NYC///GOTHAM’S BEAUTIFUL LOSERS “MAKE SOMETHING!” WORKSHOPS WRAP UP WITH ERIC WHITE AND JESSE LEYVA

August 27, 2008  |  art, Beautiful Losers, Eric White, News, Nike, NYC

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Eric White (top center) and Jesse Leyva believe the children are our future...

The BEAUTIFUL LOSERS x NIKE SPORTSWEAR official "Make Something!" creative workshop series designed to provide cutting-edge art instruction to disadvantaged urban youth in conjunction with the "Beautiful Losers" international film debut wrapped up its month long run in NYC last weekend with two blowout four-hour seminars: Painting with ERIC WHITE, and sneaker design with JESSE LEYVA. Schooling a diverse array of young urban students on the finer points of putting brush to canvas, Mr White distilled his years of fine art experience into a powerful tutorial that sent the students home with a greatly enhanced skill set and newfound desire to create art with a tool other than a spray paint can. Meanwhile, Nike's own resident footwear magician Jesse Leyva guided a full house of dedicated young sneakerheads through the finer points of staying fresh-to-death on the blank canvas of a pair of all-white AF1s. Currently, the West Coast "Make Something!" workshop series has just gotten underway in San Francisco and Los Angeles with classes running through early September led by a diverse array of artists including ED TEMPLETON, MISTER CARTOON, GEOFF McFETRIDGE, CLARE ROJAS, ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT, and THOMAS CAMPBELL, among others. PEEP THE NYC RECAP:

PAINTING WITH ERIC WHITE :
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After a quick warm-up drawing of an upside-down, poll-trailing Obama...

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Mr White lays down the rules of the game...

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Mr White always comes prepared. Teenagers do stink, after all...

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After tying his giant shoelaces, Mr White inspects the fruits of his painting instruction...
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While his students decide whether—if all banded together—they could all take him out...

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The devil's in the details...

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After hearing the new record, we guarantee no teenager anywhere will be copying the Metallica logo onto their desktop...

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Works in progress...

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Teesha Boo Leticia takes her painting skills to the next level...

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Mr White with his future Picassos...

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And physical proof that Mr White does, in fact, know how to paint...

SNEAKER DESIGN WITH JESSE LEYVA:
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After a "lively" night out on the town in NYC, Professor Jesse Leyva, PhD reports for duty bright & early in his freshest Mr Rogers cardigan...

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To lay some REAL sneaker knowledge on a dedicated audience of footwear experts...

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Wall candy...

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Dr Leyva explains from firsthand experience that hot pink laces will in fact get your ass a beating on the street...

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The young designers get busy on their Uptowns...

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The mantra of the day...

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Some of Mr Leyva's finest creations: The Beautiful Losers Dunk series, set to be auctioned off to benefit charity at the end of the workshop series...

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Mr Leyva's absolute finest work to date. Geoff Mcfetridge never looked so good. Or so much like my dad in 1973...

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