Hello again! If you have not already met me, let me introduce myself, my name is Danielle Ellan Brown and I am graphic designer and artist. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums and I am also very passionate about teaching. Not everyone knows my story so I want to take this time to share more about me.
I didn't always know I wanted to teach, it actually just kind of fell into place for me. After college my plan was to find a graphic design job since I graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Hartford Art School. However, I ended up finding a job teaching at an Art Center, which actually worked out perfectly. I have always been interested in therapeutic art so fortunately at the art center I was able to teach paint socials, private lessons and also assist with their therapeutic art program. It was there that I found my love for teaching. I also learned to embrace the therapeutic side of art and also the technical side of art making.
Currently I am a teacher for Art Ventures an after-school art program for kids in grades K-6 that uses the Let's Gogh Art Curriculum and rotates every 6-8 weeks. They also have summer programs and classes during schools breaks. Much of my teaching positions have been in the Hartford County area (Connecticut) and also Western Massachusetts area.
Right now I also tutor two students in art who are ages 3 and 5. One of the aspects I like about tutoring is seeing students grow. When you are tutoring on a individual basis you really get to see the student develop and help them to learn art techniques, like how to hold the brush, how much water to use with watercolor, etc. I also enjoy tutoring because I can create my own curriculum without any restraints.
This past winter I also taught a therapeutic art class at the New Britain Musuem of American Art. The students ranged in ages from adolescents to adults with varying degrees of disabilites. It was such a blast and nobody wanted to leave! I also designed my own curriculum, which was fun.
My teaching philosophy
When it comes to teaching I am quirky, fun, and like to embrace my inner child. I teach technical art skills while also helping students to let go, have fun, and find their own style. I am also especially passionate about creating awareness for mental illness, and believe in using art for healing. Recently my artwork was selected for the Embracing Our Differences Show in Sarasota, Florida, which aims to educate people about acceptance and diversity.
To schedule tutoring or to learn more about my services please feel free to contact me.