Moore College of Art and Design (Illustration)
Hi there! A little background on me: I received my BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture that I enjoyed to the fullest while I lived there. In addition to art courses, I studied history, sociology, literature, and creative writing.
My father was a professor of Journalism at West Virginia University, and my mother was also a teacher and an artist, having received her BS in Art Education from Moore. The apple, as they say, didn't fall far from the tree, and I am proud to follow in their footsteps as an educator, myself. Making a difference in a student's life is an utter delight for me!
In addition to my ten years at Guilford Technical Community College, where I have taught courses in history and vocabulary as well as art classes in drawing, portraiture, and color theory, I have experience teaching in large and small groups, and one-on-one, in subjects from grammar, spelling, and writing to drawing and painting, creative napkin folding, and self-defense. I even taught karate in college!
I have written online for a variety of clients and for several websites, as well as for three blogs of my own. Since I started writing web content in 2008, I have produced thousands of articles and blog posts, and I won a category in San Jose State University's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest in 2011. I have edited manuscripts, articles, term papers and even a master's thesis, and I am confident that I will improve your skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and spelling, and all kinds of writing, from creative fiction to term papers. And with 20 years' experience as a professional portrait artist and ten years as an art teacher, I can guarantee to improve your drawing skills, as well.
Please feel free to message me to set up a tutoring session, and I will dedicate myself to helping you achieve your educational goals! Hi there! A little background on me: I received my BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture that I enjoyed to the fullest while I lived there. In addition to art courses, I studied history, sociology, literature, and creative writing.
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My son is applying to college programs which require him to submit a portfolio. He realized that while his computer design work was strong, he needed guidance with drawing, so we retained Ali to teach him.
Even before the first lesson she was helpful, giving him specifics of art supplies he would need. Having the right tools made a big difference for him right away, and after only a few lessons there is an obvious and tremendous difference in the quality of his work thanks to Ali's guidance. She has high expectations, but is always encouraging and kind in guiding my son toward meeting them.
Beyond her skill as a teacher, Ali is also just a great person to work with. She responds promptly to questions and other communications, and is very considerate, letting us know if she will be even a few minutes late for a lesson (though as a rule, she is very prompt, which I appreciate).
I only wish I had thought to hire her earlier, but I'm grateful for the time my son has had to work with Ali. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who wants to learn to draw or refine their skills.
On our first meeting, we were able to quickly determine how to approach improving my son's writing skills. Ali was very helpful in giving my son something to write about and in a subject for which he was interested. She wanted him to think about how to come up with a story and how to expand the story. She showed him how to develop characters and how they interact.
I'm not exactly sure what they went over, but I think she gave him some good studying and text reading tips. My son also said he's "going to try to take school more seriously from now on" so whatever she said - I love it!
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I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration, which requires representational drawing and painting in many media; I took basic drawing, figure drawing and illustration courses every semester for four years. I have been a professional portrait artist for over 20 years, and I have taught drawing and portraiture at GTCC for 10 years.
I'm one of those people who have actually read Strunk and White (hey, it's a short book). I know the rules, and I'm always happy to teach them. Some of my qualifications: I've won a spelling bee, tested in the 99th percentile on both the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT, placed out of Freshman-level English Composition in college via essay test, edited a master's thesis, and have written dozens of usage articles. I also have over ten years of teaching experience and am a professional writer and editor. Yeah, it's a lot of bragging, and I'll be happy to back it up. I will ensure you have all the skills necessary to blow up standardized tests, devastate your rivals at cocktail parties, and be a precise pain in the butt on Facebook, just like me! (Or, yes, read and write better--that, too.)