Kathy Sirico

Kathy S.

San Francisco, CA
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Kathy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

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I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist in San Francisco! I received my Masters of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute and my Bachelors degree at Skidmore College. I make painting and textile-based 3D installations and have shown widely in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. I was a 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Recology and a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation. I also have some exciting opportunities on the horizon! I’m passionate about arts education, interdisciplinary thinking, art history, ecological stewardship, and color theory. I love teaching art!

I’ve taught a variety of ages and skill levels and care about each student as an individual artist and human being. I design individualized lesson plans for each student with creative, engaging assignments that focus on both technical skill and personal expression. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists.

I’m passionate about art history and color theory. In our lessons, not only will you learn how to draw and paint, you will also learn the cultural history around the subject. I will show you historical and contemporary examples of artwork that fit thematically with our lessons. We will have engaging conversations about art while we draw and paint. I can also point you towards art openings happening around the Bay Area.

My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals.

Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to Billie Holiday, and cooking elaborate meals!

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Artist In Residence
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017
Lucid Art Foundation

Painting Instructor
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
San Francisco Art Institute

Painting Instructor: San Francisco Art Institute Young Artist Program
I taught a three-week summer intensive acrylic painting course to fifteen 13-14 year olds. I designed a thorough syllabus to include basic techniques and materials for acrylic painting, color theory, color mixing, surface preparation, figuration, abstraction, self-expression, and independent projects. I emphasized art history within a contemporary context through visual aids and daily thematic discussions. I also led critique groups in a variety of styles to encourage inclusive dialogues

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Teaching Assistant
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
San Francisco Art Institute

I was a Teaching Assistant at SFAI. I assisted in teaching Painting II, helping intermediate students of all backgrounds and interests. I aided students with painting techniques, material exploration, idea development, artistic research, and conceptual investigation.

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Swell Gallery Co-Director
May 2015 - Dec 2016
San Francisco Art Institute

Swell Gallery Co-Director: San Francisco Art Institute
-selected, organized, and oversaw all Swell Gallery graduate shows
-curated through-provoking contemporary shows to highlight graduate work with a high level of professionalism and intention
-efficiently carried out tasks involved with each show, such as studio visits, install and de-install, openings, and reimbursement processes
-managed budgets, marketing campaigns, and social media presence

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Artist in Residence
Jun 2016 - Sep 2016
Recology, SF


MFA, Visual Arts
Sep 2014 - May 2017
San Francisco Art Institute
Bachelor of Science, Art and Art History
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Skidmore College


Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

In my art studio

Classical pencil still life

Acrylic painting still life

Abstract acrylic painting

Painting textile installation, 2017

Working in my art studio
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