The Arts Council of the Morris Area runs a wonderful program matching high school juniors and seniors with professional art mentors to refine their artistic skills. At the end of the program, the students have a strong portfolio that helps them continue to advance their creative careers in the visual arts or quality art schools and colleges. This mentorship program is primarily funded by the LEFF, and we are excited to be a part of such an engaging and valuable program for students at the high school where many of the board members attended.
Students apply and are selected by a committee for acceptance into the program. Once a week, the students meet after school with the professional art mentors for instruction and assistance towards the completion of their individual work. During the course of the semester, the students will also participate in museum trips and will showcase their work at various art shows (we love having them at our LEFF events!). Some board members have been able to visit the program's weekly meetings, and we find this program incredibly inspirational for us and life changing for the enrolled students.
Please visit the Arts Council's website for more details! http://www.morrisarts.org/programs/programs/mentoring-program/
The 2012-2013 program consists of 8 girls and 2 boys, with mentors Dan Fenelon and Susan Faiola Noonan. The students meet once a week afterschool for 2 hours and are provided with focused and individualized instruction. This year's program has included the study of still life, self portraits, figures, and computer drawings.
Mentoring has allowed me to develop my portfolio, and to grow as an artist. It has given me a place to come and be with other students that love art. The program creates a good place for young artists to work and learn. It's perfect because everyone is here for the same reason, and we love art. I know my art would not be where it is today without the Mentoring Program.senior student
Please donate to the LEFF so we can continue to fund this program!