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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 8+

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Daniel is an American artist and arts educator. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts and Animation from The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg near Chicago.

He taught as a Professor of Computer Graphic Design at Chungkang College of Cultural Industries in South Korea where he lectured courses in Fundamentals of Design, Character Design, Fine Art Drawing, Digital Painting and Imaging in Adobe Photoshop-Illustrator and Creative Thinking.

Daniel is also certified from the 3D Training Institute in Autodesk 3DsMax. He has been using 3DsMax software since 2000 and tutored beginner to advanced level students in this program through 3DTi's online learning program in 2012. However, Daniel has been leading art students from primary school to university level for the past 12 years.

He has had a 30 year journey in the arts, enjoys creating new visuals, characters and stories, and likes to help other artists reach their potential and find their inner creativity.

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Assistant 3D Instructor
Apr 2012 - Nov 2012
3DTi - 3D Training Institute

Taught Autodesk 3D Studio Max and professional production skills & strategies to 3D art students in bi-weekly live online internet learning sessions

Interior Design | Hard surface & Organic Modeling | Character Animation | SFX

A non-paid volunteer position

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Professor of Computer Graphic Design
Feb 2008 - Feb 2011
Chungkang College of Cultural Industries

Training them to be better artists, better designers, better thinkers and better communicators in the world of creativity.

Curriculum taught:
Character Design | Fundamentals of Design | Creative Thinking | Photoshop & Digital Imaging | Drawing & Daily Sketch

• Full-time foreign professor lectured and developed curriculum in design fundamentals, fine arts and graphic software applications for 6 semesters
• Communicated on behalf of college to academic and professional institutions in the Western hemisphere – especially USA and GBR
• Assisted in the creation, hiring and managing of on-campus life learning Language and Culture Center

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Long-term Game Art Consultant
Apr 2004 - Jun 2005
Magic Lantern Games.

Created in-game visual assets using 3DS Max and Photoshop, offered Lead Artist position for excellence of work quality and time management

3D Prop Model Assets | Model Texture Assets | Animation | Concept Art

Shipped Titles: Video Game Tycoon, Health & Fitness Tycoon, Poker Sharks, GameSmart

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Art Teacher
Sep 2004 - May 2005
Mount Pleasant Christian School

Taught basic art principles and skill sets, determined the curriculum path for the year, and upgraded the media technology at the school
Excerpt of Recommendation Letter provided by Administrator, dated February 19, 2008:

"As a principal at Mt. Pleasant Christian School I had the privilege to hire and then teach with Daniel...It was a very good experience and I hope to someday have the joy of working with Daniel again."

"I observed Daniel was kind, professional, knowledgable and a hard worker. He was good at making the art class curriculum fit and match the students that he taught. He was always receptive of my ideas as an administrator and willing to try a new approach. Daniel Wathen receives my highest recommendation."

- Wyman Martin, School Administrator

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts and Animation
Jul 1999 - Dec 2002
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg


Limited Proficiency


3DsMax Intermediate Program
Jan 2012
3D Training Institute

Production Based Course in Autodesk 3DsMax software was taken and successfully completed. It was a skill updating course. I had already mastered these sort of skills prior to taking this course, but exposure to some valuable insights, strategies and techniques was acquired.

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Photos & Videos

Daniel's Art Mentor intro video
Sword martial arts performance in Yongin, South Korea (near Seoul), 2008.

Current 2017 certifications in empty-hand martial arts including examinations in ITF/WTF Taekwondo, Tangsoodo, Hapkido and self-defense.

Employment certification as Professor of Computer Graphic Design at Chungkang College of Cultural Industries.

3DTi certificate of completion in Autodesk 3DsMax training.

BFA diploma in Media Arts and Animation from the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg.


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Kaelen Mar 12, 2017
Drawing · In studio

Daniel taught one of my elementary art classes, and then when I was older, he taught a private martial arts class. Both classes sparked a life-long interest, and I have now been drawing seriously for about seven years and have taken martial arts classes for about two years, going for my brown belt in taekwondo soon. I regard him as one of the best teachers I've ever had.
Daniel is funny, explains things very well and in unforgettable ways, and cares about his students. I would recommend him and his teaching skills to anyone looking to take a class.

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