Field Trip to Erick Sanchez’ Studio!
By Intern, Alexandra Price
On Friday, September 25th, Arts for All, the Townley Foundation for the Arts, Australian Group Travel and artist Erick Sanchez worked in collaboration to put on a fun and educational event for the children of Ms. Osorio’s fifth grade class from PS163!
Erick Sanchez, a New York City artist who supports Arts For All’s mission, invited the class to learn about and create their own landscape paintings. The students participated in a workshop carried out by Sanchez and Arts For All teaching artist, Maya Suess, where they learned the basic concepts of perspective, horizon lines and mixing color using acrylic paint.
Assisting Maya and Erick were the student mentors from Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart in Sydney, Australia. Arts for All is grateful for the hard work of the student volunteers, as well as their eagerness to share their own talents and artistic techniques with the students from PS163. We are so grateful to Erick Sanchez, the Townley Arts Foundation, Australian Group Travel and the students from the Kincoppal-Rose Bay School for making this field trip possible!
“Our mission is to make the world a better place and to convince others of the power that lies within them to do the same. How do we do this? By introducing our travellers to concepts, organizations and people who we think are shining examples of how we can all be the change we want to see in the world.”
—Australian Travel Group
An additional contributor and generous benefactor to the program was Shane Townley, from the Townley Arts Foundation. Townley donated the funds for art supplies for the 26 children participating in the workshop as well as sponsored a check for $200.00 to Blick Art Supplies to purchase new materials for PS163’s students.
After receiving a tour of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center where Erick Sanchez’s artist studio is located, the students and volunteers had lunch together before commencing their “gallery walk.” The painting of each student was framed courtesy of Frames and Stretchers, a framing business co-operated by Erick Sanchez and Miguel Trelles, which our Australian friends proceeded to hang along the walls of the event venue. The young artists from the Bronx were able to stand among their classmates to talk about their paintings, where their artistic decisions came from and what they learned before taking their framed masterpieces home with them to share with their friends and family.
Arts for All would like to thank all of its generous volunteers and benefactors for helping bring this outstanding opportunity to the participating 5th graders from PS163!