Part of the mission of Font Squared is to support young and emerging artists in the development of a professional career. To that end, we are thrilled to introduce Miami Young Artists Collective.
We know that a powerful portfolio filled with the exploration and discovery of the artist’s voice can be vital in securing a strong arts education, AP scores, college placement, and possible scholarships. A well-developed portfolio is the hallmark of a dedicated student with a passion for making art. Beyond these academic requirements, Miami Young Arts Collective strives to provide an immersive program which exposes young artists to peer critique and develops a disciplined practice.
Designed for high school students, MYAC offers a unique approach to arts tutoring in a safe and welcoming environment with a team of four teaching artists with diverse backgrounds in fine arts, graphic design, digital arts, and AP portfolio. Our community is ready to guide your young artist in the pursuit of an arts education and a career in the arts. Our unique approach provides the vision and direction of a collective of experienced artists and educators, all with the goal of helping your young artist develop a focus, a voice, and a practice - which ultimately results in a portfolio that gets noticed.
Centered in the vibrant arts community located in the Bird Road Arts District and modeled after an artist in residence program, student artists will receive tutoring as they experiment with new materials and techniques to develop a voice and a vision with the guidance of our artist collective and culminates in the curatorial experience of mounting a group show for public viewing.
This immersive program includes:
4 weeks of instruction with all four artist educators.
Weekly access to a supervised open studio experience, with access to materials.
Real life, hands on experience as a working artist.
Development and installation of a group show with an opening reception.
Support and mentorship from members of the thriving artist community located in the Bird Road Arts District.
Tuition: $500 for 4 weeks includes the group show
The artist is expected to have some of their own materials, but we will provide additional materials for discovery and experimentation.
Includes a 2 hour class once a week and a 2 hour open studio session, according to a schedule to be set by the teaching artists.
Maria was born in El Cairo Valle, a remote village located in the Andes mountains in Colombia. She has lived in New York and Texas. Maria has a BFA from SVA, School of Visual Arts in New York, where she studied graphic design. She is a mixed media artist and works from her art studio located in The Bird Road Art District in Miami. Maria draws daily; she takes inspiration from natural or discarded man-made objects from the environment to create works of art. Her work is diverse, ranging from artists books, large size collages, mixed media on a variety of surfaces and large size murals.
Maria works intuitively, guided by memories and imagination; her preferred techniques are mixed media and paper collage. She is interested in the aesthetic of color, texture and form and its potential to communicate universal messages of the past and present. Scraps from old books, magazines, cardboard, old notes and letters and other discarded ephemera becomes elements of her artwork, merging through layers of colors and textures to create a new story about identity, community and nostalgic reflection.
Ignacio Font is an artist and educator in Miami,FL. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Ignacio works predominantly with oil paint, but does wander into other media. His works concentrate on a need to create visual spaces that give a sense of belonging, countering the residue of Ignacio's early childhood feelings of exclusion, of never fitting in anywhere. This need goes back to an early exchange with a painting at a museum and the embrace experienced - his first and most powerful encounter of an accepting visual place/space. Ignacio and his wife live and work in Miami, FL with family, and operates Warehouse 4726, an artist-run space in the Bird Road Arts District.
From the early age of 5, Alejandro showed artistic talent through the drawings and paintings that he made. He continued painting alongside his graphic design career, which took up a lot of his time. However, he is now newly committed to his artwork since the opening of his Studio/Gallery, Dopico Lerner - Morales Art Studio at the Bird Road Art District.
Alejandro holds a Associates Degree in commercial art from Martin Technical College and studied fine art and design under the artist Hernadez-Lovio in Miami, Florida in the 1980s. He started working in advertising as a graphic designer in 1985 where he jump-started a career that has lasted 30 years, becoming an art/creative director for Inter-American Communications - (IAC) Advertising, and later Trimention Advertising. Alejandro holds over 10 ADDY Awards in Advertising for local and regional clients in the Hispanic and General Markets and has been covered in various local print outlets in Miami, Florida, including the Who’s Who in Advertising Magazine.
Alejandro has been invited to exhibit at the Green Library at Florida International University for the month of June, 2019 where he will be exhibiting his recent project “Orichas,” a body of work that includes paintings and sculptures rooted in the Yuruban Religion. This body of work depicts the artists vision of religious deities and icons that are used as a method of expressing his plea for the chaotic events that are happening around the world. This is his invocation to mother earth for regeneration, for the sake of humanity.
Jean Blackwell Font is a mixed media artist with a studio at Warehouse 4726 in Miami, FL. She is self-taught, learning from artists she knows personally or studying the life and art of those whose work she admires. Influenced by artists Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, and Joseph Cornell, the artist has developed a visual vocabulary to express ideas and concepts important to her through painting, collage and mixed media.
Themes in her earlier work addressed the media-driven self images that are often hard, if not impossible, for women to live up to. Often using images of herself, along with personal friends and other "everyday women", Jean worked to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery and inherent power of simply being female. After the loss of her mother, Jean’s work has shifted to the void left behind when a loved one is gone. Through her newest autobiographical body of work, Family Myths, she reviews the events of her life, the few faded memories she possesses, and the stories about her life that she has learned from others. While the focus of work, done with found objects and assemblage, is different from her earlier collage works, the artist’s voice and vocabulary continue to evolve, exploring her experience of being female, and of simply being.
Classes are limited to 5 students and they fill up fast. Contact us today for information or to schedule an initial meeting and review.