Arts Education & Mentorship

We are a team of expert teaching artists specializing in Visual Arts and Design. We firmly believe that a rigorous education in arts and design empowers students to think analytically and critically and gives them the tools to positively join the dialogue about making our world a better place.

We are committed to a multi-generational teaching model that incorporates mentorship of junior teaching artists while providing instruction to our young art students. All of our classess are taught by one master teaching artist and one apprentice. This model builds an increased sense of community within our classes while providing individualized instruction and a low student-teacher ratio for optimal learning. It also exposes students to different teaching styles and art making approaches.

For arts organizations and schools, in addition to designing and teaching specialized art and design programs, we offer consulting, workshops and training on best practices for arts teaching and arts integration. (Including for remote teaching during the pandemic.)

Our team of teaching artists also provides a variety of finishing services to help researchers in the sciences, math, and social sciences bring their work to a broader audience.

Background Image: Victoria Febrer. Paper Mountains 4.9.2020, mixed-media watercolor on paper, 9.5 x 13 in. Created for the video "Hispanic Society Museum & Library Kids: Artist Victoria Febrer presents PAPER MOUNTAINS inspired by Storm in the Mountains by Baldomer Galofre Giménez"



Arts Education & Mentorship

We are a team of expert teaching artists specializing in Visual Arts and Design. We firmly believe that a rigorous education in arts and design empowers students to think analytically and critically and gives them the tools to positively join the dialogue about making our world a better place.

We are committed to a multi-generational teaching model that incorporates mentorship of junior teaching artists while providing instruction to our young art students. All of our classess are taught by one master teaching artist and one apprentice. This model builds an increased sense of community within our classes while providing individualized instruction and a low student-teacher ratio for optimal learning. It also exposes students to different teaching styles and art making approaches.

For arts organizations and schools, in addition to designing and teaching specialized art and design programs, we offer consulting, workshops and training on best practices for arts teaching and arts integration. (Including for remote teaching during the pandemic.)

Background Image: Victoria Febrer. Paper Mountains 4.9.2020, mixed-media watercolor on paper, 9.5 x 13 in. Created for the video "Hispanic Society Museum & Library Kids: Artist Victoria Febrer presents PAPER MOUNTAINS inspired by Storm in the Mountains by Baldomer Galofre Giménez"



Arts Education & Mentorship

We are a team of expert teaching artists specializing in Visual Arts and Design. We firmly believe that a rigorous education in arts and design empowers students to think analytically and critically and gives them the tools to positively join the dialogue about making our world a better place.

We are committed to a multi-generational teaching model that incorporates mentorship of junior teaching artists while providing instruction to our young art students. All of our classess are taught by one master teaching artist and one apprentice. This model builds an increased sense of community within our classes while providing individualized instruction and a low student-teacher ratio for optimal learning. It also exposes students to different teaching styles and art making approaches.

For arts organizations and schools, in addition to designing and teaching specialized art and design programs, we offer consulting, workshops and training on best practices for arts teaching and arts integration. (Including for remote teaching during the pandemic.)

Background Image: Victoria Febrer. Paper Mountains 4.9.2020, mixed-media watercolor on paper, 9.5 x 13 in. Created for the video "Hispanic Society Museum & Library Kids: Artist Victoria Febrer presents PAPER MOUNTAINS inspired by Storm in the Mountains by Baldomer Galofre Giménez"



I don’t think there are many things more important than being a teacher and being a student. That, to me, is the deepest social contract, to understand the idea that individual creativity within a willing community is a profound social act.

Who We've Worked With


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News



Portfolio Prep in the NY Times

April 23, 2020

Victoria and Andrew’s Portfolio Preparation class at 92Y was featured in the NY Times! Check out Ted Loos’ article “Class is in Session Everywhere Now” to read about distance learning offerings from cultural institutions.

Febrer Arts Remote Learning New York Times



Hispanic Society Museum & Library Coloring Book

May 1, 2020

Victoria created a coloring book for the Hispanic Society Museum & Library featuring paintings from their collection. You can download the pdf and color it digitally or print it out and color it.

Febrer Arts Hispanic Society coloring book



H.S. Audition & Portfolio Strategies

May 8, 2020

Victoria was a panelist in NYC Admissions Solutions’ free webinar “NYC Public HS Admissions - Audition & Portfolio Strategies” discussing the process by which students apply to audition and portfolio programs - particularly visual art and drama auditions, as well as academic portfolios. Hosted by Maurice Frumkin of NYC Admissions Solutions, this webinar also features Dana Berger, Acting Coach for Kids & Adults.

Febrer Arts NYC admissions



Video Art Lessons for 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership

May & June, 2020

Victoria created a series of three videos for students from 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership residencies in NYC Public Schools. The videos include an art and science lesson where we research and draw birds inspired by a piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, an interview with the artist Erin Treacy about her “Compost Drawings” series followed by a lesson on how we can make our own drawings based on her work, and a virtual visit to Victoria’s NYC studio followed by an activity based on her “Strata” series of collages.

Febrer Arts 92Y video lessons



Video Art Lessons for Hispanic Society Museum & Library Kids

July, 2020

Febrer Arts partnered with the Hispanic Society Museum & Library to create video art lessons based on works in the collection. Each video is co-taught by one of our teaching artists together with a young art student, and includes examples made by students and families from around the world. You can paint “Paper Mountains” with Victoria and her friend Candela, a middle school student in Madrid; draw “Animals at Home” with Laura Gauthier and her friend Audrey, a high school student in Queens, NY; and make a “Photographic Still Life” with Bobbie and her friend Emily, also a high school student in Queens, NY.

Febrer Arts HSML video lessons





Team


Victoria Febrer

Victoria Febrer, MFA

Victoria Febrer, MFA
Master Teaching Artist

Empowering students to explore and analyze the world we live in and share their unique points of view



Artist Website

As an educator, I am committed to the vital role of visual art education as a force for lasting positive social and environmental change. I believe that a critical arts practice empowers us to not only to explore and appreciate the world we live in, but also to share our unique discoveries and points of view with our communities. I was the first instructor of fine art to ever receive the AAC&U K. Patricia Cross Award for Future Leaders in Higher Education. I have led workshops at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and at Yale University’s Department of Political Science, among others. I currently teach “Art in Education,” a class on how to integrate the arts to enhance classroom teaching, at the Teacher Education Department of the City University of New York, BMCC. For the past six years, I have taught intensive studio classes for teens, including Portfolio Preparation, at the 92nd Street Y Art Center where I also mentor apprentice instructors through their Teaching Assistant program and with the 92Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership to provide arts instruction in NYC public schools. I have previously taught at the Cooper Union (where I was also the Administrative Coordinator of the Saturday Program for High School Students), Nassau Community College, Stony Brook University, and the Center for Arts Education’s Future Arts Initiative, a multi-year federally funded program where I mentored a cohort of NYC District 29 art teachers on best practices for incorporating contemporary art.

I was born in New York to Spanish parents and divide my time between NYC and Valencia, Spain. Since graduating from the Cooper Union, where I received a full merit scholarship, my artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and Japan. In addition to exhibiting in galleries and at universities, I have shown in unconventional and unexpected spaces, including the botanical gardens of Villa Monastero (Aletheia, 2019) and the Former Church of San Nicolau (Blu, 2016). I have also had my work projected onto the façade of the Organization of American States (Art after Dark, 2015), in public transport corridors in Japan and NYC (Toride International Video, 2014 and Under the Subway Video Art, 2012-13), and onto homes and public spaces as part of the Digital Graffiti Festivals (2012-15). My work is part of numerous collections including the Hispanic Society of America, Fundación Bancaja, and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Artist Website

Laura Gauthier

Laura Gauthier, MA, BFA

Laura Gauthier, MA, BFA
Teaching Artist

Helping students create meaningful work by imparting confidence, awareness, and sensitivity



Artist Website

I am invested in instilling confidence in my students and helping them find their artistic voice. By giving them the tools to become artistically literate, I hope to impart the idea that art is not solely about technical ability, but rather it is about self-awareness and sensitivity to life and meaning.

A second generation Nuyorican, I received my BFA in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute, and my MA in Visual Arts Education from CUNY Hunter College. I currently teach kids and teen classes in a variety of different mediums at the 92nd Street Y Art Center including Teen Drawing and Painting, Art in New York, Art around the World, Concept Art for Teens, and Animation. I participated in their Teaching Assistant program from 2009–15 and honed my teaching craft alongside Victoria Febrer. I have been a lead teacher since 2015 and mentor my own Teaching Assistants. I have also been a part of the 92nd St Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership’s School Partnership Program, and am currently also a teaching artist with Wingspan Arts, and the Brearley/Chapin School after school Clubhouse.

In my artistic practice, I make illustrations about mythology and folklore, with a special interest in the representation of women. My work was recently shown at Audio Salon VII, presented by Monomer Audio Emporium. I also work as a concept artist for film and television and have worked with a variety of New York based independent film production studios specializing in the horror genre such as Glass Eye Pix and Troma Entertainment. I take great passion in bringing characters and environments to life.


Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam, B.Arch

Andrew Lam, B.Arch
Teaching Artist

Developing students' analytical and critical thinking skills by building a strong technical foundation



Artist LinkedIn

I firmly believe in the value of a strong technical design education in helping students develop critical and analytical thinking skills. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant at the 92Y Art Center alongside Victoria Febrer. I previously trained with her as an Undergraduate Art Instructor at the Cooper Union Saturday Program, where I was also part of the administrative support team for the high school art program. For three years, I served as a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE), a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades.

As an architectural designer, I have worked with Perkins Eastman, Stonehill and Taylor, and Grimshaw Architects. I received my B.Arch from the Cooper Union, where I received a full merit scholarship in 2014, and my thesis project “Free Trade Zone in Transit” received the Techmer PM Award for Designcraft at the 2014 Royal Society of Arts U.S. Student Design Awards. My family is originally from Hong Kong, but emigrated to Panama to work on the Canal. Once the most important trading route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Panama Canal endured a history of political and cultural strife that specifically dealt with the autonomous control of the waterway between the Republic of Panama and the United States of America. More than a decade later, after the handover of the canal back to Panama, the country faced a new shift in global interests. With the growing economic demand of the international community, the size of container ships has redefined the ownership of the Panama Canal; as a canal belonging to the world. My project dealt with the internal workings of the Canal as well as the growth in container vessels, as a way to create a new urbanism which involves the use of boats and floating programmatic spaces and proposed a community created on the basis of trade and interaction between the vessels, and also a way to urbanize areas where activity is stagnant

Bobbie Font

Bobbie Font, BFA

Bobbie Font, BFA
Teaching Artist

Teaching a broad range of mediums and techniques so students can create their own visual language



Artist Website

As a teaching artist, I am committed to the importance of a well-rounded art education, emphasizing the practice and exploration of a wide range of mediums to better help my students develop their own visual language. In teaching a variety of art-making forms, I hope to stretch my student’s ideas of how to look at and create art and guide them in their own art.

I hold a BFA in Photography and Digital Media from the Fashion Institute of Technology and am also a graduate of LaGuardia High School for performing and visual arts. I have been teaching visual art since 2015, working with students to develop their artistic skills and techniques for the creation of fine art portfolios. My background in photography and fine arts has enabled me to teach in a wide variety of programs working with students ranging in ages from kindergarten to high school, including at Marquis Studios, the 92Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership, and the 92Y Art Center where I worked as a teaching assistant with Victoria Febrer. Specializing in digital media, I have implemented my skills in teaching photography, film, and animation, as well as collaborating on interdisciplinary art instruction. I also work in arts administration at the 92Y Art Center, functioning as the Weekend Program Coordinator, overseeing the operation of a multitude of ongoing art courses including during their transition to distance learning.

In my artistic practice, I use photography and film to explore the feeling of existence in a vulnerable state. As the daughter of Cuban refugees, I have a particular interest in how memory and longing affect our sense of place. I’m fascinated by fleeting moments of truth, seen out of the corner of our eye and brought from our periphery into the forefront of our vision. I hope to compel viewers to consider a larger, unseen reality not based in logic, but rather in the quiet and contemplative vulnerability that people and objects take on when they think no one is looking.





Services for Students


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Private & Small Group Lessons

Looking for Private or Small group art lessons? We can put together a custom course of instruction for you. Request a class based on a specific technique or subject matter or let us create a custom class for you based on students’ ages, skill level and interests. Examples include: Figure Drawing, Botanical Drawing, Still Life, Collage, Watercolor Painting, Technical Drawing & Perspective, Map Making, Photography, 2D-Design, Animation, Video/Filmmaking, Character Design.

Individual Classes with one instructor are offered at $80/hr

Small groups (4-8 students) with a lead instructor and teaching assistant are offered at 65$/hr.


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Portfolio Selection & Guidance

Need help putting together a portfolio for application to a competitive Art, Architecture, or Design Program? Our team has over 10 years of experience helping students achieve their goals of attending NYC's elite Arts High Schools, as well as Top Art, Architecture & Design Colleges nationally and internationally.

Private Portfolio Review Sessions are offered at $100. Students send images for review prior to the 1hr session where our team offers guidance on selecting from the existing work and creating new pieces. We also offer suggestions and counseling on different programs to consider applying to.


Our instructors will be teaching the following classes remotely through affiliate institutions:


Portfolio Prep for Visual Arts High Schools

92Y Art Center

Taught by Victoria Febrer & T.A. Andrew Lam

10/04/20 - 12/13/20

This intensive online class will focus on developing observational and design skills in a variety of media in order to produce a varied portfolio that demonstrates technical skill as well as creativity and conceptual skills.

Portfolio Prep for Art, Architecture, and Design Colleges

92Y Art Center

Taught by Victoria Febrer & T.A. Andrew Lam

10/04/20 - 12/13/20

This online class will emphasize technical skill as well as conceptual development, guiding students to create a complete portfolio which showcases their unique strengths and personality, demonstrates the ability to express complex ideas visually, and shows a diverse range of media and approaches.

Figure Drawing for Teens

92Y Art Center

Laura Gauthier

10/13/20 - 11/03/20

Learn about gesture, proportion, anatomy, and more while working with a live model via online conferencing. Whether you are interested in developing realistic rendering skills, or looking to improve character anatomy, figure drawing will provide you with the tools to do so.

Pen & Ink for Teens

92Y Art Center

Laura Gauthier

11/12/20 - 12/03/20

Students will explore and experiment with pen, ink, and brush washes, while learning about a variety of shading and rendering techniques.

Botanical Drawing for Teens

92Y Art Center

Victoria Febrer

10/14/20 - 11/04/20

Join artist Victoria Febrer for this online drawing class inspired by green leaves, lush flowers, and delicate blooms. Each class will include demonstrations, discussions, drawing, and feedback for each student.

Drawing & Painting for Teens

92Y Art Center

Victoria Febrer

09/17/20 - 10/08/20

For the young artist who loves to draw and wants to explore new techniques. This course is for beginners and experienced young artists alike learn proportion and composition, while developing keen observational skills.

Fantastic Creatures

92Y Art Center

Laura Gauthier

10/16/20 - 11/06/20

Together we will not only look at and explore creature design from film, comics, and cartoons, but also real life animal anatomy and physiology. Develop a variety of fantastical and bizarre creatures in the medium of your choice. The only limit is your imagination!

Art in Education,
EDU-203 Online

City University of
New York - BMCC

Taught by Victoria Febrer

08/26/20 - 12/20/20

Part of a program leading to NYS teacher certification, this course is an introduction to the theories, methods and materials for integrating visual arts into the elementary school curriculum.


You can also enjoy the following video art lessons we’ve created for cultural institutions:


Visit Victoria Febrer’s Studio & Make a Landscape Collage

92Y Center for Arts Learning & Leadership

Victoria invites students from 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership residencies in NYC Public Schools to a virtual visit of her studio. In addition to the studio visit (featuring Victoria’s mom!), the video includes an art-making activity based on Victoria’s Strata, series of collages, which have been shown at the 92Y Faculty exhibition, and in Italy at the historic Villa Monastero on the shore of Lake Como.


Create Your Own “Paper Mountains” Landscape with Victoria Febrer

Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Enjoy creating a landscape painting at home by making your own “Paper Mountains” with Victoria and her friend Candela, a middle school student in Madrid. This activity begins by examining Storm in the Mountains, 1892 by Baldomer Galofre Giménez in the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s excellent collection. Using crayons, watercolors, and crunched up paper, Victoria shows students how to make their own observed landscape paintings at home. The video features examples made by students of all ages from around the world (and some parents too!). Be sure to tag @hispanicsociety and #papermountainschallenge when sharing your artwork, we’re really looking forward to seeing the beautiful landscapes you create!


Draw your own “Animals at Home” with Laura Gauthier

Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Make your own illustration of “Animals at Home” inspired by Francisco de Goya’s Asta su Abuelo, 1797-99 from the Caprichos series in the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s collection. Join Laura and her friend Audrey, a high school student in Queens, NY for a fun activity creating an ink wash illustration of what animals might do while stuck at home. The video features examples made by students of all ages from around the world. Be sure to tag @hispanicsociety and #animalshavingfunathome when sharing your artwork, we’re really looking forward to seeing all of your drawings of animals!


Make your own “Photographic Still Life” with Bobbie Font

Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Bobbie and her friend Emily, a high school student in Queens, NY analyze the still life painting Fruits of Fraga, 1915-18 by Miguel Viladrich Vilá in the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s collection. In a fun twist on the traditional still life theme, they show you how to set up and light your own still life to create a dramatic photograph. The video features examples made by students of all ages from around the world. Be sure to tag @hispanicsociety and #stillathomelife when sharing your artwork, we’re really looking forward to seeing all of your photographs!


Meet Artist Erin Treacy & Make "Compost Drawings" with Victoria Febrer

92Y Center for Arts Learning & Leadership

Victoria interviewed her friend artist Erin Treacy for a video lesson created for students from 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership residencies in NYC Public Schools. Erin has been working on a series of Compost Drawings that will be exhibited at Boxheart Gallery in Pittsburgh this August. Victoria shows students how to create their own mixed-media drawings of kitchen and garden scraps inspired by Erin’s work.


Victoria Febrer for 92Y CALL: Study of a Bird

92Y Center for Arts Learning & Leadership

Victoria leads students through an art and science activity inspired by Study of a Bird (A.H. 1043/A.D. 1634) by Riza-yi `Abbasi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. Students will create their own “study of a bird” by researching a species on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website, AllAboutBirds.org.





Services for Educators


We offer training on best practices for inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogies for the arts for art teachers and teaching artists, and for classroom teachers looking to add the arts to other subjects in order to enhance learning.

Through in-person and online workshops, co-teaching, and mentorship, we can help you enhance and expand your art teaching. (Including for remote teaching during the pandemic.)

We will be offering a limited number of paid internships for junior teaching artists. Please email a cover letter and resume to victoria@febrerarts.org if you are interested.





Services for Museums, Organizations & Schools


Program Development & Artist Residencies

Our team will work with your organization or school to develop new arts programs or artist residencies for elementary, middle, and high school as well as family programs to engage all ages. Programs can be developed based on conceptual themes, specific artworks or exhibitions, or centered around specific techniques. We also have experience developing and leading bilingual English-Spanish programs for children and families.

Teacher Training

We offer teacher training on best practices for inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogies for the arts. We believe that a rigorous education in arts and design empowers students to think analytically and critically and gives them the tools to positively join the dialogue about making our world a better place. Through workshops, co-teaching, and mentorship, we can help your team enhance and expand their art teaching.

Video Instruction

Looking to create online content to reach a broader audience? Our team will work with your organization or school to create arts education videos emphasizing skills development and arts literacy, including hands-on projects that students can create in their own homes. We also offer synchronous workshops and classes via Zoom and other video conferencing platforms.

Arts Integration

Looking to add the arts to an existing academic program in order to enhance learning? Our team can develop an integrated arts curriculum for your organization or school. We will work alongside your teachers to co-teach an integrated arts program, or mentor and train your existing instructors. Our team has experience designing integrated arts programs for all subjects and all learners, including students with special needs and ELLs.

Please email info@febrerarts.org if you'd like to start collaborating




Services for Researchers


Our team of teaching artists provides a variety of finishing services to help researchers in the sciences, math, and social sciences bring their work to a broader audience.

We offer figure formatting, design and illustration services—always in compliance with the specifications of your desired journal or publication. We also produce didactic animations of your findings for use in presentations at conferences, multimedia articles, or social media postings. Our team of native English speakers provides copy editing services to help international researchers present their work with clarity to a broad audience.

Email us at info@febrerarts.org if you’d like to get started using the visual arts to communicate your findings to a broad international audience.





Contact

Want to take one of our art classes, consult on your curriculum, or design a class together? Reach out to info@febrerarts.com by email any time and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



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