Andra Maria Popescu
Andra has been singing in professional, auditioned choirs for ten years and playing piano since age eight. She also has experience with guitar, flute, and ukulele. She has always had a drive to pursue the arts in every form possible, which has given her a wide range of experiences. As an animation student currently studying at Algonquin College, she frequently puts her artistic abilities to the test by refining her drawing skills and working with high-powered, detail-oriented software. As a teacher, she has worked with numerous schools and organizations to bring music education to children across Canada. She has worked abroad as far as Iqaluit, Nunavut in order to teach and share the love of music with young students.
She is comfortable and relaxed in her classes while still paying attention to each individual’s unique needs, willing to work with a student to figure out exactly what they enjoy about their instrument and further develop that passion. She believes having fun and liking what you do is the most important step in learning something successfully, and is eager to share her positive outlook and knowledge with all of her students.
The following is a curriculum that Andra has put together to offer to students interested in visual arts classes.
With younger students (ages 7-9), we first put down the groundwork for good art theory and the basics of drawing well. The seven elements of art are all explored: colour, form, space, texture, shape, line, and value. The focus is on small projects exploring each of these ideas, as well as a look at how famous artists have also incorporated these into their work. These classes involve hands-on art projects, discussions, and theory worksheets. We also look at the best way to approach a drawing from life, giving students the tools to successfully draw on their own afterwards. For older students (10+), the aim is to teach those with a basic understanding of art, or a willingness to learn, how to record what they see in front of them. This class explores numerous topics, such as still-life drawing, “plein air” drawing (outdoors), shading, and rendering correctly, while giving them practical advice on improving their skills and ways to see the world “as an artist would”. The lessons cover topics like sight-measuring, simple anatomy, how to break down complicated items and draw them correctly, and so on. This class will also discuss famous artists’ work, but students are also encouraged to bring in their own favourite artwork to share and talk about. For high school students or those interested in pursuing art as a career, especially in animation, this class offers advice on building portfolios as well as strategies to improve their art so they can apply to art schools when the time comes. Students learn a simplified version of what animation colleges are teaching, such as good character design, perspective rules, construction rules, life drawing from a model, and principles of animation. Students can also propose their own art projects and would be given guidance to make their own artistic ambitions come true.