Hi, my name is Kirby, and I have years of experience making and teaching art to a wide range of ages. Making art, and sharing art and art history is my passion.
I have a BFA in art history, and graduated at the top of my class, with a 3.9 grade point average. My focus in art history gave me excellent research and writing skills, while the fine arts portion of my degree exposed me to various methods in making, from painting and drawing, to soft sculpture, installation, ceramics, and even soft circuits. Because of this background, I'm as equally good at making art as I am writing artist statements, essays, and breaking down art history. I'm excellent at writing cover letters, resumes, and assisting with personal essays. To date, I have been accepted to three different institutions of higher education in the arts, and have worked in admissions, which has given me firsthand knowledge of what a successful arts application and portfolio looks like.
Kirby has been helping me with essays (of all sorts, but mostly art history) for years now, and every time, she's brought my writing to the next level. Her knowledge of art history is truly impressive, as is her ability to pinpoint exactly what to edit to get the most out of my writing. Her guidance has absolutely made a difference in my college applications and academic essays. She has also really helped me get to the root of my art practice and understand the choices I make in my work; her critiques are always insightful and constructive. She recognizes the needs of different audiences and how to tailor a portfolio to specific colleges as well as prospective clients without sacrificing artistic integrity. I'm much more confident in my ability to discuss and present my art in a professional manner after working with her. Thanks so much, Kirby!
First it is important to asses the students needs, and prior experience. In doing so, I am able to build off of the students prior knowledge to introduce new ideas and concepts, in a way tha is more digestable. I am able to draw on a wealth of books, essays, and videos to supplement my own ideas, so that learning never gets boring.
I would emphasis finding someone with experience and knowlege, but also someone who is personable. Art, art history, and portfolios are intensley personal, and it is important that the student feels comfortable talking to their tutor,and truly expressing themselves for the best results.