Visual Arts

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

Basic Collage
Basic Collage Classes nyc collage for beginners

Basic Collage provides non-experienced students with tools and techniques to approach and explore the medium. Students learn about the basic elements of art: color, value, line, shape, pattern and texture.

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Collage to Painting Workshop
Collage to Painting Workshop nyc collage classes

This workshop takes a lively approach to exploring the interrelationship between collage and painting. Students will employ the historically unstructured medium of collage as a means of sketching and as a springboard for ideas in painting.

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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 explorations of Newton and Goethe, through the impressionists and significant contributions of Bauhaus theorists like Johannes Itten and Joseph Albers.

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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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Intro To Portrait Drawing: A Workshop
Introduction to Portrait Drawing A Workshop class NYC

This class is designed 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 using a different model in each class as well as photographs.

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Acrylic Painting: Weekend Workshop
Acrylic Painting an Introduction to acrylic painting class NYC

This workshop in acrylic painting enables students to explore the relationships between the pictorial elements of painting and discover the technical advantages of acrylic medium. The first Saturday students can choose between still life, art about art or a theme that they want to pursue as subject matter for developing a painting.

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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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Introduction to Watercolor Workshop
painting with water based media a watecorlor temepra and acrilic Workshop class NYC

The unique properties of transparent watercolor make possible a visual quality that is unattainable with other media. Students will be introduced to the watercolor media as a means of personal expression.

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

Get the stories out of your head and onto paper! The veteran graphic novelist and teacher, Barbara Slate, will guide students through the same process she learned creating characters for Marvel and DC Comics.

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Portfolio Preparation Course
How to Make a Graphic Novel comics drawing class nyc

 This course will cover all aspects of developing a professional OR academic quality portfolio., including: scanning original artwork, high-res images preparation, printing size, format and design.

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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.