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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

June
David Kassan: Investigating the Contemporary Portrait in Oils
Michael Massen: The Figure in Perspective
Kathie Miranda: Botanicals in Colored Pencil on Mylar
Nicholas Raynolds: The Portrait from Pencil to Paint; Principles, Process & Materials
Naomi Campbell: Nude in Nature III, Crossing Boundaries: The Dynamic Landscape of the Body in Nature with Watercolor
Sergey Voronin: Asian Landscape Painting with Calligraphic Brushes
Leonid Gervits: Landscape Portrait – The Russian Academy Approach
Frederick Brosen: Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York
Barbara Yeterian: Expressionistic Figure Painting - Unleashing Your Emotional Palette
Greg Follender: Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing-Short Pose Intensive
Dean Hartung: Nude in Nature
Costa Vavagiakis: Portrait Painting
Morito: Ceramic Figure Sculpture
 
July
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Frederick Brosen: Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York
 
August
Costa Vavagiakis: Portrait Drawing
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners—Intensive Practice Workshop

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


David Kassan
Investigating the Contemporary Portrait in Oils


June 1–5
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $850
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of us without being overwhelmed. Through this intensive observation students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Students will execute preliminary drawings before moving on to full-scale oil paintings. Instruction will include discussion of practical technical information on paint qualities, pigments, palette, mediums, and paint supports. This will be an intensive painting practicum with a concentration on the artist in whole. Students will be challenged to develop a strong foundation from which to explore and evolve.
      
David Kassan studied painting and art history at Syracuse University, the Art Students League of New York, and the National Academy School of Fine Art. He has lectured at many schools around the country including Rochester Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Western Illinois University, Syracuse University, the National Academy School of Fine Art, and the University of Alabama. He has taught at the National Academy School of Fine Art, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the Salmagundi Club and at the 72nd Street Studio. Mr. Kassan has conducted many international painting seminars, including workshops in Iceland, Australia, Portugal, Belgium and Spain. He has been a contributor to many different art publications, including a two-year column in Drawing Magazine on the topic of understanding anatomy. David Kassan is currently represented by Gallery Henoch. For more information, please visit www.davidkassan.com.


Michael Massen
The Figure in Perspective

June 1–3
Monday–Wednesday, 6:00–9:30 PM
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

In this workshop, we will be looking at how to accurately portray the model in three-dimensional space, as well as how to accurately portray three-dimensional space in the model. The basic rules of perspective drawing will be presented as painlessly as possible, as a means of aiding and informing our figure drawing.
      
Michael Massen is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure, published by Watson-Guptill, and Figure Drawing in Proportion, which will be published later this year by North Light Books. 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.


Kathie Miranda
Botanicals in Colored Pencil on Mylar


June 6, 13 & 20
Saturdays, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Fee: $245 (includes $5 material fee)   
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Mylar, the generic name for polyester drafting film, is an extremely versatile ground that offers endless possibilities for experimentation.  Due to the film’s translucency, colored pencil work has a special brilliance, which reproduces exceptionally well.  Working on both sides of the film creates a depth of color and luminosity that cannot be achieved on other surfaces.  Explore how your usual working methods in colored pencil can be applied to this non-traditional surface for a variety of stunning effects.  Techniques presented include how to build color from a grisaille; altering color saturation; creating depth of space; back-painting with acrylics; stacking multiple sheets for atmospheric effect; and more.
 
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.


Naomi Campbell
Nude in Nature III. Crossing Boundaries:
The Dynamic Landscape of the Body in Nature with Watercolor


June 6–7
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Some previous painting experience required
 
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 $15 cash to order lunch.
 
Presenting the best of both worlds, the nude and the landscape unite in a stunning palette of color, atmosphere and light. Guiding each student through discovery, inspiration and concentrated artistic growth to unlock their creative potential, we will explore the dynamic approaches to painting watercolors in its natural environment. Working in the inspiring outdoor landscape, we will look at the nude in the 21st century tying in to artists as: Michelangelo, Sargent and Gauguin.
 
This dynamic class will take on ideas formed in the studio while freeing each person to interact with the outdoor environment. Each artist will push the boundaries of their own visual vocabulary to activate their creative edge.Ms. Campbell’s artwork is found in national and international permanent collections. She has contributed to art journals and magazines and has appeared in 18 book publications. Her list of workshops, critic and guest artist/lecturer include the Morgan Library and Museum, Lehman College, Pratt Institute, the New School, the League in Florence Workshop and most recently the League Residency at Vytlacil. Ms. Campbell has painted in watercolor for over twenty-eight years with innumerable national and international exhibitions and awards. Her other mediums include: mixed media, installation, oil, pastel, acrylic, printmaking, sculpture and public art.
 


Sergey Voronin
Asian Landscape Painting with Calligraphic Brushes


June 6, 13, 20, & 27
Saturdays, 1:30-5:00 PM
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

These four sessions will introduce students to old Far-Eastern painting traditions.  Students will learn to draw and paint mountains, trees, different plants, streams and waterfalls while working in ink and watercolor with calligraphic brushes. We will work on creating a peaceful atmosphere in the artwork with foggy perspectives and mountain skylines vanishing in the background. There will be class discussions and lectures on topics like format and composition and the unique difference between Eastern and Western classical landscape painting. The instructor will demonstrate different techniques.

Voronin is an art teacher and artist from Moscow. His drawing and watercolor painting skills were acquired from the classical methods he learned at the Academy of Architecture, where he worked as a visual arts instructor for eight years after completing his studies. Voronin has also worked as an interior designer and muralist. In his own work he has been focused on city views, landscapes and architectural fantasies using watercolor, ink, pencil and related mediums; constantly experimenting with different techniques, styles and materials.


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


June 8 –12
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
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.
 
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 in both recognized gallery and museum settings.  His work can be found in national and international collections, including The Forbes Collection (NY) and the TIA Collection & The Arkansas Museum of Art. 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 visit:  www.nicholasraynolds.com.


Leonid Gervits
Landscape Portrait – The Russian Academy Approach

June 8–12

Monday–Friday, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list
The first session will meet in the Studio 6. Please be on time.

Every year as the summer would go by, freshmen of the Repin Academy would go south to the famous paradise peninsula on the Black Sea – Crimea. This summer practice was dedicated to so-called “cleaning the palette” process. After long 10 months of painting in the studios during autumn, winter, and early spring, with some times Nordic darkness at 3pm, young painters would enjoy bright and magic coloring of plein-air in subtropical Crimea. Painting a model in plein-air has some specialties, which one would never find during painting in the studios, under a roof. Here is a key question about cold and warm relationships. The “temperature” of the lights and shadows are completely different and having their own explanations. The intensity of sunlight, along with the cold influence of the open sky, presents an extraordinary challenge, especially for tonal shaping. During 5 days of this workshop students will open up the “hidden” door to academic multi-task methods of painting the human being in the plein-air. The instructor will present demos along with reproductions of the works of famous European and American painters of the past.

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


Frederick Brosen
Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York

June 15–19

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Come and enjoy the beautiful light of early summer along the Hudson River and by the lakes of Central Park. The first day will comprise an indoor demonstration in Studio 6, followed by 4 days of on-site outdoor drawing and watercolor painting. Ample tables and benches, as well as access to water fountains, bathrooms and refreshments, make this a comfortable and picturesque location for watercolor painting. Working on-site, each day will include both lectures and demonstrations on a variety of landscape elements, including sky techniques, tree anatomy and architectural rendering.
The subtle nuances and expressive flexibility of watercolor make it an ideal medium for landscape and cityscape subject matter. Working over an initial graphite drawing, students are taught to layer transparent washes of pure color, developing light, mass and texture within a painting. In case of inclement weather, alternatives will include enclosed park locations, local museum and gallery visits to selected watercolor exhibitions, or studio work at the League.
 
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.


Barbara Yeterian
Expressionistic Figure Painting – Unleashing Your Emotional Palette

June 15–19
Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

Focus will be on painting the model in an expressionistic manner. In capturing the figure, the student will learn to go beyond the superficial representation of the model, and endeavor to express the inner state, mood and essence of the figure, incorporating the student’s feeling about the subject. This can be attained by exaggerating features and gestures with non-conventional colors and brushwork, which illuminate the emotional and expressive content of the painting. The students will also learn how to effectively connect the figure with an environment that enhances and further evokes its distinctive emotional quality.
 
Barbara Yeterian is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and NYU with a BA and MA in art and art education. She also studied at the University of California, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Art Students League. Ms. Yeterian has had several solo exhibitions, including Jersey City University, Artsforum Gallery, the New Art Center and the Levitan Gallery. Her paintings have been widely exhibited in California, New York, New Jersey and Russia. In 1996, she won two national painting competitions. Her Genocide Paintings are included on the prestigious Legacy Project Website (www.legacy-project.org), alongside world renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Arshile Gorky. Most recently, one of Ms. Yeterian’s paintings was selected for the cover of the book Hidden Genocides published by Rutgers University Press. Besides teaching at the Art Students League, Yeterian has taught children, teenagers and adults privately in her studio for many years and has developed a large following in the Bergen County area.


Greg Follender
Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing-Short Pose Intensive

June 15–19

Monday –Friday; 6:00–9:30 PM
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.


Dean Hartung
Nude in Nature

June 20–21

Saturday-Sunday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present all day
Enrollment limited to 12
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.


Painting the nude in landscape is always a great treat. Learning to paint correct skin tones against a beautiful natural backdrop. Some emphasis will be placed on correctly drawing the figure, anatomy, proportion and perspective. Then we will see how to choose color tones that correspond to the light conditions. Finally we will discuss composition and harmony.

Mr. Hartung’s work is found in permanent collections around the world as well as on the walls and ceilings of  courthouses, hospitals, hotels and the NYC subway. His work has been featured in numerous art magazines and books. He has studied at The Cleveland Art Institute, The Art institute of Chicago, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. . He has taught at several institutions including the New York Academy of Art, the National Academy of Design, Penn State University, Swarthmore College and Community College of Philadelphia. He received special recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives in 1998 Mr. Hartung has painted and drawn in various mediums all his life including: fresco, oil, pastel, acrylic and was featured in Dynamic Still Lifes in Watercolor by Steve Doherty. His Website is deanhartung.com


Morito
Ceramic Figure Sculpture


June 20 & 27
Saturdays, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Fee: $310 (includes $20 clay fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop held in basement stone studio
Kiln firing fees are not included (minimum of $15)

This intense two-day workshop will give basic working knowledge of how to construct sculpture for firing. Day one will include a demonstration-Technique such as wheel throwing, coil building will be shown. Glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. The second day,  the students will explore these techniques for themselves.
 
Morito studied sculpture at the Art Students League. His monumental sculpture was at Riverside Park South as a part of the Model to Monument program. He was a Ceramic Instructor in Japan and Central America through Japan International Cooperation Agency. He was a selected artist of Curate NYC 2011, & 2013. Morito's art work and the show was featured in various publications including the Wall street Journal, NY1,The Smithsonian, The Consulate general of Japan and others.

 


Costa Vavagiakis
Portrait Painting

June 22–26

Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fee: $850
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

This all-day all-week workshop is designed to help the student learn the finer points of this time-honored art form. All the stages of the portrait painting process will be examined from the under-painting to the completed portrait. Students will develop a good foundation for capturing likeness by studying the underlying structure of the skull and features of the face. We will explore the effects of light on skin, mixing flesh tones and application and rendering techniques. All level of students welcome.
 
Costa Vavagiakis currently teaches at the Art Students League of New York, The National Academy and the Gage Academy. He has been the recipient of many distinguished Awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Gregory Millard Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Mr. Vavagiakis works have appeared in exhibitions at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., The Museum of the City of New York, NY, ACA Galleries, NY, and Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  He has recently been featured in the publications The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist Drawing and Curve: The Female Nude Now.  His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States. For more information, please visit: www.costavavagiakis.com.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Plein Air Landscape Painting


July 6–10
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.


Frederick Brosen
Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York

July 13–17
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Come and enjoy the beautiful light of early summer along the Hudson River and by the lakes of Central Park. The first day will comprise an indoor demonstration in Studio 6, followed by 4 days of on-site outdoor drawing and watercolor painting. Ample tables and benches, as well as access to water fountains, bathrooms and refreshments, make this a comfortable and picturesque location for watercolor painting. Working on-site, each day will include both lectures and demonstrations on a variety of landscape elements, including sky techniques, tree anatomy and architectural rendering.
The subtle nuances and expressive flexibility of watercolor make it an ideal medium for landscape and cityscape subject matter. Working over an initial graphite drawing, students are taught to layer transparent washes of pure color, developing light, mass and texture within a painting. In case of inclement weather, alternatives will include enclosed park locations, local museum and gallery visits to selected watercolor exhibitions, or studio work at the League.
 
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.


Costa Vavagiakis
Portrait Drawing

August 3–7

Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fee: $850
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please Request Supply List

Throughout the history of western art, portrait drawing has remained a vital artistic practice. Artists such as Michelangelo, Holbein, Van Dyck, and Ingres have explored this motif. These works speak to us because they are immediate, direct and honest. This workshop focuses on the methods and tools needed to draw a portrait with accuracy and feeling. Students learn to capture the likeness and unique personality of the sitter by carefully observing the subtleties of the human face. Composition, perspective, proportions and the effects of light and dark will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on an in-depth investigation of the underlying structure of the head, skull and facial features. There will be a weeklong pose and each day the class will be augmented by lectures and demonstrations.
 
Costa Vavagiakis currently teaches at the Art Students League of New York, The National Academy and the Gage Academy. He has been the recipient of many distinguished Awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Gregory Millard Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Mr. Vavagiakis works have appeared in exhibitions at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., The Museum of the City of New York, NY, ACA Galleries, NY, and Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  He has recently been featured in the publications The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist Drawing and Curve: The Female Nude Now.  His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States. For more information, please visit: www.costavavagiakis.com.


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.


 
 
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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