Continue the Legacy

Our Mission

The Art Students League is committed to making fine art education accessible to all.

The Art Students League of New York was founded in 1875 by a group of art students who hoped to escape the Academy by founding a member-run art school designed for and run by independent artists. For nearly 150 years, the Art Students League has been a haven for countless artists, who use the freedom it affords them to explore diverse artistic practices, methodologies, and mediums while developing a mastery of traditional techniques.

I'm humbled to be an instructor at an institution with such a rich history and esteemed lineage of artists... The Art Students League is a truly unique place that fosters an incredible community. It honors the past while also empowering innovation.
Augustine Boyce Cummings
League Instructor

What sets the League apart

At the Art Students League of New York, students are empowered to design their own curriculum, learn at their own pace, and choose from an unmatched selection of classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and more. There are no entrance requirements or examinations, and no previous art experience is needed to begin taking learning from our renowned instructors.

Affordable Tuition
The League is committed to keeping tuition and fees affordable for all students, by subsidizing the cost of all classes for all students, and offering needs and merit-based tuition relief.
Flexible Enrollment
Classes at the League operate on a semester basis, but open enrollment occurs every month, so students can sign-up or switch classes at any time.
Renowned Instructors
Our instructors are all accomplished artists, committed to continuing the legacy of the great teachers who taught at the League before them.
No Application
Most classes at the League are open to students at all skill levels, and there are no applications or prerequisites needed to begin studying.
Build Your Own Curriculum
Students at the League assemble classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and more as they see fit—forging their education by following their passions.
Exhibitions & Professional Development
All students at the League are eligible to participate in annual exhibitions and art sales which draw thousands of visitors a year, in addition to other professional development opportunities.
Study Anywhere, Any Time
The League offers classes our historic landmark studios in Manhattan, and online, morning, afternoon, and night, seven days a week.
A Community of Artists
Students who complete a minimum of 210 studio class hours are eligible to become Members of the League, a network of artists with exclusive benefits who learn, create, and succeed together.

Build your own curriculum.

The League offers month-to-month classes and short-term workshops with flexible enrollment that is open year-round. Students may choose to attend classes on their own schedule, or adopt a more formalized experience, by enrolling in the League’s Certificate Track—a prescribed, intensive, two- or four-year course of study that is tailored to help you meet your professional artistic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

See below for frequently asked questions, or contact our clerks at 212-247-4510, ext. 6 or
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