Furman University Greenville South Carolina (Art History)
George Washington University Washington D.C. (Other)
I have been connected to the creative arts all my life and find nothing more rewarding than guiding and inspiring others through the creative process. I am currently an Art Specialist for The Central Queens Y where I work in an After-School Program teaching a wide variety of art classes to elementary age students. Prior to that I was an assistant teacher at a Montessori School and have worked in the art departments of both Princeton University and The Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Privately, I work with students to develop a personalized series of lessons that covers all the basics of the visual arts and then if desired, we concentrate on the medium that he or she connects with the most. I encourage the sharing of ideas with families of school-aged students who want to understand better or enrich and expand on what is being taught in their school's art program. I bring all supplies to the student's home and take care of all set up and clean up. For an art history component to the lessons and for inspiration, I often bring in visual examples of famous artists' work. Weather permitting I love to create outdoors!
I am patient and open-minded and I appreciate feedback. Being the mother of two creative offspring who themselves are studying the arts in college, I have first-hand knowledge in how to bring out and most importantly, honor, the unique creative perspective that each individual has! I have been connected to the creative arts all my life and find nothing more rewarding than guiding and inspiring others through the creative process. I am currently an Art Specialist for The Central Queens Y where I work in an After-School Program teaching a wide variety of art classes to elementary age students. Prior to that I was an assistant
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I have a degree in Art History which required me to complete many studio art courses in oil, acrylic and watercolor painting. I have catalogued slides and photographs spanning all mediums and time periods of art at Princeton University's Department of Art and Archaeology and the Slide and Photograph Collection at The Parsons School of Design in NYC. Both my degree and my work experience in these institutions were an education in "learning to look" at line color shape form etc. of great works of art on a daily basis.
As a pre-school assistant teacher, I guided students through an art curriculum that I devised that exposed these very young minds to the elements of art, in many cases for the very first time! This forced me, as a teacher, to be constantly reminded of how all works of art have to begin in basic ways, for example color mixing with the three primary colors. It also reminded me that its often more about the process and experimentation than the final product!
As a private art instructor to students of all ages, I devise a curriculum that lets them try various mediums and surfaces in our painting lessons. We often then zero in on the medium that the student enjoys the most and go further in-depth, for example, with watercolor, for future lessons.