Drawing for Absolute Beginners (four hours, discounted introductory class available)

Employing a technique that dates back to the days of the Renaissance art academy, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to accurately draw what you see in four basic lessons—even if you have little or no experience. I guarantee you’ll be amazed by what you achieve after only one class!

Finesse Your Drawing Skills: Facial Features (six hours)

Each one-hour session focuses on the fine points of rendering one specific facial feature: Session One, eyes; Session Two, ears; Session Three, the nose; Sessions Four and Five, the mouth; Session Six, the neck. Includes a thorough discussion of the underlying anatomy of each, common mistakes many artists make, and how to avoid drawing based on preconceived ideas.

Exercises in Art (one hour)

Each week, participants are given an assignment geared toward improving their technique, expanding their creativity, or stepping outside their comfort zone. The class consists of three sections: an open critique of students’ independent work, a review of the responses to the previous week’s assignment, and, time permitting, a quick sketching segment.

Private Drawing or Painting Instruction Available

THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR--as featured in Time Out New York!

This entertaining and informative seminar offers mini-versions of the essential courses included in the typical art major. Learn art history and art appreciation, try hands-on drawing exercises that demonstrate the thought processes and techniques behind making a piece of art, and discuss developing creativity. View more than 250 works of art as you cover everything from art technique, to how to look at art, to the history of Western art and exploring the essence of creativity. No previous art experience needed!


What to Look For When You Look at Art (two- and six-hour versions available)

Learn the basic principles of how to approach, analyze, and appreciate great works of art the way an artist would. Included are discussions on viewing art as both a physical object and the expression of an idea, art in the context of its time, and the elements of composition. An abbreviated version of this lecture is included in The Six-Hour Art Major.

Western Art History: The Big Picture (two hours)

Not just another “art’s greatest hits”, full of dates and “isms”, this lively, informative talk traces the development of Western art from its very beginnings 100,000 years ago to the advent of modern art. Special emphasis is placed on the various purposes art has served throughout the ages, and the auspices under which it was made. An abbreviated version of this lecture is included in The Six-Hour Art Major.

Before and After the Renaissance (three- and five-hour versions available)

Discover the sometimes surprising origins of the art movement that gave the world some of its most recognizable masterpieces, such as da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel—many of which are entirely unrelated to art. This concise, informative lecture also discusses the late work of Michelangelo and Raphael, and how their contributions to the Mannerist movement of the 16th century helped bring the Renaissance to an end.

Florence: Birthplace of the Renaissance (one hour)

Google "Florence, Italy," and you're bound to come across the phrase "Birthplace of the Renaissance." Take a historical art tour of one of the world's most beautiful cities, starting with the Etruscans who gave the region of Tuscany its name, and view the many art treasures on display there.

West Meets East—An Introduction to Chinese Art (two hours)

Even art enthusiasts often know very little about the art of this important civilization. Discover treasures of Chinese art, the history and philosophies behind its creation, and the frequently compelling personal stories of the artists who created it. Special focus on the culture’s unique artforms.

Elizabeth I: Portraits as Propaganda (45 minutes)

Elizabeth Tudor ascended the English throne at the age of 24, despite the near-impossible odds stacked against her. A woman surrounded by hostile male sovereigns, she became adept at using her gender and marriageability to her advantage. This talk covers the role Elizabeth’s royal portraits played in crafting her image, and in communicating messages about her place, and England’s, on the world stage.

“The Place Of the Muses”: A Brief History of the Museum (one- or two-hour version available)

It would seem as though museums have always been around, but in truth, they’re a fairly recent phenomenon. Beginning with the early proto-museums of the Renaissance, this compact yet comprehensive discussion traces the development of public art institutions, from the “wonder rooms” of the Age of Exploration up through modern times—including the discovery of ancient world’s only known museum in 6th-century BC Mesopotamia.

Seeing Things Our Way: Art as Propaganda (one-, two-, five-, and eight-hour versions available)

Visual art has been employed as propaganda since the days of the early Greeks, often in works that few people now would suspect were intended as such. Learn about how one ruler’s desire to legitimize his position helped to kick-start the Renaissance, and American art’s possible role in the Cold War of the 1950s. Special emphasis is placed on the cataclysmic events of the 20th century, and its demand for art capable of mobilizing multitudes—to fight, to survive, to obey.

Why Warhol? (3 hours)

Andy Warhol, one of the rare artists to achieve “household name” status, and the scene that developed around him remain a subject of enormous fascination. And yet, why he’s ranked among the most important artists of the 20th century remains a mystery for many people. The answer lies in his almost clairvoyant understanding of American culture and attitudes, playing out in full force more than fifty years after he proclaimed that canned soup could be art.