Category Archives: Marathons

Marathon Students on the High Line

The September High Line Marathon has quickly become a favorite session at the school.  The Park affords striking views of the Hudson River, Chelsea architecture, and the streets below.  Students work in various media, graphite, charcoal, and watercolor, directly from their experiences in the park.  Then, in the ateliers on 8th Street, students explore spatial and conceptual ideas from their experiences in the park.  Jim Plunkett and Joe Santore are the instructors.  To find out more about the course, click the link HERE.

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Upcoming Events in September

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It promises to be a busy Fall 2012 at the New York Studio School.  Below, find a quick list of upcoming dates for September.

September 4th, Fall Drawing & Sculpting Marathons begin in the ateliers and studios on 8th Street and at the High Line.

September 6th, Fran O’Neill: Recent Work opens in the Main Gallery.  The reception will run from 6-8 PM.  Be sure to stop in and see Fran’s powerful and colorful new works.

September 6th, Evening & Saturday Course Info Session, 6:30- 7 PM in the Student Gallery.  Are you interested in taking courses in drawing, painting, or sculpture but just can’t seem to find the time?  Check out our evening and weekend offerings beginning in late September, and stop by our informal info session to learn more.  Walk ins welcome, but if you can, please RSVP to Case Jernigan,

September 17th, Evening & Saturday Courses Begin.

September 28, 29, 30, DUMBO Arts Festival, The New York Studio School’s DUMBO sculpture studio, a space for resident artists and advanced sculpture students, will be listed as an ‘open studio’ for the event.  Be sure to stop in and see the work!

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1918… The First Marathon?

In 1918, a case can be made for the original ‘Marathons’ at 8th Street.  Twenty painters drew numbers, turned up at 8 West 8th Street and were given canvasses of different sizes, depending on the number they drew, and were instructed to paint pictures on the spot from memory without sitters or models over three days.  This experiment was called “Indigenous Exhibition,” and it must have been a success, because a version for sculptors occurred later in the same year.

This intense dedication to time in the studio became the standard for the original class of New York Studio School students in 1964.  They claimed that they had spent more time drawing in their first two weeks at the loft on Broadway than they had in entire semesters or years at other institutions.

And so the cycle continues, and a new series of Marathons begin in a  little over a week.  It’s not too late to sign up, so check out the offerings today: Marathons Fall 2012.

The images are from the  The Whitney Studio Ceiling. University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2011.

1. The Whitney Studio 1920’s by Peggy Bacon. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. B.H. Friedman. Trade Cloth, 1978.

2. Model for War Monument, Springfield. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Papers, Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

3. Whitney Museum 1931. Archives of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

4. New York Studio School 1980. Archives of the New York Studio School.

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The Marathon in Pictures

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There is a stillness around the Studio School.  Summer Marathons and intensives are over, yet it is not quite time for the Fall busy season.  MFA II students have just received their private studio placements, and they are beginning to make their spaces feel permanent; tacking drawings onto the walls, laying out large glass palettes, adjusting easels and starting to get to work.

Marathons begin on September 4 in a little less than three weeks.   Graham will be teaching his figurative based drawing marathon, Carole Robb will be leading students in a plein air based investigation of the High Line, and Garth Evans will be taking charge of the Sculpture marathon.  Our guest instructors this fall are Alan Feltus and Lorna Ritz.  If you haven’t checked out the offerings, be sure to look here.

Attached see a slideshow from Marathons past and sign up now!

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