Gene Wisniewski

Teaches at Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

He has developed from a belief in a strong foundation. He made a point of training at schools with an academic bent, including the New York Academy of Art and the National Academy of Design, in order to achieve a certain level of technical expertise at portraying reality. He knew that only then he could permit himself the freedom to take what he wanted from this framework and put aside what was extraneous to presenting his own reality. Since then, he have accumulated numerous influences; among them are Surrealism, Odilon Redon, underground comic book culture, Hieronymus Bosch, illustrators such as Edward Gorey, and so called “thrift store” art. Consequently, he cultivated a body of work that added his own personal statement to a combination and continuation of these influences. A partial list of contemporary artists with whom he feel an affinity are Trevor Winkfield, Marcel Dzama, Jan Svankmajer, comic artist Kaz (“Underworld”), Ncola Tyson, Jim Nutt, and Lars Norgård.

Reviews of Gene Wisniewski

(37 Reviews)
50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels

6/2/2019
Anonymous

Attended: 50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels


The class is exceptional in the amount of individual attention the teacher gives. You decide what you want to focus on and Gene will give you guidance and very practical help on your individual project. I saw a noticeable leap in my drawing due to his expertise. Others worked on collage, acrylic painting, portraits, and comics. The atmosphere is warm and supportive. I highly recommend this class for all levels! Laura M.

The Six-Hour Art Major

2/28/2019
Lee N.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Well taught. Interesting and fun.

The Six-Hour Art Major

2/28/2019
Susan S.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Filled with wonderful content! Thank you!

The Six-Hour Art Major

2/26/2018
Xiaoyu Z.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Xiaoyu Z. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Six-Hour Art Major

2/17/2018
Sana l.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Still interesting but basic

Before and After the Renaissance

11/20/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Before and After the Renaissance


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Before and After the Renaissance

11/19/2017
Gerson L.

Attended: Before and After the Renaissance


Gerson L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Before and After the Renaissance

11/17/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Before and After the Renaissance


great teacher.

Before and After the Renaissance

11/16/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Before and After the Renaissance


Awesome teacher !

50+Drawing & Painting Class: All Levels (Duplicate)

12/23/2016
Pamela G.

Attended: 50+Drawing & Painting Class: All Levels (Duplicate)


Pamela G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Before and After the Renaissance

11/4/2016
Danit Z.

Attended: Before and After the Renaissance


Danit Z. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Six-Hour Art Major

5/27/2016
Anonymous

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Teacher was great. The location in front of the elevators was probably a poor choice- as people tend to congregate and talk there so a bit distracting. More to teacher than students.

The Six-Hour Art Major

4/17/2016
Anonymous

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


I enjoyed the class and appreciated the lecturer's enthusiasm. 2 areas for improvement: 1. space - we were in a room that was not soundproof and there was frequently competing noise 2. there were no female artists included in art history until the last slide of the class (Dada period). A quick Google search could have rounded this out.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

2/26/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


teacher is humour and knowledgable.

Art History Series: Intro to Indian and Chinese Art

2/26/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: Intro to Indian and Chinese Art


amazing

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

2/21/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Gene is very knowledgeable about the subject. I thought his class was entertaining and have learned quite a bit from his classes. He gives out little syllabi which allowed me to pay more attention to what he is saying instead of trying to write down all the information! I found his class very enjoyable and look forward to taking more.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

2/19/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

2/19/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Loved it. Well done.

What to Look For When You Look at Art

2/15/2016
Mike S.

Attended: What to Look For When You Look at Art


Informative, interesting with a touch of humor... would recommend

50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels

12/26/2015
Natalie b C.

Attended: 50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels


Warm supportive teacher and class.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

12/14/2015
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

12/10/2015
Lee J.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Lee J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

12/9/2015
Anonymous

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


The Professor was articulate and had a sense of humor.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

12/8/2015
Ali C.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Ali C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

12/5/2015
Mahrokh M.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Mahrokh M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

12/4/2015
nicole j.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Gene the instructor was fantastic!

The Six-Hour Art Major

11/10/2015
Anonymous

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Six-Hour Art Major

7/18/2015
Anonymous

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Gene was lovely and very well spoken and the content of the course was super interesting. I would definitely study with Gene again!

What to Look For When You Look at Art

6/12/2015
Carlos N.

Attended: What to Look For When You Look at Art


Carlos N. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

The Six-Hour Art Major

4/27/2015
Cheryl A.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major


Cheryl A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

3/22/2015
Jesse S.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


teacher was great, really knew his stuff, very engaging and open to questions. great class.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

2/28/2015
steph h.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


steph h. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

11/15/2014
Venus C.

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Although it was a pretty nice coverage of long 2 hour session on art history it was quite interesting and entertaining. You would really enjoy this if you are a history buff as me!

Art History Series: Intro to Indian and Chinese Art

8/11/2014
Bridget O' Bernstein

Attended: Art History Series: Intro to Indian and Chinese Art


I apologize in advance for the following review, but I feel I really need to be honest, especially considering that this person may go on to teach other classes. This class was absolutely NOT an art history class. This teacher is not a teacher of art history. It was a very very basic summary of history, with references that were vague and sometimes incorrect, which sounded primarily like they had been pulled from an online website. When he spoke about art it was barely relevant and there was nothing relating to the styles or qualities of art in China/India that would qualify this as an art history class. I have nothing but respect for teachers, as it is not an easy job. But somehow, this teacher has managed not to be observed or reviewed at any point because then this class would not have been offered. He was wildly uninformed, read almost directly from his notes, and the notes themselves were like bullet lists. There were no overarching themes, no summaries, no overall understanding of the cultures. The teacher could not answer any of the student's questions because I think the students were gravely misinformed regarding what the class was going to be. I majored in art history and I just needed to write a review for this class because it was extremely extremely disappointing and mis directed. Art history involves the studying of art (of a certain time/period) and then an outward examination beginning with the styles/aesthetics/artists of the period, and moving to the historical, cultural, and social causes, which might explain such artistic characteristics/choices. There was no discussion of the qualities of the art, no discussion of even something as basic as the characteristics of one type of period versus another. When I asked Gene what were the characteristics of the Gupta period of art (which he had just told us was the "most famous," he told me that he "didn't think there were any characteristics, which made the Gupta period recognizable or different because mostly all Indian art looked the same" to him. Please reconsider offering this class/teacher. And understand that I do not mean any of this offensively, but as someone who works in an Asian art gallery, and majored in art history at university, I hate to think someone is out there teaching a class labeled 'art history' when it is not even close to that. Regards, Bridget

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

7/26/2014
Db

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Db gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

7/25/2014
Nothmar Noriel

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


Great overview of art hostory. The teacher was very knowledgeable.

Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art

4/15/2013
Misty Skolnick

Attended: Art History Series: 90,000 Years of Art


I really enjoyed this class as an intro to art! The teacher was fun and knowledgeable. The class moved at a very quick pace, however, and I would have gladly stayed a bit longer to learn more! The class covered a huge time span and touched on the highlights throughout history.