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TriBeCa, Manhattan
111 Franklin St
Btwn W Broadway & Church St
New York, New York 10013
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Adam Cross

What you'll learn in this beginner drawing class:

This is a beginning class in drawing and painting designed for those with little or no artistic training. Weekly exercises will train the student to master the foundation skills needed to continue to more advanced courses. Exercises include value scales, sighting, construction, and still life. Classes begin with demonstrations of the exercises followed by one-on-one instruction. Students will also be given optional "homework" assignments that will expand on the material presented in class.

Students will leave class with everything they need to draw and paint.  


Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one? 
A: No, there are no makeup classes. Because art is taught with demonstrations and demonstrations are time consuming, if one person misses the class each week, the instructor would spend the first part of each class repeating the demonstration from last week before moving on to the next lesson, which isn't fair to the students who attended. That said, most of our classes are taught atelier style. If there is a demonstration during the particular session, after the demonstration, the instructor goes to each student to work with them on a one-on-one basis. During this time, the instructor can work with you if you missed the previous week to talk and explain what to do.

Q: Are materials provided and included in the cost of the class? 
A: Yes.

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100% refund will be issued up to seven days after the first class. After this, no refund will be issued.

Unfortunately, we do not offer makeup classes. The instructor can tell them what they missed. Most of our classes are taught atelier style. If there is a demonstration during the particular session, after the demonstration the instructor goes to each student to work with them on a one-to-one basis. During this time the instructor can work with the student who missed the previous week, talk with them and explain what to do.


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Reviews of Classes at New York Academy of Art

(55 Reviews)
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
Reviewed by Max M. on 8/13/2017
The class was amazing, I took it with Adam Cross. He did a great job teaching fundamental skills and critiquing our work. The class progresses quickly and you learn a lot each week so it's important to try not to miss any. I was thrilled with what I could do by the end of the class and will continue with painting afterward.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
Reviewed by Karin H. on 8/5/2017
This was the best class that I have ever had in art. I learned more than I have ever had. I just wish there were a follow up class that continues on with we have learned. Mark explained and demonstrated very well. I liked that they supplied what we needed but not that we were supposed to keep it. I am more interested in learning how to draw since that is more convenient to do than painting.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
Reviewed by lea s. on 4/26/2017
This was such an awesome class. I really looked forward to my Monday nights here. Adam Cross, the instructor, was phenomenal. He was an absolute expert on the matter, and provided constructive criticism, always in a kind manner, basically just giving you tips on how to improve and sharing ideas for things you can do to make your drawing or painting better. He made the class fun and interactive and was genuinely interested and passionate about teaching us art. I did not have prior experience coming into this class, and I didn't feel lost at all. Homework is given for those who want it, and I was pretty impressed with the drawings I could make by Week 4! I highly highly recommend this class for beginners. You will be stunned at the work you've produced by the end of it.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
Reviewed by chris F. on 8/16/2016
Adam Cross was quite an inspiring, knowledgable and inspired teacher. Easy to talk to, willing to answer any questions, wanting to get to know the students, and great at making the course enjoyable all the way through. This class does teach the fundamentals of drawing and leaves the student with a firm base to move forward with outside of class. I found myself focusing more on the drawing side of the course because all of the students problem solving can and should be done with the pencil. Especially as someone with little to no experience. Although, I did think being introduced to oil paints was fun, worthwhile and even an indispensable part of the course. But again, I think the student who wants to continue on should come with the intent of drawing much much more than oil painting upon finishing the class. This class did a great job of helping the artist mitigate drawing and painting anxiety, setting the student up to continue sighting from real life, still life drawing and painting, and gives a variety of exercises that can and should be used to continue to build upon your own foundation.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/24/2016
Clases was good, a little slow I feel it, I want more concept and more knowledge about the material. But the teacher was good.

School: New York Academy of Art

New York Academy of Art

At the New York Academy of Art, we believe that the world of visual art is built upon the essential cornerstones of figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture. Mastering these disciplines is critical to the development of an artist's personal vision and, ultimately, to the creation of vital contemporary...

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