Leonard T. Antinori

  • Chair and Assistant Professor of Art
  • Division: Humanities
  • Department: Art and Fine Arts

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

Since starting my career at Molloy College in September 2013, it has become obvious to me that the Molloy mission statement is not simply words on a wall in a department office, but rather a truly realized philosophy of Christian service that is obvious in the daily interaction of everyone I have met.

Academic Interests

My art interests and background are varied, encompassing both the commercial art areas of graphic design, typography and editorial Illustration but built on a Fine Arts foundation of drawing and painting from life, especially the human figure.

What I am working on

Besides my freelance graphic design and illustration work, I continue to draw from life on a regular basis, always preparing for my next exhibition opportunity. Primarily, my present focus is to access the needs of the Molloy students in updating and enhancing the various Fine Arts, Art History and Visual Art Education courses that are offered. Future initiatives in Graphic Design, the Digital Arts, Museum/Gallery Studies, Arts Management and Art Therapy are all in the planning stages along with improved art facilities. At this point in Molloy's history, I feel that this is a very exciting time to work with the full time and adjunct art faculty to invigorate this department.

Educational Philosophy

I am dedicated to fostering an acceptance of the equality of all of the Arts:  Fine, Commercial and Performing.  None are superior and all are interconnected.  This realization can and must be used by the successful art instructor.  Even if his/her specialty is in one area, classroom content can be enlivened by elements of the other areas, producing a fuller art experience.

In my years of teaching, I have always approached my large variety of art courses in a similar fashion.  I refer to this as a three part "ACADEMIC ART METHODOLOGY," combining the intellectual with the tactile in conjunction with the conceptual. Beginning with ART HISTORY (including Cinema and Animation History), I believe each student needs to see and understand (through slides, videos, museum visits, etc.) the chronological context of the medium or style that is at hand. This combines their own experiences and expectations with those of another era or culture while introducing the variety of approaches and creative possibilities that have been universally accepted.

Once the method is demonstrated and the student feels comfortable with the media, the addition of a sophisticated theme/concept will allow them to theorize, research and select a dynamic concept integrated with their tactile-visual proficiency.

This type of assignment permits the instructor to evaluate student work with three equal criteria: Concept, Design and Craft, allowing for a wide range of successful solutions from a vast variety of technical and intellectual levels.

I have found the above approach to be somewhat unique in art education because it forces the art instructor to organize each assignment into a series of inter-related steps, each concentrating on the outlined objectives/criteria. Too often this type of organization is attributed solely to the more traditional academic subjects (Math, Social Studies, Science etc.) in favor of experimental art teaching techniques which often results in mediocre work that does not challenge the student to use both sides of their brain.

These projects do take a longer period of time to develop and complete, but the students finish the curriculum with a satisfaction and self-confidence that all education should foster.

Although their tactile/visual skills may vary greatly, if the instructor finds ways to enthusiastically introduce an assignment, by-passing student creative inhibitions, and evaluates the results with the above mentioned criteria, my efforts have shown that student artistic development and enjoyment is greatly enhanced.

Innovative content presented with traditional methodology including objective assessment (quizzes and tests in addition to the tactile project) equate the Arts with the other academic areas. Too often school administrators are forced to subjugate the Arts due to its subjectivity, causing its financial/administrative support to be questioned.  My approach has proved itself not only to my students but to my administrators.  In this era of economic displacement of Arts syllabi, a methodology based on a healthy teaching philosophy such as this can objectively validate the viable existence of such interactive programs and positively prove their necessity in a well-rounded and experiential education.

Educational Background

Queens College of the City University of New York, Flushing, NY
Professional Diploma, Administration/Supervision, Magna Cum Laude - 2000

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Master of Science, Communications Design, Cum Laude - 1979

Queens College of the City University of New York, Flushing, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts/Fine Arts Education, Magna Cum Laude - 1975                                        
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Additional Study: Illustration - 1977

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Additional Study (60 credits): Computer Graphics, Cinema History, Animation and Film Production - 1975 - 1998

Employment History

St. Francis Preparatory School, Fresh Meadows, New York, 1976 - 2013
Chairperson Fine Arts Department, 1981 - 1997, 2011 - 2012

  • Upgraded Fine Arts Department to comprise a staff of up to eight instructors serving a student body of 2600
  • Responsible for staff recruiting and evaluation of teaching methodology and course content

Key Accomplishments:

  • Promoted the potential for the Arts to the school's administration, effecting a growth of: 400% in Arts courses, 250% of Art faculty and 800% in Art majors to create a nationally recognized feeder school for the most prestigious universities in the United States
  • Conceived and implemented one of the most successful and extensive private school Fine Arts departments in the New York City area, consisting of:

- Foundation Art: Studio in Art l*, Studio in Art ll*, Advanced Studio in Art l*

- Advanced Art Electives/Fine Arts: Two Dimensional Design (college credit)*, Drawing l*, Drawing from Life (college credit)*, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Advanced Placement Art History*
- Advanced Art Electives/Commercial Arts: Graphic Design*, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration*, Cartooning, Mechanical  Drawing, Introduction to Architecture, Computer Graphics*, CAD, Web Page      Design
-  Advanced Art Electives/Media Arts: Photography, Introduction to Film and Video*, History of Cinema*, Animation*
Performing Arts: Intro to Performing Arts*, Stage Design, Acting, Movement, Advanced Dance Technique
*instructor

  • Supervised student teachers as classroom cooperating instructor for Art Education Departments at: Molloy College, Queens College of CUNY, St. John's University and the School of Visual Arts
  • Conceptualized, produced and directed annual St Francis Prep's Festival of the Arts:

Fine Arts hallway exhibition, auditorium presentation of fashion, video and animation
Coordinated talent, programmed slide presentations, edited video segments, selected musical accompaniment
Realizing financial growth through promotion of attendance, sponsorship and community support

Extra-curricular activities:

Art Director (graphic design): THE SAN FRAN: student yearbook and THE SERAPH: school newspaper 
Stage Designer: school musicals and annual talent shows
Moderator: Save Our Planet (student environmental action group) and Celluloid Heroes (classic film club)

Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York - 2001 - 2004
Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department

  • Instructed undergraduate Art Education courses entitled: Curriculum and Instruction in Visual Arts for Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction in Visual Arts for Elementary and Secondary Education

St. John's University, Jamaica, New York - 1984 - 1993
Adjunct Professor, Continuing Education Department

  • Established a non-credit survey course in Art History

St. John's University, Jamaica, New York - 1980 - 2011
Adjunct Professor, Department of Fine Arts                                                                                                        

  • Instructed a Art History survey, Two Dimensional Design and Life Drawing courses through the college credit extension program at St. Francis Preparatory School

School of Visual Arts, New York, New York - 1997 - 1998
Guest Lecturer, Art Education Department

  • Discipline-based Art Projects for High School Fine Arts curriculum

St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York - 1979 - 1983
Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department                                                                                                                      

  • Facilitated a three-credit required undergraduate lecture course in Art History survey

New York City Public School 184, Whitestone, New York - 1995 - 1997

  • Visual Arts Coordinator/Instructor, Junior Girl Scout Troop 4203 

Additional Information

Professional affliations, Accreditation, Awards:

  • New York State Permanent Art Teaching Certification K-12.
  • New York State Permanent School Administrator and Supervisor Certification (SAS)
  • New York State Permanent School District Administrator Certification (SDA)
  • National Art Education Association.
  • Kappa Delta Pi, National Honor Education Association.
  • New York State Art Teachers Association: Workshop Coordinator:  N.Y.S.A.T.A. Convention, 1981
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Graphic Artists Guild, New York, New York: Steering Committee Illustration Market Place, 1994 - 1995
  • ASIFA East, International Animated Film Society.
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia,  3rd Annual National 2-D Competition Exhibition: 2013
  • Ridge Street Gallery, New York, New York: Group exhibition of black & white illustration, 1994
  • Sea Cliff, New York Community Council: Solo Art Exhibition 2006; Group Show, 2007
  • The International Center, NYC: Solo Art Exhibition, 2007
  • National Catholic Reporter Newsweekly: JESUS 2000 Illustration, International Contest Finalist, 1999
  • St. Francis Preparatory School: The Franciscan Spirit Award Recipient,1999,
  • St. Francis Preparatory School Educational Excellence Award Recipient, 2006
  • New York State Senate 11 District, Northern Queens: Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient, 2007

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Private Art Instruction - 2003 - present

  • Established The North Shore Art Academy in Glen Head, N.Y., a fully operational, private studio-school specializing in semester length Classical Fine Arts instruction (Life Drawing, Painting, Art History, Studio in Art, etc.) for adults and children

Favorite Books:

  • VAN GOGH, THE LIFE by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
  • THE LOST PAINTING: THE QUEST FOR A CARAVAGGIO MASTERPIECE by Jonathan Harr
  • THE BEATLES RECORDING SESSIONS: THE OFFICIAL ABBEY ROAD STUDIO NOTES by John Lewisohn
  • LIFE by Keith Richards
  • THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein

Professional affliations, Accreditation, Awards:

  • New York State Permanent Art Teaching Certification K-12.
  • New York State Permanent School Administrator and Supervisor Certification (SAS)
  • New York State Permanent School District Administrator Certification (SDA)
  • National Art Education Association.
  • Kappa Delta Pi, National Honor Education Association.
  • New York State Art Teachers Association: Workshop Coordinator:  N.Y.S.A.T.A. Convention, 1981
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Graphic Artists Guild, New York, New York: Steering Committee Illustration Market Place, 1994 - 1995
  • ASIFA East, International Animated Film Society.
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia,  3rd Annual National 2-D Competition Exhibition: 2013
  • Ridge Street Gallery, New York, New York: Group exhibition of black & white illustration, 1994
  • Sea Cliff, New York Community Council: Solo Art Exhibition 2006; Group Show, 2007
  • The International Center, NYC: Solo Art Exhibition, 2007
  • National Catholic Reporter Newsweekly: JESUS 2000 Illustration, International Contest Finalist, 1999
  • St. Francis Preparatory School: The Franciscan Spirit Award Recipient,1999,
  • St. Francis Preparatory School Educational Excellence Award Recipient, 2006
  • New York State Senate 11 District, Northern Queens: Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient, 2007

Illustration - 1982 - present

Conceptualized and designed black & white and full color editorial illustrations for the following publications:- Chemical Engineering, Architectural Record, McGraw Hill
- City Lights, New York Daily News
- Publisher's Weekly, Reed Publishing, U.S.A.
- Mathematics Education, McMillan Textbook Division               
- The American Lawyer, A.L. Media. L.P.
- National Catholic Reporter Newsweekly
- Voice, Scope, Forecast, Scholastic Inc.
- Colleges and Careers, E.M. Guild
- Forum on Women in Higher Education
- College of Aeronautics.

Graphic Design - 1980 - present

Conceptualized and designed package design illustrations, advertisements, logotypes and layout graphics for the following companies/organizations:

- The Children's Orchestral Society
- Pfizer Pharmaceuticals: Cost Improvement Program
- Hansel n' Gretel Processed Meats, Inc.: Healthy Deli product line packaging and promotional material
- Dance Theatre Workshop: Hannah Kahn Dancers, Dan Redlick, Ze'va Cohn Dancers
- Townley Capital Management Inc.: Eclipse Equity Funds
- Bloomingdale's: Advertising Department and Special Design Projects
- Citibank/Citicorp,N.A.: Staff Programs
- St. Francis Preparatory School Promotional Graphics for Open House, 150 Anniversary and all Art Department functions