Classes, Vibe, Format
Yusuf’s classes draw upon on the experimental, bohemian art vibe of his hometown (Brighton, UK), with the addition of an interactive, flexible class-structure. He empowers students belief in their instincts with fun exercises that lead them to re-connect with their physical selves. This then paves the way for meaningful creative work in class. The workshop space is a sacred one, where space is made for reflection and introspection, whereafter feelings & images are found within, and expressed simply. These are usually shared with others in the class. For some testimonials & feedback on classes, please read below the photographs.
Yusuf has been teaching Art, specifically Creative Writing, to diverse students and individuals since 2006. His organized classes have taken place in Primary/Elementary Schools, Secondary/High Schools & at Universities such as the University of Brighton (UK), George Washington University in DC & New York University. Aside from this, Yusuf has taught numerous open-to-the-public Workshops open to students of all ages, and he continues to mentor and tutor budding writers and aspiring novelists privately.
In 2013 he taught song-writing & film workshops at New York Cities historic Music Building just off Times Square, and in 2014 he wrote syllabi for and led after school art classes at Gaithersburg High School in Maryland. His specializations include: Creative Writing (Fiction & Poetry), English Literature, Film Studies, Documentary Filmmaking by Practice, Music Production & Song-Writing.
Art Educator Testimonials
“Yusuf offers dynamic and inspiring workshops, using his own writing process to trigger and motivate creativity in others. His work with students at the University of Brighton received excellent feedback.” – Jess Moriarty, Senior Lecturer, Brighton University (UK)
“Yusuf is an exceptional leader and a caring and charismatic teacher… He inspires deep thought and nurtures the individual’s creativity and voice. The writing I prepared during the course he taught was eclectic and allowed me to experiment with various styles of writing, which in turn allowed me to access thoughts and imaginative ideas that I had previously not been able to tap. I highly recommend him. His talent for teaching creative writing keeps giving and his deftness and openness as an instructor led me to develop an approach rather than just skills or technique.” – Mouna Mana, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland
“An exceptional Artist in many disciplines, Yusuf’s warm personality enables him to connect to people thus discovering engaging stories that he captures in unconventional ways. He is a committed and hard working person [with] patience and exceptional talents. He meets challenging situations with a smile and executes any production he is in charge of with a level of professionalism that is difficult to find. Also an excellent facilitator who transfers his in depth knowledge of writing and cinema literacy in an unconventional, engaging and humorous way. His facilitation is informed by his multi disciplinary art background which contextualizes his seminars in the fields of documentary film, music and contemporary writing.” – Nike Hatzidimou, Documentary Film Maker & Art Educator