ABOUT REBECCA SHANAHAN
TAILORED, FLEXIBLE SUPPORT FOR PAST, CURRENT AND FUTURE TERTIARY ART STUDENTS
Welcome! I offer tutoring services in Sydney’s inner city to secondary and tertiary visual art students and graduates – you may be preparing to enter a program, currently enrolled, or a graduate seeking entry to postgraduate courses or starting professional practice.
I’m an artist and educator of more than twenty years working in photography, video, performance and installation. I have a Master of Fine Arts by research from the University of New South Wales, am a current PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and have had more than thirty solo and group exhibitions. A former National Art School lecturer, I currently teach at UNSW Art & Design and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
I found Rebecca to not only be extremely knowledgeable, but also understanding and sensitive to my individual needs as a student, and I found her constructive feedback to be immensely helpful. Her insights into contemporary arts research, professional arts practice and the arts industry in general were a great resource to draw upon.Lyra, Master of Art, UNSW Art & Design; Master of Art Therapy, University of Melbourne
Rebecca consistently offered insightful, constructive ideas and organisational techniques to me as I developed my artwork and concepts. As a result of her depth of knowledge of art, art history, photographic processes and theory Rebecca made it possible for me to extend my understanding of photography, create prints and video works in unexpected ways as well as present and write coherently about my work.Molly, Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School; BFA Honours, University of NSW Art & Design
WHY USE A TUTOR?
All kinds of people seek tutoring: HSC students, mature-aged students re-entering study, international students studying in Australia for the first time, practitioners updating their skills and knowledge and art lovers wanting individual instruction. Students seek support for a wide range of reasons:
- While you work confidently in the studio, the associated written tasks are more challenging.
- With English your second language, you’d like support managing your course requirements.
- You’ve entered visual art from another field and are unfamiliar with its processes, conventions and terms.
- You’re undertaking a performance, photography or video project but your training is in another medium.
- You’re bursting with ideas and need help structuring a project framework.
I can help with all aspects of creative studio projects and/or the associated written tasks.
My teaching strengths lie in providing warm support and clear communication to help you identify, articulate, research, develop and realise your creative studio interests. I back up my holistic, intuitive approach with practical problem-solving and setting realistic goals.
My exhibition practice encompasses photography, video, performance, prints and installation. Depending on your needs, I can advise on theoretical research, key terms and contexts, digital and analogue photographic materials and techniques, project planning, exhibition-quality printing and exhibition design and installation.
BOOKINGS & FEES
One to six meetings: $70 per hour $210.00 per block of three
More than six meetings: $65 per hour $195 per block of three
Meetings are pre-paid in blocks of three. Then, we schedule meetings depending on when you need them.
Three once-weekly meetings may be enough to get your project on track, or you might want to book a fortnightly or monthly meeting for a semester. Alternatively you might find it helpful to space out meetings over a project’s duration. It’s up to you.
Just email me to talk dates and times and schedule meetings. I aim to be flexible with dates, days and times to give you the support you need. We can meet anywhere in the following inner-city areas that suit you, including my home, your home or studio, a cafe or bar:
Alexandria | Annandale | Camperdown | Darlinghurst | Darlington | Elizabeth Bay | Enmore | Forest Lodge | Glebe | Millers Point | Newtown | Paddington | Potts Point | Pyrmont | Surry Hills | Sydney city | The Rocks | Ultimo | Waterloo
If you live outside these areas but would like to meet up, get in touch.
Seeking tutoring to establish a framework for an HSC body of work? January is a great time to meet up – it allows time to explore possible developments without too much pressure.
WHAT TO BRING TO MEETINGS Visual art journal; examples of work-in-progress (small works, prints or documentation on a USB stick/laptop); draft and/or completed assignments; photocopies of texts and artworks relevant to your interests. If you’re currently studying, bring also your complete course outline, assignment/task outlines and reading lists.
I’m outside the inner city suburbs listed on your site. Can you come to me? Yes. I charge an additional fee to cover my travel costs and time. Just email me to discuss.
Can I book just one meeting? No. Tutoring is most effective when there are regularly sequenced meetings enabling follow up – in my experience, three is the minimum needed to get things happening. Blocks of meetings get cheaper as you book more.
I’ll be overseas/interstate next month, can we Skype? As face-to-face tutoring is most effective, I’ll always aim to schedule sufficient meetings to ensure your needs are met before you travel. I do try to accommodate unexpected changes of plans.
Do you tutor high school students? Yes. My background is in adult tertiary education and professional practice, but I also tutor committed high school students seeking to expand their practice independently from school, establish a framework for an HSC body of work or prepare a portfolio for a tertiary program.