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The New York Studio School is committed to giving a significant education to aspiring artists that will last a lifetime. Students are encouraged to question and think about the practice of drawing, painting, and sculpture at all times. With an informed understanding of the language of visual arts, the students are mentored by the faculty members. NYSS’s MFA students graduate from the program with an ambitious studio practice enabling them to construct a framework for the rest of their life’s work.

The NYSS Summer Session offers a unique opportunity for interested artists of all levels to experience the intensity and rigor of the school’s perspective in a condensed manner.

The Summer Session is comprised of both two-week Marathons and longer Atelier classes that focus on specific concentrations in drawing, painting, or sculpture. Students may choose to participate in the Marathon, with additional selections of other course offerings, or take the full seven-week path that includes both the Marathon and the Atelier classes. All classes run Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, unless otherwise noted.

Summer Marathon Session includes:

  • Drawing Marathon: Graham Nickson and guest (June 1–12, 2015)
  • Drawing Marathon: Highline with Linda Darling and guest (June 1–12, 2015)
  • Sculpture Marathon: Bruce Gagnier (June 1–12, 2015)
  • Arbor Vitae, Painting Marathon: Graham Nickson and guest (June 15–26, 2015)
  • Portrait Painting “Focus”: Joe Santore, Linda Darling, and guests (June 15–26, 2015)
  • Why Paint the Figure? — with Elisa Jensen and guests (June 29–July 17, 2015)

Application deadline for Marathons: May 22, 2015.

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Evening and Saturday Courses:

Several courses in drawing, painting and sculpture are offered in the Evening & Saturdays Program during the summer. These courses are offered to visiting students and current full-time NYSS students. Models and instructors are present at each class and the faculty members are rotated on a yearly basis.

Pre-college Courses for High-School Students:

The Pre-College Program is entering its fourth year. Students use the focused time in the studios to explore, expand their range as artists, and for some, to develop portfolios for college. The summer course meets daily from 10am-5pm and provides students with the option to continue working in the evenings.

NYSS offers partial scholarships for the Summer Program. Scholarships cover tuition only and are generally a quarter to half the total tuition cost. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please include in your application a 500-word (max) essay, outlining your financial need, along with how and why a scholarship to attend the New York Studio School will benefit your development as an artist.

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