I offer lessons to anyone in sixth grade through adult. I can cater the lesson to your goals and current level. I offer reduced group lessons for beginner and intermediate level students. I can also assist with storyboarding/continuity/narrative/character development/anatomy/composition for advanced artists/writers.
Each lesson will begin with a review of the previous assignments (or in the case of the first lesson for intermediate+ students, analysis of a portfolio). Then we will do warm-up which might involve a gesture drawing technique from technique classics such as The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaїdes. Then we will begin laying out page(s) with pencil or honing the narrative (depending on what stage the student is in) which will be inked by hand or digitally in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (student will need to provide a laptop).
As a teacher, I strive to emphasize personalized instruction that caters to you learning style: auditory, visual, or tactile-kinesthetic. I always try to teach by demonstration when possible and maintain an organized group of supplemental assignments to do outside of tutoring sessions so you can reach your full potential. My belief is that teaching is both one of the greatest honors and responsibilities. Teachers often learn best themselves by teaching.
I have been teaching visual arts for over four years. I have probably taught about 290 students. Students have received their certification in Adobe Photoshop and learned to draw realistically and technically sound compositions while incorporating color theory.
I received my bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in photography from Louisiana State University in 2003 and have worked as a freelance graphic designer and full time studio and digital media art teacher since. I received my masters of fine arts in screenwriting in 2013 from the University of New Orleans.
B. Michelle Reagan, M.F.A.
Destrehan, LA (concealed information)
June 2014 – June 2016
Art Teacher Grades K-12; Phoenix High School, Plaquemines Parish, 13073 Hwy 15, Braithwaite, LA 70040; Principal Kristie Williams (concealed information)
Designed lesson plans and curriculum; ordered supplies; performed all classroom teaching k-12; faculty sponsor of Art Club
Planned and engaged students in an end-of-year Art Awards & Recognition program;
Received Adobe Photoshop certification and initiated the first year of an upper level high school dual credit Photoshop Visual Communications class. The majority of the students received their certification.
Observed student body for potential “talented in art” students and assisted with the process of gathering and refining a portfolio. Assisted with judging and rating portfolios of potential talented art students at other schools in the Plaquemines parish district
Taught a 30 minute daily ACT Science prep class to high schoolers which focused on specific example test questions, planning, and time management
Offered teaching position for 2016-17 but resigned because of extreme commute time due to changes in the ferry boat system.
Jan 2007 – July 2007
Visual Arts Teacher; Young Audiences & Arts for Learning, Craig Elementary and Laurel Schools, office located at 615 Barone St., New Orleans, LA 70113; (concealed information)
Planned and purchased supplies for after school visual arts activities in addition to a summer camp with Arts for Learning
Led art and related activities for elementary and middle school students
Worked with subject matter as diverse as texture mobiles, tie dye, and hand drawn animation
Level 1 Louisiana Teaching Certification in Art K-12
Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communications with Photoshop CS6
Master of Fine Arts (2013) in creative writing; University of New Orleans; GPA-3.3
Bachelor of Fine Arts (2003) in studio arts, minor in history; LSU – Baton Rouge; GPA-3.5
Foreign Language Studies – Madrid & San Miguel de Allende, MX low residency (study abroad-based University of New Orleans) program abroad; 18 graduate credits
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premier & After Effects; Macromedia Dreamweaver; CorelDRAW; Avid Pro; Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel);
Macintosh & Microsoft platforms
Other Professional Experience
Jan 2017 - present
Fabrication Assistant (scenic/paints & carpentry); Solomon Group, 825 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70113; Supervisor Jason Toups (concealed information)
2001 - 2003
Gallery Designer; LSU Union Art Gallery, LSU Union Raphael Semmes Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; (concealed information)
Available on request: Part-time position information while pursuing academic training/degrees
Michelle was a great and understanding tutor. She always found a way to explain complicated topics in an easy to understand manor. Her sense of humor made the whole process very stress free. Would definitely recommend her to my friends.
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