Teaching Philosophy

 1. Encaustic Demo 1997 As an experienced instructor, I teach beginning through advanced drawing and painting classes to a broad spectrum of individuals, from high school students to seniors.

I have taught life drawing, anatomy, and portraiture classes at Merritt College in Oakland. For many years taught classes in life drawing, portrait and figure painting in oil and soft pastel and workshops in anatomy, encaustic painting, and still life in oil and pastel at Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek.

My philosophy of teaching emphasizes accurate observation and mastery of materials. Assignments designed to build and refine visual literacy, enhance perception and cultivate technical skills are presented at the level appropriate to each individual. Demonstration, lecture, exercises, and critique are tools used to educate and nurture development. I value individual interpretation, expressive responses and personal growth, and endeavor to create a supportive and stimulating environment in the studio.

In addition to craftsmanship and experimentation, knowledge of art history and master artists is considered essential, and this is fostered as the foundation of an artistís education.

Sherry Kwint-Cattoche at cattoche@aol.com



Merritt College, Oakland, CA


Beginning Art #035, Continuing Art #036, Special Projects Art #039 A-D

Course Description: Drawing Portraits from the live model. Emphasis on anatomy, proportion and achieving a likeness.

#035: Beginning Portraiture, structuring and measurement.
#036: Emphasis on composition, position, clothing and color.
#039 A-D: Development of an individual style and portfolio of consistent works suitable for exhibition.

2 Units Credit transferable: CSU, UC Grading Policy: Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) or Credit / No Credit Option

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