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From Figures to Abstraction

Explore the transition from reality to abstraction in this dynamic art course at the prestigious New York School of the Arts. Through a series of engaging exercises, you'll learn how to use color, composition, and various artistic mediums to create original and conceptually sound works of art. Discover the possibilities of drawing and painting, and unleash your artistic potential.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $430
  • Location 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY
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  • $430
  • New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St
    2nd Floor, New York, NY 10065
  • Price includes $50 registration fee.
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this figure drawing class:

This class will look at and analyze how to go from the real world of observation into abstraction using some simple exercises.

Starting with basic drawing and working into painting (acrylics preferred) we will also explore materials and their unique possibilities to add to the project.

Taking into account color and composition we will work to produce original works while maintaining a solid conceptual basis for the work.


  • Drawing utensils (charcoal, variety of pencils)
  • Painting: a set of acrylics
  • A selection of brushes
  • Paper and/or canvas

As the course progresses gels and mediums will be added as needed.

School Notes:

Please note, New York School of the Arts charges a $50 one-time registration fee for students who are new to their school. This is automatically added to the cost of your enrollment (and already included in the price listed on this course). If you are a returning student to NYSA, please let us know and we will refund you $50.

Refund Policy

Class Cancellation:

Classes and workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students required for a session is not met. Notification will be sent to registered students five days before the class is scheduled to begin.


To receive a refund, you must notify us in writing at [email protected]. There is a $20 administrative fee for each refund.

  • In order to receive a full refund, students must withdraw from a class or workshop fourteen (14) business days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students withdrawing from a class and workshop during the week before the beginning of the quarter will receive a 70% refund as school credit if within fourteen (14) business days of the start of the class.
  • No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation and no refunds will be made after a workshop begins.
  • Ceasing to attend class without notifying the school does not constitute withdrawal from class.
  • Refunds are issued in the same form as payment. Refunds are issued within thirty days from request in the form of the same payment. Registration and service fees are non-refundable.


All transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transferring from one workshop to another is not permitted. There is a $20 administrative fee for each transfer.

Holidays & Canceled Lessons:

We are closed for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring break. If we must close due to the weather, we will send out an email. If classes are canceled, the instructor will work with the school office to schedule a make-up date. We do not refund/prorate for weather closure, and our make-up policy still applies.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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  • From Figures to Abstraction

    Anonymous review on 3/11/2022
    Davide teaches to each student's interests and goals.
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Students rave about the classes at From Figures to Abstraction, stating that teacher Davide is able to tailor the instruction to each student's individual interests and goals. They praise the substance of what they learned in class, with many saying they were able to develop and refine their skills in various techniques and mediums. Students report being able to walk away from the class with a deeper understanding of art and the ability to create abstract works that express their own unique style and vision. Quote: 1. "I learned so much from this class, from different brush strokes and techniques to color theory and composition. Davide really challenged me to push past my comfort zone and explore new styles and perspectives in my work."

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