© David Velasco 2018

David Velasco is a pre-service visual arts educator and practicing fine artist who loves working across the disciplines and helping students share their stories through art making. As a former freelance photographer and gallery member, he brings a wealth of knowledge from the commercial and fine art worlds to the classroom. His passion for teaching has stretched to K-12 visual arts classrooms, math instruction, and peer teaching college courses.


B.F.A. Ringling College of Art and Design (Photography and Digital Imaging) May 2012
M.A.T. Lake Forest College of Art and Design (K-12 Visual Arts), Expected May 2019


May 2018 - Present
Lead Instructor, Mathnasium of Lake Forest, IL
Individualized math instruction in 4-to-1 group settings for K-8 students. Administrative duties including opening/closing tasks, assigning learning plan topics, managing student table placement, fielding parent phone calls, center tours for new families, new student enrollment.

Sept 2018 - Oct 2018
Intern, Cherokee Elementary School, Lake Forest, IL
40 hours of classroom experience in K-3 visual arts including observation, shadow teaching, and full instruction. Primary course topics taught included painting, ceramic handbuilding, and oil pastel drawing.

January 2018 - April 2018
Intern, Robert Abbott Middle School, Waukegan, IL
150+ hour fieldwork practicum experience in 7th and 8th grade visual arts including observation and full instruction. Primary course topics taught included drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture.

August 2017 - December 2017
Peer Teacher, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Instructional assistance for students in EDUC 220 - Philosophy of Education both during class sessions and outside of school. Facilitated multiple lessons including lectures and class discussions.


•Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL
“Brian”, solo

•Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL
“Guided Nature Walk”, solo

•Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL
“Salad Utopia”, solo

•Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
“Six Degrees”, group
•Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL
“Friends of Wilmette Public Library Juried Show”, group
•Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL
“fl_mosh”, solo

•Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL
“Friends of Wilmette Public Library Juried Show”, group
•Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL
“RCAD Senior Thesis Show”, group
•Willis Smith Gallery, Sarasota, FL
“Best of Ringling 2012”, group (juried)
•Roskamp Exhibition Hall, Sarasota, FL
“The Photo Show 2012”, group (juried)
•Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL
“Synerscapes”, group

•Print Manager, Laser Reproductions, Inc. (April 2014 - Dec 2016)
•Media Intern, Lillstreet Art Center (Sept. 2012 - Aug 2013)
•Print Assistant, Ringling College Print Services (Sept. 2011 – May 2012)
•Photographer, Wilmette Park District (May 2011 – Aug. 2011)
•Technical Specialist, Manning-Velasco Photography (May 2007 – Aug. 2008)

•Member, National Arts Education Association
•Member, Illinois Art Education Association
•Co-President, Kappa Delta Phi Educational Honors Society, Tau Psi Chapter
•Ambassador, Project LEAD Lake Forest Chapter
•Gallery Member, Perspective Group and Photography Gallery, Evanston, IL (2012 - 2017)