Peter Sakievich currently teaches spatial/perspective drawing and figure drawing with design based solutions for Motion Design, Entertainment Design and Virtual Reality students. at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida.
Previously he taught Foundations, Painting and Illustration courses at five other universities across two continents: Kutztown University, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, 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 thoroughly grounded in 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 independent 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.