Apprentice Artists

PYAO-MC & DC 2018 Apprentices
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Alan E: I was interested in PYAO because I both enjoy art and wanted to gain job experience. In life, I am aiming to become a mechanical engineer. I would like to be able to think more creatively and better interact with others in the job world from my experiences in the PYAO program.
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Vivian J: Arts on the Block has helped me to grow as an artist and think in new ways! The experiences I’ve had at AOB will stay with me and help me in the future.
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Avi K: I aspire to be a composer for film and video game soundtracks, but I also enjoy creating visual art. I became an apprentice because I thought it would be a cool experience, and to learn how to be entrepreneurial with my art.
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Garrett M: I’ve always taken an interest in art, ever since kindergarten, and one of the most valuable opportunities for me is to be able to hone and improve upon my skills and interests. Along with this, I do like to meet new people, so PYAO drew me in pretty easily. In the future, my ideal job would be a photojournalist, hopefully going to exotic places and exposing the people of the world to the most fascinating things that this planet has to offer, before they’re gone forever. But that’s just an idea. After all, I’ve “got my whole life ahead of me”.
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Jared W: I guess one thing that I look for at AOB is meeting other people, people who have a passion for art just like me. Having a place where you can meet and talk about art and with one another and growing in you own skills is a great opportunity.
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Michael W: I was interested in joining because I was told it would be good experience for me in the following years. So far I have had heard from two speakers and hope to hear from a graphic artist and illustrator. I expect to learn many more skills in PYAO.
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Isa F: I came became an apprentice at AOB because of the social aspect. Working on art with other people is something that I was excited to do. Also I am interested and enjoy art because it lets you show your feelings and thoughts in the form of drawings, mosaic, painting and many other forms.
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Ian H.F: I think that this program will help me learn to work with other artists on art related projects.
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Dani G: I think what I like most about PYAO is the interesting people I get to work with, as well as furthering my knowledge about careers in art.
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Angela C: By participating in PYAO, I wanted to experience what it would be like to have a career in the creative field since art is what I aspire to do in the future.
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Jude F: My aspiration in life is to become a famous dubstep producer just like Skrillex and make EDM for a living. What I expect to get out of PYAO is to have a strong resume so that I can get into MICA and then go yo full sail.
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Boaz S: This program provides apprentices to learn how to make a career out of doing what you love and the opportunity intrigued me greatly. In life I wish to pursue my love of painting and photography.
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Alejandra V-A: I wanted to be a part of PYAO to try a new way of finding myself as an artist. I hope this program helps me to become more confident and sure of my creative mind and abilities. I want to explore my strengths and weaknesses as an artist and end up knowing more about my talent by the end of PYAO.
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Doria W: I want to be a part of AOB because I believe it will better my artwork and teach me about the art world. Working on movies is my goal. I would like to create beautiful stories with art.
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Helina T: The only thing I expect to gain out of the PYAO program is some good work experience. I already got the resume and interview parts down, but knowing how to talk to clients and do commissions is definitely something I need to know!
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Elena C: I’m interested in visual art because I like to use it as a supplement to music. I got into PYAO because the head of my school referred me to the program.
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Jocelyn L: Being an apprentice at AOB gives me the opportunity to grow more as an artist and as a collaborator. I hope to learn more art skills at AOB, and I look forward to collaborating with the other apprentices at AOB on commissions and other projects.
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Anthony
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Karen
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Ariana: “Unfazed” shows confidence and self-assurance. It communicates that what people say about oneself is irrelevant and beneath them. Comments should not affect one’s mood or their will to be themselves.
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Amir
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Adam: This project represents a gradual process from my life.
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Shantel: “Growth causes your inner and outer form to flourish and bloom”
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Sanjaya: The first time I was exposed to what a ball was while watching the documentary Paris is Burning. I instantly became enchanted by the creativity and the originality involved in organizing and walking at a ball. I wanted to know more, I desired to be there, and I needed to feel the energy I felt through the screen in person. This piece encompasses multiple motifs representing a ball. There’s the house children who vogue and walk in the categories. Then a representation of the judges and the commentators. If your look doesn’t serve you’ll get chopped from the competition, but what everyone wants is the grand prize for their house and the biggest trophy. I thought the ball scene had phased out in the 90s but recently I discovered that the ball scene is alive and well. So I dedicate this piece to the ball and it’s houses and I hope to one day be able to attend one myself.
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Kalil
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JaVaughn: A pivotal moment in my life would be the day I began to shut out the negativity around me and continue with my life as if everything was great because it was and still is. The tree represents me and the blue flames represent the negativity not being able to phase the tree.
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Damon
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Be’Len
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Caleb: In my painting there is a thought bubble, and in it is a pouch that represents my brand 7/21. This painting represents my personal life because before I created my clothing brand I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I became an adult. One day I caught myself drawing clothing pieces and I realised this is what I like to do and I already liked fashion so I felt like this was the route to take. This is represented by the 7/21 pouch melting out of the thought bubble, making my brand come to fruition.
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Shayne
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Kandice: The pivotal moment for me was 2018. This year marked the moment where I transitioned from a carefree teen to a cautiously ambitious young adult. This was the year I turned 18 but also the year of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King jr. and of President John F. Kennedy. This year was the year of fragile international politics and the inner turmoil within the US. This year was uncertain but inspiring because I will start college soon. No one know what the future will bring but this year was, unequivocally, life-changing.
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Qarree: Once the Seeker has finally been released from their shackles of the home turf, they are unstoppable. Flowing out into the waters of life, they don’t know what hit them and may spend many years simply immersed in the wonderful colors of travel and experience.