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Lorna R.

Amherst, MA

$80/hour

I am an artist who reads a lot and play classical flute.

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Pratt institute BFA
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Master's

Education

Pratt institute BFA

Cranbrook Academy of Art (Master's)

About Lorna

I have always been a completely committed teacher, who cares deeply about the growth of my students’ work over time. Teaching clarifies my own visual ideas through highly developed verbal skills I have acquired over many years for communicating complex visual ideas. I am always learning new ways of communicating more acutely; each student’s personality, history and ways of seeing fine-tune it. I have taught on the college level many years in a variety of materials, including carved wood, sand-casting, (in bronze, iron and aluminum), collage, (corrugated cardboard as well as 4’ wood carvings), drawing, (cray-pas oil crayon from both the landscape as well as figure), as well as figure modeling in clay. The study of color and knowledge of paint application are both my specialty and strength. I have been a "Visiting-Artist-in-Residence" at American University, (D.C.), in Umbra, Italy, teaching painting to undergraduate seniors. I have been a 'Guest Critic" at The Vermont Studio Center since 1991-present; and at The New York Studio School.

My students receive the lasting impact of the love, faith and discipline that I experience in the studio. They learn how to dialog about formal visual problems, enabling ideas to become focused and clear. I do not teach a style, but rather, through observation, students learn through each other’s problems and solutions, in group critiques, as well as my working individually with each person.
I have always been a completely committed teacher, who cares deeply about the growth of my students’ work over time. Teaching clarifies my own visual ideas through highly developed verbal skills I have acquired over many years for communicating complex visual ideas. I am always learning new ways of communicating more acutely; each student’s Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Amherst, MA 01002
In-person lessons
Music:
Flute
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Art History, Drawing,
Painting,
Photography
English:
Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, TOEFL
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, TOEFL, Writing
History:
Art History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Drawing

The way I work, one drawing begets the one yet to come. I am always 'looking out,' waiting, absorbing what new weather brings to these mountains that I have been drawing for 25 years. My drawings grow out of each other. These ancient mountains, (the Holyoke range formed by glaciers), clouds and their cast shadows on the mountains, the open hayfields, and memories of shapes and colors that rise up unexpectedly from memorized places where I have traveled, lend themselves accessibly to how colors relate. My color combinations come directly from landscape, or from architecture when I am amongst structures as inspiring as the Alhambra, with it’s bodies of water strategically flowing that are companions to them. Both my drawing and painting are ‘edited memory.’
The physicality of oil crayon lends itself well to how I locate light falling on the mountains from the sky of a particular day; I love moving crayon fluidly around, both thinly and thickly, scraping and redrawing. The surfaces of my drawings resemble ancient walls, in that there is a sense of history alive in them, through the repetition of the "placement and replacement" of crayon many times over. (I try to convince my students that they can’t expect to get it right the first hundred times, that it is necessary to go through the search process). I feel like I am at a construction site breathing life onto the paper through a simultaneous building up and a tearing down of color. I love to see open, breathing, moving space create entry way inside the picture plane of the flat surface of paper. It is the act of breathing life onto the paper that enables the paper’s surface to be like windows or mirrors into which to look. It is the architectural construction of a drawing that moves me. A drawing gets born when it has a specific presence that comes alive in it, that seems, for me, to come together only at the very end through the last accoutrement that come along so naturally and pleasurably, and fine-tune all that is already compositionally holding together, rhythmically tied.
My landscape drawings are not objectified; they don’t hold objects, but they do hold spirit, souls, and memory, all of which rise up in a form conducive to be said in crayon. The crayon finds it before even I do, that makes how colors relate be everything. My drawings 'sing' through the light that emanates from the color combination themselves.

ESL/ESOL

I am certified through the ESL Training Program of 8 weeks at the Jones Library, Amherst, (from this past summer), to teach language, reading and writing skills to all ages and cultures through a methodical approach of communication skills. I use creative visual tools that narrate a story, for example. I am a college professor who has compassion for how each person absorbs information, as everyone is different in thought-processes.

Painting

The way I work, one painting begets the one yet to come. The paintings grow out of each other. My paintings come from the things around me that I see, such as ancient mountains, (the Holyoke range formed by glaciers), clouds and their cast shadows on these mountains, the open hayfields where I live, and memories of shapes and colors that rise up unexpectedly from memorized places where I have traveled. My life is a story of painting itself, it’s universal, spiritual force through the visual language of color, which communicates to all cultures. My color combinations come from the experience of ‘seeing’ and memorizing what I see. My painting is ‘edited memory’ which uplifts spirits.
The physicality of oil paint lends itself well to how I locate light falling on the mountains from the sky of a particular day; I love moving paint fluidly around, both thinly and thickly, scraping and repainting it. The surfaces of my paintings resemble ancient walls, in that there is a sense of history alive in them, through the repetition of the "placement and replacement" of paint many times over. (I try to convince my students that they can’t expect to get it right the first hundred times, that it is necessary to go through the search process). I feel like I am at a construction site breathing life onto the canvas through a simultaneous building up and a tearing down of color. I love to see open, breathing, moving space create entry way inside the picture plane of the flat surface of linen. It is the act of breathing life onto the canvas that enables the painting’s surface to be like windows or mirrors into which to look. It is the architectural construction of a painting that moves me. A painting gets born when it has a specific presence that comes alive in it, that seems, for me, to come together only at the very end through the last accoutrements that come along so naturally and pleasurably, and fine-tune all that is already compositionally holding together, rhythmically tied.

I know that I will bring inspiration to artists who sign up to work with me. I enjoy exchanging ideas with others in a highly interactive way, and would enjoy this position immensely.

Photography

The impressionist painters taught photographers how to compose images through the viewfinder. I focus on how to place images within the four edges so that nothing is cut off by the edges, and then placing the images into photoshop for further cropping and color correction.

Public Speaking

As a college professor, I have faced auditorium filled audiences on many occasions. My delivery had everything to do with my love and knowledge of the subject being discussed. Well prepared ahead of time, I organize my lecture on synopsis first, and then break down the parts of it into a deliver format. I take questions after so there is a call-and-responses format. Improvisation after the lecture breeds deeper understanding of the material: less formal and more impassioned. I also deliver an hour lecture at the beginning of each of the college classes I presently teach. I can see the responses of my students if they are understanding or not; I alter my delivery according to that comprehension, by being responsive in an elastic way.

Writing

I was a writer for the Valley Advocate and have published prose.

Pratt institute BFA
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Master's

Education

Pratt institute BFA

Cranbrook Academy of Art (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lorna will travel within 10 miles of Amherst, MA 01002.