Pop artist Michael Albert visited East Islip High School on March 27, spending the day with students and staff.
Known for his cubist mosaic cereal-box collages, Albert has been creating art since his college days at New York University, where he graduated in 1988 with a business degree. Albert has dubbed these cereal-box collages “cerealism
,” describing his style as “a cross between Picasso’s cubism and Warhol’s pop.” His first art book, “An Artist’s America,” was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2008.
Meeting over 80 of East Islip High School’s art students, Albert discussed his background and the process of becoming an artist, and explained the meaning behind many of his pieces. After the presentation, arranged by PTA volunteer Eileen Meehan and art teacher and BOCES Arts-in-Education coordinator Heather Toomey, the students were given a chance to create artwork in his style. In addition to giving each student gifts of bookmarks and postcards of his artwork and holding a raffle for posters of his work, Albert created a custom piece of art for the high school.
Photos by Joy Taylor