A native New Yorker, Julia Eisen-Lester is an established fine artist and teacher whose work has been exhibited widely in group, solo and juried exhibitions, as well as in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She has been painting and making art ever since she can recall, having always felt compelled to express herself visually. Teaching comes naturally to her as she has the need to share her creative spirit with others, which is an extension of her art.
Julia founded The Art Studio Workshop in 1986 and has taught and directed the school since then. Additionally, she has taught at the Fieldston Ethical Culture School, the SAR Academy after-school program, and the JCC Scarsdale summer arts school.
Visual art has been a means of expression in every culture from prehistoric time to modern day. Based on findings of art on cave walls, pottery and canvas, it is clear that humans have always had a need to create, express and record through line and color. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity as well as the resources to have this creative experience. My goal is to create a safe haven where self-expression is encouraged but learning the fundamentals of drawing and painting are taught and valued. I create an atmosphere where my students are to able to share ideas in a relaxed, yet focused atmosphere and where peer critiques are welcomed and valued.
Amanda is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, as well as, a minor in Art History and Italian Language. Over the course of her four years in the program she has studied drawing, painting and printmaking through a variety of media as well as sculpture. She completed her senior thesis with a large-scale sculptural installation. We are very happy to have her here at The Art Studio Workshop!