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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

February
Jerry Weiss: Drawing With the Brush – Figure Painting
Kathie Miranda: Botanicals by Brush and Pencil
Arslan: Sculpted Portraiture
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
Mary Beth McKenzie: Starting a Canvas
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
Hiba Schahbaz: The Art of Miniature Painting
Deborah Winiarski: Contemporary Uses of Wax and Encaustic—Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Jeffrey Wiener: Figure Drawing with the iPad
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
Wendy Shalen: Watercolor Fundamentals in Line, Tone & Color, with a session at The Met
Greg Follender: Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing—Short Pose Intensive
Jenne M. Currie: Wall Sculpture
Vladimir Aituganov: Mosaic Workshop
John A. Varriano: The Prismatic Palette
Rudy Bravo: Creating Your Artist Website
Ephraim Rubenstein: Oil Painting Fundamentals
 
April
VYT Workshop Natalie Tyler: Glass Casting

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


 

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
Please request supply list

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.


Arslan
Sculpted Portraiture

February 7–8

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $300 (includes $10 clay fee)
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
Workshop is held in the stone studios in the basement

This intensive workshop consists of a demonstration and a lecture with hands on sculpting. The basics of sculpted portraiture such as armature and tools will be addressed, in addition to the artistic nuances of capturing the essence of a specific person.  During the demo the instructor will sculpt a portrait from the live model, and focus on the challenges an artist may encounter when trying to grasp a likeness.  The instructor will be present for the entirety of the workshop and will guide the students as they sculpt their own portraits of the model. This course is open to all levels of experience.
 
Arslan received his M.F.A. from Moscow Stroganov College of Art and Design.  He has had numerous solo shows both nationally and internationally.  His works are in many public and private collections, and he has been honored to receive multiple awards, including the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. He is represented by Galerie Claudine Legrand in Paris and Janus Avivson in London.  For more information please visit arslanart.com.


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
Request supply list upon registration
 
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
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.


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
Please request supply list

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
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.
 


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
Please request supply list upon registration

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
Please request supply list

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
Please request supply list
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
Please request supply list
 
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.


Mary Beth McKenzie
Starting a Canvas

February 23–27

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 13 students
Please request supply list upon registration

This workshop will begin with an oil portrait demonstration and will focus on Mary Beth McKenzie’s approach to painting. Students will be encouraged to begin their paintings in a broad abstract way, as well as to consider the entire canvas (not just parts of it!). The underlying abstract shapes created by color and forms are significant elements of a painting. Individual attention will be given to students of all levels.
 
Mary Beth McKenzie has 3 oil paintings as well as thirty-eight 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 the 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.

 


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
Please request supply list

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.


Hiba Schahbaz
The Art of Miniature Painting


March 2–6
Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Fee: $430 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Students will learn to use the Indo-Persian miniature painting approach in an intensive, five day workshop focusing on the figure in miniature painting. Participants will study the stylization and composition of the body in the tradition of miniature painting. The primary processes explored in this course will be painting with tea and water based paints. In addition, students will learn how to prepare painting surfaces, mix traditional miniature paints using gum Arabic and apply gold leaf. Workshop participants will be required to bring in a 5 x 7 inch full-length photograph of themselves in profile.
 
Hiba Schahbaz trained in the art of miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has practiced contemporary miniature painting for the past ten years and recently received her MFA in Painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited her work in traditional and contemporary miniature painting internationally, in addition to curating exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. For more information, please visit hibaschahbaz.com.


Deborah Winiarski
Contemporary Uses of Wax and Encaustic—Introduction to Encaustic Painting

March 7-8
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $330 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present both days
Enrollment limited to 12 students

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 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.


Jeffrey Wiener
Figure Drawing with the iPad

March 9–13

Tuesday–Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
iPad or Similar Tablet Device and Drawing App Required

This drawing workshop is designed to teach any student how to use the iPad (or any other mobile device) to do quick figurative studies from the live model. Students will also be taught several specific drawing techniques that will allow them to create final, polished drawings and paintings for print that are suitable for sale. Several Drawing APPs will be demonstrated at the beginning of class, and students will work from the live model for several days before developing their final project: a video created from their final figure drawings, as recorded by their APP.
 
Jeffrey Wiener was born in Miami, Florida in 1961. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983, studying print-making technologies. He attended an overseas program studying art history in Florence, Italy, and was strongly influenced by the painters of the Renaissance. As a Contemporary Realist, Wiener was influenced by 20th Century artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, and MC Escher. Wiener has exhibited his surrealistic drawings and paintings in galleries from Miami to New York City. Today, Jeffrey Wiener is the publisher of TheGreatNude.tv, an online magazine focused on the Figurative Arts.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners


March 14-15
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.

 

 


Wendy Shalen
Watercolor Fundamentals in Line, Tone & Color,
with a session at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

March 16-19

Monday-Thursday, 1:15–4:30 pm
Fee: $325 (includes $5 material fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students. Students must be at least 18 years old.
Please request supply list

This workshop covers the basics of 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 from still life objects.

One afternoon will be devoted to a visit to the Metropolitan Museum’s Drawing Study Room and galleries to copy watercolors by Van Gogh, Cezanne and other masters.

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.




Greg Follender
Dynamic Gestural Figure Drawing-Short Pose Intensive


March 16-20
Monday –Friday; 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

Through this workshop students will discover a unique set of tools and techniques designed to distill the nude figure into its purest, gestural state. Short, timed drawings will allow participants to quickly turn the figure within deep space and represent the human form in more dramatic and challenging poses. The exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and increased recognition of important body landmarks.   Sketch sessions will build confidence exponentially until students find that they can document the human 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.  Rendering the human figure in a gestural, vital way can not only enhance an already well-seasoned drawing technique, but also help beginning artists to confidently render the human forms they conjure up in their mind’s eye.

Greg Follender is an artist/illustrator that has been teaching both drawing and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for over a decade.  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.

 


Jenne M. Currie
Wall Sculpture

March 21-22

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm Fee: $290 (includes $15 material fee)
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Wall sculpture: A fusion of painting and sculpture.  A painted three-dimensional construction designed to be hung on the wall. In this workshop, suitable for both beginning and advanced students, we will employ the simplest of materials: foam board, a hot glue gun and painting on paper.

The workshop will focus on: 

-Discovering a new method of using light weight, easily accessible materials to create a 3D work.
-Cutting and assembling shapes to make a high relief composition
-Exploring the fundamentals which comprise a dynamic abstract design
-Learning to observe and employ the relationships between positive and negative space   
-Returning students may begin to explore the many ways in which color and various paint application methods create an added layer of complexity to their construction.

Jenne M. Currie was born in Woodstock, New York and is an alumnus of the League.  She began her career as a painter, later branching out into welded steel and bronze sculpture. She spent two summers working at the Tomassi Bronze foundry in Pietrasanta, Italy, where she learned the lost wax technique of casting. She later developed her favored technique of wooden wall sculptures, fusing her love of painting with sculpture. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the Northeast in such venues as the National Academy, the Salander O'Reilly Gallery, the Seligmann Gallery, and the Schenectady Museum, all in New York; and the Silvermine Guild Art Center in Connecticut. Currie has had years of experience teaching art in and around NYC. She is currently an instructor at the Woodstock School of Art in upstate New York.


Vladimir Aituganov
Mosaic Workshop

March 23–27

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Fee: $490 (includes $90 materials fee)
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List

The grand art of mosaics, which has existed for thousands of years, was used by the ancient Greeks to decorate their walls, floors, tables, benches, fountains, and pools. Made from marble, ceramic tiles, semi-precious stones, and smalti, mosaics are luminous, lightproof, water and temperature resistant. They allow artists infinite possibilities to design unique and long-lasting creations in their own expressive style, from realism to abstract.
This weeklong workshop guides students through the various steps needed to complete their own mosaic—from the cartoon drawing to the final installation. Most materials needed for the workshop are provided, but participants must bring their own tools.  Please see the workshop’s materials list, available in the League’s main office.

Born and trained in Russia, Vladimir Aituganov immigrated to the United States in 1991. He then became an American citizen, and established his studio. He is known as a master of mosaics and oil painting in the United States, Russia and France. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. His majestic mosaic murals for churches have had the great distinction of being declared Russian icons. His paintings, drawings and mosaics are in many private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


John A. Varriano
The Prismatic Palette

March 23-27

Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

This workshop will explore the prismatic qualities of light observed in nature. Students will learn to see light progressions on forms in terms of color temperature as well as value, and how to use a basic artist’s palette to express the full range of the color spectrum. Workshop attendees will learn to mix and match color value, develop color charts and paint studies from the model with a focus on applying prismatic principles to flesh tones.

John A. Varriano is a representational painter. He has exhibited extensively and has won numerous awards, including an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America Member’s Competition, 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.  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, 2013 and 2014 for the Hudson Valley Artists Association Annual Exhibition.  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.


Rudy Bravo
Creating Your Artist Website

March 23-26

Monday - Thursday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $320
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list

Artist websites are increasingly becoming a standard way of showing work and the primary method of getting information about an artist. Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of creating a personal artist website. A simple, professional website can be designed in a matter of days without the need for any additional software. By the end of the workshop each participant will have purchased a domain name, chosen a design theme, created a menu of items, and added actual images of their work to their new website.

Rudy Bravo is the New Media and Film specialist for the Art Students League. He designed the front page of the Leagueʼs revamped website and creates much of the online content including all the videos and social media. Images from his film work have appeared in the New York Daily News, American Artist magazine, Public Art Review magazine, and Fox 5 News in New York. Rudy has also designed the official artist websites of Mary Beth McKenzie, and Knox Martin.

 

 



Ephraim Rubenstein
Oil Painting Fundamentals

March 28-29

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.


Natalie Tyler
Glass Casting


VYT Workshop
April 11,12, 18, 19 & 26

10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $660 (includes $60 material fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list for the additional materials that are required but not covered by the materials fee

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.

Discover the luminosity of cast crystal sculpture. This workshop will teach the process of kiln formed glass. Using the ancient art of lost wax sculpture, students will sculpt a wax form that will be used to make a mold for a “one of a kind” sculpture in cast crystal. Techniques for sculpting in wax, mold making, annealing the glass in the kiln will be learned. Basic cold working techniques will be covered. Students will be able to complete a finished glass sculpture during this workshop.

3 Weekends (5 days)

1st Weekend  (11,12): Introduction to glass casting process. Students begin sculptures in wax. Selecting of glass colors.
2nd Weekend (18, 19): Preparing sculptures for molds. Making of molds. Loading the kiln. Annealing process begins.
3rd Weekend (26): De-invest molds. Glass sculpture cleanup, cold-working techniques

Natalie Tyler received her Masters of Fine Art from the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, California. Her sculptures exhibit in galleries nationally and internationally. Most recently, she was a sponsored artist by The US Embassy in Estonia, to exhibit the Estonian Museum of Applied Art And Design. In 2012, she received The Cornell Council on the Arts Grant to curate LUX Art and Science Exhibition at Cornell University. She has been awarded residencies at The Art Students League Vytacil, The Vermont Studio Center, Mendocino Art Center, and Cill Rialaig Art Center in Ireland.


 
 
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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