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Marina Duvidzon

Dear friends,

My name is Marina Duvidzon. I am an art teacher and interior designer. Having two higher education degrees in Architecture and Computer Science, my passion has always been fine art and interior design. I paint as long as I can remember, and I started teaching art in kindergarten while I still was in high school ( in my native Russia). I continue to teach children and adults, working currently in my studio, and in different schools.

Researchers prove and good teachers believe that learning of the arts and design is able to provide children and adults with unique and multiple ways of exploring, forming, expressing, communicating and understanding their own and others’ ideas and feelings, since the arts reflect and depict the diversity of our world, its cultures, traditions and belief systems. Besides developing aesthetic awareness and perception,
children and adults benefit in following areas while studying arts:

1. Creativity - Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think 'outside of the box' will distinguish you from others. In an arts program, students will be asked to represent the object in few different ways. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

2. Confidence - The skills developed through arts give students practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them. This process gives students the confidence that success can be achived.

3. Problem Solving - Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through painting?  Without even realizing it students that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.

4. Perseverance - When a person picks up a brush for the first time, she/he knows that painting Leonardo De Vinci right away is not an option; however, with practices, learning the skills and techniques and if doesn't give up, the great painting of his/her own is much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.

5. Focus - The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children's and adults abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.

6. Non-Verbal Communication - Teachers have known for many years that young children often understand more than they are able to verbalize. Through arts children can reveal their feelings and emotions, thus freeing themselves for the happier beings.

7. Receiving Constructive Feedback - Receiving constructive feedback about an art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended
by or to be taken personally. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.

8. Dedication - When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment.

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Still Life in Chalk Pastels

Still Life is the best subject in art for learning and teaching the skills of drawing and painting. It teaches you how to look at objects and see them like an artist - with a conscious awareness of their outline, shape, proportions, tone, color, texture, form and composition.

Lesson 2. Drawing Basics.

1. Draw what you see. Start with simple objects (like the classic bowl of fruit) or common objects and progress to more complicated subjects — an intricately shaped table, for instance, or people's faces. The better you get at drawing real-life objects, the better you'll eventually be at putting ideas on paper.

Lesson 1.What should I draw?

Before we start learning drawing styles and materials, let's prepare ourselves for a journey.  Do you ever sit there looking into the air, thinking: " I don't know what to draw."? Well, there's an easy way to find what to draw in six easy steps. 

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