Industry 101: Drawing From Life

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Industry 101 

Schedule: April 6th to May 4th Every Tuesday

We take health and safety seriously. We have limited our class to 8 students. Each student will have their own workspace 6 feet away from other artists. Masks will be worn at all times. 

Cost:$300 for 5 2hr sessions

This five week intensive workshop will allow high school-aged young people the opportunity and space to draw live models under the guidance and direction of professional artists. This is a terrific opportunity for young people who want to pursue art at the collegiate level.


Each student gains:

  • Four finished pieces of live models to enhance their portfolio. Over 15 process oriented pieces. Students will use various mediums to exercise and display a range of skill. 

  • The experience of college level instruction in an inspiring, professional setting.

  • 10 hours of guidance and instruction from professional artists with a background in college access. The majority of instruction is one on one, specific to each artist's work.  

  • A culminating gallery exhibit.

  • A creative network of supporters that are here to support them. 

*Please note models will be in nude form mirroring a college level illustration course. All students will learn the value of working with live models and the techniques used. A detailed syllabus and supply list will be provided to students upon acceptance. 

About The Mentor: 
Michael Gianakos is a multimedia artist from Queens New York who attended The School for Visual Arts in Manhattan. Michael’s work has been shown in the Industry gallery of Huntington, Resorts World Casino, and New York City’s prestigious New York Arts Club of Gramercy Park. Mr. Gianakos has also worked in education most of his adult life. For the past 15 years he has managed nonprofit programs which focus on bringing resources to and creating opportunities in under-served communities. In high school, Michael was granted an amazing opportunity to travel into New York City each week and participate in a drawing from life class. It would eventually be an addition to his portfolio that ensured his acceptance into SVA. The experience also prepared him for a college level art class, which is something he feels is necessary for all young students looking to make the transition.