As a Fine Art tutor I specialize in supporting the creative growth and unique self-expression of motivated students with lessons based on each student's particular interests and needs.
Employing a lesson structure that is both systematic and success-oriented, I present technical strategies that bolster expressive competency, visual thinking and creative problem solving. Over twenty years of experience facilitating the creative process for individuals and groups informs my lessons allowing me...
As an Undergraduate I exceeded the requirements for a minor in Art History, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average across 42 credit hours of Art History.
Additionally, I have direct experience from working in 3 major Fine Art museums, as follows:
1. My first Masters Degree if from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a teaching assistant I facilitated the inclusion of children with Autism into enrichment programs. This work included taking trips with the children into the AIC Museum Collections. After graduation, I was hired to continue this work as an adjunct professor.
2. In the late 1990â€™s I worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. As an employee, I was afforded curators' tours of each feature exhibition as training as well as having daily access to the Masterworks of Western Art.
3. Most recently, I was an independent copyist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY City.
In addition to the work I did in these world-class museums as an employee, I was a frequent visitor of the collections, studying items of special interest to my own studio practice, taking photographs, sketching and doing personal research.
In completing my Masters of Fine Art Degree, specialized study of contemporary art was required. Focus on historic painting techniques was my major. I graduated with honors in May of 2010.
Exploring the history of art through frequenting Museums & Art Galleries has always been a very important part of my intellectual and creative life.
I have 20 years of full time field experience as a Board Certified Art Therapist, including specialized work with children and adolescents coping with developmental disabilities like Asperger's syndrome. Expressive art experiences can be a vital means of non-verbal communication and emotional processing for individuals whose verbal and expressive capacities are limited by developmental handicaps, by disposition or from the effects of challenging life circumstances, as in those shut down by grief from bereavement. I have had success crafting an authentic and supportive healing alliance with many Asperger's clients through facilitating their self expression and personal competence in visual modes, using painting, drawing, clay and collage/mixed media.
As a Board Certified Art Therapist, I spent 20 years working with special needs children. I have worked with many students on the Autism spectrum. My Masters' Thesis in Art Therapy was an in depth case study of work I conducted with a teenaged boy challenged by Autism, a language disorder and other limiting conditions.
Though my practice did not become a specialization in autism, I have over the years helped many student with developmental disabilities ranging from mild to severe.