Melanie Clarkston
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Melanie Clarkston

Melanie C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning how to reign in this super versatile media is so much fun! Acrylic is a chameleon, and can be made to look like oil paint...or watercolor! This media is all about layering, and students will be instructed in how to do this successfully.

About Melanie C.

I take great joy in bringing art to the surface that the student didn't even know they had within them! Creating art is mainly about confidence, and I build that with each person, one on one. As they gain confidence, the techniques needed to create meaningful and engaging art come more easily. I have taught in a variety of settings, including my own art gallery and studio in Texas. I have taught children as young as three, and I helped a lady ninety years young pursue the joy of painting for the first time- she continued to progress until her passing at 94. I currently work with Alzheimers patients at a care facility in La Jolla- art is so therapeutic and really engages people in a way that many other pursuits don't. While learning technique is important and contingent on lots of practice, the process of painting or drawing is also very much about being in the moment, and enjoying that process! In a lesson, I introduce my students to a whole world of art styles and media.

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Experience

Art Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present

Monart School of Art

Art Instructor
Jan 2001 - Present

Private Studio

Art Instructor
May 2000 - Apr 2014

University of Texas at El Paso PACE

Taught adults in a course I created titled Painting for Unpretentious People in continuing education setting at the university.

Education

University of Texas at El Paso- Fine Arts
Sep 1990 - May 1995

University of Texas El Paso

Fine Art - Painting
Sep 1990 - May 1995

University of Texas at El Paso

Awards

2nd Place Winner- Chalk the Block Art Festival, El Paso, TX
Oct 2013

City of El Paso

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