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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

Summer Session 2018
Session 1: June 4-15, 2018
Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson and Guests
Sculpture Marathon with Jilaine Jones and Guests

Session 2: June 18-29, 2018
Arbor Vitae with Graham Nickson and Guests
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
Color with Kaitlin McDonough and Guests

Summer 2018 Marathon Selections are now open to applicants! More information below. 

Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson and Guests

9am - 6pm

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

Sculpture Marathon with Jilaine Jones and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session I) This Marathon will explore sculptures without boundaries. Rather than an isolated statue or object, sculpture can be about what is felt and seen around us.

Arbor Vitae with Graham Nickson and Guests

9am - 6pm

(Summer Session II) 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) 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.

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