Emily Ross has one simple rule when preparing to teach one of her art classes.
“Rule #1 it has to be fun,” she said. “My goal is to provide a strong painting foundation in a fun and relaxing environment.”
Ross has been a professional painter since 2001 and specializes in graphic design, murals, painted commissions and art instruction. While fun has to be an element of her classes, her students are there to learn and grow.
“I challenge my students to start looking at things differently,” she said. “I want to teach them techniques I use every day, and give them the confidence and knowledge to keep painting long after classes are over.”
With Community Ed, she has taught Adult Acrylic Painting, Family Paint Night, Intermediate Acrylic and Multimedia Painting and more. She says her classes, like a painting, evolve over its duration.
“While I do have a planned curriculum, I will often alter it with feedback from the class,” she said. “I like to keep everyone challenged, and try to discover and incorporate what inspires them.”
Ross also adjusts her teaching to individuals as her classes have students with a wide array of skills, experience and talent.
“I try to make sure everyone is getting something out of the class,” she said. “I try to keep everyone inspired with our projects and try to offer one-on-one training to those that need a little extra instruction.”
Being a professional artist and a Rockwood parent makes teaching with Community Ed a perfect fit for Ross.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to share my talents with the community in which I live,” she said. “It’s great being part of an organization like Community Ed, which works hard at providing quality classes at reasonable prices for families.”