Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts courses range from Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Basic Collage, Introduction to Watercolors, Acrylic Painting, Portrait Drawing and Drawing the Figure with Charcoal to How to Make a Graphic Novel and Color Theory.

Acrylic Painting Techniques
Acrylic Painting - An Introduction to acrylic painting class nyc

A beginning course in painting that explores the relationships between the pictorial elements of painting and discovers the technical advantages of the acrylic medium.

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Basic Collage
Basic Collage Classes nyc collage for beginners

Basic Collage provides non-experienced students with techniques to approach and explore the medium. Students learn about the basic elements of art.

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Collage to Painting Workshop
Collage to P{ainting Workshop nyc collage classes

This workshop explores the interrelationship between collage and painting. Students will employ the abstract medium of collage as a means of sketching ideas for painting.

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Digital Collage with Photoshop
Digital collage with Photoshop course nyc collage for beginners

This course offers introductory Photoshop lessons, including how to manipulate photographic images, superimpose, work with layers, digital painting, and drawing tool, so that students can create collages digitally.

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Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Drawing for Beginners class nyc

Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This course - our most popular offering - is designed for you. Beginning with a simple contour, you will use line to discover a variety of shapes, from the still life to the figure.

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Drawing on Location
Drawing on location - drawing outside class in New York

New York City is filled with exciting places to practice your drawing skills so let the city will be your inspiration for this 3 hour Sunday workshop. From quick sketches to more developed finished drawings will be reviewed during class.

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Painting the City: Plein Air
Painting the City: Plein Air - New York

In this class we will use various sites around New York City, with bold and exciting architectural and landscape elements to meet each conceptual approaches to painting from observation

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Portraiture Workshop
Introduction to Portrait Drawing: A Workshop class nyc

A course for the beginner who has never tackled the portrait, but has always wanted to learn how to get a lifelike drawing of the face and head. Students study facial proportions and anatomy in a supportive environment.

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The Graphic Novel
How to Make a Graphic Novel comics drawing class nyc

Get the stories out of your head and onto paper! Graphic novelist and teacher, Barbara Slate, will guide students through the process she of creating characters for comics.

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Watercolor and Abstraction
Watercolor and Abstraction class nyc

Seen as a vehicle for exploration, this course is appropriate for students of all levels. For the beginner, it serves as a superb introduction to the often elusive medium of watercolor. For the more advanced student, abstraction provides a special focus for technique and concept.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.