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Our son has had the privilege of calling Shelley Capovilla his art tutor since 2010. She is a warm, creative, and professional artist who has lovingly overseen our 12 year old son's technical, fine-art education for the past three years. While I, myself, would not ever have considered myself artistically inclined, I happily audited a few sessions with Shelley and throughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about watercolor (something I'd always wanted to try and was too chicken before :0) Shelley has also shared her amazing face painting capabilities for our younger child's birthday parties (and beautifully customized to his theme, Angry Birds!). She adorned my hands with henna tattoos for a Bollywood party, too (her work received rave reviews)! Her skill-set is vast, and she is highly gifted within a board range of mediums. While we originally had sought Shelley's services for a purely technical, classic fine art education we found our son benefited from her extensive knowledge beyond just the scope of composition and color values! Shelley, as a person, is just as overwhelming diverse and lovely as her artistic abilities. Being a mother of two sons herself, she's mentored our child regarding the social gauntlet of middle school and early adolescence, she's been overwhelmingly supportive of his creative ideals, and a fierce advocate for his passions and interests in spite of them aligning with most people's idea of a "traditional art" education. For example, it was comic book drawing and "spy buildings" that got him started in the beginning. He's had the opportunity to work with a variety of mediums and techniques, as she believes a true artist is able to improvise and be creative outside their artistic comfort zones. He now is seriously considering going to an art high school in a couple years, and we very much attribute his positive outlooks and associations with art and design to Shelley's considerate care. For all of these reasons and more, I highly endorse Shelley Capovilla to any family seeking commissioned art services or a comprehensive art instructor!Oct 18, 2013
Possesses extremely sound technical and professional skills. The utilization of these skills to the optimum level is evident from his performance. We had beed with Shelley for last 2 years. I personally strongly recommend here for any age students. Regards NaveenSep 15, 2013
My daughter has been taking art classes at Shelley's for over a year now. She does not only love her teacher Shelley and the art class, but also she is learning a lot of new skills. I think that Shelley has great skills with children. In particular, she has the ability to make children discover and expand their potential for arts.Sep 6, 2013Shelley's Style Art Lessons's reply
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you:) I adore her too!
Shelley comes to my home to teach a group of 6-7-year-old kids drawing every Monday. She is a great teacher. Loving, caring, humorous and most of all, she teaches kids how to observe and how to translate their thinkings into their drawings. Parents in our group all have very good feedbacks on Shelley's drawing class. We love her class.Dec 17, 2012
I have been taking lessons from Shelley for one year. Prior to this Ihad never drawn anything; let alone paint. Shelley has taught me so many things that I never thought I could do. She is a very talented and extremely patient teacher. Her lessons are moderately priced and she is just fabulous. I highly reccomend her for anyone.Nov 30, 2012
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- What types of customers have you worked with?I love teaching both children and adults, but when it comes to teaching I am hired more often to teach children. I do many things including tile painting for Mondavi Winery, portrait work, murals, face painting and henna work. Teaching is the only stable thing I do.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Look farther than a degree. A degree says someone can learn. It doesn't say someone can teach. My degree is in drafting, but I'm an excellent teacher. My students love class with me, feel safe to experiment, feel safe showing me all their stuff and feel safe talking to me while we go through our lessons. There's also the point that it's quite possible to be an o.k. teacher but a sub-par artist, so you need to look at the teacher's ability to create on the fly. Can the teacher give an example at the moment it's needed or can she/he only bring up printed things they have filed or googled? Ask them to draw a sample lesson. If they can produce on the fly, then they can teach your kids how the maneuver around an issue by example. Also, make sure your prospective teacher looks at the student and not just you when you meet them. Don't hire a teacher because she/he connects with you, but find one that connects with both you and your student.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?There is a perception of what an artist should look like or act like. Any creator looks at the world a little differently, but that doesn't mean we're all on the cusp of society. I don't have 3 colors of hair, I'm not pierced head to toe and I don't have a tattoo (though I have designed quite a few and it's quite possible you'll catch me in a temporary henna tattoo).