NYJL volunteers and Stanley Isaacs students journey through the world of art

On March 15, Stanley Isaacs students involved with the New York Junior League Artistic Journeys committee took a field trip to the Society of Illustrators Museum where Executive Director Anelle Miller gave them a tour of the museum’s ‘Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration’ exhibit. The students saw over 150 pieces of original artwork from Eisner. Eisner was known as the champion of the graphic novel and his illustrated works inspired generations of cartoonists. Additionally, they saw personal items from Eisner’s career such as his studio drawing board and brushes, and they learned first-hand about the process involved in creating illustrated works.

Two weeks before that, Scooter Laforge, an artist and fashion designer known for his action paintings, murals and one-of-a kind clothing sold on Patricia Field’s website, visited the Stanley Isaacs/Artistic Journeys classroom as a guest speaker and helped lead the students in a lesson about wearable art. The students created a mix of action painting and graffiti designs on t-shirts using fabric paint. NYJL volunteer Maria Nunez, who is the head fashion designer at Marissa Noir, helped structure the lesson. “Scooter is a famous contemporary artist who has had his art exhibited all over the world and dresses many celebrities such as Madonna and Beyoncé. It was wonderful of him to show the Artistic Journeys kids that anything can be turned into art. Wearable art has the potential of reaching a broader audience,” said Nunez, who turns her paintings into textiles and then into garments for Marissa Noir.

The following month, NYJL volunteer Sarah Eaby, who works as a Client Strategy Coordinator at Christie’s auction house, arranged a private after-hours tour of Christie’s for the students. The children learned about the role of auction houses in the art world and viewed photographic works by photographers such as Ansel Adams, Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, all of which were up for auction. “Working at Christie’s combines my love of art and business, and it was great to be able to give a tour of Christie’s to the Artistic Journeys students, and show them firsthand one of the many possible career avenues available to them, where they can incorporate their passion for the arts. I loved watching my two worlds collide,” said Eaby.

Introducing children between the ages of 7-9 to creative arts and crafts, Artistic Journeys children are integrated into artistic activities and field trips where they gain confidence and self-esteem.

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