AJ Smith
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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY / EXPERIENCE
I am an artist in Newburyport, MA with 15 years of experience in the art world, ranging from animation to design to illustration. Imparting what I’ve learned and knowing I can positively influence the life of a student is very validating. Whether there is interest in the pursuit of art as a career or not, I believe there is a place in everyone’s life for art. Art can enrich communities, uplift the individual, and challenge preconceptions. Art is subjective -- I encourage students to formulate their own informed opinions and provide them the tools to apply them.

I received my Masters from RIT in 2005 and began teaching there the following school year, while also teaching fulltime at Thomas High School in Webster, NY. Since then, I have continued to work in the art industry, with exciting clients like Highlights, PBS Kids, Ranger Rick, Scholastic, and Sesame Street. I've also taught Digital Illustration at the NH Inst. of Art and currently teach Children's Book Illustration at Montserrat College of Art.

Resume available at: http://www.AJSmith.net/resume_AJSmith_artEd.pdf
Please click below for samples of my students' work.

STUDENT ART SAMPLES