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Intensive Weeklong and Weekend Workshops
with Prominent Instructors and visiting artists

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

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


Special Travel Workshops


Workshop Policies

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

 

Workshops

December
John Carruthers: Wood and Linoleum Block Printing
 
January
Max Ginsburg: Painting Portraits–Head Studies
John A. Parks: Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic
Lisa Dinhofer: The Art of Color Pencil II
Timothy J. Clark: Watercolor Fundamentals & Refresher / Lessons of the Spanish Masters
Elizabeth Allison: Direct Plaster Sculpture
Naomi Campbell: Painting the Interior Landscape with the Figure in the 20th & 21st Century
Sigmund Abeles: Empathetic Drawing
Rand Hardy: Aqua Resin: Casting and Building
Leonid Gervits: Painting a Portrait—The Russian Academy Approach
Sylvie Covey: Photoshop for Artists
Rob Silverman: New Tools and Techniques for Portraiture
Timothy J. Clark: Watercolor Lessons of the Enlightened Spanish Masters
Takuji Hamanaka: Japanese Style Woodblock
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
Morito: Ceramic Sculpture
Deborah Winiarski Encaustic Monotype Printmaking
Deborah Winiarski Encaustic in Three Dimensions: Plaster Cloth
 
February
Karen O’Neil: Still Life – Color & Light
Martha Bloom: Mixed Media Workshop
Jerry Weiss: Drawing With the Brush – Figure Painting
Kathie Miranda: Botanicals by Brush and Pencil
Rachael Wren: Moving Towards Abstraction—with Color!
Michele Liebler Absolute Beginners–Oil
Doug Safranek: Painting in Egg Tempera
Elizabeth Allison: Expressive Watercolor
Ingvild Waerhaug: Vedic Art—Free Your Creative Expression!
Anki King: Experimenting with Oil Paint
Lori Shorin: Sculpting Hands
Frederick Brosen: Introduction to Transparent Watercolor
Michiyo Fukushima: Introduction to Watercolor
Valerie Hird: Magic Realism in Watercolor
Ephraim Rubenstein: Oil Painting Fundamentals
 
March
Robert Kogge: Beautiful Surfaces with Ink Wash and Colored Pencils

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

 


John Carruthers
Wood and Linoleum Block Printing

December 28–31

Sunday–Wednesday
9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $335 (includes $15 materials fee)
Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
Explore one of the oldest, yet most versatile of artistic media. We will cover linoleum and woodblock techniques, with traditional drawing and contemporary approaches. For the December workshop, we will specifically work on color registration techniques to print one-of-a-kind prints in various colors. From Dürer and the German Expressionists, to Hiroshige and the traditional Japanese artists, to Chuck Close and the contemporary masters—all major artists have made significant contributions to the field of printmaking.
Step-by-step, this workshop leads students through the basics of relief printing. Learn direct drawing techniques, how to transfer designs to the block, carve to obtain beautiful contrasts, and print in color.
 
Due to the tools used in this workshop, students are required to sign a release form upon registration
 
With a master’s degree from the New York Academy of Art, five years of printmaking study at Pratt Graphic Center and Hunter College, John Carruthers has been creating and selling woodcuts for 25 years. He has been teaching printmaking for ten years at the Artists Association of Nantucket, where he won the mixed media award for 2013. He has taught printmaking and life drawing workshops throughout the Hudson Valley in New York. His work has been featured in galleries and on CD covers. He is currently the co-chair of Visual and Performing Arts at The Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.


Max Ginsburg
Painting Portraits-Head Studies

January 5–9
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list upon registration

We will paint a portrait study directly in oil of a different individual each day. Max will demonstrate his alla prima approach and critique each students painting daily. We will be concerned with observing form accurately, getting a likeness and expressing the character of the model, achieving the illusion of depth and texture and using color as well as values to define form. Above all we will see the beautiful poetry in the reality of each individual.
 
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, Teacher - 1960 to Present (H.S. Art & Design, School Visual Arts, Art Students League). Book "Max Ginsburg-Retrospective" www.ginsburgretro.com.  DVD "Max Ginsburg-Legacy of an American Painter" www.ginsburgvideo.com. Websites: www.maxginsburg.com & www.ginsburgillustration.com.


 

 


John A. Parks
Unleashing the Powers of Acrylic


January 5-9
Monday-Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 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 painting is represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. Parks’ book on art-making, “Universal Principles of Art,” was published by Rockport Press in October 2014. For more information please visit johnaparks.com.


Lisa Dinhofer
The Art of Color Pencil II

January 7-9

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.


Timothy J. Clark
Watercolor Fundamentals & Refresher
Lessons of the Spanish Masters


January 9–11
Friday – Sunday

Demonstration: Friday, 7–10pm (2nd Fl. Gallery)
Workshop: Sat.–Sun., 9am–5pm (Studio 13, 1st Floor)
Fee: (includes demonstration): $300
Single demonstration only: $15
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 24 students
Please request supply list

Bonus trip to view Spanish Masterpieces: Wednesday, January 21 (transportation not included)

Timothy Clark has painted on five extended trips to Spain and will share his insights on the techniques, color, and sensibilities of the Spanish masters, Velasquez, Sorolla and Zurbaran.  Using both still life and live model you will establish a working commitment to art for the New Year. Included in this focused class are color in light and shadow and representation with expression. A sketchbook-to-finished-painting lesson and exercise will help you to continue your commitment after this class concludes.

Clark is a noted painter with over thirty works in public museum collections. A solo exhibition of his paintings will open in Chicago in May 2015 at the Loyola University Museum of Art. With over forty years' experience in helping people make art at the Art Students League, at the National Academy, and for Yale, he will share his knowledge and experience to help you start the year right.


Rand Hardy
Aqua Resin: Casting and Building

January 10-11

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

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


Leonid Gervits
Painting a Portrait-The Russian Academy Approach

January 12–16

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

This workshop is dedicated to portrait painting as it was taught at The Repin Academy in second-half of 20th century. Portraiture, on the one hand, is a resemblance to the model (otherwise this is not a portrait in its general understanding). On the other hand only physical likeness is not enough: there should be emotional content, empathy, so to speak. Good portraiture, when you recollect it, as you know that somebody is alive. Sometimes one would think that you have seen it as a real face. That kind of person was in Portrait of Monsieur Bertin by Dominique Ingres, or Self-portraits of Rembrandt, or Bacchus by Velazquez. In a great portrait you can find not only personal likeness, but also a national tip of a people. Students will work on likeness from stand point of achieving correct proportions. The psychological part will start right after the first part is cleared. And the whole thing will be made by means of a great painting itself. All levels are welcome.
 
Leonid Gervits belongs to the European/Russian realist tradition of painting and drawing. In 1966, he graduated from the Odessa Art College; and in 1973, he received an MFA from Repin Academy, where he later worked as a professor for sixteen years. Mr. Gervits moved to the United States in 1991, working as an instructor at the New York Academy from 1992 to 2000. He has been an instructor at the Art Students League since 1997. An artist of the realist tradition and of serious academic training, Mr. Gervits is able to work in a broad spectrum of genres. For more information, visit www.gervits.com


 


Sylvie Covey
Photoshop for Artists

January 12–16

Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 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.

Sylvie Covey is currently an instructor at the Art Students League, FIT, and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and received a BA from Empire State College and an MFA from Hunter College. Ms. Covey has been represented by Denise Cadé Gallery and is currently represented by the Old Printshop Gallery in New York City. For more information about the artist, visit www.sylviecovey.net.


Rob Silverman
New Tools and Techniques for Portraiture


January 12–16
Monday–Friday, 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fee: $425
Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
The distinctive features that make the sitter unique will be made apparent through the use of easy-to-use tools, demos and handouts. Various keys to reproducing accurate proportions of the head will be presented to help the student gain insight into how to portray a likeness. The workshop includes demos, handouts and personalized critique that covers the following:

• The effect of light on the form and choosing an optimal lighting set-up to reveal the key features.
• Compositional guidelines to optimally position the head on the canvas.
• A unique color strategy for producing realistic flesh tones and pleasing color harmony.
 
Rob Silverman’s innovative techniques have been the subject of featured articles in American Artist Workshop Magazine and The Art of the Portrait. Among numerous venues, he has exhibited at the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club and Edward Hopper House. His art has appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, Scientific American and the New York Observer. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America from whom he was awarded an Honorable Mention in their Members Competition. Mr. Silverman has a BA from the School of Visual Arts. He currently teaches at the National Art League and North Shore Art Academy. For more information, please visit: www.silvermanportraits.com.


Timothy J. Clark
Watercolor Lessons of the Enlightened Spanish Masters


January 16–18
Friday–Sunday
Demonstration: Friday, 7pm–10pm (2nd Fl. Gallery)
Workshop: Sat.–Sun., 9am–5pm, (Studio 13, 1st Floor)
 
Fee: (includes demonstration): $300
Single demonstration only: $15
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 24 students
Please request supply list

Bonus trip to view Spanish Masterpieces: Wednesday, January 21 (transportation not included)
 
Timothy Clark has painted on five extended trips to Spain and will share his insights on the techniques, color, and sensibilities of the Spanish masters, Velasquez, Goya and Sorolla. The works of these masters present hidden inspiration and potent lessons to make our paintings stronger than ever.
Join Clark for an intensive weekend of portrait and figure painting with a focus on this great Spanish painting tradition.

Clark is a noted painter with over thirty works in public museum collections. A solo exhibition of his paintings will open in Chicago in May 2015 at the Loyola University Museum of Art. With over forty years' experience in helping people make art at the Art Students League, at the National Academy, and for Yale, he will share his knowledge and experience to help you start the year right.

 
 


Elizabeth Allison
Direct Plaster Sculpture

January 17–18

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $290 (includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
Workshop held in Stone Studio in the 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.
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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.


Naomi Campbell
Painting the Interior Landscape with the Figure in the 20th and 21st Century

January 20–23

Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $340
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
We will be painting the figure with a nod to the past and how it has influenced contemporary painters. The workshop will take a glimpse into how artists have referenced the past and reinterpreted it today. We will look at how painters including Hopper, Vermeer and Balthus approached the subject of the figure in the interior landscape, influencing many contemporary artists after them. We will be painting from the model in the context of the interior landscape, examining space, line, time and movement while referencing the history of the figure.

Images right: Matisse, Vermeer

 
Naomi Campbell has painted in watercolor over 28 years. A graduate of Champlain College, Quebec, Canada, she also studied at the University of Guelph, Canada, the School of Visual Arts; New York, and was classically trained in painting, drawing and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York. Her signature memberships include the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.Ms. Campbell has won several awards for her work, in watercolor and other media, including four Gold Medals of Honor. Her figurative work has been featured in many art magazines and 18 book publications on multiple media, including American Artist Magazine; Watercolor Magic; Pure Color, The Best of Pastel; and 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists. Ms. Campbell’s work is found in numerous international and national public, corporate and private collections.


Sigmund Abeles
Empathetic Drawing

January 20–23

Tuesday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $340
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
This will be a workshop that enhances the student's ability to intensely observe the human figure.  We will have a model for our entire workshop except at the final critique; we will work mainly with dry media. Line will be our main descriptive and expressive tool.  We will explore combining line with tone; however, the works will not attempt to resemble photographs. We will work large to small, abstract toward recreating a nude fellow human, hopefully with empathy. This is an intensive workshop in seeing, capturing and expressing another individual's humanity as well as his/her clearly defined form in space.
 
Sigmund Abeles was born 1934 in New York and raised in South Carolina. His work deals with the expressive and psychological aspects of the figure; an art focused on the life cycle. Drawing informs all of his work. Abeles works in pastels, oils and the graphic media as well as sculpture. Professor Emeritus from the University of New Hampshire, after 27 years of teaching, Abeles works full-time in his NYC and upstate NY studios. Recipient of numerous grants and awards, a National Academician; his work may be found in many public institutions including the British Museum, Chicago Art Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Takuji Hamanaka
Japanese Style Woodblock

January 20–22

Tuesday–Thursday, 6:00–9:30  pm
Fee: $260 (includes $20 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
Additional hand tools are required

Lean the basic techniques in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking with water-based inks; this tradition is associated with extraordinary lessons of design and color passed on from the early Ukiyo-e masters. All aspects of the process will be introduced: proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving the wood blocks, and hand printing using the baren. Japanese papers, water-based pigments, and color registration are also covered in this class.
 
Takuji Hamanaka is an artist/printmaker trained at Japanese traditional print studio in Tokyo Japan where he mastered technique of printing by working on reproduction of Ukiyo-e master such as Hiroshige, Hokusai. He worked on various print edition projects for artists such as Sol Lewitt among others. He was included in many group shows in US, Europe and Asia. He is a recipient of NYFA fellowship, MacDowell fellowship and Open studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners

January 24–25

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

This concentrated; two-day workshop offers the absolute basics for getting started in drawing. It will cover topics such as basic materials, proportion, lighting, and space. It is intended for people who have little or no experience drawing, and who want to get started in a relaxed, no-pressure setting.

Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had 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 and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.

 


Morito
Ceramic Sculpture

January 24–25

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee: $310 (includes $20 clay fee)
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop held in Stone Studio in basement
Kiln firing fees are not included (minimum of $15)

This intense two-day workshop will give basic working knowledge of how to construct sculpture for firing. Day one will include a demonstration-Technique such as wheel throwing, coil building will be shown. Glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. The rest of the weekend the students will explore these techniques for themselves.

Morito studied sculpture at the Art Students League. His monumental sculpture was at Riverside Park South as a part of the Model to Monument program. He was a Ceramic Instructor in Japan and Central America through Japan International Cooperation Agency. He was a selected artist of Curate NYC 2011, & 2013. Morito's art work and the show was featured in various publications including the Wall street Journal, NY1,The Smithsonian, The Consulate general of Japan and others.



Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic Monotype Printmaking

January 26–27

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

This workshop combines the directness and immediacy of the monotype with the richness and luminosity of encaustic painting. This versatile process eliminates the multiple steps of encaustic painting, and the toxicity of inks and solvents of traditional printmaking on a press. Drawing with pigmented wax, students will create one-of-a-kind prints by ‘pulling’ their painted image directly from a heated plate—no printing press required! Encaustic monotype lends itself to natural and spontaneous mark making, allowing for extensive creative exploration. Additional techniques including stenciling, stamping and blocking will be explored the ‘encaustic’ way. Demos and discussions will include paper possibilities, wax recipes, basic studio set-up, etc. Whether used as a primary body of work or combined with mixed-media, collage or book arts, encaustic monotype offers endless possibilities for today’s artist. Ample time for hands-on work will be provided. No prior experience in encaustic painting or printmaking is necessary for this workshop. Prior workshop registrants are welcome.

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed media class at the Art Students League of New York and has been teaching encaustic workshops there since 2009. Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States. In 2014, her work was included in WAXING at Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC, ‘Far and Wide,’ The 6th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY, and BIG BAD WAX at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL. She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Eighth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. For more information about the instructor, please visit: www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic in Three Dimensions: Plaster Cloth

January 28–30
Wednesday–Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $455 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

This workshop will explore the sculptural possibilities of wax and encaustic. Rigid and absorbent when dry, plaster cloth makes a wonderful support for dimensional encaustic work. In this three-day workshop, participants will work with this versatile material to create 3D forms and reliefs that can stand alone or be incorporated into encaustic panel paintings. When wet, plaster cloth is easily wrapped, folded, draped or molded over armatures, wire mesh or any solid surface. Once dry, the forms will readily accept encaustic paint. Participants will have ample opportunity to work and apply various encaustic painting techniques to their created plaster cloth forms. Other dimensional techniques such as creating poured wax castings from simple molds and free-hand modeling of encaustic medium will be demonstrated. Additional discussion and demonstrations will include fusing techniques for dimensional work, options for joining multiple forms, and advanced techniques for incorporating imagery. Since beginning encaustic techniques will not be addressed in this workshop, prior work with encaustic is advised.

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed media class at the Art Students League of New York and has been teaching encaustic workshops there since 2009. Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States. In 2014, her work was included in WAXING at Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC, ‘Far and Wide,’ The 6th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY, and BIG BAD WAX at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL. She was also a presenter and workshop instructor at the Eighth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. For more information about the instructor, please visit: www.deborahwiniarski.com.


Karen O’Neil
Still Life – Color & Light

January 31–February 1

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

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

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


Martha Bloom
Mixed Media Workshop

February 2–6

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

"To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have." - David Bayles  Through classical and modern practices, the current artmaking can be genuinely innovative. Artistic problem solving integrates technical processes within a realm of personal awareness experience and exploration. This workshop is an experimental laboratory, combining mediums and their interactions, which can best suit a journey of self-expression.

Martha Bloom studied with many living legends: drawing with Robert Beverly Hale; painting with Isaac Soyer, Sidney Dickinson and Bruce Dorfman; scuplture with José de Creeft and Sidney Simon; printmaking with Ponce De León and Seong Moy; and more. Ms. Bloom taught a children’s class at the League since 1986 until last year when she began teaching an all-ages, all-media Saturday class. She also teaches all ages at the National Academy School and Silvermine School of Art (CT), along with workshops, outreach and museum programs. Ms. Bloom’s intuitive and distinctive style of artmaking integrates her training in many media. She has a natural affinity for found collections and an imaginative take on universal issues.

 


Jerry Weiss
Drawing With the Brush – Figure Painting

February 2–3

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

Taking as examples the work of Rembrandt, whose brush drawings are 'painterly', and Schiele, whose paintings are constructed upon fine linear draftsmanship, this workshop focuses on the ways in which the concepts of drawing and painting overlap in order to most effectively paint the human figure. Painting in turn thinly and broadly, brushwork is studied as a means of delineating contours, blocking in masses of light and shadow, and establishing transitional passages. We will work with paint diluted to wash-like effect, as well as with richly saturated pigment, interpreting the human subject by way of a paint application that is both varied and coherent.

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 and Portraits Inc. For more information, please visit www.jerrynweiss.com.
 


Kathie Miranda
Botanicals by Brush and Pencil

February 4–6

Wednesday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $240   
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Learn to combine three very different media - black India ink, watercolor, and colored pencil - to create rich, luminous paintings on paper.  We’ll explore the qualities of each medium, and discover creative ways of layering ink washes, watercolor and colored pencil together to exploit the inherent benefits of each.  Create a simple botanical composition with your choice of flowering plant.  Add your favorite natural objects such as shells and insects for interesting accents.  Student may work from a live plant or flower, color prints or digital images.

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.


Rachael Wren
Moving Towards Abstraction- with Color!

February 7–8

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Does making abstract art seem intimidating or baffling to you?  Want to take your work beyond representation but not sure how to begin?  Then this workshop is for you!  Participants will explore and experience the process of abstracting from the observed world, learning how to find and capture the inner spirit of what they are looking at.  Students will be guided through a series of drawings in which they investigate notions of rhythm, mark, shape, texture, and speed.  We will address the concept of scale and discuss strategies for developing an effective composition.  Experimentation with a variety of materials such as charcoal, ink, collage, and paint will be encouraged as we work towards creating images that capture the essence of an object, sensation, or mood.  This workshop will give you tools to discover and develop your personal artistic voice.
 
Rachael Wren received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Washington.  Her work has been exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the National Academy Museum, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, and The Painting Center, among many others.  Rachael is the recipient of the Julius Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy Museum and an Aljira Fellowship.  She has been awarded residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the Anderson Center, and has been a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  For more information please visit: www.rachaelwren.com.


Michele Liebler
Absolute Beginners–Oil


February 9–13

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


Doug Safranek
Painting in Egg Tempera

February 9–13

Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $445 (includes $20 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Since ancient times, artists have blended egg yolk, powdered pigment and water to create delicately luminous paintings of remarkable durability. During the 15th century, Florentine painters produced the first secular portraits in western art history using egg tempera and, four centuries later in this country, the medium was a favorite of many WPA figurative artists. In this workshop, we will discover that egg tempera is quite economical, versatile and well suited for contemporary use. Workshop projects will include learning how to prepare a panel with rabbit skin glue-based gesso, how to transfer a drawing to a panel, and how to layer tempera paint using both traditional and contemporary techniques.

Doug Safranek received his MFA in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied egg tempera painting with James Watrous and John Wilde. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Norton Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is represented by the ACA Galleries in Chelsea.


Elizabeth Allison
Expressive Watercolor

February 14–15

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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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.
 


Ingvild Waerhaug
Vedic Art—Free Your Creative Expression!

February 17–20

Tuesday – Friday, 1:30-5:00 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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The Vedic Art method is an organic step by step method to free your creative expression. Great for beginners as well as more advanced artists. This workshop can be combined with all other techniques and styles. You will learn how to focus on the present moment and in this way connect to your creative source on a deeper level.  You will learn fun, simple and powerful drawing and painting exercises on how to create freely beyond the demands of technique and result producing. The Vedic Principles of Art nurtures your artistic talent to flow through with more ease and joy. This workshop you can choose: Base Course 1 (Vedic Principle 1-6) or Basic Course 2 (Vedic Principle 7-12).

Ingvild Waerhaug has studied at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She has had numerous solo shows and been part of many group shows. She has exhibited in a number of galleries and has been commissioned to create several art works. She is a certified Vedic Art teacher and teaches the Vedic Art method in USA, Norway. For more information please visit: www.ingvildwaerhaug.com.


Anki King
Experimenting with Oil Paint

February 17–20

Tuesday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $320   
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Oil paint is much more than color and this workshop will add to your visual vocabulary by looking at creative ways to use paint with additional force. We will fearlessly explore the three-dimensionality of the medium and seeing what different masses of paint can do; heavy and medium to thin washes.  We will play with ways of applying paint to the surface, daring to use heavy brush strokes and see what happens when the surface is rough or flat. Whether you are new to painting or have been painting for a while, this workshop will give you new tools and inspire you to use oil paint in bold and effective ways.

Anki King grew up in Norway. After completing her arts education in Oslo, she moved to NYC in 1994 and studied at The Art Students League until 1998.  Anki exhibits frequently in Europe and in the US. Her work is included in private and public collections including the Appleton Museum of Art, FL.  She has also exhibited at the Katonah Museum of Art, NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan and the National Gallery of Art, DR. She has lectured at NYU, The Appleton Museum and for many galleries, and taught art online at Sessions.edu. In 2010 she was the winner of the Artist of the Year Award in the London International Creative Competition (LICC). She is currently represented by Noosphere Arts, NY.


Lori Shorin
Sculpting Hands

February 21–22

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $300 (includes $25 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Workshop held in Stone Studio in the basement.

Build your confidence and mastery of sculpting hands. Well-sculpted hands give your work an added vitality. Beginners and experienced sculptors will gain deeper insights into sculpting hands. In this workshop students will sculpt a larger than life-size hand working from observation of a plaster cast.  The workshop will begin with observation of the underlying skeletal and muscular structure of the hand.  A step-by-step sculpting demo by the instructor will show you how to observe and sculpt the hand using an additive sculpting method. Through the use of this technique you learn to sculpt the hand as well as how it relates to the figure as a whole.
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Lori Shorin was classically trained at the Florence Academy of Art. She earned her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania and BFA at SUNY Binghamton. The Principle Gallery and Sirona Fine Art Gallery represent her sculpture. She is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and California Art Club. Her work has been in numerous group shows in the US and Italy as well as in the permanent collection in the Mariposa Museum in New Hampshire.

 

 


Frederick Brosen
Introduction to Transparent Watercolor

February 21–22

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $275
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
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This workshop will introduce students to the classic transparent watercolor technique first perfected by the Early English Watercolorists; Turner, Girtin, Cotman and their contemporaries. Applied over an initial pencil drawing, wet-in-wet, wet on dry, scumbling (or drybrush) and point of brush techniques will be demonstrated as well as basic approaches to elements of landscape painting; skies, trees and architecture. The first day will be a demo and a lecture; the second day students will apply the demonstrated techniques under the teacher’s guidance. Although this course is oriented for the beginner, all levels are welcome, and can benefit from re-examining these foundation techniques. Material list available in the ASL office.

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


Michiyo Fukushima
Introduction to Watercolor

February 23–27

Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $400      
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
This workshop is designed for total beginner wishing to learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting. A series of demonstrations will be conducted introducing the foundation skills needed for working in this lively medium; including layering colors, painting wet in wet, creating detail and texture, creating dramatic light and using frisket. At the end of workshop, along with completed paintings, student will gain confidence to tackle their own project.
 
Michiyo Fukushima is NY based fine artist, native of Japan. She is represented by Fischbach Gallery (NYC). Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in NYC, Tokyo and Osaka, and have been featured in numerous newspapers and art magazines including the International Herald Tribune, American Artist magazine and Splash 13. She studied photography at a two year college and became a photographer working for magazines in Japan. While she enjoyed photography, she felt it wasn't really fulfilling her passion for creation. She decided to study abroad to broaden her life experience and returned to pursue her passion for paintings. Fukushima's works are in private and corporate collections. For more information, please visit: www.michiyoart.com.


Valerie Hird
Magic Realism in Watercolor

February 23–27

Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $410 (includes $10 materials fee) 
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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The practice of magical realism in art can be traced through many centuries and cultures. This course will explore its visual alchemy; employing contemporary watercolor techniques that paradoxically, share parallels with Byzantine illuminations, Persian miniatures and medieval manuscripts. By combining subtlety of movement with vigorous linear patterns, painted elements can appear to defy gravity. And with an intensified palette and simplified color schemes -- including gilding -- historical watercolors project a power and elegance that looks surprisingly modern.

Students in this course will explore the hidden potential in ordinary objects and will uncover the magic in their nature. Studio time will be divided between instructor demonstrations and working from a classroom set-up. Students are encouraged to develop their own iconographic images based, primarily, on direct 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.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Oil Painting Fundamentals


February 28–March 1
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $225
Instructor present each day until 2:00pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list upon registration
 
This focused two-day workshop offers an in-depth review of the absolute basics necessary for getting started in oil painting. It will cover such topics as materials, setting up the palette, basic color theory and color mixing, and the various approaches to starting a painting (direct vs. indirect painting). This workshop should give students all of the practical information they need in order to feel comfortable in a regular studio painting class.
 
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.  Mr. Rubenstein has had 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 and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


Robert Kogge
Beautiful Surfaces with Ink Wash and Colored Pencils


March 2–6

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
By working directly with colored pencils and ink wash on unprimed canvas, this workshop presents an approach that challenges the boundaries of painting and drawing: it joins the two in a single process, acting as an alternate or extension to more traditional methods. These media elect the heavy weave of the canvas as the dominant but impersonal mark, distilling positive and negative space evenly, and rendering a particulate profile to the image emerging through the landscape of its woven ground. The introduction consists of a brief history of Kogge’s experience in developing this technique along with other prominent examples whose departure from traditional methods was critical in realizing their particular vision will also be presented. A demonstration of materials and procedure follows. Students may choose to work from photographic sources or from still life.
 
Robert Kogge studied at the Parson's School of Design and in Europe. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, from institutions including the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mr. Kogge has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries in New York, San Francisco, Nashville, and Birmingham. His work is in the collections of the New Jersey State Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Prudential Insurance Co. of America (Newark, NJ), American Interactive Media (Los Angeles, CA), Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), and several other institutions.



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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