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Ohio State University, Columbus
MFA :Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Master's)
When I took Painting I my freshman year of college, the instructor taught us about color. He was an accomplished portrait artist turned landscape painter, and for a while he spoke intensely about how to look at colors when painting from life, and how to translate them into a painted image. His lecturing transitioned to demonstrating by painting from a still life setup, and soon, the entire class was painting too. At that point the instructor fell back, let us work, and only made the occasional comment or observation. I don’t remember most of the details of what he said that day, nor do I remember what sort of still life we painted from, but I clearly remember that at the end of class I walked outside and felt overcome by the color of the sky. There was nothing special about the sky in that moment. No amazing sunset or sunrise - just a plain, blue sky. But it was as if I’d never really seen it before. In just three hours of instruction, a teacher had changed the way I see.
Great art education cultivates appreciation and a higher awareness of the world around us. That art class improved the quality of my life. This is why I make and teach art, and why I have taught art across a spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and levels of proficiency. I believe hands-on art-making experience and visual literacy gives greater depth and meaning to people’s lives. It pushes us to see things from different perspectives and discover new avenues for personal expression. When I took Painting I my freshman year of college, the instructor taught us about color. He was an accomplished portrait artist turned landscape painter, and for a while he spoke intensely about how to look at colors when painting from life, and how to translate them into a painted
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