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The Art Students League…Finally

After attending last year’s Affordable Art Fair where The Art Students League had a booth, and after hearing about the generations of New York artists who’ve been members at “The League”, and after lots of talk and no action, I finnnnnalllllly pulled the trigger and signed up for the Drawing with Color art class twice a week.

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To refresh your memory, The Art Students League is a studio style art school where classes are continually held throughout the year and students pay monthly. You merely come into class once you’ve started paying, rather than having a formal beginning to a class or semester structure. I believe the summer may be its own session but otherwise, we keep rolling.

The teacher is not present every class so students work independently. There are also additional weekly studio hours that students can attend to draw or paint from models.

The first day, admittedly, was kind of weird. It wasn’t the day the teacher was there and a lot of people were clearly continuing on their own independent projects. I did some sketches for the 2017 Spring Collection but without any other guidance and not my full panoply of supplies, I ducked out a bit early.
Yesterday the teacher was there and I also brought a lot more paints, canvases and such to work with. Again, it was basically independent study with everyone working on whatever they had brought. The teacher was outgoing and walked around giving advice and opinions on the work.

Definitely not your typical art class but I can see I’m going to get a lot of work done and I appreciate his insights and feedback.

Fun stuff!

Affordable Art Fair brochure

NYC Affordable Art Fair

A few weeks ago, I attended New York’s Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in what I guess is Chelsea on W. 18th St. (I haven’t yet nailed down the boundaries of all the various NYC neighborhoods.)

I trucked down there, paid my $20 admission fee, and spent a few hours wandering around the galleries showcased within. While there were many art pieces that I loved, I can’t really say that the curators’ idea of “affordable” art and mine were in line.

They tout the exhibit as having art from $100-$10,000, with half priced at $5,000 or less. This may have all been true, but I don’t really think of $4,999 as affordable. Less expensive, maybe. But not affordable. Maybe the better question is, affordable to whom? I only counted a handful of artworks under $500.

But oh well. The affordability of the works didn’t deter me from swooning over some beautifully large animal portraits or giant abstract flowers in oil and acrylic.

Affordable Art Fair brochure
Affordable Art Fair brochure

What also caught my eye was that one of the booths exhibited works from the Art Students League that is a collective-like school just around the corner from us on W. 57th. I have been eyeing to join ever since my mom told me about it, but I haven’t done so yet because of the time commitment to become a member. You pay to be a full-time or part-time member, going to classes 2-5 days a week. And it’s open to anyone of any level which is very cool.

I would go to the Affordable Art Fair again next year, better prepared for what to expect. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go as part of an exhibit, rather than as a shopper!