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Intensive Weeklong and Weekend Workshops
with Prominent Instructors and visiting artists

Each year, the League hosts several hundred 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. 101. 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
This spring, paint in Holland with Frederick Brosen or in Tuscany with Frank O'Cain. To register for a Travel Workshop, please contact Robert Telenick in the ASL office: 212-247-4510 x123 or rtelenick@artstudentsleague.org.

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
Ephraim Rubenstein: Introduction to Gouache
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic Painting – The Basics and Beyond
Arslan: Sculpted Portraiture
Rachael Wren: Moving Towards Abstraction – With Color!
Janet A. Cook: Explore the Beauty and Simplicity of Line
John A. Varriano: Constructive Figure Drawing
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
 
March–May
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners- Intensive Practice Workshop
Seongmin Ahn: Asian Ink Painting: Abstract, Still Life and Orchid & Bamboo 
Mary Beth McKenzie: Starting a Canvas
Ephraim Rubenstein: Drawing for Beginners
Elizabeth Allison: Expressive Watercolor
John Carruthers: Wood and Linoleum Block Printing
Greg Kreutz: Figure Drawing Crash Course
Jerry Weiss: Large Scale Figure Drawing
Deborah Winiarski: Encaustic in Three Dimensions: Plaster Cloth
Hiromitsu Kuroo: Creating and the Art of Origami: West Meets East
Lucy Fradkin: Mastering The Art of Collage
Michael Massen: Drawing the Head in Three-Dimension
Elizabeth Allison: Direct Plaster Sculpture
Hiba Schahbaz: The Art of Miniature Painting
Ephraim Rubenstein: Oil Painting Fundamentals

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


Ephraim Rubenstein
Introduction to Gouache

February 13-14

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $225
Instructor present each day until 2:00 pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students
 
This weekend workshop will provide a basic introduction to the materials and methods of working in gouache, or opaque watercolor. Used by many of the great 19th century artists for intimate works and studies, gouache provides all of the advantages of full-spectrum watercolor, with the added ability to refine and make adjustments that are difficult or impossible with traditional watercolor. Gouache’s distinctive flat, bright tones provide a wonderful change from the shiny, heaviness of oils. The workshop will review the necessary materials and various methods for beginning and developing a gouache painting. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
 
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 ten 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.


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic Painting – The Basics and Beyond


February 17-19
Wednesday-Friday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $455 (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
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 here since 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States.  In 2015, she curated the exhibition Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  She has been a presenter and workshop instructor at the International Encaustic Conference since 2013 and is Featured Artworks Editor of ProWax Journal.  Her work is included in “Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media” by Linda Robertson and, most recently, in “Art Students League of New York on Painting” edited by James L. McElhinney.  For more information about the instructor, please visit:  www.deborahwiniarski.com.



 


Arslan
Sculpted Portraiture

February 20 - 21

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 sculpture studios in the basement

This workshop consists of two parts:  a demonstration and a hands-on intensive workshop.  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 20–21

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.  She has had solo shows at The Painting Center, Schema Projects, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Providence College.  Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the National Academy Museum, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Trestle Gallery, and the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University, 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 Chashama North, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center, and the Artist House at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. For more information please visit: www.rachaelwren.com.


Janet A. Cook
Explore the Beauty and Simplicity of Line

Feb 22–24

Monday-Wednesday
9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $260
Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
Pen and ink is a versatile alternative to painting and pencil drawing, particularly when traveling. This workshop offers an integrated approach between pen, ink and surface, both patterned and plain. Using just four pens in analogous colors of different values you will learn how to build up value and form, and combine the pattern of the surface into a drawing. This three-day workshop will focus on the figure, starting out with quick gestures then a series of 20 min poses. Individual attention and feedback will be given to each student. Whether you are a beginner or advanced artist, this workshop will give you a new level of understanding of the medium.

Janet A. Cook currently teaches at the Pastel Society of America, NYC. Recently she taught workshops in France and at the Southern Utah University. She studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art and Design and holds a degree in the history of art from de Montford University, UK. She is represented by Haven Gallery in Northport, NY and Dacia Gallery NYC where she will have her third solo show in 2016.  In 2014 she showed in the 'Women Painting Women' at the Principle Gallery, NC, and 2013 she participated in the Fountain Art Show, Armory, NY, and had her work shown in France, Germany, and Romania.

 

 
 


John A. Varriano
Constructive Figure Drawing

February 22–26

Monday–Friday 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day Enrollment limited to 12 students Please Request Supply List

“Drawing is not following a line on the model, It is drawing your sense of the thing.” Robert Henri

A week long drawing intensive that will focus on analyzing the figure in terms of mass, planes and line. We will begin with a thorough exploration of the three primary forms of the figure -- rib cage, pelvis, head -- and how the interaction of those components expresses movement. The student will learn to observe the living figure and reduce the complex forms into simple geometric masses. We will then apply the same analysis to the secondary and tertiary forms such as arms, legs, hands, feet and the features of the face.

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.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners

February 27-28

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


Ephraim Rubenstein
Drawing for Beginners- Intensive Practice Workshop

February 29-March 4

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Fee: $425
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list upon registration 

This workshop is designed for beginning students who are either just starting out, or who have already made a start by attending a workshop or class, and who would like a relaxed, no-pressure environment in which to put their new found skills and concepts into practice. It is particularly geared towards transitioning students to working from still life objects to the model in a life class or open sketching groups.
We will begin with still life objects, reviewing simple shapes, compound shapes, ellipses, lighting and the station point. We will practice measuring, mapping, and shading. We will then switch to the live model, where I will demonstrate how to analyze the figure, the pose and its gesture. We will then practice how to handle foreshortening, movement and end with portraiture.
 
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, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League of New York. For more information, please visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.


Seongmin Ahn
Asian Ink Painting: Abstract, Still Life and Orchid & Bamboo 

March 5–6

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30pm
Fee: $315 (includes $40 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request a supply list upon registration

This workshop will first teach basic techniques of sumi-e ink painting by focusing on how to utilize and expand concepts of lines, brush strokes and ink wash with new materials. Students will then apply these tools to create realistic and abstract painting based on still life and the Four Gentlemen drawing (orchid, bamboo, plum and chrysanthemum). Materials and techniques include working with a variety of rice papers, sumi-e ink and Asian brush.   Students will also investigate cultural metaphors of materials and subjects.

Seongmin Ahn is a Korean born artist who is living and working in New York. She received her BFA and MFA in Asian traditional painting from Seoul National University and then the second MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a two times recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and the first prize from AHL foundation competition. Her works have been reviewed on Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, NY Arts magazine, Baltimore Sun, Plain Dealer and others. She had exhibited nationally and internationally. She has taught and lead workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Asia Society and Korean Cultural Service specializing in Asian art. For more information, please visit: www.seongminahn.com.


Mary Beth McKenzie
Starting a Canvas

March 7–11

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 38 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 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.


 


Elizabeth Allison
Expressive Watercolor

March 7-11

Monday-Friday: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Fee: $400
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.


John Carruthers
Wood and Linoleum Block Printing


March 7-11
Monday-Thursday
6:00-9:30 pm
Fee: $335 (includes $15 materials fee)
Enrollment limited to 12 students
 
Explore one of the oldest and most direct printmaking techniques, we will cover linoleum and woodblock techniques, with traditional and contemporary approaches. We will work on registration techniques to print one-of-a-kind prints in various colors. Wood bock printing is a great way to learn compositional techniques by balancing positive and negative space. Because the image is carved out, every line and shape is deeply considered and organized. This makes for a poetic, less is more approach that will strongly influence all of your other art making. From Dürer and the German Expressionists, to Chuck Close and other contemporary masters—all major artists have made significant contributions to the field of printmaking.

This workshop leads students through the basics of relief printing. How to transfer designs to the block, carve 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 11 years at the Artists Association of Nantucket, And is the Visual and Performing Arts Chair at The Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. His work has been shown in various galleries in The Hudson Valley, NY, and on Nantucket, MA.


Greg Kreutz
Figure Drawing Crash Course

March 12-13

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30 PM
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please Request Supply List
 
Action, structure, and depth: learning how to turn these qualities into artful drawings will be the focus of this two day workshop. Using Kreutz's newly developed drawing system--The Curved Tube--students will learn how to capture the essential quality of a model's pose. Requiring neither measuring skill nor extensive anatomy knowledge, the Curved Tube approach enables the student to make artful, accurate drawings of the dynamic living figure.
 
Gregg Kreutz graduated from N.Y.U. before studying at the Art Students League. He won best in show at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show and continued winning awards including the Frank C. Wright Award, the Hudson Valley Art Association Award; Medal of Merit (first prize in oils) and the the Grumbacher Award; Knickerbocker Artists; the Council of American Artists Awards, Salmagundi Club and the 2005 National Portrait Society of America Merit Award. His solo shows include Grand Central Galleries, The Fanny Garver Gallery, and Hilligoss Gallery. Mr. Kreutz is currently represented by Trailside Galleries, Quidley & Company, Hilligoss Gallery, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, Fanny Garver Gallery, and The Wendt Gallery. He teaches at the Art Students League, The Fechin Institute in NM, The Scottsdale Artist’s School, The California Art Institute, and other workshops throughout the country. His videos are popular learning tools used by artists all over the world and he is the author of the classic artist’s guide; Problem Solving for Oil Painters.

 

 


Lucy Fradkin
Mastering The Art of Collage

March 14-18

Monday-Friday
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Collage is an art form that can be mastered by all from the novice to the accomplished artist.  Join award winning collage artist Lucy Fradkin in an in depth personal exploration of the medium.  Students will use collage, paint and a variety of materials to create unique mixed media works that express personal stories with symbolic meaning. Art techniques will focus on line, composition, color, pattern and the use of collage as a design element. Demonstrations will include mapping out a painting and archival collage techniques. Although students will work independently on projects, daily discussions and critiques will be integral to this workshop.
 
Lucy Fradkin’s work was selected for the third time from thousands of entries for the triennial Portrait Competition opening in March 2016 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.  She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, a Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant, and two Fellowships in Drawing/Works on Paper from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has taught at a myriad of institutions, including MoMA/PS1 Museum, the Queens Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has exhibited nationally (New York, Boston, Aspen, …) and internationally  (Italy, Greece, China, …) at numerous museums and galleries.  Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe.   For more information, please visit lucyfradkin.com.


Michael Massen
Drawing the Head in Three-Dimension


Part 1 March 14-16
Monday-Wednesday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $260
Part 2 March 17-18
Thursday-Friday, 6:00–9:30 pm
Fee: $180
 
Both Parts $425
 
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Instructor present each day
 
This course will be broken into two sessions. For the first three days, we will review the framework of the cranium and the face, their structure and proportions.
For the last two days, we will turn our attention to the features: eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. For both parts, working from both lecture and the live model, we will learn how to properly portray the head properly from any angle. And, in the process, make sense of all those funny lines on the far side of the face.
 
Michael Massen is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure, published by Watson-Guptill, and Figure Drawing in Proportion, which will be published in early 2016 by North Light Books. Mr. Massen holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a BA from Wesleyan University. He was awarded the John Hovannes Memorial Scholarship and the Nessa Cohen Memorial Scholarship from the Art Students League of New York (1990). In addition to having exhibited his sculptures and paintings in local and national shows, he has worked for many years as a graphic designer and art director.


Elizabeth Allison
Direct Plaster Sculpture

March 19-20

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $295 (includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
Workshop held in sculpture studios 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.
 


Jerry Weiss
Large Scale Figure Drawing

March 28–29

Monday–Tuesday, 1:30-8:00 PM
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 10 students
Please Request Supply List

In this workshop, students will draw the life-size figure on six-foot lengths of paper. Attention will be devoted to quality of line, observation of the rhythms of the standing figure, proportion, and modeling of sculptural forms through value. Topics of discussion and demonstration will include the initial blocking-in of the drawing, use of lines for comparison, attention to prominent anatomical landmarks, and shading and rendering of form through massing and linear hatching. While this practice is useful as preparation for large-scale painting, it also serves as a complete experience in and of itself. Poses range in length from one hour on Monday to a single pose on Tuesday, allowing students to build from a rapid gestural approach to a drawing of greater resolution. Each day will feature demonstrations by the instructor.
 
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; Portraits Inc., NY; and Ingram Fine Arts, SC. For more information, please visit www.jerrynweiss.com.


Deborah Winiarski
Encaustic in Three Dimensions: Plaster Cloth


March 30–April 1
Wednesday–Friday 10:00am–4:30pm
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 here since 2009. Her work has been exhibited at venues in New York City and across the United States. In 2015, she curated the exhibition Casting Shadows: Work in Dimension and Relief at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, MA. She has been a presenter and workshop instructor at the International Encaustic Conference since 2013 and is Featured Artworks Editor of ProWax Journal. Her work is included in “Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media” by Linda Robertson and, most recently, in “Art Students League of New York on Painting” edited by James L. McElhinney. For more information about the instructor, please visit: www.deborahwiniarski.com.

 


Hiromitsu Kuroo
Creating and the Art of Origami: West Meets East

April 20-22

Wednesday-Friday, 6:00-9:30 pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request a supply list upon registration

In this innovative workshop, students will learn to apply the ancient Japanese technique of origami, or paper folding, to the creation of highly individualized paintings in a contemporary style. Joseph Albers, the great 20th century painter and father of modern color theory and minimalism, taught origami as a tool for understanding geometry, materiality, and structure.  Based on similar principles, students in this workshop will, using paper, learn to create distinctive original paintings that incorporate combined, built-up, and shaped surfaces.
 
Artist Hiromitsu Kuroo will lead the workshop.  Born in Yokohama, Japan, and now based and exhibiting in New York, Kuroo is a collage painter working in the tradition of origami.  In his work, the canvas serves as the paper, and the gentle manipulation of its surface conveys intricate textural landscapes. The multiple layers of colors in his folded canvases are revealed by sanding the canvas surface. Interested in the juxtaposition and vitality of collaged pieces of canvas, he uses them to accentuate other emerging shapes in his compositions. For more information, Please visit www.hiromitsukuroo.com.



Hiba Schahbaz
The Art of Miniature Painting

May 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 is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in the centuries-old art form of miniature painting. She trained in miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and received an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. In addition to exhibiting her work internationally, Schahbaz has curated exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. She was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center and The Wassaic Project and has taught miniature painting as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency at the Tang Museum. For more information, please see hibaschahbaz.com.


Ephraim Rubenstein
Oil Painting Fundamentals

May 21-22

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 ten 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.



 
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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