Artist Statement

 

As I require my students to do many self portraits, It was high time I update mine.

As I require my students to do many self portraits, It was high time I update mine.

Artist’s Statement

     Jason Robert LeClair is an honors graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. His BFA in Media and Performing arts has not deterred his original love for the visual arts. A multi-faceted artist, he is equally comfortable behind a pencil, airbrush, keyboard, or tablesaw, Mr. LeClair lives life as an illustrator, author, set designer, theatrical director and scenic and mural painter.

His illustration credits include several magazine spots for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Pawtucket Public Library and RI Library Association. He has designed sets for the past nineteen years at a variety of venues in Boston, Hartford and Rhode Island.

Mr. LeClair has been teaching at the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts since 2007. As a teacher, Mr. LeClair believes in the importance of art theory and the power of art making. Encouraging his students to create works as they discover their own artistic voices is his primary goal. He accomplishes this by teaching art history and theory as the students create. His students have gone on to schools such as RISD, SCAD, AIB, and Maine College of Art.

“Art is the cornerstone of human society. Without it we would be lost in a sea of mediocrity never getting past our neolithic ancestry. It is art that birthed the modern human race. Creativity and self-awareness achieved through artistic pursuits makes us who we are.” Is a philosophy that has filled his work in and out of the classroom. “The task is achieving the fruition these works so deserve. The only thing that prevents you from doing anything is yourself.” is a frequent quote from Mr. LeClair to his pupils. Using the educational theory of Understanding by Design in his curriculum, Mr. LeClair teaches the foundations of art in order for the student to better fulfill his/her vision as an artist. His goal is to “put purpose to the passion” of his students.

                                          

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