The Saturday Program

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Critique in Architecture Class

Critique in Architecture Class

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Student in Painting Class

Student in Painting Class

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Studio Visit

Studio Visit

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Student in Drawing Class

Student in Drawing Class

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Student in Drawing Class

Student in Drawing Class

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Instructor and Student In Graphic Design Class

Instructor and Student In Graphic Design Class

Applying to The Saturday Program

Application for Fall '21 - Spring '22 academic year is now available!

Due date: Registration closes Monday, Sept. 27th 

Apply here

* The Saturday Program will be onsite this upcoming Fall 2021. All high school students accepted to the program must be vaccinated. 

Program starts Oct. 9th Saturday - Dec. 18th, 10am -5pm

 

The Saturday Program 

The Cooper Union's Saturday Program offers eight free studio art courses enrolling over 200 New York City Public High School students. All classes meet remotely for a few hours on Saturdays and one-hour of office hours with their instructor during the week for two semesters – October to December and January to April.

This schedule provides the intensive working time necessary to explore media, technique, and concept for both the beginner and the student with art experience.  

Subjects offered for grades 9 through 12 are: 

  • Architecture
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Senior Studio Visual Art (12th grade only)
  • Senior Studio Design (12th grade only)

Students need no prior experience, just strong motivation. An online application must be submitted to be considered for the program. Those who have attended the Saturday Program or The Outreach Program at The Cooper Union in prior years will be offered a place in the program as space permits. Returning students must re-apply by the application deadline each year.

For high school seniors, our year-long long Senior Studio classes provide portfolio development support to successfully compete for admissions to art and architecture colleges. These intensive studio courses include individual advisement and studio visits with professional artists. Applicants to Senior Studios must attend an informal work review before gaining admission into these classes. 

All classes take field trips to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios (during COVID-19, these visits will be virtual). Creative writing workshops are integrated into the visual arts curriculum of every class. Each year the program culminates in April with an Exhibition and Multidisciplinary Spoken Word Performance (to which you are cordially invited). 

http://yearendshow2021.saturdayprogram.cooper.edu/about/

For more information email saturdayprogram@cooper.edu
 

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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.