University of Washington (Painting and Drawing)
Indiana University, Bloomington (Master's)
I have studied art for the last eight years. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2003. I continued my education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing in 2006. While in graduate school I oversaw my own beginning level drawing classes. After leaving IU, I moved to Indianapolis where I received a position at Herron School of Art and Design, part of IUPUI. I had the opportunity to teach beginning to intermediate levels of drawing, watercolor painting, and 2D design. Last year I moved to Athens, Georgia where I taught part time at the University of Georgia. I had the opportunity to expand my teaching experience and teach oil painting, and color and composition.
I am used to a class that averages twenty students. However in my experience, I find that my best instruction that truly caters to each student is the one-on-one attention that I give. I am hands on, meaning I like to give demonstrations and at times draw or paint on their work (always ask permission first). I encourage questions from my students. At the same time, I also ask questions to get a feel for where they are coming from and why they made certain decisions in their work.
I have never officially tutored, however on numerous occasions I have met with students outside of class to review and clarify material. I would be happy to assist anyone at any skill level with developing certain skills, techniques or with help on an existing project. I can also create assignments or projects if a student desires.
I am currently enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (Online Division) studying for my Digital Design Diploma. I am studying digital software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I have studied art for the last eight years. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2003. I continued my education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing in 2006. While in graduate school I oversaw my own beginning level drawing classes.
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I have a strong fine arts education with an emphasis on drawing and painting. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Washington in 2003 and continued my education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I received my Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing. I have four years of experience teaching fine art classes at the university level which have mainly been drawing courses. I have taught at Indiana University, Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and University of Georgia. My experience consists of teaching beginning to intermediate level drawing. To date I have taught eight drawing classes each consisting of an average of twenty students. Although I have been responsible for a class, I feel that the core of my teaching has been in the one-on-one attention that I give my students.
I believe that learning to draw is about learning how to see the world in a different way. I generally start my classes by focusing on sighting and measuring skills, utilizing alignment lines, unit of measurement and studying the positive and negative shapes of objects in order to learn to place forms as accurately as one sees them. It's important for students to understand the difference of drawing what they "see" rather than what they know something to "look" like. Students also work on hand and eye coordination by completing contour exercises and learning how to draw a straight line. Another important topic that is introduced early and should never be ignored is composition. I spend time discussing the elements and principles of 2D design. I have students work with thumbnails to work out rough ideas before getting into their drawing. Once students are confident in placing forms in a general to specific manner on the page, we start to discuss linear variation to create the illusion of mass and space. Lines can be manipulated by using various media and learning one's own physical pressure with the tool on the surface.
I teach various approaches to handling tone. Students work additively and subtractively with various media including charcoal and graphite pencils. I emphasize the importance of cross comparing values across the subject and the drawing simultaneously. I also encourage students to consider expressive mark making, working with erasers as tools, and drawing within various formats.
I have experience teaching ink wash drawing, working with different kinds of papers, surfaces and mediums, employing color into drawings, and working with a series or sequential art. I am confident in teaching students to draw any subject including perspective drawing (generally architecture, cubic forms), organic forms, landscape, still- life, portraiture, figure, and abstraction.
I am open to teaching a student at any age and experience level who would like to learn to draw or build on existing experience.
I studied painting (oil as primary medium) in undergraduate and graduate school. I have taught painting at the University of Georgia and the University of Washington. I am also proficient in watercolor painting.