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Neil A.

Burke, VA

$50/hour

Visual Communications Tutor

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Howard University
Communications
George Mason University
Master's

Education

Howard University (Communications)

George Mason University (Master's)

About Neil

My name is Neil, I have been doing visual communications for over 25 years. I started my career as a photographer shooting annual reports and magazine / editorial assignments. I was the university photographer for George Mason University for 10 years which allowed me to photograph everything from executive portraits of the University President and his staff to University sporting events.

While at George Mason, I began my transition from photography to graphic design/multimedia when I earned my Masters Degree in Visual Information Technology. After graduation I worked at America Online as a Photo-Editor where I worked on the 2002 Winter Olympics and other Photo-Editing assignments.

I made my complete transition to the graphics industry in 2005 when I worked at a small government contracting business as the company’s graphic designer. Thus began my career as a graphics professional within the Defense Industry. Thus far I have worked for several Government and Defense Agencies creating branding for computer based training, web sites, WordPress blogs, posters, brochures, business cards just mention a few.

In addition to my career and a graphics professional I also teach graphic design classes at DeVry University.

In the coming weeks and months I look forward to working with those looking to learn new skills or brush up on old ones.
My name is Neil, I have been doing visual communications for over 25 years. I started my career as a photographer shooting annual reports and magazine / editorial assignments. I was the university photographer for George Mason University for 10 years which allowed me to photograph everything from executive portraits of the University President and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Burke, VA 22015
In-person lessons
English:
English, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed Adobe Systems and is similar to its former competitors CorelDraw and Macromedia Freehand. Illustrator is a versatile tool used for scalable graphics. Scalable graphics allows you to create everything from posters, fonts, business cards, and brochures but is best known as a creator of logos. For those struggling with Illustrator, the bezier curves is usually the place to start as everything else falls into place from there.

I have a Master’s degree in Visual Information Technology from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University and an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Chub Institute.

I have over 20 years experience as a photographer and photo-editor and 10+ years working with Photo-shop, Illustrator and InDesign. In addition I have over 10 years working as web/graphic designer providing me experience with HTML and 5 years with Cascading Style Sheets.

Adobe InDesign

I have a Master’s degree in Visual Information Technology from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University and an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Chub Institute. I have 10+ years experience as a graphic designer working with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. I have worked as a graphic designer for The Defense Logistics Agency, General Administration Agency and volunteered for community entities such as my church doing Sunday programs and funeral programs.

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is a special software and each person uses it differently. As a teacher/tutor, my aim is to provide an overview of Photoshop and teach students the best way to use Photoshop for the tasks that they do most often.

If you are a photographer you may be interested in photo-retouching or color correction or maybe photo composition techniques using layers and layer masks. On the other hand if you are a graphic designer your interest in Photoshop may be web design, image optimization for the web, and image creation in association with Illustrator just to mention a few tasks. Photoshop is a vast application, in addition to teaching technique, I encourage exploration and experimentation.

I have been a photographer/graphic designer for over 20+ years, I have used Photoshop on jobs and assignments for America Online, Department of Defense and Government agencies in the role as a photo-editor, graphic specialist and web designer.

I have a Master’s degree in Visual Information Technology from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Photography from Howard University and an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Chub Institute. I have over 20 years experience as a photographer, photo-editor and graphic designer. In addition I have 5+ years experience working as a College Instructor for such schools as Westwood College, and Sanford Brown College; I am currently working as a visual design instructor at DeVry University. In addition I have 15+ years working with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

HTML

HTML is the foundation for creating web pages, and to have a good understanding of HTML is essential to your success. Nothing beats a good start and a sound foundation. So if you are having problems understanding HTML or just starting out, I can help you get off to that good start.

When I teach HTML I do so with Cascading Style Sheets or CSS in mind as one cannot be taught without the other. HTML is the structure of a web pages while Cascading Style Sheets create the design. They are separate web languages but cannot exist without the other.

I use learning through association and hands-on exercises as methods of instruction so students can get a good feel for the language of the web. HTML can be fun and satisfying and nothing beats the light in a students eyes when they finally “get it.”

I have a Master’s degree in Visual Information Technology from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University and an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Chub Institute. In addition I have 7+ years experience working with HTML and 5+ years with Cascading Style Sheets on projects for the Defense Department and other Government Agencies.

In addition to my professional experience I also have teaching experience on the college level: I have taught graphic design, HTML,and web design at Westwood College, Sanford Brown College and I am currently teach at DeVry University.

Photography

Photography is a subject that some people want to know about because it is a profession or a hobby. Either way it helps to know the basics. I teach the basics of photography all the way up to advance photography.

Basic digital photography course includes the complete understanding of the relationship between shutter speeds, f/Stops, light, flash photography, depth of field, selective focus, and composition. This is a great place to start. Although the basic level may be too basic, it is very important to have a good foundation.

Advance digital photography focuses on photo-editing and photo-processing. We look at color correction, cropping for success, lighting, green screen photography and green screen production and other tips and tricks.

However, each tutoring session can be tailored to the student depending on their objectives.

I have a Master’s degree in Visual Information Technology from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Photography from Howard University and an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Chub Institute. I have over 20 years experience as a photographer and photo-editor and 10+ years working with Photo-shop, Illustrator and InDesign. I worked as the University Photographer for George Mason University for 9 years and as a Photo-Editor for America Online for 3 years. In addition I have worked as freelance photographer for such clients as USA Today, Fannie Mae, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian Magazine, just to mention a few.

Photography can be fun and satisfying and nothing beats the light in a students eyes when they finally “get it.”

Let me help you learn.

Social Studies

I have tutored middle and high school history to a student and each year his grades increased at least two levels. I used current events to help him relate to historical events of the past; I would take what he knows and is familiar and help him to associate it with what he did not know. In addition I have also worked as a substitute teacher in Prince William Public Schools and Fairfax Public Schools following lesson plans and teaching related facts where appropriate. In addition, I am preparing for the VA teacher’s licensure in Social Studies.

Web Design

When I teach or tutor Web Design I approach it from Computer Science or code point of view. This is an opportunity for the student to combine art and science by learning to understand the code behind web pages. When tutoring students that don’t understand web design, we start with understanding the basics of HTML and how it structures a web page. We then look at Cascading Style Sheets or CSS to style these structured HTML web page into a designed layout. If students are familiar and comfortable with HTML then we move straight to CSS and work on Design.

These tutoring sessions will help students to learn the terms or the language of CSS, how it works, the relationship between Cascading Style Sheets and HTML as well as how these elements work together to create a design. So if you are just starting out and need a jump start these session are designed to give you what you need at whatever level of web design a students may be currently at. An assessment test will be given to determine the level of understanding of the student.

I have a Master’s degree in Visual Information Technology from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University and an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Chub Institute. I have over 10 years working as web/graphic designer providing me experience with HTML and 5 years with Cascading Style Sheets.

I have worked as a Web Designer/User Experience Designer for various DoD and Government agencies.

In addition to my professional experience I also have teaching experience on the college level: I have taught graphic design, HTML,and web design at Westwood College, Sanford Brown College and I am currently teaching at DeVry University.

Note: software for these tutoring sessions can be downloaded for free if you don't have web design software that you are comfortable with.

World History

World History is a fascinating subject to teach as well as to learn. When I tutor World History I try to relate it to what is happening today in the world in order to make it relevant to the student. In many instances today’s troubles can be traced back to events that happened 50 to 200 years ago! If you know that past you can appreciate what is happening in the present.

I have worked in Fairfax Public School System, Prince George’s County School System and the Howard County School System as a teacher, working in subjects to include: World History, American History, just to name a few. I worked on the High School, Middle School and Elementary School levels.

Howard University
Communications
George Mason University
Master's

Education

Howard University (Communications)

George Mason University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Neil will travel within 30 miles of Burke, VA 22015.