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New York Studio School Summer Session Marathons explore drawing, painting and sculpture as direct methodologies for understanding one’s experience in the world. Participants experience a wide range of activating, first-hand strategies for making art, in tandem with the intellectual rigor of extensive group and individual critiques.

Summer Marathons (Summer Session) are held each year during the months of June and July in three intensive two-week long sessions. Classes are limited in size to ensure meaningful faculty interaction and in-depth dialogue amongst participants. The innovation and rigor inherent in these 10-day programs expand participants’ engagement with their materials of choice and lead to ways of creating which continue far beyond each program’s conclusion. Open to artists of all levels, courses are taught daily in-person or virtually in real-time from 9am – 6pm ET, excluding weekends.

Virtual Marathons

Virtual Marathons are an incredible opportunity for artists from around the world to experience the high caliber NYSS Marathons from their respective homes and studios. Taught in real-time through a combination of Zoom and Padlet, these courses bring the experiential learning, profound insights, and deep connections of in-person NYSS Marathons to participants via virtual means. Artists of all levels are welcome to join. Classes are limited in size to ensure maximum faculty interaction and one-on-one feedback throughout the duration of each Marathon.

Join us this summer on 8th Street or virtually from anywhere in the world to elevate your practice and connect with a community of dedicated artists.

Please email info@nyss.org with any questions.

Marathon Tuition

Summer Marathon – $1,800
Painting the Landscape at Old Westbury Gardens Marathon – $2,300*
*The higher cost for this Marathon reflects location fees and additional costs of transportation to and from Old Westbury.

Generous partial scholarships are available.

SUMMER 2024 MARATHONS

Session I: June 3 – June 14
Drawing Marathon – IN-PERSON: Portraiture and Presence with Linda Darling
Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Precipice of Drawing: the Avalanche of Color with Graham Nickson & Guests
Sculpture Marathon – IN-PERSON: Life-Sized Figure with Brandt Junceau

Session II: June 20 – July 3
Painting Marathon – IN-PERSON: Painting the Landscape at Old Westbury Gardens with Rachel Rickert & Visiting Critic Graham Nickson
Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Beyond the Image and into Abstraction with Fran O’Neill

Session III: July 8 – July 19
Painting Marathon – IN-PERSON: the Mask, the Wing, and the Mirror with Sam Levy, Kaitlin McDonough & Clintel Steed
Painting Marathon – VIRTUAL: Why Paint the Figure with Elisa Jensen

All levels are welcome. 

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NYSS Marathons occur throughout the year in January, June, July, and September in a two-week format. Five-day Intersession Marathons occur in March and November. Visit our Marathon page to learn more and view upcoming courses.

Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Precipice of Drawing: the Avalanche of Color with Graham Nickson & Guests

9am - 6pm ET

In this Marathon, participants internalize the importance of drawing as a basis for 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 and methods of working.

Drawing Marathon – IN-PERSON: Portraiture and Presence with Linda Darling

9am - 6pm ET

In this intensive two-week Marathon, we will engage in the practice of drawing for eight hours per day, a rare opportunity. The focus will be on portraiture broadly defined, and closely observing the unique features and character of the model. We will pay close attention to spatial qualities both within the forms, and in relationship to the geometry presented by the paper.

Sculpture Marathon – IN-PERSON: Life-Sized Figure with Brandt Junceau

9am - 6pm ET

The life-size figure is a touchstone of sculpture.  To make something one’s own size, standing like oneself, with every surface, every feature– a head, a face, a gaze like our own– that’s a peculiar proposition, unlike everything else mankind makes for itself.  It must have been very strange and intimidating the first time, in prehistory.  Done right, it continues to be.

Painting Marathon – IN-PERSON: Painting the Landscape at Old Westbury Gardens with Rachel Rickert & Visiting Critic Graham Nickson

9am - 6pm ET

Plein air landscape painting embodies the elements of working from perception, uniting the truth of the world and one’s personal truth of vision. Capturing the unique qualities of the landscape – the light, the vastness, the changeability – is a thrilling and challenging experience. In this two-week Painting Marathon, students will learn how to translate the entirety of the plein air experience, working directly from nature within the beautiful Old Westbury Gardens.

Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Beyond the Image and into Abstraction with Fran O’Neill

9am - 6pm ET

This Marathon will encourage students to step beyond the image into abstraction. Participants may begin with works that are based in landscape, still life and/or the figure with the idea that they will be stepping beyond the image as they know it; with the idea of pushing students past their threshold of what they might consider to be the final product, into potentially new arenas of the image that maybe more steps towards abstraction &/or steps towards being much more curious and playful with the direction

Painting Marathon – IN-PERSON: the Mask, the Wing, and the Mirror with Sam Levy, Kaitlin McDonough & Clintel Steed

9am - 6pm ET

Archetypes and symbols are access points used to mark transitions, to hold important ideas, and to dream new worlds into being. This Painting Marathon will ask participants to weave archetypal imagery from deep art historical works with symbols of personal relevance.

Painting Marathon – VIRTUAL: Why Paint the Figure with Elisa Jensen

9am - 6pm ET

This figure painting Marathon will explore in depth the development of figurative imagery in art. Focus will be on finding personal imagery and fully developing that imagery by working from life, from drawings, from the imagination and from memory. Sources will be drawings from the virtual model, the study of our own environment and transcription of specific masterworks, western and nonwestern, from ancient times to contemporary art.

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