University of Alaska Anchorage
An emphasis on encouraging personal creativity while guiding skill is the key proponent to working with students. Determining interest factors that will personalize lessons and engage the student while developing technical aspects of a subject is important to both learning and teaching as it is a two way street, especially in the arts. Providing stimulating an challenging material during sessions encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving and experimentation to challenge and engage a student to develop their own talent and skill while reinforcing enthusiasm for a subject.
An emphasis on encouraging personal creativity while guiding skill is the key proponent to working with students. Determining interest factors that will personalize lessons and engage the student while developing technical aspects of a subject is important to both learning and teaching as it is a two way street, especially in the arts. Providing
My interest in drawing began as a young child and encouraged by my mother, an artist who painted and sculpted. I pursued independent classes and carried a sketchbook with me almost everywhere, spending a good deal of my free time drawing everything from scenery, still life, figures, geometric design, clothing and fantasy.
During college I continued art courses in drawing and painting, using my skills to merge with my passion for the theater. In graduate skills my work continued, rendering costumes and stage sets for the theater, and taking supplemental classes in drawing as well.
I have worked in acrylics and watercolors painting scenery, copies of Masters, graphic design, and set and costume designs for theater. More often than not my work will include other mediums to augment and provide dimensional interest to the work.
When I was very young I performed in theater and won oral reading contests in my schools. I have given presentations to businesses, non-profit organizations, schools and have a great deal of performance experience and teaching students.
I am very comfortable with communication and public speaking, even on difficult, controversial or taking a point of view on subjects that require critical thinking and may not necessarily reflect mine or popular opinion. I can share my expertise and experience in ways that will prepare a student to make public speaking a more successful and comfortable endeavor.
Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in the field of theater. The undergraduate degree had an emphasis on performance, the graduate degree on design. I have over 25 years working in theater and am well versed on many aspects of the subject, including acting and speech, theory, history, design and production.
As a collaborative art, theater is unique. A good working base of knowledge is necessary in the various forms of theater as well as the types of writing for the stage and playwrights. Even if there is no interest in performance or production, the backstage management of theater is interesting as well and can provide skills that can be applied in in practical application in many other areas.