Martello Cesar (Class of 2019) is smart, thoughtful, creative, and hard-working. He asks questions, requests and accepts feedback well, and he always applies that feedback to improve his work. His observational drawings have become more and more successful because of his drive and diligence. He spends a great amount of time on his own personal projects outside of class, which will no doubt help him develop a personal voice and vision.
Martello is both curious and industrious, two qualities essential for success in the visual arts. He has certainly grown as an artist over the past couple of years, and he’s already produced a number of strong pieces in both graphic design and observational drawing and painting. More, and even better, will certainly come.
To improve his work, Martello checks in with his art instructor in many early mornings and at other times during the day about his progress. The fact that he initiates research on his own to investigate artistic ideas and approaches on his own time is impressive and will serve him well. Martello is clearly dedicated to improving his skills, growing in understanding in the visual arts, becoming more and more creative, and building a body of work that is meaningful to him. He will undoubtedly see major growth and more successes as he continues his studies and practice.
Martello is thoughtful in his approach and calm and mature in his demeanor, and he serves as a solid model for the Design students, who are lucky to share the studio space this year with Martello and the other Portfolio students. In addition, his efforts in the Tenacity Challenge competition last year helped to bring attention to issues concerning young people of color in our region and the nation.
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Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.
Burlington Public Schools