This is my 16th year teaching visual fine arts in a school. I have taught visual arts and technology for many years to students ranging from PK to 8th grade. In addition to teaching art, I also am a scale miniature artist, illustrator, and painter. I have also been providing graphic design and visual communication services for over 25 years.
My teaching style is a very creative "choice" based approach to visual arts. I prefer experiential style learning that allows students the ability to dive deep into the subject matter to explore it to its fullest. For example I create a mock cave for students climb in and draw on the wall during our paleolithic period studies. I also create a mock Sistine Chapel that students experience painting upside down as Michaelangelo did during the renaissance period. When working with mostly younger grade levels, I follow a minimum requirement basis for projects that allow students apply their creativity at their own personal level. This theory gives them basic requirements which need to be met, but their creativity can explode as they see fit beyond the minimum requirements. This creates interest in each piece being developed and avoids the step by step process by which all student work looks identical. It aides in building confidence in all art students regardless of ability. As my students grow with me through Middle School they are become part of a primarily choice based program.
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BFA Visual Communications
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Anatomy, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Word Problems, General Science, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Handwriting