Programs & Courses
The New York Studio School's curriculum is based on the atelier-system and a group teaching model for both the full-time and part-time programs. For students enrolled in the full-time programs, the School offers the opportunity to combine historical practice with independent, creative thought, and benefit from the studio-based method while having the time and space to explore their own individual creative efforts. Part-time students, who can enroll in the Drawing Marathons (offered three times a year - in the Summer Session or in the fall and spring) or Evening & Saturday classes, get to experience the intensity and rigor offered by the School in a more condensed manner. These courses are open to beginning and advanced artists regardless of their affiliation.
As part of the School's structure, students work from life, from compositional drawings and from their imaginations.
The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, continue the ethos of the teaching methods defined by the School's history within a recognized degree program. The MFA is based on maintaining a full-time, rigorous studio practice. Students are engaged in their work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of their two years at the School.
New York Studio School offers students an opportunity to study in a three year intensive studio Certificate Program. The focus and concentration of the Certificate Program allows individuals to hone in on their chosen areas of study: Painting or Sculpture, with Drawing as an integral component of each discipline. Students begin each semester with either a Drawing or a Sculpture Marathon. For the remaining 13 weeks of the academic semester, students work in their studios focusing on their area of choice: Painting or Sculpture.
The Marathons are intensive, all-day programs that run for two weeks at the beginning of each semester and during the Summer Session. Drawing, Painting and Sculpture marathons are offered, both by full-time faculty and distinguished visiting artists, who are present for the entire session. All programs operate along the same basic model of immersing the student in their chosen discipline.
Several courses in drawing, painting and sculpture are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays during both the regular semesters and during the Summer Session. These classes can count as part of the semester for full-time enrolled students, but are also open to members of the public who do not wish to commit themselves to a full-time program. Models and instructors are present at each class and the faculty are rotated on a yearly basis.
The Summer Session offers a unique opportunity for interested artists to experience the intensity and rigor of the Studio School's perspective in a condensed manner.
During this three-week intensive course, you will learn to create engaging compositions from observation as you investigate line, shape, light and color through a study of both natural forms (the human body or still life) and man-made constructs. Artists notice, and bring into focus, things that often go overlooked. We will explore this concept by viewing and discussing the art of old masters and contemporary artists. The scope of this course encourages artistic development and anticipates a commitment to rigorous intellectual, creative work.
Fall 2015 Application Deadline February 15, 2015 Financial Aid Application Deadline 2014-15 February 15, 2015 Registration (for continuing students) 1st week of April 2015 Orientation Thursday September 3, 2015 Marathons September 8-18, 2015 Full-time Semester (inc. Marathons) September 8 - December 22 Thanksgiving Break November 26 & 27 Spring 2016 ...
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In addition to the main building on West 8th Street, the School maintains a sculpture studio in DUMBO, a small area of Brooklyn on the edge of the East River. DUMBO - a designation that stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass - is an area of warehouses ...