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Intensive Weeklong and Weekend Workshops
with Prominent Instructors and visiting artists

Each year, the League hosts several hundred weekend and weeklong workshops. League instructors and prominent visiting artists work with intimate groups of about a dozen students on a particular aspect of art-making (such as landscapes) or specific mediums or techniques (such as egg tempera or color spot painting). The workshops below are held at the 57th St. location in Studio 6, or at the Vytlacil Campus where noted. Although prices vary, workshops are generally priced as follows: weekend workshops are $265–$290; half-day weeklong workshops are $400–$425; and all-day weeklong workshops are $800-$850. 

To register for a Regular Workshop at the League's 57th Street or Vytlacil Campus, please visit the League's main office or call 212-247-4510, x. 101. If you are registering for the first time and wish to register by phone, first fill out the online Student Information Form. For more information, please e-mail info@artstudentsleague.org. Please note: you may not register for a workshop via email.

Special Travel Workshops
Stay tuned for new travel workshops! To register for a Travel Workshop, please contact Robert Telenick in the ASL office: 212-247-4510 x123 or rtelenick@artstudentsleague.org.

Workshop Policies

The Art Students League of New York admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin. Please note that photography and filming/taping of workshops is prohibited. Please see below for refunds and withdrawal policies. Workshops are subject to change and may be cancelled on short notice.

 

Workshops

August
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners—Intensive Practice Workshop
Sylvie Covey: Photoshop for Artists
Elizabeth Allison: Expressive Watercolor
John A. Varriano: Nude in Nature, Using the Prismatic Palette in Oil
Leonid Gervits: Painting the Cast
Fred Bendheim: Principles of Composition
James Vanderberg: Color Theory for Beginners
Gregg Kreutz: Nude in Nature
 
September
Elizabeth Wilson: Gouache Landscape in the Studio
Steven Katz: Create the Cityscape Oil Sketch
John A. Parks: Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic
Mary Beth McKenzie: Starting a Canvas
Ed Watkins: How to Photograph Your Art
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic Painting – The Basics and Beyond
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic Monotype Printmaking
Lisa Cyr: Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media
Naomi Campbell: Painting the Interior Landscape with the Figure in the 20th and 21st Century
Kathie Miranda: Plant Portraits in Colored Pencil
Greg Follender: Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing – Short Pose Intensive
 
October
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development: Self-Portraiture in Line, Tone & Color
Lucy Fradkin: Mastering The Art of Collage
Anki King: Experimenting with Oil Paint
Max Ginsburg: Capturing the Humanity and Unique Characteristics of the Individual
Leonid Gervits: Copying Masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Theory and Technique
Hiba Schahbaz: The Art of Miniature Painting
 
November
Michele Liebler: Absolute Beginners – Oil
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
 
December
Ephraim Rubenstein: Introduction to Pastel

*Free transportation to Vytlacil Campus Workshops is provided.
Please visit the Vytlacil Campus page for more information.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Plein Air Landscape Painting


August 10–14
Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please Request Supply List

This workshop provides training in direct plein air landscape painting, working on-location in various areas of Central Park. The workshop is open to beginning students, who have never worked outside before, and to more advanced students, who wish to refine their plein air handling. The course addresses issues including: direct versus indirect approaches to oil painting in the landscape, topographical versus atmospheric emphasis, and the notion of space composition. The class also offers practice in handling changing light and weather conditions. Students must have a folding French easel (or something similar).
 
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in New York, at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co. and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards.  His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League of New York. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


 


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners—Intensive Practice Workshop

August 10–14
Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:30pm
Fee: $425
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list upon registration 

This workshop is designed for beginning students who are either just starting out, or who have already made a start by attending a workshop or class, and who would like a relaxed, no-pressure environment in which to put their new found skills and concepts into practice. It is particularly geared towards transitioning students to working from still life objects to the model in a life class or open sketching groups.
We will begin with still life objects, reviewing simple shapes, compound shapes, ellipses, lighting and the station point. We will practice measuring, mapping, and shading. We will then switch to the live model, where I will demonstrate how to analyze the figure, the pose and its gesture. We will then practice how to handle foreshortening, movement and end with portraiture.
 
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in New York, at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co. and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards.  His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League of New York. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


Sylvie Covey
Photoshop for Artists

August 10-14

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This workshop is designed for painters, printmakers and visual artists who want to discover and develop their computer skills with Photoshop and apply them in various techniques of visual fine art. This workshop will cover: drawing and painting digitally; working with layers and masks; learning color modes and adjustments; transforming, editing and retouching images; sepia toning; and using infrared and Sabattier effects. The instructor will provide notes and images for exercises, and students will also be able to work from their own images and photographs if they want.

Sylvie Covey is an instructor at the Art Students League for the last 20 years, and also teaches at FIT, and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and later received an MFA from Hunter College [1996]. Ms. Covey is currently represented by the Old Printshop Gallery in New York City. She is the author of “Photoshop for Artists”, published by Watson & Guptill, Random House [2012]. For more information about the artist, visit www.sylviecovey.net.


Elizabeth Allison
Expressive Watercolor

August 10-14

Monday-Friday: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

This workshop will begin with a large scale watercolor demonstration.  During the workshop students will explore the range of possibilities that watercolor offers for expressive, contemporary painting.  Students are encouraged to bring a reference, such as a photo or sketch, to help them begin their own paintings. This workshop is open to students of all levels, and each student will receive intensive individual instruction.
 
Elizabeth Allison studied at the Art Students League and received a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan.  She is the recipient of the Raluca Popescu Memorial Scholarship, a Nessa Cohen Grant, and three Elizabeth Greenshields Grants.  She was a Model to Monument Participant in 2010-2011, and had a monumental sculpture in Riverside Park South.  She was a visiting artist at Buffalo State College and is a technical instructor at the Art Students League. She is represented by Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.  For more information please visit www.elizabethallisonart.com.


John A. Varriano
Nude in Nature: Using the Prismatic Palette in Oil     


August 15-16
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 17 students
Please request supply list

Free shuttle leaves the Art Students League at 9:00 am and leaves Vytlacil at 4:30 pm to return back to the Art Students League before 5:00 pm. You must have registered for the workshop to use the shuttle and you must have noted upon registration that you will take advantage of it. Please notify security in the ASL lobby that you wish to be on the shuttle and they will notify you when it arrives.

Bring your own lunch or bring $10/d cash for lunch ordering.

 
This two-day plein air landscape workshop focuses on painting the figure in outdoor light. Using the backdrop of the beautifully pastoral Vytlacil Campus, students will paint the model and explore the subtle tonal and color relationships on flesh as revealed by varying lighting conditions. Emphasis will be placed on understanding impressionist principles of using complementary colors and color temperature to depict vivid light and atmospheric effects.

John A. Varriano is a representational painter. He has exhibited extensively and has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at the UCJF’s Annual Fall for Art Show, 2010 and the National Art League's Annual Exhibit, 2011, the Sanford Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Alfred and Mary Crimi Award, and the Guilia Palermo Award at the Audubon Artists Exhibit, NY. In 2006 he was one of 20 artist invited to paint the landscape at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Colorado. He was one of 20 artists chosen out of thousands to participate in the International Fine Art Exhibit in Chelsea, 2012, and was selected in 2012 and 2013 for the Hudson Valley Artists Association Annual Exhibition in Old Lyme, CT.  Varriano studied at the Art Students League with Frank Mason and Gustav Rehberger.  He currently teaches figurative and portrait painting in New Jersey and New York City, and landscape workshops in the Hudson Valley region of NY.  He is represented by Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY.


Leonid Gervits
Painting the Cast

August 17-21

Monday-Friday, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Since the founding in the late 17th-Century of the famous Bologna Art Academy by the cousins Carracci, depictions of casts taken from famous ancient examples were a necessary part of the beginner’s art education. This wonderful tradition continues in our time in many of the art institutions, like the Florence, New York, British Royal, Repin and other well-known Academies. By painting white and harmonious shapes, students manage specific and well-observed vibration of the tones (light and dark), but also educate their color-feeling as well. Since the white surface is extremely accepting toward any surrounding influences, seeing reflections on the clear white shape is easier than on the colored subject. Casts will be put in a different lighting condition as well as placed in an appropriate still-life context. Frequent demonstrations will be made by instructor. All painting mediums are acceptable. All levels of student development are welcome.

Leonid Gervits belongs to the European/Russian realist tradition of painting and drawing. In 1966, he graduated from the Odessa Art College. In 1973, he received an MFA from Repin Academy, where he later worked as a professor for sixteen years. Mr. Gervits moved to the United States in 1991, working as an instructor at the New York Academy from 1992 to 2000. He has been an instructor at the Art Students League since 1997. An artist of the realist tradition and of serious academic training, Mr. Gervits is able to work in a broad spectrum of genres. His works are present in numerous state and private collections in USA and abroad (Russia, Germany, Switzerland, e.t.c.). For more information, visit www.gervits.com.


Fred Bendheim
Principles of Composition


August 17-18
Monday-Tuesday; 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Fee: $160
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This workshop is for art students of all levels who wish to learn the principles and history of composition in the visual arts, and to explore these ideas in their own work. We will work in a variety of media to explore the basics, the subtleties and the pure excitement of creative work in drawing, painting and other media. Students will learn about composing for figurative and for abstract work, about the “key points” of the picture plane, about rules to follow and rules to break. Students will learn that composition is crucial to visual design, that it is not a static set of rules, but is a dynamic tool adaptable to the intentions of the artist. Students will be encouraged to find their own solutions in their art with practical help. Workbooks on composition will be supplied to students.
 
Fred Bendheim has had exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Costa Rica, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy, the Plotkin Museum, Denise Bibro Fine Art, the Arsenal Gallery, Bradley International Airport, McGrath Galleries, the Brooklyn Public Library, Mayo Center for Humanities and Simon Liu Gallery. Commissions include sculptures for Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and paintings for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. In addition to his paintings and sculptures, Mr. Bendheim is known for his drawings, public art, collages, and illustrations. He has written many articles about art for the British journal, The Lancet. He teaches art in New York City.

 

 

 


James Vanderberg
Color Theory for Beginners


August 19-21
Wednesday –Friday; 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Fee: $250 ($10 materials fee included)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Color is the most variable component in art, and how an artist uses color can change the content and message an artwork articulates. In this workshop we will begin the first steps towards mastering the use of color.  Students will learn basic concepts of what color is, how it can be used and how we see it in our everyday lives and especially in art.  This class approaches color in an intuitive and hands on way.  We will mix color and paint on paper, canvas and use collage to understand the use of color and how it interacts.
 
James Vanderberg received his M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College in New York.  He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is held in private collections nationally.  He received the Tony Smith Award while at Hunter as well as the Luetz/Riedel Fellowship for travel and study at L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.  Most recently, Vanderberg finished a residency at Vermont Studio Center, which he was awarded scholarship to attend.  For the past six years Vanderberg has taught studio art and art history at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, and The Brooklyn Arts Space.

 


Gregg Kreutz
Nude in Nature

August 22-23

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30 PM
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Free shuttle leaves the Art Students League at 9:00 am and leaves Vytlacil at 4:30 pm to return back to the Art Students League before 5:00 pm. You must have registered for the workshop to use the shuttle and you must have noted upon registration that you will take advantage of it. Please notify security in the ASL lobby that you wish to be on the shuttle and they will notify you when it arrives.

Bring your own lunch or bring $10 cash to order lunch.
 
This class will combine figure painting with landscape painting. On the grounds of the Vytlacil campus, students will be given the opportunity to paint the figure in beautiful outdoor surroundings. Kreutz will teach how to accurately depict the nude figure with a special emphasis on how outdoor light affects local color and shadow.
 
Gregg Kreutz graduated from N.Y.U. before studying at the Art Students League. He won best in show at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show and continued winning awards including the Frank C. Wright Award, the Hudson Valley Art Association Award; Medal of Merit (first prize in oils) and the the Grumbacher Award; Knickerbocker Artists; the Council of American Artists Awards, Salmagundi Club and the 2005 National Portrait Society of America Merit Award. His solo shows include Grand Central Galleries, The Fanny Garver Gallery, and Hilligoss Gallery. Mr. Kreutz is currently represented by Trailside Galleries, Quidley & Company, Hilligoss Gallery, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, Fanny Garver Gallery, and The Wendt Gallery. He teaches at the Art Students League, The Fechin Institute in NM, The Scottsdale Artist’s School, The California Art Institute, and other workshops throughout the country. His videos are popular learning tools used by artists all over the world and he is the author of the classic artist’s guide; Problem Solving for Oil Painters.


Elizabeth Wilson
Gouache Landscape in the Studio


September 10-11
Thursday-Friday, 1:30-5:00 pm
Fee: $163 (includes $3 materials fee)  
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
This studio-based gouache landscape workshop will focus on pushing the boundaries of gouache, a centuries old water-based medium. Gouache has seen a revival among contemporary painters because of its versatile capabilities. The medium is fast-drying and can be worked and re-worked opaquely or together with transparent layers.  It has the ability to create delicate and atmospheric paintings or bold, graphic and finely detailed ones.  Working from a fine art landscape reproduction, students will analyze its structure and explore the characteristics of the medium. The reproduction will become a point of departure as the class progresses.  All levels of students welcome.
 
Elizabeth Wilson is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has exhibited widely throughout the United States, including the National Academy of Design, Butler Institute of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Asheville Art Museum, Gallery Henoch and George Billis Gallery in New York.  She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including a three-decade retrospective in 2009.  A long time university arts educator, she taught fine art and architecture students in Philadelphia.  Permanent collections include the Pennsylvania State Museum, Woodmere Art Museum and McGraw Hill Publishing Company in New York.  To read further, please visit www.elizabethwilson.com.


Steven Katz
Create the Cityscape Oil Sketch


September 9-11
Wednesday-Friday 6:00 pm-9:30 pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

This workshop is for all levels and those with a passion for cityscapes. Masters from the 16th century to the present have used oil sketches to design perfect details and experiment with color and composition. At the site we’ll sketch with free hand perspective to get a general feeling and compositional understanding. With drawings and a few photos as reference tools (I will supply the photos) we will begin the oil or acrylic sketch at the studio.  We will discuss composition, style, perspective, lighting and principles for creating the cityscape oil sketch.

Steven Katz graduated 1974 from School of Design at UCLA.  Represented by the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC, for 27 years and is currently represented by George Billis Gallery, NYC.  Studied art with Aaron Rappaport 1970-1975 and then with Joyce Treiman and Raphael Soyer.  Reviews in Art in America, American Collector, Art & Antiques and New York Times, Katz is passionate about painting, drawing and etching New York cityscapes. With multiple one-man shows, his work has been shown nationally and internationally.  Nominated two times by American Academy of Arts and Letters. (Additional images/information: www.stevenkatzartist.blogspot.com).


John A. Parks
Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic


September 12-13
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00  am– 4:30 pm
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

An intense weekend course covering all the basic and some not-so-basic acrylic techniques.  The course begins with a demonstration of the Sta-Wet palette, a transformative device that allows the palette to remain wet indefinitely. Painting begins working from the figure as the class explores various techniques for applying underpainting and working glazes on top.  Day two introduces various painting mediums to increase the brilliance and depth of the painting.  Students will explore the possibilities of combining heavy impasto with transparent glazes.  There will be demonstration of other technical possibilities in paint handling, including flooding, dripping, scratching back, sanding and varnishing.

John Parks was educated at the Royal College of Art in London.  He has exhibited widely over the last thirty years represented by a number of major galleries including Allan Stone and Coe Kerr galleries.  He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Parks has also published many articles on art in publications ranging from the New York Times to American Artist Magazine. His work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design and many private collections. His painting is represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. He has recently published working a book, “Universal Principles of Art,” (Rockport Publishers) that provides an overview of the world of art.   For more information please visit johnaparks.com


Mary Beth McKenzie
Starting a Canvas

September 14–18

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 13 students
Please request supply list upon registration

This workshop will begin with an oil portrait demonstration and will focus on Mary Beth McKenzie’s approach to painting. Students will be encouraged to begin their paintings in a broad abstract way, as well as to consider the entire canvas (not just parts of it!). The underlying abstract shapes created by color and forms are significant elements of a painting. Individual attention will be given to students of all levels.

Mary Beth McKenzie has three oil paintings as well as 38 monotypes in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been on exhibit in the museum three times; most recently with the monotype Trapeze Artist, on display in a circus installation in Johnson Gallery for prints and drawings, Aug.-Nov., 2012. A Monotype was on display in 2009 and a self-portrait was on view Jan.-Sept., 2001 in the exhibit “Looking At You”. She is a painting instructor at the Art Students League of New York and at the National Academy, where she was elected a member in 1994. For more information, please visit www.marybethmckenzie.com.

 
 


Ed Watkins
How to Photograph Your Art

September 15-16
Tuesday-Wednesday
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Ed Watkins has been photographing art for the past 37 years, working for some of the most prestigious art dealers, collections, fine arts institutions and art directors in New York City. His work has been published in numerous art books and catalogs including the Art Students League of New York.

This two day workshop will show how to take great pictures of your Art. Any application is only as good as the images you submit. In this workshop, students will be given information through demonstrations and studio work preparing them to document their art more accurately. Day one will focus on basic equipment needs; lighting and backgrounds. Students will learn techniques how to photograph 2 and 3 dimensional art. Day 2 will focus on making basic adjustments to the image, downloading, cropping, color correction and resizing your images.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners


September 19-20
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $225
Instructor present each day until 2:00 pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students

This concentrated; two-day workshop offers the absolute basics for getting started in drawing. It will cover topics such as basic materials, proportion, lighting, and space. It is intended for people who have little or no experience drawing, and who want to get started in a relaxed, no-pressure setting.
 
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had ten one-person exhibitions in New York: at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards.  His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic Painting – The Basics and Beyond


September 21-22
Monday-Tuesday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $330 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present both days
Enrollment limited to 12 students

In this hands-on workshop, students will explore the luminous beauty and versatility of encaustic—painting with molten, pigmented beeswax. This ancient art form has evolved into one of the most versatile mediums available to contemporary artists and offers many exciting, creative possibilities! The workshop will focus on encaustic painting basics, as well as how to easily and inexpensively incorporate encaustic into a regular studio practice.  Equipment and tools, encaustic paint recipes, painting supports and more will be discussed.  Students will learn how to create image, texture and line using a variety of techniques and how to embed collage elements, found objects and image transfers within translucent layers of wax.  No matter your current medium or genre, encaustic has much to offer.  Beginners are welcome, as are prior workshop registrants. Ample time for hands-on work will be provided.

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed media class at the Art Students League of New York and has been teaching encaustic workshops here since 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2015, she curated the exhibition Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Ninth International Encaustic Conference.  Her work is also included in the recently published “Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media” by Linda Robertson.  In 2014, her work was included in the six-person show, WAXING, at Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC, ‘Far and Wide,’ The 6th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY, and BIG BAD WAX at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL. For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic Monotype Printmaking


September 24-25
Thursday-Friday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $330 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present both days
Enrollment limited to 12 students

This workshop combines the directness and immediacy of monotype with the richness and luminosity of encaustic painting.  Drawing with pigmented wax, students will create one-of-a-kind prints by ‘pulling’ their painted image directly from a heated plate—no printing press required! This versatile process eliminates the multiple steps of encaustic painting, and the toxicity of inks and solvents of traditional printmaking on a press. Encaustic monotype lends itself to natural and spontaneous mark making, allowing for extensive creative exploration.  Additional techniques including stenciling, stamping and blocking will be explored the ‘encaustic’ way.  Demos and discussions will include paper possibilities, wax recipes, basic studio set-up, etc. Whether used as a primary body of work or combined with mixed-media, collage or book arts, encaustic monotype offers endless possibilities for today’s artist. Ample time for hands-on work will be provided.  No prior experience in encaustic painting or printmaking is necessary.  Prior workshop registrants are welcome.

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed media class at the Art Students League of New York and has been teaching encaustic workshops here since 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2015, she curated the exhibition Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Ninth International Encaustic Conference.  Her work is also included in the recently published “Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media” by Linda Robertson.  In 2014, her work was included in the six-person show, WAXING, at Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC, ‘Far and Wide,’ The 6th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY, and BIG BAD WAX at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL. For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Lisa Cyr
Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media


September 26-27
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Request supply list upon registration
 
This hands-on workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques will be covered, including employing alternative working grounds, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects. To assist artists in their own creative path, topics on nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be discussed. For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration.
 
Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr’s visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators NYC and the International Society of Experimental Artists, Cyr’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online. She has authored seven books on art and design and writes for many of the creative industry’s leading art publications. In addition, Cyr teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs and lectures across the country. For more information, visit www.cyrstudio.com.


Naomi Campbell
 Painting the Interior Landscape with the Figure in the 20th and 21st Century

September 28- October 2

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM -12:30 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Transparent watercolor will be used to explore the figure with a nod to the past. The unique role of watercolor in 21st century painting and the contemporary figure has lead to different areas of individual creative expression. The workshop will take a glimpse into how artists have referenced the past and the narrative, reinterpreting it today. We will look at how painters including Hopper and Matisse approached the subject of the figure in the interior landscape, influencing many contemporary artists after them. We will be painting from the model in the interior landscape, while examining the narrative as influenced by color, space, line, time and movement.
 
Naomi Campbell has painted in watercolor over 28 years. A graduate of Champlain College, Quebec, Canada, she also studied at the University of Guelph, Canada, the School of Visual Arts; New York, and was classically trained in painting, drawing and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York. Her signature memberships include the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Ms. Campbell has won several awards for her work, in watercolor and other media, including four Gold Medals of Honor. Her figurative work has been featured in many art magazines and 18 book publications on multiple media, including American Artist Magazine; Watercolor Magic; Pure Color, The Best of Pastel; and 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists. Ms. Campbell’s work is found in numerous international and national public, corporate and private collections.


Kathie Miranda
Plant Portraits in Colored Pencil

September 28–October 2
Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $400      
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
The tradition of painting plants has a long and rich history ranging from the decorative to the scientific.  The modern-day colored pencil is perfect for rendering plant life because it is immediate, portable and very forgiving.  Colored pencil can be manipulated to look like either a drawing or a painting, a versatility that makes it a joy to use.  Learn to produce the vibrant colors and fine details required for rendering the flower or plant of your choice. A variety of techniques will be introduced including impressed line, sgraffito, burnishing, and tonal construction.  Learn how layered colors behave; how to achieve predictable color intensities; and to express the subtle shifts of hue, saturation and value observed in the plant world.
 
Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator. She studied at Lyme Academy of Art and at Paier College of Art, and holds a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden, where she is a highly sought-after instructor in their adult education art program. She serves on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists; is Past President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Greater New York Chapter; and maintains active memberships in the Connecticut Watercolor Society, Pencil Art Society, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She exhibits her work nationally, and is currently researching and illustrating flora of Connecticut for future exhibition and publication.


Greg Follender
Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing –
Short Pose Intensive


September 28-October 2
Monday–Friday; 6:00–9:30pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

Through this workshop students will discover a unique set of tools and techniques designed to distill the nude figure into its purest, gestural state. Short, timed drawings will allow participants to quickly turn the figure within deep space and represent the human form in more dramatic and challenging poses. The exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and increased recognition of important body landmarks. Sketch sessions will build confidence exponentially until students find that they can document the human figure in dramatically less time than before, enabling them to concentrate more on the fluid expression of their marks on paper instead of the simple reportage of their subject. Rendering the human figure in a gestural, vital way can not only enhance an already well-seasoned drawing technique, but also help beginning artists to confidently render the human forms they conjure up in their mind’s eye.

Greg Follender is an artist/illustrator that has been teaching both drawing and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for over a decade. His passionate pursuit of rendering the human form has taken him from the illustrative world of comic books and graphic novels, to character design and costume fabrication in the industry of film and television. With this course, Greg returns to the roots of his work...the dynamic figure-drawing basics that inspire his personal narrative imagery.

 


Wendy Shalen
Portfolio Development: Self-Portraiture in Line, Tone & Color
with Portfolio Critiques for College and High School Admissions

October 3-4

Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Please request supply list

Students will work on self-portraiture using linear, tonal, limited and full color approaches to drawing and painting.  Multiple media are possible:  black and white charcoal and sanguine conté, reed pen and ink, and silverpoint. Pastel and watercolor painters are welcome.  Thorough explanations of each technique will be given on an individual basis. Abstract and still life interpretations of self-portraiture will also be explored. Master drawings and paintings of self-portraiture will be shown and discussed.
 
Wendy Shalen is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) and studied at the Art Students League with Daniel Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein and Robert Beverly Hale, and privately with Burton Silverman. She has shown at Abbot & Holder, London; Allan Stone Gallery, New York; The Katonah Museum of Art, New York; The Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut; The Belskie Museum, New Jersey; and several galleries in Martha’s Vineyard (Gardner Colby, Hermine Merel-Smith and Carol Craven). . Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.Recent portfolio students of Wendy Shalen have been admitted to The Art Institute of Chicago, Bard, Cooper Union, Cornell, FIT, Duke, Georgetown, Maine College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New Hampshire Institute of Art, New Jersey College, Parsons, Pratt, RISD, Savannah College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Skidmore, Syracuse, Michigan, Tulane, University of the Arts (PA), University of Rhode Island, Washington Univ. of St.Louis and USC.


Lucy Fradkin
Mastering The Art of Collage


October 5-9
Monday - Friday
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Collage is an art form that can be mastered by all from the novice to the accomplished artist.  Join award winning collage artist Lucy Fradkin in an in depth exploration of the medium.  Students will create mixed media works on paper using collage, paint and a variety of materials to create unique works that express personal stories with symbolic meaning. Art techniques will focus on line, composition, color, pattern and the use of collage as a design element. Demonstrations will include mapping out a painting and archival collage techniques. Although students will work independently on projects, daily discussions and critiques will be integral to this workshop.
 
Lucy Fradkin is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, a Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant, and two Fellowships in Drawing/Works on Paper from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has taught at a myriad of institutions, including MoMA/PS1 Museum, the Queens Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the American Academy in Rome, and many other national and international venues, most recently at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe. For more information, please visit lucyfradkin.com.


Anki King
Experimenting with Oil Paint


October 5-9
Monday-Friday, 6:00-9:30 pm
Fee: $405 (includes $5 materials fee)  
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Oil paint is much more than color and this workshop will add to your visual vocabulary by looking at creative ways to use paint with additional force. We will fearlessly explore the three-dimensionality of the medium and seeing what different masses of paint can do; heavy and medium to thin washes.  We will play with ways of applying paint to the surface, daring to use heavy brush strokes and see what happens when the surface is rough or flat. Whether you are new to painting or have been painting for a while, this workshop will give you new tools and inspire you to use oil paint in bold and effective ways.

Anki King grew up in Norway. After completing her arts education in Oslo, she moved to NYC in 1994 and studied at The Art Students League until 1998.  Anki exhibits frequently in Europe and in the US. Her work is included in private and public collections including the Appleton Museum of Art, FL.  She has also exhibited at the Katonah Museum of Art, NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan and the National Gallery of Art, DR. She has lectured at NYU, The Appleton Museum and for many galleries, and taught art online at Sessions.edu. In 2010 she was the winner of the Artist of the Year Award in the London International Creative Competition (LICC). She is currently represented by Noosphere Arts, NY.
 
 


Max Ginsburg
Capturing the Humanity and Unique Characteristics of the Individual


October 12-16
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $850
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list upon registration

This workshop will cover: painting in oils from life; observing the relationships and proportions of shapes, values and colors to describe the form of the model; and developing our artistic and technical skills in oil painting. Mr. Ginsburg will give "Painting From Life Demonstrations" each day and critique each student's work several times daily. During the long model break Mr. Ginsburg will discuss concepts and procedures of the Old Masters, some contemporary realist artists and also his own work.
 
Max Ginsburg's awards and exhibitions include:
--The William Draper Grand Prize at the Portrait Society of America Portrait Painting Competition in 2015.
--A solo exhibition at the ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, NY in 2014
--A Gold Medal Award for Life Time Achievement in the Arts from the California Art Club in 2013.
--Best In Show - from the  Art Renewal Center on line competition in 2011.
--Retrospective Solo Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH in 2011.
--Retrospective Solo Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY in 2011.

Ginsburg's paintings are in many museum and private collections.  Since 1953 he has exhibited extensively in public venues and commercial galleries and has won many awards.  From 1980-2004 he painted illustrations for major publications.  Ginsburg taught art at H.S. Art & Design 1960-82, School of Visual Art 1984-2000, Art Students League 2008-present.  He has given many workshops around the U.S. and abroad.  In 2011 he published his book, "Max Ginsburg - Retrospective". His websites are: www.maxginsburg.com and www.ginsburgillustration.com.


Leonid Gervits
Copying Masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Theory and Technique


9 Fridays:
10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20,
(no 11/27 due to Thanksgiving), 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

11:30 am– 3:30 pm
Fee: $770 (includes fee for the Met)
instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 11 student

This is an oil painting workshop that will teach old master techniques, through hands-on study and application next to each student’s selected masterpiece. Students are expected to research their selected work, including the artist and the technique of the time. The instructor will further introduce the topic, and suggest literature with concern to the selected art piece.

Interested applicants can request an application form in person or by emailing rtelenick@artstudentsleague.org or find it on the website. Registration deadline: October 1, 2015.

Early applicants are given priority regarding work selection. Based on applicant’s prior experience, the instructor may make additional suggestions of work to copy.

Leonid Gervits belongs to the European/ Russian realist tradition of painting and drawing. In 1966, he graduated from the Odessa Art College; and in 1973, he received an MFA from Repin Academy, where he later worked as a professor for sixteen years. Mr. Gervits moved to the United States in 1991, working as an instructor at the New York Academy from 1992 to 2000. He has been an instructor at the Art Students League since 1997. An artist of the realist tradition and of serious academic training, Mr. Gervits is able to work in a broad spectrum of genres. For more information, visit www.gervits.com.


Hiba Schahbaz
The Art Of Miniature Painting

October 26-30

Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Fee: $430 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Students will learn to use the Indo-Persian miniature painting approach in an intensive, five day workshop focusing on the figure in miniature painting. Participants will study the stylization and composition of the body in the tradition of miniature painting. The primary processes explored in this course will be painting with tea and water based paints. In addition, students will learn how to prepare painting surfaces, mix traditional miniature paints using gum Arabic and apply gold leaf. Workshop participants will be required to bring in a 5 x 7 inch full-length photograph of themselves in profile.
 
Hiba Schahbaz is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in the centuries-old art form of miniature painting. She trained in miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and received an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. In addition to exhibiting her work internationally, Schahbaz has curated exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. She was an artist-inresidence at the Vermont Studio Center and The Wassaic Project and has taught miniature painting as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency at the Tang Museum. For more information, please see hibaschahbaz.com.


Michele Liebler
Absolute Beginners – Oil


November 2-6
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Your choice of technique directly influences the choice of material, how the painting is made, and ultimately what it looks like. It is essential as a painter to experiment with your working methods and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of mark making and finding your own personal mark in oil painting. The workshop will explore step-by-step techniques: underdrawing, wet-in-wet/dry brush, knife painting and then the last day using all the techniques simultaneously. Each day will be dedicated to one of the techniques listed above. In this 5-day workshop students will learn the effective way to achieve their own personal vision through the introduction of these techniques. This workshop will help the beginners but will also be informative for an advanced student who never explored other ways of approaching oil painting.
      
Michele Liebler received her B.F.A. from Purchase College in painting and drawing and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. She studied with Mary Beth McKenzie and Burt Silverman. She has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in NYC. She has years of experience teaching workshops and classes at the National Academy Museum & School. And at the Art Students League she has taught several workshops and regularly substitutes for Mary Beth McKenzie.


Ephraim Rubenstein
 Drawing for Beginners

November 7-8
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $225
Instructor present each day until 2:00 pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students

This concentrated; two-day workshop offers the absolute basics for getting started in drawing. It will cover topics such as basic materials, proportion, lighting, and space. It is intended for people who have little or no experience drawing, and who want to get started in a relaxed, no-pressure setting.
 
 
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had ten one-person exhibitions in New York: at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards.  His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Introduction to Pastel


December 12-13
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $225
Instructor present each day until 2:00 pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students
 
This weekend workshop in pastel will help students get started in the use of soft pastel only (not oil pastel!). Considered drawing by some and painting by others, using soft pastel presents a number of technical problems that will be addressed during the workshop. Topics will include a thorough review of materials (papers, boards, grounds and the pastels themselves), as well as procedural concerns (working hard to soft, dark to light, blending versus hatching and fixing). The class will work from still life set-ups.

Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had ten one-person exhibitions in New York: at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards.  His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


 
 
Workshop Refund Policy
In the event a student chooses to withdraw after registering for a workshop, a 75% tuition refund will be granted when a student submits a “Request for Refund Form” (available in the office or online), by fax: (212) 541-7024, email: info@artstudentsleague.org or in person at least five (5) business days before the start date of the workshop. No refunds will be given within four (4) business days of a workshop. Materials fees are not refundable. Refunds are by check or ASL credit, only. Workshop and materials fees are not transferable.

Workshop Cancellation Policy
Workshops are subject to cancellation. In the event of cancellation by the Art Students League, registered workshop students will receive a 100% tuition refund. Workshops may be cancelled on short notice. No refunds are given for travel expenses due to cancellations or schedule changes.

Admission to our workshop is on a first come, first serve basis. Admission will not be in excess of our studio capacity and therefore a waiting list will be generated. Tickets can not be reserved and are not guaranteed and are subject to change. 

 

  
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