Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Tina Sue Norris CDA, TDA

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Tina Sue Norris CDA, TDA!

Tina is teaching "Yellow Crown Night Heron" at Oceans of Color. Register and you'll learn to use colored pencil on gray suede board. Read our interview with Tina to learn more about why you should sign up for her class!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have been a SDP member since, oh gosh, I can’t remember! I took a class with Joyce Howard, and then with Priscilla Hauser, and Joan Johnson – and so many more wonderful, talented teachers. I am very blessed by being a part of SDP. I owned and was involved with arts and crafts-related businesses and I worked in commercial art and design through the years. Even though I have been drawing and doing art since grade school, SDP has taken me on so many colorful adventures with a lot of wonderful people.

In a few words, tell us about the class you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.

I have been working with colored pencils on suede board for quite a while now. It is a really enjoyable surface. I wanted to do something indigenous to Florida, so chose the Night Heron because I had some fairly good photos. I am excited about the pencil on wood class as some of us “older” painters have a ready supply of wood pieces. I have found it so creatively fun to design a piece using the wood grain as part of the pattern. It should be fun to see what we all come up with in this class.

Why should someone take your class?

I find colored pencils to be both exciting and relaxing. There always seems to be something new to learn about using them, whether alone or with other media. They are great for anyone from beginner to advanced painters.

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?

Seeing old friends and new ideas!

Register for Tina’s class and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher soon right here on the SDP Blog!