National Academy School Of Fine Arts

When the Academy was founded, there were few public art galleries and no art schools in New York. The school's first classes in 1826 were located in the Old Alms House at City Hall Park. During its early years of operation, groups of young artists met with established professionals to draw from casts. Classes averaged about twenty-five pupils, but in later years that number doubled. A portion of the original educational program was devoted to lectures given by such distinguished men as William Cullen Bryant, Gulian C. Verplanck, and Alexander Jackson Davis, on topics that included anatomy, perspective, ancient history, architecture, and mythology.

In 1837, the Academy added a Life School to its curriculum for advanced male students. A life class for women, however, was not instituted until 1857, even though women had always been allowed membership in the Academy and were relatively frequent contributors to its annual exhibitions. As early as 1831, in fact, the Council had opened the School of the Antique "for a class of ladies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 12 to 3 o'clock." Classes for women were held sporad... [ Read All ]

New York

United States

Address:
5 East 89th Street
NY 10128
Phone: 212.996.1908
Website: http://www.nationalacadem


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Location and Getting there

The School is located at 5 East 89th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. It is across the street from Central Park and within walking distance from the city's most important museums. The School consists of six air-conditioned, sky-lit studios, considered among the finest in New York because of their exceptional north light. There are two painting studios, two drawing studios, a printmaking studio, and a sculpture studio. There is also a large lecture room, a locker room, and a student lounge, used also for exhibitions.

Public transportation is available via the 86th Street and 96th Street cross-town buses; the Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, and Lexington Avenue buses; and the Lexington Avenue subway (4,5 or 6 lines).

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Academic Staff and Description

The Faculty of the School of Fine Arts comprises some of the finest, most dedicated artists working in New York City. All are accomplished professionals with extensive experience. Many faculty members are themselves former students of the Academy, and several have been elected to the Academy's honorary association of artists.

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Academic Staff Art Work (10)

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Information For  Undergraduates

It is only by spending as much time as possible in the studio that students develop the necessary skills, which, combined with individual creativity, lead to genuine artistic expression. The studio experience is augmented by lectures, seminars, critiques, workshops, and visits to museums and artists' studios. In fair weather landscape sessions are held outdoors in Central Park and other locations throughout the city.

In general, full time classes meet five days a week in three-hour sessions. Instructors attend full time classes two days a week to give instruction and criticism. The instructor is present one day per week for classes that meet three times or less per week. In most classes, instruction is given on an individual basis. Monitors are available to supervise and help when the instructor is absent.

In general, class limits will be strictly adhered to as listed in the catalogue, unless a faculty member, in concert with the School Director, wishes to accommodate additional students in the class.

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Information For  International Students

International Students
The National Academy School is authorized under federal law to enroll non immigrant foreign nationals in the certificate program. For information about the requirements please contact the school office, or click here for the Foreign Student Handbook.

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Student Facilities

The School consists of six air-conditioned, sky-lit studios, considered among the finest in New York because of their exceptional north light. There are two painting studios, two drawing studios, a printmaking studio, and a sculpture studio. There is also a large lecture room, a locker room, and a student lounge, used also for exhibitions.
 


Student Support

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Scholarships
Scholarships are made possible by bequests, endowments, and annual gifts from Academy members, Friends of the Academy, Foundations, and alumni. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and need. For more information on scholarships, please click here.

Prizes
Prizes are awarded during the year, at the mid year and the year end student exhibitions.

Class Monitors
When there are at least eight students in a class, a monitor is chosen by the instructor and School Director to assist the instructor and oversee the class when the instructor is not present. Monitors are directly responsible to the instructor and the school office. Monitors have a list of duties set forth by the school. In addition to the duties particular to each class, it is required that monitors take attendance at each class meeting and ensure that only registered students attend. Monitors are also responsible for handling students' requests and acting as liaison between students, faculty and the school office. The monitors' services are performed in exchange for tuition.

Work-Study
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How To Apply

All serious students are eligible to take classes. Previous training is not a prerequisite for most classes. Unless otherwise noted students may enroll in any class of their choosing. Students may request guidance in the selection of courses by contacting the school office or an instructor. Students who wish to receive a Certificate of completion must discuss the prerequisites with the School Director. The school does not grant degrees.

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