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    Valerie Steele

    San Diego, CA

Actively seeking work painting, drawing, illustrating and designing.

Work Samples

  • Digital Painting & Drawing

  • Design - Various Media

  • Traditional Painting - Figurative

Work History

Experience ~ 2011- Design: brochure, t-shirts, programs, business card, yearbook. Website photography. ~ Created/designed student-driven 5 years of yearbooks for alternative private Halstrom High School, San Diego: Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Illustrator. As Yearbook Advisor able to get all-volunteer yearbook committee students each year. ~ Freelance muralist - Designer and painter of Teamsters' Office Mural on history of Teamsters' Union, San Diego. ~ Muralist, Chalk La Strada, San Diego, a school arts fundraiser sponsored by UCSD and La Jolla Playhouse ~ Art & English credentialed teacher - Private alternative high school. Teach: Drawing, Painting, Art Appreciation, and Yearbook (Advisor). Adv. English-Grades 7 - 12, Writers' Workshop, Theatre Appreciation. ~ Scenic Designer, Stone Soup Theatre, for play by Sarah Kane, "4.48 Psychosis," at 10th Avenue Theater, San Diego ~ Logo Design, blackbyrdstudio.com ~ Charge Artist on La Jolla Playhouse's "Bay and the Spectacles of Doom", Education and Outreach show. ~ Scenic painting practicum teacher - UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance. Taught the scenic painting portion of practicum scene shop course for three quarters. ~ Backdrop repair artist for DreamWorld Backdrops, San Diego: mixed and matched paints, glazes, sealers and then painted to repair damaged rented event backdrops. ~ Assistant Charge Artist & Interim Charge Artist- for La Jolla Playhouse and UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance. Joint Staff contract position. Painted sets, backdrops, props, supervised overhire artists, attended production meetings, technical rehearsals, etc. LJP shows include: Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays (Billy Crystal),Tartuffe, I Am My Own Wife, Dracula (The Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jane Eyre, Cosmonauts, Blood Wedding. Many more. ~ Scenic Artist, two scenes for movie "Blowback," Mario Van Peebles movie. Gas Chamber and Crucifixion scenes. ~ Scenic Artist, San Diego Opera Scenic Studio. Painted on several operas, education and outreach shows, trade show and political sets, 3 years. Education M.Ed., Cross-Cultural Studies, National University, San Diego B.A., Art, University of California, Los Angeles California Teaching clear credentials: 2008 English 2006 Art 2005 Multiple Subject Credential Member: CAEA - California Arts Educators' Association & SDCAEA - San Diego IATSE - Local 800, Art Directors Guild, International Association of Theatrical & Stage Employees. Local 800. WCA - Women's Caucus for Art


University of California at Los Angeles



Membership, IATSE Local 800, since 1996 as Scenic Artist. (International Association of Theatrical & Stage Employees) , CAEA (California Arts Educators Association), NAEA (National Arts Education Association)


*Awards: 2011 Halstrom High School Apple Award - for excellent teaching 2007: California Art Education Association's annual Douc Langur Award for Southern Area - for exemplary work promoting the art education profession.