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Dara D.

Santa Fe, NM

$40/hour

Art Teacher with over 10 years experiences

In-person lessons

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Carthage College
BA Art History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master's

Education

Carthage College (BA Art History)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Master's)

About Dara

I am drawn to the spirituality found in every day life and the beauty in the world that surrounds me. What better place to live than in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I retreat to Pecos and Madrid to have nature surround me, places that also help me become grounded and more alive. I love working in charcoal, colored pencil, oil pastels, crayons, and simply, in pencil. Observing and absorbing my surroundings is key to my art.
However, born in Connecticut, and having lived in the area of the Great Lakes, I miss water. I love to travel and have been bitten by the travel bug. Italy, Ireland and Scotland are among the destinations that have most influenced my art.

For over ten years I have taught art, with multimedia art lessons in an elementary school setting. Additionally, I have instructed children and adults in drawing in a museum classroom setting. I help my students with creative problem solving, developing methods and techniques, and applying the elements of art and principles of design to their art work.

I have also worked in museums and galleries, furthering my interests and appreciation of various types of art. In Santa Fe, I worked for the Gerald Peters Gallery and for the Robert Nichols Gallery. The Gerald Peters Gallery features a wide array of American Art, including classic Western and Contemporary. Robert Nichols Gallery features Native American pottery from the Pre-Columbian, Classic and Contemporary periods, as well as antiques and Americana. I taught art to children and adults at the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, before moving to Santa Fe. My experiences include employment at IAIA, where I experienced various Native American approaches to art. Experiencing art is part of my approach, to absorb and appreciate beauty, man-made or otherwise. I hold a BA and a MA in Art History, where I focused on works on paper, specifically drawings and prints.

From Realism to Abstraction, creative self-expression is a way of self-knowledge that unlocks the real, authentic person within. Exploring masterworks, from cave art to contemporary pieces, furthers the artistic experience. Fun and diligence leads to mastery. Let me help you be the artist you were meant to be.
I am drawn to the spirituality found in every day life and the beauty in the world that surrounds me. What better place to live than in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I retreat to Pecos and Madrid to have nature surround me, places that also help me become grounded and more alive. I love working in charcoal, colored pencil, oil pastels, crayons, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Santa Fe, NM 87507
In-person lessons
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing,
Painting

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Drawing

I have taught drawing in a licensed elementary school art program for over 10 years. Additionally, I taught in the adults and children in a museum setting. I offered drawing experiences that includes landscape, portrait and still life. Dry media included pencil, colored pencil, chalk, pastel, oil pastel and charcoal. Techniques included shading using cross hatching, gradation, and stippling as well as emphasis on design by using overlapping for space, rubbings for texture, as well as blind contour and observation.

Painting

Taught painting for 10 years in licensed elementary school setting. Types of paint media used included watercolor, tempera, acrylic and egg tempera. Additionally helped students explore painting techniques such as scraffeto, color blending, color mixing, as well as transparency verses opaque, among others.

Carthage College
BA Art History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master's

Education

Carthage College (BA Art History)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dara will travel within 10 miles of Santa Fe, NM 87507.