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Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2008

I am a seasoned Art Teacher with five years teaching experience and a life long artist. I graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a Bachelors of Science Degree in k-12 Visual Art Education.

Painting and drawing students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. Every student has a unique artistic style; I teach students to think outside of the box and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual style. I can help any student to paint or draw with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach Art students of all different ages and experience levels. I've been a practicing artist, whether it be in my spare time while teaching or for a side income for 12 years, and painting from life for 10 of those. I can teach students to use the techniques of the Renaissance masters and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to paint contemporary pieces using abstract forms, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As an art teacher I had summers off and had opportunities to travel. I was fortunate enough to spend time in Italy, where I saw classical artwork at famous museums, toured some of the largest and most famous churches in the world, and spent time site seeing. I love to mentor students who want to become effective and successful artists.

My personal passion is oil painting and drawing from life, so I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become successful at your craft, whether it be drawing or painting!

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Experience

Middle School Art
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Shelbyville Central Schools

Boys and Girls Club Arts and Crafts Director
Aug 2008 - Aug 2011
Boys and Girls Club Inc.

Middle School Art
Dec 2007 - May 2008
Indianapolis Public Schools

Education

B.S. Ed in Visual Art Education (K-12)
Aug 2004 - Dec 2007
Indiana University-Bloomington

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Five-Year Kansas Substitute Teaching License: Kansas License Num. 1812844778
Aug 2015
Kansas Department of Education

Professional Teachers License: Rules 2002, License Num. 1075047
May 2010
Indiana Department of Education

Awards

Scholastic Gold Key-2D Drawing
May 2003
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Affiliations

Indiana University Alumni Association
Dec 2007

The IU Alumni Association brings 600,000 IU graduates together to support one another and Indiana University throughout their lives. The IUAA activates IU’s powerful global network through live events, webinars, scholarship programs, and seriously fun traditions. Our members make it possible for us to:

Be your voice in issues that affect IU’s future.
Connect you to volunteer projects and community outreach activities.
Be your loyal companion as you move forward in your career, put down roots, or explore the world.

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