The New School's founders sought to establish a "dynamic center of modern culture in which adults could learn to appreciate new art forms, or even become artists themselves." In the decades that followed, The New School has supported and been enriched by many modern pioneers of American fine arts, theater, and dance. This commitment to teaching and nurturing the creative arts has continued, and today The New School offers a wide range of courses in the arts for students at all levels. Visit the registration website for a list of current course offerings in visual and performing arts.
The New School's longstanding visual art program encompasses drawing and painting as well as topics that look into and beyond the realm of the studio. The classes are taught by working artists and provide students with expertise in a studio art practice. Although all New School for Public Engagement art courses are available to be taken in any order and individual instruction is stressed in each class, students who are interested in pursuing a recommended course of study are encouraged to follow the course order below:
- Beginning Drawing
- Beginning Painting
- Life Drawing
- Project Studio
Tuition does not include art supplies, which, if not stated in the course description, are discussed during the first session.
Since Berenice Abbott taught classes in the 1930s, The New School has been at the forefront of photography education and experimentation. The tradition continues in our current program of workshops and lectures taught by professional photographers. Most photography courses at The New School use technology-supported classrooms to review student work in digital formats. While traditional 35mm prints and slides are welcome, students should be aware that the Photography department does not maintain a darkroom for individual use.
Our faculty of working professionals brings talent and a variety of aesthetic viewpoints to a program designed to introduce novices to the art and craft of performing for theater, film, and television and to instruct trained performers in specialized skills.