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Please note that Summer 2020 Marathons will be taught virtually. Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School. Though in a different form, your education and experience, will continue; we look forward very much to your participation.

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.

Originally designed to address the importance of drawing as the basis of understanding one’s experience in the world, the Marathons are based on an exploration of this most direct route to an enriched understanding of the language of the plastic arts. The innovation inherent in the Marathon program reawakens the way that drawing is experienced by artists and appreciators alike. The Marathons are intensive, all-day programs that run for two weeks at the beginning of each semester and during the Summer Session. Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Marathons are offered by both regular faculty and distinguished vis­iting artists who are present for the entire two-week session. All programs operate along the same basic model of immersing the student in their chosen discipline.

The level of commitment reached by participants during the Marathon is extraordinary. Each individual must confront the problems of drawing, painting, and sculpture with vigor and intensity if they are to show that they are equal to the fierce demands of concentration and stamina necessary for the program. Not only are participants fully engaged in the physical aspects of making art, they are also intellectually challenged and stimulated by extensive group and individual critiques. The creation of strong and surprising works can be the catalyst for future work. In addition to being part of the full-time program, application to the Marathons are open to beginning and advanced artists regardless of their affiliations. Admission follows the same requirements and procedures as the full-time program. Fees for the ten-day course must be paid in full upon registration.

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.

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Drawing Marathon – with Graham Nickson & Guests

9am - 6pm

Please note that Drawing Marathon – with Graham Nickson & Guests will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though in a different form, […]

Sculpture Marathon – with Bruce Gagnier

9am - 6pm

Please note that Sculpture Marathon – with Bruce Gagnier will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though in a different form, your education […]

Room with a View Landscape Painting Marathon – with Fran O’Neill

9am - 6pm

Please note that Room with a View Landscape Painting Marathon – with Fran O’Neill will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though […]

Caves, Friezes & Mysteries Painting Marathon – with Graham Nickson & Guests

9am - 6pm

Please note that Caves, Friezes & Mysteries Painting Marathon – with Graham Nickson & Guests will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though […]

Sculpture Marathon: Idea through Process – with Jilaine Jones

9am - 6pm

Please note that Sculpture Marathon: Idea through Process – with Jilaine Jones will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though in a […]

Why Paint the Figure – with Elisa Jensen

9am - 6pm

Please note that Why Paint the Figure – with Elisa Jensen will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though in a different form, […]

Color Marathon – with Kaitlin McDonough

9am - 6pm

Please note that Color Marathon – with Kaitlin McDonough will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though in a different form, your education […]

Sculpture Marathon: Connection to Form – with John Erianne

9am - 6pm

Please note that Sculpture Marathon: Connection to Form – with John Erianne will be taught virtually this summer.  Faculty members have adapted lectures, critiques, presentations, and assignments to an online format and will maintain the high caliber of experiential learning and content that is the basis of the New York Studio School.  Though in a different […]

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