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Peter Sakievich taught Foundations, Painting and Illustration courses at three universities across two continents: Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong, Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University in Utah.
He believes in the development of basic skills that are applicable across mediums, professions and interests to be paramount for any student in the persistently shifting contemporary world of art and design. Students who are thoroughly grounded in these foundational skill sets will have the power to shift the direction of their careers and adopt new interests as needed, because these are the things that do not change.
Peter is skilled in most drawing media, oil painting methods, watercolor painting, gouache painting and digital media (photoshop, Painter, zbrush, ipad drawing, etc.). He also understands how to simplify each of them in a way that students with little to no experience and knowledge can grasp and then apply confidently for themselves.
His approach to teaching begins with the establishment of basic terms and their specific meaning as applied to the subject of the course. He then provides simple projects which students complete in class that lead to out of class projects. Students develop practices and skills step-by-step so that connections are made between the concepts and processes in a way that allows students to independently use these ideas beyond the current course into their personal or professional work.
As an example, Peter teaches Figure Drawing students how to hold their charcoal stick to yield specific types of lines. One kind of line is the soft narrow line that comes from handling the charcoal/pastel stick in a very specific way. They practice this line drawing method abstractly between classes to become more comfortable handling the tool. Then students use this line to render Armature figures, the flat surfaces of cylinders and later terminator edges. Then this line method is further developed as a means for expressing forms. By this time, students forget the difficulty they had when first learning to handle the tool and feel free to soften or darken it as necessary to develop the form.