Congratulations to Elizabeth Stainton of The Brearley School who was one of this year’s 2017 Artist Residency honorees!
Three art educators were selected for the third annual GOLDEN Educators Residency – a two-week art residency created by nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in partnership with Golden Artist Colors. This residency honors educators whose students who received recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Rebecca Buchanan of Century High School in Hillsboro; Lucy Harackiewicz of Westwood High School in Westwood, MA; and Elizabeth Stainton of The Brearley School in New York, NY are this year’s 2017 Artist Residency honorees. For more information about the GOLDEN Educators Residency, visit artandwriting.org/news-and-events/golden-residency/.
While in residence, the three educators focused on developing their own artistic practices while exploring Golden Artist Colors’ wide range of custom and experimental acrylic, oil and watercolor products available for professional artists working with paint. On-site GOLDEN Materials and Application Specialists challenged them to use innovative materials, open new channels for creative expression, and expand the way they think about the painting process. Residents attended daily exploratory workshops and gained 24/7 access to open studio space and 140 acres of pastoral meadows within the premises. Also included in the residency were two weeks of room, board, studio, and travel costs, plus each 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards educator received a one-year membership with the National Art Education Association, supplies of GOLDEN’s high-quality art materials, and a $1,000 gift certificate for additional GOLDEN paints and supplies. Nine additional finalists also received $1,000 GOLDEN gift certificates.
Educators working in paint with at least one student who received recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were invited to apply to the Golden Educators Residency. From this pool of thoughtful and inspiring submissions, three teachers were selected as GOLDEN Educators Residents through a competitive juried process based on the quality of their personal submitted artwork. Deadlines for educators’ students to apply to the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards vary by region throughout the winter months, with National Medalists announced in March 2018.
Elizabeth Stainton provided the following comments following the Residency:
“Most of my life has been dedicated to art and art-making and I am deeply moved by the vision for this residency. As articulated by Mark [Golden], the future of creative visual expression rests, in large part, with teachers who strive to educate others in power of Art and its rich world. That this residency appreciates and nourishes artist/teachers is a wonderful thing.”
“Being chosen from a pool of applicants was a huge confidence boost and affirming. Being nurtured and pampered for being a teacher and an artist was a rare gift. Exposure to high quality materials and learning how to use them gave me ideas and a fresh outlook, both for my own practice and for curriculum. I realize now that my rejection of acrylic paint in favor oils many years ago was because I was using low quality paints. I now see the vast possibility in acrylics. I also enjoyed using Williamsburg oils which are also new to me.”
“Having large studio space and unencumbered time was deeply helpful, as was having access to a huge supply of varied materials. My experimentation during the residency was uninhibited, freeing my creativity from old ruts and re-orienting for my work.”