Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts courses range from Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Collage and The City, Drawing at The Metropolitan Museum, Painting from Plants and Introduction to Watercolor to Painting the City: Plein Air and Watercolor and Abstraction.

Collage and The City
Basic Collage Classes nyc collage for beginners

The City could be thought of as a massive collage: a space where images and structures conjoin in unexpected ways. Historically, much of the work done with collage has been informed by the urban setting.

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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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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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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 like Johannes Itten and Joseph Albers.

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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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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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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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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 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.