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Rick S.

Grand Rapids, MI

$50/hour

traveling art guy

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About Rick

1) I am a working, self taught visual artist, and focus on painting,drawing, murals, small scale found object sculpture,cartoons, illustration, and map and logo design. My style is whimsical and figurative.
2) My developed skills include: (in addition to drawing and painting) art design, art concept, organizational, communication, creative writing, and public speaking.
3) Since 1991, I have organized and/or participated in over two hundred community art projects, art demonstrations, workshops, shows, lectures, art instruction programs, and artist-in-residence programs.
4) The teaching method I subscribe to includes working directly with participants, encouraging positive use of creativity and imagination, designing practical projects and lessons to enhance or to improve critical thinking skills, allowing participants to interpret project/lesson themes, promoting teamwork and co-operation, and to have fun with art.
5) I also have working knowledge of geography, American history, about the criminal justice system and vocabulary.
6) Some background information about myself: * Worked as a grand rapids police officer 1968-1995 * Since 1999 have sub taught all grade levels in Kent county area schools and have worked with special ed and alternative ed students.
1) I am a working, self taught visual artist, and focus on painting,drawing, murals, small scale found object sculpture,cartoons, illustration, and map and logo design. My style is whimsical and figurative.
2) My developed
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49506
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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American History

Through extensive and variety of readings over period of several years... focus on different aspects and stories of US history. I feel confident am able to help students with this class work.

Art History

As a working artist during the past twenty years, I have collected, read through, or made reference to (and made a point to learn and apply the information in) several books, articles, Internet information about a variety of art genres, artists' biographies, artists' styles and works. I often refer to this information in art instruction programs, artist-in residence programs, and apply it to my own artwork. The following are examples of art genres (and history) that I have gained knowledge of and refer to often during lessons, classes, or lectures. I looked into prison art (I did it once a week work over a three year period) working with inmates at the Kent County Work Release Program, doing a variety of art projects which were pretty much self directed. I, in turn, was able to collect several pieces of original artwork from the inmates and I did research into the concept and history of prison art. Symbolism is another area that I focused on, including and the stories and meanings associated with it. Also, Mandalas, which is an ancient form of art and meditation. Outsider art which is usually referred to as art outside the main stream.

Criminal Justice

I was a Grand Rapids police officer from 1968-1995, and gained extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system. Also, over a period of several years during the 1970s and 1980s, I was given the opportunity, once a year, to lecture to criminal justice students at Calvin College.

Drawing

Please note, in the interest of not being redundant, put the 'drawing' and 'painting' together because of my background in art - being self taught - both art forms are so intertwined. Beginning in the mid to late 1960s, I developed a skill for both painting and drawing, and just kept working at it in order to master it. While working as a police officer, starting in the late 1960s, I did social commentary cartoons about police work, which eventually lead to commentary paintings and 3D pieces. In 1996, I developed, designed, and did the art work for a self published cartoon book about police work, which was privately underwritten. In 1991, I organized, designed, and participated in my first mural project with a group of Kendall art students. We painted a series of whimsical images on a 100' x 15' storefront in the inner city, and recieved a front page article in the press and a two part story on television.
Since 1991, along with other artists, young people, adults, educators, and community leaders, I have done several murals at schools and in neighborhoods, and have also done many workshops or classes focusing on drawing projects or exercises.
The most recent community art project was in 2010. I worked with the assistant superintendent of Rockford schools, and a former Grand Rapids firefighter, sign maker, and artist (with whom I've worked with for the past twenty years on a variety of art projects) to develop, co-ordinate, oversee, promote, and participate in 'Rams on the Dam'. Other area artists, students and art teachers painted and decorated 46 life-size ram sculptures in order to promote community pride in Rockford.

Elementary (K-6th)

Since 1999, I have been a substitute teacher at all grade levels in schools throughout Kent County. I last attended Aquinas College during the 1970s, and have 116 college credit hours. The focus was on geography, urban studies, and sociology. Rockford schools and Grand Rapids schools both hired me on a contract basis to teach art in their alternative education schools (I did one school year in each school district).

Geography

I focused on college urban studies courses which includes variety of geography courses, also have done art projects area schools with 'where in the world are you?" themes, done through series of maps/illustrations/words to show where exactly you are in the world, so am confident can help students with this class work.

Painting

Please note, in the interest of not being redundant, put the 'drawing' and 'painting' together because of my background in art - being self taught - both art forms are so intertwined. Beginning in the mid to late 1960s, I developed a skill for both painting and drawing, and just kept working at it in order to master it. While working as a police officer, starting in the late 1960s, I did social commentary cartoons about police work, which eventually lead to commentary paintings and 3D pieces. In 1996, I developed, designed, and did the art work for a self published cartoon book about police work, which was privately underwritten. In 1991, I organized, designed, and participated in my first mural project with a group of Kendall art students. We painted a series of whimsical images on a 100' x 15' storefront in the inner city, and recieved a front page article in the press and a two part story on television.
Since 1991, along with other artists, young people, adults, educators, and community leaders, I have done several murals at schools and in neighborhoods, and have also done many workshops or classes focusing on drawing projects or exercises.
The most recent community art project was in 2010. I worked with the assistant superintendent of Rockford schools, and a former Grand Rapids firefighter, sign maker, and artist (with whom I've worked with for the past twenty years on a variety of art projects) to develop, co-ordinate, oversee, promote, and participate in 'Rams on the Dam'. Other area artists, students and art teachers painted and decorated 46 life-size ram sculptures in order to promote community pride in Rockford.

Public Speaking

My first public speaking experience, while a police officer (1968-1995), was lecturing groups of Calvin College criminal students , once a year, over a period of several years (1970's-1980's), about different aspects of police work. The next opportunity occurred in 1991, after completing a mural project with a group of Kendall College students. The art talk was with the group, about the art of cartooning. During the late 1990's, the art talk was about art project ideas for special ed students, presented to a group of special ed educators. Then in the mid to late 2000's, at Michigan State University, two lectures to two groups, about the art of social commentary police cartoons, and the importance of youths participating in public art projects, followed by art talks about jailhouse art and outsider art to two groups of art educators, and the third set of art talks were to two art ed classes at Grand Valley State College, about public art projects, then most recently, at Aquinas Emeritus College,a lecture on the history of mandalas, and a chance for participants to design their own mandalas.

Reading

I am an avid reader, from novels to non-fiction and more to reading children stories with my grand children to incorporating reading and writing with art projects. So I am confident can help students with reading improvement needs.

Social Studies

While working as a police officer (1968-1995), and as a college student (1964- mid 1970's), I gained a thorough understanding, and working knowledge of what is referred to as 'social studies'. My experience as a police officer gave me realistic insight into civics and the criminal justice system. Examples of credited course work include: 1). courses in urban studies, 2). urban geography, 3). urban sociology, 4). cultural anthropology, and 5). intro to state and local government.

Vocabulary

Through reading and writing projects I have a firm grasp on vocabulary usage.

Writing

Through creative writing skills developed as a police officer and author of newspaper and magazine articles I feel confident to help students develop and improve their writing skills.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rick will travel within 20 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49506.