Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts courses range from Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Basic Collage, Drawing at The Met, Portrait Drawing and Introduction to Watercolor to How to Make a Graphic Novel and Night Drawing on Location.

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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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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Portrait Workshop
Introduction to Portrait Drawing A Workshop class NYC

Creating a lifelike, expressive portrait is a major challenge even for the most experienced artist, from emotion to gesture to getting a likeness. 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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Experimental Drawing
Collage to P{ainting Workshop nyc collage classes

Open to students of all levels, this course is designed for students who enjoy working intuitively and wish to use drawing to jumpstart their creativity.The goal of this four week course is to work expressively, try new things and embrace the playful side of art-making.

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Painting with Water-Based Media
Watercolor and abstraction a watercolor class in New York City

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

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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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Night Drawing on Location (Jun 8 to Jun 29)
Introduction to Color Theory: A Workshop

New York City is filled with exciting places to go at night to practice your drawing skills. To capture the mood and light of interior spaces like Grand Central Station, The Waldorf Astoria, St. Patrick's Cathedral or even a local bowling alley.

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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.