Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts courses range from Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Basic Collage, Drawing at The Metropolitan Museum, Portrait Drawing and Introduction to Water-Based Media to Collaborative Drawing and Watercolor and the Figure.

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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Collaborative Drawing 
Collage to P{ainting Workshop nyc collage classes

Open to artists at all level, this course explores the social dimensions of art making through collaboration. Each week the group will work on large-scale drawings and gradually transform into a unified creative ensemble.

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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 ideas in painting.

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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 - 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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Introduction to Water-Based Media
Watercolor and abstraction a watercolor class in New York City

This five-day workshop enables students of all levels who love to paint an opportunity to become familiar with the three most popular water media: watercolor, gouache and acrylic.

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Watercolor and Abstraction
painting with water based media a watecorlor temepra and acrilic Workshop 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.

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Watercolor and the Figure
watercolor figure drawing class in new york

In this weekend workshop students will take a spontaneous approach to working with watercolor while experimenting with a variety of approaches to working from a live model. We will begin with a series of quick gestural watercolor paintings and then progress to longer studies.

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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.