Art Instructor

Teaching Experience

I have studied and taught in three continents, Middle East, Europe and America, while employing my skills in classical music, fine arts and graphic design in diverse academic and professional environments. As a two-time immigrant to the UK and to the United States, the scope of my understanding gradually took international dimensions. My cultural worldview in its inception was shaped by traveling and my enthusiasm in exploring cultures both my own and others, a perspective that evolved through studying with and teaching students from variety of ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, physical ability and socio-economic backgrounds in multiple countries. Therefore, in my teaching, I take into account the positive force of diversity in bringing riveting results.

In the United States, I have been teaching fine arts and computer graphics courses at all levels. I have taught courses at San Jose State University as both Teaching Associate and Teaching Assistant between 2007 and 2010. I have also taught for art institutions, and organizations in the Bay Area including Community School of Music and Arts, Montalvo Art Center, Euphrat Museum of Art in De Anza College, and Techshop San Jose.

In addition to teaching college and university-level courses, I have participated in a wide range of art management and design projects and have worked with institutions and museums, both locally and internationally: While residing in England from 2001 to 2005, I taught computer graphics programs for the Education Action Zone, an educational innovation and technology information-based organization. Since 2005 in the United States, I have designed arts, and architecture catalogs for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (thresholds 32: ACCESS), and San Jose State University (Lift Off); I have proposed and conducted three K-12 fine arts and graphic design projects that further tied technology applications and cultural identity with the visual arts components. These projects were in collaboration with Montalvo Art Center, Euphrat Museum of Art, Community School of Music and Arts, and School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, where I also received a generous grant for one of the projects and art installations.

Currently, I am a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at Cabrillo College in Aptos and Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA.

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory Course, Spring 2014, Students choosing color cards (an assignment on Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color)

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Spring 2015, one-on-one discussions with students

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Fall 2014, students printing their stencils

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Fall 2014, critique session (students presenting their silkscreen prints)

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Spring 2015, critique session (students presenting their silkscreen prints)

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Spring 2015, left: students’ silkscreen prints, right: one of the students is signing her edition-silkscreen-prints

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Fall 2014, students preparing their screens for printing

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Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, Silkscreen Course, Spring 2013, printing demonstration

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Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, Silkscreen Workshop, Birds in Hand exhibition opening night, 2016

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Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, Silkscreen Workshop, Birds in Hand exhibition opening night, 2016

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Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, Acrylic Painting Workshop, 2016

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Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, Acrylic Painting Workshop, finished paintings, 2016

Digital Art

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De Anza College, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, Digital Design Course (Adobe Photoshop), Fall 2012

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De Anza College, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, Digital Design Course (Adobe Photoshop), Comic Book and Digital Painting, 2016

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De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, Digital Design Course, exploring texture and shadow using digital photography, 2013

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De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, Adobe Photoshop Course, Students’ Digital Graphic Design works, Grade 7-10, 2014

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De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, Adobe Photoshop Course, Students’ Digital Comic Characters, Grade 7-10, 2013-2015