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Chris Gifford

180 Oakbrook Drive West Seneca, NY 14224 716-675-3750 CGiffNY@aol.com

Graphic Design and Photography

I am a creative person with an education in graphic design and photography.


Ambitious, a good eye for detail, color and composition, the ability to look
beyond the obvious, work’s well with others and has good technical skills,
good communication and organizational skills. Has the ability to work with
both conventional and digital cameras.

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTH

• Working knowledge of both Mac and PC Computers


• PhotoShop • Power Point • Microsoft Word • Graphic Design
• Display and Package Design •Digital Photography • Black and white
Photography

WORK EXPERIENCE

WEST SENECA EAST HIGH SCHOOL, West Seneca, New York - Student Teacher
Fall 2007
• Prepared and taught an art lesson on artist Claes Oldenburg. Developed a
drawing and
Painting project based on this artist, using a symbol that would represent their
school.
• Prepared and taught a photography lesson called “Story Telling in the Form of
Photography”.
This was to show the relationship of one photograph to another.
• Prepared and taught a lesson called “A to Z Photography”. This lesson taught
composition
and observation skills.

ALDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL, Alden, New York - Student Teacher fall 2007
• Prepared and taught unit lesson on the Asian culture.
• Utilized hand made teachers materials, artist reproductions, videos and computer
technology.
• Provided varied learning experiences and activities utilizing multiple
intelligence
approaches.
• Assisted in coordinating a one day special event with other departments on
the Asian
theme.

FREDRIC LAW OLMSTED SCHOOL, Buffalo, New York - Student Teacher Fall
2006
• Prepared and taught an art in a box lesson on a nautical theme, incorporating,
New York State Learning Standards.
• Developed an art project on boat building and exposed students to different
artists
works related to sailing.

WORK EXPERIENCE CONTINUED

CAMP REGIS APPLEJACK, Paul Smiths, N.Y. 2001 – 2009 - Counselor and
Pioneering Specialist
• Overall supervision and care of children ages six through twelve.
• Developed and taught programs in the areas of art and photography, canoeing,
hiking,
• and backpacking.
• Organized and ran an early morning swimming program.
• Supervised and organized the staff for opening and closing of the camp.

MEDIA PLAY INC. Blasdell, N.Y. 1996 – 2004 - Designer, Coordinator, Sales
• Coordination and involvement in all children’s programs such as arts and crafts,
games, holiday events and story telling.
• Lead Sales Associate for the children’s book and toy department.
• Display designer for all departments.
• Conducted presentations on the concept and construction of retail display
design.

CARTON CRAFT CORPORATION, Buffalo, N.Y. 1995 – 1996 - Sample Designer


• Designed package and board books for companies such as Disney Mouse Works,
Random House, Simon and Schuster.

EDUCATION
State University of New York College at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science in Art Education, 12/07
Rochester Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, 08/92
Mohawk Valley Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Advertising Design and Production, 12/90

CERTIFICATIONS
Candidate for N.Y.S. Art Education Certification,
CPR/AED for Lifeguards, Life Guarding/First Aid,
Beach Front Certification

EXHIBITION
Buffalo State College Art Ed. Juried Exhibition, 2006 - 2007

AFFILIATIONS
New York State Art Teachers Association
American Camp Association Member
American Center for Design Chapter Member

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