I am Vanesa and I am your typical teenage girl who comes from the Bronx. I’m a Mexican who likes to try new things and explore my surroundings. What brought me to Youth Insights was my art teacher, Ms. Carol. It was on a Wednesday that she talked about a program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She told us how it was a great opportunity for people who are interested in art, and how some of her other students have gone to this program and told her that they liked it. She also said it would look really good on our transcripts when we go to college.
When she mentioned college, I raised my hand and said I would like to apply. She gave me the paper and after school I went home and read it and asked my older sister if I should apply to it. She said “Yes, go ahead, it sounds interesting.” So I applied, and thankfully they accepted me.
When art comes to my mind, I picture it everywhere. I grew up with family members who like to draw. My mom used to draw when she was in high school but eventually stopped. My second oldest sister learned how to draw and became very good at it, but something happened that made her stop drawing when she entered high school. I used to draw sometimes, but I wasn’t very good at it so I wanted to give up. Then one day I found some old drawings that my sister made, and they were so beautiful that I didn’t want to give up—instead I decided to try harder to get better. I also have a cousin who is really good at drawing and painting from observation. He creates characters out of plain little toys that he buys. This also made me more interested in art. Sometimes I would ask my sister to help me draw an object or something I wanted to capture. It was interesting seeing the different techniques that she would use.
Right now I do not have a favorite artist because I would like to learn more and see work that other artists have made. In the future I hope to go to college and improve my skills in drawing, because I still have a lot to learn about art.