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I am not interested in following the books to teach a lesson; I am interested in getting students to be excited about the work that they do. I want my students to change. I want my students to learn how to put their work into action. If you haven't seen this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXpbONjV1Jc - you should!
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... read more
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... read more
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,... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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"... read more
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... read more
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... read more
Here is an example that I drew of the principles of animation in action. How many of them can you spot?
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? Fear. Most people make their decisions... read more
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! ... read more
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... read more
"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." ~John Steinbeck There's an artist in each teacher and each student: teaching is the collaboration of two innovative minds. As a tutor, I see living,... read more
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'... read more