Sharon McNeil
Mercer Island, WA
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Sharon McNeil

Sharon M.

Mercer Island, WA
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Students can learn for me how to get started in Photoshop which can be very complicated for a new student unfamiliar with computer programs. Basic functions for Photoshop would include cropping rotating moving images around and then taking photos and manipulating them suddenly so that they don’t look manipulated. In addition they would learn best practices for preparing photos for the Internet or for print.

About Sharon M.

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I began my working life after college as a scenic artist here in Seattle working for ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Opera. While working full time in the theatre I took classes at the Gage Academy which is where I really honed my skills as an artist. Then I moved to California to attend graduate school, I earned my MFA in Drawing and Painting, and I have been teaching at the college level ever since. I recently moved back to Seattle from Savannah Georgia where I spent 10 years teaching at The Savannah College of Art and Design. So, I have taught a lot of students how to draw and the one thing I can say for sure is that it is a partnership. I can bring all I have to it, but you have to want to learn and you have to try. Under those conditions, it has been my experience that anyone can learn to draw. Where we start will depend on where you are but most likely I would offer you an interesting still life to draw. I know a lot of people think still-lifes are boring but mine are not, Believe me. Then I would teach you several different methods of drawing using different materials. Not every method or every material will work for everyone, but something will click, and we can build on that. Each method I teach will describe a different aspect of what you see and so in time when you start to combine 2 or three or more of those methods into a single drawing, you will be creating some very interesting work indeed. It is important to remember to be patient, that making mistakes is a very important part of learning and you have to learn to embrace them. You see emotion can block your ability to learn. So, my goal is to create an atmosphere where you feel safe and can focus. If you want to improve more rapidly, I would recommend a sketchbook that you take home and draw in every day (or almost). If you set a goal at 15 minutes it is totally doable, and I can review it weekly. No pressure though, you do what you can.


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