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Open Studio Figure Drawing – 1 Session

Next session: April 16th, 2024

$20 More Info

COST: $20/ single session

Join us at our figure drawing open studio! 

In this two-hour session, you'll have the opportunity to work on various figure poses with a live model in Princeton Academy of Art 138 Nassau St studio in your own personal style!

A monitor will be available to answer any questions about the space and organize the model.

The Academy provides easels, boards, and clips available for these sessions.

Please refer to the list below for a list of approved supplies you can bring to your session:

  • Charcoal 
  • Graphite 
  • Conte 
  • Colored Pencils
  • Wax Crayons
  • Oil paint
  • Turpenoid/Gamsol 




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This intensive workshop is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grasp of the structure, resemblance, and essence of the sitter. We focus on the anatomical proportions, volume, and scale of the subject. Students will use chiaroscuro, sfumato, and other light modeling techniques.

Students will work from the live model.

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Single Artwork Professional Critique

Current session: June 1st, 2023 to June 1st, 2024

$75 More Info

This option allows you to have a single artwork critiqued by a professional artist who will provide a focused and detailed analysis of your artwork. It offers an opportunity to receive specific feedback and insights to help you improve your artistic skills and technique.


- 1 artwork maximum

- Receive a single-paragraph critique of this piece via email

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Plein Air/Indoor Landscape Painting

with Anna Neis

Next session: July 9th to 30th, 2024

$500 More Info

In this course, students become familiar with classical landscape. The aesthetic ideals of historic landscape help contemporary artists build their understanding of composition, atmosphere, and value. 

Students will experiment with all prima painting and underpainting techniques.

Depending on the weather, this course will be held indoors or outdoors.

Tuesdays July 9 - 30

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

TUITION: $500.00

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PowerPoint Professional Critique

Current session: June 1st, 2023 to June 1st, 2024

$100 More Info

With this option, you can submit up to five artworks for critique, and the feedback will be provided in a PowerPoint format. This option suits artists who wish to receive feedback on multiple pieces and prefer a visual critique presentation. The PowerPoint format allows for a structured analysis of each artwork, highlighting strengths and areas for improvement.


  • 5 artworks maximum
  • Critique via PowerPoint. Each image has its own slide and is annotated with text and necessary revisions via highlighted lines.
  • Critiques are completed by PAA’s highly qualified faculty and staff. If you want to select a specific instructor, you may do so while checking out.



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Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Intensive

with Anna Neis

Next session: August 12th to 23rd, 2024

$7420 More Info

Our summer Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Intensive is designed to assist high school students in building strong portfolio pieces to submit as part of their college applications.

We provide students with professional guidance, mentorship, and training to help them develop their artistic skills and create a portfolio that showcases their abilities and individuality.

This program is ideal for high school students interested in pursuing an art-related major in college or those who hope to build a portfolio to supplement regular college applications.It is recommended that students begin preparing their portfolios as early as their freshman or sophomore year of high school. Starting early allows them to develop their skills over time and create a stronger variety of work by the time they apply to college.

During these intense 2 weeks, students will aim to produce between 10-14 diverse art pieces. They will work under the guidance of instructors Anna Neis and Kelsey Doherty to develop concepts via topic research, planning sketches, and final project creation.

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NOTE: Tuition includes a CC processing fee

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Open Studio Portfolio Preparation

with Anna Neis

Next session: July 10th to 31st, 2024

$750 More Info

Join us on Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 4:00 pm for our "Open Studio" Portfolio Preparation sessions. Students work on portfolio pieces that are unique and represent their individuality, all guided by our trained instructors. 

They will work in our semi-private artist cubicles, formulating and completing portfolio pieces in various materials, including oil paint, gouache paint, pastel, and graphite pencil.Students can expect to complete two to three works of art over the duration of this course, depending on their skill level and work ethic.

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College Portfolio Preparation @ 138 Nassau St (Saturday)

with Anna Neis

Current session: September 16th, 2023 to June 8th, 2024

$5500 More Info


Our college portfolio preparation course is designed to help students build a well-rounded body of work that has its base in technical skills. We focus on teaching strong drawing and painting skills while encouraging students to place themselves creatively in their work to produce a unique portfolio.

Whether your child plans to attend an art school or hopes to supplement their college application by showing their passion, this program has you covered.

Our students have attended ivy league schools, schools of architecture, and some of the most prestigious art colleges both in the United States and abroad.

These institutions include but are not limited to the following:

Art Schools in the US: Rhode Island School of Art & Design, The New School's Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art, Ringling College of Art & Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Schools with Art Programs: Cornell University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Syracuse University, WU St. Louis, Rutgers

International Art Schools: Concordia University, Parsons PARIS

Students create both works from observation in addition to creative pieces from imagination. Rigorous training ensures our student's breadth of knowledge in classical forms and art history is vast.

Having a base of training in Academic realism allows students to use their creativity through a well-informed lens. We want our students to be able to go to college feeling prepared for the journey ahead, ready to complete any project thrown at them their first year.

We also provide college seminars to familiarize students with their application options.

This program is for students who want to learn classical art, advance their skills during the application process and prepare themselves for the rigorous College experience.

We are here as professional instructors, guiding the student through successes and failures in their work. However, it is up to the student to prioritize their portfolio and other prep they are doing to prepare for college. 

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Figure Drawing Intensive

with Anna Neis

Next session: July 11th to August 1st, 2024

$500 More Info

In this 4-session course, students will be introduced to figure/ground relationships, gesture, composition, value scales, and the fundamentals of perspective.

Students will learn a tactile approach to drawing that provides students with the tools to build strong perceptual and analytical skills.

Each session will be composed of "quick" poses meant to enforce a relational understanding of the human figure, followed by longer poses or anatomical study.


10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $500