages K-12 for five years.
I always love new ideas and am happy to work with my student's on what specifically they want to learn about! I laugh a lot and enjoy what I do, let me help you learn these beautiful mediums! I received my K-12 art education license from Metro State University. Prior to working at Rock Canyon, I was an elementary school teacher at Cherry Creek School District. I then moved to L.A. and worked in the education department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I moved back to Colorado in May and I teach ceramics, photography, drawing
Minimum time for lessons are 2 hours
Zoe is friendly and easy to work with as a tutor. She has a great teaching style and keeps it simple. Our first lesson was discussing photography rule of thirds and aperture. I look forward to future lessons with her.
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I have been teaching drawing to student's ages K-12 for five years now. I currently teach drawing one to high school student's in the Douglas County School District where I specifically teach them the basics to drawing. In drawing I really explore with my student's what they actually see verses what they think they see. There is a fine line between the two. Drawing is a difficult talent and is something that needs practice and patience!
I start beginner students off with contour line drawings where they look at what a line is in space. The next step is to review values in shapes and objects which are different ways of seeing shadows and highlights. The next step is looking at positive and negative shapes and to really go into the elements and principles of art and design. I love to incorporate different drawing mediums that include charcoal, oil and soft pastel, HB- 4B pencils, markers, etching, and can even go as far as print block lessons where student's learn how to carve into a soft rubber plate and print with acrylic paint on paper.
I studied drawing one, two, three, and advanced drawing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in my undergraduate studies and feel very comfortable and confident with teaching the medium.
I have been working and selling my paintings for over 11 years now. My medium is oil on canvas which ranges in subject matter from flowers, people, food, and surreal landscapes. I have shown in over 280 venues throughout the United States and Italy. I am currently showing my work in a One Woman show in Wash Park in Denver, Colorado.
I have been teaching painting for over 5 years now, both in private and public settings. My student's range from ages K-12 to adults. I offer beginner, intermediate and advanced painting classes to all student's and in the Douglas County School District I teach Painting level one. My main focus for painting one is to teach the elements and principles of Art and Design. My student's learn about how to mix colors of paint, learn about different mediums of paint and how to work with their different consistencies, as well as how to properly and safely use paints. All of my student’s learn about basic to advance visual art terms to communicate their ideas when painting. They also learn about composition, how to choose the correct subject matter and points of interests in landscapes, portraits and still lives.
My philosophy is, in order to teach painting, it is equally important to study and paint myself. I am always up for new ideas and viewpoints on painting ideas and techniques and love working with student's on their ideas and interests in the painting medium.
I studied painting at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for three years and took painting one, two, three, advanced painting and AP painting.
I have been teaching Photography in the Douglas County School District for one year now and have received positive feed back about the course from my student's. This is a beginner course that I teach which covers all of the basics to photography. I go over the functions and mode to DSLR cameras that we use at the school. I am comfortable on helping student's figure out modes, settings and functions on their personal cameras as well.
The course specifically covers Aperture, Shutter Speed and basic Photoshop skills. In Photoshop, students are taught editing techniques and skills to improve their photographs, similar to what a photography course would do in the dark room. Student's also learn about how to take a good photograph, this entails photos being in focus, using leading lines, using rule of thirds and when to use the flash.
I took a course in Photography at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where we were taught Aperture, Shutter Speed, and photo development in the dark room. We learned both film and digital cameras. I also took a course in college in Photoshop where I learned how to make basic edits, and created design elements that made my photographs more engaging to the viewer’s eye.