Second Courses at Saint Ann’s

Classes for adults, designed and taught by Saint Ann’s School faculty members.
Second Courses are open to the public.


Dates & Times, Spring 2018
8 Sessions, 7:30pm-9:00pm at Saint Ann’s School
Tuesdays, February 27–April 24 (No Class March 27)
Wednesdays, February 28–April 25 (No Class March 28)
Thursdays, March 1–April 26 (No Class March 29)

Registration & Payment

Registration for Spring 2018 has now closed. Payment information for those who have already registered is below.

Each course costs $350 (plus additional fees where noted). Unfortunately we cannot accept electronic forms of payment.

Checks made out to “Saint Ann’s School” can be mailed upon registering to:

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

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Figure Drawing 
(Note: This course requires an additional $20 supplies 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 

(Note: This course requires an additional $20 supplies fee and is limited to 8 students.)
Stephanie Sassoon and Jenny Marshall, Art Teachers
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.

Introduction to Sewing Techniques 

(Note: This course requires an additional $20 supplies fee and is limited to 8 students.)
Coleen Scott Trivett, Costume Production and Design Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm – no class March 14, make up session to be scheduled

The ability to use a sewing machine is a useful skill, and the ability to use the sewing machine for creative and original projects goes beyond utilitarian into the realm of art. Together we will learn basic sewing techniques and sewing machine functions through hands-on practice and sample creation. We will then learn beginning construction techniques by building a pair of pajama pants. Design will come into play as we select fabrics and notions for our finished project. Beginners welcome and encouraged!


(Note: This course requires an additional $20 supplies fee and is limited to 8 students.)
Leon Reid IV, Sculpture Teacher
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Put down your phones. Pick up your chisels. Lets chip! Woodcarving is a satisfying art that involves design and craft. Each participant will create a sculpture using traditional whittling techniques. We use small, soft basswood blocks that are easy to carve and display. This class is condusive for conversation so prepare to work your hands and share your worldview. Beginners welcome.

Transformation Fabrication 

Daphne Klein, Art and Preschool Teacher
(Note: This course requires an additional $20 supplies fee and is limited to 4 students. Students will also be responsible for the cost of individual castings.)
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Come explore the magic of lost-wax casting and hand-formed and glazed porcelain vessels! We will make a ring and spoon in wax which will be cast in the metal of your choice at a Manhattan casting house (possible metals include brass, bronze, sterling and various carat gold). Working in porcelain, we will fashion a container for the ring and a bowl to hold something for the spoon to scoop up. We will use the remaining time for open studio projects of your choice.

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, and 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.

The Oral History Interview
Laura Barnett, Theater Teacher
The instructor holds a MA in Oral History from Columbia University and recently co-edited “Saint Ann’s: An Unofficial History,” a book commemorating the school’s 50th anniversary.
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Oral history: a tool for journalists, activists, artists, cultural historians, public health workers and family biographers – indeed, anyone interested in storytelling and story hearing. In this workshop class, you will learn how to: research, design, and conduct an oral history interview; inspire trust; ask questions that go beneath the surface and access memory; and keep an interview organic while also staying on track. We will also touch on ethics, contracts and archiving. Interviews will be conducted with other workshop members and a narrator of your choosing. We will use methods derived from theater performance and oral history practices.

The Civil War in Popular Culture

Gena Oppenheim, Theater and Kindergarten Teacher
The instructor holds a BA in American History from Barnard College, is a Gilder Lehrman fellow in American history, and has received grants from the NEH to do research at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
Thursdays, 7:30–9:00 PM

The American Civil War is a conflict that continues to resonate in our collective memory (one need look no further than Charlottesville this past summer).  American economic, cultural, and social structures still suffer the aftershocks of the war.  In this course we will observe how portrayals of the war in books, songs, cinema, and other cultural media continue to draw widespread attention and controversy 150 years later. Examining excerpts from books, film, monuments, battlefield reunions, reenactments and board games we will analyze how the nuances of Civil War politics have translated into contemporary popular culture. We will pay special attention to how the unique intersection of the Civil War and popular culture created the notion of the “The Lost Cause” mentality in the South.