Though I have made my films and worked on other’s films, produced my expressive fine art photography and worked in a great variety of commercial photography, since graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art I have largely made my livelihood through teaching.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the many classes I have taught over the years and the numerous students whom I have been privileged to teach. Many of these individuals I consider long time personal friends and more than a few have gone on to great accomplishment in their own creative work in Photography, Art and Filmmaking.

    I have always approached my students as young artists in the making and have tried to give them every help in order to aid them on their own creative journeys. I joke with my students that I can’t cure them of their creative  addiction, but maybe I can help them accomplish what for many has been a life long desire.

    Below is a list of the institutions where I have taught.

Colorado State University Pueblo (formerly Southern Colorado State College and the University of Southern Colorado)

1978, 1980 - 1981, 2001 - 2004, 2009 - date. Pueblo, Colorado. Taught Photography 1, 2 & 3, Zone System Photography, beginning & intermediate Film production, Art Appreciation, Art History 1 & 2.

Red Rocks Community College

2009 - 2016. Lakewood, Colorado. Taught summer classes in Art History 1 & 2.

Pikes Peak Community College

2014 - 2015. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Taught Digital Photography.

University of Colorado Denver

2008 & 2010. Denver, Colorado at the Denver School of the Arts and other locations around Denver. Taught Photography and Digital Photography.

Community College of Aurora (includes the Colorado Film School)

2004 - 2008. Aurora, Colorado. At the Colorado Film School I taught: Introduction to Film Production, The Documentary and Gems of the Cinema classes. In the CCA Art Department I taught: Photography 1,2,3, Zone System Photography, Digital Photography, Art History 1 & 2 and Art Appreciation.

Pueblo Community College

1994 - 2002. Pueblo, Colorado. Taught Art History 1 & 2, Art Appreciation, Film Appreciation, Filmmaking 1 & 2, Screen Writing, Drawing, Design, Photography 1, 2 & 3, Zone System Photography, Early Humanities, Renaissance to Twentieth Century Humanities, Contemporary Humanities, World of Work, Introduction to Philosophy and Writing for Media.

Central High School

2002 - 2003. Pueblo, Colorado. Art Teacher One year position.

Learning Tree University

1991 - 1993. Chatsworth, California. Taught Film Directing and Cinematography.

Community College of Denver

1979. Denver, Colorado. Taught Photography.

Colorado Institute of Art (now the Art Institute of Colorado)

1978 - 1979. Denver, Colorado. One year full-time, all levels of Photography including Color Photography, Film Production and Design.


1978. Canon City, Colorado. Summer workshops in Photography and Zone System Photography.

Arapahoe Community College

1978. Littleton, Colorado. Taught Photography. 

Cranbrook Academy of Art

1977. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Photography. Taught graduate students from the other Art disciplines such as: Painting, Printmaking, Architecture, Fiber, Sculpture, Ceramics and Metal Smithing. 

    To all my students at over the years, thank you for your work, your friendships and what you have taught me.

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