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Jason H.

Digital Art Instructor with emphasis in 2D and 3D animation

Digital Art Instructor with emphasis in 2D and 3D animation

$70/hour

  • 236 hours tutoring

  • Woodlawn Chicago, IL 60637

About Jason


Bio

Jason received his BA from Amherst College in Fine Arts and also holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his academic career he completed several independent animated shorts including 'Chushingura: The Tale of the Loyal Retainers' which earned him 'Best Animated Short' in the 'Five-College Film Festival, and his Master's Thesis 'Peristalsis' which was exhibited at the Gene Siskel Theater in Chicago. In 2006, at The World Animation Fair, he premiered his...

Jason received his BA from Amherst College in Fine Arts and also holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his academic career he completed several independent animated shorts including 'Chushingura: The Tale of the Loyal Retainers' which earned him 'Best Animated Short' in the 'Five-College Film Festival, and his Master's Thesis 'Peristalsis' which was exhibited at the Gene Siskel Theater in Chicago. In 2006, at The World Animation Fair, he premiered his independent feature, 'Penguin Delinquency,' and in 2008, completed a medical animation entitled 'Implantation: New Frontiers and the Last Barrier to Human Reproduction' with grants obtained from the Rinehart Center for Reproductive Medicine and Organon Pharmaceuticals. The 16-minute, 3D animated film was shown at the 2009, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Video Session. In 2010, he completed another independent short 'The Tigress,' an adaptation from one of the Jataka Tales.

Jason has worked at Anzovin Animation Studios in Massachusetts, Noodlesoup Productions in New York City on the 'Venture Brothers' cartoon series, and at Calabash Animation in Chicago on various commercial endeavors. He is an adjunct professor of 2D and 3D animation for broadcast and gaming, in addition to special topics including digital compositing, lighting, rendering, rigging, and dynamics. At Giannini Creative he worked as a CG Animation Artist in their 3D digital division producing work for clients including Nestle, Hershey's, Gillette, and Coca Cola. He was a rigger and lead animator for the Effie award-winning 'Smart' Hotels.com ads featured in the November 2010 issue of 3D World Magazine and, in collaboration with Studio One Digital, was lead rigger and animator for McDonald's 'Happy' Campaign. He is currently animating for Little Genius Games on a children's educational game.

He has over 15 years of teaching experience at five top art schools in the Chicagoland area at graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels and is adept with digital tools like Photoshop, After Effects, and Autodesk Maya. He also enjoys traditional painting, sculpting, carving, and metal work for accessory and fashion design. His tutoring assistance has helped students get work into film festivals, undergrad, and graduate programs alike.


Education

Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
Fine Arts Premed
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Other
MFA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $70
  • Rate details: If for any reason you're not fully satisfied with the instruction you're receiving within the first hour, it's on me. I offer a group rate of $50 each.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60637
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/7/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Ballroom Dancing,

Ballroom Dancing

My wife and I met teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire in downtown Chicago while I was in grad school and are also familiar with the Arthur Murray curriculum. I am fluent in Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing (and some Lindy Hop).
Drawing,

Drawing

I have taught many collegiate level art classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University, The Illinois Institute of Art, and Tribeca Flashpoint College. I paint and draw regularly and enjoy fashion, scientific, and natural history illustration.
Film,

Film

I have taken a variety of film classes, written about many films in graduate school, and teach acting and animation history which inescapably intersects the world of film theory and practice. Additionally, as a 3D compositor, I deal with issues of color-correction, lighting, staging, and editing as I attempt to blur the distinction between the "real" of what is shot, and the "virtual" of what is created. The best work, since the dawn of cinema history, makes these disparate worlds indistinguishable--and that fantastic illusion compels me to be the avid cinemaphile that I am.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I have taught many digital art classes and enjoy the intricate and communicative components of good graphic design. Helping students understand aesthetic, perspective, color, typography, visual hierarchy, and balance is my greatest pleasure.
Painting,

Painting

I have taught many collegiate level art classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University, The Illinois Institute of Art, and Tribeca Flashpoint College. I paint and draw regularly and enjoy fashion, scientific, and natural history illustration.
Salsa Dancing,

Salsa Dancing

My wife and I met teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire in downtown Chicago while I was in grad school and are also familiar with the Arthur Murray curriculum. I am fluent in Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing (and some Lindy Hop).
Adobe Photoshop, Art History

Computer

Animation,

Animation

I have taught many collegiate level digital art classes in both 2D and 3D animation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University, The Illinois Institute of Art, and Tribeca Flashpoint College.
Autodesk Maya,

Autodesk Maya

I have been using Maya for over fifteen years in both professional studio environments as well as in the classroom. I am fluent in all aspects of the program including modeling, rigging, animation, materials, lighting, VFX, and rendering.
Computer Gaming,

Computer Gaming

Having been raised on video games, from the Atari 2600 to the PS4, I always dreamed of moving from consumer to creator. My study of animation lead me to numerous opportunities to work on video games with designers and programmers alike. While I do not directly code or work in engines, I am thoroughly versed in the aesthetic and technical artistry of the gaming industry and teach modeling, rigging, and non-linear animation for video games. I am currently working as an animator for Little Genius Games on a spelling game for children.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I have taught many digital art classes and enjoy the intricate and communicative components of good graphic design. Helping students understand aesthetic, perspective, color, typography, visual hierarchy, and balance is my greatest pleasure.
Adobe Photoshop

History

Art History

Music

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

My wife and I met teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire in downtown Chicago while I was in grad school and are also familiar with the Arthur Murray curriculum. I am fluent in Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing (and some Lindy Hop).

Other

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

My wife and I met teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire in downtown Chicago while I was in grad school and are also familiar with the Arthur Murray curriculum. I am fluent in Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing (and some Lindy Hop).

Sports/Recreation

Ballroom Dancing,

Ballroom Dancing

My wife and I met teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire in downtown Chicago while I was in grad school and are also familiar with the Arthur Murray curriculum. I am fluent in Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing (and some Lindy Hop).
Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

My wife and I met teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire in downtown Chicago while I was in grad school and are also familiar with the Arthur Murray curriculum. I am fluent in Foxtrot, Waltz, American Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing (and some Lindy Hop).

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Very patient and knowledgeable

I failed a college class because I just couldn't understand the 3D modeling program (Maya). Everyone told me I just needed to figure it out on my own because there just wasnt any other way too. Well I tried, failed and panicked. I just had my first session with Jason and I'm excited to meet again and learn more. Such a huge relief to know I'm not alone in this !!

Neiry, 2 lessons with Jason

Very good tutor

After the first session, I am very sure that Jason H. is a very good tutor and fully recommend him as one. He is able to make adjusments based on the person being taughts schedule and is very polite.

Christian, 13 lessons with Jason

Very interesting Lesson

We had another great lesson. I learnt a lot quickly and Jason explained every step thoroughly. Really appreciate the tutorial videos he does during our lessons. It's wonderful to be able to look back at what we learnt and practice. Looking forward to the next!

Jocelyne, 2 lessons with Jason

Great help with After Effects

I met with Jason to work on projects for my After Effects class and he was a major help! We went over simple masking to animation and he made it easy to follow along. I look forward to using him again in the future and couldn't recommend him more!

Kim, 2 lessons with Jason

Very knowledgable tutor in Maya and computer animation

Jason was a very big help with my animation project. He is very knowledgable and helpful with Maya and the complete animation process. I would definitely recommend him.

Jack, 17 lessons with Jason

Great tutor!

Jason walked me through how to model a mannequin in Maya. His instructions were clear and easy to follow. He also showed me very helpful shortcuts in the program that I did not know of. If you're seeking help in Maya I highly recommend him!

Benjamin, 17 lessons with Jason

Seriously awesome and knowledgeable!

Jason has been absolutely amazing to have as a tutor. Most tutors cater to certain students' learning styles more than others, but I don't think Jason would have trouble tutoring anyone, he's extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the software we used. He's also very friendly and so passionate about teaching, you'll be able to tell in the first 2 minutes that he loves teaching and he wants to be there helping you out. Every time I made a step forward, he was just as excited as I was. He's my go-to guy if I ever need any more help learning Maya!

Neil, 18 lessons with Jason
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$70/hour

Jason H.

$70/hour

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