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Kathy S.
Brooklyn, New York
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Become the artist you always wanted to be! Whether you are an aspiring artist, a total beginner, a teen building a competitive portfolio, a kid who just loves art, or someone who's always wanted to learn to paint, I will help you develop your technical skills and find your voice as an artist! In our lessons, you will paint from life, exploring composition, concept, and mood through creative assignments. You will train your eye as you paint still lives, landscapes, portraits, figures, abstractions, and beyond! I will show you examples of historical and contemporary painting as we practice a range of techniques. You will gain confidence through practice and experimentation as you work towards developing your own style as an artist! And most importantly, you’ll have fun! I can’t wait to work with you! *Due to Covid-19 I am temporarily not offering at-home travel lessons. All lessons will be online only until further notice.
About Kathy S.

I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist and art educator in New York! 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 past artist in residence at Mass MoCA, the Vermont Studio Center, Recology, and the Lucid Art Foundation. 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 technical skill, personal expression, and fun. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists. I have lots of experience working with teens and kids of all ages. I enjoy helping my little students learn, so if you're a parent or guardian who just wants your child to have fun with art and explore their own creative ideas, I'm the teacher for you! 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. My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals. Rather than enforcing strict rules, I focus on letting my students explore their creativity, build confidence, and work towards developing their own ideas. Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to music, and playing with my cat! Have a question? Don't be shy, send me a message and let's get started! Due to Covid restrictions, I currently teach online through the Take Lessons online teaching platform. My current schedule allows classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, with some flexibility for special events. Please send me a message before you sign up to make sure that our schedules work together. I can't wait to meet you!

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This lesson really helped me with perspectives and how to make realistic hotel hallways! Best instructor ever!

Posted Nov 9, 2021
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This is the best instructor ever! She really helped me with my shading and different perspectives. Overall, great first lesson!:)

Posted Oct 25, 2021
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Kathy is great, she gave feedback on three of my paintings, we discussed what worked well and where I can improve as well as suggestions and examples of others works that are aligned with my style.

Posted May 20, 2021
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Experience
Art Instructor
Mar 2020 - Present
P.I. Art Center, Manhattan Campus
I teach Expressive Painting with acrylics and water-based media.
Access Teaching Artist
Mar 2020 - Dec 2020
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY
I lead verbal description and touch tours of the museum collection to visitors with low or impaired vision.
Art Lab Facilitator
Sep 2019 - Dec 2020
Museum of Modern Art, New York
I work in the New York MoMA family art lab, helping young kids make art and enjoy the museum!
Artist in Residence
Oct 2018 - Oct 2018
Vermont Studio Center
Artist In Residence
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017
Lucid Art Foundation
Painting and Drawing Instructor
Jul 2017 - Aug 2019
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 I also taught adult public education at SFAI, including Introduction to Painting, Large Scale Drawing, and others!
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.
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
Artist in Residence
Jun 2016 - Sep 2016
Recology, SF
Education
MFA, Visual Arts
Sep 2014 - May 2017
San Francisco Art Institute
Bachelor of Science, Art and Art History
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Skidmore College
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

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