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Lessons offered by Joel
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine arts
  • Cartooning
  • Art School Preparation
  • All Levels

Multi-Talented Art Teacher of 33 years tutors for portfolio prep, personal exploration and creativity.


I believe in the personal unique artistic voice of each student developed through technical mastery and work. Although each student has a different skill set and level, each student can harness their creativity through their own personal experience. I am also well trained in cross-curriculum linkages with academic disciplines such as ELA, Social Studies and math as well as grounding art in a larger social dialogue.


I am a working artist, teacher, curator and art writer. I have successfully worked 33 years for the NYC DOE setting up and teaching High school students, getting them ready for both art colleges and personal development. I am currently retired and painting full time. Expertise includes figure painting, collage, comics and cartooning, public murals. I am a proficient painter in acrylics myself, exhibiting internationally. I have also curated exhibitions for several galleries, alternative spaces and museums. My teacher skill won a teaching grant from UJA/COJECO in 2014.


Transportation Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $25
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $25


Travel 10 in NJ 10 dollars. Travel to NY 15 dollars. Cancel 24 hours before $0 . Cancel that day, pay in full.

Lessons offered by Joel
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine arts
  • Cartooning
  • Art School Preparation
  • All Levels

Joel 's resume

Joel Silverstein
1 Mary Court
Mahwah, NJ 07430
201- 818 2723
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Artist’s Website: joelsilversteinart.com
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Selected Resume: Art Educator, Artist, Curator.


1992 - Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting (M.F.A.) Brooklyn College – 48 credits President’s List
1984 -24 credits taken at various institutions in Special Education
1982 - Master’s Degree in Art Therapy, Creativity Development (M.P.S.) Pratt Institute, 52 credits President’s List.
1979 - Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art (B.F.A.) Pratt Institute President’s Program of Excellence Scholarship in Painting, Illustration and Graphic Design
1975 - Brooklyn Museum School – Harcourt Scholarship, BACA Honor’s Painting Scholarship.


New York State Fine Arts License, Secondary, appointed 2005
New York State Licensed Special Education Teacher, appointed 1983
Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist, American Art Therapy Association
A.T.R. – B.C. Concentration in Art Diagnosis, 1997


2003- 2016 (Retired) -, Art Teacher, Special Education Teacher, - Coalition School for Social Change 2351 1st Ave. New York, NY 10035. Student populations ages 14-21

• Designed pedagogy and curriculum 9th Grade Introduction to Art, 10th and 11th Grade Major Art, Senior Portfolio Development, Advisory, Art Club, PM School and Enrichment according to state- wide curriculum in art, the arts “Blueprint” and statewide Common Core curriculum in academic subjects.

• Extensive training in Common Core curriculum and Art linkages to Common Core
• Extensive training and licensed in Special Education populations, SETTS, ICT co-teaching, differentiation, Foreign language learners.
• Responsible for meeting with subject teachers and planning lessons, activities, testing and evaluation for both Special Education and mainstream students.
• Teacher and administrative functions for Visual Arts program. Region 9 Arts Liaison until 2006, reconfigured as District 2.
• Participated with 21st Century, Partnership with Children, Arts Connection, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Centerview Partners, Arts Achieve, The Poet’s Den, and other organizations placing students in many prominent exhibitions.
• Attended Professional Development in Art Education offered by the Dept. of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum and other institutions.
• Created several notable exhibitions and school-wide events including The Poet’s Den, The US Post Office, H.S.B.C. Bank, 58th Street Branch and in- school shows including a Major Art Exhibitions, and the 9th Grade Renaissance Fairs for Global History, each with coordinated tours and dramatic performances. Both events were made into I- Movies with the help of Jill Williams, Region 9 Technical advisor.
• Devised and co-taught classroom lessons using art in the academic classroom, such as Art and its use in ELA, Global Studies, Living Environment, and Foreign Language Learners.
• Supervised the creation of Graphic novels used as a motivational tool in building literacy skills.
• Installation of permanent acrylic murals in the school building: History Timeline, 2015, 48” X 226”, The Spirit of Coalition, 2014 96” x 164”and a four story installation entitled Spirit Walk, 2008 eight panels 48”x 48”.
• Chosen as an official partner in a nation- wide study with Studio in a School conducted by Arts Achieve as a formative and summative study highlighting testable skills assessment in the visual arts.
• Co-taught with a Teaching Artist representative from the Altria Foundation. Courses offered in Introductory Painting and Drawing, Advanced Painting and Drawing, minor orientations in Graphics and Comic Illustration, design, crafts, sculpture, monoprinting.
• Inclusion Teacher (SETTS) for subjects in Special Education including English, Global Studies and Earth Science.
• 12th Grade Special Education Liaison. Responsible for tracking graduation and IEP mandates.
• Wrote I.E.P.s for 12 Grade prospective graduates including transition and career goals.
• 2009-2011 Instructor Teachersnetwork. Online Instructor for the course, The Special Education Student in the Inclusion Classroom, Primary/Secondary.

1987 – 2002 - Special Education Teacher, Art Teacher, Arts Coordinator, Seward Park H.S., 350 Grand St., New York, NY.

• Main Stream and Special Education populations, ages 14-21.
• Included self-contained, inclusion and regular Art Education programs.
• Taught self- contained and inclusion ELA classes as well as Resource Room.
• Designed integrative and traditional arts curriculum, ordered supplies, trained college interns and student teachers, worked with paraprofessionals and subject teachers, published and edited a yearly Literary Arts magazine.
• Augmented an inclusion program.
• Originated a comic book class and a Major Art class.
• Worked with several Arts organizations and artist professionals: Americore, LEAP (Anti-drug Program), Project Arts, New York University, Henry Street Settlement, Educational Alliance, ABC No Rio, Friends in Deed.
• Collaborated with Writing Teacher and ELA department in the formation of the Seward Park Gallery and permanent exhibition spaces.
• Organized school- wide exhibitions.
• Participated in educational videos and theatrical performances. Content includes mural painting workshops, backdrops for major school productions, advanced art techniques in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and collage, comic and book illustration, graphic arts, art history and art criticism. Introduction to Art classes are based on a development model of skills acquisition. English classes are based an integrative model employing the arts, where reading and writing are scaffolded by creative projects, instillations and portfolio assessment.
• Received training in the Ramp –Up to Literacy Program.
• Developed curriculum was implemented by the Art and English department in the acquisition of language and literacy.

1984 – 1987 – Special Education Teacher, Art Teacher P.S. 4 at 81 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY. SIE 6, Teacher Moms Program. Art curriculum for learning disabled, emotionally disturbed population ages 5-12. Worked with Dance, Drama and Speech Therapies as well as Adaptive Physical Education .in developing a therapeutic art program.

• 1975-6- Marvel [Comics] Enterprises 10 East 40th Street NY, NY. Inking and penciling backgrounds for the British edition of Spiderman Magazine.


2014- COJECO Teaching Grant in conjunction with UJA
2010- Guest Lecturer of the Month (December), Brandeis University Graduate Center
1986 - New York as a Multicultural Festival Mural Award. Award presented by Joan Kennedy – displayed at Macy’s Department Store Gallery.

1986 - Recipient, Very Special Arts Festival Grant – Directed award winning video, King
Kong City for Very Special Arts Festival, Columbia University. Video shown


2018- The Hebrew Bible; Real & Imagined. Beth El Keser Israel, (BEKI) New Haven Ct.
2017-Faces of Transformation; New Works by Joel Silverstein & Tine Kindermann. Abrazo Interno Gallery, The Clemente Center NY
2014- JO-EL/JORE-EL; Superheroes, Autobiography and Religion. Pratt Institute, Rohr Center, Hadas Gallery Bklyn, NY
2012- Fractured Epics; History Paintings and Imaginary Portraits. The Kraft Center, Columbia/Barnard University Center for Jewish Student Life, NY, NY.


Through Compassionate Eyes; A Call for Animal Rights. Also curated by Julie Seidman, Aimee Rubensteen. Sight to be announced.
2018-POW!!! Jewish Comic Art and Influence at Jewish Comic Con, Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery, Bklyn, NY.
2016-JOMIX-Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation, The Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn, NY
Also curated by Richard McBee and Aimee Rubensteen
2015- JOMIX-Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation. UJA NY and the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art (PMJA)
2012- The Dura Europos Project, UJA (United Jewish Appeal) NY, NY
2010-11: The Dura Europos Project, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, Penn. Co-Curated with Richard McBee


2016- Present; Executive Board Member, JAE, Jewish Art Education, Myrna Teck, Director
2008- Present; Exhibitions Curator, Executive Board, a Founding Member of the Jewish Art Salon NY, NY. Yona Verwer, President.
The Jewish Art Salon is an artist and arts professional organization with over 300 members, world-wide. Its goal is the creation, promotion and dissemination of Jewish Art. Responsibilities include creating new exhibitions, panel discussions and lectures, contacting Jewish organizations, writing statements, compiling and curating J-Pegs and other visual material on artists.
2000-2002- Panel Organizer and Moderator for the organization, Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) at the Phoenix Gallery NY, NY.
1997-Present- Professional Member, American Art Therapy Association


Hadas Gallery, Rohr Center Pratt Institute, Collection of Rabbi Simcha Weinstein.
Malka- Lubelski Foundation, NY, Collection Abraham Lubelski.

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