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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
This spring, paint in Holland with Frederick Brosen or in Tuscany with Frank O'Cain. 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

May
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic Painting—The Basics and Beyond
Dionisio Cimarelli: Carving Using the Pointing Machine
Hiba Schahbaz: The Art of Miniature Painting
Lisa Dinhofer: Experiments in Color in Theory and Practice
Leonid Brener: Fundamental Drawing
Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson: Introduction to Plein Air Oil Painting
Valerie Hird: Illusion in Watercolor
Greg Follender: The Vital Line: Gestural Life Drawing for Beginners
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Kathie Miranda: Spring Blossoms in Silverpoint on Colored Ground
Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson: Elements of Landscape
Arslan: Sculpting the Portrait
Rachael Wren: Collage for Painters
Max Ginsburg: Alla Prima Realist Oil Painting
Gregory William Frux: Adventure Drawing
Takuji Hamanaka: Japanese Style Woodblock
Ephraim Rubenstein: Oil Painting Fundamentals
Rand Hardy: Aqua Resin: Casting and Building
Dan Thompson: Painting the Figure in Nature
Michele Liebler: Absolute Beginners – Oil
Amy Weiskopf: Color is Light is Color
Hugo Bastidas: The Business of Galleries—How to prepare for Gallery Representation
 
June–August
John A. Varriano: Nude in Nature: Using the Prismatic Palette in Oil
Garin Baker: New York At Night – Plein Air on Location in NYC
Arslan: What Lies Beneath the Surface: Sculptural Drawing
Costa Vavagiakis: Portrait Painting
Lucy Fradkin: Mastering the Art of Collage
Edward Schmidt: Nude in Nature: Painting & Drawing the Model in the Open Air
Sylvie Covey: Photoshop for Artists
Barbara Yeterian: Expressionistic Figure Painting — Unleashing Your Emotional Palette
Garin Baker: Authenticity Through Solid Block-ins
Elizabeth Allison: Expressive Watercolor
Edmond Rochat: Portrait Drawing
Michiyo Fukushima: Take your Watercolor to the Next Level
Greg Follender: Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing-Short Pose Intensive
Greg Follender: Dynamic Comic Book Illustration
Michele Liebler: Absolute Beginners – Oil
Michael Massen: The Figure in Perspective
Costa Vavagiakis: Portrait Drawing
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Sylvie Covey: Photoshop for Artists
Mary Beth McKenzie: Monotype in Oil
Juan Miguel Palacios: The Eyes are the Windows to the Soul: Emotion & Gesture on a Large-Scale
Garin Baker: Nude in Nature–Alla Prima the Figure in Open Air

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


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic Painting—The Basics and Beyond

April 30-May 1

Saturday-Sunday
10:00am – 4:30pm
Fee: $330 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

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

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed media class at the Art Students League of New York and has been teaching encaustic workshops here since 2009. Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States. In 2015, she curated the exhibition Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, MA. She has been a presenter and workshop instructor at the International Encaustic Conference since 2013 and is Featured Artworks Editor of ProWax Journal. Her work is included in “Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media” by Linda Robertson and, most recently, in “Art Students League of New York on Painting” edited by James L. McElhinney. For more information about the instructor, please visit: www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Dionisio Cimarelli
Carving Using the Pointing Machine

April 30 – May 1
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fee:$140
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 25 students with a minimum of 12
Workshop held in the basement sculpture studio

This intensive workshop consists of a demonstration on how to carve using the pointing machine. The pointing machine is used for making one-to- one copies of existing sculptures and to reproduce models made of plaster or other hard material, and has been used for centuries in Europe. During the demonstration the instructor will use the machine to sculpt a portrait.

The workshop will be divided in two parts:
Part 1: Show the machine mechanism and how to install it.
Part 2: Demo how to find the points (measurements) and carve the sculpture

Dionisio Cimarelli was born in Italy, he boasts a wide international experience. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine ArtsofCarrara,Italy.HealsostudiedattheRepinInstituteofArts (St. Petersburg, Russia) and at the Academy of Fine Arts (Prague, Czech Republic). He participated in restoration project at the Louvre Museum (Paris), the Royal Church (Copenhagen), the Royal Palace (Stockholm), at Strasbourg Cathedral, France. He has been invited as guest professor at Wimbledon School of Art (London) andatKingSaudUniversity (Riyadh,SaudiArabia).Heexhibited in the International Art Biennale (Beijing), the International Sculpture Biennial (Shanghai), and at MOCA Museum (Shanghai) and in 2011 at the Venice Biennale.



Hiba Schahbaz
The Art of Miniature Painting

May 2-6

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


Lisa Dinhofer
Experiments in Color in Theory and Practice


May 2–6
Monday–Friday
9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

This workshop will focus on color—how it works and why it works—through practice rather than theory. Experience is the only route to a working vocabulary of color ideas. This one week workshop will begin with the classic study of the interaction of color using Josef Albers’ techniques, primarily with cut paper and collage. The students will then explore the density and transparency of light and color, through careful observation from life with color pencils. Color creates magic in any work of art, and this workshop will teach each student how. Students of all skill levels and disciplines 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.


Leonid Brener
Fundamental Drawing

May 2-4

Monday-Wednesday
6:00 –9:30 pm
Fee: $260
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

This workshop aims to help students develop the ability to see the essence of three-dimensional objects, of each particular character (in this case a model) and to express their impression of any object while avoiding illusiveness. The main goal is to achieve entirety – a foremost constant, which needs to be followed by the contemplation of details. The making process requires one to return to entirety again and again, making this notion the main part of the object and thus acquiring harmonic unity of any non-flat image.

Leonid Brener received an M.F.A. degree in Decorative Arts and Sculpture from the Stroganov Institute of Fine Arts and Design, Moscow, Russia. He has received numerous awards for his work including those for the Medal Design Competition, Paris, France, and the Decorative Sculpture Competition for the design of the exterior of the Moscow Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow, Russia. Mr. Brener’s sculptures have been installed in cities throughout the United States, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. His work is included in private and public collections in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Washington, D.C. He was one of the co-creators of the St. Anthony sculpture on the facade of the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua on Houston Street in New York City. His portrait of Pushkin is in the collection of the Russian Cultural Center of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brener has taught drawing and sculpture at the New York Studio School, New York Educational Alliance, and the Sculpture Center in New York. His class studies the ways of transforming three-dimensional objects, such as classical sculpture or, occasionally, the nude model into relief. Special emphasis is on composition.

Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Introduction to Plein Air Oil Painting

May 7–8

Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructors present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please request supply lists
Students will be informed by email where to meet

The qualities of fugitive light and shifting atmospheric conditions in the landscape make “plein air” the most challenging type of painting. The need to work quickly requires that the technique and approach adopted be distinct from studio paint- ing. This short workshop will focus on the formal elements of spatial construction in a carefully observed landscape. Students will be shown how to analyze natural space in terms of light (value) and air (atmospheric perspective). The technical method introduced will derive from the 18th century open air tradition in the sequence of paint application and use of paper as a surface, but will stress contemporary abstract principles of color contrasts to create form and space within a composition.

Maddine Insalaco (MFA New York Academy of Art) and Joe Vinson (BA Ringling School of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), divide their life between New York City and Tuscany where they have taught landscape painting since 1995. They are established experts in the history of open air painting and its connection to modern art. The couple has published, lectured, curated, and exhibited on the subject in diverse forums such as the American Artist, Plein Air, Sotheby’s, the National Academy of Design, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, and the Jerusalem Studio School among others. Their work has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Italy and France. For more detailed information: www.landscapepainting.com, www.maddineinsalaco.com and www.joevinson.com.


Kathie Miranda
Spring Blossoms in Silverpoint on Colored Ground

May 7–8
Saturday–Sunday
10:00am–4:30pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Using spring flowers as our inspiration, learn how to apply silverpoint to a colored ground. We will prepare a simple ground using white watercolor paint, tinted with a touch of watercolor, and brushed onto watercolor paper. Old Master silverpoint drawings seen in museums are frequently drawn on pale blue, ochre or gray grounds. We’ll try some of their color recipes to create our ground. The subtle pale gray lines of silverpoint are perfect to describe delicate blossoms. Learn tradition methods to apply silverpoint as well as some of my own design. Students are encouraged to bring spring flowers of their choice or photos/ jpegs/color prints.

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning artist and educator of natural science illustration with a specialty in botanical art. 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 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.


Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Elements of Landscape


May 9–13
Monday–Friday
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply lists

Adapting an 18th century approach by French artist PH Valenciennes to plein air painting designed to assist artists in studio composition, Elements of Landscape will be organized around studying the components, or “elements”, of the Central Park landscape separately. We will restrict ourselves to three elements during the five day program: trees, clouds and skies, rocks. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning we will meet at the Art Students League for a slide lecture of paintings featuring the subject element. A technical approach to painting each will be suggested. Lectures will be followed by a painting session at specified locations in Central Park. On Tuesday and Thursday morning we will meet directly in the park. Demonstrations will be part of the program but it is recommended that participants have prior painting experience. Consistentwith the Valenciennes method we will use paper as a support for oil studies. In the event of rain we will visit the Met to view examples of work from this tradition.

Maddine Insalaco (MFA New York Academy of Art) and Joe Vinson (BA Ringling School of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), divide their life between New York City and Tuscany where they have taught landscape painting since 1995. They are established experts in the history of open air painting and its connection to modern art. The couple has published, lectured, curated, and exhibited on the subject in diverse forums such as the American Artist, Plein Air, Sotheby’s, the National Academy of Design, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, and the Jerusalem Studio School among others. Their work has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Italy and France. For more detailed information: www.landscapepainting.com, www.maddineinsalaco.com and www.joevinson.com.


Valerie Hird
Illusion in Watercolor

May 9-13

Monday–Friday, 1:30-5:00 pm
Fee: $410 (includes $10 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

This course, based on direct observation, enables students to move beyond a purely representational format into a more creative vocabulary. Watercolor sketches begun ‘plein air’ will be developed further in the classroom away from their original context; allowing imagination to augment and interpret reality. Val encourages stylistic diversity. Each day will begin with a different demonstration about building color and form. By analyzing a variety of techniques, she will demonstrate how to be comfortable defying the laws of gravity, intensifying organic patterns and simplifying nature’s complex color schemes; creating an illusory world unique to the painter’s vision. Only basic supplies are needed. Students should bring the watercolor paper and colors they feel most comfortable with. To promote experimentation, different instructor- provided papers and paint will be provided. A suggested supply list is available.


 
 
 
 


Greg Follender
The Vital Line: Gestural Life Drawing for Beginners

May 9-13

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

Learning to render the human figure from life in a gestural, vital way is an important skill to master for any aspiring artist. In this workshop, short, timed sketching sessions will allow participants to quickly turn the figure in deep space and represent the nude form in more dramatic and challenging poses, while longer drawings will encourage the expression of volume and weight in the subject. These exercises are designed to establish easy- to-follow anatomical formulas and increased recognition of important body landmarks. The sketch sessions will build confidence exponentially until students find that they can document the nude 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.

Greg Follender is an artist/illustrator that has been teaching both drawing and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for almost 2 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. After a recent drawing workshop in La Morra, Italy reconnected him with his classical inspiration, Greg returns to the roots of his work...the dynamic figure-drawing basics that inspire his personal narrative imagery.


Arslan
Sculpting the Portrait

May 14–15
Saturday–Sunday
10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $300 (includes $10 material fee)
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop is held in the stone studios in the basement

A lecture and a demonstration by the instructor will precede each student’s own execution of a sculptural portrait from the live model. The instructor will guide the students through the process according their individual artistic vision and skill level. There will be more group and private talks and demos as needed. The topics covered will stretch from basic use of materials and tools; to: anatomy, structure and proportions; to the artistic nuances of of capturing the essence of a specific person. 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 currently represented by Dillon Gallery in New York, Janus Avivson in London and Galerie Claudine Legrand in Paris.

 


Rachael Wren
Collage for Painters

May 14–15

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

Is your painting in a rut? Need a new way to think about and understand your work? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will explore and experience the benefits of working with both collage and painting side by side. The two different materials allow different approaches to dealing with shape, mark, overlap, and the creation of space. You will create a pair of images, one painting and one collage, looking at the same scene — and will grow to understand the unique properties and qualities of each media, and how they complement each other. Join us for this workshop and discover how the techniques and strategies of collage can re-energize your painting and take your work to a new level.

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, Garis& Hahn, Schema Projects, 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 Chashama North, 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


Max Ginsburg
Alla Prima Realist Oil Painting

May 16–20

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

The workshop will paint head and figure studies on Monday and Tuesday, and long poses from life on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. During each long model break Ginsburg will discuss the work of Old Masters and contemporary realists and the lack and denial of artistic freedom in America as it relates to American Colleges and Universities Schools of Art.

Ginsburg’s awards and solo exhibitions include: Grand Prize, Portrait Society of America Painting Competition, 2015; President’s Gold Medal Award for Advancement of Traditional Fine Art 2013, California Art Club; Retrospective Exhibitions 2011 Butler Institute of American Art and Salmagundi Club; “Best in Show” 2011 Art Renewal Center; ACOPAL Group Show Six Museums in China - 2012–13; Exhibition 2008 The Martin Luther King Labor Center; Philip Desind Award 2008 and Collectors Prize 2007, The Butler Institute; “Best In Show” 2007 Salmagundi Non Members; Purchase Prize 2005 Art Renewal Center; The Christopher’s Award 1991; and the Gold Medal 1984 Society of Illustrators. Selected group shows include those at: American Academy of Arts and Letters, Museum of The City of New York, New York Historical Society, and National Academy of Design Biennials. Museum collections include those at: Butler Institute, New Britain Museum, Society of Illustrators Museum. Ginsburg’s professional occupations include: Illustrator, 1980–2004, Teacher, 1960 to Present (H.S. Art & Design, School Visual Arts, Art Students League).


Gregory William Frux
Adventure Drawing

May 16–19

Monday–Thursday
9:00am–12:30pm
Fee $320
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Hone drawing skills for outdoor work, whether in New York City or remote wilderness. Class will run 3 1/2 hours daily, with first half hour devoted to site selection and discussion, fol- lowed by drawing and a final review. Daily outdoor sessions in Manhattan parks, water- front and industrial scenery will cover:

  • Preparation, portable tools, location planning, comfort and safety.
  • Selection and composition process,
    evaluation and discussion of intention of the drawing and suggested narrative.
  • Techniques to create effective drawings—layout, measuring, perspective.
  • Additional information and resources to incorporate geology, botany, architecture etc. into the creative process, recommended books.

 


Takuji Hamanaka
Japanese Style Woodblock

May 16–20

Monday–Friday
6:00-9:30 pm
Fee: $420 (includes $20 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
Additional hand tools are required

Learn the basic techniques in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking with water-based inks; this tradition is associated with  extraordinary lessons of design and color passed on from the early Ukiyo-e masters. All aspects of the process will be introduced: proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving the wood blocks, and hand printing using the baren. Japanese papers, water-based pigments, and color registration are also covered in this class.

Takuji Hamanaka is an artist/printmaker trained at Japanese traditional print studio in Tokyo Japan where he mastered technique of printing by working on reproduction of Ukiyo-e master such as Hiroshige, Hokusai. He worked on various print edition projects for artists such as Sol Lewitt among others. He was included in many group shows in US, Europe and Asia. He is a recipient of NYFA fellowship, MacDowell fellowship and Open studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Oil Painting Fundamentals

May 21-22

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.


Rand Hardy
Aqua Resin: Casting and Building

May 21-22

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee: $285 (includes $10 material fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop held in basement stone studio

This workshop will address methods of casting and building using Aqua Resin. This environmentally green, lightweight but durable compound material can be used in sculpture, painting, and installation. All materials will be provided. The class will cover the basics of: pattern making, mold making, mixing ratios, foam-coating, joining of disparate parts, and the painting/patina of finished work.
 
Mr. Hardy received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1968. He exhibited in the 1970 Information Show at the Museum of Modern Art, the 1972 Whitney Annual, and has a permanent outdoor sculpture installation in Soho. From 1992 to 2009 he was an adjunct faculty member teaching in the sculpture department at New York University. Mr. Hardy has been making sculptures using Aqua Resin for 13 years, and has had four one-person exhibitions of works made exclusively of this material.


Dan Thompson
Painting the Figure in Nature — at Vyt

May 21-22

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

Bring your own lunch or bring $10 cash to order lunch.

 
The notion of painting the figure outdoors represents an unparalleled opportunity for oil painters, pastelists and watercolorists alike. The experience brings painters into the zeitgeist of some of the finest plein air artistry from our heritage. For this limited enrollment workshop, students should expect a demonstration to start things off—with the emphasis on design, accuracy of figure placement and rapid color massing. The learning outcomes will include utilizing striking color statements, modeling in full color, and understanding direct painting approaches under nature’s shifting light keys.
 
Dan Thompson's work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the World Art Museum in Beijing. He has co-founded two schools of art in New York City:  The Grand Central Academy of Art, in 2006, and the Janus Collaborative School of Art, in 2008.  To read further, please visit DanThompsonArt.com.


Michele Liebler
Absolute Beginners – Oil

May 23–27

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 all students who never explored other ways of approaching oil painting.

Michele Liebler received her B.F.A. from Purchase College in painting and drawing and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. She studied with Mary Beth McKenzie and Burt Silverman. She has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in NYC. She has years of experience teaching workshops and classes at the National Academy Museum & School. And at the Art Students League she has taught several workshops and regularly substitutes for Mary Beth McKenzie.


Amy Weiskopf
Color is Light is Color

May 23-27

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

Still life offers excellent opportunities for observing the surprising nature of light and the complexity of color. Through a series of exercises (short and long still life paintings) students will hone their perceptual skills and learn to translate these into paint. We will also discuss form, space and look at various great still life painters (Chardin, Cezanne, Morandi) as well as many contemporary painters. The focus however is seeing color in a new and deeper way through the experience of still life painting.

Amy Weiskopf studied at Washington University in St. Louis and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, where she stayed for 9 years studying European painting. She has shown her still lifes extensively in the USA for over 30 years. She is in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is represented by Hirschl and Modern, NYC.


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

Understanding some of the structures and methods to break into the art world industry

May 24, 26 & 27
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Fee: $230
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
 
We will cover and understand the structure of the gallery scene in NYC, how to prepare your presentation, how to introduce your work to galleries, how to cultivate connections, exposure, strategies, creating a plan. There will also be a critical potion to the workshop, which will cover the essential elements of art making, aesthetics and purpose and mastery of personal technique. Understanding the prescriptive of the art dealer, collector and critic as well as the artist’s position will be addressed. Students are encouraged to present their artwork on the second and third evenings in the workshop for formal critics and strategic formulation.

Hugo Xavier Bastidas is n American artist.  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. Is represented by the Nohra Haime Gallery, where he has had 15 solo shows. Other solos exhibits include those at the Gyeongnam Museum of Art, Gallery KunstDoc, and Bonn Gallery. His digital artwork was represented by Gallery Boreas (Lenox, MA and Reykjavik, Iceland) and had 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 among other collections public and private nationally and internationally. He represented the US in the Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 1999) and the Sharjah Biennial (UAE, 2001).  His work is in collections worldwide.


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

June 4-5

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 17 students
Please request supply list
Free shuttle leaves the Art Students League at 9:00 am and leaves Vytlacil at 4:30 pm to return back to the Art Students League before 5:00 pm. You must have registered for the workshop to use the shuttle and you must have noted upon registration that you will take advantage of it. Please notify security in the ASL lobby that you wish to be on the shuttle and they will notify you when it arrives.

Bring your own lunch or bring $10/d cash for lunch ordering.
 
This two-day plein air landscape workshop focuses on painting the figure in outdoor light. Using the backdrop of the beautifully pastoral Vytlacil Campus, students will paint the model and explore the subtle tonal and color relationships on flesh as revealed by varying lighting conditions. Emphasis will be placed on understanding impressionist principles of using complementary colors and color temperature to depict vivid light and atmospheric effects.

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


Garin Baker
New York At Night – Plein Air on Location in NYC

June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 5

Five Tuesdays, 4:00-8:00 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

Using pre-determined locations throughout NYC, students will create paintings in oil and studies on the spot in plein air during the early evening creating dynamic nocturnal urban compositions. Locations will be chosen to advance the skills related to color, atmosphere and movement as well as direct responses to the changing urban lights that is intrinsically New York. This challenging workshop will stretch any skilled artist and student towards increased confidence and the abandonment of preconceived notions, ultimately fast tracking growth. Demonstrations by Garin Baker at each site as well as individual instruction will be offered.
 
Born in 1961 in New York City, Garin Baker received his BFA in painting and art history at Pratt Institute with additional studies the Art Students league. As a traditional figurative artist and plein air painter he’s had a long career as a professional artist with an impressive list of commissions and sales. He’s also nationally recognized for his large-scale Public Art Murals for municipal, private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. To his credits are several features in American Artist and Plein Air Magazine. Garin Baker has won several First Place and Grand Prize awards including Plein Air Easton, Brandywine, PA and the prestigious Irvine Museum Award. For more information please visit: garinbaker.com or carriageartatelier.com.


Arslan
What Lies Beneath the Surface: Sculptural Drawing


June 8-10
Wednesday-Friday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Fee: $280
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Working from nude models in variety of poses, we will explore the movement, proportions, structure and significant anatomical landmarks of the human figure as well as the concepts, materials and techniques involved in recording what is observed and learned. Three dimensional understandings of form and immediate and intuitive drawing methods will be emphasized. Instructor talks and demonstrations will be interspersed throughout the workshop. Open to all levels of experience.
 
Arslan received his M.F.A. from Moscow Stroganov College of Art and Design. which is renowned for its vigorous drawing curriculum.  His work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many public and private collections. Among the numerous awards he has been honored with is an Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. His website is arslanart.com.


Costa Vavagiakis
Portrait Painting

June 13-17

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Fee: $900
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

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 levels 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.


Lucy Fradkin
Mastering The Art of Collage

June 13-15

Monday-Wednesday
6:00-9:30 pm
Fee: $260
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Collage is an art form that can be mastered by all from the novice to the accomplished artist.  Join award winning collage artist Lucy Fradkin in an in depth personal exploration of the medium.  Students will use collage, paint and a variety of materials to create unique mixed media works that express personal stories with symbolic meaning. Art techniques will focus on line, composition, color, pattern and the use of collage as a design element. Demonstrations will include mapping out a painting and archival collage techniques. Although students will work independently on projects, daily discussions and critiques will be integral to this workshop.

Lucy Fradkin’s work was selected for the third time from thousands of entries for the triennial Portrait Competition opening in March 2016 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.  She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, a Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant, and two Fellowships in Drawing/Works on Paper from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has taught at a myriad of institutions, including MoMA/PS1 Museum, the Queens Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has exhibited nationally (New York, Boston, Aspen, …) and internationally  (Italy, Greece, China, …) at numerous museums and galleries.  Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe.   For more information, please visit lucyfradkin.com.


Edward Schmidt
Nude in Nature: Painting & Drawing the Model in the Open Air

June 18-19

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $340
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 17 students
Please request supply list
Free shuttle leaves the Art Students League at 9:00 am and leaves Vytlacil at 4:30 pm to return back to the Art Students League before 5:00 pm. You must have registered for the workshop to use the shuttle and you must have noted upon registration that you will take advantage of it. Please notify security in the ASL lobby that you wish to be on the shuttle and they will notify you when it arrives.

Bring your own lunch or bring $10/d cash for lunch ordering.
 
This unique two-day workshop offers the interested and motivated student the very rare opportunity to sketch, draw and paint the live model au natural posed in the landscape.  Students will be able to explore the human form illuminated by the rich and vivid qualities of light and color in the open air.  Instruction will focus on composition and spatial organization, the elements and organic forms of landscape, and the scale and proportion of the human figure in the natural environment. The weekend class will be held on Vytlacil's extensive wooded campus in Rockland County..

Edward Schmidt, a recipient of the Prix de Rome, studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. He received painting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill, Greenshields and Adolph Gottlieb Foundations. He has been awarded the Classical America Arthur Ross Award for Painting, and won, with the architect Michael Graves, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Clos Pegase Competition. He recently had a solo show at Shanghai University. Mr. Schmidt is Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art.


Sylvie Covey
Photoshop for Artists

June 20-24

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This workshop is designed for painters, photographers, printmakers and visual artists who want to discover and develop their computer skills with Photoshop and apply them in various techniques of visual fine art. This workshop will cover: drawing and painting digitally; working with layers and masks; learning color blending modes and adjustments; transforming, editing and retouching photos, and creating photo-montages. The instructor will provide notes and images for exercises, and students will also be able to work from their own images and photographs. It is strongly suggested to work with the Instructor’s book “Photoshop for Artists” available at the League store.
Students must come with their own laptops with Photoshop already installed. Adobe offers a free download tryout version available for 30 days. Also a mouse is absolutely required for the exercises. Bring your chargers too.
 
Sylvie Covey is currently an instructor at the Art Students League, FIT, and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and received a MFA from Hunter College. Ms. Covey is represented by the Old Printshop Gallery in New York City. For more information about the artist, visit www.sylviecovey.com.


Barbara Yeterian
Expressionistic Figure Painting —
Unleashing Your Emotional Palette

June 20-24

Monday-Friday, 1:30-5:00 PM
Fee: $450
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.


Garin Baker
Authenticity Through Solid Block-ins

June 27– July 1

Monday–Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

With the reemergence of academic painting and drawing this workshop will go much further and push towards the Russian Realist approach. Using a direct and less linear approach, the truth behind the eyes and personality of the subject is explored and stressed. This workshop will encourage and enable students to dig deeper and bring more authentically realized perceptions to their subjects, gaining in their works more honesty while uncovering the subliminal truths beyond simply copying or academically competent works.
 
Born in 1961 in New York City, Garin Baker received his BFA in painting and art history at Pratt Institute with additional studies the Art Students league. As a traditional figurative artist and plein air painter he’s had a long career as a professional artist with an impressive list of commissions and sales. He’s also nationally recognized for his large-scale Public Art Murals for municipal, private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. To his credits are several features in American Artist and Plein Air Magazine. Garin Baker has won several First Place and Grand Prize awards including Plein Air Easton, Brandywine, PA and the prestigious Irvine Museum Award. For more information please visit: garinbaker.com or carriageartatelier.com.


Elizabeth Allison
Expressive Watercolor

June 27- July 1

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

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


Edmond Rochat
Portrait Drawing

July 5-8

Monday–Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $360
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Edmond Rochat studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at duCret School of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Janus Collaborative School of Art. He supplemented his studies as lab assistant for advanced artistic anatomy offered by Janus Collaborative School of Art and hosted by Drexel University School of Medicine. Rochat received the Dr. Furman Fink Award for portraiture, and the Chairman’s Award from the Salmagundi Club’s Junior/Scolarship members show. He was also awarded a grant from the John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund, which he used to study Greek and Renaissance sculpture at the Slater Memorial museum. His works have appeared in the Persimmon Hill Journal and in The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing. He currently maintains a studio in East Harlem.

In this class participants will investigate the foundational elements of portrait drawing. During the course of four sessions each student will construct one portrait so that each lesson can be thoroughly studied and implemented. Beginning with introductory strategies on how to effectively place the proportions of a live model onto paper, the class will then progress to the articulation of form by means of light, perspective, and structure. By sequentially implementing simple to complex concepts students will gain a greater awareness of these foundational elements and their implementation in portrait drawing. In addition, topics pertaining to anatomy and design will be presented and tailored to the needs of each student. Lessons will take the form of demonstrations and individual critiques according to each participant’s needs.


Michiyo Fukushima
Take your Watercolor to the Next Level

July 11-15

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 12:30 pm
Fee: $425      
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
This course is designed to address common struggle such as lack of depth, color mixing without getting muddy and controlling bleeding. Students are encouraged to bring their works and discuss with the instructor in the beginning of the week to ensure the individual guidance.  Series of demonstrations and exercises are given accordingly. Suggested supply list is available while students may also bring their own supplies they have been using. While this workshop is better suited to intermediate to advanced artists, beginners who just started watercolor are also welcome.
 
Michiyo Fukushima is NY based fine artist, native of Japan. She is represented by Fischbach Gallery. Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in NYC, Tokyo and Osaka, and have been featured in numerous newspapers and art magazines including the International Herald Tribune, American Artist magazine and Splash 14. She studied photography at a two year college and became a photographer working for magazines in Japan. While she enjoyed photography, she felt it wasn't really fulfilling her passion for creation. She decided to study abroad to broaden her life experience and returned to pursue her passion for paintings. Fukushima's works are in private and corporate collections. For more information, please visit: www.michiyoart.com.



Greg Follender
Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing-Short Pose Intensive

July 11-15

Monday –Friday; 6:00–9:30 PM
Fee: $450
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.



Greg Follender
Dynamic Comic Book Illustration

July 16, 23, 30 & August 6

Four Saturdays; 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $475
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 returns to the roots of his work…the dynamic figure-drawing basics that inspire his personal narrative imagery.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Plein Air Landscape Painting

July 18-22

Monday-Friday, 9:00am -12:30pm
Fee: $425
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please request supply list upon registration 

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.



Michele Liebler
Absolute Beginners – Oil

July 25-29

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $450
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Your choice of technique directly influences the choice of material, how the painting is made, and ultimately what it looks like. It is essential as a painter to experiment with your working methods and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of mark making and finding your own personal mark in oil painting. The workshop will explore step-by-step techniques: underdrawing, wet-in-wet/dry brush, knife painting and then the last day using all the techniques simultaneously. Each day will be dedicated to one of the techniques listed above. In this 5-day workshop students will learn the effective way to achieve their own personal vision through the introduction of these techniques. This workshop will help the beginners but will also be informative for an advanced student who never explored other ways of approaching oil painting.
      
Michele Liebler received her B.F.A. from Purchase College in painting and drawing and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. She studied with Mary Beth McKenzie and Burt Silverman. She has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in NYC. She has years of experience teaching workshops and classes at the National Academy Museum & School. And at the Art Students League she has taught several workshops and regularly substitutes for Mary Beth McKenzie.



Michael Massen
The Figure in Perspective

July 25-27

Monday-Wednesday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Fee: $280
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 the recently published Figure Drawing in Proportion, 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.

 


Costa Vavagiakis
Portrait Drawing

August 1–5

Monday–Friday, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fee: $900
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  8-12

Monday-Friday, 9:00am -12:30pm
Fee: $425
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please request supply list upon registration 

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.



Sylvie Covey
Photoshop for Artists

August 15-19

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This workshop is designed for painters, photographers, printmakers and visual artists who want to discover and develop their computer skills with Photoshop and apply them in various techniques of visual fine art. This workshop will cover: drawing and painting digitally; working with layers and masks; learning color blending modes and adjustments; transforming, editing and retouching photos, and creating photo-montages. The instructor will provide notes and images for exercises, and students will also be able to work from their own images and photographs. It is strongly suggested to work with the Instructor’s book “Photoshop for Artists” available at the League store.
Students must come with their own laptops with Photoshop already installed. Adobe offers a free download tryout version available for 30 days. Also a mouse is absolutely required for the exercises. Bring your chargers too.
 
Sylvie Covey is currently an instructor at the Art Students League, FIT, and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and received a MFA from Hunter College. Ms. Covey is represented by the Old Printshop Gallery in New York City. For more information about the artist, visit www.sylviecovey.com.



Mary Beth McKenzie
Monotype in Oil

August 15-19

Monday-Friday, 1:30-5:00PM
Fee: $450
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please Request Supply List
 
A monotype is a painting or drawing that has been printed on paper. Because monotypes must be done quickly, the application of paint is bold and loose and can be very expressive. The process of making a monotype is relatively simple:
The first method is similar to painting on canvas (light-field). Paint or ink is applied directly to a clean non-porous surface such as Plexiglas, plastic or glass. When paper is pressed to this surface, provided the paint or ink is still wet, the image transfers to the paper. When the paper is removed, the image will be reversed.
In the second method (dark-field), a fairly thick layer of ink or paint is spread or rolled evenly over a nonabsorbent surface, such as Plexiglas, plastic or glass, and the image is wiped away or extracted from this dark tone. The workshop focuses on these and other methods of doing monotypes with demonstrations and live models. Only a spoon is needed for printing.
 
Mary Beth McKenzie has 3 oil paintings as well as 38 monotypes in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been on exhibit in the museum three times; most recently with the monotype Trapeze Artist, on display in a circus installation in Johnson Gallery for prints and drawings, Aug.-Nov., 2012. A Monotype was on display in 2009 and a self-portrait was on view Jan.-Sept., 2001 in the exhibit “Looking At You”. She is a painting instructor at the Art Students League of New York and at the National Academy, where she was elected a member in 1994. For more information, please visit www.marybethmckenzie.com.


Juan Miguel Palacios
The Eyes are the Windows to the Soul: Emotion and Gesture on a Large-Scale

August 15–19

Monday-Friday, 6:00–9:30pm
Fee: $450
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list upon registration 

Laugh, cry, pleasure, pain, happiness, madness, ... discover how to represent all these EMOTIONS using a large-scale format, through the study of the face anatomy in depth, using all techniques needed to highlight these gestures.
During this workshop, the student will work each day with several pictures of the same face with different expressions, with the goal of learning how to represent the importance of the face and its gestures as a way of communication.
 
Juan Miguel Palacios is the founder of the School of Visual Arts LAOCOONTE, in Spain with over 15 years’ experience in art education. His work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide. In NY is represented by Rumney Guggenheim Galley, as well as working regularly with other galleries. His work has been published in major artistic media as well as on television. https://vimeo.com/69968876



Garin Baker
Nude in Nature-Alla Prima the Figure in Open Air

September 10-11

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30 PM
Fee: $340
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Free shuttle leaves the Art Students League at 9:00 am and leaves Vytlacil at 4:30 pm to return back to the Art Students League before 5:00 pm. You must have registered for the workshop to use the shuttle and you must have noted upon registration that you will take advantage of it. Please notify security in the ASL lobby that you wish to be on the shuttle and they will notify you when it arrives.

Bring your own lunch or bring $10 cash to order lunch.
 
This weekend workshop with explore the methods of painting boldly and directly in an alla prima approach. With a strong focus on direct observation the model will be posed with all the complexities of changing light a warm and cool palate methodology will be explored. This challenging workshop will through multiple teacher demonstrations and one on one instruction will bend all the rules, strengthen perceptions and give way to radical growth and limitless possibilities
 
Born in 1961 in New York City, Garin Baker received his BFA in painting and art history at Pratt Institute with additional studies the Art Students league. As a traditional figurative artist and plein air painter he’s had a long career as a professional artist with an impressive list of commissions and sales. He’s also nationally recognized for his large -scale Public Art Murals for municipal, private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. To his credits are several features in American Artist and Plein Air Magazine. Garin Baker has won several First Place and Grand Prize awards including Plein Air Easton, Brandywine, PA and the prestigious Irvine Museum Award. For more information please visit: garinbaker.com or carriageartatelier.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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