Friday, July 17, 2015

The Student and the Teacher


In the mid eighties on the day of graduation from Otis in downtown Los Angeles, the head of the Communications Arts Dept. Sheila Levrant De Bretteville, invited me to return to Otis as a teacher. I've been teaching ever since!


This Sunday I will once again resume the mantle of teaching with the debut of my first formal class at the perfumery which opens the door to regular workshops and an upcoming online series. I started teaching aromatherapy classes in 1996 followed by natural perfume while continuing to teach illustration, eventually choosing to focus all my skill sets into aromatics.

At the moment there are two classes scheduled titled The Artistry of Botanical Perfume, Day Long Intensive, the first on Sunday followed by a second on August 23rd. Returning students will have the fortune to retake classes at a reduced rate. The intention is to have the online classes ready for early Autumn.

"It is the supreme art of the  teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
                                                                                                      ~ Albert Einstein

As experienced in the Beyond Aromatics presentation at Bastyr University last September, my approach to botanical perfume focuses on intuition and artistry. In order to reach supreme creativity and an individual, authentic way of expression a circular, right brain type of learning is needed. This is what I bring to the world of botanical perfume education.


I'm very fortunate to have Jade Shutes of the East West School Aromatics Studies as dear friend and mentor.  Jade has been coaching me on how to set up the the online classes which will be offered through her thriving program.

More details coming soon. Right now I am in the thick of deciding which camera, lenses and mic, etc. to purchase.


I leave you with another image from my graduation day back in May of 1985 at MacArthur Park in downtown LA. This photo is of Ray Eames with her camera shooting Andrew as we all headed to a celebratory dinner. Both the opening image and this one were taken by Andrew Neuhart.

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