I have been teaching children, teens and adults since 2002. My career began as a math teacher at Sylvan Learning Center. Soon after, I became an art instructor and manager for 6 years at Thrive Drawing School in Seattle. My background includes many forms of the arts. Over the last 20 years I have been studying, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, animation and teaching Art History in schools in New York, Seattle and Portland. I trained with the Seattle and Frye Art Museums in a program which helps children observe and understand artworks.
While living in Seattle, I began my own Art Enrichment program at five elementary schools to bring fine art back into the schools since art had been completely cut from K-6th grades for a number of years. This was a very successful program I managed for 5 years. When I moved back to Long Island in 2010, I passed on my program to another artist and teacher. She continues to successfully offer art enrichment in schools in Seattle. Since 2010, I have been offering drawing and painting classes after school in Amityville, West Islip and Bay Shore. I also work with various libraries on Long Island teaching children how to draw and paint. I am having a great time sharing my art program with children here in New York!
In my class, the students learn to draw through a highly successful, guided, step-by-step method. Each child learns how to draw realistically. I also teach shading, color theory, perspective, art history and the elements of art. Just like music and math, drawing is a teachable subject. Using variety of age appropriate curriculum, each week the students learn to draw various subject matter including portraits, landscapes, still life, animals and works by famous artists. The children will experiment with different mediums such as chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolor paints and markers, colored pencils, clay and occasionally acrylic paints. When I work on my own, I prefer painting with watercolors or acrylic on canvas.