Technological Educational Institue, Athens, Greece (Photography)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Master's)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Graduate Coursework)
I have been a practicing artist all my life. In my early teens I played the mandolin and was an alto at a children's choir.
In high school I majored in Graphic Arts and Interior Design, which was in Limassol, Cyprus, where I grew up. I earned a certification in Graphic Design course-work and completed my undergraduate studies in Photography from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, in Greece.
I migrated to the US for my graduate studies. I attended the graduate program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a concentration in Visual Arts. I worked with medium format cameras and printed large-size murals in the darkroom. Because I had the opportunity to attend other classes at MCAD, I was able to experiment and learn animation techniques, advanced lighting techniques, filmmaking production and motion graphics. I made my first Moviola film at MCAD and transferred schools to finish my studies in narrative filmmaking.
I completed my Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2006.
In my tenure in the Visual Communications field I taught youth and adults in digital media arts practices, post-professionals in Photoshop and Final Cut Pro and consulted graduate students as Adjunct Professor in all facets of filmmaking production, from inception to completion.
Now I am a Creativity Coach (certification expected 2015, from the Creativity Coaching Association). I help my clients to maximize their creative potential and reach their optimal well being through deliberate arts practice. I specialize in life transition. I have been a practicing artist all my life. In my early teens I played the mandolin and was an alto at a children's choir.
In high school I majored in Graphic Arts and Interior Design, which was in Limassol, Cyprus, where I grew up. I earned a certification in Graphic Design course-work and completed my undergraduate studies in
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I was introduced to the first version of Adobe Photoshop in 1992 as a student of Photography at the School of Applied Arts, Department of Photography, the Technological Institute of Athens in Greece. In my early training I learned to digitize original negatives and manipulate images to look realistic. I learned the skills or retouching and how to recreate something new from combining images together. I went on and applied my skill-set with Photoshop in various roles in the fields of Architecture, Advertisement, Print, Television and Education.
Art theory was part of my curriculum training in high-school, college and two graduate schools. I learned all about the evolution of communications as a visual language through traditional arts.
I learned about painting styles and how painters like Rembrandt used the light.
I learned about the desire of people to represent themselves with miniature portraits and silhouette portraits. Then photography was born and inevitably motion pictures.
In the classes I teach, I speak about art aesthetics and the influences that different artists bring in an Arts movement. I studied post-modernism, modernism, Dada, and beyond.
I have been drawing with pencil and ink for over twenty years. It was part of my formal studies in art, from high-school to graduate school.
I learned to draw with pencil, charcoal, pastels and ink.
I also took private lessons in drawing to improve my skill-set. During the one year study, I drew figure and objects. I learned to identify the light density so that i resemble that with my pencil in two ways: with applying density to my line and with using the tonality of the pencil, to form and emphasize shades of my subject matter.
I draw freehand primarily but also draw storyboards and animate characters for movement which is a whole different approach from freehand drawing.
I have a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Since 1999, where I started making films, I made about a dozen of short films. I moved to feature length films around 2011. I write, photograph and direct all my films.
I taught digital media courses to students from all ages and backgrounds, from youth in non-profit settings, to graduate students at Universities.
I went to an arts high-school, my discipline was Applied Arts and Design. I learned painting techniques there, used oil for arts courses and watercolor techniques for interior design and architecture. I also took private lessons to improve my painting skills. That was more than twenty years ago. Since then, and during undergrad and graduate school in Visual arts, I improved in all aspects of art paining and mentored students in portfolio development. One of my specialized skill is that I can easily recognize the skill-set of a student and guide them to improve, at their own pace. I focus in cultivating the student's own art aesthetics, through form, texture color and composition, and in mixing various techniques, different types of paper, canvas, overall anything that is to serve their goals.
I have an undergraduate education in Photography from the Technological Institute of Athens in Greece. The college was four years and I obtained Ptyhion, which is equivalent to a B.F.A (Bachelors of Fine Arts)
I chose to focus on the disciplines of Fine Art Photography and Advertisement, though my thesis and final project was Scientific, on Reflective Holograms.
I have worked for various clients as a Photographer from graduation date, 1997 to present.
It was part of my graduate training at the School of Communications and Theater, Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, to learn hands-on Video Production and Aesthetics.
Video Production entails advanced knowledge in photographic composition and framing, audio/microphone use, lighting skills, how to interview subject matters, editing skills and how to add graphic titles and finally, how to distribute the final product.
Video Production also requires advanced technology expertise, such as knowing how a camcorder lens reads the light, the dynamic patterns of microphones and how a sound booth operates for example. It requires solid knowledge of post-production skills and desktop technology knowledge in order to trouble-shoot and complete a project smoothly.
I utilize my skill-set in Video Production to freelance produce Media for Corporate, Event Videography and the Theater.