The Outreach Pre-college Program
Free art classes for NYC high school students
Since its creation in 1992, The The Outreach Pre-College Art Program is a free program of studio courses, creative writing and art issues seminars for New York City area high school students interested in preparing a portfolio for college. Professional artists teach all courses, and Cooper Union undergraduates serve as teaching assistants. Classes are free, including materials, field trip transportation and museum admissions. Our classes sizes are small,16-18 students per section to ensure optimal learning.
New York City area high school students, grades 10-12, are eligible to apply. 5 to 8-week courses take place in the fall, winter, and spring. Classes take place on Saturdays from 9am-5pm.
All students take drawing classes, with additional workshops in printmaking, photography, 3D design and 2D design. A seminar on contemporary art issues encourages students to think critically, discuss and write about current issues. This seminar includes guest speakers and visits to art venues in New York City.
We are offering a number of Merit scholarships for New York City public high school students that will cover the full tuition of the program, including materials. In order to qualify, you must be a student in a New York City public high school and attend the portfolio review on March 17th ready to show your work.
To apply, students must register online here, and attend a portfolio review on Saturday March 17th from 10am to 2pm at 41 Cooper Square, room 101. Bring 10 to 20 pieces that you feel best represent your abilities. Please include drawings from observation and bring your sketchbook(s)! 10th, 11th grade students are eligible.
The CUSAI program runs Monday -Thursday, 9am - 4pm, from July 2nd - 30th, with a student exhibition, animation screening, and poetry reading on August 1. For more information call 212-353-4202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.