I am an educator who loves art and technology, with a fierce commitment to student success.
As professional educator with over 30 years in the classroom, I have taught a multiple of artistic topics using traditional and digital techniques, such as animation, illustration, painting, drawing, graphic design, storyboarding, visual development, character design, compositing, video and editing.
I am a very passionate teacher, with a very clear Teaching Philosophy.
Walt Disney Animation Studios I spent 13 wonderful years leading the training team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in artistic, technical, and inspirational training for the animation crews on 14 Disney feature animated films. There I personally taught over 100 classes per year, retrained the animation crew from 2D traditional animation to a CG based process for the animated film Chicken Little, and led the training effort to retrain the 2D animation crew on the new computer system, tools, and pipeline for the upcoming Princess and the Frog.
While I was at Disney I was responsible for many things, including:
- Learning from the masters, practicing it myself, and sharing the knowledge with the rest of the crew
- Evaluating, scheduling and supervising over 400 class per year for all departments
- Supervising the mentoring of over 40 new trainees per year
- Expanded the Training Department’s responsibility by 300%, so that it is responsible for training all of Disney Animation’s employees.
- Developed a system for digitally recording classes and posting them on-line, greatly expanding their use by the entire studio.
- Designing ad campaigns for 30 – 40 special training events a year
- Developing course curricula and training documentation for hundreds of classes
Disney Feature films: Princess and the Frog, Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little, Home on the Range, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor’s New Groove, Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000, Tarzan, Mulan, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Disney shorts: Goofy’s “How to Hook-up your Home Theater, and Lorenzo”
Studio Arts at Studio Arts (a training center for professional animators in Los Angeles) I instruct night and weekend Level 1 and Level II classes in 2D animation production workflow with Toonboom 2D animation software to Cartoonist Guild members .
Morris County School of Technology I designed and implemented an award winning program that incorporated traditional drawing, painting, illustration and design into commercial projects. Students continually won the top awards in the annual Gannett Outdoor’s Statewide Billboard Design contest. I transformed the class into the state’s first digital graphic design and multi-media training program. Assignments focused on digital painting, drawing, graphic design, illustration, desktop publishing, 3D computer animation, and multimedia. Software included Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Premiere, Strata Studio Pro, and After Effects.
Spectrum Institute of Graphic Design: instructed of Graphic Design & Illustration to art students. Classes included perspective drawing, package design, cross section product illustration, editorial illustration, and design foundations.
Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art: taught Graphic Design & Illustration to fine art students.