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Marcia Rocha

Marcia Rocha
Astoria, NY 11105

Background Information

Years Teaching:  6
Years Teaching Clay:  4
Years Working w/Clay:  12
School or Studio:  Studio
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Funny Character sculptures, character jewelry and miniature food.
First Experience With Clay:  I started using polymer clay to develop my own cartoon characters. The clay also gave my characters the look of a technique called "claymation" (my working background is in film production).
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have been a prop maker and character designer for over 20 years. I have worked in Brazil and Canada in special effects studios for TV commercials and films. Polymer clay was used in my work, to sculpt food, characters and different kind of prop miniatures. In New York I am hired to sculpt props for Window displays and trade Shows. For the Holidays(2005) I made the carrot noses, using polymer clay, for the plaid snowmen at the Tiffany's window in New York City. I also develop custom made Funny caricatures. Some New York City celebrities are amongst some of my customers.
Publication Experience:  Magazine adds in Brazil for companies like Nestle.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  New York City
Reimbursed Expenses:  My time /Materials
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  2
Maximum Number of Students:  6
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  All traveling expenses including tickets/food/ hotel.

Class Prep Time:  Depending on type of class and how many classes, I will need at least a week to prepare.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  4
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
Humorous Characters
4 Classes of 45 minutes each.

First: Facial expressions. Use of basic cartoon techniques to sculpt emotions.
Second: Body expression. Using a wire armature and clay, development of body attitudes
Third: Hands and Feet. Simple ways to sculpt hands and feet, and the use of these parts in the whole body expression.
Fourth: Clothing. Basic patterns and techniques with the use of a pasta machine or a rolling pin.
Materials: Clay , wires and Super glue.
Tools: Basic sculpting tools, pasta machine or rolling pin, x-acto knife (plastic knives for kids) and any material surfaces for printing textures.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"In my experience I had people asking for classes. It was a natural process. When my work matured, organically the interest to learn about it grew and I started to get students. Just show your work as much as possible and feel how people react to it."

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