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, and August Workshops

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

August 13, 14
$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, 9:30am-12:30pm

August 6, 7
$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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Large Format Workshop
Maurizio Pellegrin
Monday - Wednesday; 1pm - 4pm

August 13, 14 & 15
$350


This unique three-day workshop is structured to accomplish several compositions/works in a large format.  The participants will paint and/or draw on huge cardboard surfaces with black, white, and ocher tempera paint which will be provided.  Participants will need to bring their own paint, if another paint is preferred, large format brushes and charcoal sticks.  Using a simple still life, Maurizio will help students to structure form and shape out of the ordinary and will propose a vision and conception of the painting adaptable to all future projects.  The student will go home with three extraordinary pieces and a firm understanding of how to use this methodology in the future. Come with energy and ambition. 

 


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Water-based monotype for painters and printmakers
Kathy Caraccio    
Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am-1pm

August 20 & 21
$250

If you are an artist who works in watercolor and water-based media, or a printmaker who wants to experiment, this class is meant for you. This monotype process offers chemically safe and luminous color which can be applied with tools like brushes, brayers, sponges and squeegees. For the traditional printmaker the use of stencils and Caran D’Ache water soluble crayons will be encouraged. Multiple printing and ghosting will be featured. Novices and experienced artists are welcomed.

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Collage and Assemblage
Martha Bloom     
Thursdays, 3pm - 6pm    

August 28 & 29  
$250

This workshop combines methods and ideas for combining materials images and objects to best express personal experience and artistic stories. Each student will be encouraged to make art of their own with careful attention provided. 

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

Thursdays: July 12, July 19         
$100

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.


 

Painting


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

Session II: July 9 - 30     

$200

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

Session II: July 11 - Aug 1  

$200

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

Session II: July 12 - Aug 2  

$200

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 II: July 13 - Aug 3   

$200

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


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

Session II: July 13 - Aug 3  

$200

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 II: July 9 - Aug 2   
 
$350

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          
Weixian Jiang
Mondays, 1pm - 4pm        

Session II: July 9 - 30     

$200

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 II: July 10 - Aug 1    

$350

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 II: July 10 - 31  

$200

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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Printmaking


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

Session II: July 11 - Aug 1   
 
$200

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 II: July 9 - Aug 1     

$500

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

Session II: July 12 - Aug 2     

$200

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