School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Fine Art)
In 2010 I lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where I worked as an after-school teacher for an NGO named ArtWorksForYouth. I taught a total of three classes over the course of a year. One of the classes I taught was one I designed based on my passion for Hip-Hop history and culture. In this class, with students aged 14-17, we would listen, analyze and discuss the greater social and political merit of classic and contemporary rap songs. The music we discussed ranged from artists like KRS-One, Queen Latifah, X-Clan, Rakim, Jeru tha Damaja, Guru, Mos Def, Common, Kanye West, Jean Grae, Outkast, Eve, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, Nas and many more. The goal of the class was to not only highlight the social and political significance of Hip-Hop but also to promote creative and critical thinking. Based on the music we had listened to, students would be given an assignment to bring to class the following day. The assignments would range from creating a visual interpretation of one of the songs we had discussed through drawing, painting or collage, to writing their own raps inspired by what we had listened to. Ultimately, students came out of the class with a greater knowledge of Hip-Hop, a more disciplined work ethic, as well as a greater understanding of themselves. The class was designed so that students could freely talk about their own world and how it related to the world that these artists conveyed through their music. This ended up becoming one of the most important aspects of the class. I wanted, at the very least, to build confidence in my students. To make them believe in themselves more than before we had met each other. By getting them to participate in conversation and express themselves through making art, my students came out of the class with a renewed sense of maturity and ambition. Their worlds became smaller and more permeable.
Having been a kid myself once, I understand how difficult it can be for kids and teenagers to develop and retain confidence within the harsh period of adolescence. What I love most about tutoring and teaching is building confidence in my students and making them trust their own abilities.
I am an avid reader and writer. I write a few short stories every year, some of which I translate to film scripts. All of my colleagues at school ask me to proofread their essays before they hand them in. I taught an extracurricular english/reading and writing class while living in South Africa to students struggling in their normal english class.
I currently study Fine Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I have been making films for four years and practicing street photography for three years. I am proficient technically and theoretically. A film I made won the 2014 New York Winter Film Fest 48 hour challenge. I am currently working on a documentary about a painter from Brooklyn, New York who is struggling to make his way into the art world.
I am a history buff. I have studied American history in my own time throughout all of my college years.
I was captain of my high school's varsity basketball team. I planned on playing college basketball before I tore my ACL in my senior year. I was the assistant coach of the Packer Collegiate Institute's JV Basketball team; the season I coached we won the championship. At Kingswood Camp for Boys, where I was a camp counselor for many years, I was the go to coach for all basketball teams. I have an elite understanding of the game and I am an avid fan of the New York Knicks.
I am enthusiastic about everything I do and at the same time very patient. I am genuinely fun to be around and also a great motivator. In 2010 I lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where I worked as an after-school teacher for an NGO named ArtWorksForYouth. I taught a total of three classes over the course of a year. One of the classes I taught was one I designed based on my passion for Hip-Hop history and culture. In this class, with students aged 14-17, we would listen,
I played basketball all my life growing up and was the captain of my high school's Varsity basketball team. I was the leading scorer of the varsity team and was bound to play college basketball before tearing my ACL in my senior year. I was the assistant coach of the JV basketball team for the Packer Collegiate Institute during the 2010-11 season, in which we won the championship. I was invited to play at the Colby summer basketball camp between my junior and senior year. I have coached basketball of all ages at the Kingswood Camp for Boys summer camp in New Hampshire.
I have been making films for the past four years. I studied at the New York Film Academy for one year before transferring to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. At the New York Film Academy I attained technical proficiency, learning how to use a DSLR camera as well as 16mm-35mm cameras. I know how to record sound, light a scene and edit on Final Cut and Adobe Premier. A film I made won the New York Winter Film Fest 48 Hour Challenge in 2014. I am currently making my own documentary about a struggling, outsider artist from Brooklyn named Math.