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Intensive Weeklong and Weekend Workshops
with Prominent Instructors and visiting artists

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

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

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

Workshop Policies

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

 

Workshops

July
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Jerry Weiss: Large Scale Figure Drawing
Frederick Brosen: Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York
Liz Adams-Jones: Large Scale Portrait Painting
John A. Parks: Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic
Dan Thompson: Painting the Nude in Nature
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development - Self-Portraiture in Line, Tone and Color
Wendy Shalen: Portfolio Development: Landscape Drawing and Painting in Central Park
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic Painting – The Basics and Beyond
Garin Baker: Nude in Nature-Alla Prima the Figure in Open Air
Mary Beth McKenzie: Monotype in Oil
Michele Liebler: Absolute Beginners – Oil
Greg Follender: The Vital Line – Gestural Life Drawing for Beginners
 
August
Greg Follender: Dynamic Comic Book Illustration
Costa Vavagiakis: Portrait Drawing
Ephraim Rubenstein: Plein Air Landscape Painting
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners—Intensive Practice Workshop
Sylvie Covey: Photoshop for Artists
Elizabeth Allison: Expressive Watercolor
John A. Varriano: Nude in Nature, Using the Prismatic Palette in Oil
Leonid Gervits: Painting the Cast
Fred Bendheim: Principles of Composition
James Vanderberg: Color Theory for Beginners
Gregg Kreutz: Nude in Nature

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


Ephraim Rubenstein
Plein Air Landscape Painting


July 6–10
Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please Request Supply List

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


Jerry Weiss
Large Scale Figure Drawing

July 6-7

Monday-Tuesday, 1:30-8:00 PM
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 11 students
Please Request Supply List

In this workshop, students will draw the life-size figure on six-foot lengths of paper. Attention will be devoted to quality of line, observation of the rhythms of the standing figure, proportion, and modeling of sculptural forms through value. Topics of discussion and demonstration will include the initial blocking-in of the drawing, use of lines for comparison, attention to prominent anatomical landmarks, and shading and rendering of form through massing and linear hatching. While this practice is useful as preparation for large-scale painting, it also serves as a complete experience in and of itself. Poses range in length from one hour on Monday to a single pose on Tuesday, allowing students to build from a rapid gestural approach to a drawing of greater resolution. Each day will feature demonstrations by the instructor.
 
Jerry Weiss studied with Roberto Martinez in Florida, and with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Ted Seth Jacobs, Mary Beth McKenzie, and Jack Faragasso in New York. He has had one-man shows at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, among others. His work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the State Capitol Building, CT; and the Harvard Club of New York City. His work and teaching methods have been featured in American Artist Workshop and American Artist Drawing, and he is Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine. He is represented by The Cooley Gallery, CT; Portraits Inc., NY; and Ingram Fine Arts, SC. For more information, please visit www.jerrynweiss.com.


Frederick Brosen
Drawing and Watercolor in the Parks of New York

July 13–17
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Come and enjoy the beautiful light of early summer along the Hudson River and by the lakes of Central Park. The first day will comprise an indoor demonstration in Studio 6, followed by 4 days of on-site outdoor drawing and watercolor painting. Ample tables and benches, as well as access to water fountains, bathrooms and refreshments, make this a comfortable and picturesque location for watercolor painting. Working on-site, each day will include both lectures and demonstrations on a variety of landscape elements, including sky techniques, tree anatomy and architectural rendering.
The subtle nuances and expressive flexibility of watercolor make it an ideal medium for landscape and cityscape subject matter. Working over an initial graphite drawing, students are taught to layer transparent washes of pure color, developing light, mass and texture within a painting. In case of inclement weather, alternatives will include enclosed park locations, local museum and gallery visits to selected watercolor exhibitions, or studio work at the League.
 
Frederick Brosen’s watercolors have been featured in over 30 solo museum and gallery exhibitions across the country, most recently at the South Street Seaport Museum and at Hirschl & Adler Modern in NYC, both in 2012. His work is in the permanent collection of over a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society. He is the recipient of the City College of New York Career Achievement Award in 2011, and of two Pollack-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2006 a major exhibition of his watercolors was featured at the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the publication of a monograph of his NYC watercolors, with an introduction by Ric Burns, ‘Still New York’. He is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York, and in 2015 his work will be featured in  ‘Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland’, premiering at the Wadsworth Atheneum and traveling to 3 additional museums, concluding at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016.


Liz Adams-Jones
Large Scale Portrait Painting

July 13-17

Monday-Friday, 1:30 - 5:00 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
In this workshop students will create portraits from a life model, experimenting with scale and composition.  Beginning the first day with compositional drawing studies, we will emphasize the design elements necessary for creating dynamic, large scale portraits.  We will discuss and explore compositional cropping, enlarging imagery, and negative space.  As students move into painting in oils for the remainder of the course, we will focus on paint application and creating interesting texture with the goal of tapping into personal vision. By the end of the week, each student will have a created a portrait in the 20"-30" size range. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Liz Adams-Jones received her BFA from Georgia State University. She studied life drawing and painting at the Art Students League and the National Academy.  In 2008, Liz was awarded a scholarship from the Newington Cropsey Foundation to study Renaissance Art History and Studio Painting at SACI in Florence, Italy. This year Liz was a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. She currently teaches at The Art Center in Manhattan and privately. Her work has been featured in American Artists' "Drawing" magazine, North Light Art Book's "Strokes of Genius 5” and Fine Art Connoisseur.


John A. Parks
Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic

July 13-17

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

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

John Parks was educated at the Royal College of Art in London.  He has exhibited widely over the last thirty years represented by a number of major galleries including Allan Stone and Coe Kerr galleries.  He 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 work is represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. He recently published “Universal Principles of Art,” (Rockport Publlishing)  that provides a broad introduction to the world of art.  For more information please visit johnaparks.com.


Dan Thompson
Painting the Nude in Nature

July 18-19

Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am-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 nude 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.


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


July 18 & 25
Saturdays, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Please request supply list

This workshop covers self-portraiture using linear and tonal approaches to drawing. Students may work with black and white charcoal and sanguine conté, reed pen and ink, and silverpoint. Pastel and watercolor painters are welcome. Thorough explanations of each technique will be given on an individual basis.  Master drawings & paintings of self-portraiture will be shown & discussed. This workshop focuses on the development of a cohesive presentation of artwork. While working from observation on self-portraiture, students will be guided to complete work to be used in their portfolios for high school, college and graduate school admission. Portfolio reviews by visiting college representatives will be included if desired.

Wendy Shalen is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) and studied at the Art Students League with Daniel Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein and Robert Beverly Hale, and privately with Burton Silverman. She has shown at Abbot & Holder, London; Allan Stone Gallery, New York; The Katonah Museum of Art, New York; The Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut; The Belskie Museum, New Jersey; and several galleries in Martha’s Vineyard (Gardner Colby, Hermine Merel-Smith and Carol Craven).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.


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

(one session to be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

July 20-24

Monday-Thursday, 1:30–4:45 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students. Students must be at least 18 years old.
Please request supply list

Working in the landscape in Central Park, this workshop covers the basics of plein air drawing and watercolor painting for the beginning student and offers multiple approaches to color mixing and unusual watercolor techniques for more advanced students.  We will explore line and wash techniques with reed pen & ink, as well as watercolor palette set-ups, and create limited and full color studies.  Pastel painters are welcome.

One session will be held in the Drawing Study Room at the Metropolitan Museum copying master landscape drawings and in inclement weather, we will visit and draw from artwork in the museum. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of drawing and painting skills. Interested students will be guided to complete work to be used in their portfolios for high school, college and graduate school admission.

Wendy Shalen is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) and studied at the Art Students League with Daniel Greene, Harvey Dinnerstein and Robert Beverly Hale, and privately with Burton Silverman. She has shown at Abbot & Holder, London; Allan Stone Gallery, New York; The Katonah Museum of Art, New York; The Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut; The Belskie Museum, New Jersey; and several galleries in Martha’s Vineyard (Gardner Colby, Hermine Merel-Smith and Carol Craven).  Her work hangs in numerous private collections. Additional information and images can be found at www.wendyshalen.com.

 
 


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic Painting – The Basics and Beyond

July 20-24

Monday-Friday; 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $455 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
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 there since 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2015, she curated the exhibition Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Ninth International Encaustic Conference.  In 2014, her work was included in WAXING at Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC, ‘Far and Wide,’ The 6th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY, and BIG BAD WAX at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL. For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.


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

July 25-26

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

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


Mary Beth McKenzie
Monotype in Oil

July 27-31

Monday-Friday, 9:00-12:30 AM
Fee: $425
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.


Michele Liebler
Absolute Beginners – Oil

July 27-31

Monday-Friday, 1:30 -5:00 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Your choice of technique directly influences the choice of material, how the painting is made, and ultimately what it looks like. It is essential as a painter to experiment with your working methods and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of mark making and finding your own personal mark in oil painting. The workshop will explore step-by-step techniques: underdrawing, wet-in-wet/dry brush, knife painting and then the last day using all the techniques simultaneously. Each day will be dedicated to one of the techniques listed above. In this 5-day workshop students will learn the effective way to achieve their own personal vision through the introduction of these techniques. This workshop will help the beginners but will also be informative for an advanced student who never explored other ways of approaching oil painting.
 
Michele Liebler received her B.F.A. from Purchase College in painting and drawing and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. She studied with Mary Beth McKenzie and Burt Silverman. She has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in NYC. She has years of experience teaching workshops and classes at the National Academy Museum & School. And at the Art Students League she has taught several workshops and regularly substitutes for Mary Beth McKenzie.


Greg Follender
The Vital Line: Gestural Life Drawing for Beginners

July 27-31

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.  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 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.


Greg Follender
Dynamic Comic Book Illustration

August 1, 8, & 15

Saturday; 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This workshop is designed to give students interested in comic book/graphic novel illustration and other sequential media a better understanding of how the drawn figure can interact both dynamically and convincingly in deep space or in an enclosed environment. Through basic, easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and the study of important body landmarks, students will be able to confidently render realistic or stylized figures in both natural and dynamic poses, and then place them realistically within a graphic frame of reference. The importance of proportion, weight, perspective, and momentum will be addressed in both classical terms and with respect to exaggerated cartoon sensibility, with attention to character/mood definition through movement. With an additional focus on basic panel work and layout skills, students will learn how to block out and create engaging comic book pages from pencil roughs and tight thumbnail stages to a polished finish. These powerful techniques, along with tips on facial expression and body gesture will supply aspiring comic artists with the necessary tools to bring the characters and tableaus they see in their heads convincingly and dramatically to life in a sequentially graphic form!

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


Costa Vavagiakis
Portrait Drawing

August 3–7

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

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


Ephraim Rubenstein
Plein Air Landscape Painting


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

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


 


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners—Intensive Practice Workshop

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

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


Sylvie Covey
Photoshop for Artists

August 10-14

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

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


Elizabeth Allison
Expressive Watercolor

August 10-14

Monday-Friday: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Leonid Gervits
Painting the Cast

August 17-21

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

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

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


Fred Bendheim
Principles of Composition


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

 

 

 


James Vanderberg
Color Theory for Beginners


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

 


Gregg Kreutz
Nude in Nature

August 22-23

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

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


 
 
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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