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I am a graduate of New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. I am also the recipient of a 1995 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. I have been making art of one kind or another for over twenty-five years. I have dabbled in oils, acrylics, pen & ink, pastels, and graphite. My focus on watercolor for much of my recent work. I teach watercolor painting and drawing in various adult education centers in and around the Cambridge and Boston vicinities.
The first thing I want establish is that painting and drawing are enjoyable media to learn. What I have found in the past is that many older students have some art experience in their personal history. What they learned back in their own personal art history can be accessed during the course of teaching. My approach is using demonstrations as a way to introduce and expose students to a particular technique. Then they will work at that technique. From there, I will do other presentations to build on the previous demonstrations and then have them practice. During the course, I will give them plenty of time to use and work on the methods learned. Often I will travel around from student to student to look over and help if need be. I also make it a point to give them constructive criticism in an effort to bolster their confidence. It is a pleasure to help someone who may have suppressed pursuing art earlier in their life decide to tackle that watercolor painting, work on that pastel drawing or improve their drawing ability. I think older students have a greater appreciation for the accomplishment they achieve because it is a validation of their talent and ability to create something. They know the value of accomplishment more than much younger students because they have a history of achievement in other areas of their lives.