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. 5–8 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.
Winter 2019 Review
Saturday, December 8th 10:00AM–2:00PM
To apply, students must register online here, and attend a portfolio review on Saturday, December 8th 10:00AM–2:00PM at 41 Cooper Square, RM 101. Bring 10 to 20 pieces that you feel best represent your abilities. Please include drawings from observation and bring your sketchbook(s)! 10th—12th grade students are eligible.
Winter 2019 Program
Saturdays from January 5th–Februrary 2nd, 9:00AM–5:00PM
Our partner, Ava’s Smile, contributes each year toward a special project in memory of Outreach Alumna, Ava Hecht. Ava was a multi-talented student of Stuyvesant High School and attended Outreach in the summer and fall of 2008. We celebrate Ava’s achievements and artistic spirit with a guest artist and an innovative project in new media each winter. Ava lives on in the multitude of art works she inspires.
Collage Explorations | Guest Artist Series
(Mixed media & Basic HTML)
Collage Explorations will be a course on finding ways to give conceptual ideas a visual life through collage. Along with the tactile nature of making collages, out guest artist, Wendy Qi, will be teaching students basic HTML which will utilize the collage images made in class. This is a great opportunity to diversify students portfolios as well as to learn new ways of seeing, new ways of thinking and new ways to work with different types of mediums.
For more information call 212-353-4202 or email email@example.com.