Montclair Sate University
Fashion Institutue of Technology (Other)
I believe that anyone -- no matter their age or art experience -- can learn to draw and feel proud of their efforts! I've taught children as well as adults to have confidence in their drawing abilities and their own styles. My philosophies of teaching are simple: No matter their skill artists have their own ways of expressing themselves. There's no such thing as "a mistake." Art is very subjective and personal. The artist needs to be pleased with their work. There are no drawings that can't be transformed into a positive composition!
I teach my students to relax and be kind to themselves. Drawing, like most things in life, is a learning experience. We grow constantly in everything we do. I also learn quite a lot from my students! I want my students to have fun while they learn. They'll be doing fun exercises and learning to train their "right" brain -- the creative, intuitive side.
Privately, I have taught drawing, textile designing, polymer clay and fabric painting. I've also taught drawing at Michael's art and craft store in Hamilton, N.J. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Montclair State University along with an associates degree, Magna Cum Laud, in Textile Designing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have sold paintings, hand-painted apparel and have gotten many of my designs featured in magazines and catalogues. I worked as a Colorist and Textile designer in New York City for over 10 years. And ...
I love teaching art! I love showing students how to feel good about their creativity -- helping experienced artists advance and those new to drawing and painting enjoy their journey as budding artists!! I believe that anyone -- no matter their age or art experience -- can learn to draw and feel proud of their efforts! I've taught children as well as adults to have confidence in their drawing abilities and their own styles. My philosophies of teaching are simple: No matter their skill artists have their own ways of expressing themselves. There's
During my first lesson, Carol had me draw a self-portrait, my hand, and a person from memory in order to gauge my artistic level. As nervous as I was, Carol was very supportive. The hour flew by and I had a great experience!
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I have, always, loved drawing and painting. I started teaching art, about 5 years ago and found that, not only , did I love to teach, but got many praises from my students and their parents! I saw children and adults, who were so conditioned to believe that "real" art, was a talent that you were born with. You know the old saying: "I can't, even, draw a straight line!" Well, I would say "Is that, really what you want to do?" "Or, do you want to unleash your own creativity and learn about what your "special" art is?
I have a BFA from Montclair State University and an Associates degree, Magna Cum Laud, from The Fashion Institute of Technology. I have sold many paintings ,hand painted apparel and have been commissioned to paint Murals and Rain Barrels! In NYC,I was a Textile Colorist and Designer in women's sportswear and home furnishings and my designs have been featured in "Woman's Day Magazine, Talbots and Units catalogues.. I have taught drawing and other art forms: both, privately and in groups at: Michael's Arts and Crafts store, in Hamilton and "Kidzart, in East Windsor elementary schools. I was a children's librarian, for over 9 years and ran art and music workshops. Also, getting together a portfolio can be a daunting project. It's good to know about the colleges that you are applying to and what their requirements are, if possible.
It is very exciting to see the development and the confidence grow, within all of my students.
I teach different techniques and ways to paint with acrylic. From canvas to material. Learning how to take care of your brushes , paints and other supplies is important. Learning how to mix paints , using a matt knife and add other mediums to the acrylic paint, as well as mixing colors is vital. I like my students to be free and use their own expression; everyone has a way of expressing themselves. Realistic painting , modern, abstracts, pointilism, cubism, are among some of the different ways to paint and they are all equally important! The most important goal is for a student to feel good about their own creativity. Progress comes from experimentation and learning basic principals of painting. I have found this to be the best way to encourage and teach painting!