Education Programs Young Artist Profiles

Elizabeth

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What programs were you in and what was your impression of them?
Since I’ve been out of high school I’ve taken Figure Drawing, jumpstART, Saturday Studio, Summer Intensive, and Young Adult Program with Joan Mitchell Foundation, and received the year-long scholarhip from the Foundation for art classes at Ashcan Studio. I started taking classes because my high school teacher suggested it, but I wasn’t too excited about it and I didn’t really know what it was about. But it was more than just teaching you how to draw, I learned about the different careers in the arts and exploring other peoples work and finding my own voice and learning to hold on to it.

What influenced you most while in the program?
I think my greatest influence was the teachers I got to work with. I think its inevitable you create a bond and understanding working so close with people. I still keep in contact with some of my former teachers. And I’m so happy I got to meet them.

What was most challenging?
I think the most challenging thing for me was talking about my work out loud and also talking about other peoples work.

What advice can you give to other young artists?
If you’re being offered help take it, and be open to critiques, but always make art for yourself.

What artists are most important to you?
Artists whose works give me chills. One of my current favorite artists is Esao Andrews.

What are your goals for your future in art?
In the future I'll be receiving my degree in illustration and working as a freelance illustrator. Possibly someday I hope to do a mural.

What would you say to a young person considering a Joan Mitchell Foundation art program?
Definitely take a Joan Mitchell Foundation art program, you learn so much and have lots of support from some of the greatest people, that’s why I stayed so long. And I’ve met some of my best friends here.

 

Elizabeth intends to acquire a BFA in Illustration, and has applied to Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Parsons The New School for Design. 

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