Hello. Thank you for taking an interest in my private drawing lessons.
I have been working as children's book writer and illustrator for 10 years, and have
illustrated 27 books. I have a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (1990), and I am
currently obtaining my Master's degree in Art Education from Queens College.
I have also studied, and spoken, at the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning in New Jersey. From 1994-2000
I taught drawing on saturday mornings through the Library of The Chatham in Chatham, NJ.
I worked with students from Kindergarten to sixth grade. Through Queens College, I have worked with
Middle and High School students. As a children's book author, I visit schools often, presenting
assemblies to large groups, and drawing and writing workshops to individual classes.
My style of teaching combines traditional studies of the basics of drawing, such as shape,
line, texture, and movement, combined with lessons to motivate creativity. I focus on drawing
from life, and feel that it is never too early for a student to do the same, even elementary age students.
I will also demonstrate some illustration techniques, such as layered drawing and working with a light-box.
If your child is interested in cartooning, I also have lessons to develop those skills. My illustration
style is closer to an elaborate cartoon than a realistic drawing. However, I will not teach your child
to only draw as I do. My goal is to help students find their own voices through drawing and art.
Different techniques will be used each week. Pencils, inks, Conte crayons, pastels and other media
will be explored. If a student finds a technique that is exciting for him or her, that technique
can be studied in depth.
Details and Schedules---
Lessons will be an hour long, in your home. Some work may be done between
sessions. I will supply material for demonstrations, students will be asked to
provide a large drawing pad and a sketchbook. I am available Monday afternoons
and evenings, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, and on Sunday mornings.
Weekly, or bi-weekly sessions can be scheduled. I offer discounts for working with
two or three students at the same time.
Please contact (718-994-4414) me for rates and any other questions. References
are available on request.
I will be on vacation with my wife and son from Aug 20-27. We will not have
internet access. Please feel free to e-mail me and I will get back to you on August 29.
All images by Michael Rex, 2004