Artist’s Statement

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Dear neighbors and friends,
As an Arts Administrator and New York State Certified K – 12 Fine Arts Instructor in one of the finest private high schools in the United States, St. Francis Preparatory School, my Fine Arts program has been referred to as “unparalleled.” Every year 100% of my graduating senior art students earn successful acceptance and many scholarships to the nation’s most prestigious arts colleges: Cooper Union, Tisch/NYU, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, Parson’s School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and Cornell University.

Through my thirty years of teaching and professional experience (full time at St. Francis Preparatory School; Adjunct Professorships at St. John’s University, St. Francis College, and Molloy College), I have been honored with the title “Master Teacher”. My teaching and administrative methodology in the art classroom is based on a successful union of the academic with the tactile in the implementation of advanced art content that surpass state guidelines to create portfolios that are extraordinary. Please note the art work printed in this brochure, all of which was completed by teen-age students enrolled in my previous College Prep Portfolio classes consisting of BASIC and LIFE DRAWING.

The formation of The North Shore Art Academy is my attempt to work with local, serious-minded students (age 7 to adults) who desire to develop their talent for personal or professional goals. Each Fine Arts course will consist of a ten week semester of one to three hour sessions (depending on the course) offering an individualized approach that caters to the tactile/visual skills of each student in an intimate studio setting. All courses will be taught by myself or a hand-picked New York State Certified Fine Arts (K – 12th grade) instructor. Every class will explore the development of personal expression through two-dimensional composition in various media. All techniques will be presented in a sequential order with important art historical references.

My colleagues and references attest to the energy and dedication I display in enriching the experiential background of my students, and my commitment to their success in the past and for the future is obvious. If you or your child are interested in participating in a challenging program that is unsurpassed in enjoyment and discovery, I invite you to call (or e-mail) to arrange for a personal tour of our art studio.
Sincerely,

Leonard T. Antinori
Instructor/Director

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