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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!"

S. made great progress with her homework assignment, which was to copy a charcoal portrait by John Singer Sergeant. The study was a great leap forward from her previous attempt at copying a portrait drawing. S. next homework assignment is to draw her own version of a work from art history (it could be a drawing of a sculpture, for example) and to create either a book or CD cover, or a movie poster. She chose to create a movie poster. Today we had an intensive lesson in art history. Last week, I emailed her many links to images of early periods of art history, from cave paintings up to the Pre-Renaissance, from both the east and the west. We sat together and analyzed some work's color and composition, and subject matter. She saved some of these to her desktop to see which one she'll choose. She had seen the terra cotta warrior statues in China, in person! Towards the end of the lesson, we jumped forward in time to a few masters of the Renaissance; Michelangelo,... read more

Here are some of my favorite History resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.   (K-12) – A resource designed for teachers to help create history lesson plans, this website is filled with other relevant links to help you research your specific topic. (K-8) – Content covers art, history, science, and people/places. (Gr. 9-12) – Provides free online textbooks and information on the US Flag, Betsy Ross, and other historical sites in the U.S. (Gr. 9-12) – Provides great information for all high school history classes, including a “This Day in History,” feature

When I was studying abroad in Italy, I was primarily studying art history. I went so that I could see the art that I had been enamored with and inspired by in person. I had no experience speaking Italian, though. Part of my requirement was to take Italian. No biggie, right? I figured I'd learn the basics and enjoy my semester going to to museums. And, everyone told me that a lot of English would be spoken. WRONG!  I ended up in an intensive, rigorous Italian class in a city where almost no one spoke English- imagine 5 years of high school language classes crammed into 3 months. The only way I survived was to actually go outside, and practice speaking the things I was learning in class. By the end of the semester I was partially fluent, writing 5-page essays and speaking with the locals at the market I shopped at weekly. On the last day I was there, an Italian tourist approached me and asked me directions to a city landmark. Without thinking, I answered in Italian, and she... read more

Nearly all high school and college students have a research paper requirement. Many college students are likely facing imminent research paper deadlines as the semester ends. Writing research papers can cause a lot of anxiety. This article will teach you how to narrow your research topic, clarify your thesis statement, and sort and organize your research to help you simplify your final editing process. Editing for Both Quality and Quantity. One common issue is having a research paper that is either too long or too short. Narrowing and clarifying your topic will help you write a better thesis statement and help you use only your most important or interesting facts and information. A properly focused topic will help save time by helping you use more specific keywords and phrases for your Internet search. You’ll be able to collect the facts you need in no time. Narrowing Your Topic. Many teachers or professors give students a broad research paper topic. For example, your high... read more

Many of my students have told me that Social Studies or History is their worst subject. When I ask why, they say they “just don’t get it”. I usually find out that they have a hard time connecting the dots. For example, they learn about the American Revolution but don’t understand how it connects to King George III and the Declaration of Independence. This article gives parents, tutors, and teachers some hints and tips for helping students connect the people, places, and events of history to improve their comprehension. 1. Use historical thinking skills. The National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) is a UCLA - based organization dedicated to collaborating with schools and teachers to provide “engaging and exciting explorations of U.S. and World history.” (From the NCHS mission statement; use this link to visit their website: One powerful tool they created is their list of five historical thinking skills teachers, parents, and tutors can use to... read more

Alex made my day today. He passed the Global History and Geography Regents Exam!! Let me tell you a little bit about Alex. When I first met him, he came to tutoring two hours late. The next day an 11/2 late. He was on time on the third day, but by the next week it was back to being Alex. He did not show up for tutoring nor did he call. He would do assignments if he felt like it. There was always an excuse for something, but he would never take responsibility for his actions. When I finally sat down with he and his mother and told them that at the rate Alex was going, he was not going to pass his Regents exams. He may have to repeat the grade or go to summer school. Alex became so angry and adamant. He kept saying repeatedly, that he was not going to repeat grade 10. So I looked at him and asked, "So what are you going to do about it?" "Because saying that you are not going to repeat and then you neither study nor do the assignments, is not saying much. I think that... read more

What nice things were said today about my teaching. This by a former Principal. "Rosemary was a very dedicated teacher with good moral values and a passion for teaching. She was always prepared for class, punctual, responsible and was able to motivate children to learn. She was also very creative in her approach and the children were drawn to her. I was very fortunate to have her ... in both programs I have supervised. The students and their parents respected her and learned a lot under her leadership. I would highly recommend Rosemary ... She is a team player who sets high standards for herself and is a hard worker. She would be a valuable addition to your program."

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to give a quick shout to everyone on Applied Arts. I am certified on WyzAnt as an Art History tutor. But, I also do Applied Arts. Applied Arts focuses on the "doing" of the art versus the "by-the-book" method of Art History. In Applied Arts students hone in on their ability to create! They are taught different techniques (which ties closely to Art History), the process of design, choosing and handling different mediums, etc. It is all around a more hands on approach to learning art. As the instructor I find that, grade school students are in an Applied Arts range. Going further into middle school & high school ages should be focusing more on Art History. None of this means that Art History can't be HANDS ON! :-) I just wanted to give a blurb on my thoughts regarding the two different art classes. I hope everyone is having a fantastically creative and productive day! Mrs. P :-)

It's time for summer fun! I am now taking reservations for summer fun art classes. Summer fun art classes are open to all ages, but students will be grouped age appropriately. Art classes will be in sculpting, painting (watercolors and acrylics), drawing, batik, collage, crafts (for the younger artists), and art history (this meets at a local art museum). All classes (except art history) will meet here in Orlando, either on my deck which looks out over the lake, or out by the lake. Students will be responsible for all supplies. Craft supplies, for some classes, will be provided by the teacher. Models, for posing, will be provided by the teacher, from time to time. Firing, for the sculpting class, will be arranged by the teacher at a discount rate.

One of the best ways to improve your study skills in remembering the details of a historical event is to make up a silly or ridiculous visual in your mind. For example, if you are trying to remember that the American Civil War was fought between 1861 to 1865 and that the Confederacy's President was Jefferson Davis, while the Union's President was Abraham Lincoln, you can create a silly image in your head of Jefferson Davis riding a surfboard wearing a shirt with a "C" on it while racing Abraham Lincoln on another surfboard wearing a black top hat with an "U" on it. Picture Davis's surfboard having a cool graphic of the numbers "1861," while Lincoln's surfboard has "1865" printed on it. If you need to know more details for an essay question, you could add to the picture. You could have Davis holding a paper in his hand, which says "secession," and Lincoln could be holding a copy of "The Emancipation Proclamation" in his hand... read more

Hi! As you can see my name is Elizabeth, most people call me Liz. I enjoy tutoring and my students enjoy my classes. I have worked in the classroom in private schools and public schools, tutored in tutoring centers, and tutored privately. My knowledge base is wide and includes all the subjects I have listed please many more. When I teach, my time is centered on making the information easy to understand and use. I always spend as much time as possible making sure that my students learn as much as they can as quickly as possible. I believe in many ways to teach as well as many ways to learn. I will find a way that works for the student best. I love teaching and would never dream of doing anything else. What can I do for you?

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