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Maryland Institute College of Art (Painting)
Towson University (Master's)
As a professional artist I am interested in sharing my knowledge of fine arts in the academic environment. Teaching provides inspiration for both the student and the teacher, creating a productive symbiosis. For me teaching is a necessary component of art making. It is the responsibility of artists to share their experience not only through visual means but also by direct communication with others. I received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (Maryland) in 2009 and an MFA from Towson University, Maryland in 2013.
I am also a 2013 recipient of Touchstone Young Artist Fellowship program in Washington D.C. As a recent college graduate I am aware of the current standards and expectations from student portfolios. I have been teaching Non-Major Drawing course at Towson University since 2012 and have experience with beginners.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the teaching experience for me is seeing the progression of a students work from the initial shy beginnings into a more virtuoso style of drawing. I also want my students to enjoy drawing/painting as an experience.
Art can be very therapeutic, and I believe that every person should experience art and what it has to offer. This includes the joy of inspiration and pride in accomplishing something wondrous and beautiful. I have a firm knowledge of painting, drawing and intaglio printmaking, as well as deep respect for technique.
Familiarity with material opens tremendous potential and versatility, as well as the ground for conceptual exploration. As an educator I believe in developing the students’ technical skills as well as cognitive thinking.
Conceptually I believe it’s important to explore the contemporary society we live in. By providing knowledge of materials and techniques and widening students’ conceptual boundaries I seek to enrich the creative, inner world of the students.
Art is a language that everyone can be well versed in. It provides an outlet, a breathing space from the mundane. And my job as a teacher is to equip every student with skills to travel outside the mundane. As a professional artist I am interested in sharing my knowledge of fine arts in the academic environment. Teaching provides inspiration for both the student and the teacher, creating a productive symbiosis. For me teaching is a necessary component of art making. It is the responsibility of
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I have 10 years of experience in drawing, covering a variety of media from charcoal to watercolor, to ink and etching on metal plates. To view examples of my artwork go to my website: www.aleksandrakatargina.com Drawing is the basis of all art and it is crucial to be able to really see the subject you are drawing and the correlation of one object to another, as well as value relationships. These are the initial steps to all art making practices. I have been teaching drawing for non-majors at Towson University for a year, and introducing drawing practices to my students. I have received BFA and MFA in painting. There is no painting without strong drawing technique. Ultimately drawing is about the ability to see as an artist, to see the relationship between light and dark and to be able to transfer the language of art on paper.
I have started painting in oil in my Freshman year at Maryland Institute College of Art. Since then I fell in love with the medium and what oil painting has to offer. I have received my MFA in Painting from Towson University. I am attached to more traditional technique since my roots are Russian and I grew up looking at 19th century Realist Masters like Repin and Serov. I am fascinated with the material since there is a whole world related to oil painting suspended in art history. There is mystery in the pigments, mediums and supports used by the old masters such as Rembrandt and Titian. There are tales of precious metals, alchemical recipes and ultimately the triumph of chemistry and synthetic pigment production. Throughout the ages oil paint intertwines so many lives, talents and adventures. It is boundless as a medium, I find it captivating and want to be a part of such rich history. Painting is more complex than drawing since there is color involved. It is also more time consuming and provides a greater challenge. It is a medium that never gets boring. Please take a look at my website for examples of oil painting: www.aleksandrakatargina.com
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