Tutor profile: Jeff M.
i need money so i teach em good!
I am passionate about art, art history, travel, kittens, and naps. My first job after graduating from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago was designing Happy Meals for a now defunct ad agency in Chicago. The job paid well, but I was miserable. I learned very quickly that I could not be creative for someone else during the day and keep my painting practice going at night. Something had to give. So when the rumor of layoffs within the ad agency started to circulate, I greeted the gossip with hope. When the layoffs became reality, I was...
I taught English as a Foreign Language, Oral English and Writing classes, Studio Art classes, and Contemporary Art History classes in China for 2 years. Although I no longer pursue graphic design as a career, the skill set is still with me. I actively use my knowledge of typography and design in overall look of my website, and other promotional materials which is why I listed Graphic Design in the “Subjects Section.” When I was still in undergrad, I tutored in math, grammar, and reading for low-income community children in Chicago, IL in Fall...
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Visual Communication Design
1998 - 2000
JM Studio, Director/Owner
2003 - 2020
I oversee the operation of a fulltime brick and mortar painting studio with a working woodshop. I also maintain a monthly, internationally read art blog.
Dawang Cultural Highland, English, Studio Art, Art History Teacher
2015 - 2016
I was teaching in several capacities at the Dawang Cultural Highland. Monday through Wednesday, I taught Art Based ESL classes in an afterschool program to local students, usually 1st and 2nd grade. Friday through Sunday I taught advanced painting and drawing to Chinese undergraduate students from Shenzhen University. In addition to painting and drawing, once a month I would teach a class on Post War American Art History to Chinese undergraduate and graduate students who wished to apply to art schools abroad.
Guanhua Primary School, English, Studio Art
2014 - 2015
I was a typical ESL teacher here in that, I designed curriculum, delivered course content in English, and evaluated, assessed, and published grades for Chinese boarding school students grade 3-5. On the kindergarten side of the school, I taught Art Based ESL classes similar in scope to what I would later teach at the Dawang Cultural Highland.
Frankel Brand Marketing, Graphic Design, Package Design, Art Director
2000 - 2003
From concept to press, I designed multiple Happy Meal campaigns for McDonald’s. From the games on the Happy Meal Box, to the various Point Of Sale Items in the store, to drive thru display, I designed them all.
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