Raised on a dairy farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Ted sketched the countryside around him. At age 16 he studied art for a year with Conrad Roland, a well known artist from Kempton. He graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Art Education. Then he worked for 7 years as a graphic designer in New York City, while attending evening classes in drawing, illustration and design at the School of Visual Arts.
After taking the Foundation Year in Anthroposophical Studies at Emerson College, England, Ted studied German and speech-formation at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, for 2 years. He completed a 3-year painting training, according to Rudolf Steiner's methods, with Beppe Assenza at the Goetheanum Painting School in 1976 (ERES MFA Equivalent), and was a teaching assistant in the school from 1975 to 1978. For 3 years he was employed as a painting therapist at Sonnhalde Schulheim Curative Home, Gempen, Switzerland, working with all ages from early childhood to adults.
Returning to the US, Ted directed the Arts Program: “Renewing the Art of Painting,” a year-long morning course at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, from 1982 to 2003, as well as teaching many other art classes. From 2003 to 2005 he taught art at Davis Waldorf School. Travels to see the great visual art works of the world, in their original environment, formed the basis for art history studies. He continues teaching art at Rudolf Steiner College as well as courses and workshops around the country.
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