I have taught interdisciplinary and multi-culturally at the University level at the University of Montemorelos, Mexico, Indiana University, where I taught Design and Southern University where I taught Drawing I, Drawing II, and the entire Art Education program. I teach using a hands on and down to earth approach and make things fun. I have received a 94% to 99% teacher evaluation and 100% of my students said that they would recommend me to other students!
I have taught art K-University levels since 1979, in a Grade School and High School in Chicago, in which one student won 1st prize in a city wide drawing contest.I have taught thousands of students, some have gone on to be graphic designers, art teachers and gallery directors. Most of my students have graduated from my classes with honors and have won awards in drawing, painting and design.
Award-winning artist and highly qualified Art History and Humanities professor with over 20 years of experience instructing collegiate level courses across a wide range of platforms. Dynamic artist who is able to engage with and motivate students to pursue and achieve their own successes. Broad knowledge and skills with operational and business management, who incorporates those functions and methodologies into the classroom environment. Committed to improving learning experiences for diverse student populations.
Education and Credentials
Doctorate of Interdisciplinary Arts Histories (A.B.D.), Ohio University, Athens, OH
Master of Arts with concentration in Art History, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art & Art History, Atlantic Union College, S. Lancaster, MA
THOMAS WALTERS FINE ARTS GALLERY, ORLANDO, FL
Senior Art Director/Founder/Business Owner, August 2014 to Present
Oversee daily business and operational functions of creative arts studio, ensuring all organizational activities on schedule. Design various marketing pieces, including websites, post cards, mugs, business cards, and t-shirts for a wide array of clients. Coordinate with individuals and businesses, providing detailed information and synopses on original oil paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, and other fine art pieces during commissioning and selling functions.
• Successfully increased original art sales by 50% over the past three years.
• Mentored and guided sales team, developing talent professionals to implement effective sales techniques across major corporations in Orlando, including Strategies Now, Inc. and Sky Corporation.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY, ORLANDO, FL
Instructor - Art History/Humanities, March 2010 to August 2014
Provided comprehensive instruction on multiple art history and humanities courses to students of various backgrounds and knowledge levels. Developed dynamic curriculum and instructional material to streamline and enhance classroom instruction. Communicated closely with students during lectures, engaging in Socratic teaching techniques and methodologies to encourage student participation.
I have known Thomas for over seven years. He is very professional, expert in the subject matter, and student-centric. His style of teaching is very interactive, engaging, and makes it fun. He goes above and beyond to ensure student success.
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