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Lessons offered by Valerie
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Basic computer
  • Photoshop
  • Graphic design
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Typography
Levels
  • All Levels

Graphic Design Professor turned Coach connected to the industry for 20 years

Methodology

Graphic Design is more than just sprinkling magic fairy dust onto a computer and woila out pops an aesthetic masterpiece. Design is about problem-solving for a client or issue and that takes training beyond learning software. As a coach, I am adept at creating calisthenics to observe how you typically problem-solve and by getting to know you, I am able to push you beyond those boundaries to challenge your own weaknesses while expanding your strengths to grow as an innovative critical thinker. I believe in experimentation that leads to happy accidents if one can recognize those as innovations. There is no one right answer in design. Here are examples of student work: (concealed information)

Background

I am a graphic design educator spending years honing my craft of teaching and coaching from basic to advanced levels of graphic design including developing professional portfolio. I began a teaching career and then went to grad school for an MFA in design. In 2018, I walked away from a tenured professor position because I believe that there should be more opportunities for people to learn beyond the expensive university system.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $1100
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $180
Lessons offered by Valerie
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Basic computer
  • Photoshop
  • Graphic design
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Typography
Levels
  • All Levels

Valerie's resume

2007 - 2018 – Associate Professor tenured in 2012; Roger Williams University. Taught all levels of design to majors and non-majors. Most importantly continually modified my own course curriculum and loved teaching Design History, Intro to Design, and Typography. Developed a unique course called "Books, the life and love of..." which was/is a seminar about the history of the book from the angles of aesthetics, human behavior, science, history, literature/phil.
2001-2007 Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; Belmont University. Taught in an art department to primarily design majors but developed a course to work with non-majors. Taught all levels of graphic design and created a strong portfolio course.
2000-2001 Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of Florida. Taught upper level graphic design courses and grad level seminar.
1999-2000 Graphic Designer for Landscape Architect and Urban Planning company in Orlando, FL.
1996-1999 Pursed MFA in Graphic Design at UF. Had a teaching assistantship where I taught courses and worked as a designer in the Dean's office. I also worked in hospitality and as a nanny to pay the bills while in school.
1990-1995 Marketing Communication Coordinator for a private company in Orlando, FL. Managed all aspects of internal and external communication from conference material to an annual product catalog.

AIGA Orlando, Charter President 2000-2001
AIGA Nashville, Charter President 2001-2005
AIGA Rhode Island, various roles 2008-2012 including President.

Girl Scout Leader; Orlando, FL 1990-1995

Executive Certificate Art and Culture Strategy, University of Pennsylvania
MFA Graphic Design, University of Florida
BA Communication/Graphic Design, Flagler College

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