I approach topics in a more 'hands-on' style reminiscent of Montessori style, with a lot of visual aids, and demonstration, both online and in a formal setting of smaller groups, that enable more interaction and user participation, in order for each student to develop their own style and understanding of the subject! I am a Creator rather than a Strategist and believe creativity exists in everyone! My lifelong journey includes completing an online Art Therapy course, and now I have completed it, I plan to pursue any other ‘one-off’ educational projects online, while reviewing my prior workshops on arts programs and upgrading and developing new online educational aids to incorporate updated use of art as therapy, in all aspects of life, including the workplace or wherever else an individual may need it!
I am a former High School Art Teacher & Adult Educator [mostly working in Adult Evening Colleges] who has also worked for several years in the 2D Animation industry. I feel these combined skills and experience will benefit a 'new generation' learning old traditional animation methods, as well as sampling basics of graphics illustration, as applied to the childrens book and multimedia industries & platforms.
Not doing travel to home at the moment, just on-line classes and private tutoring conditions will be by negotiation. Other subjects tutoring also possible by negotiation
For Artworks examples go to website "Maria's Imaginarium"-
For Animation examples go to my name under ‘imbd’ website for samples -
2018 – Tutoring Arts Workshops for Aged Care at Springwood Aged Care Home, as part of a scheme run by Community Volunteer Scheme [CVS] Program.
2006: Tutor - Children’s 1 day Workshops – Cartooning & Calligraphy - Penrith Regional Gallery - Drafting plans and lesson outlines, planning & organisational, communication, liasion & negotiation, researching, writing, supervisory, records maintenance, utilised and applied previous graphics skills
Jan 2005: Penrith Regional Gallery – Workshops; Conduct Training of Children’s workshops from 2-3hrs duration- Cartooning, Calligraphy. Includes developing and organising own programs and running them.
Prior to 1990: Short Term Teacher Replacements At Various Gvmt High Schools in Sydney; creating arts programs for private HS & running art classes, [as Art Dept head]. At Grafton Marist Bros High School.
Tutor - Adult 8 wk Evening Course – Adult Education evening College [8 wk classes] Subjects include - Painting using oils, Mixed Media, Watercolours & Cartooning. Cartooning @ Nepean Community College Involved drafting plans and lesson outlines, planning & organisational, communication, liasion & negotiation, researching, writing, supervisory, records maintenance, utilised and applied previous graphics skills
Illustrator & Painter – Freelance commissioned work for Educational Science Materials Project For High Schools, Wilderness Society, News Ltd and commissioned Pet Portraits.
Animation Assistant & Background Painter [1984 – 1986] -including [see my name under ‘imbd’ website for samples] Painting on canvas, watercolour papers & mixed media on paper using oils, acrylics, watercolour; use of airbrush, inks, watercolour pencils & various other arts equipmt; & using skills of drawing, planning & organisational.
• Southern Star Productions [under Hannah Barbera]:
• 1988: CBS Storybreak (TV Series) (Background Painter - 2 episodes); - “Raggedy Ann” and “Raggedy Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees” (1988) ... (Background Painter); - “Ratha's Creature” (1988) ... (Background Painter);
• 1987: “The Adventures of Candy Claus” (TV Short) (Paint And Trace Artist);
• Jollification Studio [Anne Jolliffe dir;]: 1987: Assistant Animation;Production Mgmt for “Neptune’s Ultimatum”
• Yoram Gross Film Studio:
• 1986: “Dot and the Whale” (Inbetween Artist);
• 1986: “Dot and Keeto” (Assistant Animator);
• 1985: “Dot and the Koala” (Assistant Animator);
• 1985: “Epic” (Additional Animator - as Marie Haren)
• 1984: “The Camel Boy” (Paint And Trace Artist); Animation Assistant:
Creating hand-drawn images for 2D film productions as support to main Animation & under direction of Animation Director; using skills of drawing, planning & organisational, communication, liasion & negotiation.Background Painter role involved painting backgrounds under direction of Richard Zaloudek for Hannah Barbera features, using Airbrush & acrylic.
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