EDUCATION

The Manes Family Arts and Education Center

The Manes Family Art & Education Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art provides a learning space committed to engaging members of our community in visual art experiences by providing a gateway to the creative process. This newly refurbished building offers a dynamic and inspiring environment in which audiences of all ages and abilities can find creative engagement through a variety of activities, projects, and talks. With art on view, two art studios, a reading room, and outdoor classroom, children, families and adults will have the opportunity to enjoy programs that include traditional and contemporary forms of art processes and art education. The Manes Center is located on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art. It is the first building on the left after entering the grounds from Northern Boulevard.

Adults

Designed for adults with all levels of art making experience, programs offer hands on studio art classes led by experienced artists. Projects provide opportunities for personal expression in drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber arts and more. A focus on group and individual projects help adults discover and learn art skills and processes.

Kids and Teens

Programs for young artists offer traditional art making and technology based classes which combine studio art skills with process based exploration. With projects focused on the connection between design, art, science, and technology, opportunities for self-expression, creative thinking and problem-solving are encouraged by art educators in a supportive environment.

Families

Family programs provide children and their adult companions the opportunity to connect while viewing and making art together. Each week we offer projects that encourage curiosity, experimentation and creative thinking through a variety of experiences and materials inspired by current artworks on view in the gallery space.

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Art Classes For Adults

Drop-In Figure Drawing

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Not available April 5 and June 7
$15 Members, $20 Non-Members
Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies.
Please arrive 15 - 20 minutes in advance.

A unique opportunity to draw from a live model in a gallery setting. Bring your drawing supplies and observe a range of short and long poses each week to create original works. There is no instructor provided, and participants work independently.

Figure Drawing

with Michelle Palatnik
at The Manes Center
Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
For 6 weeks
May 23 – June 27

$270 Members, $330 Non-Members

Beginner to intermediate Level: A beginner drawing class is recommended as a pre-requisite for those without drawing experience.

Enjoy the process of observational drawing with this unique opportunity to draw from a live model. Foundational skills are emphasized as students practice contouring, apply value and study proportion while observing a range of long and short poses each week. Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies prior to the start date of class.

Abstract Painting

with David Marini 
at The Manes Center
Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
For 6 weeks
May 23 – June 27

$255 Members, $300 Non-Members

Beginner to intermediate Level: A beginner drawing class is recommended as a pre-requisite for those without drawing experience.

Learn to paint expressively in acrylics and create surfaces filled with texture, color, energy and movement. Become inspired by Modern Art masters and pioneers and experience the processes in which they worked. Participants learn color mixing, application, composition, and how to tap into ones creative potential.

Acrylic Painting

with Michelle Palatnik
at The Manes Center
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
For 6 weeks
May 23 – June 27

$255 Members, $300 Non-Members

Beginner to intermediate Level: A beginner drawing class is recommended as a pre-requisite for those without drawing experience.

Create vibrant paintings filled with luminosity and texture while developing harmonious color usage and composition. Working from photos, still life and nature, participants practice a variety of skills and techniques involving application, color mixing and observation.

Beyond Drawing 101

with David Marini
at The Manes Center
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
For 6 weeks
May 23 - June 27

$255 members, $300 non-members

Beginner to intermediate Level: A beginner drawing class is recommended as a pre-requisite for those without drawing experience.

Learn the fundamentals of observational drawing while working from simple objects and still life arrangements. Participants receive instruction in building the form through line and value and develop an understanding of proportion, perspective and composition. An optimal course for beginners, or those wishing to brush up on their drawing skills.

Pastel Art and Color Theory

with Michelle Palatnik
at The Manes Center
Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
For 6 weeks
May 24 – June 28

$255 Members, $300 Non-Members

Beginner to intermediate Level: A beginner drawing class is recommended as a pre-requisite for those without drawing experience.

Explore the world of color and light perception with the rich velvety texture of pastels. Students work from a variety of subject matter and sources to create finished drawings with a range of hues, value and texture, through color mixing and blending. Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies prior to the start date of class.

Expressive Drawing and Painting

with Michelle Palatnik
at The Manes Center
Fridays, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
For 6 weeks
May 25 – June 29

$255 Members, $300 Non-Members

Beginner to intermediate Level: A beginner drawing class is recommended as a pre-requisite for those without drawing experience.

Find your artistic voice in this intensive class that allows for deeper exploration, experimentation and study. Projects and assignments are tailored to individuals to encourage independent practice under the guidance and critique of the instructor. Participants select the subject matter and medium best suited to their style of art making, as further instruction and conversations about theory, history and philosophy are presented. Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies prior to the start date of class. 

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Art Classes For Kids

Fri Yay Art Day!

at The Manes Center
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Free for Members
$5 per child for Non-Members
Ages 3 - 5
Reservations not needed

Young children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and more with hands-on activities. They will have the opportunity to experiment and become familiar with art materials and processes as they discover new skills while nurturing creative expression.

Studio Saturdays

at The Manes Center
Saturdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free with admission
Reservations not needed
For all ages

Drop in The Manes Center to create projects and work inspired by the art on view in the current exhibition. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes.

Creative Expeditions:
For Children with Autism

Ages 5 - 12 and their families
April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 16
10:00 - 11:15 am

This innovative program gives families a chance to witness their child experience success in a welcoming and creative learning environment. Parents and caregivers will gain skills in behavioral methods which they can employ when bringing their child into a community setting. Families will engage in fun interactive gallery experiences that provide opportunities for everyone to look at and talk about art in a group setting followed by hands on art making activities that encourage experimentation with new materials, processes and creative play. Partial funding for our program for autism comes from the North Shore Autism Circle.

Email nfletcher@nassaumuseum.org to inquire about the program.

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Art Classes For Teens

Studio Saturdays

at The Manes Center
Saturdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free with admission
Reservations not needed
For all ages

Drop in The Manes Center to create projects and work inspired by the art on view in the current exhibition. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes.

Art Compass: For Teens and Young Adults with Autism

Ages 13 - 21
April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5, 12
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Teens receive hands-on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Based on current exhibitions in the galleries at the Museum, these workshops will encourage participants to explore different methods of art making and design and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students with autism will have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life. Partial funding for our program for autism comes from the North Shore Autism Circle.

Email nfletcher@nassaumuseum.org to inquire about the program.

College Portfolio Prep

with Robyn Cooper
at The Manes Center
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
For 8 weeks
April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 24, 31, June 7

$375 Members, $425 Non-Members

High School students develop college art portfolios with group and individual instruction. Focus on the elements and principles of art and design through application to individual students’ work, along with conversations about the work on view in our galleries. Participants work from live models* and still lifes in a variety of traditional art materials, participate in critique sessions and portfolio reviews under the guidance and support of a skilled artist, college educator, and college admissions associate.

*includes model nudity

Please arrive to the first day of class with your artwork, including in-school projects and personal works.

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About Our Instructors

Robyn Cooper

Robyn Cooper received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and her BFA from Adelphi University. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including group shows at The Heckscher Museum NY, The Art League of Long Island NY, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Gross McCleaf Gallery PA, R. Dixon Gallery NY, and uBe Art in Berkley, CA. Her work is in several private collections including The Hershey Trust in Hershey, PA. When not in her studio in Long Island, NY, Robyn also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University and Suffolk Community College.

Pamela Koelher

Pamela Koehler is an artist whose work explores both nature and the built environment. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art and Art history at Adelphi University and has presented lectures, talks, and workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the Whitney Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Art.

David Marini

David Marini is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Armed forces, with a degree in Studio Art and masters in Special Education; he is an expert in materials and mediums and since has provided classroom Arts instruction for over 10 years. He has developed programs and curriculum for multi-disciplinary (drawing, painting, sculpture, construction) Arts programs that involve critical thinking, inquiry, evaluation, and risk-taking. David has conducted professional developments highlighting for other Art teachers creative ways to help their students become versatile artists and communicators. Using his expertise in digital mediums, artists have learned how to display their works using social media, and other networked platforms. He currently works with the Dept. of Cultural Affairs as a Sustainable Arts Educator and an instructor for the Manes Education Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Michelle Palatnik

Michelle Palatnik earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU and continued her studies at the Art Students League, and the Grand Central Atelier for contemporary classical art. Michelle is a recipient of the Martin Wong Foundation first place scholarship in Painting, and has been accepted two times into the Hudson River Fellowship program. She is a Junior Scholarship member of the Salmagundi Club, and her work has been included in American Art Auction in China, the world's third largest auction house. Michelle was also awarded the opportunity to copy a Rembrandt Self Portrait by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Michelle maintains a studio in Huntington.

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Registering For Classes

Registration is available online, in person at the center, or by telephone. Please be sure to register in advance as classes fill quickly. Please review our policies and class information below.

Payment Methods

Credit card payments may be made online when registering. Check or cash also accepted in person, and a $15 fee is applied to any cancelled checks.

Refunds & Credits

Credits only are issued to participants cancelling one week before the first class, and are valid for one year from the date of issue. Credits will not be issued for any missed classes due to illness or weather closings. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Class Cancellations

The Manes Edcuation Center reserves the right to cancel any classes if the minimum enrollment is not met 5 days prior to the start date of class. A full refund will be issued for classes cancelled by The Manes Education Center only.

Weather Closings

If weather necessitates closing The Manes Center, this information will be on nassaumuseum.org. The Manes Center is not responsible for scheduling make-up classes for any classes cancelled due to inclement weather.

Parking

Located just outside The Manes Center. Additional parking is available further up the road on the left.

Directions

The Manes Education Center is the first building on the left after entering the grounds of Nassau County Museum of Art at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, New York.

MANES UPDATE

Kenny Scharf Paints Manes Center Mural

The internationally renowned, and locally loved, graffiti artist Kenny Scharf arrived with his daughter Malia (a filmmaker) on an October morning to start work on the freestyle mural on The Manes Family Art and Education Center facade. In only four days, working from early morning until dusk to the accompaniment of his music and plenty of coffee, he progressed relentlessly from a frieze-like border at the top of the building to the curvaceous, flowing figures for which he is renowned. The Gauguin-esque palette bloomed as he deftly covered the building, ending in a final flourish. Exhausted but exhilarated, Scharf “car-bombed” a BMW, indulged a pack of local children by painting the backs of their jackets and then painted a silver silhouette on Dr. Harvey Manes’s jacket. 

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