Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts courses range from Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Basic Collage, Introduction to Watercolors, Acrylic Painting, Portraiture Drawing and Drawing at The Metropolitan Museum to 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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Collage and The City
Basic Collage Classes nyc collage for beginners

Historically, much of the work done with collage has been informed by the urban setting. Using this idea as a foundation, this course will explore the medium of collage and the city itself.

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Drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Basic Collage Classes nyc collage for beginners

The fundamentals of observational drawing are taught on-site at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. he class is suitable for absolute beginners, as well as those with previous drawing experience.

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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 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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Intermediate Drawing
Drawing for Beginners class nyc

The class will explore a variety of in-depth topics about and approaches to observational drawing: figure drawing, still life drawing, landscape drawing, perspective, shading, composition, and more.

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Intermediate Watercolor Workshop
Intermedia Watercolor with Josette Urso

This workshop is ideal for artists who are currently working on self-generated studio projects who seek to further challenge themselves and advance their work. Feel free to bring works already in progress or to start new work during the workshop.

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Introduction to Color Theory: A Workshop
Introduction to Color Theory: A Workshop in New York

The course considers theory and science of color perception from Renaissance painters, 18th century through the impressionists and significant contributions of Bauhaus theorists.

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Painting from Plants
Painting from Plants: Still Life as a Source of Expressive Color & Form

In this course, students will make paintings of vivid and intricate still lives composed of plants and flowers, patterned and colored textiles, and a variety of other forms.

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Portraiture Workshop
Introduction to Portrait Drawing: A Workshop class nyc

In this workshop, students will study proportion and anatomy of the head and face, while seeing accurately and depicting each feature of the face.

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Watercolor and Abstraction
Watercolor and abstraction a watercolor class in New York City

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.

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Watercolor Landscape Workshop
Watercolor Landscape Workshop with Josette Urso

This course is the perfect preparation class for those who would like to capture the landscape in watercolor.

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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.