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The School’s internationally-recognized Marathon programs were developed in 1988 by Dean Graham Nickson, initially as a measure for the rest of the semester at the start of the program year. The program has since expanded to become a core component of the School’s curriculum. Meanwhile, intense outside interest led to the extension of the Marathons to a wider audience of participants outside of the full-time student body. Renowned artists, art historians, dealers, collectors, art educators, writers, journalists and students of all levels and affiliations have since experienced the intensity of the program.

The Marathon course hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm, with a lunch break from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. In some Marathons, there may be critiques. The specific critique schedule will be determined once courses have commenced.

If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student at NYSS, or if you have successfully completed a Marathon or full-time program within the last five years, you are not required to submit an application in order to enroll in upcoming Marathons. Learn more here.

Summer Session 2018
Session 1: June 4-15, 2018
Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson and Guests (COURSE FULL)

Session 2: June 18-29, 2018
Arbor Vitae with Graham Nickson and Guests (COURSE FULL)
Painting Marathon with Joseph Santore and Guests
Sculpture Marathon with Vincent Barré

Session 3: July 5-18, 2018
Why Paint the Figure with Elisa Jensen and Guests (COURSE FULL)
Color with Kaitlin McDonough and Guests

6 Week Summer Session Reduced Cost- $4,200

Upcoming Marathons FALL 2018: September 4 – 14, 2018
-Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson
-Sculpture Marathon
-Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Stephanie Pierce & Gideon Bok
(September 4-8, 2018: Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Stephanie Pierce)
(September 10-14, 2018: Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Gideon Bok)

*To be notified when Fall 2018 Marathons are open to applicants, email info@nyss.org.

Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session I) (COURSE FULL) This course will investigate many implications of drawing as a physical and cerebral activity as well as drawing as a philosophy.

Arbor Vitae with Graham Nickson and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session II) (COURSE FULL) In this painting marathon, students will have the rare opportunity to combine working from perception and synthesizing that information with a model in a studio setting.

Painting Marathon with Joseph Santore and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session II) This is an opportunity for serious painters to spend two full weeks focusing in on the figure. The class will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate the changing light.

Sculpture Marathon with Vincent Barré

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session II) This two-week long project is a “poetic exercise” that invites us to play, with deeper historic awareness and greater attention to our many-layered world; to produce objects that are unique, reasoned, and grounded in our reality; and to consider alternative bases for works of art.

Why Paint the Figure with Elisa Jensen and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session III) (COURSE FULL) This figure painting class will explore in depth the development of figurative imagery in art.  Focus will be on finding a personal imagery and developing that imagery to the fullest extent by working from life, from the imagination and from memory.

Color with Kaitlin McDonough and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session III) This Marathon will elevate and expand our sensitivity to all aspects of color. We will place practice before theory to explore the wild richness of color functionality and mutability.

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