I am currently working as freelance video editor in Brooklyn, New York. My projects range from music videos, commercial content, and narrative work to documentary shorts for human rights non-profits.
Love Knows No Bounds and Sonje Ayiti: Building Education at the Cima School
Love Gala Promo
I work with clients to bring clean and strong visuals to treatments, lookbooks, pitch packets and splash pages.
My interest in design, composition, and color began with studying Renaissance Art History. I have a background in classical Fine Arts and professional experience here in NYC as an Art Director on feature films and commercial content. I work closely with clients and directors to realize their visions clearly through personalized visual branding and the creation of a striking palettes, moods, and compositions for their designated material.
"In the 14 years that I have known Rebecca, I watched her grow from student to teacher. She is caring, patient, and wonderful with children. I recommend her to any family looking to give their child an exceptional art education." -Debra Freeman-Highberger (Owner and Teacher at Acorn Gallery School of Art)
My goal in teaching is to give kids the the tools to follow their wildest imaginings with a sense of confidence, joy, and freedom :) -- I believe that this can be built up through art making in a supportive and creatively free environment.
My teaching philosophy is rooted in mindfulness; I treasure the importance of slowing down, taking your time, observing one's surroundings, and letting artwork grow and change with the flow of the present moment. I strongly believe that this approach to art making can really change the way that one sees the world.
I attended and went on to teach at Acorn Gallery School of Art, a one room family-run art school nestled beside the harbor in historical Marblehead, Massachusetts. I seek to bring the warmth of studying art in my small oceanside town to my teachings and relationships with students in NYC.
I grew up studying classical oil painting from a young age, making plein air paintings inspired by Edward Hopper and Milton Avery. I went on to study Painting at Boston University, both furthering studies of traditional painting techniques and expanding my practice. I spent a semester studying Art History at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and other art destinations of Western Europe. I have since studied at New York Studio School and Chautauqua School of Art.
I work with each child and family in order to determine the kind of art education that they think would be most exciting and comfortable. I work with three kinds of lesson structures that represent more traditional or more experimental approaches to learning:
Building Blocks - traditional approach, painting from observation, learning color, shadow, technique (ex: self portrait)
Cloud Burst - imagination, abstraction, encouraging kids to follow their creative, silly whims and run with them (ex: comic book strip)
Scribble Power- projects based on techniques of art therapy to help kids get out their emotions and use art as a tool for healing (ex: energetic scribble session, drawing your favorite kind of day, food, memory)
I am happy to experiment with which one of these approaches works best and use a mix of the three. It is a guide I developed that can be followed closely or loosely as works best for each child.