Visionary Studio - Art Education

Saturday Art Workshop

Visionary Studio: Saturday Art Workshop is an 8-week program that combines the excitement of creating art with issues in social justice. Saturday mornings, from 10am-12pm, teens research one of four significant social themes (such as imagining the human body, street art, power and the symbol of the fist, and the water crisis) and discover a rich array of innovative, multidisciplinary approaches through which they can visually express their ideas.

Classes are taught by teams of graduate students completing their Certification in Art Education program at New York University. Together, students and teachers consider ways in which artists can and do influence society, and experiment with techniques that include drawing, painting, printmaking, video, photography, 3-dimensional media, and installation. These workshops challenge students to think outside of traditional artistic media and explore how artistic boundaries and influence can be stretched to include what has historically been excluded. As part of the program students participate in a final exhibition inviting a wide audience of parents, friends, teachers, and NYU faculty, to see their work.

High School students do not need a portfolio to apply to the Saturday Art Workshop - classes are free-of-charge, and open to students with all levels of art experience!

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Fall 2015 Visionary Studio Themes:
Saturday Art Workshop Curriculum

Going Home 
The idea of home has inspired a range of imaginative and playful works by artists across the globe. Exploring how artists have engaged with this theme in different contexts—from mobile homes and beach houses to haunted houses and broken homes—Going Home explores our complex relationships with the idea of home, and the equally complex responses in which gender, race, class, location and status overlap, and that through these relationships we turn a specific place into a home. Through an examination of the questions: “How does contemporary art address the idea of home? How do artists working today reveal and question commonly held assumptions about land, home, exile, and migration?”, students will address their own ideas of home, making work employing a wide range of materials and media.

Farm to Table
Food is a basic human need and right. While we used to produce our own food, we now rarely see how our food reaches our plates. From cafeterias to five star restaurants, what are the issues that influence where food comes from, how it is produced and who eats it? Many artists today are looking at food production and consumption in order to propose alternative systems for generating, sharing, and representing food, as well as, as a means to promote awareness, diplomacy or communication between adverse groups of people. Other artists are using art as a means to research and raise awareness about the food we eat, and challenge gender stereotypes and eating disorders. In this class, students will have the opportunity to find out about a wide range of artistic projects related to food and food issues, and make work that explores the intersections between food issues, social awareness, and art.

A Matter of Time
Repeat, fast-forward, rewind, pause, recycle, live, delay: these terms are part of the language we use to describe how temporality is manipulated in the contemporary world. Recent technological advances facilitate an unprecedented alteration, compression, and extension of time. These new possibilities coexist with a vision of history as fractured, contradictory, and subject to multiple interpretations. The work of contemporary artists examined in this unit explores some of the tensions embedded in recent experiences of time. These experiences include watching time pass; marking, suspending, condensing, or elongating its flow; developing narratives based on cyclical, organic, or illogical models of time; addressing history through the memory of oppressions, displacements, and alienation; and considering how the past infects the present. Centered around the question, “How do artists evoke and transform time in their work?”, students will make their own time based work in this unit, employing relevant strategies to question its history, passage, duration, or logic.

Fall 2015 Schedule

This program is an 8-Saturday commitment on the following dates:

October - 24, 31
November - 7, 14, 21
December - 5, 12, 19


Plus:  Sunday, December 20 (Exhibition Reception)

Note: No class over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

Exhibition Details:

  • Installation, Saturday, December 19
  • Reception, Sunday, December 20
  • De-Installation, Sunday, December 20
Application Procedure

NOTE: Applications for Fall 2016 will be accepted at the end of the summer.

You will be emailed with a confirmation of your acceptance and workshop choice, as well as directions and information about the first day.

More Information

For more information, please contact Art + Education Faculty, Jessica Hamlin at