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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

$75/hour

  • 2,058 hours tutoring

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 dig


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

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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


Fun and patient tutor!

Jason helped my 10-year-old get started with Adobe Photoshop and Google Docs, as well as setup his Wacom tablet--even with all that, and getting used to the Wyzant platform, they managed to make some beautiful art, too! Thank you Jason for a positive, energizing experience. My son is looking forward to more lessons with you!

Gretchen , 1 lesson with Jason

Amazing

Jason was so helpful and insightful, this was my first time using this website and I could not be any more pleased with my experience. He was very patient with me as I’m new to using adobe after effects but he is extremely knowledgeable and the way he teaches is very pleasant. Thank you!

Mauricio, 3 lessons with Jason

Great tutor

So good at connecting to the student and such a great expert at 2D and 3D art. His recording of the session is great to review afterwards. Jason also tells us a lot about the industry and how to build a portfolio. Thank you.

Ethan, 18 lessons with Jason

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Jason was very friendly and helpful throughout all of our lessons. He gives great advice on tips and how to improve quickly and effectively. If he's stuck on a problem, he works through it and finds an answer in the end. He's also very compassionate and wants to get to know his students personally. Highly recommend!

Rei, 20 lessons with Jason

Fantastic tutor!

Would highly recommend for animation and fundamentals learning especially if you feel behind the curve on being self taught! He has a very friendly demeanor and the right amount of patience! Had a wonderful time.

Kathryn, 5 lessons with Jason

Great tutor

So good at connecting to the student and such a great expert at 2D and 3D art. His recording of the session is great to review afterwards. Jason also tells us a lot about the industry and how to build a portfolio. Thank you.

Ethan, 18 lessons with Jason

Experienced and patient

Jason is working with my 12-year old daughter to get her started with 3D animation. He's great at working at just the right level, he's patient, and clearly has great expertise.

Lisa, 10 lessons with Jason

Very knowledgable in the field! Able to connect with my student!!!

He helped my daughter, who is an animation major. He was great and she feels more confident! She was not getting the teaching she needed from her program, but had difficult assignments. I am thankful she could get the help she needs to succeed! Many Many thanks!!! Her Mom

Madeline, 3 lessons with Jason

The best!! Master of simplifying complex concepts!

We had a salsa lesson with Jason for our anniversary. He was amazing throughout the whole lesson. He does an outstanding job of breaking down the technical aspect and the why behind all the dances. Whether it be slowing it down or using analogies for us to understand, he made the dance concepts very straight forward! Highly suggest using Jason and we will definitely contact him again for future lessons!!!

Roy, 1 lesson with Jason
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$75/hour

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Response time: 2 hours