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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 Semester: January 16 – 26, 2018

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

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

9am - 6pm

In this Marathon, students learn the importance of drawing as the basis of understanding one’s experience of the world. Drawing is seen here as the most direct route to the examination of our perceptions. Unorthodox tools and exercises will be introduced to broaden the student’s drawing vocabulary.

Drawing Marathon – with Michael Berryhill

9am - 6pm

This Marathon will approach drawing with a “something from something” method of working. Most artists have a back catalog of images and ideas that are incidental in some way–we gather them and forget about them and keep them in the periphery. We will rely on a combination of accepting our marginalized sources and using them, as we simultaneously will ourselves into unknown territory. This Marathon will incorporate all of the fundamentals of building a drawing and will also consciously attempt to evolve or devolve into new territory. We will start with the influences and skills that we have and expand into what’s just adjacent to these things or what’s just beyond. All levels welcome!

Sculpture Marathon – with Joel Fisher

9am - 6pm

Course Description This Sculpture Marathon is designed for both advanced artists and for sculptural beginners. In order to comprehend sculpture, it needs to be seen from more than one angle. We will discuss the implications of the need for multiple approaches. The translation of the three-dimensional world into two dimensions is such a profound achievement […]

Drawing Marathon – with Joseph Santore

9am - 6pm

Course Description Students will be taking a really long look at two models in the same set-up for an entire week.  The idea is to work on one drawing to see how far it can be pushed.  The class will be split into morning and afternoon sessions with the figures together in the afternoon on […]

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.

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.

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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