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Intensive Weeklong and Weekend Workshops
with Prominent Instructors and visiting artists

Each year, the League hosts several dozen weekend and weeklong workshops. League instructors and prominent visiting artists work with intimate groups of about a dozen students on a particular aspect of art-making (such as landscapes) or specific mediums or techniques (such as egg tempera or color spot painting). The workshops below are held at the 57th St. location in Studio 6, or at the Vytlacil Campus where noted. Although prices vary, workshops are generally priced as follows: weekend workshops are $265–$290; half-day weeklong workshops are $400–$425; and all-day weeklong workshops are $700–$800. 

To register for a Regular Workshop at the League's 57th Street or Vytlacil Campus, please visit the League's main office or call 212-247-4510, x. 0. If you are registering for the first time and wish to register by phone, first fill out the online Student Information Form. For more information, please e-mail info@artstudentsleague.org. Please note: you may not register for a workshop via email.


Special Travel Workshops

This year, the League will host workshops in:


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

April
David Geiser: When I Paint My Masterpiece...
Leonid Gervits: Landscape Drawing
Karen O’Neil: Still Life – Color and Light
Francis Cunningham: Using the Plumb Line and Finder
Michael Siegel: Light and Shadow – The 17th Century Dutch/Flemish Tradition
Brandon Soloff: Everything You Need to Know About Oil Painting Materials:
Lisa Dinhofer: The Art of Color Pencil II
 
May
Suzanne Benton: Printmaking Without a Press
Max Ginsburg: Painting the Figure – Alla Prima Oil Painting From Life
Leo A. Neufeld: Landscape Painting in New York City
Melissa Meyer: 3 Projects in Watercolor: Working With an Ancient Medium in the 21st Century
Nicole Cohen: Video Art Workshop for All Levels—Beginners Welcome
Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson: Introduction to Plein Air Painting in Oil
Oscar Garcia: Sculpting in Wax from the Model
Vyt Workshop: James Lancel McElhinney: Hudson Valley Sketchbook
Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson: Elements of Landscape
John A. Varriano: The Prismatic Palette
Kathie Miranda: Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel
New Addition: Morito: Ceramic Sculpture
Vyt Workshop: John A. Varriano: Using the Prismatic Palette in Oil 
Deborah Winiarski: Contemporary Uses of Wax and Encaustic—Intro. to Encaustic Painting
Gregory William Frux: Landscape Drawing for Expeditions
John A. Parks: Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic
Steven Katz: Create the Cityscape Oil Sketch
Fred Bendheim: Principles of Composition
 
June
Ellen Eagle: Portrait Painting in Pastel
Alex Zwarenstein: How to Draw and Paint in Perspective
Michele Liebler: Absolute Beginners – Oil
Elizabeth Allison: Direct Plaster Sculpture
Sergey Voronin: Asian Landscape Painting with Calligraphic Brushes
Costa Vavagiakis: Portrait Painting
Vyt Workshop: Naomi Campbell: The Dynamic Landscape of the Body in Nature with Watercolor
Anthony Antonios: Basic Figure Drawing and Anatomy—A Sculptor’s Perspective
Garin Baker: New York At Night—Plein Air on Location in NYC
Brian Curtis: Drawing from Observation—Introduction to Perceptual Drawing
Valerie Hird: Magic Realism in Watercolor
Jason Bard Yarmosky: Facing the Light—Drawing the Dramatic Portrait
Arslan: Sculpting the Figure
Frederick Brosen: Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York
Barbara Yeterian: Expressionistic Figure Painting—Unleashing Your Emotional Palette
David Geiser: When I Paint My Masterpiece...
James Vanderberg: Color Theory for Beginners
 
July
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development—Landscape Drawing and Painting in Central Park
John A. Parks: Acrylic Bootcamp—Basic Strategies for Getting the Best Results from Acrylics
Greg Follender: Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing—Short Pose Intensive
Sharon Sprung: Comprehensive Portrait Intensive
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development - Self-Portraiture in Line, Tone and Color
Edmond Rochat: Drawing Hands and Feet

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


David Geiser
When I Paint My Masterpiece...


April 24–25
Thursday & Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Learn classic oil painting techniques while painting along with and watching Mr. Geiser bring an oil painting to a level of completion.  He will demonstrate and explain board preparation, sizing, under painting, penciling, under glazing, working up glazes towards image using various oils, varnishes towards desired effects. The best way to understand the process and the timing is to watch it being done. Students will learn basic techniques and time saving tricks and will be supplied with a 2' x 2' board already primed and under painted to start out immediately (the process will be explained). Some familiarity with oil paint is necessary.

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


Leonid Gervits
Landscape Drawing

April 25, May 2, 9

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

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

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

Images by Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Russian student


Karen O’Neil
Still Life—Color and Light

April 26–27

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list

This workshop will explore the relationship between color and light. Beginning with a still life demonstration in oil, students will be encouraged to use larger brushes, simplify form, and sharpen value and color perception. Focus will be on constructing a painting using value and color planes. Still life set-ups will be provided, as will individual instruction for all levels.
 
Karen O’Neil has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and has led oil painting workshops throughout the Northeast for the past decade. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.  After receiving a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Ms. O’Neil studied with the late Henry Hensche in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her work has been featured recently in The Artist’s Magazine. She was an instructor of painting and drawing at the Art Students League’s Vytlacil Campus, and is on the faculty of several art schools in the New York area.   For more information and images, please visit www.karenoneilfineart.com.


Francis Cunningham
Using the Plumb Line and Finder

April 28–29

Monday–Tuesday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $170
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

When you are drawing the human figure or any object from sight, how do you judge the angle or direction of an arc? The answer is the plumb line, which represents gravity——the world vertical. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, this is an essential tool. You will be introduced to the plumb line and how to use it, as well as to the finder, which is two L-shaped pieces of cardboard held together with paperclips. With the finder you select a composition from nature; it gives you the first four lines of your composition to which everything else relates.

Francis Cunningham has had solo exhibitions in New York (Harry Salpeter, Hirshl & Adler), Washington, Chicago, Copenhagen and Stockholm. As a Century Master in 2013, he exhibited at the Century Association——major examples of a lifetime’s work. Cunningham studied with Robert Beverly Hale and Edwin Dickinson at the Art Students League from 1955-1959. He later taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School for eighteen years and at the Art Students League from 1981-83. With Barney Hodes, he cofounded the New Brooklyn School of Life Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Inc. in 1979, and the New York Academy of Art in 1983. For more information, please visit www.franciscunningham.com.

 

 

 

 

 


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

April 28–May 2

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

For centuries, artists have produced and experimented with hundreds of oil painting mediums to get the most out of each brushstroke. In the Golden Age of the Dutch/Flemish Baroque, artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck used Black Oil and thicker wax mediums to produce amazingly rich "Light and Shadow" paintings, known as "Chiaroscuro." This workshop will give the artist a working knowledge and understanding of these traditional handmade oil painting mediums while applying them to the portrait painted from life. The workshop will begin with an instructor demonstration, illustrating portrait painting methods and materials, and covering subjects such as: head structure, light vs. shadow, the sculptural language of brushstroke, designing powerful compositions, understanding value, color, edges, and paint quality, and the use of painting mediums and varnishes. All levels are welcome, from beginner to professional.
 
Having studied drawing all his youth, Michael Siegel began painting under Gregg Kreutz, and later moved to Taos, NM where he studied privately under famed ASL alumnus David A Leffel.  In 2009 Michael moved his studio to Los Angeles, where he now works as an artist and is a highly sought-after instructor. In 2011 Michael became the youngest artist on the roster of Spanierman Gallery in NYC. His works have been shown at numerous international exhibitions, and have been collected throughout the world. For more information please visit: www.siegelfineart.com.


Brandon Soloff
Everything You Need to Know About Oil Painting Materials:
Paints, Mediums, Surfaces, Grounds and More

April 28–May 2

Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $450 (includes $50 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request a supply list

In this hands-on workshop, Brandon Soloff teaches how to create and use various art materials. Students learn step-by-step how to:

  • Stretch canvas (both raw and prepared)
  • Prepare panels
  • Create and use traditional glues and gessoes
  • Use different mediums
  • Employ traditional methods of oil painting, and other techniques

Making your own materials not only often results in higher quality materials, but is also usually less expensive than purchasing store bought materials. Understanding and controlling the quality of your materials allows for greater control, flexibility and freedom in personalized practice, as materials are adapted to individual needs. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Brandon Soloff is a classically trained painter and portraitist, whose work has been commissioned throughout the United States and Europe. He has exhibited his work at the Hirschl & Adler Gallery, Alan Stone Gallery, Hammer Galleries, the Royal Society Portrait Painters (London), Meredith Long & Company, the Copley Society of Art (Boston), Galerie Alexander Butman (Paris) and others. Institutions where his portrait work is found, or affiliated with, include Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Morgan Stanley, Westmont College, and KKR (Kohlberg, Kravitz, Roberts & Co.). He has also taught at the League, Studio 126, Mims Studios, Charles H. Cecil Studios, Martine Vaugel Sculpture Studio, the Washington Art Association, Atelier Brunelli, Studio415ny, and the National Academy of Design. To learn more about Brandon Soloff, visit www.brandonsoloff.com.


Lisa Dinhofer
The Art of Color Pencil II

April 30–May 2

Wednesday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

This three day intensive color pencil workshop goes beyond the pencil and onto the page. The class is for the student who has already played with color pencils or thought about playing with color pencils and wants to expand their experience and knowledge. Each day will feature a different lesson.

Day 1: Paper- we will be exploring different surfaces, textures and middle tone.
Day 2: Watercolor and color pencil- we will work with watercolor pencils layering with wax pencils.
Day 3: Preparing and executing a drawing from background to foreground using layering and masking.

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


Suzanne Benton
Printmaking Without a Press

May 3–4

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $290 (includes $25 materials fee)
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Students learn, experiment and practice “printmaking-without-a-press,” using inking, line, painterly, stencil and collage (chine-collé) techniques to create a series of monoprints and possibly  a small edition. Students will use oil-based etching inks and printmaking plates made of Plexiglas, acetate, and cardboard. Stencil-raised plates can be fixed with registration for multi-colored prints. Available and easy-to-make tools will act as the printing pressure. Picasso’s “rinsed prints” technique will be demonstrated.  The workshop will include demonstrations, examples of hand-pressed prints, and dialogue with and between students. Students will create a variety of prints and gain an abiding knowledge of printmaking.
 
Suzanne Benton, an internationally recognized printmaker, sculptor and performance artist, draws on myth, history, literature and legend. Her signature monoprints speak of a cultural outreach spanning 29 countries. Numerous artist residencies and grants include a Fulbright (India), artist-residency at Harvard. She is currently inspired by paintings Marcel Proust mentioned in his great novel, Remembrances of Lost Time. In July 2013, she studied the works in the Paris museums and a trip to the Monet Gardens inspired a new body of monoprints. In November, she attended Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy to study the Giotto frescoes. With over 150 solo shows and work collected worldwide, Benton has been and is listed in numerous Who's Who(s): in America; American Women; and American Artists.  Her art studies began at age fifteen at the Art Students League.


Max Ginsburg
Painting the Figure—Alla Prima Oil Painting From Life

May 5–9

Monday–Friday, 8:30–4:00 pm
Fee: $830
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

THE GESTURE:  Based on careful observation of the model we will see and paint alla prima (wet on wet) the unique abstract elements of the form of the person posing.  These concern design, sculptural shapes, values and color, in order to express the model’s natural body language and personality.  We will avoid details.
 
THE DEVELOPMENT:  We will continue to paint alla prima right over the initial gesture painting which now becomes an under painting, and develop the smaller forms, based on our continued observation of the model.  We will especially be concerned with seeing color and value as form to  create the illusion of depth and space on our two dimensional surface.

Day 1.  Two Gesture Paintings
Day 2   One Larger Gesture Painting
Day 3.  The Development of One of the Smaller Gesture Paintings from Day 1.
Days 4 & 5.  The Development of One of the Gesture Paintings from Day 2.

Max Ginsburg's recent awards and exhibitions include: 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 - 2012-2013; 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 Award1991. Gold Medal 1984 Society of Illustrators;  Selected Group Shows - American Academy of Arts and Letters, Museum of The City of New York, New York Historical Society, National Academy of Design Biennials; Museum Collections - Butler Institute, New Britain Museum, Society of Illustrators Museum; Illustrator 1980 - 2004,  and Teacher - 1960 to Present (H.S. Art & Design, School Visual Arts, Art Students League).

His book "Max Ginsburg-Retrospective" is available at www.ginsburgretro.com.  His DVD "Max Ginsburg-Legacy of an American Painter" is available at www.ginsburgvideo.com. His other websites are: www.maxginsburg.com & www.ginsburgillustration.com.


Leo A. Neufeld
Landscape Painting in New York City


May 5–9
Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

We will be meeting at the Art Students’ League to discuss objectives. We will be painting in Central Park. Students will learn how to begin a painting, composition, design light and shadow, paint quality and techniques such as glazing, wash, impasto, wet-into-wet; working with a variety of brushes and palette knives to build up a variety of exciting surfaces. Picture making is our goal. We will also visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and explore the Masters such as Corot, Courbet, Monet, Van Gogh, plus many others.
 
Leo Neufeld graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and moved to NYC to study at the Art Students League for 5 years. H studied with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Robert Phillip, Daniel Green, Burton Silverman, and monitored with Ted Seth Jacobs, John Howard Sanden, and David Leffel. He started teaching in 1985 at The New York Academy of Art and the National Academy of Design. Moved to New Mexico in 1994 and has been teaching drawing and painting at the Harwood Art Center since then. Leo recently opened The Neufeld Academy in Albuquerque, NM.


Melissa Meyer
3 Projects in Watercolor: Working With an Ancient Medium in the 21st Century

May 5–7

Monday–Wednesday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee $250
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

We will experiment with the properties of watercolor focusing on the medium’s luminosity and intensity of hue. This workshop will stress and explore contemporary issues using watercolor. The subjects in art will be used: still life, landscape, portraiture etc. The one day assignments will range from working with observation to abstraction. Different formats and compositions will be encouraged. Examples will be shown from art history and current artists working in this medium. The workshop will include critiques.
 
Melissa Meyer has both a BS and an MA from New York University, NY. She has taught and lectured at the School of Visual Arts, NY; Cooper Union, NY, Skowhegan School, ME; Slade School of Fine Art and The Royal Academy, London, UK; New York Studio School, and others. She is represented by Lennon Weinberg Gallery, NY. One person shows include Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY; Rebecca Ibel Gallery, OH; Holly Solomon Gallery, NY and Galerie Renee Ziegler, Switzerland. Group exhibitions include The Jewish Museum, NY, Texas Gallery, TX; Montclair Art Museum, NJ and The Hyde Collection, NY. Meyer has created public commissions in Queens, NY, Tokyo, Japan, and Shanghai, China. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and many other public and private collections. For more information, please see www.melissameyerstudio.com.


Nicole Cohen
Video Art Workshop for All Levels: Beginners Welcome

May 8–9

Thursday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

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

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


Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Introduction to Plein Air Painting in Oil

May 10–11

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
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 painting. 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 and their individual websites.


Oscar Garcia
Sculpting in Wax from the Model

May 10–11

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
Workshop held in stone studios in the basement

Sculpting in Wax from the Model is a class designed for students of all levels, from the complete beginner who needs to learn the basics of traditional sculpture making to more experienced students looking to practice their skill set. We start with building an armature and will explore handling the wax with a variety techniques and tools. Our focus is to interpret the anatomy of the figure by understanding it as a form in space. Sculpting from the figure is a three dimensional drawing exercise, one that reveals the planes, proportions, balance and composition of the pose.

Oscar Garcia is a Peruvian Sculptor, born from a long line of Sculptors and Foundry Artisans.  He grew up assisting the master artists’ public commissions.  He studied at the Fine Arts School of Lima.  There he received a 6 year sculpture specialization MFA.  During these years he also became one of the master artists for public commissions, by the Church, government and military.  In 2003 Oscar Garcia came to New York.  His extensive knowledge in foundry work as well as carving wood and stone, modeling with clay and wax both figurative and abstract, has made Oscar Garcia’s Sculpting in Wax a popular class the Arts Students League of New York and Washington Studio School in DC.


Vyt Workshop:
James Lancel McElhinney
Hudson Valley Sketchbook

Rescheduled for May 11

Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $150
Instructor present every 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.

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

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


Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Elements of Landscape

May 12–16
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 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.  Each day we will focus on a specific element: fields and open spaces, trees, water, clouds and skies, rocks. Sessions will begin each morning at the Art Students League with 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 the park.  Demonstrations will be part of the program but it is recommended that participants have prior painting experience.  Consistent with 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 and their individual websites.


John A. Varriano
The Prismatic Palette

May 12–16

Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
This workshop will explore the prismatic qualities of light observed in nature. Students will learn to see light progressions on forms in terms of color temperature as well as value, and how to use a basic artist’s palette to express the full range of the color spectrum. Workshop attendees will learn to mix and match color value, develop color charts and paint studies from the model.

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.


Kathie Miranda
Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel

May 14–16

Wednesday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $248 (including $8 materials fee) 
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Discover the special qualities of drawing with silver, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, and used like a pencil.  Silverpoint produces an extremely delicate pale gray line that will tarnish over time to mellow browns.  We will treat this old art technique to a modern twist:  Our drawing surface will be TerraSkin, a new “paper” made of stone that easily accepts silverpoint.  The drawings will be enhanced with touches of pastel.  Included is an introduction to a new way of seeing the many patterns found in the plant kingdom - from circles, triangles, and spirals to fractals.
 
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 Botanical 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.


Morito
Ceramic Sculpture

Demo: May 17

Saturday, 1:00–4:30 pm

Workshop: May 18
10:00 am–4:30 pm
 
Fee: $210 (includes $10 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

This intense two-day workshop will give basic working knowledge of how to construct sculpture for firing. Day 1: Demonstration-Techniques such as wheel throwing, coil building will be shown. Glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. Day 2: Workshop-Students will explore these techniques for themselves.

Morito studied sculpture at the Art Students League. His monumental sculpture is currently at Riverside Park South as a part of Model to Monument program. He was a Ceramc 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,I Smithsonian Museum ,the Consulate general of Japan and others.


John A. Varriano
Vyt Workshop: Using the Prismatic Palette in Oil     

May 17–18

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.


Deborah Winiarski
Contemporary Uses of Wax and Encaustic—
Introduction to Encaustic Painting

May 17–18

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

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

Deborah Winiarski has been teaching encaustic workshops at the Art Students League of New York since 2009.  She also teaches a full-time mixed-media class.  Her encaustic work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2014, her work was included in BIG BAD WAX at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL.  In June, she will be a presenter at the Eight International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA.  Her work is included in the recently published Winter 2013 edition of Studio Visit Magazine.  For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Gregory William Frux
Landscape Drawing for Expeditions

May 19–23

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee $400
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, followed by drawing and sharing.  Daily outdoor sessions in Manhattan parks, waterfront and industrial scenery. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Preparation, portable tools, location planning, comfort and safety.
  • Selection, composition, intention of the drawing.
  • Tools to create effective drawings - layout, measuring, perspective and drama.
  • Incorporating geology, botany, architecture etc. into the creative process.
  • Using all the tools to create dynamic drawings to tell a story

Mr. Frux is inspired by both urban and wilderness landscapes. His cityscapes explore industrial sites, bridges, waterfront, nocturnes and ruins. His wilderness work derives from a lifetime of trekking: local crags, Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Mohave Desert, Alaska, Yukon, Andes and Patagonia. He has been artist in residence in four National Parks-- Weir Farm N.H.S., Glacier, Joshua Tree and three times in Death Valley. He's worked as shipboard artist in north and south Polar Regions, winter Norway and Antarctica.  His work is in the collections of Library of Congress, American Alpine Club, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC Department of Education and National Park Service. For more information, please visit  http://frux.net.


John A. Parks
Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic

May 19–23

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

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

John Parks was educated at the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited widely over the last thirty years represented by a number of major galleries including Allan Stone and Coe Kerr galleries. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Parks has also published many articles on art in publications ranging from the New York Times, to American Artist Magazine. His work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design and many private collections. His paintings are currently represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. He is also currently working on a book, “Universal Principles of Art,” to be published by Rockport Press in 2014.  For more information please visit johnaparks.com.


Steven Katz
Create the Cityscape Oil Sketch


May 19–21
Monday, 2:30 pm–5:30 pm & 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Tuesday-Wednesday 6:00 pm-9:30 pm
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Please meet Monday in Cafeteria at 2:30 PM

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

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


Fred Bendheim
Principles of Composition

May 22–23

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

Image right: Bronzino, Allegory With Venus and Cupid, National Gallery, London


Ellen Eagle
Portrait Painting in Pastel

June 2–6

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

In this workshop, we observe with a clear and careful eye our model’s unique structure, color, value relationships and posture. Our goal is to distill this complex information, through sustained study, into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. Working in the radiance of natural light, we engage in the intense color analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. There will be one pose for the duration of the workshop. A slide presentation and discussion of the instructor’s in-progress portraits illustrate her evolving response to her subjects, and the gradual interweaving of pastel strokes—from first steps to completed portrait. There is much opportunity to discuss the layers of encounter that shape the making of a portrait.
 
Ellen Eagle is represented by Forum Gallery. Her work is exhibited widely and has been published in, among other publications, The New York Times and The Newark Star Ledger, which described her pastels as having an “exquisite transparency not seen for centuries.”  Her book, Pastel Painting Atelier, was published by Watson-Guptill Publications in April, 2013 to glowing reviews. For more information about the instructor, please visit www.elleneagleportraits.com.


Alex Zwarenstein
How to Draw and Paint in Perspective

June 2–6

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

A practical course in perspective for the working artist, this workshop starts with broad easy-to-understand principles.  The workshop covers concepts such as scenic space, architecture, natural space, still life, positioning of figures in space, forced perspective, and more.
 
Alex Zwarenstein received his B.A. with honors from London University, and his M.A. from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 1979, he was awarded the prestigious biennial Royal Academy Gold Medal for painting, and the Turner Travelling Scholarship. Mr. Zwarenstein exhibits in New York and around the world. For more information please visit: www.zwarenstein.com.


Michele Liebler
Absolute Beginners – Oil

June 2–6

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


Elizabeth Allison
Direct Plaster Sculpture

June 7 &14

Saturdays, 10:00–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop held in sculpture room in basement
 
Sculpting directly in plaster is an exciting, immediate way to create a permanent artwork. Plaster allows the flexibility of softer modeling materials such as clay, and the capacity for detail and refinement found in harder material such as stone.  Once mastered, plaster is liberating to work with, giving the artist the best qualities of several mediums. This course consists of two parts: an introductory demonstration and a workshop. Armature and tools will be discussed, and workshop students will receive intensive individual instruction. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Elizabeth Allison studied at the Art Students League and received a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan.  She is the recipient of the Raluca Popescu Memorial Scholarship, a Nessa Cohen Grant, and three Elizabeth Greenshields Grants.  She was a Model to Monument Participant in 2010-2011, and had a monumental sculpture in Riverside Park South.  She was a visiting artist at Buffalo State College and is a technical instructor at the Art Students League. She is represented by Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.  For more information please visit www.elizabethallisonart.com.


Sergey Voronin
Asian Landscape Painting with Calligraphic Brushes

June 7, 14, 21, & 28

Saturdays, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $280
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.


Costa Vavagiakis
Portrait Painting

June 9–13

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Fee: $ 850
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 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.


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

June 14–15

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.

 
This special outdoor watercolor workshop will elicit all the senses in a peaceful environment of concentrated artistic growth and creativity with a focus on the concept of the 21st century body as “nude” in the outdoor atmosphere. The nude in the landscape has enjoyed historical significance since the beginnings of art, epitomized by innumerable artists from: Leonardo, Cezanne and Gauguin to Picasso. We will explore these ideas in bold new ways. Students will investigate watercolor’s atmospheric effects on the body as it applies to the environment while examining shifts of light, shadow, perception, color and space in time. 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.

Bottom image by Manet
 
With work in several permanent public collections nationally and internationally, Ms. Campbell has four Signature Memberships and numerous awards including four National Gold Medals of Honor for her work with the body and watercolor. An instructor at the Art Students League of New York, she is published in 16 books and numerous art magazines, and has contributed to art journals and magazines. Ms. Campbell is a guest lecturer and has judged and juried at numerous colleges and art organizations in New York. Ms. Campbell has painted in watercolor for over twenty-eight years. Her other mediums include: mixed media, installation, oil, pastel, acrylic, printmaking, sculpture and public art.


Anthony Antonios
Basic Figure Drawing and Anatomy:
A Sculptor’s Perspective

June 9–13

Monday–Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This workshop presents an in-depth exploration of human form through drawing. It will include anatomy, form concepts, proportion, structure, composition and design. It will also offer a conceptual approach to drawing. Individual attention will be given to each student, and there will be a daily talk and demonstration. The class will include a model. Students will get a basic foundation in figurative drawing that will give them the tools necessary for exploring personal expression and for further developing their drawing skills.
 
Anthony Antonios is a figurative sculptor and draftsman who works three-dimensionally and in relief. Throughout his career he’s been commissioned by many institutions, including the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health (SC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (Wash. DC). His work has been shown nationally, and is in many collections, including Brookgreen Gardens, the British Museum and the Smithsonian. Antonios graduated from the High School of Art and Design and continued his education at Pratt Institute, the National Academy School of Fine Arts, and the Art Students League, where he studied with Robert Beverly Hale. He has taught sculpture and drawing at the League, the National Academy and the Lyme Academy. For more information, visit: www.anthonyantonios.com.


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

June 10, 17, 24 & July 1, 8

Tuesdays, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $400
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.


Brian Curtis
Drawing from Observation – Introduction to Perceptual Drawing

June 16–20

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $ 400
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
This hands-on perceptual drawing workshop has been designed for the beginner and intermediate student to provide increased sensitivity to and understanding of his/her perceptual experience, drawing materials, and rendering techniques. This approach is rooted in practices developed during the Italian Renaissance, particularly as seen in the sketchbooks of Leonardo, and will provide participants a felt understanding of form through which they will be able to create their own expressive forms.

After a series of short exercises on the first day participants will work for four sessions on an extended gesture from still life as they develop the skills necessary to accurately translate three-dimensional form and space onto a two-dimensional drawing surface. Workshop will be conducted exclusively with dry, black media on rough newsprint paper. Slow, hands-on production methods require us to look deliberately, look intensely, seek meaning in experience, and pursue a state of awareness of what it is that we are accomplishing. The intuitive understanding that is gained through this manual process is foundational to the art making process. It is an understanding that can’t be downloaded it can only be lived.
 
Brian Curtis is a painter, the author, designer, and illustrator of Drawing from Observation, and an art educator. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His work is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States. For more information, please visit: www.brian-curtis.com.


Valerie Hird
Magic Realism in Watercolor

June 16–20

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
 
The practice of magical realism -- of visual alchemy -- in art dates back through many centuries and cultures. This course will explore current watercolor techniques which will, paradoxically, share parallels in style and content with Byzantine illuminations, Persian miniatures and Medieval manuscripts. Students will be encouraged to uncover what is hidden in ordinary daily experience and to explore the magical nature of the subjects they choose. By combining subtlety of movement with vigorous linear patterns, painted elements appear to defy gravity. By employing an intensified palette and simplified color schemes -- including, of course, gilding -- their watercolors project a power and elegance that look surprisingly contemporary.  Time will be divided between demonstrations and working at the school, and on-site painting in Central Park; with students being encouraged to develop their own iconographic images based on personal observation. Although students will be encouraged to experiment with different papers, only basic watercolor supplies will be needed for magical realism to speak for itself.
 
Valerie Hird has traveled for over 30 years with her watercolors (stuffed deep) in her knapsack. From the Scottish moors to the deserts of the Arabian Gulf and the mountains of Central Asia, her approach to color and technique has been informed and influenced by a variety of visual cultures. Hird received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from The Vermont College of Art. The Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City, has been her primary representative for the past twenty-two years and has been responsible for her US and international exhibitions. Hird has participated recently in a number of solo and group exhibitions including the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan, MASSMoCA, Portsmouth Museum, and the Tampa Art Museum. The United Nations’ Art in Embassies program has twice acquired Hird’s work for their embassies in Turkey and Chile. Other collections include the US State Department, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Fleming Museum, and Standard Charter Bank. Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art New England, Jordan Times, Gallery&Studio among others.


Jason Bard Yarmosky
Facing the Light: Drawing the Dramatic Portrait

June 16–20

Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
During this workshop: We will explore the use of dramatic lighting to create emotionally charged portraits. The instructor will give one-on-one instruction (to beginners and more advanced students) to help facilitate each student's understanding and growth of drawing light, shadow, and form. Students will learn both additive and subtractive methods of handling graphite pencils and charcoal on paper, resulting in a finished detailed drawing.
 
Jason Bard Yarmosky is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and around the world.  His work has appeared in numerous publications including American Artist Drawing, American Art Collector, New American Paintings, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose, and The Huffington Post.  He is a past winner of the Elizabeth Greenshields Award. For more information, please visit www.jasonyarmosky.com.

 


Arslan
Sculpting the Figure

June 21 & 28

Saturdays, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $300 (includes $10 material fee)
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop is held in the sculpture studios in the basement
 
This intensive workshop consists of a demonstration and a lecture with hands on sculpting. The course is designed to acquaint the beginner with the basics of figurative sculpture while helping more advanced students deepen their understanding of the figure. Anatomy, proportion, gesture and form will be addressed as well as capturing a likeness to the model.  Each student will sculpt a figure from the live model.  This course is open to all levels of experience.
 
Arslan received his M.F.A. from Moscow Stroganov College of Art and Design.  He has had numerous solo shows both nationally and internationally.  His works are in many public and private collections, and he has been honored to receive multiple awards, including the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. He is represented by Galerie Claudine Legrand in Paris and Janus Avivson in London.  For more information please visit arslanart.com.

 

 

 


Frederick Brosen
Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York

June 23–27

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 23–27

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.


David Geiser
When I Paint My Masterpiece...

June 23–24

Monday–Tuesday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Learn classic oil painting techniques while painting along with and watching Mr. Geiser bring an oil painting to a level of completion.  He will demonstrate and explain board preparation, sizing, under painting, penciling, under glazing, working up glazes towards image using various oils, varnishes towards desired effects. The best way to understand the process and the timing is to watch it being done. Students will learn basic techniques and time saving tricks and will be supplied with a 2' x 2' board already primed and under painted to start out immediately (the process will be explained). Some familiarity with oil paint is necessary.
 
In the 1960's and 70's Geiser wrote and drew Underground Comix in San Francisco and established a small publishing company. He did illustrations for magazines, from Rolling Stone to The New York Times. Mr. Geiser lived and studied classic oil painting in Paris for two years before returning to NYC where he has had a long and lengthy career as an abstract painter with exhibits both locally and internationally. He is currently living and working in East Hampton, NY, a stone’s throw from Jackson Pollock's studio and house.

 


James Vanderberg
Color Theory for Beginners

June 25–27

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


Ephraim Rubenstein
Plein Air Landscape Painting

July 7–11

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 15 students
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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 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, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League of New York. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


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

July 7–10

Monday–Thursday; 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
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This workshop focuses on the development of a cohesive presentation of artwork. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of drawing and painting skills. While working from observation of the clothed model, and working on self-portraiture and landscapes, students will be guided to complete work to be used in their portfolios for high school, college and graduate school admission.  Portfolio reviews by visiting college representatives will be included if desired.
 
This workshop covers plein air drawing (using reed pen and ink, or charcoal) or painting (using full color pastel or watercolor). Both monochromatic and color thumbnail studies will precede longer studies. In inclement weather, we will visit and draw from artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
Wendy Shalen is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) and studied at the Art Students League with Daniel Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein and Robert Beverly Hale, and privately with Burton Silverman. She has shown at Abbot & Holder, London; Allan Stone Gallery, New York; The Katonah Museum of Art, New York; The Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut; The Belskie Museum, New Jersey; and several galleries in Martha’s Vineyard (Gardner Colby, Hermine Merel-Smith and Carol Craven).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.




John A. Parks
Acrylic Bootcamp—
Basic Strategies for Getting the Best Results from Acrylics

July 11 & 18

Fridays, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $ 175
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
An intense course covering all the basic techniques of painting in acrylic.  The course will begin with an introduction of the Sta-Wet palette, a revolutionary device that allows the palette to stay wet indefinitely.  There will be demonstration of basic acrylic set-up and paint handling as well as such techniques as flooding, dripping, scratching back, sanding and varnishing.  There will also be a demonstration of and the use of various mediums, gels and pastes to increase the depth and brilliance of the painting. The class will explore techniques of underpainting, glazing and building impasto while working directly from the model.

John Parks was educated at the Royal College of Art in London.  He has exhibited widely over the last thirty years represented by a number of major galleries including Allan Stone and Coe Kerr galleries.  He on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Parks has also published many articles on art and art techniques in publications ranging from the New York Times, to American Artist Magazine. His work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design and many private collections. He is currently represented by Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. Parks has just completed a book, “Universal Principles of Art,” to be published by Rockport Press in October 2014.  For more information please visit johnaparks.com.


Greg Follender
Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing-Short Pose Intensive

July 7–11

Monday–Friday; 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
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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.  The 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.


Sharon Sprung
Comprehensive Portrait Intensive

July 14–18

Monday–Friday; 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $440
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
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This workshop is a comprehensive portrait workshop introducing new concepts to create a strong emotional painting with an emphasis on: the anatomy of the skull, the anatomy of the features, the anatomy of the puzzle pieces that are the face, the use of center lines, perspective, proportion, the means of getting a likeness, understanding and identifying shadow patterns, creating a flesh palette, and capturing expression.  This workshop will include demonstrations and the study of great portraits to understand what makes them great. It will be interactive and hands on.
 
New York painter Sharon Sprung is known for luminous and life-like paintings and portraits. Ms. Sprung’s portrait of Jeannette Rankin, the first congresswoman elected in the United States, hangs in the U.S. House of Representatives; it was a commission Ms. Sprung was awarded after a nationwide competition. She was also invited by U.S. Department of State and the Academy of Art in St. Petersburg, Russia to display her portrait Aude at their museum and lecture about American Portraiture. She has had numerous one-person shows in New York City (at Gallery Henoch in Chelsea), as well as many group shows. She has exhibited widely at museums and universities across the country. Her work is nationally and internationally collected. Last year, Ms. Sprung had paintings in an exhibit that began at the National Arts Club and has continued to travel to eight museums in China. In addition, she was honored by the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions as a painter and teacher. For more information, visit www.sharonsprung.com.


Wendy Shalen
Portfolio Development—
Self-Portraiture in Line, Tone and Color

July 14–17

Monday–Thursday; 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
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This workshop covers self-portraiture using linear and tonal approaches to drawing. Students may work with black and white charcoal and sanguine conté, reed pen and ink, and silverpoint.  Pastel painters are welcome.  Thorough explanations of each technique will be given on an individual basis. One class will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art drawing from masterpieces of self-portraiture.
      
This workshop focuses on the development of a cohesive presentation of artwork. While working from observation of the clothed model, and working on self-portraiture, students will be guided to complete work to be used in their portfolios for high school, college and graduate school admission.  Portfolio reviews by visiting college representatives will be included if desired.
 
Wendy Shalen is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) and studied at the Art Students League with Daniel Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein and Robert Beverly Hale, and privately with Burton Silverman. She has shown at Abbot & Holder, London; Allan Stone Gallery, New York; The Katonah Museum of Art, New York; The Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut; The Belskie Museum, New Jersey; and several galleries in Martha’s Vineyard (Gardner Colby, Hermine Merel-Smith and Carol Craven).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.




Edmond Rochat
Drawing Hands and Feet

July 14–18

Monday–Friday; 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
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The aim of this workshop is to gain a greater awareness of the structures and movements of the hands and feet. The hands and feet initiate and complete the body's response to intended action. Furthermore, hands and feet should not be neglected as carriers of emotion over the overt visual cues of the face: they contain expressive power in spite of what the face may convey. The hands and feet are elusive because of their complexity, but understanding their subtlety of action unlocks the depth of human expression. We will combine the anatomy of hands and feet and structural analogs to arrive at a three-dimensional understanding of form. In addition, we will apply other principles such as light, gesture, and perspective to create holistically organized drawings of hands and feet.
 
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 teaches figure drawing and painting at the Janus Collaborative School of Art.



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.

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