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Visionary Studios: Saturday Art Workshop

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Visionary Studios: Saturday Art Workshop

Visionary Studio: Saturday Art Workshop is a 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!

Applications open December 13th, 2019
Deadline: January 30th, 2020

Questions: Ellen Colcord,


Visionary Studios Spring 2020 Themes 

Design Beyond the Binary: What is inclusive design and how can we move towards a non-gendered society?

We are all familiar with the ways that clothing, consumer products, buildings and interiors, and styles are designed to cater to either men or women. This class asks students to consider how artists and designers can reimagine products, spaces, and aesthetics to move beyond the gender binary. From fashion, marketing, industrial design and product design we will look at how artists and designers are pushing back against gendered assumptions about identity and how we dress, work, and play. Students will work in a wide variety of media including drawing, painting, digital design, and sculpture to imagine and create designs for new ways of living and being outside of the expectations of the gender binary.

The Art of Appropriation: What are the possibilities and politics of borrowing? 

Artists have always borrowed from other artists and worked with ideas and images from the past. But when does borrowing become more problematic in art as well as in the larger context of a global, interconnected world? This class will explore how cultural exchange and cultural appropriation are different forces that are at work in the artworld, and in consumer culture and cultural trends today such as fashion, product design, and social media. Students will use different graphic and visual media to share their own experiences of culture and cultural appropriation while investigating how artists respond to and critique the ways that culture is represented, borrowed, and appropriated today.  

Identity in the Digital Age: How does technology impact the ways we represent the self?

How we use and utilize technology has a powerful influence on how we communicate and connect with others. Now more than ever, through diverse social media and communication platforms, we can alter and re-present how we want others to view us and our lives. Artists have been involved in using technology to comment on the changing nature of representation and identity, as well as to critique how social media is influencing personal representation and notions of the self. This unit will use a variety of digital and studio art media to explore how the digital age affects multiple aspects of our lives including how we present ourselves, form and value relationships with others, and process media information. 

Reimagining NYC: How can radical imagination help us re-envision an inclusive city?

The buildings, freeways, parks, waterways and even public art of New York City all represent the ideas and interests of particular people throughout history - those with power and those who have resisted that power. Artists are also part of the story of New York City - creating images of the places and landscapes we know, but also working with communities to resist forces of development, gentrification and displacement. Using photography, collage, drawing and other visual research strategies, students in this class will explore the history of New York City and use radical forms of imagination to propose new landscapes and possibilities for the city and its many communities.


Schedule Notes: 

Classes will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM on the following 9 Saturdays: 

March 21, 28
April 4, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The exhibition reception and closing will be held on: Saturday, May 30, 2020.  

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Each year Visionary Studios: Saturday Workshop classes explore current issues and timely social themes. Find out more about past themes and see examples of student artwork and final exhibitions on our program blog