Read the following interview to learn what a past student and mother are saying about the Young Artist Residency (YAR).
Read the interview between Tirzah Maroun, 2012 YAR program alum, and her mother Stephanie Maroun. The interview covers the benefits of Tirzah's first-hand college experience, her ability to manage a full course schedule, and her personal and artistic growth.
Stephanie Maroun: During Tirzah's month in the YAR Program last summer, she transitioned from a high school student who loves art to a young adult who understands what it will mean to pursue art at the college level. Tirzah learned that no matter how talented one is or even if an artist's self-expression is unique, there are academic building blocks to master from producing a color wheel to figure drawing. She came away with a much more mature appreciation for skill-building and craft.
Stephanie Maroun: As a high school senior this past fall, Tirzah's sophistication in her art work was clearly apparent to her new teachers. She was immediately offered a position as a Teaching Assistant in ceramics not only because of her inherent talent but also because of the positive impact of excellent teaching in the YAR Program. Tirzah internalized the mentoring she receiving in the YAR Program and demonstrated keen leadership in the classroom.
Stephanie Maroun: Tirzah's transition to college will be much smoother because of her experience in the YAR Program. From the responsibility of living in a dorm to conferencing with instructors on her own, Tirzah benefited enormously from both an age-appropriate introduction to college life and as well as an exciting glimpse into studying art at the university level.
Tirzah Maroun: Well, part of what helped my understanding was the class I took on becoming an art teacher. My teacher was extremely helpful and creative and she let me and my classmates take turns teaching the class about things we thought were interesting or fun. I was also encouraged by just watching my other teachers and asking them questions about art & design careers. While I was at the YAR program, I figured out that if you want make a living by simply being an artist, a lot of what goes into that isn't only just your artistic talent and innovation but business and finance savvy, and people skills as well. Knowing this prepared me to pick up business, finance, and people skills this year, as well as improve my artwork outside of school. If I hadn't gone to YAR this past summer, I might have found out this aspect of the art world too late.
Tirzah Maroun: I think it was mainly that it was so easy to talk to teachers, counselors and peers alike.
Tirzah Maroun: Definitely. Actually, I ended up choosing to attend the College of Art and Design this coming autumn! But while I was at YAR, I felt that the classes I was taking were helping to strengthen my portfolio. I also began to feel confident enough, thanks to the program helping me hone my artistic abilities, to apply to a wide range of liberal arts and art colleges all over the east coast. During YAR, I was also given very clear insight into what I might like to do after college, and this is to become an art teacher and an artist. I was very inspired by my classes and the artists who taught them. YAR couldn't have helped me more in clarifying my future goals.
Tirzah Maroun: Besides being able to work with some of the best teachers I've ever had, it was being surrounded by like-minded people my own age. I love meeting new people, so being able to talk, study and just generally spend time with other young artists like myself was priceless. I hadn't had that experience of feeling so at home and comfortable up until I went to YAR. It was also fantastic to experience and look at Boston/Cambridge in a new light, through the eyes of the friends I made.
Tirzah Maroun: Being in the middle of Cambridge, surrounded by the museums and galleries, was absolutely amazing. I loved every second of it and I'd do it all again if I could. I also thought that the counselors and staff were awesome.
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Read Shanna's interview to learn how she overcame her fears of attending college and homesickness; grew as an artist and person; balanced her time between structured class periods, educational outings and exploring the city.
French international student, Lorraine Volatier, shares her memorable Young Artist Residency(YAR) experience. Read the interview to learn about Lorraine's summer at YAR>>
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