Second Courses at Saint Ann’s

Classes for adults, designed and taught by Saint Ann’s School faculty members. Open to the public.


Dates & Times
8 Sessions, 7:30pm-9:00pm at Saint Ann’s School
Tuesdays, February 28–April 25 (No Class April 11)
Wednesdays, March 1–April 26 (No Class April 12)
Thursdays, March 2–April 27 (No Class April 13)


Registration & Payment

Each course costs $325 (plus additional fees where noted)

To register for a course please click here and use our online registration formPayments must be made by check and registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Checks made out to Saint Ann’s School can be mailed to:

Saint Ann’s School
Attn: Second Courses
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The last day to register for a course is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17.


Course Descriptions

Introduction to Figure Drawing – UPDATE: Course is full. Email to be added to the waiting list.

(Note: This course requires an additional $25 model fee and is limited to 8 students)
Larissa Tokmakova, Art Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:30–9:00pm

Drawing directly from the live model, we will investigate the skeletal and muscle structure of the human body, concentrate on proportions and movement, and explore various ways of understanding all these elements by expressing them in two dimensions. Individual attention will be given, so that every student may achieve a greater familiarity with the human form, based on their technical ability. Beginners welcome.


Advanced Figure Drawing UPDATE: Course is full. Email to be added to the waiting list.

(Note: This course requires an additional $25 model fee and is limited to 8 students)
Stephanie Sassoon, Art Teacher
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Utilizing living models, the class will focus on the study of the figure. By concentrating on the source of light as a guideline for understanding mass, tone, proportion, gesture, mood and composition, we will explore the basic foundation for creating personal expression and style. Click here to register.


Shakespeare and Friends

Nancy Reardon, Theater Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Comedy! Tragedy! History! Princes, queens, peasants, buffoons, sex goddesses, the mad, the brilliant: take your pick of characters – Shakespeare has them all. This class teaches you the joy of playing Shakespeare with the trust and ease you find when performing any other playwright’s work. We will explore the lusty revenge tragedies and restoration comedies. Vocal techniques will also be addressed. The material we use includes the best of Shakespeare. Everyone plays leading roles. Click here to register.


Hands-On Physical Theater Workshop

Eric Zimmerman, Theater Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (NOTE: This class will begin one week later, on March 8, and end on May 3.)

In this minimalist physical theater workshop inspired by Jacques Lecoq, the master of this method, you’ll have the fun, exhilarating, and dynamic challenge of pushing your body to express actions and emotions: as Jacques Lecoq says, “tout bouge” — everything moves. Through physical exercises, improvisations, and short devised group work we will conduct our experiments and explore emotions, ideas, and structures that surpass the scope of language, and can only be manifested through corporeal expression. Click here to register.


Speak Up!

Diane Gnagnarelli, Theater Teacher and Community Service Coordinator
Tuesdays, 7:30–9:00 PM

Join a group of smart people who want to have more fun when it comes to public speaking. We will play some easy verbal games to warm up, then read poems aloud, try our hand at making toasts, practice interviews and one-minute speeches. Each person will be asked in the early weeks to watch a TED Talk and explain why it resonated with them. Those interested may present a PowerPoint demo. If comfortable and time allows, we will try our hand at more extended forms. Since much of the class is focused on speaking extemporaneously, there will be little or no homework. It will be painless. I guarantee that it will be fun and you will make palpable gains in getting up in front of a small (or not so small) group. Open to both first timers and returning students. Click here to register.


Science in the News

Michele Levin, Science Teacher
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm

If you love to read about new medical therapies and genetic technologies in the New York Times but wish you knew more about the basic science behind these discoveries, then this course is for you!  Each week, we will use a Times article as a springboard from which to launch our study of a topic in the field of medical genetics, such as epigenetics (gene regulation) or CRISPR (gene editing), exploring the science involved and debating the ethical implications of each new discovery.  This is a course geared toward individuals without a background in science but who are excited to dive head first into the new and exciting frontier of 21st century medical genetics! Click here to register.


Philosophies of Education in America

Max Bean, Computer Teacher
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (minimum 6 students to run)

In this course, we will examine two broad philosophical viewpoints that have characterized American education for over a century. We will read pivotal texts in the debate between these two viewpoints and examine their effects on education policy and their instantiation in actual schools, including Saint Ann’s. Finally, we will look at one famous attempt to synthesize them that was made but only ever partially enacted at the beginning of the twentieth century. The course will involve weekly readings, discussion, and lecture. Click here to register.