Mr. Philip Nagai
Has been teaching at Resurrection since: 2016
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
I really enjoy teaching at Resurrection School. Everyone is so kind and welcoming that I feel blessed working here with a wonderful staff.
I am originally from Japan and moved to the Bay Area at the age of eight. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed drawing (mostly airplanes). When I see the enthusiasm from the students every time I walk into their classroom, it reminds me of my childhood learning art. I graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco majoring in Advertising Design. After being in the design field for over 10 years, I decided to shift gears. In 2004 I began to focus on teaching art to children. During those years as the art teacher in a small Montessori school, I truly enjoyed teaching and mentoring students in my class. Their creativity and imagination was what made the numerous lessons so enjoyable. I’ve been working at Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) since 2015 and I’m happy to have the opportunity to also teach at Resurrection. As an art instructor, I feel that expressing one’s creativity and problem solving are important in art. The students create such nice work it’s amazing. Praise and encouragement is what I like to give students. When they try a new technique or medium, they may in fact like it and continue to succeed. When I’m not teaching I usually like to sketch where there’s a lot of nature, take photos of commercial jetliners and go cycling.