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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 (COURSE FULL)
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 with Garth Evans
-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)

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

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.

Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson and Guests

9 am - 6 pm

(Fall 2018) This course will investigate many implications of drawing as a physical and cerebral activity as well as drawing as a philosophy.

Sculpture Marathon with Garth Evans

9 am - 6 pm

(Fall 2018) This Marathon offers physically demanding exercises that provoke exciting dialogues between work in two and three dimensions.

Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Stephanie Pierce

9 am - 6 pm

(Fall 2018) This Marathon will use collage as the primary means for translating interior space and figures within that space.

Guest Faculty Drawing Marathon with Gideon Bok

9 am - 6 pm

(Fall 2018) This course will explore portraiture within an expanded perceptual and conceptual context. Students will be encouraged to expand upon the conventions of portraiture within a series of drawings and a larger drawing installation that will be built over the course of the week.

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