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Michael Z.

Selden, NY


Graphic Design/Art Tutor

Background check passed as of 1/24/12
4.8 average from 32 ratings
Very patient and knowledgeable.
— Esterita, Port Jefferson Station, NY on 1/1/13

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(SVA) School of Visual Arts, NY
Queens College


(SVA) School of Visual Arts, NY

Queens College (Enrolled)

About Michael

My name is Michael and as a tutor I can help you develop your art and design skills for school or a professional environment.
I have over 15 years experience as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator with experience in traditional and digital design.

If you are a high school student who needs help in class or preparing for college I can help you.  If you are a professional who needs help developing skills for your career, I can also assist you.

Here are some of my credentials and background as an artist and teacher:

• NYS Certified Art Teacher
• Working Graphic Designer/Illustrator with over 15 Years experience in the newspaper and retail industry
• Extensive knowledge of computer graphics and traditional techniques
• Attended specialized Art High School and Art University in NYC
• Attended Art Students League in Manhattan
• Have had art displayed in Lincoln Center and Art Directors Club
• Have tutored for many years in art and music

I work well with any age group and I always create fun and challenging lessons.
I am also a graduate student, so I understand what a student is looking for in a teacher.

Thank you for your time!
My name is Michael and as a tutor I can help you develop your art and design skills for school or a professional environment.
I have over 15 years experience as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator with experience in traditional and
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6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Selden, NY 11784
Background Check: Passed

"Very patient and knowledgeable."

- Esterita, Port Jefferson Station, NY on 1/1/13

"Very helpful"

- Paul, Northport, NY on 1/24/15

"Great Tutor"

- Eric, Holtsville, NY on 8/26/14

"Very good and patient tutor!"

- Michelle, Blue Point, NY on 1/24/14

"Excellent drum instruction."

- Jennifer, Quogue, NY on 7/30/13

"Great tutor"

- Helen, Lake Grove, NY on 6/13/12

"patient and prepared tutor"

- Lisa, Northport, NY on 3/27/11
Adobe Photoshop, Drawing,
Graphic Design
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design,

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign has become one of the most powerful layout programs since QuarkXpress. InDesign has many great tools that make it easy to create stunning, exciting layouts and spreads.

InDesign also integrates very well with the other Adobe software, making it easy to go back and forth between programs.

As a designer, I have created catalog pages, advertisements, menus and newspaper layouts using InDesign.

Some of my lessons include:

• Basics of InDesign
• Layout design
• Newspaper layouts
• Colors
• Preparing files for print
• Style sheets


As a designer, drawing has been the best way for me to get my ideas ready for the computer. As a fine artist, it has helped me with my creative expression and composition. Drawing is an important part in developing art. There are many techniques and materials you can use to create the results you want.

From thumbnail sketches to storyboard sketches, drawing is vital for the communication between the artist, Art Director or viewer.

I can assist my students with many different styles and techniques. Some students may also need help preparing a portfolio for art school, which involves keeping a sketchbook, still life drawings, observational drawings, etc.


I am a drum teacher with over 20 Years experience and many years playing in bands and clubs. I am very enthusiastic, patient, and my lessons are fun with a lot of variety. I have taught many students in different age groups, ranging from ages 9-40. I love to teach and help students develop their skills and appreciation of music.

Some of the things covered in my lessons are: Rudiments, Reading, Drum Set, Listening, General Music
and Music History.

I was also in the 1998 April issue of The Modern Drummer in the "Up & Coming" section.

Graphic Design

I have been a professional Graphic Designer for over 15 years. I have designed packaging, illustrations, flyers, business cards, letterhead, posters and more. I have worked in the retail, advertising and editorial industry.

As a Graphic Design teacher, my lessons focus on type, layout, color, technical skills and production. Besides being creative, many employers look for speed and accuracy when working on projects.

While learning to be better Graphic Designers, students also gain more knowledge about software they are using.


I have been using Apple computers since the early 90's when there was 2 mb of RAM. Apple has the most sophisticated operating system in the world and also the most user friendly system.
I am still using Apple to this day and still happy. They are high quality products, and while they may cost a lot upfront, they last forever!
I have a lot of experience with all the operating systems, since I use them everyday. Besides graphic design applications, I am very well versed in the Apple OS, and I am always trying to help my co-workers with any troubleshooting they may need. It's a lot of fun and there's always something new.

(SVA) School of Visual Arts, NY
Queens College


(SVA) School of Visual Arts, NY

Queens College (Enrolled)

Very patient and knowledgeable. — Michael is an excellent teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him for Photoshop tutoring. He is very polite as well. ...

— Esterita, Port Jefferson Station, NY on 1/1/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Selden, NY 11784.