I want my students to enjoy the hands on learning experience of fine art, and to accomplish this I strive to create custom curriculum catered to each student. By understanding the needs of my student and what their goals are I can keep their interest and the process of learning fun. I believe in teaching through encouragement and positivity, and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously. As Mrs. Frizzle always said, "Its time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"
Today, I covered a few different techniques with S. - some simple and some more complex. The first dealt with ways to transfer a drawing or sketch to good paper, using charcoal dust or charcoal sticks and an ordinary hard pencil (HB or 2B). The next technique was an easy color method using ordinary crayons and india ink. I noticed that the crayons made today are of lesser quality than many years ago, so I told S. that we would re-visit the technique in a future lesson using oil pastels instead of wax crayons. (The crayons did not "resist" the india ink sufficiently. It seems the wax binder is of inferior quality though made by the same company I used in the past.)
I had sent S. an email with a link to an interesting website about perspective in art. As we accessed various links to different aspects of the information, I drew some sketches to explain more clearly what is meant by "horizon line", "vanishing point", etc. We then found various works...
S. had her first try at gesture drawing at a horse farm in her neighborhood. We lasted about 20 minutes: though it was fun, the bugs were biting. We returned home and S. tried her first sketches of trees. Again - the bugs were too annoying, so we went inside the house and reviewed recent homework. S.'s homework was adequate but it is clear that she needs to move away from dependence on line. Conceptually, she understands gesture drawing and how to build a more finished work over a gesture drawing. We spoke about the "spirit" of a drawing and why it is important. Since her grasp of line is already strong, it is now the time to challenge her by moving into more shading and contrast. For this reason, the last 20 minutes today we looked on several artists' websites. These are artists who draw exclusively in charcoal and, as I emphasised, they use only techniques that she already knows. She seemed a liitle surprised that these sophisticated and dramatic results are achieved with...
S., aged 14, invested a bit less time for homework last week, as she was very busy. However, she did experiment with pen-and-ink and has purchased markers and graphite pencils, as well as two sketchbooks of better paper. She is going on vaction soon and I hope she will take her sketchbooks along.
I suggested she start to think about drawing portrait and figure. I brought along "Anatomy for the Artist" by Jeno Barcsay and showed her how the artist breaks down human anatomy into components. The book is informative about the skeleto-muscular structure as well. We also discussed the problems of foreshortening while viewing objects (and bodies) in space. I suggested she draw a self portrait sketch or a portrait sketch for homework. Later, I emailed her links to figure sketches by great artists, from Durer and Da VInci to Singer-Sargent and Giacometti.
I also brought some small pages of good textured papers of various colors for her to try out, as newsprint...
When Redlining works for my students, I try to keep their stylistic choices in mind, even as I correct anatomy.
For those who don't know, Redlining is the process of drawing an informal sketch over another person's piece of art to point out and correct flaws, especially in anatomy. The sketch is usually in red, hence the name.
However, as I often correct posing, rather than drawing over the original sketch, I set them side by side.
In this piece I not only corrected the pose and anatomy, but corrected the misuse of bandages to bind [which can be very dangerous, bruising and even fracturing ribs, and often causing permanent scarring] into a small leather riding corset.
In this piece I did two redlines. The first one simply corrects the anatomical structure of the picture, but the second one shows what I personally would consider better poses for the idea the artist was trying to portray.
I worked for several years as a Craft Specialist for a major retail chain. Being allowed to use and demonstrate new products for the store gave me a wide knowledge of a variety of crafts and artistic hobbies. I was also responsible for coordinating crafts with children, which as a teacher, was a win-win situation for me. I also made it a point to tell parents the educational benefits of the activity we were doing. It is incredibly important to me that a child have an artistic hobby, a creative outlet that allows them to produce something tangible.
Yes, children, really everyone, needs to get outside and be active. I walk every single day. However, my hobby is crafting - mostly making jewelry or knitting. That is a stationary activity and doesn't provide physical activity for me. So what good is it? There are many benefits that we don't even consider!
Probably one of the earliest crafts that kids participate...
Reading is my favorite activity at any time of the year.
I especially love to read books. Books on religions, theology, art and world cultures. I read them in hard copy, on-line, and on my Kindle. I also listen to audio-books and books-on-tape/cd's that i borrow from the library.
In the summer I enjoy reading English "tea-cozy" mysteries. "Tea-cozy" mysteries are fun with great plots and are not too violent. Violent books and movies give me nightmares, so I don't do "violent".
When I was younger and learning French and Spanish in high school and university, I would read magazines and books in these languages. (I still do.) Of course, I didn't understand all the vocabulary (and still don't) and needed to look up some words. I didn't look up all I didn't know, that would have taken too long, and I was impatient to get on with it.
Somehow the more I read the more I was...
Art is not a hard subject to learn, it just takes some time and practice. Even when you become good at it, you'll still need practice! you can never get enough of practice!
Do you want somebody guide you to discover the journey of Chinese language, Chinese traditional culture and art? Here I am.
Hello, I am an art designer. I was born and raised in Beijing, China (in Chinese, say I am a Beijinger). I have taught foreigner to speak conversational Chinese for 6 years. I created a special way which is according to the “Chinese Oracle bone script” to help them understand the meaning of Chinese character and to help to how to write the Chinese character. You will find it is easy and interesting to learn Chinese.
If you are interested in the Chinese traditional culture and art, I also can teach you the Chinese ink painting and to help you to know more about the Chinese traditional culture and art.
I also can cook quite delicious Chinese food, if you want to learn it, call me too.
[*The “Chinese Oracle bone script” is the earliest known form of Chinese writing, dating from about 1200–1050 B.C. It is...
Over these coming warm weather months I plan on incorporating lessons in the parks of New York City. This is an ideal place for drawing, watercolors, painting and of course live sketching. Today I worked with a students who is focusing on creative concepting for an illustration series. I look forward to working with new students who want to broaden their fine or digital art skills while taking advantage of all the resources NYC has to offer! Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn how I can help you with your creativity.
Have you ever felt like you have fallen into a rut, stuck doing the same things, with no noticable improvement in the quality of your life, career, or relationships? Falling into a rut means you are following tried-and-true but well worn steps instead of taking a chance or exploring new areas. What is the primary reason we do this?
Most people make their decisions based on some level of fear. “If I try that, I might fail.”, or “If I do this, others will think poorly of me.” or the big one: “If I take a chance, I might end up living in a van down by the river.” Fear is the biggest factor that holds people back from trying new things and fulfilling their dreams. I better not chance it; it’s just too risky.
Don’t get me wrong; we live in dire economic conditions right now. There are millions of people in this country out of work or under-employed, so there are real-world consequences to going off on a new path on a whim. The fear of losing something...
Hello! I am writing to let you know that in 2014, as an ART TUTOR I will be offering lessons that you don't need to haul any art equipment to. If you want to schedule more then one lessons, and invite some friends, the lessons would have, food and music in a quiet not distracting setting and I would come to your residence. Great for Summer parties with kids! Adults can take in the fun too, for everyone needs some fun time, and down time, from everyday schedules. I have an open backyard for painting if you prefer lessons at our home. (Weather permitting.)
I am excited this year to try something new and FUN! There is Art companies out there who can do the same thing, but you don't know the instructor. Get to know me. I am a mother of 5, and enjoy art. I help out doing art in my daughters school once a month. I have experience, and schooling, and a degree. If you want an...
As I think about how my own passion for my practice became an art form, I also begin to explore what I consider to be my mastery, as posed by this question by WyzAnt:
How did you master a subject or concept that challenged you in school?
I then thought about why I like art. I believe art is limitless because it is freeing, it allows us not to think in binaries but to put it in a large grey scale. It allows us to put into perspective something that we have discovered to be a passion or interest greater than what we have known it to be before provoking it.
I went into school believing that I found what I was interested couldn't be found in it. It's true. I discovered I loved poetry. I loved
conceptual writing, which is a little like weird internet poetry but more directed towards looking at writing as an art. In other words, writing that in itself can indicate a relation with something else outside of it. For example, the font, weight, colors...
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."
There's an artist in each teacher and each student: teaching is the collaboration of two innovative minds. As a tutor, I see living, breathing artwork that is guided simultaneously by intuition, creativity and reason. I'm in a gallery surrounded by the curiosities and masterpieces of knowledge. Each piece has a story that narrates a small piece of the creators' lives.
IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades' it is natural for me to dip my toes in different waters- all at the same time, but that does not mean that I can give 100% to any of them at that time.
While I was able to get good grades (A- average) while in school, I was impressed by how much better I did- and felt about my work- the few times that I scaled back on my activities.
Another piece of advice that I wish that I could bestow upon my younger self would be to learn how to speak up in a group setting when someone is not fulfilling their part of an agreement. Now, this said, the best way to do this would be in a tactful manner-...
Earlier this year I started tutoring Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have a lovely student who is excelling in her work as an artist both in Drawing and Photoshop. After the end of the 3rd quarter, we will be going into Painting with Acrylics, Gauche, and Oil Paints if there is time.
Because I am a full time student at UALR and only have one car to share with my spouse, I have a bit of a strict schedule.
So I will have my availability up for those of you seeking a tutor in any area of Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting.
These times are for physical (face-to-face) tutoring.
Monday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Tuesday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Wednesday - 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Thursday - 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Friday - 7:00AM to 10:00AM / 1:00PM to 3:00PM / Anytime after 5:00PM
Saturday & Sunday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Schedule is subject to change seeing as life does happen. I am also available for online tutoring over Skype / G+...
Over the past 5 years I have had significant success in teaching in the subject areas of drama, theatre, writing, applied art and theatre aesthetics, contemporary philosophy, and dramatic practice and theory. Young people who have worked with me on the mid- and high school level, in special education settings, and at the college and university level, have achieved considerable success in graduating from school, and continuing their education on the college and university level. A large number of my former students has entered the professional work force in theatre and the entertainment industry, either as interns or employees of established and well respected theatrical institutions such as the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, The Lookingglass Theatre, and Irondale Ensemble Project in New York City.
Students who have worked with me at the German National Theater in Weimar, Germany, have gone on to study at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, and the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik...
I am currently working with a wonderful young lady in her pre-teen years to compile a portfolio for admission to the Rush Arts Academy in Philadelphia. This young lady has raw talent, but also is a fabulous listener! She struggles in self-confidence (what artist doesn't?), but we are making great improvements. We have meetings every other weekend, and I demonstrate a new technique and project for the portfolio. So far, we have completed a pencil still life of dishware, a 2-part positive and negative charcoal still life of fruit, and a watercolor painting of a bamboo plant. They have all come out fabulously. Currently we are working on her awesome self-portrait collage idea, incorporating several small canvases on a large canvas, with emphasis on what she enjoys to do. I have a great feeling about this current project! The next meeting is going to focus on creating a landscape work with oil pastel and matting her finished work for presentation.
There are a few things I have done...
Who is Amanda O.? Just another art teacher in Philadelphia? I am indeed an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District, but am so much more than that. While some students have the misconception that teachers just hatch from an egg as is, we know that's not true. I have many parts to me, as I am sure you have to you. I am a world traveler, who loves exploring new places, but also loves home more than anywhere. I also truly love helping others. During the summers of 2004 and 2005 I was able to combine these two passions by volunteering for a Christian service group called Project Serve. Our Project Serve team went to a small village just outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras those 2 summers to serve the people of a Christian Youth Camp. My team focused on building a dorm hall and establishing a clean drinking well. While it was incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally, each time I traveled there shaped who I am today. While we worked 8 of the 10 days we were there, we...
I will be the first to admit I wasn't always a great student when I was in school. In regular school, my own folks couldn't help me with my homework as neither parent had finished high school. They tried, but it was too much for them. So I really struggled through grade school and then high school. In college I struggled once again. I was smart, but I just couldn't understand some subjects the way they were taught, which honestly seemed all backwards to me. Science was a particularly difficult subject at the time. Try as hard as I might, I just could not seem to make sense of anything I was learning.
Then everything changed when a relative suggested I get a tutor. I looked around and found a great tutor. What a difference he made in my life. Suddenly, the things he did to help me made me realize that it wasn't me that had a problem; it was the way the subject was being taught in school. He helped me to create a context for what I had to learn, and gave me a logical order for everything...