As a Professor and Visual Arts Instructor – I am dedicated to facilitate learning and provide an effective learning environment for students; To teach visual arts, graphic design and digital illustrations; Deliver workshops and presentations for college students, arts groups and arts organizations and adults all levels of experience.
Diverse background in visual arts, graphic design and new media; extended experience in corporate world in the areas of management, graphic design and publishing; Professional practice in latest methods in arts education.
Excellent communication and organizational skills to contribute to the development of the student's culture and quality standards; A good knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Digital Photography and Photo Editing; Enthusiastic about working with students, volunteers and artists; Able to manage workshop time or events in a flexible, calm, patient and forgiving manner; Have an up to date First Aid and CPR training and police check;
In depth knowledge in educational technologies; experience in the development and delivery of hybrid and online curriculum; Assess and select teaching materials and outlines for courses; Prepare, administer and mark tests and papers to evaluate students' progress; Serve on faculty committees for budgets, curriculum revision, course requirements, student application review and staffing; develop course content; conduct course and program evaluation or review, deliver lectures and presentations; lead discussion groups and seminars.
Revised and updated Digital Illustration course for College students. During classes we practiced the traditional and digital painting methods. I proposed a variety of teaching/learning strategies. Based on my extensive experience in visual arts and new media technology I experimented with a learning environment which makes effective use of traditional and new media. Students were encouraged to try and evaluate tactile effects, learn life drawing, work with real paintbrushes and transfer to digital media. Created print, electronic and audio-visual learning materials in order to help learners to achieve their learning goals.
Design and teach creativity courses and seminars for artists of all levels of experience and background, based on a group-work in imagination and play in a non competitive environment. During these workshops regardless of the medium - textile, paint, digital camera or computer, I encourage participants to update their knowledge of the creative process; Create and develop their artistic voice; Look for new ideas; Share ideas with others; Explore artistic play techniques. Example: “In Dynamic Creative Living workshop”, through series of exercises I guide participants to understand how they can live a more enriching life around the creation of their own artwork. A greater ability to find clearly defined tools to fuel Intuition, Imagination, Curiosity, Concentration, Clarity, Courage and Creative Process-the missing pieces in the puzzle that is the Creative Self. In “Exploring New Ways to grow your Art” seminar participants will leave this seminar with a greater understanding of how the artist's role is being transformed in today's consumer culture and how to operate in newer more effective ways.
2010-present Part-time Professor New Media and Publishing Department-
Heritage College, Gatineau
Responsibilities: Design and develop a curriculum plan that ensures a match between expected learning outcomes, interests and abilities of the students; Teach advanced features of Photoshop needed for print publishing and illustrations. Prepare course outline, classes, labs and tests; Revise marks at the student's request; Participate in departmental meetings and other required activities; Produce learning material; Work with interdisciplinary instructional design teams.
2007-present Visual Arts Instructor- Creativity Coach Cantley Studio
Responsibilities: Prepare and deliver new workshops or presentations in a manner appropriate to the audience; Create and direct all workshop activities; Procuring own supplies for the workshop within the parameters of the program budget; Understand of the age-specific learning needs for students.
2006-2007 Art Director, Canvet Publications, Ottawa
2003-2006 Freelance Graphic Designer, Ottawa
2000-2002 Communication Consultant, Gordongroup Graphic Design Studio, Ottawa
1997-1999 Graphic Designer, Banfield-Seguin Ltd. Advertising Agency, Ottawa
1993-1997 Graphic Artist Sofpak Group of Companies, Kanata
1987-1993 Fine Arts Instructor, School of Arts, Sf-Gheorghe, Romania
Responsibilities: Develop detailed lesson plans; Guide students to create a wide range of art forms and express themselves through various media such as sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, fashion design, printmaking and calligraphy. Specialize in teaching more areas of art; Confers with student, parent and counselor to resolve student problem; Accompanies students on field trips to museums or art galleries.
Strong computer skills in MAC or PC platform.
Graphic Design, Digital Illustrations, Photoediting, Videography, Video and Audio Editing, Flash Animations and Interactive Artworks.
Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat), Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Adobe Premiere, PowerPoint, MS Office, Html/CSS.
Strong drawing skills and expert in drawing techniques: carbon, charcoal, pencil, aquaforte, linocut and graphite.
Artist in Education, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Certificate
BA in Graphic Arts and Arts Instructor Diploma from the University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Creativity Coaching, Eric Maisel, USA
Content development and Leadership Strategies in Education CFC, New Media Lab, Canadian Film Centre, Toronto.
Art and Technology, University of Ottawa
Advanced Editorial and Promotional Design. Center of Creative Studies, Detroit, (USA).