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 2019

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

Tuesday courses: March 5–April 30 (NO CLASS April 16)
Wednesday courses: March 6–May 1 (NO CLASS April 17)
Thursday courses: March 7–May 2 (NO CLASS April 18)

Registration & Payment

The registration period for Spring 2019 courses has now closed. Please check back next year! 

Course Descriptions

Visual Arts Courses

Introduction to Figure Drawing
Larissa Tokmakova, Art Teacher
Note: This course is limited to 10 students.
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.

Introduction to Painting

Sarah Esme Harrison, Preschool 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.
Wednesdays, 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!

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.

Porcelain Sculpture

Yoni Greenwood, Art Teacher
Note: This course is limited to 8 students. There will not be class on March 19; instead the class will extend to May 7.
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Have you ever admired a delicate porcelain sculpture and wondered how to make one? Learn the basics of hand building using porcelain clay. We’ll explore fundamentals such as pinch pots, slabs and working hollow, as well as decorative techniques using glazes and colored slips. Projects will be designed to encourage 3-dimensional thinking and composition. Historical examples will be examined for inspiration. Beginners welcome.

Leon Reid IV, Sculpture Teacher
Note: This course is limited to 8 students.
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Put down your phones. Pick up your chisels. Let’s 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 conducive to conversation so prepare to work your hands and share your worldview. Beginners welcome.


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

Rethinking Civil Rights Women
Selah Johnson, Ph.D., History Teacher
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm

This course will deal with women from the Civil Rights Era, some of whom are household names and others you may have heard less about. We will examine how dominant and popular narratives have limited our understanding of women’s roles during one of the most transformative eras in American history. The class will include readings from African-American women activists and readings about them. Some of the women we will study include (but are not limited to) Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, and Nina Simone. We’ll also look at some documentaries that explore the complexities of these women’s lives and activism. 

, Sketch, and Short-Form Comedy
Liz Lord, Middle School Assistant
The instructor is a comedienne who has taught comedy classes for both kids and adults at the Broadway Comedy Club and the 92nd Street Y and has run many comedy workshops for corporate clients.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm

Come get in on the joke! Learning the techniques of comedy can be a fun and funny way to help with communication and understanding in all aspects of life. In this class, you’ll learn to become quick on your feet, trust your instincts, and listen to people differently. Comedy is an art and, like all arts, its benefits run deep. Come discover how tapping into your own creative energy and laughing with others can help you have a better day. Depending on student interest and experience, we may focus on stand-up, sketch, or short-form improv…or perhaps we’ll dabble in all three!  Beginners welcome. 

Harold: An Introduction To The Basics Of Long-Form Improvisation
Peter Zerneck, Rec Arts Teacher and Coach
The instructor is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv program and has taught this course to both adults and Saint Ann’s students in the past.
Thursdays, 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 welcome.

Oral History Interview
Laura Barnett, Theater Teacher
The instructor holds an MA in Oral History from Columbia University and has conducted teacher training in oral history for Meredith Monk/The House Foundation and The Actor’s Fund. She has led oral history workshops at Columbia University and Queens College.
Tuesdays, 7:30–9:00 PM

Oral history: a tool for journalists, activists, artists, cultural historians, public health workers and family biographers – indeed, anyone interested in storytelling and storyhearing. 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.

and Friends Workshop
Nancy Reardon, Theater Teacher
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm (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. 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.