Marathons

Marathon Student working on a large Charcoal Drawing from life

The School's internationally-recognized Marathon programs were developed in 1988 by Dean Graham Nickson, initially as a measure for the rest of the semester at the start of the program year. The program has since expanded to become a core component of the School's curriculum. Meanwhile, intense outside interest led to the extension of the Marathons to a wider audience of participants outside of the full-time student body. Renowned artists, art historians, dealers, collectors,  art educators, writers, journalists and students of all levels and affiliations have since experienced the intensity of the program.

The Marathon course hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm, with a lunch break from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. In some Marathons, there may be critiques. The specific critique schedule will be determined once courses have commenced.

 

DRAWING/PAINTING/SCULPTURE MARATHONS:

Originally designed to address the importance of drawing as the basis of understanding one's experience in the world, the Marathons are based in an exploration of this most direct route to an enriched understanding of the language of the plastic arts. The innovation inherent in the Marathon program reawakens the way that drawing is experienced by artists and appreciators alike.

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.

The level of commitment reached by participants during the Marathon is extraordinary. Each individual must confront the problems of drawing, painting and sculpture with vigor and intensity if they are are to show that they are equal to the fierce demands of concentration and stamina necessary for the program. Not only are participants fully engaged in the physical aspects of making art, they are also intellectually challenged and stimulated by extensive group and individual critiques. The strong and surprising works made often work as catalysts for future work.

Marathons are open to beginning and advanced artists, regardless of their affiliation. Admission follows the same requirements and procedures as for the full-time program. Fees for the ten-day course must be paid in full upon registration.

 

 

FALL 2016 MARATHONS


Drawing Marathon - Graham Nickson and Guests

2 weeks: Tuesday, September 6th - Friday, September 16th, 2016

$1,625


Drawing Marathon - Clintel Steed

first week: Tuesday, September 6th - Saturday, September 10th

$890

 

Drawing Marathon - Matt Phillips

second week: Monday, September 12th - Friday, September 16th

$890

 

Sculpture Marathon - Garth Evans

2 weeks: Tuesday, September 6th - Friday, September 16th

$1,625, $200 materials fee

 

Earlybird deadline: July 25th, 2016 | Reduced application fee of $25

Final deadline: August 26th, 2016 | Regular application fee of $45

 

 

APPLY

 

 

Upcoming Marathon dates:

Spring 2017

Week 1: Tuesday, January 17th - Saturday, January 21st

Week 2: Monday, January 23rd - Friday, January 27th

 

RETURNING APPLICANTS:

If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student at NYSS, or if you have successfully completed a Marathon or full-time program within the last five years, you are not required to submit an application in order to enroll in upcoming Marathons.

Please e-mail the Student Services Coordinator Tanya Steinberg at tsteinberg@nyss.org and provide: (1) the name of the upcoming course in which you would like to enroll; (2) the name of the program you most recently attended; and (3) the semester and year of the program that you most recently attended.

We will ask you to verify your contact information and update your Emergency Contact information.  We will also ask that you submit a non-refundable $45 processing fee along with a $500 Tuition Deposit (which will be applied to your Tuition payment) in order to secure your place in the upcoming program of your choice. 

 

We look forward to welcoming you back to the New York Studio School!

 

The earlybird special deadline for Fall 2016 Enrollment is July 25th, 2016

The final deadline for Fall 2016 Enrollment is August 26th, 2016.


**Applications will be reviewed as they are received; we encourage you to apply early as some courses may reach full capacity before the deadline.**


Please note: Courses are subject to change and cancellation depending upon enrollment.


 

APPLY

 

Marathon Students in the Drawing Room