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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.


Upcoming Marathons SPRING 2019: January 22 – February 1, 2019
-Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson
-Sculpture Marathon
-Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Clarity Haynes and TBA.
(January 22-26, 2019: Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Clarity Haynes)
(January 28 – February 1, 2019: Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with TBA)

Please email info@nyss.org with any further questions. Hope to see you this Spring!

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