Founded in 1875 by artists and for artists, the Art Students League of New York has been instrumental in shaping America's legacy in the fine arts. Many renowned artists have honed their skills at the League, which is dedicated to sustaining the great tradition of training artists. Today, more than 2,500 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, study at the League each month. 



Currently, the League offers more than 130 courses taught by a faculty of approximately 80 artists at its flagship Manhattan location. The League also offers an international residency program as well as workshops and exhibitions at Vytlacil (24 miles north of Manhattan). Throughout the year, students also participate in lectures, seminars and workshops presented by noted figures in the art world.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Art Students League.

Just Some of the Prominent Artists Who Have Studied or Taught at the League

Click on the artists' names to learn more about them. Click the following link for information about current League instructors.

Ai Weiwei Will Barnet Louise Bourgeois John H. Twachtman
George Bellows Thomas Hart Benton Lee Bontecou Frank Vincent DuMond
Alexander Calder William Merritt Chase Kenyon Cox Robert Beverly Hale
Thomas Eakins Helen Frankenthaler George Grosz Clark Hulings
Childe Hassam Hans Hofmann Al Hirschfeld  Donald Judd
Yasuo Kuniyoshi Roy Lichtenstein Reginald Marsh Frank Mason
Hildreth Meière
Louise Nevelson Georgia O'Keeffe Thomas E. Otterness
Jackson Pollock Richard Pousette-Dart Robert Rauschenberg Frederick Remington
Norman Rockwell James Rosenquist Mark Rothko  Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Maruice Sendak Ben Shahn

Nelson Shanks

 Cy Twombly

Vaclav Vytlacil      

Founded by Artists, For Artists

Established by artists for artists, and continuing to hold to its founding principles, the League is an atelier school in which the language of art is taught and developed through immersion in the practices of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and assemblage. With an emphasis on mastering skills and visual thinking, students engage in the process of making art. The format of ongoing classes allows students to learn at their own pace and from prominent artists who have a range of artistic philosophies and approaches. They also learn from their fellow students, many of whom have years of experience and add to the rich atelier learning environment.

The League offers the finest quality of art education for students at all levels. There are no prerequisites for enrollment or membership. By dedicating its tuition fees and a significant portion of its endowment to underwriting the cost of instruction, the League ensures that all who wish to attend can do so at affordable cost. Continuous courses, workshops, residencies, apprenticeships and exhibition programs are available to help guide each student through their own self-directed course of study.

The main campus in Manhattan, in the center of the world's most culturally vibrant city, is situated in a landmark building that has been the League's home since it was built in 1892.

The League Residency at Vyt

On a pastoral 15-acre estate just north of New York City, The League Residency at Vyt supports working artists by providing intensive focus through an international residency program. Nestled in the historic lower Hudson Valley’s beautiful landscape, Vyt offers seven residents per month individual space to freely focus on their craft with facilities including north-lit studios, private bedrooms, a bronze foundry, metal forge, electric kiln and welding shop. Hosting exhibitions and workshops, The League Residency at Vyt is an integral part of the Art Students League of New York’s enduring mission to train great artists.  Click here to learn more, or apply to Vyt.

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