Paintbrush, Canvas, Action!
As we continue to highlight the fantastic groups who will be leading our “Camp Within A Camp” program this summer, NSDC is excited to introduce Jerelyn Hanrahan of Atelier Art Studio. Jerelyn will run a weeklong art camp the week of July 13th-July 17th, for our campers entering 1st through 6th grade.
Having an artist as accomplished as Jerelyn at NSDC for a full week is a rare and wonderful opportunity for our campers. Jerelyn’s artistic career began over 30 years ago and has taken her to such places as India, Asia, Korea, Europe and Cuba. Jerelyn has been featured on television and been reviewed in The New York Times, Newsday, Sculpture Magazine and various other local and international publications.
Jerlyn has a passion for working with young artists, as she finds great joy in encouraging children to explore their creativity and in developing their love for art.
We sat down with Jeryln to learn more about how she began as an artist and to understand her philosophy on teaching young children how to become the next Michelangelo!
What is your background? When did you start Atelier Studios and what inspired you to do so?
I was 19 years old and in Florence, Italy, at the Uffizi Gallery–one of the most famous art museums in the world—when I realized I was an artist. Ever since then my life has been dedicated to making art. Atelier Fine Arts was my first commercial studio, which I opened in 2009 in Oyster Bay. This is where I developed my work and offered an international spectrum of artist exhibitions to the local community.
My studio is now located at the National Arts Club, located on Gramercy Park in New York City.
What are a few different types of programs you offer during the year and what do you do yourself during the year?
My concentration has been sculpture. I was trained as a painter, which I still do, but my work primarily investigates three-dimensional works including public sculpture.
During the year I teach 2 and 3 dimensional design, drawing and color theory.
Previously I ran the sculpture program for Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Rome and taught a sculpture installation course at the Muthesius Academy in Kiel, Germany.
What is unique about your program?
I believe in skill and academic structure, but I believe strongly that there is always room for a student to explore their unique expression and I encourage this for all of my students!
What is your philosophy/approach in teaching and working with kids?
Be kind, be open, offer structure and encourage their visual exploration.
What can camp families expect their kids to get out of a week-long workshop with you this summer?
I will be showing the campers many different artists to give them some ideas and knowledge about their projects. This will help them learn about styles of art, and gain a better understanding of artists and their processes.
The campers will walk away with increased confidence as they are encouraged to learn and explore!