Tanya Knannlein has been teaching in the School of Apparel Design & Development at Seattle Central College for over 10 years and has a background as a clothing and textile designer.
Her areas of teaching are design, textiles and technology.
She's been teaching Fashion Illustration for over 15 years and loves helping students express their ideas on paper, as well as in fabrics.
Tanya has been drawing fashion since the 5th grade and she earned a BFA in Fashion Design (and a BA in German) from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tanya's Teaching Style & Approach
How do you present materials to your students?
My approach breaks drawing down into specific methods, which are easy to understand in a short time-frame. The class format includes a bit of lecture with demonstrations and lots of time for student practice. I have hand-outs to cement the knowledge and for students to reference outside the class.
How do you work with and interact with your students?
I believe drawing is a skill that anyone can master – it just takes practice! During class, I offer individual feedback and am able to meet students at a variety of skill levels. I offer constructive feedback and support in class.
What kind of classroom dynamic do you promote?
I promote a relaxed, supportive and fun environment. I encourage students to share and learn from each other. The class typically has a great mix of students from absolute beginners, to students in the School of Apparel Design & Development, to professionals who want to work on their portfolios.