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Waseem
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Waseem
« Highly knowledgeable! Super patient and very supportive. She can adjust to your learning style with will walk you thru difficult questions. Excellent mentor with useful advice. Highly recommended! »
$30/h
First lesson is free!
Profile and diploma verified
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Sonia
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Acrylic paint
  • Illustration
  • Fine arts
  • Abstract painting
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced designer gives lessons to create incredible Illustrations by hand or on computer

Methodology

First free hour is to assess where you're at. I'll ask you what you want to do and we'll discuss how you'd like to proceed. It's surprising how much can be achieved in just that first hour! I can help walk you through any challenges you are facing because I have faced and conquered many challenges myself. Let's play!

Background

I have been an artist all my life and was a professional graphic designer for 22 years since graduating from Sheridan College in 1995. I used my illustration skills throughout my career and now use them to create unique abstract art using acrylic paint.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $135
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $250

Details

Rates do not depend on student's level. Please give 24 hours notice should you need to reschedule your appointment.

Lessons offered by Sonia
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Acrylic paint
  • Illustration
  • Fine arts
  • Abstract painting
Levels
  • All Levels

Sonia's Resume

Solving puzzles and helping others is my passion. I am also a designer and artist through and through. With any project, I start with asking questions about what is wanted/needed/dreamed of and work towards going beyond what is called for. I have faced many challenges over the years with little support, so I understand how it can be stressful to not receive the help needed. I get such joy from helping any way I can, and my humour often alleviates any anxiety or stress during challenging moments.

I have been an artist all my life. I went to Sheridan College for Graphic Design and graduated in 1995. From there I had a 22-year long career as a Graphic Designer. In 2017 I decided it was time to move into a new career, that of being an artist and a teacher/coach.

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HENRY SCHEIN CANADA, INC., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Graphic Designer, 2006 to 2017
My role, as one of 3 in-house designers was to produce advertisements, flyers, catalogues, eNewsletters, banner ads, and artwork for tradeshows. I extensively used Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Acrobat, as well as Microsoft products. In 2011, I was presented with a "Team Schein Award". This award was given to 2 people each year who's efforts as a team player were highly appreciated by colleagues. A true honour!

Successfully Provided:
• A Team Approach and Support to Colleagues. I worked closely with coworkers to finish complex projects, such as a 1,000 page catalogue. Also supported fellow designers by giving advice on using the Adobe products to help them achieve challenges. I also encouraged them to use more complex tools available with newer versions of software to help do projects more easily (which they appreciated greatly).
• Creative Thinking: Needed for creating attractive material, but also to come up with solutions to improve workflow and successfully complete challenging jobs. I was always coming forth with ideas and suggestions when it was needed.
• Attention to Needs: Being a designer requires excellent listening skills. Conversations about projects always started with "what do you need?" and went from there. I was so very honoured when my coworkers nominated me for the “Team Schein Award” for being such a team player.

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ONE-ON-ONE TEACHING SESSIONS with CREATIVE GIRLS, Niagara Region, Ontario
Mentor/Coach, 2016
I was fortunate to meet 4 super talented girls who were all interested in pursuing art or design as a career. I gave them a taste of what it’s like to be a Graphic Designer and gave them some art challenges. I discontinued the lessons because we were meeting at each other's homes, which became awkward, and scheduling was a challenge. We all very much enjoyed our meetups and I am thrilled to now be available for more sessions.

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NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL, Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area

Graphic Designer, 2015
Creating posters and other marketing material for the various events put on by the local organization. Projects were completed in a timely manner over the course of 6 months, during the wee hours of the morning before going to my day job.

Volunteer Coordinator, 2014
I wanted to try a challenging role while giving back to the community. I had the honour of working with almost 100 volunteers as a coordinator during this prestigious event's inaugural year. This involved communicating closely with everyone as well as planning who was to work where. Favourite part was getting to know each person and learning what they loved to do so I could place them where they most wanted be. Best moment was when I repeatedly heard, even several years later, that I was the favourite coordinator of all time. All it took was caring about the volunteers.

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SELF-EMPLOYED, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Niagara Falls and Hamilton, Ontario | 2001 to 2015
Worked closely with clients to complete many different projects, including logos, brochures, advertisements, and websites. After starting at Henry Schein I continued to do some freelance work on my “off hours” for the occasional client.

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3 DIFFERENT GRAPHIC DESIGN JOBS
Oakville, Dundas and Burlington, Ontario | 1995 – 2001

After graduating from Sheridan College I immediately landed my first Graphic Design job in Oakville. After a year and a half I moved to a Marketing company that hit hard times within less than 6 months of my working there, as did the next company, and the one after that. In 2001 I chose to work become self-employed. Go figure! After 5 years I was ready to be around people again.

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COACH APPROACH TRAINING | COACHING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Guelph, Ontario | Spring 2015
This was an intensive, three-day course learning a coach approach style of conversation (has since been qualified as an ICF Accreditation). This course was taught by Pam Griffiths and was excellent for developing my skills at coaching. I am considering becoming an accredited coach in the future if it helps future students.

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SHERIDAN COLLEGE, GRAPHIC DESIGN DIPLOMA
Oakville, Ontario | Graduated 1995
Three-year course covering various elements of design, including; concept development, production, photography, and illustration.

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Waseem

Highly knowledgeable! Super patient and very supportive. She can adjust to your learning style with will walk you thru difficult questions. Excellent mentor with useful advice.
Highly recommended!

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