We offer courses in a wide variety of concentrations and schedules. Explore our offerings below and click enroll to register.
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Drawing: Anatomy and Artistry (SESSION 1)
Mondays 7pm - 9pm
This class will teach essential anatomy for figure drawing. Anatomy will be taught and discussed as a tool to create expressive, interesting figure drawings. Artistry will be emphasized. We will analyze the “magic” of old master drawings. Students will also learn the basic shading techniques, expression of line, building solid planes, portrait construction, and a variety of other topics, through lectures and examples. Working with a live model, poses will range from quick gesture poses to longer poses. Some drawing experience required for this class.
Drawing: The Figure
Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Figure Drawing: with an emphasis in portraiture
Thursdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Capture the human expression in order to create a figure drawing with a focus on portraiture while working from the live model. You will learn to break down the process of drawing with a step-by-step approach learning how to simplify light and shadow into shapes in order for them to evolve into the details of facial structures, all while enabling you to achieve a likeness. Studying the essential structural landmarks of the human figure combined with the shifts of plane, you will have a better understanding of how light falls onto the subject and creates shadow. Crafting depth of space by controlling your edges will lead to you to produce the magic of a 3 dimensional figure on a 2 dimensional picture plane. Open to students of all levels.
Figure Drawing Movement and Expression Workshop
Monday & Tuesday, August 19 & 20, 1pm - 4pm
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.
Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media
Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm
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.
Collage and Assemblage
Thursdays, 3pm - 6pm
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.
Figure and Portrait Painting (SESSION 2)
Tuesdays 10am - 1pm
July 2 - July 23
In this workshop, students will investigate the foundational elements of portrait painting. In four sessions with the same model each aspect of the curriculum will be thoroughly studied and implemented. Students will begin with color theory and the basics of placing the proportions of the sitter on canvas. The class will then progress through the articulation of form by way of light, perspective, and structure. By moving from the simple to the complex, students will gain a greater awareness of these foundational elements. In addition, topics pertaining to composition will be presented and tailored to the needs of each student. Lessons will take the form of demonstrations and individual critiques.
Classical Painting: The Techniques
Mondays 7pm - 10pm
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.
Figure: Painting the Model in Costume, with a Focus on Portrait (SESSION 1)
Mondays 4pm - 7pm
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.
Mondays 5:30pm - 8:30pm
This class, students will learn how to create a completed landscape or cityscape painting from start to finish. Students will learn how to select a subject and refine their ideas using sketches and drawings. Vadnais will explain and demonstrate how to create a useful under painting as a foundation for subsequent layering of color. Finally, Vadnais will guide the class through the process of bringing their picture to a unified finish wil all the desired effects and relevant details. Painting technique, linear and atmospheric perspective, color theory, and art history will be discussed as it relates to individual projects. Open to all levels, some drawing experience is recommended.
Abstract Painting: The Process
Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
This class emphasizes process in Abstract Painting. Through theme based exercises, the class together creates variations in a particular focus, using primarily acrylic, charcoal, and ink. Develop your own intuitive responses by placing greater emphasis on spontaneity and visual sensation by using repetition, color, line, and lyricism.
Saturdays 9am - 12pm
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.
Museum and Gallery Visits
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.
Summer Session Wednedays:
Wednedays: 10:30am - 12:30pm.
June 12, 26 and July 10, 24
Introduction workshop to 3D modeling with ZBrush Workshop
Saturdays, August, 2019
1 - 4 pm
In this workshop, you will learn the 3D sculpting techniques in ZBrush, a software program designed by and specifically for artists. ZBrush specializes in free form, the organic process of sculpting, as opposed to a more industrial approach. A wide array of sculpting tools and processes are available for intuitive modeling.
We will experience the fundamentals of modeling with specific tools and learn about the possibilities in digital space. These new ways of creating forms will provide you a sense of freedom and playfulness using ZBrush and will allow you to improvise once you have mastered the techniques.
You will learn: The ZBrush interface, Brushes and strokes, Masking, Subdivision and dynamesh, Materials and colors, Preparation for 3D printing
Basic computer skills required*
Silk Aquatint Collagraph and Color Viscosity Printing (SESSION 1)
Mondays & Tuesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
This class will draw upon Kathy’s special techniques, will build a matrix which can printed both intaglio and relief. They will be encouraged to produce individual projects featuring silk aquatint, collagraph, carborundum and embossment. These plates will be excellent for exploring color viscosity printing. In the spirit of green printing, the workshop features Charbonnel Aqua Wash environmentally-friendly water miscible inks. The instructor will be present on both days. Find your technique and get inspired!
Projects in Printmaking (SESSION 1)
Mondays - Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
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.
Printmaking: Intaglio, Monoprint and New Experiences (SESSION 1)
Mondays and Tuesdays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Entering the print experience through monotype, Kathy will introduce traditional layers of drypoint and multi-plate relief exploration. We will scratch, incise, transfer images, and learn the secrets of ink on paper. In the spirit of green printing, the workshop features Charbonnel Aqua Wash environmentally-friendly water miscible inks. Come for the fun and leave rewarded!
Techniques of Printmaking (SESSION 1)
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm
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.
Thursdays 11am - 3pm
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.
Printmaking: Experiences and Self Expression
Thursdays 7pm - 10pm
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.
Fridays 10am - 4pm (SESSION 1)
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.
Monotype: The Painterly Print
Saturdays 1pm - 4pm
Learn about the art of Monotype in this weekend class. Monotype is a bridge between painting and printmaking. Artists as diverse as Degas to Jasper Johns used this painterly printmaking technique. The nature of the process allows students to work in a spontaneous manner doing gestural images and textured surfaces. Learn to experiment with blending techniques, additive and reductive methods, collage and creating textures with Gelli plates. Students will also have the option of assembling their monotypes into a gallery ready accordion book. The Instructor is present for each class. Open to all levels.
WeiXian Jiang (SESSION 1)
Ben Dierckx (SESSION 2)
Mondays 4pm - 7pm
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.
Sculpture: Principles and Basic Techniques
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Sculpture: The Human Form
Tuesdays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
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.
WeiXian Jiang (SESSION 1)
Ben Dierckx (SESSION 2)
Saturdays 10am - 4pm
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.
Watercolor: The Techniques
Mondays 9am -12pm
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.
Watercolor: The Perception
Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm
Perception as a source for imagery will be explored in this class. Formal elements of painting such as composition, tone, and color will be pursued while maintaining an appreciation for the immediacy and fluidity of watercolor. We will cover basic technique such as wet on wet, dry brush, color mixing by layers and so on. Individual attention demonstrations and group critiques will help each student develop their own voice. All levels are welcome, although prior drawing experience is helpful.
Thursdays, June 6 and 13, 9am - 4pm
A 2-day watercolor or water-based workshop will be conducted at the Mount Vernon Hotel, Museum and Garden at 421 East 61 st St, a block and a half from the New York School of the Arts. The class meets at the school at 9:00am and we will paint in the nearby garden. The workshop includes a demonstration and will focus on composition, color and issues related to note taking and painting outdoors. Students will paint en plein air and are free to work in watercolor or other water-based paint.