Summer Courses 


We offer courses in a wide variety of concentrations and schedules. Explore our offerings below.

Summer Session I: June 4 - June 30, Session II: July 9 - August 4.

Register online or contact the school office at registration@newyorkschoolofthearts.org or 646-880-9050.

Workshops


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Color Theory
Edmond Rochat
Monday & Tuesday; 4pm-7pm

May 29 & 30
$250

In this two day workshop students will learn the basics of color theory and its practical application to oil painting. If we are to mix our colors with accuracy our choices must be routed in sound theory. After a lecture and demonstration the class will implement this theory by creating small color studies on panel. By implementing the theory students will see how it influences their color decisions and guides them towards intelligent and strategic painting practices. Further, these color studies ultimate purpose is to act as a compositional studies where the foundations of pictorial design can be realized. Through the rigorous examination of color relationships the artist becomes sensitized to color harmony and will ultimately design freely and purposefully.

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Figure Drawing: Movement and Expression through Gesture
Jenny Carolin
Monday & Tuesday, 9am-12pm

June 4 & 5, 2018
$250

The purpose of this course is to become acquainted with movement as a quality inherent to life drawing. Through an exploration of essential mark-making, we will be using the immediacy of the gesture drawing to celebrate both the expressive potential of the dynamic pose and the lyricism and grace of the human figure. We will be learning the identify the line of the body, and develop the structure of the form through sequentially longer poses. Finally, we will experiment with materials beyond charcoal, including india ink and pastel, to accentuate fluidity and movement.

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A Summer Project
Maurizio Pellegrin
Monday - Friday; 9:30am - 12:30pm

June 18 - 22
$750

The purpose of this five-session workshop is to accomplish a project by creating a singular work and/or a series of works of art. Through an intensive, transformative experience, students will be encouraged to experiment, to take risks and to develop new knowledge about how to articulate their ideas. With the help and the expertise of Maurizio Pellegrin, the Executive Director of the School, all media will be explored and encouraged. Artists may use any preferred traditional and non-traditional technique. The workshop will also serve to form the foundation and the methodology for a future body of works. Artists need only come with some ideas, desire, and energy. The rest will be left up to collaboration with Maurizio.


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Watercolor
Elizabeth O'Reilly
9am - 4pm, with 1 hour break
 

Thursdays; June 7 & 14
$450

This workshop will be conducted in watercolor.  Students will paint on location and will be assisted in setting up to paint: organizing and laying out a palette, setting up an easel, choosing a composition and making a painting.   A sketchbook will be used to look at the landscape working from line to shape, design of the rectangle, incorporating light and dark values, color in terms of warm and cool, and learning to see abstract structure.  Specific projects related to composition, color and other formal issues will be assigned.   Starting with small quick studies and limited color palettes students will build up to longer one-day paintings.  An important component will be learning how to sketch and note-take so as to hone observational skills in order to paint away from the site.  Students will work towards an integration of technique, design and a personal vision. Daily group critiques are an important component as well as one-on-one instruction and demonstrations.  Student participation in critiques is expected and essential.  Students will paint on location at Sutton Place at 58th St, and at the New School of the Arts.

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Watercolor Basics
Michiyo Fukushima           
Saturdays; 10am-4pm

Session I: June 16 & 23
Session II: July 21 & 28


One Session: $450
Both Sessions: $800

This workshop is to cover basics of watercolor materials and techniques. It is important to understand the difference in material and to chose the right materials for your purpose and style. Students are given series of exercises that help them understand when and how to use wet in wet or dry brush technique, how to mix color to get what they want, how to start and finish overall painting. The second part of this workshop will cover some complicated situation with highlight and negative space painting. Students are given series fo exercise to learn when and how to use masking, scratching, and lifting and will paint an image utilizing all the techniques that covered in the first and the second part of the workshop. With two days of exercises and demonstrations, students will feel comfortable going forward with this lively medium

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Museum and Gallery Visits 
Karen Lindsay
10:30am-12:30pm

Fridays; June 8, June 22
Thursdays: July 12, July 19         
One Session: $100
Both Sessions: $190

Explore New York City’s vibrant art scene. Guided visits to a wide range of art galleries, outdoor installations and museums will provide opportunities for discussion and inspiration. We will visit a different neighborhood each week and cover topics from classic to contemporary.


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Sculptural Jewelry Workshop      
Nadia Martinez    
Tuesday - Friday; 1pm - 4pm

July 17 - 20
$500

This workshop will focus on working with both traditional and alternative materials, including silver clay, wire, beads, resin, recycled materials and found objects, we will learn low-tech jewelry methods, and techniques using fundamental, simple attachments and construction systems. We also investigate the use of color and collage as a design tool. The Workshop will include a tour to some of the jewelry supply stores in NYC. The cost of the workshop will include some beads. 

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Unfolding Layers: Monotype Accordion Book
Michele Liebler    
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm

July 18 & 19, 25 & 26
$450

Learn about the art of Monotype in this 3 weeks intensive immersion. Artists as diverse as Degas to Jasper Johns used the most painterly of printmaking techniques, monotypes. Students will focus on exploring the interactions of monotype with pastel. Learn to create infinite effects by layering images and patterns to create a series of one-of- a-kind works on paper. Learn and experiment with blending techniques, additive and reductive methods, monoprint collage and creating textures with Gelli plates. The finalized edition of prints will be assembled into a gallery ready accordion book.

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2D Mixed Media
Michele Liebler    
Wednesdays & Thursdays,1pm - 4pm

July 18 & 19, 25 & 26
$450

Experiment with a variety of mediums in combination with various type of surfaces. Students can use Graphite, Gouache, Watercolor, Oil paint and Colored Pencils in this class. The surface directly influences mark making whether your style is traditional or contemporary. Many different artists used mixed media such as Degas, Romare Bearden, Jasper John, Jim Dine and Rauschenberg just to name a few. The combinations are endless, but the basic idea is to combine and layer materials to create unique works. Students will be encouraged to work from their choice of subjects such as still life, figure, designs and their own sketches. The point of this class is for students to discover their own visual language. Beginners to advance students are welcomed.

 

Painting


Figure and Composition: Complete Traditional Skills
Edmond Rochat  
Mondays - Tuesdays,    4pm - 7pm          

Session I: June 4 - 26

One Session: $350

This class will introduce historically based skills and concepts for figure drawing and oil painting. Each lesson will discuss principles such as proportion or gesture and clearly define and demonstrate a path to improvement. The instructor will start by showing how to simplify the subject into accurate shapes and values which are essential for achieving a likeness of the subject. Later, discussion surrounding light, anatomy, and color will help bring refinement and resolution to the painting or drawing. Students unfamiliar with these concepts will begin by drawing in graphite pencil, and more advanced students may work in oils. The model will assume the same pose for multiple sessions so that each lesson can be thoroughly implemented and understood. 

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Figure: Painting the Model in Costume, with a Focus on Portrait
Gabriela Dellosso
Mondays, 4pm - 7pm        

Session I: June 4 - 25

One Session: $200

Paint or draw the human figure in costume, delving into themes such as historical dress, the use of hats, musical instruments, and other evocative or historically significant props. Develop a fuller understanding of light and shadow, warm and cool colors, sculptural strokes, and simple, expressive shapes while using the painting medium of your choice, including oil, pastel, or watercolor. There will be a focus on creating the portrait; it will teach the student to draw and paint facial features more accurately and 3-dimensionally. The instructor will analyze the structure of the eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, chin, and ears. For oil painters, we will provide you with a painting medium that is non-toxic and allows painters to achieve wonderful results without toxic fumes. We will be using a refined non-toxic linseed oil in this class as an oil painting medium. Open to all levels.

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Figure Painting / Monday
Eric Michelson    
Mondays, 7pm - 10pm      

Session I: June 4 - 25
Session II: July 9 - 30     

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Explore the rich variety of figure painting methods by looking at the underlying structure of the human form and means of achieving a vivid, varied surface that truly brings the form to life. Explore a rich variety of methods, including brushwork, knife techniques, glazing, and anatomy. Develop a critical eye by deemphasizing distracting details to construct a compelling image. All levels welcome.

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Figure Painting / Saturday           
Eric Michelson    
Saturdays, 9am - 12pm     

Session I: June 9 - 30
Session II: July 14 - Aug 4   

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Explore the rich variety of figure painting methods by looking at the underlying structure of the human form and means of achieving a vivid, varied surface that truly brings the form to life. Explore a rich variety of methods, including brushwork, knife techniques, glazing, and anatomy. Develop a critical eye by deemphasizing distracting details to construct a compelling image. All levels welcome.

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Abstraction: Development of Language and Imagery  Peter Bonner      
Wednesdays - Friday, 9am - 12pm

Session I: June 6 - 27

One Session: $500

We will explore the issues central to Abstract Painting and the function of Drawing in developing one’s own language. This class focusses on developing each artists passion to make abstract art through a range of activities, studying in particular how to explore one’s inspiration and ideas via process and using a language specific to each artist to develop coherent abstract images. Artists are encouraged to work from source material that is personal to them and these will be developed with particular emphasis on drawing and awareness of the visual language while making. It is anticipated that each artist will develop a deeper understanding of their own inclinations and the role they play in their painting. Open to all levels. The instructor will be present on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Classical Painting: The Techniques          
Eric Michelson    
Wednesdays, 7pm - 10pm

Session I: June 6 - 27
Session II: July 11 - Aug 1  

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Focus on traditional oil painting techniques that are rarely taught but incredibly useful for painters of all styles. Experiment with underpainting and grisaille techniques, as well as alla prima exercises to improve your understanding of composition, value, and color. The goal will be to explore the rich variety of painting approaches and methods used since the Renaissance. All levels are welcome.

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Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media   
Michele Liebler    
Wednesdays, 1pm - 4pm

Session I: June 6 - 27

One Session: $200

Experiment with a variety of mediums in combination with various type of surfaces. Students can use Graphite, Gouache, Watercolor, Oil paint and Colored Pencils in this class. The surface directly influences mark making whether your style is traditional or contemporary. Many different artists used mixed media such as Degas, Romare Bearden, Jasper John, Jim Dine and Rauschenberg just to name a few. The combinations are endless, but the basic idea is to combine and layer materials to create unique works. Students will be encouraged to work from their choice of subjects such as still life, figure, designs and their own sketches. The point of this class is for students to discover their own visual language. Beginners to advance students are welcomed.

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Understanding Process: Drawing to Painting
Yuka Imata
Thursdays, 9am - 12pm

Session I: June 7 - 28
Session II: July 12 - Aug 2  

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Working from the same model for 4 sessions per month, class will focus on the drawing issues in painting and learning step-by-step approach. Students will learn how to simplifying light and shadow to create shapes with a step-by-step approach, which will then allow them to build the detail and achieve a likeness with human expression. You will learn to create a three dimensional effect with depth of space by understanding and controlling your edges. All levels are welcome.

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Abstract Painting: The Process   
Cathy Choi
Fridays, 1pm - 4pm           

Session I: June 8 - 29
Session II: July 13 - Aug 3   

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

This class emphasizes process and reductive methods to guide the artist toward Abstract work.The course is intended to strengthen and increase an artist's vision and repertoire. My unique approach helps to quicken the artist's response to visual stimuli towards a minimal language. Each week, through theme based exercises, the class together creates variations with a particular focus, using primarily acrylic, charcoal, and ink. Incorporating time segments, organization principles such as the grid, and the use of varying tools both traditional and non-traditional will be utilized. An array of methodologies and group critiques will foster one's personal way of working by placing greater emphasis spontaneity and visual sensation using repetition, color, line, and lyricism.

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Drawing


Constructing the Figure
Edmond Rochat     
Tuesdays, 1pm - 4pm.      

Session I: June 5 - 26

One Session: $200

Learn to construct solid and anatomically correct figure and portrait drawings. Through lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction this course will cover the anatomical, structural and surface forms of the head and figure. Participant will be taken through a range of short and long poses to explore the gesture as well as the creation of highly finished drawings. There will be an emphasis on proportion, tone, structure and light on form. Drawing is the foundation of many forms of visual expression and by concentrating on the foundational principles of drawing the figure students will expand their knowledge through direct observation of the live model. Open to all levels.

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Drawing: The Figure       
Eric Michelson    
Fridays, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Session I: June 8 - 29
Session II: July 13 - Aug 3  

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Understanding the basics of drawing the figure allows you to organize light, shade, gesture, and rhythm into a single expressive whole. Working individually with the instructor, you’ll be introduced to varied drawing approaches and techniques, and develop your skills and insights. Open to students of all levels.

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Watercolor


Watercolor: The Techniques        
Michiyo Fukushima   
Mondays & Thursdays, 9am - 12pm

Session I: June 4 - 28
Session II: July 9 - Aug 2   
 
One Session: $350
Both Sessions:$660

Gain an understanding of traditional watercolor techniques: wet-into-wet, layering transparent washes and experimenting with various papers. The instructor— classically trained in portrait, figure, cityscape, and landscape—will demonstrate loose and controlled watercolor techniques. Teaching will be individually adapted to your direction and level.

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Sculpture


Sculpture: Portrait          
June: Bruce Gagnier
July: Weixian Jiang
Mondays, 1pm - 4pm        

Session I: June 4 - 25
Session II: July 9 - 30     

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

In this course, you will learn how to do a realistic human head from start to finish, exploring the anatomy of the face in-depth, proportions, features, and expressions. You’ll learn the principles of building armatures and handling clay. All work in clay from the life model. All levels of experience are welcomed.

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Sculpture: Principles and Basic Techniques          
Ingo Appel          
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Session I: June 5 - 27
Session II: July 10 - Aug 1    

One Session: $350
Both Sessions:$660

In this course, students will gain extensive knowledge and familiarity with the technical aspects and methodology of sculpture. All media and processes will be considered, including wood, clay, metal, plaster, and more. Individual needs will be considered and addressed to find the necessary personal solution. 

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Sculpture: The Human Form        
Ingo Appel          
Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 7:30pm           

Session I: June 5 - 26
Session II: July 10 - 31  

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Using a live model as an inspiration, interpret the human form according to your own sensibilities. While working primarily in clay, other mediums such as wax, wood, metal, and plaster will be introduced. The work will focus on creating a three-dimensional form, whether full figure, fragments, or bas-relief. Open to all levels.

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Sculpture: Unconventional Materials        
Nadia Martinez    
Thursdays & Fridays, 1pm - 4pm    

Session I: June 7 - 29

One Session: $350

 

Visualize and produce sculptures of different scales using a mix of unconventional and unusual materials. You’ll focus on design principles, repetition, contrast, rhythm, balance, and movement to create sculpture and/ or installations. Students are welcome to work with any kind of materials – whether new or old, purchased, recycled, or found. The instructor will be present on Thursdays.

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Terracotta          
June: Bruce Gagnier
July: Weixian Jiang     
Saturdays, 10am - 4pm     

Session I: June 9 - 30
Session II: July 14 - Aug 4  

One Session: $350
Both Sessions:$660

Learn the basic traditional technique of terracotta sculpture, including clay-work skills, modeling, and handling the process of the clay from wet to dry then baked in a kiln. Through demonstration and individual instruction, you will learn to make a complete sculpture in terracotta. Sculpture in a variety of styles will be encouraged. Open to all levels.

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Printmaking


Exploring Western Woodblock Techniques
Kathy Caraccio   
Mondays & Tuesdays , 9:30am - 12:30pm    

Session I: June 4 - 26
 
One Session: $350

Carve away! Woodblock is based on simple material that can be either hand or press printed. This course will present all aspects of designing and printing woodblocks, focusing on with Western techniques. Participants will learn proper handling of carving tools, planning and transferring designs to blocks, registration, gradation bokashi. The goal is to complete an edition of prints in more than one color.

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Japanese Water Based Woodblock (Hanga)
Kathy Caraccio   
Mondays & Tuesdays , 9:30am - 12:30pm

Session II: July 9 - 31    
 
One Session: $350

Carve away! Woodblock is based on simple material that can be either hand or press printed. This course will present all aspects of designing and printing woodblocks, focusing on the Japanese techniques, specifically the use of washi, the barn and the kento registration. Participants will learn proper handling of carving tools, planning and transferring designs to blocks, registration, types of water based printing inks, gradation bokashi, and the use of the baren. The goal is to complete an edition of prints in more than one color.

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Techniques of Printmaking          
Taka Maruno      
Wednesdays, 4 pm - 7 pm

Session I: June 6 - 27
Session II: July 11 - Aug 1   
 
One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Discover the creative potential of printmaking, starting with monotypes and dry-point and moving to more complicated techniques of etching, aquatint, and color viscosity roller techniques. You’ll learn to combine technical skill and expression into works of art. This course is ideal whether you’re a beginner who wants to understand the process of making a print, or someone who wants to improve technique.

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Projects in Printmaking  
Taka Maruno      
Mondays - Wednesdays, 1pm - 4pm             

Session I: June 4 - 27
Session II: July 9 - Aug 1     

One Session: $500
Both Sessions: $950

Find freedom of expression through printmaking. Develop individual projects in mediums including etching copper and zinc, color viscosity roller technique, and monotype. Unite technique and imagination in a dynamic expression of your unique vision. The instructor will be present on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Cyanotypes       
Karen Lindsay     
Thursdays          
11:00pm - 3:00pm            

Session I: June 7 - 28

One Session: $200

Create images rather than capture them. The cyanotype photographic process has many expressive possibilities for the adventurous image-maker. Dating from 1842, this historic Prussian blue process offers a compelling alternative to modern digital prints. Topics will include the history of photography, photograms, creating negatives, paper, and substrate selection, exposing and developing prints, bleaching, toning and lumen prints. Most materials provided and all levels are welcome.

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Collage and Assemblage
Martha Bloom     
Thursdays, 4pm - 7pm    

Session I: June 7 - 28
Session II: July 12 - Aug 2     

One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Participants are welcome at any level of experience to attend this supportive class of collage and assemblage. Inventive techniques and the development of one's unique vision in a supportive environment. Students are encouraged to bring their own collections of imagery found objects, mementos, and more while some unusual materials will be provided for enhancement and execution. Bringing hard surfaces of wood stretched canvas and cardboard is suggested to which work can be attached along with scissors, glue, tools and pigments desired and necessary for connecting and enhancement. Individual guidance will be offered to help cultivate personal creative processes and perception. Working with personal collections can help make the process of artmaking more expansive and the artwork more meaningful and genuine.

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Printmaking: Experiences and Self Expression      
Martha Bloom     
Thursdays, 7pm - 10pm    

Session I: June 7 - 28
Session II: July 12 - Aug 2   
 
One Session: $200
Both Sessions: $380

Enhance your sense of wonder through printmaking. Create projects in mixed media and printmaking in a supportive environment of self- expression to produce one of a kind prints. Use inventive problem solving to cultivate a stunning outcome and celebrate your individual artistic qualities. Learn to create exhibits and develop your confidence in the experience of art-making. All levels welcome.

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Large Prints      
Taka Maruno      
Fridays, 10am - 4pm         

Session I: June 8 - 29
Session II: July 13 - Aug 3  

One Session: $350
Both Sessions:$660

Create your image on a plate larger than full- size paper (22”x30”) that extends far beyond your imagination. Develop individual projects in mediums including monotype, drypoint, linocut, collagraph, carborundum, and chine colle. Just bring your passion and explore new idea. All levels are welcome. Eight students maximum.

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Please contact the school office at registration@newyorkschoolofthearts.org or 646-880-9050 to register.