Emerging Artists

Due to COVID-19, this program is temporarily on pause.

Emerging Artists is a free mentoring program for independent and passionate artists ages 9-18 to work at their own, self-directed pace. Art Educators encourage flexibility in the moment and guide students to meet challenges as they arise. Students will learn studio habits, work ethic, project management skills, creative thinking, how to use various tools and equipment, and how to translate using media of their choice. This is a weekly program, and regular attendance is required. Completed projects will be included in gallery exhibitions and art shows throughout Appleton.

Emerging Artists meets Wednesdays, 6-7pm.

To register, please email Mark Ferrell at mferrell@eye.photos.  The Art Educators will contact you to schedule an interview. Interviews are required before you begin and include meeting the Art Educators, learning about the student’s artistic interests, seeing the studio spaces, and reviewing examples of the student’s artwork.

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Emerging Artists Educators

Leif Larson

Leif Larson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1981. He spent his childhood growing up in Appleton, WI. Briefly, He studied at Indiana State University, and then went on to receive a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2005. His work has been shown throughout the U.S. in galleries, museums, universities, public buildings and exhibitions in locations that include Napa Valley California, New York City, and many Midwestern cities in Wisconsin and Illinois. His paintings, drawings, watercolors, and intaglio prints can be found in both private and public collections across the United States. Leif loves to travel and meet new people, and enjoys sharing his love of art with others. He has a studio in Oshkosh, WI.

Mark Ferrell

Dedicated to the pursuit and capture of dreams to be turned into new realities.