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Albuquerque UNM (Studio Art)
My name is Natalee and I am a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BA in studio arts. I am currently a freelance painter and clothing designer in ABQ, and have a background in classical ballet. I have been teaching dance for almost ten years and am avid about inspiring youth in the arts. My personal goal as a teacher is to help students discover and nurture their strengths, inspire them to do research to strengthen their work, and to help give them the academic tools to promote their clarity, execution, form and quality. Constructive, never self-critical, criticism is key to growth.
My favorite age group to engage with are 8th graders and up, who have fundamental skills in drawing. I am open to working with students ranging from ultimate beginner to advanced/pre-collegiate; anyone with a passion to grow.
My name is Natalee and I am a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BA in studio arts. I am currently a freelance painter and clothing designer in ABQ, and have a background in classical ballet. I have been teaching dance for almost ten years and am … Read more
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It is important that students understand that drawing is the building block to all art making. Throughout my BA degree I found that figure drawing, and training the the eye to gather and record information is an essential key to drawing, as well as being able to capture a full value scale. The stronger the skills in drawing, the more opportunity there is to expand into other avenues of art.
My main strategy to get students to increase their skill is to practice constantly. In drawing I stress the importance of using a sketchbook daily, and to experiment with a range of stumbling, crosshatch, blending, and rapid drawing.
I am primarily a painter and have experience namely with oils, watercolor, and acrylic. I like to give the student options in choosing their paint medium by giving them an understanding of the pros and cons each has to offer. Painting stems from a strength in drawing, so I would suggest painting tutorials with drawing as a prerequisite. Unlike drawing, painting also requires strong color theory and an understand of warm/ cool tones, complementary and tertiary colors.