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Kiersten S.
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Kiersten's fine art lessons focus on two central ideas: 1. Helping students understand and refine excellent technique, and 2.Cultivating, encouraging, and polishing each student's individual style. Kiersten incorporates concepts and exercises based on the atelier, a classical French program that teaches practical, time-tested methods used by master artists throughout history. Lessons usually follow a specific schedule, one that Kiersten has adjusted and perfected through the years. Each class begins with an introduction, followed by an exercise or art game that helps students to warm up and focus on practicing a skill without the pressure of learning while trying to create a finished piece. Next, Kiersten gives a lecture-usually with a slideshow of examples- and/or does a demonstration for the students(s). After this, students work on an assigned project, which is often taught in a step-by-step manner, and finally, students are given time to work on an individually chosen piece under instruction. Kiersten emphasizes spiral learning, learning through repetition, moving forward at a sustainable pace, challenging students to reach full potential, and teaching students the little-known, highly effective methods of the masters. She is also very passionate about tailoring lessons to best fit each student's unique learning style, needs, and interests.
About Kiersten S.

Hello, my name is Kiersten. I'm a classically trained, professional artist and art teacher who loves to share beauty, emotion, and passion through the unique language of art! I love to encourage, inspire, and explain all the amazing techniques and concepts that make a drawing or painting a masterpiece. I also love to develop relationships with my students; there's something extra special about a good mentor-student bond. I care a lot about the desires, vision, and success of my students. Remember, art is a concrete skill that can be learned as long as you have the desire and are willing to be work. Most of all, remember to always fun! Kiersten Sundberg is a professional fine artist and art teacher trained in the classical tradition of apprenticeship. She apprenticed for three and a half years under master artist and art teacher Helen Kleczynski, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Master Circle. From Helen, Kiersten received a thorough education in drawing, painting, running an art studio, framing, showing art, and art networking. After her apprenticeship to Helen Kleczynski, Kiersten studied under internationally-recognized artist and teacher Thimgan Hayden, who has won both national and international awards and exhibits work in Italy as well as the United States. Thimgan was classically trained at the Angel Academy of Art and the Florence Academy of Art. While working with Thimgan, Kiersten studied the atelier, a rigorous, centuries-old French program designed to train artists to represent what they observe from life with great accuracy and elegance, in the style of the old masters. Kiersten currently owns and operates Master’s Apprentice, which offers quality fine art classes and workshops, as well as commissioned original paintings by Kiersten. For the past seven years, she has been teaching classes in all painting and drawing media in a wide range of artistic styles. Her classes combine time-tested, skill-building learning methods with individually tailored lessons designed to encourage students to discover their own preferred styles, media, and subjects. She loves Jesus and has a passion for classical, representational art.

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Kiersten is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. Thank you!

Posted Jan 5, 2022
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She is an excellent teacher kind & knowledgeable

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Art Teacher and Professional Artist
Sep 2014 - Present
Master's Apprentice, Self-Employed
Kiersten has been teaching fine art for 9 years, and has run her own teaching and portrait commissions business for 7 years. She has taught all ages, from 3 years to adult, in class sizes ranging from private lessons to large classes to workshops of 30 students. The class structure, slideshows, activities, exercises and art games comprising classes are all planned by Kiersten. She is constantly writing new lessons and editing existing ones to refine her curriculum so that it grows in quality and versatility, and so the lessons align with specific class and student needs. Running the business also includes: operating all the finances/accounting; advertising regularly; professionally and graciously resolving conflict issues; planning and putting on art shows/events for students; informing students of competitions and art opportunities that fit well with their styles and skill levels; and working with diverse people groups, including disabled/special needs and a wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, and talents. Many of Kiersten's students have placed and won awards in regional, statewide, and national art shows and contests. Students often obtain their own commissions, and some have gone on to become art teachers and professional artists themselves.
Atelier
Oct 2013 - Aug 2014
Thimgan Hayden's Art School
Classical Art/Art Education
Sep 2010 - Sep 2013
The Art House
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Showing Artist
Jun 2018
TOCA Southbay Festival of the Arts Juried Show, Torrance, CA
Showing Artist
Aug 2013
Great Lakes Pastel Society, Members’ Juried Competition, Novi, MI
Member and Showing Artist
Apr 2013
“Illuminations” Show by the Windsong Artists, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
Grand Prize
Mar 2013
Kalamazoo Park Club’s 2013 Juried Art Show
Showing Artist
Jan 2013
Carnegie Center for the Arts Regional Juried Arts Show, Three Rivers, MI
Artist
Nov 2012
Solo show as part of Pop-Up art show at Fellow Human, Bentonville, AR
Showing Artist
Jun 2012
Muskegon Museum of Art’s 84th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, MI
Showing Artist
Jan 2012
Carnegie Center for the Arts Regional Juried Arts Show, Three Rivers, MI

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