For 30 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!
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 consists of focused workshops designed to provide experience in techniques and materials in the major disciplines.
Both new and returning students are welcome. The Institute culminates with a virtual exhibition of student work for family members and invited guests.
Each day, students attend master workshops:
Observational Drawing and Painting
Become familiar with the materials, techniques and methods of drawing and painting. Sharpen perceptual skills and critical judgment while building towards a portfolio of work that reflects your personal voice.
Explore the process of creating art in three dimensions using various materials.
Use a variety of art materials, techniques, and artistic approaches to obtain the basic skill of drawing the human form and to gain experience drawing from live nude models. Lessons will include fundamental exercises in gestures, proportion, anatomy, portraiture, long poses, and more.
Learn a variety of printmaking processes and create work that employs knowledge and understanding of printmaking techniques from a series of technical lessons. Learn the vocabulary and criteria to constructively articulate your artwork and gain an understanding of the history and role of printmaking within the larger art world.
Soft Sculpture: From Wearables to Experimental Sewing
Learn the technical competency needed to create two and three-dimensional soft sculptures or wearables. Study a variety of hand sewing techniques such as embroidery, appliqué, and quilt piecing. Methods of applying these techniques to sculptural forms will be explored, as well as skill building exercises like simple internal armature construction, stuffing, and basic pattern drafting.
- Students will be divided into 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.
- After lunch, participants will go their assigned elective.
On-Campus Program Details
YTH 9000 / Visual Arts Institute
Sessions II and III: July 11 – August 5
Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3:30 pm (20 sessions)
$2,300 for the first registration
$2,070 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (paid in full by May 6, 2022)