Handcrafted by Design
Handcrafted by Design

Handcrafted by Design

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Introduction: Before I launch into my philosophy as an artist and teacher, I would like potential students to know that during the pandemic, I will only teach remotely. For me, all art making starts with sketching and drawing, regardless of the media you work in. I am a warm, patient and inspiring teacher. Teaching brings great, great joy! I have a lot to share with you having been an artist all of my life and a master studio art teacher in public schools and colleges. I also teach studio art to adults at different community centers and train teachers in best practices of art teaching. I received my MFA in 1997 in both Fine Art and Graphic Design. In fact, my link is to my design website. As both an artist and teacher I specialize in drawing, painting (all BUT oil) , mixed media and printmaking; however, my teaching repertoire is not limited to those media. I also love teaching bookmaking, illustration and sculpture. I value art from all periods and cultures and enjoy exposing students to great artists. Art making, like most endeavors, is an amazing, emotionally-rich process about self-discovery and self-expression, not only developing craft. It is wonderful to watch students develop their own style. I promise time spent with me will be laden with meaning and value - you will learn a great deal, develop greatly as an artist and enjoy the process.

Serves Berkeley, CA

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Joe P.
Apr 4, 2014
Lynn had been recommended to me by a friend (whose daughter had been a student of Lynn's). My friend raved about what a patient, competent and effective art teacher Lynn is. I have always wanted to learn how to draw and knew an art class wouldn't work for me - I needed a slower pace and a one-on-one learning situation. Lynn was sensitive to my needs and motivated me to work diligently. I can now draw representationally with skill. I highly recommend Lynn if you are interested in working with a most gifted teacher who can deliver.
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Thank you for the sincere, positive review of my services as your Drawing teacher. I hope you continue with drawing; let me know if ever your muse needs a B-12 shot!
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Joy F.
Apr 7, 2014
Taking art lessons from Lynn allowed me to explore different art styles and mediums in a creative environment and at my own pace. Lynn is very knowledgeable and creative yet nurturing and encouraging. It was a wonderful experience. The personal attention was very freeing and worth every dollar.
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Arizabeth Q.
Apr 22, 2014
Mrs. Zamarra has personally been one of the greatest teachers I've ever had. She was totally supportive of me as an artist and really encouraged me to pursue a career that has to do with art. If it wasn't for Mrs. Z I wouldn't be going to college to further study graphic design in the hopes of becoming a graphic designer. She held the highest of design standards and supported me to get there. We did some designing with initials stamp and she taught me the fundamentals of dynamic graphic design and I now to apply that to my design - my design was fresh, yet artful. We also did the book project which taught me how to work in mixed media and what the fundamentals of great layout in book spread design. Mrs. Z really taught me to envision and apply other studio habits of mind. She believed in me and never for a second doubted me. She made me question why I placed things a certain way and the importance of color and font, now every time I make a new design I think of Mrs. Z and everything she has taught me. It was only a one year class, but it was well packed with information and ideas. Mrs. Zamarra is hands down the best of the best of the art teachers.
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