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Joe: Visual Arts, Photography, Photoshop, and History

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Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
BA Art Photography

Education

Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN (BA Art Photography)

About Joseph

I am 55 and had to close my photography studio in Michigan due to the economy. I am proficient in many areas that students could benefit from. My degree is in art, and I have a depth of knowledge in several areas of Art, such as Photography, Drawing, Scultpture, Calligraphy, Art History, etc. I am a certified professional photographer and have won many awards over the years. In Computer software, am proficient in Photoshop, and have dabbled Corel Painter.

My wife is a Spanish translator, so I am used to dealing with the Hispanic community

For 3 years I taught art at a Christian School in the Atlanta Ga. area from 1980 to 1983

I am 55 and had to close my photography studio in Michigan due to the economy. I am proficient in many areas that students could benefit from. My degree is in art, and I have a depth of knowledge in several areas of Art, such as Photography, Drawing, Scultpture, Calligraphy, Art History, etc. I am a certified professional photographer and have won Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49548
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Art History, Drawing,
Photography,
Theater
English:
Bible Studies, Public Speaking
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Business:
Business, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Drawing

Dear Student,

Drawing is the most fundamental skill of anyone in the visual arts. In order to paint, design, or sculpt, one must be able to draw. The materials for drawing are very simple, and relatively inexpensive; paper and Pencil, charcoal, or ink, and you can start drawing. They are also easily transportable.

I was an art teacher of High School and elementary students for three years right after I graduated. Drawing was the skill I pushed the most, as that was what the students needed most. If you mess up, you just throw away the paper and start a new one. Drawing teaches you to see, and since it is a quick medium, you will quickly be able to see what you have done wrong, and so quickly learn from your mistake, and you will make mistakes. This was something that I said often to my students " Success depends on how you handle failure" In any of the arts you will probably do poorly at first, but with enough practice and a little talent, most people with will be proficient.

The two most important concepts in drawing are finding the basic shapes of the objects that you are drawing, and then showing the direction that the light is coming from in your scene. Light show form, and you want to make your object look 3 dimensional, even though it is drawn on a 2 dimensional piece of paper.

Photography

Dear Student My degree is a BA in Art, but my major with in the Fine Art Department was Photography, however my experience in Photography started years before going to college. I worked for a Master of Photography while I was a senior in high school, and then taught art for 3 years after College.

Since then I have been a working professional photographer and owned my own studio for 23 years in Michigan. I am also a Certified Professional Photographer, a degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Since I got into photography in back in 1971, and worked for an old Master, I was exposed to many of the techniques of the early 20th Century, and when the Digital Revolution hit, I successfully made that transition to Digital Photography. Therefore I know how to work in a Dark Room, and in fact have built several. Eventually I was able to become proficient in Photoshop to be able to prepare all my own photos for printing at the lab.

The most basic concept of photography is that it is "Painting with Light" If you only see "the subject" and do not see the light, it is only a picture and not a photograph. In order to really do photography that you are in control of, you must have a camera that you can make adjustments, such as an SLR.

Religion

Dear Student,

Even though I am seen as an Evangelical Christian, I am respectful of all people regardless of their beliefs. I believe there is only one way to Heaven and that is by accepting the gift of Jesus Christ, but will not be offensive to someone that believes otherwise. How can you win someone to your position if you are offensive to them.

I have a Bible Minor From Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga Tennessee. The Word of God is very important to me. My favorite study is in the Historical Books of the Bible. My next favorite are the Proverbs and then the Psalms. I believe in a literal 6 day creation, that Christ was virgin born, that the Bible contains no error in its original language, and that the miracles are literal and not symbolic. Most importantly, though is the Chapter of Ist Corinthians 13, which is known as the Love Chapter. A head knowledge of scripture with out love makes us simply a noise maker. Doctrine with out love is not true Christianity. It is said "You will know them because they love one another".

It is important to know the basic fundamentals of Scripture, but then it is often in the details that we find the most amazing truths.

Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
BA Art Photography

Education

Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN (BA Art Photography)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joseph will travel within 15 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49548.