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West Virginia University

MA Instructional Design and Technology 

Candidate, EGD ’22 

Morgantown, WV


Apple Inc

Apple Certified Trainer

Creative Strategies:

Philosophies and Teaching Techniques

of Adult Learning Certification, iOS Certification, 

Mac OSX Certification, Apple iLife & iWork Certification
Cupertino, Ca


Adobe 

Adobe Education Trainer & Professional Development 

Train the Trainer Program

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems


Project Oren

Certificate: Painting/Drawing

Kfar Hannasi, Israel


West Virginia University

BFA Visual Arts Painting and Drawing


Recognitions

Apple Inc

Mac World 2008 

Greater NY Regional Nominee and Representative 

Outstanding Creative Team Member Award


The Visual Arts Committee 

Selected for Teaneck Artists Group

bio

The ability to express myself as an artist has come not only from within. I am fortunate to have been guided by patient and insightful mentors in public school, college and abroad. Their knowledge and confidence in me, combined with my desire to create, have fostered my artistic expression. Not only have I been encouraged to develop my own artistic endeavors but I have also been inspired to teach others. 


Every student, young and old, has a need for self-expression. This need may exhibit itself through various mediums. fundamental elements are necessary for students to achieve success. A safe and non-judgmental environment is paramount. My classroom is open for experimentation and self-discovery. While nurturing the freedoms of fine art, i believe firmly in establishing a basic foundation in art education. All languages require an alphabet. I feel the same is true for art. Before a student artist is able to express ideas and images effectively, he or she must first develop the necessary vocabulary, master a variety of tools, hone crucial skills and learn to respect the efforts of others.


When these elements are in order my true role as a teacher emerges. I become a coach, mentor, peer and most feared, critic. i am able to encourage positive, and discourage negative behaviors. I am able to share and reflect ideas and experiences. Most importantly, i am able to detect where the potential strength of students may lie and guide them on their appropriate paths during their journeys of self-expression.


I was raised in multicultural Teaneck, NJ and thrived on its diversity. At an early age I expressed an interest for art and possessed a passion for drawing. I treasure the chance to travel; exploring new cultures. I have earned certificates in painting and drawing from Project Oren in Israel and received my BFA from West Virginia University. As an Art Director and instructor, I have developed various art curriculums for children and adults. As former Lead Creative for the Apple Store I have enriched the lives of many. My paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including “Gathering of the Minds” Morgantown, WV. “Ruach in the Golan” Israel. In 2012 I opened the 1st Digital Art studio teaching painting and drawing exclusively on the iPad and curated over 20 exhibits representing 50 plus established and upcoming artists.


I am a currently a full time Teaching Artist faculty member at SAR Academy in the Bronx, NY. I instruct students K-8. My main discipline is traditional 2D painting and drawing with an emphasis on the fundamentals of basic art elements. My studio also leverages technology encouraging exploration and expression digitally with iPads. My curriculum includes both traditional and digital: life drawing, perspective drawing, portraits, landscapes,  painting perspective drawing and Graffiti Seminars.

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Philly Tech Week

Discussion covered technology and software development and it’s relationship with booming creative arts scene, including panelist 

Noel Gussen... read more

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Bergen.com

Since it opened in the fall of 2012, thegrassynoel, has hosted events dedicated to showcasing local talent... read more

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The Jewish Link

Teaneck is Home to New Jersey’s First iPad Art Studio.People learn how to draw here, but there aren’t any pencils… read more

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The Record

Gussen’s art school has no easels, paint brushes or tubes of tempera... read more

Exhibitions

Art & Soul

Sticks & Stones Group Exhibition Hawthorne, NJ April 2016 (Artist)

Never Grow Up

The Art of Comic Con BlackBird Gallery Jersey City, NJ October 2015 (Artist)

Street Culture Vol. 2 A Group Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ July 2014 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

BYOB Art Swap Portfolio Social

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ June 2014 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

SketchCon Art Show & Fair

Cross-fit Saddlebrook, NJ June 2014 (Vendor, Artist)

INK What Lies Beneath

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ May 2014 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

Cronies Volume II A Group Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ April 2014 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

Remembering the Life and The Art of Bob Diggs a solo exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ December 2013 (Owner. Curator)

DOOM Extravaganza Tribute Event

The Flat Brooklyn, NY November 2013 (Live iPad Artist)

Mick James Thank You Fans Art Tour

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ October 2013 (Owner. Curator)

HurtJohn’s Open Stage

Building the Art Community Dolce Lounge Elizabeth, NJ September 2013 (Artist)

Street Culture Celebration of Urban Art

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ September 2013 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

Cronies Volume II A Group Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ April 2014 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

Remembering the Life and The Art of Bob Diggs a solo exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ December 2013 (Owner. Curator)

DOOM Extravaganza Tribute Event

The Flat Brooklyn, NY November 2013 (Live iPad Artist)

Mick James Thank You Fans Art Tour

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ October 2013 (Owner. Curator)

HurtJohn’s Open Stage

Building the Art Community Dolce Lounge Elizabeth, NJ September 2013 (Artist)

Street Culture Celebration of Urban Art

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ September 2013 (Owner. Curator. Artist)

Latin Artists Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ July 2013 (Owner. Curator)

Four Word Progress Group Exhibition

Jersey City Hall Jersey City, NJ July 2013 (Artist)

Elisaveta Stoilova illustrations

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ June 2013 (Owner. Curator)

The World Through the Eyes of Thomas Cubby Solo Photography Exhibit

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ May 2013 (Owner. Curator)

David Scott Leibowitz Exhibit & Book Signing

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ March 2013 (Owner. Curator)

Cronies VOL. 1 A Group Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ February 2013 (Owner. Curator)

Across the Bridge Photography Exhibit

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ January 2013 (Owner. Curator

The Whimsical & Macabre Group Showp Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ October 2012 (Owner. Curator)

Grand Opening Group Exhibition

thegrassynoel GALLERY & STUDIO Teaneck, NJ 07666 September 2012 (Owner,Curator. Artist)

Local Artists Group Exhibition

Biaggio’s Tattoo Gallery Denville, NJ June 2012 (Artist)

Hoaxes & Hi-Jinx April Fool’s Celebration

Lounge Zen Teaneck, NJ April 2010 (Curator. Artist)

The Chakra Show Jersey City Studio Tour

Mary Benson Gallery Jersey City, NJ October 2010 (Artist)

3 Weeks, 3 Artists, 3 Works Teaneck Festival of Arts

Teaneck General Store Teaneck, NJ September 2010 (Artist)

Somos Sumos A Solo Exhibition Paintings

Lounge Zen Teaneck, NJ 2009 (Curator. Artist)

Teaneck Artists Exhibit Teaneck Festival of Arts

Teaneck Public Library, TeaneckNJ 2009 (Artist)

A Piece of Culture Anniversary Group Show

Lounge Zen Teaneck, NJ 2005 (Artist)

Shot From thegrassynoel Solo Exhibition

Lounge Zen Teaneck, NJ 2005 (Curator. Artist)

Ruach in the Golan Group Exhibition

Project Oren Kfar Hanasi, Israel 2000 (Organizer. Artist)

Graduating Seniors B.F.A. Exhibition

Messaros Galleries College of Creative Arts West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 1999 (Artist)

Gathering of the Minds Group Exhibition U-GYM

Morgantown, WV 1999 (Organizer. Artist) 

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