Learn more about the faculty that teaches for the Young Artist Residency (YAR) and College Courses for High School Students programs.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Photography, Video, PerformanceRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Digital Photography, Fashion Photography- An Art Always in Vogue, Color 2Education and Applicable Degrees: MFA in Studio Art from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with Tufts UniversityFun Facts: I have a nerdy affinity for a well-printed photograph. I throw great theme parties. I put myself through college working a variety of jobs, where I got to drive heavy construction equipment. I have a love of 1980s style action movies. For my graduate school thesis, I performed the Rocky training montage on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a whole day.Teaching Philosophy: As an artist and educator, I strive to maintain cooperative and creative environments where students can learn the necessary technical skills to succeed in their craft. Classroom content is as diverse in its scope as possible, so that students can engage and work with themes and issues that are personally important. Students are introduced to visual analysis through the use of composition, color theory, art historical examples and experimentation. I use a variety of assignments that put students in contact with their environment and fellow classmates in order to foster a collective atmosphere in the classroom and on location shoots. The class assignments provide a general starting point for artwork to be organized around, and the expectation is that students will take the ideas further, and learn the tools to articulate them visually, verbally and in writing.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Illustration, Printmaking, Book ArtsRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Form, Content, and Context; Illustration Now; Sequential Projects, Mixed Media TechniquesEducation and Applicable Degrees: BFA and MFAFun Facts:The 2013 Sketchbook Project with Brooklyn NY based Arthouse Co-Op
--I am the blog editor for Glovebox, a non-profit organization created to enable greater awareness of the art of emerging and established artists
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise:Fashion, Design, Textiles, Merchandizing Representative List of Recent Courses Taught:From Idea to Market, Decades of Fashion + Beauty, Fine
Education and Applicable DegreesCurrently working on PhD at Southern New Hampshire University.Fun Facts:I have been a part of or helped produce over 50 fashion shows.Teaching Philosophy:Everyone has a special talent to celebrate
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: PhotographyRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught:Traditional BW Photography;
Digital PhotographyEducation and Applicable Degrees: BA Photography 2006: MFA Photography expected 2014Fun Facts: For 3 years I found myself living alone in a cabin in the woods. With no tv, internet, or telephone, I set out to find the only thing that would bring me solace, my personal vision for the world. Everyday I worked developing my vision, my aesthetic, and my philosophy for photography. Ultimately this was not just a quest for a philosophy of photography, it became my vision quest that was to define my life.Teaching Philosophy: The Camera is an extension of your mind, master it and there is no limit of your mind's eye.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Art Therapy, Art Education, Ceramics, Early Childhood Art EducationArea of Work and Concentration: Summer College Courses for High School StudentsRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Introduction to Art Therapy, Introduction to Art EducationEducation and Applicable Degrees: BA in Art Therapy, MEd. Visual Art TeachingFun Facts: Rachel is currently a full time elementary school art teacher at The Swampscott Clarke Elementary School
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise:Painting, Mural, The Spraycan and Brush, Drawing, Figure drawing, portraiture, land and. cityscapeRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Figure drawing, Drawing Bootcamp, Mural Painting, Intro to paintingEducation and Applicable Degrees: BFA, MFA Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University Boston,Ma
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Art, 3DRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Materials, Processes and Ideas: Introduction to Contemporary Sculptural Practices, Queer Visual Culture, 3D Senior SeminarEducation and Applicable Degrees: BFA Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking MFA 3D
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: PrintmakingRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Art & Ecology;Introduction to Basic Printmaking; Drawing II; Screen Printing and Graphic Design; Media Arts;
Education and Applicable Degrees: Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, The Netherlands - 2011, BFA Fine Arts - Printmaking; The Art Institute of Boston, USA - 2009
BFA Fine Arts (Abroad Term) - Printmaking, Painting; University of Bonn, Germany - 2007;
Art History, Archaeology, Modern History; Heinrich Hertz Vocational High School, Bonn, Germany - 2004, Associate of Arts (AA), Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia;Fun Facts: After graduating from college in 2011 I moved to the US with nothing but two suitcases. Now, 2 years later, I've collected so much printmaking equipment
that I opened my own professional print shop in Lowell, MA. Sometimes I sit in
my space and wonder where all the stuff came from.Teaching Philosophy: I prefer problem based learning. Basic principles are very important, especially in Printmaking. However, I support if students make use of those basics to experiment in a medium. It is one of the best ways to gain experience and
Area of Work and Concentration: Jewelry and Metalsmithing Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Jewelry and MetalsmithingEducation and Applicable Degrees:BFA Tyler School of Art, MFA Rhode Island School of DesignTeaching Philosophy: Growth is an important principle upon which I teach. As an educator, I hope to provide many things to my students, but ultimately I hope they grow. The advancements my students make will take form aesthetically, technically and conceptually. Students will begin with a foundation of design and planning. Using learnt skills and critical thinking students translate their designs into tangible art. It is also during this time that students learn to verbalize the intent behind their work. These, along with other advancements, will prepare students for their future as artists and individuals.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: English, Writing, Sign PaintingRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Advance English Composition, Freshmen Writing Seminar, and The Historical Aspects of Sign Painting and Gold Leaf.Education and Applicable Degrees: BA English, MA EnglishFun Facts: Josh and Meredith own Boston's Best Dressed Signs, an all by hand sign painting company that specializes in hand painted signs and murals, custom lettering and design, and gold leaf. Best Dressed Signs is responsible for the brightly colored "There's Never an Off Season" sign in the Fenway, among other notable signs throughout the city.They also founded the Pre-Vinylite Society, a loose network of sign enthusiasts and advocates for an improved urban aesthetic.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Visual Arts, Sign Painting, DesignRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Sign Painting, Gold Leaf, The Art of Lettering: Sign PaintingEducation and Applicable Degrees: AA Visual Art, BA Visual ArtFun Facts: Josh and Meredith own Boston's Best Dressed Signs, an all by hand sign painting company that specializes in hand painted signs and murals, custom lettering and design, and gold leaf. Best Dressed Signs is responsible for the brightly colored "There's Never an Off Season" sign in the Fenway, among other notable signs throughout the city.They also founded the Pre-Vinylite Society, a loose network of sign enthusiasts and advocates for an improved urban aesthetic.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Digital Illustration, Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Corel Painter, Traditional illustration techniques such as acrylics, oils, pen and ink, and pencil drawing.Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Principles of Illustration, Senior Studio, Painting for IllustrationEducation and Applicable Degrees: BFA Illustration with Animation Focus
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: 19th century alternative photographic processes, silver gelatin darkroom printing, combination of drawing and printmaking with photographsRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Darkroom Processes, Printing Techniques, Matting/Framing and Camera Operations in the Field, Principles of Photography.Education and Applicable Degrees: MFA from Lesley University College of Art and DesignFun Facts: I lived in Yosemite National Park and served as a staff photographer at the Ansel Adams Gallery. I led camera walks and taught photo classes to visitors from around the world.Teaching Philosophy: I believe each person can see the world in a distinct way, and it is my responsibility to lend my knowledge and experience to students in the hope that they can learn how to use photography as a tool of personal expression and perspective.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Digital ArtsRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught:Computer Art, Video Production, Digital NarrativesEducation and Applicable Degrees: MFA, Maine College of Art, 2003
Fun Facts: Building a mobile art studio this summer with Beth Ireland
Co-founder of Turning Around AmericaTeaching Philosophy: To build knowledge in ones' hands and minds by the making a many projects repeating the same skill sets.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Lifestyle and Editorial Photography, Studio Lighting, Nikon/Canon Equipment Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Introduction to Black and White Photography, Color Techniques, Digital Photography
Education and Applicable Degrees: BFA in Photography,Lesley University College of Art and DesignFun Facts:I started teaching Photography during my JR year at lesley. My first classes were with a program working with inner city adolescent convicts being released back into society. I would teach photography as a form of art therapy for the kids to express themselves while transiting in this program. My second class was working with troubled youth at a local high school, once again using photography as art therapy. From there I established myself at Lesley teaching pre-college classes. I live in Jamaica Plain with my dog Kid and cat Mishka.Teaching Philosophy: To help bring knowledge and experience in an art form that is shaping the world we live in to a younger generation. The formality and intimacy of creating a photograph is being lost due to the ongoing use of phones and social media. My goal is to help students learn and experience the tradition of photography. Both creating a hand made print and learning to visually construct and develop a conceptually and technically well put together photo. Also, understanding that not only is photography a career option and life opportunity but is a wonderful way of self expression. In May I will be working with MIT students at the Gavin Foundation for an alternative spring break that consists of the students working with a non-profit and the local community of Southie. The kids will be using photography to tell their story over the course of 7 days and the work they will be doing with the community. My event company, Hat Trick Photography, recently became the official photographers for the Lenny Zakim Fund.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Intaglio, Monotype, and Relief Printmaking, Foundation and Figure Drawing/Painting, Fine Arts
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Monotype Printmaking, Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Dynamic Drawing; Muscles, Bones, and People, and Portfolio Preparation for Fine ArtistsEducation and Applicable Degrees: AIB and Lesley University, BFA in Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Minors in Art History and Psychology. Lesley University MA candidate in Clinical Mental Health CounselingFun Facts: Bryan has work in permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Boston Public Library, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Bryan has also shown work internationally in France, Netherlands, England, Taiwan and Canada, and is active members of The Boston Printmakers and The Monotype Guild of New England organizations. Bryan is currently a candidate for a master's degree in counseling psychology at Lesley University where is a graduate level teaching and research assistant.Teaching Philosophy: When I was a beginning art student, Nathan Goldstein once told me to "forget what you think you know. Draw what you see." With his words in mind as I teach, my approach challenges students to reject their preconceived ideas about making art and encourages them to work in the present moment by focusing on the piece in front of them and nothing else. I believe that students need to be most concerned with how the work develops, not how "good" or "bad" it looks. This way of working forces decision making that are best for that particular image, instead of trying to make the piece reach a predetermined end. I also hope to create a safe atmosphere in which I can challenge students to contemplate the similarity between creating a work of art and the way he or she may go through daily life, specifically comparing their process of problem solving visually to a real life difficult situation.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: 2-d and 3-d Animation, Character DevelopmentRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught: Animation Festival, Introduction to 2-D Digital Character Animation, Introduction to 3-D Digital Character AnimationEducation and Applicable Degrees: BFA, The Art Institute Of Boston at Lesley UniversityFun Facts:I am currently working for Hero4Hire Creative as a character designer on a pilot they are producing for Nickelodeon.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Drawn Animation, Computer Animation, Storyboarding, Character Design Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Animation, Illustration
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Computer Animation I; Computer Animation II: Maya; Flash Interactive Animation; Internship in Animation; Character Design; Advanced Computer Illustration
Education amd Applicable Degrees: MFA: University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth (2007); BFA: Animation, Rhode Island School of Design (1998)
Fun Facts: During college I sold turkey legs at Disney World in character; I can draw with both hands; I stop at every pet shop I can to draw the animals from life; I carry a sketchbook with me everywhere I go; I have been to 43 of the states in America, thanks to my 8 cross-country trips.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise:Illustration, Drawing, Classical Painting Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Foundation in Drawing and DesignEducation and Applicable Degrees: BFA - The Art Institute Of Boston at Lesley UniversityFun Facts: James is an elite rock climber and coach. He is also an Aikido practitioner and trainer. James specializes in mentoring and youth programs.Teaching Philosophy: Summer Foundation in Drawing and Design: The geometric structure of the universe will be Revealed, People will get drawn, the nature of light hitting the planet will be understood, Three dimensional objects will be rendered flying off the page- Its going to be crazy fun.
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Graphic Novel, IllustrationRepresentative List of Recent Courses Taught:Comics and the Graphic NovelEducation and Applicable Degrees:Bachelor of Fine Art, Illustration;
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Providence, RI;
European Honors Program (RISD), Rome, Italy;
Fun Facts:Currently I am gearing up to attend the Heroes Convention in Charlotte North Carolina, the third largest comic book convention, in order to further promote my own comics such as Space Burger and Hole in the Sky.
My Website: www.jackturnbull.com
My Blogs: www.jackturnbullstudios.blogspot.com
My Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTeaching Philosophy:My art training focused primarily on drafting, illustration and painting, but my passion has always been graphic novels. While I am competent working digitally and can mentor students interested in an introduction to working digitally, the class is primarily taught "analog"; focusing on the graphic design tools used to produce graphic novels hand made before computers became the norm. Lesson plans are adapted from exercises designed by golden age cartoonists like Wally Wood and Will Eisner, such as Wally Wood's "22 Panels that always work" or Will Eisner's "Advanced Story Structure in Graphic Narration". The goal at the end of 1 month is the student will walk off having produced 5-10 pages of absolutely fantastic sequential art in full color. My job is to instill a confidence balanced with the teachings of time management to help the student achieve this ambitious goal.
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