I have always had a strong love for art and it’s something that has been a part of my life since I was a little kid. Since my early childhood, I’ve enjoyed drawing, visiting art museums, and admiring the creativity that people put into their artwork.
When I attended the Art Students League for the first time this past summer, I knew that it was the place for me. I’ve taken a few art classes in my life, but they were always more “arts and crafts,” as opposed to the types of projects we worked on in my League classes, which felt more sophisticated and helpful. For example, we worked from a live model, which I had never done before. This helped me visualize the figure much better. I was able to understand how I can break things up into basic shapes. I’m grateful to be able to apply these ideas into my personal artwork that I want to keep developing.
“I have always had a strong love for art and it’s something that has been a part of my life since I was a little kid.”
One of my other passions is bird watching. I enjoy learning everything I can about birds, and I hope to be an ornithologist when I grow up. My love for birds is connected to my love for art because I notice all the bright colors and shape varieties in birds. Being able to observe these variations helps me identify them. For me, birds are fascinating models with many features, and I like to use different mediums to show their textures.
In many ways, the League is the perfect place for me to grow my skills and knowledge as an artist, especially because I’m otherwise self-taught. I’ve primarily learned by observing other artists through online videos. At the League, I’m surrounded by different types of art and classes that help me learn new techniques.
Peruvian / Mexican
JHS 167 Robert F. Wagner Middle School
Speilberger Spanierman Scholarship