I love being able to share my passion for making art with others. Frankly, it is a privilege and a real joy to be able to work with and alongside individuals and groups who are following their artistic dreams.
For more than thirty years, I taught drawing, painting, design and even some art history as a full-time college art professor. Working with fellow artists and spending time every week in my own studio helped me become a much better teacher. And it was a two way street because preparing for those classes and coaching my students helped me grow as an artist as well.
In addition to working as a college art professor, I have also taught classes for adults and private students. Even for adults, I tend to start with a solid grounding in basic skills and techniques, and then move on to options in design and studio practices that will help students create art for years to come. My goal is not so much to teach you how I work … though I may use my studio practice as a small part of what and how I teach. Rather, it is my objective to help you along a path to understanding the methods and working practices that you want to pursue.
During my eight years directing the art program at North Carolina Governor School-East, I worked with extremely motivated and talented high school aged students. Their excitement and passion was, frankly, quite infectious. I continue to enjoy working with this age group during my summers and occasionally during the “school” years as well. I still serve as Senior art judge for the NC Governor’s Schools and as a national judge for the College Board’s Advanced Placement program.
Now that I am spending much more time working in my own studio, I also have the time to conduct workshops, teach a few short courses, and making presentations to community art groups, schools, and art professionals. It has also afforded me the opportunity to judge and curate art shows and to advise or serve on the boards of local and regional arts organizations.
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Beginning and Advanced classes in Watercolor introduce basic modern and traditional techniques and materials. Students in these classes and workshops get lots individual attention in critiques and with the developing the design of their painting. Watercolor supply sheets
Landscape Painting & Drawing classes help students deepen their skills in their in their chosen medium while working on traditional and/or contemporary landscape imagery. Class and workshop participants learn to work in both the "en plein aire" and studio based landscape traditions and how to use various types sketches and reference photographs to their best advantage. Landscape Basic Materials list
Painting classes and workshops students can work in a number of media and will get both material, technical and design advice as the course progresses. Each class successive will address special topics in painting as well a review basic painting issues in a supportive and challenging group environment with lots of individual attention.
Drawing classes and workshops are geared to helping students increase their ability to develop both their abilities in perception based drawing while challenging students to create a visually significant image. To do this we may explore a wide range of contemporary drawing media and design strategies or adapting more traditional ones to modern practices.
Design for Artists and Creativity workshops and classes are highly flexible courses designed to facilitate a deepened awareness of the power of images and their creation. The goal will be to challenge us to get to the heart of our own art making practice and to hopefully to help us all more able to engage the viewer.