Philadelphia College of Art / University of the Arts (Painting)
Uiversity of Florida (Master's)
I have been involved with art my entire life. My mother, who was also an artist, was my first art teacher. I received my BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art where I majored in Painting. I spent many years painting and working in a variety of studios. I discovered a long time ago that I had a love of teaching others how to appreciate and understand art, which led me to go back to school when time permitted. I studied Art Education at the University of Florida, where I earned a Master of Arts degree with a major in Art Education.
My experience teaching art one-on-one goes back to my childhood. My most recent art teaching experience is with a toddler I worked with whose love of art inspired me to want to teach her more extensively about how to use paints, brushes, and to mix colors. I encouraged her to use her own expressive language and to explore so that she may discover the endless possibilities that are in her hands. This experience is how I came to understand the unique power of being a mentor and allowing a child to make their own discoveries. By providing them with the right tools and encouragement they are able to reach their inner voice and project it out into the world.
My passion for art and my desire that others love it too is what makes me an ideal art teacher. I am also eager that my students find their voice and express their passions. I see myself as a mid-wife who can teach anyone how to find their own expressive core in many different mediums that feel relevant to their purposes. My knowledge of different tools and art history are key to inspiring others to want to explore and discover what they are capable of producing from the very young to the very old. If there is a desire to create visual imagery in any medium that is within my expertise and know-how, I am happy to help whomever I can discover their voice by sharing my knowledge. I have been involved with art my entire life. My mother, who was also an artist, was my first art teacher. I received my BFA at the Philadelphia College of Art where I majored in Painting. I spent many years painting and working in a variety of studios. I discovered a long time ago that I had a love of teaching others how to appreciate and
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I majored in painting as an undergraduate at the Philadelphia College of Art where drawing was one of the foundational studio courses I was required to take. It is the most important component to learning how to see. My drawing teacher liked to tell us to touch the world with your pencil which sums up what I believe an artist does as they move through space. It is through that experience that one creates a visible record and a work of art.
Painting is a very sensual experience as well as an emotional expression both in the way paint is applied to the surface and through the choice of colors used. It is also very intuitive. There are many rules one needs to learn in the beginning. Once these have been digested and made part of an artist's vocabulary without thinking of them, they possess the tools to freely express themselves. My experience with children is how thrilled they are by their discoveries with colors, especially when they learn how to mix them and create new colors. Soon they learn how to use these colors in ways that allows them to tell their stories and invent new ones. It's very thrilling. I majored in painting as an undergraduate at the Philadelphia College of Art.