Art Students League of New York

New York, NY

212-247-4510

http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/



 

 

The Art Students League of New York, founded in 1875, boasts an alumni list that is a veritable Who's Who in American art, from Winslow Homer and Georgia O'Keeffe to Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Louise Nevelson. It currently enrolls approximately 2,200 students from around the world who sign up for month-long, studio-based courses that meet seven days a week, morning, afternoon and evening. Based on the atelier system of nineteenth-century France, the curriculum respects the individual views and methods of each instructor. As a part of its offerings, the League sponsors exhibitions, panel discussions and lectures, which are free and open to the public.

Founded by and for artists, the Art Students League of New York has been a vital, energetic school for artists and has maintained a commitment to nurturing creativity. Many well-known and influential artists have taught or studied at the League. Some of them are Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Alexander Calder, George Grosz, Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Manship, Reginald Marsh, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, and William Zorach.

Early League instructors included William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Arthur Wesley Dow, Frank Duveneck, Thomas Eakins, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Henry Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir.

The vitality continues today. Seventy-five instructors, with distinguished careers as artists, teach approximately 2,500 students on an individual basis in atelier classes. With life models in many classes, the League offers drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture (both modeling and direct carving). Instructors develop their own methods and students choose a range of modes from realism to abstraction.

The League, located at 215 West 57th Street, New York, NY, also presents films, panel discussions, lectures, and talks by noted artists, gallery owners, technical experts, critics, and scholars. Most of these events are free and all are open to the public. Students may register in any class they choose, class size permitting. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend courses are offered monthly, with sessions for children, teens, and adults.

Gallery hours vary. Call the League for exact times.

Resource Library readers may also enjoy: biographical information on artists cited above in America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.


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