ABOUT KAY BYFIELD AND ARTSPEAKS ART CLASSES IN DALLAS, TEXAS
I became obsessed with learning to paint as a young mother after a short career as a college counselor. It took 20 years of watercolor painting at every spare moment, and many workshops, before I began taking college art classes. After four years, I had earned a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A. – a 60-credit program and a terminal graduate degree in visual art production).
I taught college art courses for nine years, five of them as a college art professor. I really enjoyed working with students, but I didn’t like having to grade students or living in the small town in East Texas where the college is located. I wanted to try something different.
After I left teaching, I earned an MBA and began providing marketing services, first to small businesses and then for a large corporation in Dallas. While I was working as a marketer, I rarely created paintings because I had so little time. After a few years, I began teaching watercolor one evening a week at the Dallas Creative Arts Center and I loved that.
Now that I have left the corporate world, I have increased the amount of art teaching I am doing. I am focused on adult learners at all levels. My goal is to help people augment their skills and find their way to personally rewarding artistic expression. I love to paint in watercolor, but I also have a passion for sharing the joy of art-making with others.
I received my Master of Fine Arts degree in the rigorous but
nontraditional program at Vermont College of Norwich University,
predecessor of Vermont College of Fine Arts.
After I left Northeast Texas Community College where I was an art
professor, I began teaching watercolor classes at the Creative Arts
Center of Dallas. For more than 50 years they have been offering
community-based visual arts education with classes and workshops.
I am a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society in
North Texas and am the editor of the monthly newsletter. My early
watercolor instruction, before I began taking university courses, came
from workshops with the society.
What Students Say:
"... Kay's extensive knowledge, well-organized teaching style, straightforward critiques and personal attention helped me learn valuable lessons in a short time. Kay structures her classes to nurture student growth by addressing specific challenges faced by artists of all levels..."
What Students Say: I took Kay's beginning watercolor class and really enjoyed it! Kay is a warm teacher, and her many years of teaching experience as well as her open attitude combine to create a great learning environment tailored to her students and their abilities. More >>>
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