NOTE: This blog post was originally the feature article in our April 27th, 2017, Newsletter. You may read the entire newsletter by clicking here.
First Time Artists Inspire Seasoned Pros
CAW Youth Apprentices leave their mark on new DUMBO office of 72andSunny
This spring, our program partner and supporter 72andSunny commissioned Creative Art Works to create a mural for the lobby of their spectacular new Brooklyn office. CAW hired a team of Youth Apprentices to work under the guidance of visiting artist Mike Perry and CAW Teaching Artist Jessie Novik.
At the initial concept meeting, Founder and CEO Mike Boiler and several members of 72andSunny’s executive management team came to a consensus that the mural design should reflect the perspective of the Youth Apprentices.
Executive Creative Director Guillermo Vega told the Youth Apprentices, “Having your point of view could really be fun for us, to inspire us every day when we come to work.”
Over the next few weeks, Apprentices worked to develop consensus on a design that met their client's expectations. They sketched and painted ideas and discussed a variety of design concepts that would represent ideas of flowing energy, community, and diversity. At the design presentation, they offered their three best concepts. 72andSunny unanimously chose a design in which the Youth Apprentices would put themselves on the wall, literally.
The Youth Apprentices painted contour lines of their own silhouettes onto the wall and then filled those shapes in with designs from their sketchbooks. Some designs were representational, such as a field of chrysanthemums and stars in the night sky, while others had hidden meanings known only to a single artist. The result was a mural that expresses the individual voices of each of the artists, yet hangs together as a cohesive work.
The video, “Wall Session,” produced by 72andSunny, captures the entire creative process in a few short minutes. Two CAW alums, Teaching Artist Anissa Hanley and 2016 Multimedia Team Youth Apprentice Kiara Hernandezinterned on the project. Click the link below watch.
Read the Rest of the April Newsletter
Art-making is an act of communication. The development of artists’ statements and the receiving of feedback are essential elements in supporting a sense of agency: the belief that creative action can transform the world.
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