Founded in 1875, The Art Students League has been a prominent player in the world of American fine arts ever since. An atelier-style school, it offers drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking classes (and that’s not naming all of them).
Even if you’ve never picked up a pencil or a paintbrush in your life, go ahead and try out a class! There are no prerequisites for enrollment. In each class you will find people of all different ages and skill levels, which is what makes the League so wonderful. I have been taking a drawing class for the past few months and I love it. Everyone is doing their own thing and minding their own business, making the atmosphere extremely relaxed.
If you’ll be in New York for an extended period of time I recommend signing up for a series of classes (you can drop in at any point in the month). If you’re here for only a few days, keep an eye out for workshops, lectures, and exhibitions. (To find out what events are coming up, click here). Also, the League has an extremely well stocked art supplies store if you need anything!
*The picture shows a painting demonstration by Gregg Kreutz.