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Texas State (Art)
With a forty year-long work history in a wide variety of visual media I have knowledge and experience to share. I have worked for clients around the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Esprit, National Geographic Kids, Japanese TV. I also have had over 2000 illustrations published in the largest publications in the US, with clients that include Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, the New York Times. More important than resume listings? I am happily committed to nurturing creativity in others – especially younger people.
I have taught classes in design and illustration at a number of colleges in California and Japan, including the highly respected California College of the Arts. Here in Austin I have recently been teaching arts and animation classes for younger artists. Discovering the joys of working with kids, I have gone back to school at Texas State, working towards my K-12 teaching credential for Texas schools. The goal is to teach creativity in our underserved public schools. I know the need for this: I myself had little art education in my own Wonder Years, and I was lucky enough to be able to remedy that when I found myself in a Community College with a fantastic art department. Positive changes in this area of education are long overdue. Creativity is what makes us human.
I have great empathy, patience, and I am excited to see others grow. My style of teaching is more about getting in the "sandbox" with students and lending a subtle hand towards promoting their own creativity, rather than by leading.
Of course I have skills to share. I draw exceptionally well. I have exhibited work in five galleries in Japan. I have had a dozen animations televised in three countries. Adobe has profiled my work with their software programs on a couple occasions. That said, conceptualization and communicating emotion are the most valuable ingredients in art. I am a firm believer that artists of any variety, and of any age have to start from with this understanding.
Yes, drawing well has its uses, and I am well equipped to teach drawing (as well as color theories, software, art history, animation techniques, and so on). However, the most valuable "art lesson" that can be imparted to young minds is to nurture their own creativity. Consider this analogy: "Kids dance to everything before they are taught that everything ISN'T music." Kids are naturally creative. Society and our schools sadly tend to convince kids that they aren't.
My hourly rate is flexible. I am happy to work with groups of kids. I am also happy to offer discounts for those with lesser financial means.
Cheers! With a forty year-long work history in a wide variety of visual media I have knowledge and experience to share. I have worked for clients around the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Esprit, National Geographic Kids, Japanese
Rates are flexible, depending on student's financial resources. Happy to teach groups!
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