National Academy School of Fine Arts

Upper East Side, New York, New York
(106 Reviews)

The Academy School offers studio-based study in an intimate, creative environment under the mentorship of working faculty artists supporting the artistic journey of each student.

Classes are taught in seven sky-lit studios where students work in painting, drawing, sculpture, new media, printmaking, mixed media, and on interdisciplinary projects. The broad curriculum is enriched by demonstrations, lectures, and specialized workshops. Courses are maintained with a limited number of participants, enabling students at varying skill levels and with different goals to benefit from individualized instruction.

The School is a global community with students from across the country and abroad, offering a kaleidoscope of culturally diverse contexts, perceptions and creativity. There are no portfolio requirements for entry (unless applying for an F-1 visa student or applying for the Studio Art Intensive). Students of all levels and ages are welcome.

Students enter free of charge to the Academy Museum and may receive discounted ticket rates at other museums. The Academy Museum is an integral part of the learning experience drawing upon inspiring exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours, art talks, lectures, and panel discussions. A lecture series at the core of the curriculum also includes theory classes and a guided exploration of New York City’s vibrant arts community of museums, galleries, and artists’ studios.


What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse? 
Young Artist Intensive Workshop – Michele Liebler. In this class, students ages 13-17, work both independently and with individualized guidance while exploring different media, from acrylic to monotypes and collage. Students also have the opportunity to work on developing their portfolios. Watercolor on Governors Island – Kamilla Talbot. Paint the spectacular city views on Governors Island. Formal elements of painting such as composition, tone and color will be pursued while maintaining an appreciation for the immediacy and fluidity of watercolor. Individual attention and group critiques will help each student develop their own voice. 

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history? 
The National Academy Museum and School was founded in 1825 in New York City as an honorary association of American artists "to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition." Students can take advantage of multiple opportunities to exhibit their work in the School galleries. 

What is your average class size? 
Our average class size is 10 students. Courses are maintained with a limited number of participants, enabling students at varying skill levels and with different goals to benefit from individualized instruction. 

What is your typical student like? What are their goals? 
Our students are typically international students, children, and adults living in the neighborhood and coming from all over New York City and neighboring states. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
We are located on Museum Mile and across from Central Park's Jackie Kennedy Reservoir. We're near a section of Madison Avenue that offers some of our favorite coffee places.

Reviews of National Academy School of Fine Arts

(106 Reviews)

Malou B.

Attended: Gothic to Baroque


Ece D.

Attended: Individual Projects in Sculpture

Perfect class. I love our instructer, teacher, master Ingo. There so much to learn from him. I appriciate him and the institude for this class. Thank you


Attended: Art of the Portrait

Boring, teacher was not helpful, not a good class at all, total asks study.

Renata C.

Attended: Gothic to Baroque

The teacher was very good and I would like to take more classes with her.

Eva B.

Attended: Theory and Practice in Art

Great teacher and great course!

Mercedes A.

Attended: Foundations and Fundamentals in Sculpture

Great experience! Students are encouraged to find their own creativity while technical issues of clay or metal are easily taught. Teacher is dedicated and very aware of each student necesities and curiosities.

Martha F.

Attended: Figure Drawing with an Emphasis on Portraiture

The teaches is great! She helped me improve tremendously.

Jun Y.

Attended: Painting the Model in Costume

It's more like a self-exploring painting class. Sometimes it's hard to get attention from the teacher and learn much .

Becky r.

Attended: Anatomy and Artistry for Figure Drawing

Great instructor!!


Attended: Abstract Painting and Process

It was okay in terms of space, but the instructor wasn't amazing. She didn't provide much guidance and favored some students over others. I'm sure she is a skilled artist but could have been a more invested teacher. Overall not worth the price

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5 E 89th St, New York, New York 10128
National Academy School of Fine Arts
Upper East Side, Manhattan
5 E 89th St
Btwn 5th & Madison Avenues
New York, New York 10128