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Intensive Weeklong and Weekend Workshops
with Prominent Instructors and visiting artists

Each year, the League hosts several dozen 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. 0. 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


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

October
Arslan: Sculpting the Figure
Nicholas Raynolds: Figure Drawing in Pencil
Nicholas Raynolds: The Portrait from Pencil to Paint; Principles, Process & Materials
Greg Follender: Dynamic Comic Book Illustration
Leonid Gervits: Landscape Drawing 
Ephraim Rubenstein: Oil Painting Fundamentals
James Lancel McElhinney: Hudson Valley Sketchbook
Ellen Eagle: Portrait Painting in Pastel
Jerry Weiss: Large Scale Figure Drawing
Wendy Shalen:  French Inspired Drawing
Nicole Cohen: Creative Video Made Easy
Melissa Wolf: Success Strategy Series
Karen O’Neil: Still Life – Color & Energy
Arslan: Sculpted Portraiture
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic Monotype Printmaking
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic in Three Dimensions:  Plaster Cloth
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development: Landscape Drawing and Painting in Central Park
Leonid Gervits: Drapery – Theory and Technique
Liz Adams-Jones: Large Scale Portrait Painting
Seongmin Ahn:  Asian Ink Painting: Abstract, Still Life and Orchid & Bamboo
David Geiser: When I Paint My Masterpiece...
 
November
Jenne M. Currie: Working in Relief
Anna Poor: Alabaster Carving
Hiba Schahbaz: The Art of Miniature Painting
Lisa Dinhofer: The Art of Color Pencil 
Michael Massen: Drawing the Head in Three Dimensions
Michele Liebler: Absolute Beginners – Oil
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
Elizabeth Allison: Expressive Watercolor
Brandon Soloff: Composition and Design in Color Values
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development: Self-Portraits in Line, Tone & Color
Peter Cox: The Direct Approach
Michael Siegel: Light and Shadow – The 17th Century Dutch/Flemish Tradition
Alex Zwarenstein: How to Draw and Paint in Perspective
Rachael Wren: Moving Towards Abstraction
Ed Watkins: How to Photograph Your Work (Digital)
Frederick Brosen: Introduction to Transparent Watercolor
 
December
Leonid Gervits: Painting Florals
Melanie Vote: Meaning and Metaphor in Still Life
Ephraim Rubenstein: Introduction to Pastel
Hugo Bastidas: The Business of Galleries—How to Prepare for Gallery Representation

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


Arslan 
Sculpting the Figure 

Demo: October 5

Sunday 1:00-4:30 PM
Fee: $30
Enrollment limited to 20 Students

Workshop: October 11-12
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00-4:30 PM
Fee: $300 (includes $10 material fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop is held in the sculpture studios in the basement 

This intensive workshop consists of a demonstration and a lecture with hands on sculpting. The course is designed to acquaint the beginner with the basics of figurative sculpture while helping more advanced students deepen their understanding of the figure. Anatomy, proportion, gesture and form will be addressed as well as capturing a likeness to the model.  Each student will sculpt a figure from the live model.  This course is open to all levels of experience. 

Arslan received his M.F.A. from Moscow Stroganov College of Art and Design.  He has had numerous solo shows both nationally and internationally.  His works are in many public and private collections, and he has been honored to receive multiple awards, including the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. He is represented by Galerie Claudine Legrand in Paris and Janus Avivson in London.  For more information please visit arslanart.com.

 


Nicholas Raynolds
Figure Drawing in Pencil

October 6 - 10

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

Working from the life model, participants will explore the craft of representational figure drawing and will learn techniques by which to develop solid, naturalistic figure drawings. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice we will consider an approach aimed at increasing skills of perceptual observation and manual application while suggesting solutions to accurately depict what we see.  Recognizing stages in the drawing’s development will serve as the discussion point of various topics including gesture, proportion, the action of light and shadow, structure, anatomy, composition, value, line and mass, value progressions and artist's materials.         

This class is structured to be taken by itself or as a compliment to the afternoon workshop: "The Portrait from Pencil to Paint; Principles, Process & Materials".    

Nicholas Raynolds' formal studies in art were conducted in Düsseldorf, Germany; Vancouver and Halifax, Canada; Seattle, WA and in New York at the Water Street Atelier. Raynolds has taught in New York at the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the The Art Students League.  He has also taught at the Gage Academy of Art (WA) and Penland School of Crafts (NC).  Mr. Raynolds has exhibited nationally and abroad having shown at the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery (NY), John Pence Gallery (SF), Haynes Galleries (TN,ME) and Miller Gallery (OH).  His work can be found in national and international collections, including The Forbes Collection (NY) and the TIA Collection. His work has been published in the 'Pratique des Arts'; 'American Artist: Drawing' Magazine; 'The Artist's' Magazine; 'American Art Collector' and on the cover of John Updike's novel, "Seek My Face". To see more of the instructor’s work, please visit: www.nicholasraynolds.com.


Nicholas Raynolds
The Portrait from Pencil to Paint:
Principles, Process & Materials 

October 6-10

Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5:00pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list upon registration 

Working from the life model, this one week class will offer the student the chance to develop a single portrait painting in oil.  The instructor will outline an 'Indirect Painting' method, describing a clear progression from drawing in pencil on paper through to the execution of the final pass of 'form painting'.  

Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, participants will consider working methods aimed at increasing their skills of perceptual observation and manual application. Topics to be considered include fundamental drawing issues aimed at achieving a likeness; how to transfer an image to the canvas; application of the preliminary underpainting - the ebauche; and development of the final pass describing form in full color. Human anatomy; composition; the dynamics and anatomy of light and shadow; an analysis of color relationships based on value, hue and intensity; technical aspects of paint handling and artist's materials will also be discussed. 

This class is structured to be taken by itself or as a compliment to the morning workshop: "Figure Drawing in Pencil"   

Nicholas Raynolds' formal studies in art were conducted in Düsseldorf, Germany; Vancouver and Halifax, Canada; Seattle, WA and in New York at the Water Street Atelier. Raynolds has taught in New York at the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the The Art Students League.  He has also taught at the Gage Academy of Art (WA) and Penland School of Crafts (NC).  Mr. Raynolds has exhibited nationally and abroad having shown at the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery (NY), John Pence Gallery (SF), Haynes Galleries (TN,ME) and Miller Gallery (OH).  His work can be found in national and international collections, including The Forbes Collection (NY) and the TIA Collection. His work has been published in the 'Pratique des Arts'; 'American Artist: Drawing' Magazine; 'The Artist's' Magazine; 'American Art Collector' and on the cover of John Updike's novel, "Seek My Face". To see more of the instructor's work, please visit: www.nicholasraynolds.com.


Greg Follender
Dynamic Comic Book Illustration

October 6-10

Monday –Friday
6:00-9:30 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

This workshop is designed to give students interested in comic book/graphic novel illustration and other sequential media a better understanding of how the drawn figure can interact both dynamically and convincingly in deep space or in an enclosed environment. Through basic, easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and the study of important body landmarks, students will be able to confidently render realistic or stylized figures in both natural and dynamic poses, and then place them realistically within a graphic frame of reference.

The importance of proportion, weight, perspective, and momentum will be addressed in both classical terms and with respect to exaggerated cartoon sensibility, with attention to character/mood definition through movement. With an additional focus on basic panel work and layout skills, students will learn how to block out and create engaging comic book pages from pencil roughs and tight thumbnail stages to a polished finish.

These powerful techniques, along with tips on facial expression and body gesture will supply aspiring comic artists with the necessary tools to bring the characters and tableaus they see in their heads convincingly and dramatically to life in a sequentially graphic form!

Greg Follender is an artist/illustrator that has been teaching both drawing and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for almost two decades. 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 explores the basic foundations of comic book storytelling along with the dynamic figure-drawing basics that inspire his own personal narrative imagery.

Image: Superman & Wonder Woman are © DC Comics, Wolverine is © Marvel Comics


Leonid Gervits 
Landscape Drawing 


October 8-10 
Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm 
Fee: $450 
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 14 students 
Please request supply list 
The first session will meet in the ASL lobby. Please be on time.   

This workshop is an opportunity to draw using a broad range of papers and drawing materials, as well as a relative amount of freedom regarding subject interpretation. This will help students improve or polish their technique and compositional skills. Landscape drawing is an important part of academic education and the drawing of trees improves the discipline of attention. In this workshop, students will try to use all well-known materials such as: Conté pencil or crayon, pen-and-ink, regular pencil, and charcoal pencil, as well as mixed media, etc. Our images will be based on the magnificent landscape of Central Park, with its romantic, multi-scale views and architectural structures. For many centuries, landscape drawing was only a byproduct of the process of making a great painting. Lately, the drawings of the great masters have become much more significant for both museums and private owners. 

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.

Images by Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Russian student


Ephraim Rubenstein
Oil Painting Fundamentals

October 11-12

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $225
Instructor present each day until 2:00pm
(the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list upon registration   

This focused two-day workshop offers an in-depth review of the absolute basics necessary for getting started in oil painting. It will cover such topics as materials, setting up the palette, basic color theory and color mixing, and the various approaches to starting a painting (direct vs. indirect painting). This workshop should give students all of the practical information they need in order to feel comfortable in a regular studio painting class.  

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. 


James Lancel McElhinney
Hudson Valley sketcHbook

October 12

Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $150
Instructor present all day
Enrollment limited to 17 students
Please request supply list
Bring your own lunch and water.

Free shuttle leaves the Art Students League at 8:30 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.


Painting with highly portable materials, students will expand their knowledge of the principles of landscape composition and topographical drawing, and explore methods of journal keeping and sketchbook painting in watercolor and drawing in various media. The workshop will mine local terrain for pictorial motifs, approaching the landscape as a palimpsest subject to dynamic change and renewal. The class will meet at the Vytlacil campus and depart for the day to a appropriate destination.

James Lancel McElhinney teaches life drawing and composition at the League, and is the author of two books and numerous articles on drawing and art. His artwork has been widely exhibited and resides in many public and private collections. He conducts Oral History interviews for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Columbia Center for Oral History and Newington Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. He has lectured at MoMA, New-York Historical Society, Thomas Cole House and other National Park Service venues. He has lectured at the U.S Air Force Academy and numerous colleges, universities and museums. McElhinney attended Tyler School of Art, Skowhegan and Yale where he received an MFA in Painting, He is recipient of a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ellen Eagle 
Portrait Painting in Pastel 

October 13-17 

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM 
Fee: $425 
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students 
Please Request Supply List   

In this workshop, we observe with a clear and careful eye our model’s unique structure, color, value relationships and posture. Our goal is to distill this complex information, through sustained study, into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. Working in the radiance of natural light, we engage in the intense color analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. There will be one pose for the duration of the workshop. A slide presentation and discussion of the instructor’s in-progress portraits illustrate her evolving response to her subjects, and the gradual interweaving of pastel strokes—from first steps to completed portrait. There is much opportunity to discuss the layers of encounter that shape the making of a portrait.    

Ellen Eagle is represented by Forum Gallery. Her work is exhibited widely and has been published in, among other publications, The New York Times and The Newark Star Ledger, which described her pastels as having an “exquisite transparency not seen for centuries.”  Her book, Pastel Painting Atelier, was published by Watson-Guptill Publications in April, 2013 to glowing reviews. For more information about the instructor, please visit www.elleneagleportraits.com.


Jerry Weiss
Large Scale Figure Drawing

October 13-14

Monday–Tuesday, 1:30 pm–8:00 pm 
Fee: $290         
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 10 students
Please request supply list 

In this workshop, students will draw the life-size figure on six-foot lengths of paper. Attention will be devoted to quality of line, observation of the rhythms of the standing figure, proportion, and modeling of sculptural forms through value. Topics of discussion and demonstration will include the initial blocking-in of the drawing, use of lines for comparison, attention to prominent anatomical landmarks, and shading and rendering of form through massing and linear hatching. While this practice is useful as preparation for large-scale painting, it also serves as a complete experience in and of itself. Poses range in length from one hour on Monday to a single pose on Tuesday, allowing students to build from a rapid gestural approach to a drawing of greater resolution. Each day will feature demonstrations by the instructor. 

Jerry Weiss studied with Roberto Martinez in Florida, and with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Ted Seth Jacobs, Mary Beth McKenzie, and Jack Faragasso in New York. He has had one-man shows at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, among others. His work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the State Capitol Building, CT; and the Harvard Club of New York City. His work and teaching methods have been featured in American Artist Workshop and American Artist Drawing, and he is Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine. He is represented by The Cooley Gallery, CT; Portraits Inc.; and Ingram Fine Arts, SC. For more information, please visit www.jerrynweiss.com.

 


Wendy Shalen 
French Inspired Drawing 

October 15-17 
Wednesday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm 
Fee: $300 
Instructor present each day  
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Students must be at least 18 years old.  
Please request supply list   

Using the Metropolitan Museum’s drawing collection as inspiration, we will be working two days from the model in Studio 6 and one day drawing from selected artwork (Degas, Ingres, Cezanne, Boucher, Watteau) in the Drawing Study Room of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The workshop is open to all levels and beginners are welcome.  In the studio we will work from the nude or clothed model on toned paper creating limited color tonal drawings (aux trois crayons) in black, white and red using charcoal, or pierre noir, sanguine, white charcoal and Col-erase or pastel pencils. Students are welcome to try Van Gogh’s reed pen & ink technique as well as Ingres’ use of graphite for portraiture. Graphite pencils on off white paper will be used in the Drawing Study Room.  

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).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.


Nicole Cohen
Creative Video Made Easy

October 15-17
Wednesday– Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list  

This workshop is designed for students who would like to learn how to work with video and incorporate drawing and painting into a time-based media.  This workshop will prove that even if your main focus is drawing and painting, video is within your realm of possibilities. Students will learn how to have elements of their drawings move, add sound, and manipulate other exciting components with the technique of layering with editing. Students will work on drawing, painting, and developing a component that will react or have motion using video for this intervention.  Students can also work solely with video to create works, by first drawing storyboards to decide on what will be the main motivations. There will be examples of other artists who work with video, and students will use these references to help develop their works. No prior video experience is necessary.  

Nicole Cohen received her B.A. in painting and drawing from Hampshire College (MA) and her M.F.A. in drawing and video from the University of Southern California (CA). She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Fabric Workshop and Museum (PA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library. She has also shown internationally in Berlin, Germany; Bergen, Norway; Paris, France; Harajaku, Osaka, Kobe, and Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai, China.  Cohen is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, NYC. She teaches at Pace University and is the founder and director of the Berlin Collective, an artist-run international exchange program (www.berlincollective.de). For more information, visit www.nicolecohen.org.


Melissa Wolf
Success Strategy Series

October 16, 23, 30 
November 6, 13, 20 

Instructor present  every day  
Enrollment limited  to 20 students 
Workshop held  in studio 12, 1st floor

Lecture Session
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
All six sessions: $290    
Single session: $55

Are you ready to go public with your art?  Do you want to make a successful career out of making art?  This series is for you. 

October 16
– Digitizing Your Art
The first step towards success is getting good, reproducible digital images of your art. Discussions of the basics will help you do just that–including pixels, file formats, colors, digital cameras, software and more.

October  23 – Website Design for Artists

There are so many possibilities for artists on the internet and they can be overwhelming. The key is good website design, effective emailing and selling on websites such as Etsy, EBay and more.

October 30 – Social Media for Artists: Facebook, LinkedIN, Pinterest, Twitter and More

Social Media is the artists best tool for marketing. With over 400 websites considered Social Media it can be confusing. Melissa Wolf will simplify it for you and show you how to maximize results.

November 6
– Writing for Artists: The Artist Statement, Resume and Bio
Believe it or not, writing is the key to an artist’s success and you CAN do it. There will be fun interactive media and exercises to help you find solutions for success. You are also welcome to bring your resume, artist statement and bio for review.

November 13 – Supporting Your Art: Grants, Residencies and Fellowships

Grants, Residencies and Fellowships not only give you a way to support yourself through your art but can be a huge statement on your resume. You can receive cash or create in an atmosphere that is dedicated to art making for free. Discover the possibilities.

November 20
– Pricing and Copyright: Profit From and Protect Your Art
Pricing and Copyright are two key issues that tend to confuse many artists and yet they can make or break your career. This discussion will include pricing strategies, copyright procedures and licensing your work.


Karen O’Neil
Still Life – Color & Energy

The workshop is sold out.
Please see the registrar to join a waiting list.


October 18-19

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm 
Fee: $280 (includes $5 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students  

Working from provided still life set ups, students will record the essence of their subjects by studying the relationship of light to color.  Building form with planes of color and brushstroke will be emphasized.  Focus on mixing color, using neutral color and gray, and developing clean, productive working habits. Instructor demo will take place on Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 1:30 pm.  

Karen O’Neil has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and has led oil painting workshops throughout the Northeast for the past decade. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.  After receiving a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Ms. O’Neil studied with the late Henry Hensche in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her work has been featured recently in The Artist’s Magazine. She is an instructor of painting and drawing at the Art Students League’s Vytlacil Campus, and is on the faculty of several art schools in the New York area. For more information and images, please visit www.karenoneilpaintings.us.vu.


Arslan 
 Sculpted Portraiture 

Demo: October 18

Saturday 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Fee: $30 
Enrollment limited to 20 students

Workshop: October 25-26
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $300 (includes $10 clay fee)
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop is held in the sculpture studios in the basement 

This workshop consists of two parts: a demonstration and a two day intensive workshop. The basics of sculpted portraiture such as armature and tools will be addressed, in addition to the artistic nuances of capturing the essence of a specific person.  During the demo the instructor will sculpt a portrait from the live model, and focus on the challenges an artist may encounter when trying to grasp a likeness.  The instructor will be present for the entirety of the workshop and will guide the students as they sculpt their own portraits of the model. This course is open to all levels of experience.  

Arslan received his M.F.A. from Moscow Stroganov College of Art and Design.  He has had numerous solo shows both nationally and internationally.  His works are in many public and private collections, and he has been honored to receive multiple awards, including the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. He is represented by Galerie Claudine Legrand in Paris and Janus Avivson in London.  For more information please visit arslanart.com.


Deborah Winiarski 
Encaustic Monotype Printmaking 

October 20-21
Monday-Tuesday 
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 the monotype with the richness and luminosity of encaustic painting.  This versatile process eliminates the multiple steps of encaustic painting, and the toxicity of inks and solvents of traditional printmaking on a press. 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!  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 for this workshop.  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 there since 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2014, her work was included in 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.  She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Eighth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA.  For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Deborah Winiarski 
Encaustic in Three Dimensions:  Plaster Cloth 

October 22-24
Wednesday-Friday 
10:00 am – 4:30 pm  
Fee: $455 (includes $30 materials fee) 
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students   

This workshop will explore the sculptural possibilities of wax and encaustic.  Rigid and absorbent when dry, plaster cloth makes a wonderful support for dimensional encaustic work.  In this three-day workshop, participants will work with this versatile material to create 3D forms and reliefs that can stand alone or be incorporated into encaustic panel paintings.  When wet, plaster cloth is easily wrapped, folded, draped or molded over armatures, wire mesh or any solid surface.  Once dry, the forms will readily accept encaustic paint.  Participants will have ample opportunity to work and apply various encaustic painting techniques to their created plaster cloth forms. 

Other dimensional techniques such as creating poured wax castings from simple molds and free-hand modeling of encaustic medium will be demonstrated.  Additional discussion and demonstrations will include fusing techniques for dimensional work, options for joining multiple forms, and advanced techniques for incorporating imagery.  Since beginning encaustic techniques will not be addressed in this workshop, prior work with encaustic is advised.   

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed media class at the Art Students League of New York and has been teaching encaustic workshops there since 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2014, her work was included in 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.  She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Eighth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA.  For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Wendy Shalen 
Portfolio Development:
Landscape Drawing and Painting in Central Park  

October 25-26 

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm 
Fee: $275 
Instructor present each day  
Enrollment limited to 12 students  
Please request supply list   

This workshop covers plein air drawing (using reed pen and ink, or charcoal) and painting (using full color pastel or watercolor). Both monochromatic and color thumbnail studies will precede longer studies. In inclement weather, we will visit and draw from artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or from the work of master landscape artists in Studio 6. This workshop focuses on the development of a cohesive presentation of artwork. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of drawing and painting skills. While working from observation of the clothed model in Central Park and park landscapes and cityscapes, students will be guided to complete work to be used in their portfolios for high school, college and graduate school admission.    

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).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.


Leonid Gervits
Drapery – Theory and Technique 

October 27-31 

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm  
Fee: $400  
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students 
Please request supply list upon registration    

This workshop is about painting and drawing draperies – one of the most important topics in visual arts. It has been a great challenge for artists for thousands of years; from ancient Pompey to recent times. Strong knowledge of theories and skills in depictions of the drapery will always benefit the artist and increase the power of their work. Participants of this workshop will have a choice in selecting medium to work in, as well as given frequent demonstrations by the teacher. Some theoretical grounds will be introduced, based on well-known examples by world famous artists.    

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       

Image by student Jill Mueller


Liz Adams-Jones
Large Scale Portrait Painting

October 27-31

Monday-Friday, 1:30 - 5:00 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

In this workshop students will create portraits from a life model, experimenting with scale and composition.  Beginning the first day with compositional drawing studies, we will emphasize the design elements necessary for creating dynamic, large scale portraits.  We will discuss and explore compositional cropping, enlarging imagery, and negative space.  As students move into painting in oils for the remainder of the course, we will focus on paint application and creating interesting texture with the goal of tapping into personal vision. By the end of the week, each student will have a created a portrait in the 20"-30" size range. This workshop is open to all levels. 

Liz Adams-Jones received her BFA from Georgia State University. She studied life drawing and painting at the Art Students League and the National Academy.  In 2008, Liz was awarded a scholarship from the Newington Cropsey Foundation to study Renaissance Art History and Studio Painting at SACI in Florence, Italy. In 2009, she attended a Gross Anatomy course at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  Liz was an art instructor at Urban Arts in Hoboken.  She currently teaches at The Art Center in Manhattan and privately. Her work has been featured in American Artists' "Drawing" magazine and North Light Art Book's "Strokes of Genius 5".


Seongmin Ahn 
Asian Ink Painting:
Abstract, Still Life and Orchid & Bamboo   

October 27-29 
Monday–Wednesday, 6:00-9:30 pm 
Fee: $280 (includes $40 materials fee)  
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students 
Please request a supply list upon registration     

This workshop will first teach basic techniques of sumi-e ink painting by focusing on how to utilize and expand concepts of lines, brush strokes and ink wash with new materials. Students will then apply these tools to create realistic and abstract painting based on still life and the Four Gentlemen drawing (orchid, bamboo, plum and chrysanthemum). Materials and techniques include working with a variety of rice papers, sumi-e ink and Asian brush. Students will also investigate cultural metaphors of materials and subjects.   

Seongmin Ahn is a Korean born artist who is living and working in New York. She received her BFA and MFA in Asian traditional painting from Seoul National University and then the second MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and the first prize from AHL foundation competition. Her works have been reviewed on Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, NY Arts magazine, Baltimore Sun, Plain Dealer and others. She had exhibited nationally and internationally. She has taught and lead workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Asia Society and Korean Cultural Service specializing in Asian art. For more information, please visit: www.seongminahn.com.


David Geiser 
When I Paint My Masterpiece... 

October 30-31 

Thursday-Friday, 6:00-9:30 PM 
Fee: $160 
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students 
Please Request Supply List    

Learn classic oil painting techniques while painting along with and watching Mr. Geiser bring an oil painting to a level of completion.  He will demonstrate and explain board preparation, sizing, under painting, penciling, under glazing, working up glazes towards image using various oils, varnishes towards desired effects. The best way to understand the process and the timing is to watch it being done. Students will learn basic techniques and time saving tricks and will be supplied with a 2' x 2' board already primed and under painted to start out immediately (the process will be explained). Some familiarity with oil paint is necessary.   

In the 1960's and 70's Geiser wrote and drew Underground Comix in San Francisco and established a small publishing company. He did illustrations for magazines, from Rolling Stone to The New York Times. Mr. Geiser lived and studied classic oil painting in Paris for two years before returning to NYC where he has had a long and lengthy career as an abstract painter with exhibits both locally and internationally. He is currently living and working in East Hampton, NY, a stone’s throw from Jackson Pollock's studio and house.

 


Jenne M. Currie
Working in Relief

November 1–2

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Fee: $290 (includes $15 material fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
RELIEF: Combining two dimensional and three dimensional elements to create a work designed to be hung on the wall. In this workshop we will employ light weight, easily accessible materials and tools: foam board, a hot glue gun, acrylic paints and paper. This workshop will focus on:

(1) Exploring various methods of painting on paper to create layers of richness.
(2) Cutting and arranging painted paper shapes to develop ideas.
(3) Constructing three dimensional elements to create a relief composition.
(4) Discussing the fundamentals that make up a dynamic abstract design.
Beginners and advanced students welcome.
 
Jenne M. Currie was born in Woodstock, New York and is an alumnus of the League.  She began her career as a painter, later branching out into welded steel and bronze sculpture. She spent two summers working at the Tomassi Bronze foundry in Pietrasanta, Italy, where she learned the lost wax technique of casting. She later developed her favored technique of wooden wall sculptures, fusing her love of painting with sculpture. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the Northeast in such venues as the National Academy, the Salander O'Reilly Gallery, the Seligmann Gallery, and the Schenectady Museum, all in New York; and the Silvermine Guild Art Center in Connecticut. Currie has had years of experience teaching art in and around NYC. She is currently an instructor at the Woodstock School of Art in upstate New York.


Anna Poor 
Alabaster Carving 

November 1-2 

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00-4:30 PM 
Fee: $320 (includes $45 material fee) 
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students 
Please Request Supply List 
Workshop is held in the stone room in the basement 
The instructor will provide alabaster and lend out tools   

This fast-paced, hands on studio course will introduce both the beginner and advanced students to the skills of stone carving. We will carve in alabaster, a wonderfully seductive and historical material. Softer than marble, it ranges from translucent to opaque in varied colors. Each student will choose a unique piece of alabaster and working subtractively with hand tools to will/find the sculpture hidden within. Inspiration, demonstrations and guidance will be providing along with images and discussions of stone sculpture.    

Anna Poor is a sculptor who is an associate professor at the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University and a board member and teacher at Castle Hill Truro Center for the Arts. She is represented by the Graham Gallery in NYC and the Artstrand Gallery in Provincetown of which she is also a founder and owner (www.artstand.com). Her most recent group show was at Sladmoore Contemporary in London. (www.annapoor.com)


Hiba Schahbaz 
The Art of Miniature Painting

November 3-7

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 trained in the art of miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has practiced contemporary miniature painting for the past ten years and recently received her MFA in Painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited her work in traditional and contemporary miniature painting internationally, in addition to curating exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. For more information, please visit hibaschahbaz.com.


Lisa Dinhofer 
The Art of Color Pencil 

November 3-7 
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm  
Fee: $400  
Instructor present each day 
Enrollment limited to 12 students 
Please request supply list 

Colored pencils are no longer the marker of your elementary school teacher. Advances in the technology of artist grade colored pencils have produced a new medium with an extraordinary range of unique qualities. Pencils are easily portable, relatively inexpensive with little clean up. Yet the finished art work can look as dense as an oil painting or as translucent as a watercolor. This class will introduce the student to the wide versatility of this new medium, including simple sketches, color studies for larger works and finished compositions.Techniques such as layering, modeling, creating textures, blending and burnishing will be explored through lectures and demonstrations. All levels of students from the curious beginner to the expert draughtsman are welcome. 

Lisa Dinhofer—painter, draftswoman and printmaker—earned her BA with honors from Brandeis University.  For two years, she participated in the summer program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, later receiving her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her work has been shown extensively both nationally and internationally.  Her most recent solo shows were at Denise Bibro Fine Art (New York, 2012) and at Purdue University (Indiana, 2010). Her paintings, drawings and prints are widely collected, and publicly represented at Brooklyn Museum of Art, City College (CUNY), IBM and other venues. In 2003, she completed a 90-foot glass mosaic mural, Losing My Marbles, which was commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit program.  It is centrally located at the Times Square subway station. Currently, Ms. Dinhofer is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York.  For more information please visit www.lisadinhofer.com.


Michael Massen
Drawing the Head in Three Dimensions

November 3-5

Monday-Wednesday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $260
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Instructor present each day
Please request supply list
 
In this course we will be looking at the masses that make up the head, neck and features, in order to portray the head properly from any angle. And to make sense of all those funny lines that appear on the far side of the face.
 
Michael Massen is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure, published by Watson-Guptill. Mr. Massen holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a BA from Wesleyan University. He was awarded the John Hovannes Memorial Scholarship and the Nessa Cohen Memorial Scholarship from the Art Students League of New York (1990). In addition to having exhibited his sculptures and paintings in local and national shows, he has worked for many years as a graphic designer and art director. His next book, Figure Drawing in Proportion, will be published by North Light Books in 2015.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners

November 8-9

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.


Michele Liebler 
Absolute Beginners – Oil 

November 10-14 
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 substituted for Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Students League.


Elizabeth Allison
Expressive Watercolor

November 10-14

Monday-Friday, 1:30 – 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 work- shop 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.


Brandon Soloff
Composition and Design in Color Values

November 10–14

Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students Please request a supply list upon registration
 
Throughout the history of art, artists have manipulated colors and values in many different personal and interesting ways. Understanding how to mix colors and values—and more importantly, composing them and understanding their relationships—is an essential part of an artist’s education. This intensive workshop will focus on composition of value and color in oil painting.  Together we will study how artists have designed their works, and will practice painting by carefully placing colors and values clearly in an alla prima approach. This workshop is open to all levels of students, and is recommended as a way to improve color mixing, value judgment and strong statements of color.
 
Brandon Soloff is a classically trained painter and portraitist, whose work has been commissioned throughout the United States and Europe. He has exhibited his work at the Hirschl & Adler Gallery, Alan Stone Gallery, Hammer Galleries, the Royal Society Portrait Painters (London), Meredith Long & Company, the Copley Society of Art (Boston), Galerie Alexander Butman (Paris) and others. Institutions where his portrait work is found, or affiliated with, include Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Morgan Stanley, Westmont College, and KKR (Kohlberg, Kravitz, Roberts & Co.). He has also taught at the League, Studio 126, Mims Studios, Charles H. Cecil Studios, Martine Vaugel Sculpture Studio, the Washington Art Association, Atelier Brunelli, Studio415ny, Chelsea Classical Studio, and the National Academy School. For more information, please visit www.brandonsoloff.com.

 

 


Wendy Shalen 
Portfolio Development:
Self-Portraits in Line, Tone & Color 

November 15-16 
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm 
Fee: $275 
Instructor present each day  
Enrollment limited to 12 students.  
Please request supply list   

This workshop covers self-portraiture using linear and tonal approaches to drawing. Students may work with 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.  Master drawings & paintings of self-portraiture will be shown & discussed. This workshop focuses on the development of a cohesive presentation of artwork. While working from observation on self-portraiture, students will be guided to complete work to be used in their portfolios for high school, college and graduate school admission. Portfolio reviews by visiting college representatives will be included if desired.    

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).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.


Peter Cox
The Direct Approach

November 17–21

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am–12:30pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
An artist’s working canvas is similar to a “ouija board”.  With each paint stroke the canvas “speaks to us” about how to proceed.

This workshop will explore how a “direct” method of painting can help us ‘listen to’, and better understand the surface of the canvas by working with the following ‘wet-into-wet’ techniques:
 
     - Creating an underpainting with simple planes in color-values drawn with a brush.
     - Using thicker paint with large full brushes that allow color to flow, while keeping values and planes clear, free, and simple.
     - Building the figure out from a central point of contrast using only the most essential description of the shape, value and color.
     - Creating “middle values” by working one plane directly into another where they overlap.
     - Glazing and scumbling on a ‘wet’ surface.

In this workshop, we will paint from the live model, and there will be demonstrations, handouts, and personal critiques.

In addition to ten solo shows in New York, and numerous shows in other parts of the country, Peter Cox has lectured and given workshops at Syracuse University, the Arnot Museum, and the Portrait Society of America. He has taught in New York City at the Art Students League, the National Academy, and the New York Academy. His work is represented in many private collections, as well as the Redding Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, the National Academy of Design, and the National Arts Club. Awards, reviews, and magazine articles on his work are available online. For more information please see www.petercox.us.


Michael Siegel
Light and Shadow – The 17th Century Dutch/Flemish Tradition

November 17–21

Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

For centuries, artists have produced and experimented with hundreds of oil painting mediums to get the most out of each brushstroke. In the Golden Age of the Dutch/Flemish Baroque, artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck used Black Oil and thicker wax mediums to produce amazingly rich "Light and Shadow" paintings, known as "Chiaroscuro." This workshop will give the artist a working knowledge and understanding of these traditional handmade oil painting mediums. We will be using these techniques while painting a portrait from life. The instructor will conduct demonstrations, illustrating methods and materials and will cover subject like; light vs. shadow, painting as a sculptural language of brushstrokes, designing powerful compositions using lighting, value, color, edges, and paint quality and painting mediums and varnishes, and their use in painting. All levels are welcome, from beginner to professional.

Having studied drawing all his youth, Michael Siegel began painting under Gregg Kreutz, and later moved to Taos, NM where he studied privately under famed ASL alumnus David A Leffel.  In 2009 Michael moved his studio to Los Angeles, where he now works as an artist and is a highly sought-after instructor. In 2011 Michael became the youngest artist on the roster of Spanierman Gallery in NYC. His works have been shown at numerous international exhibitions, and have been collected throughout the world. For more information please visit: www.siegelfineart.com.


Alex Zwarenstein
How to Draw and Paint in Perspective


November 17–21
Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
A practical course in perspective for the working artist, this workshop starts with broad easy-to-understand principles.  The workshop covers concepts such as scenic space, architecture, natural space, still life, positioning of figures in space, forced perspective, and more.
 
Alex Zwarenstein received his B.A. with honors from London University, and his M.A. from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 1979, he was awarded the prestigious biennial Royal Academy Gold Medal for painting, and the Turner Travelling Scholarship. Mr. Zwarenstein exhibits in New York and around the world. For more information please visit: www.zwarenstein.com.

 

 

 


Rachael Wren
Moving Towards Abstraction

November 22-23

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Request supply list upon registration

Does making abstract art seem intimidating or baffling to you?  Want to take your work beyond representation but not sure how to begin?  Then this workshop is for you!  Participants will explore and experience the process of abstracting from the observed world, learning how to find and capture the inner spirit of what they are looking at.  Students will be guided through a series of drawings in which they investigate notions of rhythm, mark, shape, texture, and speed.  We will address the concept of scale and discuss strategies for developing an effective composition.  Experimentation with a variety of materials such as charcoal, ink, collage, and paint will be encouraged as we work towards creating images that capture the essence of an object, sensation, or mood.  This workshop will give you tools to discover and develop your personal artistic voice.

Rachael Wren received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Washington.  Her work has been exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the National Academy Museum, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, and The Painting Center, among many others.  Rachael is the recipient of the Julius Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy Museum and an Aljira Fellowship.  She has been awarded residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the Anderson Center, and has been a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  For more information please visit: www.rachaelwren.com.


Ed Watkins
How to Photograph Your Work (Digital)


November 24-25
Monday-Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $160      
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

This two day workshop will show how to take great pictures without much equipment. Bring your own digital camera. Any application is only as good as the images you submit and 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 two will show each student how to set up their own camera to obtain the correct color of their photographs along with a demo on simple Photoshop cropping, sizing and fixes.
 
Ed Watkins has been photographing art for the past 35 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. For the past six years he has been working with the curatorial department of newly reopened Museum of Arts and Design helping them archive their entire collection.


Frederick Brosen
Introduction to Transparent Watercolor

November 29-30

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
This workshop will introduce students to the classic transparent watercolor technique first perfected by the Early English Watercolorists; Turner, Girtin, Cotman and their contemporaries.  Applied over an initial pencil drawing, wet-in-wet, wet on dry, scumbling (or drybrush) and point of brush techniques will be demonstrated as well as basic approaches to elements of landscape painting; skies, trees and architecture.  The first day will be a demo and a lecture; the second day students will apply the demonstrated techniques under the teacher’s guidance. Although this course is oriented for the beginner, all levels are welcome, and can benefit from re-examining these foundation techniques. Material list available in the ASL office.

Frederick Brosen’s watercolors have been featured in over 30 solo museum and gallery exhibitions across the country, most recently at the South Street Seaport Museum and at Hirschl & Adler Modern in NYC, both in 2012. His work is in the permanent collection of over a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society. He is the recipient of the City College of New York Career Achievement Award in 2011, and of two Pollack-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2006 a major exhibition of his watercolors was featured at the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the publication of a monograph of his NYC watercolors, with an introduction by Ric Burns, ‘Still New York’. He is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York, and in 2015 his work will be featured in  ‘Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland’, premiering at the Wadsworth Atheneum and traveling to 3 additional museums, concluding at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016.


Leonid Gervits
Painting Florals

December 1-5

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

Flowers are one of the most difficult things to paint in art. But hard as it is, it is also an exciting challenge and pays off in many ways. Human cultures around the world, consider flowers synonymous with pure beauty. In painting history there are many wonderful examples of artists trying to capture this beauty (especially in west European art): Manet, Fantin-Latour, Crivelli, Van Gogh, etc. For the purpose of education, painting florals means much more than painting a still life because flowers are not "dead nature", they are alive with light and movement, and even can be said to have personalities. Capturing the countless varieties of shapes, colors, tones and vibrations of the flower is exiting task for students at any level.

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.


Melanie Vote
Meaning and Metaphor in Still Life

December 3-5

Wednesday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Still life paintings illuminate ordinary objects. Arranged with specific relational nuances and captured by the artist’s eye these seemingly banal objects become imbued with new significance and markers of visual time. This workshop, open to all levels, will begin with a presentation of both historical and contemporary practices involving still life and the object. Topics will include technical basics of drawing/painting and still life set up, as well as concepts of narration and metaphor.  A demonstration will follow the presentation. Each person will then work from life with his/her chosen object(s). Upon completion, participants will have completed new works and additionally gained skills to approach image making in a renewed contemplative manor.

Melanie Vote received a BFA from Iowa State University and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Her work has been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally. Locally at Hionas Gallery, The Lodge Gallery, Flowers Gallery, Sloan Fine Art, and the Aldrich, CT, among others. Internationally exhibited in Seoul, South Korea, at the Hangaram Art Museum and at ADAH, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Vote was a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and many residencies, most recently, ADAH, Abu Dhabi 2013, Jentel in Wyoming and the Vermont Studio Center with a full fellowship from the Dodge Foundation.  In June 2015 she will be an artist in residence in The Grand Canyon, and is actively teaching at NJCU and Pratt Manhattan. For more information please visit www.melanievote.com.


 


Ephraim Rubenstein
Introduction to Pastel

December 13-14

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.


Hugo Bastidas
The Business of Galleries—How to Prepare for Gallery Representation

December 16, 18, 19

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Fee: $230
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
 
The first day of this three-session intensive will cover: the current gallery structure in the NYC metro area; the presentation of works for viewing by galleries, dealers and curators; procedures on how to have your work represented; the dos and don’ts of approaching galleries; preparation for the studio visit; and finally becoming aware of the artist-gallerist relationship. The second and third session will involve understanding the “key,” a case for originality, some of the current paradigms used by many galleries to access and consider artwork, and understanding art making from technical abilities (regardless of media). Those wanting to have a critique of their work are invited to bring 4 works (or a CD with 4 images).

Mr. Hugo Xavier Bastidas was born in Quito, Ecuador. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his MFA from Hunter College.  His awards include a Robert Smithson Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pollack-Krasner Grant and a NJEA Grant. He is represented by The Nohra Haime Gallery, where he has had 13 solo shows. Other solo exhibits include those at the Gyeongnam Museum of Art, Gallery KunstDoc, and Bonn Gallery—all in Korea. His digital artwork is represented by Gallery Boreas (Lenox, MA and Reykjavik, Iceland) and has been included in the DiVA shows (in Paris, Cologne and NY) and the AAF (NY). He is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Design and is represented in their collection. Mr. Bastidas is also a member of the Century Association (NY), and represented the US in the Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 1999) and the Sharjah Biennial (UAE, 2001).  His work is in collections worldwide.



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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