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 2020

All courses meet for 8 sessions, from 7:30pm–9:00pm (except where noted) on the Saint Ann’s campus.

Tuesday courses: March 3–April 28 (NO CLASS April 7)
Wednesday courses: March 4–April 29 (NO CLASS April 8)
Thursday courses: March 5–April 30 (NO CLASS April 9)

Registration & Payment

Spring 2020 registration has closed. 

Fees: Visual Arts courses $400. All other courses $375.

Course Descriptions

Visual Arts Courses

Introduction to Figure Drawing
Larissa Tokmakova, Chair of the Art Department and Yoni Greenwood ’11, Art Teacher
Note: This course will be taught by two different teachers, alternating weekly. It is limited to 10 students.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Drawing directly from the live model, we will investigate the skeletal and muscle structures 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
Stephanie Sassoon, Art Teacher and Jenny Marshall, Art Teacher
Note: This course is limited to 8 students.
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Working from live 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 human form while developing personal expression and style.

Introduction to Painting
Sarah Esme Harrison, Lower School Teacher
The instructor holds a BFA from RISD, an MFA from Yale and has co-taught art classes at Yale and the Oxbow School of the Arts.
Note: This course is limited to 8 students.
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

If you’ve ever wondered how a painting gets made or wanted to make one yourself, this class is for you. We will explore the essential painting issues: how to prepare a support for a painting, the right way to layer, conventions of depicting space, and color mixing. All painting will be done in class. As we learn to communicate in the language of paint—with gesture, color, and materiality—we’ll supplement our in-class painting with short weekly readings. We’ll use water-soluble oil paints in class. Beginners very much welcome!

Introduction to Monotype
Yoni Greenwood ’11, Art Teacher
Note: This course is limited to 8 students.
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Monotype is the most painterly and freest of all printmaking media. With a low bar of entry, it is perfect for students who have never tried printmaking before. The incredible creative potential it provides also makes it suitable for more advanced students. Class will include short technical demos and art historical slideshows, but will consist mainly of studio time for students to explore their own projects.


Transformation Fabrication
Daphne Klein, Art and Preschool Teacher
Rebecca Stevens, Art and Kindergarten Teacher
Note: This course is limited to 7 students. Students will be responsible for the cost of individual castings.
Thursdays, 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. 

Other Courses

Russian Folklore
Olga Okuneva, Art and Puppetry Teacher
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

In this course we will explore Russian folklore in its oral, written and pictorial forms. We will examine Slavic myths and traditions. We will delve into the archetypes in Russian fairy tales and how they continue to influence Russian culture today. We will look at artwork by Viktor Vasnetsov and Ivan Bilibin as well as traditional folk art. We will read some Russian fairy tales, trace their origins, and discuss their meaning. We will make traditional amulet dolls. And we will do all this while we feast on blini and tea! 

Plotting the Genre Story
Shawn Nacol, Language Structures Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Plot shouldn’t be a four-letter word. Whether you write popular fiction, scripts, games, or comics, strong genre structure can bring your characters to life and keep your audience hooked. In 8 weeks, you’ll learn how structure can sharpen your voice and activate your stories. We’ll tackle all the major plotting models from Aristotle to Shondaland focusing on friendly utility to help creators in any media and genre develop their own approach…with ample examples from Austen to Rowling. 

Harold: An Introduction To The Basics Of Long-Form Improvisation
Peter Zerneck ’98, Rec Arts Teacher and Coach
The instructor holds an MA in educational theater from NYU, is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv program and has taught this course both in and outside of Saint Ann’s to students of all ages.
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Long-form improvisation is a performance in which a group of people mutually create interconnected scenes, on the spot, from a single audience suggestion. This type of performance piece is known as “the Harold.” Originated 30 years ago by the great Del Close, and perpetuated over the years by some of the greatest names in comedy–from Bill Murray and John Belushi to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler–long-form has grown to become the purest, most useful, and most rewarding form of improvisation today. The benefits of Harold training go far beyond performing, and can prove useful in all walks of life. In this course, we will begin to learn how to build these spontaneous scenes by using the concept of “the game.” “The game” is the single, specific comedic idea that makes a scene funny. Through a series of fun exercises, we’ll learn how to work together to discover that specific idea and then explore it as many different ways as we can imagine throughout the course of one improvised scene. Beginners and returning students welcome. 

and Friends Workshop
Nancy Reardon, Theater Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm (Note: earlier start time)

Comedy! Tragedy! History! You’ll laugh…you’ll cry! Play princes, queens, peasants, buffoons, sex goddesses, the mad, the brilliant: take your pick of characters–William Shakespeare has them all. This class teaches you the joy of acting Shakespeare, no memorization required. You will be at ease with his poetry as if you were playing in any modern script and we will work on your vocal technique as well. Everyone will play leading roles from the best writers of this period of great theater including lusty revenge tragedies, restoration comedies and even modern playwrights who use Shakespeare like Stoppard and Shaw. Beginners welcome.