Experience

 

Graphic Designer • Art Instructor/Activities Planner – Mark Collins Designs, Oaklyn, NJ

April 2014 – Present

• Provide illustration, graphic design and web design services.

• Extensive experience in advertising campaigns and branding. Services include logo, poster, sign, stationary, save the date design. Years of experience in ebook, magazine layout and instructional multi page publications.

• Decades of experience in print production to include traditional printing, digital printing and textile printing methods.

• Teach local drawing/painting, “Art with Mark” Paint Parties, and mixed media classes in the New Jersey area.

Youth Support Worker/Art Activities Instructor - Crossroads Programs, Lumberton, NJ

May 2016 - September 2018

• To advance ethical practice and professionalism while supporting protection emotional stability and healthy childhood development through service coordination.

• Coordinate and implement youth activities.

• Provide structured drawing, painting and craft activities.

Quality Inspector/Quality Control Manual Designer - Airborne Systems, Pennsauken, NJ

May 2016 - June 2018

• Insure product quality for all branches of U.S. militatary to include Airforce, Army, Navy and Marines.

• Create extensive multiple page "Quality Control Manuals" for various parachute harness systems.

• Work closely with engineering team in the development of new manual projects.

• Create multiple page "Step-By-Step" sewing guideline manuals based on the senior engineering specifications.

Fine Artist - 28 East Gallery, Burlington, NJ

January, 2016 - June, 2017

• Exhibited pastels, mixed media and acrylic paintings.

Art Instructor – VisArts, Rockville, MD

May 2013 – Dec. 2015

• Develop curriculum and teach traditional drawing and painting classes.

• Provide painting instruction to large groups for local “Cocktails & Canvas” and “Painting Under the Stars” painting activities.

• Public speaking and presentations.

Key Holder/Art Instructor - Plaza Artist Materials, Rockville, MD

May 2013 - Dec 2015

• Responsible for opening and closing store. Setting of alarms.

• Handle operational procedures, assisting cashiers, provide customer service.

• Supervise Customer Sales Associates.

• Keep store, entry area clean and organized.

• Taught drop-in drawing and painting classes.

Owner/Art Director - MitchellMay Creative LLC, North Wales, PA

Sept. 2006 - Jan. 2013

• Logo and stationary design.

• Company branding.

• Conceptual development of advertising campaigns.

• Pre-press & print production.

• Project management.

Graphic Designer – Pep Boys, Philadelphia, PA

July 2006 – June 2012

• Design national ad campaigns for print and web.

• Retail photography and photo editing.

• Create in house corporate newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures and collateral.

Graphic Designer/Copywriter/Editor - Professional Jeweler Magazine, Philadelphia, PA

June 2005 - June 2006

• Magazine page layout and design. Both graphic design and product photography.

• Select content for story development from hundreds of submissions.

• Photography, photo editing and image manipulation for print production.

• Responsible for proofreading and editing of articles.

Art Instructor/Program Specialist – Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 1998 – Dec. 2004

• Instruct beginner and advanced computer graphics, drawing and painting classes for Graphic Design, Animation, Fashion and Multi-Media Departments.

• Specialized in instructing digital programs: Photoshop, In-design and Adobe Illustrator.

• Lead facilitator of grassroots “Design Group”, a community outreach program for students to provide real life design work to local businesses.

• Art direct graduation brochures, invitations and special event print materials for Art Institute.

• Developed and facilitated tutoring program for Graphic Design Department.

• Lead Instructor for Student Portfolio Development Program.

• Assist in the development of course curriculum and lesson plans for the Graphic Design, Animation, Multimedia and Fashion Design departments.

Graphic Designer – Fox and Warner Brothers TV, Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 1998 – Dec. 2000

• Create graphics for 10 O’Clock News (FOX & WB), Good Day Philadelphia, Eagles Game Day Live and Flyers Post Game Report.

• Create station promotional commercials and print advertising.

Textile Screen Printing Instructor – Edtec, Camden, NJ

Jan. 1997 – Sept. 1999

• Taught high school students the process of textile screen printing for youth entrepreneurial program.

• Artwork creation, color separations & pre-press.

• Maintain screen printing workshop to include supply ordering and equipment maintenance.

• Responsible for program budgeting.

• Sales and community representative for program.

Art Therapist/Program Specialist – South Jersey Behavioral Health, Camden, NJ

Oct. 1987 – Jan. 1997

• Provide recreational activities, daily living skills, group therapy and individual counseling sessions to adult populations coping with learning disabilities, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, PTSD and substance abuse disorders.

• Establish, maintain and facilitate arts & crafts program within a partial care unit. Program provided mixed media, ceramics, textile screen printing, woodcrafts, basket weaving and drawing/painting classes.

• Execute annual grassroots local arts and crafts sale events.

• Create treatment plans and maintain weekly progress reports in compliance with the DSM and state manage care requirements.

• Demonstrated ability to work in hectic environments. Entrusted with confidentiality requirements.

• Design annual reports, brochures, newsletters, flyers and posters for non-profit company.

Freelance Illustrator - Rand-El Advertising, Voorhes, NJ

Sept. 1987 - Dec. 1990

• Provide illustration services for various local businesses.

• Direct report to art director on local advertising campaigns.

• Furniture and product illustration.

• Work has appeared in the Burlington County Times, Courier Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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