For 27 years the Visual Arts Institute has provided art-making experiences in techniques and materials in a variety of disciplines to help students develop their portfolios!
Location: Visual Arts Bldg., Room 1018
This four-week precollege program offers a unique opportunity for students who have completed their freshman year of high school to work with practicing artists in a variety of media at Purchase College.
Led by a team of accomplished instructors, the Visual Arts Institute is a series of focused workshops designed to provide experience in technique and materials in a variety of disciplines.
This program is held in the college’s Visual Arts Building—160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. Our Visual Arts Building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.
All art materials are included; both new and returning students are welcome.
Each day, students attend master workshops and electives.
- Observational Drawing and Painting: Using pen and ink, charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic paint, investigate a variety of formal concerns—including the clothed figure, still life, and landscape.
Sculpture: Explore the process of creating art in three dimensions using wood, plastic, metal, clay/ceramics, and found materials. You will use basic woodworking power tools and will create a mold and cast multiples.
- Each day will begin with Student sign in and end with student sign out
- Students will be divided into two groups that rotate Master classes daily.
- The first part of each session includes warm up exercises and demos.
- A Studio Work Session will follow – each day will build upon the previous day’s materials and techniques to gradually explore a variety of artistic media.
- There will be a 45-minute lunch break
- Figure Drawing: Examine the human figure, analyzing the figure’s form and structure through the use of a variety of media, including charcoal, ink, conté crayon, and color. Male and female nude models are used for this workshop.
- Ceramics: Use clay as a sculptural medium and learn various techniques including slab building, modeling, and some mold making for clay.
- Printmaking (Monoprinting and Artist’s Book Workshop): Examine a variety of methods for creating monoprints and several book structures.
- Creating Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Learn the drawing and computer skills and the storytelling principles used in comics, film/video, and video games to storyboard and create compelling comic books and graphic novels.
*descriptions and electives subject to change
The Institute culminates with an exhibition of student work for family members and invited guests.
July 15–August 9
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,300 for the first registration
$2,070 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)
Select a first and second choice of electives on the registration form. Registration for electives is on a first-come, first served basis, so register early!
For a well-rounded summer, combine with Songwriting Workshop, eSports Apprentice - YouTube© Streamers and Gamers, and/or Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game. Discounts for enrolling in multiple programs.
Interested in Undergraduate Fine Arts Programs at Purchase College?
Check out the BFA programs in painting and drawing, sculpture, interdisciplinary visual arts, graphic design, and printmaking in the School of Art+Design.
About the Instructors
Tova Snyder (lead instructor - drawing/painting/figure drawing instructor) holds a BA in painting from Yale University and an MFA in painting from Temple University. She is a painter and muralist whose work has attracted international attention. Her designs won a commission from the MTA for a permanent faceted glass installation at the Harrison Metro-North train station. As a teaching artist, she has received the Westchester Arts Council Award for her outstanding achievement, leadership, and vision.
Sam Spillman (instructor - sculpture, ceramics) was born and raised in New York City to a sculptor and a painter. He received a BA from Warren Wilson College and expects his MFA from SUNY Purchase in May. Sam is an artist working in installation and sculpture. His installations investigate architecture’s role in mediating our interaction. He creates environments that embody collective anxiety and suspense through an exploration of psychological states in physical space.
Carl Potts (Creating Comic Books and Graphic Novels elective instructor) Carl is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has served on the editorial staff of Marvel Comics for 13 years. As executive editor, he was in charge of one third of the company’s publications. In 1994, he became editor-in-chief of two publishing divisions, including Epic, Marvel’s line of creator-owned titles. During the height of its publishing success, most of the X-Men titles were produced by talent Carl discovered and mentored, including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, and Larry Stroman. Carl is the author of The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.