Schedule

Classes fill up, call or email to reserve a spot!
* All classes and workshops are open to people of all experience levels unless otherwise noted

Weekly Class Schedule

* All weekly classes are taught by Michael O’Keefe

Tuesday

  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Figure Drawing

Thursday

  • 12:00 – 3:00 pm | Figure Drawing

Friday

  • 9:15 – 12:00 pm | Open Class

Figure Drawing:

Participants will work from live models, exploring various materials and techniques while developing an understanding of foundational drawing ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Figure Drawing classes are based on the notion that working observationally with the human figure is a great way for one to develop a comprehensive understanding of the language of drawing and is an exciting way for one to engage with one’s creative impulses and artistic desires. All levels are welcome!

Open Class:

Participants will work in any medium, engage with any type of content, work in any scale and explore any and all ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Open classes are intended to allow students to pursue personal 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional interests while deepening their understanding of the general language of these forms. All levels are welcome!

Upcoming Workshops, Lectures, Programs

 

Observation-based painting classes:

Still Life Painting, Figure Painting, “Copy a Master Painting”

Instructor: Emily LaCour

In Emily’s painting classes, participants will learn the following:
* basic to advanced painting materials and techniques
* identifying colors in nature and mixing those colors on the palette
* how to find / build a compelling composition
* strategies for finding a personal voice without denying influence
* strategies for moving from observation into abstraction
FALL 2019
Session 1: Still Life
Paint simple, everyday objects, as a means to develop a sense of drawing, color, space, form, light, etc. Learn how to extract a dynamic and artful composition and learn how to create unity, balance and symbolic meaning in a painting made from a pile of mundane objects.
Sunday, September 8th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, September 15th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, September 22th, 12:30-4:30
Session 2: Figure Painting
Paint from the model, studying the color, light, form, space, value, structure, etc. of a figure in space. This is a terrific way to develop your ability to see complex relationships and translate them into the language of painting!
Sunday, October 6th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, October 13th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, October 20th, 12:30-4:30
Session 3:Transcribe a Painting
Make an interpretive, analytical, well-observed copy of a painting you want to learn from. Emily will help you see the many layers of the work you choose to copy; the color choices, the composition, the sensibility… so that you can can find a stronger sense of your artistic self!
Sunday, November 3rd, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, November 10th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, November 17th, 12:30-4:30
COST
Each session: $150
All three fall sessions: $405
Cost does not include materials; for each session participants will be given a materials list in advance.
Participants can expect to develop a strong painting in each 9hr session. Each session will inform the next session, but it is not necessary to take all three.
SPRING 2020
Session 1: Still Life
Paint simple, everyday objects, as a means to develop a sense of drawing, color, space, form, light, etc. Learn how to extract a dynamic and artful composition and learn how to create unity, balance and symbolic meaning in a painting made from a pile of mundane objects.
Sunday,January 12th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, January 19th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, January 26th, 12:30-4:30
Session 2: Figure Painting
Paint from the model, studying the color, light, form, space, value, structure, etc. of a figure in space. This is a terrific way to develop your ability to see complex relationships and translate them into the language of painting!
Sunday, February 9th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, February 16th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, February 23rd, 12:30-4:30
Session 3:Transcribe a Painting
Make an interpretive, analytical, well-observed copy of a painting you want to learn from. Emily will help you see the many layers of the work you choose to copy; the color choices, the composition, the sensibility… so that you can can find a stronger sense of your artistic self!
Sunday, March 22nd, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, March 29th, 12:30-4:30
Sunday, April 5th, 12:30-4:30
COST
Each session: $150
All three spring sessions: $405
Cost does not include materials; for each session participants will be given a materials list in advance.
Participants can expect to develop a strong painting in each 9hr session. Each session will inform the next session, but it is not necessary to take all three.

Art Tours

 

New York Art Tour

April 11 – April 14, 2019

TOUR COST: $1,435
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy hotel accommodations, with a minimum of 6 paying participants and maximum of 8 paying participants.

Take a closer look at one of the worlds best art cities with artist Michael O’Keefe.

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $425
This is an additional fee for those that choose a single occupancy room.

EXAMPLES OF TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Listen to Michael share many insights into the great works of art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a museum that Michael has literally spent hundreds of hours in. Michael will discuss works from the Greek and Roman collection, selections from the Asian wing, selections from the Egyptian wing, selections from the Medieval galleries, the amazing Rembrandt, Titian, El Greco, Goya, Degas, Manet paintings.
Visit MOMA and gain a better understanding of what Modernism was all about in the first half of the 20th century, and learn what changed in the second half of the 20th century.
Visit The Cloisters, a magical and often forgotten about museum dedicated to medieval art and architecture.
Visit the studio of a NYC artist (artist yet to be determined).
Find treasures in The Frick Collection and at The Morgan Library.
Consider current works in various contemporary galleries.
Every day will take shape around personalized arts experiences, driven by Michael’s unique passion for and knowledge of art.

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double occupancy with double bed (for couples), double occupancy with two single beds (share a room with a friend), or single occupancy (add $425 to tour cost). If desired, we will help pair you with a roommate.

ACTIVITY LEVEL: This tour is an active 72 hours, with lots of walking, climbing and descending stairs, riding buses and cabs, and standing in front of works of art. There will never be more than three hours of activity in-between breaks.

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT: An initial deposit of $750 per paying participant is required to guarantee participation in the program. We accept check, Visa or MasterCard. A one time $20 processing fee will be added for anyone paying with credit card. Final payment will be due February 1st, 2019. Registration will be accepted beyond this date on a space-available basis with payment in full.

CANCELATIONS AND REFUNDS: In the event of a cancelation before March 1st, there is a non-refundable administration fee of $300 per person. In the event of a cancelation after March 1st there is a non-refundable administration fee of $650. Travel cancelation, baggage, and medical insurance are strongly recommended. Last minute cancelations caused by weather, airline issues or calamity will not be exempt from the terms of the cancelation policy.

SUGGESTED ARRIVAL: Participants are encouraged to fly into Laguardia Airport, arriving midday on Thursday, for instance on the American Airlines flight arriving at LGA at 11:03am. Tour activities will begin Thursday afternoon, starting with a lunchtime meeting at Sarabeth’s (below the hotel) at 1:00pm. Participants will be encouraged to leave their bags at the hotel in the secure luggage storage while the group begins the tour.

TOUR PRICE INCLUSIONS:
Accommodations at the Hotel Wales, April 11th, 12th and 13th, check-in April 11th after 3pm, check out 11am on April 14th; three days of Michael leading participants through museums, galleries and to the studio of a NYC based artist, including admission fees to all museums on the itinerary (The specific daily itinerary will take shape in the weeks leading up to March 1st and will be based on special shows and availability of special activities); one special group meal with wine; a special drawing sessions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; planned and impromptu lectures and discussions on certain works of art; a Metro Card with adequate funds for transportation to and from the events of the tour; all participants will receive guidance on the best way to get from the airport to the hotel.

TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS:
Airfare; airline taxes and fuel surcharges; transport expenses from the airport to the hotel; the cost of all meals with the exception of the one special meal mentioned above; additional excursions not on the itinerary; any travel plans before April 11th and after April 14th, 2019; gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff.

FLIGHTS: Airfare is not included in the tour price. Participants are responsible for all aspects of their air arrangements and for transport to and from the airport. Participants should plan to fly into and out of Laguardia airport, an easy 20 minute taxi ride to or from Hotel Wales.

GENERAL ITINERARY:
(The specific itinerary will take shape in the weeks leading up to March 1st, at which point a firm/detailed itinerary will be announced, and will be based on special shows and availability of special activities)
Thursday, April 11th:
1:00pm Lunch/tea meeting at Sarabeth’s
2:30pm – 5:30pm Tour activities
Friday, April 12th:
9:30am – 3:30pm tour activities, lunch on the go
3:30pm – 6:30pm dinner and rest break, Hotel Wales neighborhood
6:30pm – 9:00pm Evening tour at The Met
Saturday, April 13th:
9:30am – 5:30pm Tour activities
6:00pm – 8:00pm Group Dinner
8:00 – 9:00pm After dinner walk at the Met
Sunday, April 14th:
9:30am – 12:00pm Tour activities