We offer courses in a wide variety of concentrations and schedules. Explore our offerings below and click enroll to register. There is a one-time Registration Fee of $50 for new students.
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Drawing: The Figure
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
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.
Large Format Workshop with Maurizio Pellegrin
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, July 15, 16, & 17, 2019, 10am-1pm
This unique three-morning workshop, led by Maurizio Pellegrin, is structured to accomplish several compositions or works in a large format. The participants will paint and/or draw on huge paper surfaces with any desired paint and technique. Participants will need to bring: (1) colorants (wet or dry) including; paints, inks, charcoal or pencil, (2) large format brushes and, (3) whatever other materials the participant is currently working with. Students may also work with large canvases if desired, but sizes should be a minimum of 4 feet high. Large format paper will be provided. Maurizio will help students to structure form and shape out of the ordinary and will propose a vision and conception of the painting that can be adaptable to all future projects. The student will complete the workshop with a few extraordinary pieces and a firm understanding of how to use this methodology in the future. Come with energy and ambition!
Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media
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
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)
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
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.
In 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
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.
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.
Combining the Abstract and the Figurative
3 days - June 26, 27, & 28, 1- 4pm
Experiment with different techniques throughout this workshop to create an abstract figurative painting. Explore the properties of acrylic paint and various acrylic mediums. Composition, textures, layers, and design will be examined. There will be a drawing practice from a live model to refine your concept and composition. You will have a finished painting at the end of the workshop. Basic color mixing skill is required.
Museum and Gallery Visits
Wednesdays, June 12, 26 & July 10, 24, 10:30am-12:30pm
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.
Editing the documentation of your work with Photoshop and Lightroom
Wednesday and Thursday, July 10 & 11, 2019, 1pm-4pm
After photographing your work images need to be processed to get the best possible results. From small adjustments such as resizing and cropping to manipulating exposure, balancing color, and combining multiple files, every digital image need work in post-production. In this workshop you will learn how to edit your images using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to improve the documentation of your work. Finally, we will cover how to save and export your files for the proper outlet: print, web, distribution, etc.
Introduction to 3D Modeling Using ZBrush Workshop
Saturdays, June 8, 15, & 22, 2019, 1pm-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*
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
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.
Monotype: The Painterly Print
Learn about the art of Monotype in this 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) from June 10 - July 1
Ben Dierckx (SESSION 2)
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
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.
Introduction to Sculpture
The fundamental issues in sculpture, such as material, process, context, form, scale, structure, and space will be introduced; combined with the elements and principles of design within the context of sculpture. A significant component will be the variety of materials that might be used - clay, wood, metal, and plaster, as well as the review of supplemental materials, including images, videos, and readings.
This workshop will introduce students to the history of wood carving and its use in contemporary sculpture. The techniques used to shape the wood will be examined, the practical aspects of using and sharpening the tools, selecting the size, volume and type of wood to carve, as well as finishing of the surface of the artwork. Students will have a completed project at the conclusion of the workshop. Wood is included.
WeiXian Jiang (SESSION 1) from June 15- July 6
Ben Dierckx (SESSION 2)
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
Gain an understanding of traditional watercolor techniques: wet-into-wet, layering transparent washes and experimenting with various materials. The instructor— classically trained —will demonstrate loose and controlled watercolor techniques as it’s needed. Teaching will be individually adapted to your direction and level. Students will work from own references such as photographs and sketches.
Watercolor: The Perception
Formal elements of painting such as composition, tone, and color will be pursued while maintaining an appreciation for the luminosity and fluidity of transparent watercolor. We will cover basic technique such as wet on wet, dry brush, color mixing by layers and so on. Individual attention and demonstrations will help each student develop their own voice. All levels are welcome, although prior drawing experience is helpful. Students are encouraged to bring own references such as photographs and sketches.
Thursdays, June 13 & 20, 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.