Saturday Art Workshop

Saturday Art Workshop

The Spring 2019 application is now closed.

Visionary Studio: Saturday Art Workshop
 is an 9-week program that allows students to infuse issues of social justice into a dynamic art-making practice. From 10am-12pm, Saturday mornings, teens explore one of four significant social themes (i.e. imagining the human body, activism in visual art, climate change, etc.) and draw upon 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 Visionary Studio: Saturday Art Workshop. 

Classes are free and open to students with all levels of art experience!

Spring 2019 Schedule

This program is an 9-Saturday commitment, from 10am-12pm,  on the following dates:

March 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25

Exhibition Details:

  • Final Session & Exhibition Installation, Saturday, May 25 (Memorial Day weekend.)
  • Closing Reception & De-installation: Saturday, June 1.
Visionary Studio: Saturday Art Workshop Themes

Stop! Don’t Shoot! What role can art play in changing policies about gun control?
The United States has a complicated relationship with guns that has become a focus of heated debate. The U.S has the highest rate of homicide in the “developed world,” due in part to easy access to a wide range of firearms. Gun ownership is considered a constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment but mass shootings in elementary and high schools, concert venues, bars, and houses of worship are happening with increasing frequency. In 2017 the U.S. experienced a total of 346 mass shootings and 2018 numbers will likely remain as high. Artists throughout history have depicted the gun as both a fetishized object and a deadly weapon. Today, many artists are using their creative practices to participate in the debate around access to guns and the increase in gun violence. Students in this class will examine these debates connecting the work of artists with student movements and public dialogue about how and why gun violence is part of our society. The class will use art as a social justice “weapon” to change public perception and mobilize change in public policy.

Breaking the Silence on Gender Violence: How can art contribute to the #MeToo movement?
Throughout the world women and girls face countless acts of violence in their homes and at work. Gender-based violence is often dismissed as a family affair in relation to domestic violence, overlooked as simply a lie or misunderstanding in the workplace, excused as an example of cultural differences, or described as an inevitable aspect of war and conflict. The #MeToo movement has galvanized women and men in the U.S. to speak out against sexual harassment and in many communities, educators and students are developing curriculum to address gender violence in middle and high school classrooms. Artists have also contributed to this movement by commenting on unequal and often violent relations between men and women and creating work that seeks to open conversation about the socialized expectations for and power dynamics involved in gender identity. Some artists use their work to empower the victims of gender violence to speak up and take action against their oppressors, while others direct their work towards those who have perpetrated violence against others. In this class students will use a range of visual media to explore historic precedents for gender roles and conflict, make connections to the contemporary #MeToo movement, and envision new contributions to the unfolding story of gender inequity and violence.

Border Crossers: How can artists contribute to the debate about immigration?

Today, the increasing numbers of people moving from their home countries to seek a better life has led to intense global debates about migration and borders, especially about undocumented immigrants. The U.S has a long history of immigration and restrictive immigration policies that have largely been based on discrimination. Starting with the arrival of European colonists in 1592, the U.S. has been populated by people arriving from across the world, displacing the indigenous people who are the original inhabitants. Immigration from Mexico and Central America has been viewed as a major domestic problem and yet our economy and daily lives rely on immigrant labor who work on farms, in restaurants, hotels and many other service industries. The recent caravan of immigrants from Central America is directly connected to U.S. foreign policies that have created instability in those countries and forced people to flee unsafe neighborhoods, lack of food and jobs. Many artists use art not just to reflect on or represent the topic of immigration, but to intervene in the realities and events unfolding around the country. Their work opens up dialogue about this issue with the hope of changing the story and public policy. Students will explore how art can create counter stories that humanize our understanding of immigration using a wide range of media, materials, and creative strategies.

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


Ellen Colcord

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