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Sharon M.
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Witness the beauty of creating your art using watercolor with a passionate teacher by your side
Watercolor has a very special place in my heart because it is most like Scenic painting which was my career for 10 years before I became a teacher. There are some wonderful, quick, techniques you can learn in the first few lessons. If it is your first experience in art, I would recommend a few lessons in drawing or design before continuing. Watercolor is not an easy medium and so I don't recommend it to students with no drawing or design experience, however, a few lessons in these areas can get you on your way and if your interest is in using watercolor for abstract paintings or design work, then it can easily be incorporated into the watercolor lessons.
About Sharon M.

I teach adults to draw. My passion really lies in teaching adults to draw.  With such a large generation of people heading toward retirement, I want to offer drawing lessons to give baby boomers some new goals to give them purpose and to enhance their post-career stage of life.  Drawing has many benefits in health and wellness and despite what a lot of people believe, anyone can learn to draw.    Do you want to learn to draw/paint or improve your work? Are you applying for college and need portfolio advice? Did you want to get back into doing art after many years without it? Are you a mid-career artist and just need some feedback and a new perspective? Are you changing careers and need to strengthen your visual thinking, design, and composition skills? Regardless of your skills and abilities, I’ve got you covered. I have been teaching for 20 years. I’ve taught at a university, several community colleges, and a prestigious art and design school and I’ve worked with adult students from 16 years old to retirees. There seems to be a notion out there that “one must have a talent for art before they can learn to draw or paint.” One thing I can say for sure is that this absolutely NOT true. With the right knowledge, a strong desire to learn, and a willingness to try, anyone can learn to draw or paint. My Commitment as Your Teacher: 1. After listening to your goals, desires, and reviewing any work, if you have some to share with me, I will build a lesson plan to address your specific needs. 2. I will explain what we are doing, why, and how it is important to your goals. 3. I will demonstrate each technique we put into practice. (My goal in demonstrating is to break down the process so you can see how exactly something is done. This means I can stop, explain, re-demonstrate, and re-explain to help you understand.) 4. I will refer you to text, and pre-recorded videos that reinforce these concepts in the days between lessons. You may also have a recording of our lesson if you choose. 5. I will review your work and l offer you HONEST AND SENSITIVE feedback based on your comfort level. Honest because you need to know how you can improve and sensitive because it can be very emotional to have your work critiqued insensitively. Emotion can block your ability to absorb new information, so this is especially important. 6. If you want to learn more rapidly, I can offer you some specific assignments to do between classes. Sometimes even 15 minutes a day in a sketchbook can make a real difference. My Advice: 1. Feel free to make mistakes. Mistakes are a critical part of learning and we need to learn how to embrace them. 2. Be patient with yourself. Not everyone learns at the same pace and how you develop as an artist will be unique to you and not always as you might expect. My Background I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I earned a BA at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon where I majored in Art and Theatre. I began my working life after college as a scenic artist 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 honed my classical skills as an artist. Then I moved to California to attend graduate school and earned my MFA in Drawing and Painting. I have been teaching at the college level ever since, starting with CSU Long Beach and some of the local community colleges. I recently moved back to Seattle from Georgia where I spent 10 years teaching at The Savannah College of Art and Design. So, I have worked with students from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of goals, and from ages 16 to 80. Subjects Taught: Drawing at all levels, life drawing, 2-D Design, Color Theory, Painting in Oil and Acrylic, Watercolor, Scenic Painting for the Theatre, and Travel Sketching (Sketchbook Practices). Specialties: figure drawing, portraiture, travel sketching, mural painting, faux finish and tromp l’oeil.

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Sharon M.
Teaches Online
Witness the beauty of creating your art using watercolor with a passionate teacher by your side
Watercolor has a very special place in my heart because it is most like Scenic painting which was my career for 10 years before I became a teacher. There are some wonderful, quick, techniques you can learn in the first few lessons. If it is your first experience in art, I would recommend a few lessons in drawing or design before continuing. Watercolor is not an easy medium and so I don't recommend it to students with no drawing or design experience, however, a few lessons in these areas can get you on your way and if your interest is in using watercolor for abstract paintings or design work, then it can easily be incorporated into the watercolor lessons.
About Sharon M.

I teach adults to draw. My passion really lies in teaching adults to draw.  With such a large generation of people heading toward retirement, I want to offer drawing lessons to give baby boomers some new goals to give them purpose and to enhance their post-career stage of life.  Drawing has many benefits in health and wellness and despite what a lot of people believe, anyone can learn to draw.    Do you want to learn to draw/paint or improve your work? Are you applying for college and need portfolio advice? Did you want to get back into doing art after many years without it? Are you a mid-career artist and just need some feedback and a new perspective? Are you changing careers and need to strengthen your visual thinking, design, and composition skills? Regardless of your skills and abilities, I’ve got you covered. I have been teaching for 20 years. I’ve taught at a university, several community colleges, and a prestigious art and design school and I’ve worked with adult students from 16 years old to retirees. There seems to be a notion out there that “one must have a talent for art before they can learn to draw or paint.” One thing I can say for sure is that this absolutely NOT true. With the right knowledge, a strong desire to learn, and a willingness to try, anyone can learn to draw or paint. My Commitment as Your Teacher: 1. After listening to your goals, desires, and reviewing any work, if you have some to share with me, I will build a lesson plan to address your specific needs. 2. I will explain what we are doing, why, and how it is important to your goals. 3. I will demonstrate each technique we put into practice. (My goal in demonstrating is to break down the process so you can see how exactly something is done. This means I can stop, explain, re-demonstrate, and re-explain to help you understand.) 4. I will refer you to text, and pre-recorded videos that reinforce these concepts in the days between lessons. You may also have a recording of our lesson if you choose. 5. I will review your work and l offer you HONEST AND SENSITIVE feedback based on your comfort level. Honest because you need to know how you can improve and sensitive because it can be very emotional to have your work critiqued insensitively. Emotion can block your ability to absorb new information, so this is especially important. 6. If you want to learn more rapidly, I can offer you some specific assignments to do between classes. Sometimes even 15 minutes a day in a sketchbook can make a real difference. My Advice: 1. Feel free to make mistakes. Mistakes are a critical part of learning and we need to learn how to embrace them. 2. Be patient with yourself. Not everyone learns at the same pace and how you develop as an artist will be unique to you and not always as you might expect. My Background I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I earned a BA at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon where I majored in Art and Theatre. I began my working life after college as a scenic artist 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 honed my classical skills as an artist. Then I moved to California to attend graduate school and earned my MFA in Drawing and Painting. I have been teaching at the college level ever since, starting with CSU Long Beach and some of the local community colleges. I recently moved back to Seattle from Georgia where I spent 10 years teaching at The Savannah College of Art and Design. So, I have worked with students from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of goals, and from ages 16 to 80. Subjects Taught: Drawing at all levels, life drawing, 2-D Design, Color Theory, Painting in Oil and Acrylic, Watercolor, Scenic Painting for the Theatre, and Travel Sketching (Sketchbook Practices). Specialties: figure drawing, portraiture, travel sketching, mural painting, faux finish and tromp l’oeil.

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Teaches Beginner

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Teaching since 2000

Education

Master of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting

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Teaches ages 16+

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Speaks English

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Sharon has been great to work with these past few months. Sharon listens and really works to assist me in my individual needs. With her extensive professional teaching experience she is able to guide me and offer good instruction in developing my visual skills and curtail me from wasting time. Thanks Sharon!

Posted May 27, 2022
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Sharon is a highly-qualified, enthusiastic instructor who guides the student, step by step, to a new grasp of essential concepts and techniques that inevitably improves their art. She is dedicated, well- prepared and accessible. Definitely recommend her!

Posted Mar 25, 2022
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Sharon is an outstanding instructor. As a person who is a complete novice when it comes to drawing, I felt comfortable with Sharon‘s guidance and feedback on my drawings. Her demonstration’s are very clear. When a technique presents a challenge for me, Sharon offers multiple ways for me to improve my skill. I highly recommend Sharon as an instructor!

Posted Mar 24, 2022
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Professor of Art
Sep 2007 - May 2018
Savannah College of Art and Design
As a Professor of Art at SCAD, I taught Foundation Classes in Drawing, Design and Color Theory to prepare students for their major course of study. Interior Design, Architecture, Animation, Illustration, Fashion, and Graphic Design are just a few of the choices students had to major in but the foundation they needed for this was "visual Thinking." I also counseled students on how to improve their portfolio on days when we had student tour events.
Restoraton Artist
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
The Seattle Opera/ Friends of the Astoria Column
This was one of the most enjoyable projects I have worked on. I was hired to work on the restoration/painting of the Astoria Column in Astoria Oregon. The column was built as a monument to the completion of the railroad and painted by Italian born Artist Attilio Pusterla in 1926. It is 125 feet tall and located on the highest his in Astoria, so the view is breath-taking but the elements ware very rough on the paint. It has been restored through the years, most recently in 1970 but this time they had decided to hire artists which they hadn't done in the past. This way we could better understand Pusterla 's original intention. It was a challenging and interesting process. I was digging through black and white photographs from the 1920s and in order to bring back his original work which had been faded and changed over the years.
Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2004 - May 2007
Cypress College
at Cypress College, I taught Painting and Drawing.
Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2001 - May 2007
Mount San Antonio College
At Mount Sac, I taught Watercolor and painting classes in acrylic paint.
Adjunct Faculty
Sep 1999 - May 2006
California State University Long Beach
I began teaching at CSU Long Beach as a graduate student and continued after graduation until 2006, teaching life Drawing and Life painting classes.
Charge Scenic Artist
Mar 1992 - Nov 1996
A Contemporary Theatre
Working as the Scenic Artist at A.C.T. was one of my favorite jobs. I enjoyed the shows we put on, the people I worked with, the location and the projects we did. As the Charge Scenic Artist, I was responsible for the painted look of the scenery which included 40 ft, backdrops of an old-growth forest, an English Countryside, and others. I created realistic textured brick as well as painted brick, I created faux finishes of marble, stone, and wood. It was really a fun job,
Master of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting
Sep 1998 - May 2001
California State University Long Beach
BA with a major in Art and Theatre
Sep 1983 - May 1987
Lewis and Clark College
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Presidential Fellowship for Professional Development
Mar 2010
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah,
First Prize, Women's Fesitvial
Jun 2003
Second City Council, Long Beach, California
Marilyn Werby Memorial Scholarship
May 2000
California State University Long Beach

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