Aspiring Artists® and its exclusive products were created by professional artist, certified teacher and mother Debra Stasiak. Debra began teaching masterpiece painting in 2000 while she developed her own pre-k curriculum at a school in Spring Lake Heights, NJ.
Since 2001, Aspiring Artists® classes have been offered throughout Central New Jersey. Ms. Stasiak, more commonly known as “Miss Debra” to all of her students, has taught thousands of students who have produced over 30,000 interpretive renditions of famous masterpieces from Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Cezanne, Pissarro, and van Gogh using her unique Interpretive Impressionism® system. She has expanded the Aspiring Artists® curricula to include her original compositions in Fauvism, Modernism, and Decoupage Designs. “Miss Debra” is delighted to offer her curricula on her Aspiring Artists® online store . With each Aspiring Artists® purchase, a percentage of the proceeds will be used to give complimentary curricula to village schools and orphanages.
In 2014, Reborn International Outreach™ asked Aspiring Artists® to develop an art program for orphans. Debra created the International Curriculum for Children in Need™ specifically for this orphan outreach, so orphans have an opportunity to invest into their own futures through art. When the artwork is received, it is used to create product designs to help fund the children’s future educational or entrepreneurial ventures. Since the initial pilot program in 2014, Debra has become the Senior Art Teacher, Product Designer and Liaison Officer for the Reborn Orphan Fashion™ product lines. To date, the orphan project has reached locations in Kenya, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Liberia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Israel. It will be expanding to Malawi, Mali, Uganda, China, and Ghana in the future.
In 2013, Debra was asked to collaborate with world renown Chinese calligrapher Guodong Li. Their collaborative compositions were exhibited at the United Nations and Beijing. One of their collaborative paintings was chosen to be the 2015 United Nations Women’s Guild calendar. Seven hundred calendars were sold at the United Nations building to benefit the United Nations’s Women’s Guild children’s relief efforts. Photos from their collaboration are shown below. Aspiring Artists students from Monmouth County NJ participated in fundraiser painting classes to help pay for the production costs of the calendar. Aspiring Artists aims to involve youth in opportunities to help children in need, and offers various fundraiser events to support its children helping children movement.