Go Behind the Scenes as Teams AiEast and AiWest Meet their First Mentors

By: Georgia Schumacher

October 7, 2015

As teams AiEast and AiWest plan for the rapidly approaching Ultimate Art Challenge, each team searches their city for inspiration and insight from talented local artists.

In Philadelphia, painter and set decorator Sean Roach puts the artistic skills and vision of AiEast to the test in their very first challenge. Watch Anna’s Webisode and get behind-the-scenes coverage as AiEast team members begin to open up to each other, discuss what it means to be an artist, and consider how stories can be told through art.

On the other side of the country, Connor Franta and his AiWest team join their first creative mentor, Ric Rodriguez (a.k.a. Ricdiculous) in his LA art studio, where they find inspiration in his mixed-media approach to visual art. In this visit, the team begins to figure out how to work together--pondering their individual roles and strengths.

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