teaching

My teaching objective is to create a positive educational experience all around, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. My method of teaching involves sharing my own artistic process fully and openly. My aim is to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but I also focus on mindset and thought process—all of which are important aspects of creating art.    

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Ethereal Forms -Arts Council of Princeton
Spring/Summer, 2020 (specific date TBD)

Members: $ 150.00; Non-Members $ 175.00
Flowers continue to be a favorite subject for painters, and many believe that seeing the beauty in a flower can awaken the spirit. How do you translate these fleeting, ethereal forms into paint? 
In this workshop, we will explore the mindset for painting flowers and how to stay true to your initial impulse as you work. We will cover specific methods for sustaining focus as a painting progresses, and the importance of drawing, composition, values and color. The focus will be on direct painting with oils or acrylics. We will work from direct observation, quickly but deliberately. We will start with a bunch of flowers from which students will make their own individual arrangements. Students can start a new painting each day, or they can continue a work from the previous day. At the end of the workshop, participants can take their arrangement home to continue working (or just to enjoy). Please bring a favorite vase or container as the starting point for your still life. This workshop includes a materials fee for the instructor to purchase flowers. 

Suggested materials: 
Recommended brands: Winsor & Newton, Gamblin and Rembrandt
Recommended pigments: 
Cadmium yellow medium – small tube
Cadmium red light – small tube
Transparent earth yellow – small tube
Transparent earth red or transparent oxide red – small tube
Sap green – small tube
French ultramarine – small tube
Alizarin crimson or alizarin permanent – small tube 
Phthalo green or viridian green (if you can’t find phthalo) – small tube
Titanium white – large tube
Original Liquin 
Odorless mineral spirits (such as Gamsol)
For brushes, please bring what you have. Recommended Blick Scholastic Wonder White round brushes in sizes 2, 4, 8, 10 or larger. 
A steel palette knife, 3″ trowel 
12×16 disposable gray palette.
Please bring in a surface of your choice for each day of class – any size between 6×8 and 11×14. 
Sketchpad + pencils
Rags or paper towels
Plastic grocery store bags
Baby wipes
 ValueComp  Size: 5-3/4″ x 8-1/2″ – available from Artwork Essentials at www.artworkessentials.com/products/accessories/accessories.htm

Feel free to contact me with any questions. You can also find more info here (scroll to my listing):

https://public.artscouncilofprinceton.org/public/adultclasses