Summer Session 2017

Summer Session Student Painting the Figure

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.

The Summer Session is comprised of two-week courses that focus on specific concentrations in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students may choose to participate for two weeks, four weeks or for the full six-week path. All classes are Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, unless otherwise noted.

NYSS offers partial scholarships for the Summer Program. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please include in your application a 500 word (maximum) essay outlining your financial need and the ways in which a scholarship to attend will benefit your development as an artist.



To be notified when applications are open, email Rachel Rickert, Recruitment Coordinator,

Session 1: June 5-15, 2017

Drawing Marathon: Graham Nickson and Guests. June 5-15, 2017

Intellectually rigorous, physically challenging, and surprising in its stratagem for discoveries, this marathon gives the student a real understanding of the language and importance of drawing, today and in the past.  The quest for form, space, and scale is a strong element.  The role of drawing in painting is also explored.  It is a very ambitious program pushing personal vision to an extreme. Cost: $1625.


Sculpture Marathon: Bruce Gagnier and Guests. June 5-15, 2017

The technique of modeling small sketches in clay from perception is taught eight hours a day, in two sessions from the live model. The sessions are four hours long.  A work is kept at the end of each session for firing in the kiln. The elements of the clay sketch as seen in classic examples from the past are learned in relation to spontaneity as well as vision. The form of the human is discussed in response to the experience of the human figure in various poses.   Slides and visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will help students relate their studies to the tactile language in clay as seen in the masters. Cost: $1625. Additional materials fee: $200.



Session 2: June 19-30, 2017




Session 3: July 5-19, 2017





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 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 deadline for Summer 2016 Enrollment is May 27, 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.