Cooper Union Offers Free Art Classes for NYC HS Students

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cooper unionThe Outreach Pre-College Program was formed in 1992 as a full scholarship, seasonal program to support New York City area high school students interested in pursuing a degree in art. It serves the needs of the most talented local students who would most benefit from a fully funded education and a portfolio worthy of art college scholarships and admissions.  All courses are taught by professional artists and poets. Cooper Union undergraduates serve as teaching assistants and role models. Instructional materials, field trip transportation, and museum admissions are provided at no cost to the student.

Students apply in person by portfolio review (Feb. 7, 2015 is the next one), conducted on-campus by Outreach staff, guest artists and alumni.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students per section, similar to the college, to ensure optimum time with instructors and critique of student work.  Classes take place on Saturdays from 9am-5pm, in 5 to 8 week courses. Each Saturday concludes with a seminar to discuss and write about current issues and contemporary art, including opportunities to visit museums, galleries and artist studios throughout New York City.

Each season ends with a celebration of students’ work in an exhibition at the Cooper Union, and a reading to showcase the poetry from the creative writing workshops.

2015 Spring Program ApplicationDownload

Portfolio Review Feb 7, 2015 – 10am to 2pm – Portfolios should include 10-20 original art works, as well as sketchbooks.   Drawings from observation should be included.

Grades 10 – 11 are eligible to apply.
Courses are held on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm Feb. 21 – April 11, 2015

For more information on the Outreach Program, call 212-353-4202 or email

Learn how to apply by clicking here

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