Artist Sally Bartalot writes with a natural combination of instruction and humor. "What I believe I have offered my classes is a comprehensive foundation in art that supports any field. I have dealt with composition, techniques and with each of the seven elements (tools) of art, individually and in combination. The issue of "˜Where do we start?' has remained a life-long interest. I am happy that the beginning processes have not been anxiety-producing for students. It has been instinctive for me to intervene at the moment I see frustration building in order to clarify and redirect. There is an old joke about why I can critique so rapidly. It is because I only have between 'I don't like it!' and 'riiip!' to come up with something!"