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Whether you are new to art making, or you are an experienced creator looking for fresh inspiration, Eckford Street Studio has something to get your creative juices flowing. Instructors for adult classes are working artists with a strong background in teaching, who bring their own interests and ideas to the studio, while helping you find your personal inspiration! Sign up for a Weekend Intensive Workshop or Weekly Evening Series, or drop in for Figure Drawing Tuesday. Materials included, except as noted.

current offerings

Figure Drawing Tuesdays at ELM Foundation

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Enjoy a fun, relaxing evening practicing your life drawing skills! Spend two hours with an Eckford Street Studio teaching artist and one of our carefully selected professional models. Open to all levels; just bring your favorite materials (no fumes, please) and enjoy an evening of putting pencil (marker, ink, charcoal, etc.) to paper! 


Doors Open - 6:45pm

Session - 7:15pm to 9:00pm EST

$25/session, pay at the door; donation bar

NO SESSIONS 12/27/2022 and 1/2/2023

ELM Foundation is located at:

191 N 14th St

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Ashley E. Chapman is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and art historian. Ashley approaches her teaching practice through many conceptual and visual angles; she has taught dance, assisted for the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program, and had a past life as a photojournalist. Ashley is currently pursuing her master's degree in Art History at Hunter College, where she double majored in studio art and art history as an undergraduate. She also has a degree in journalism with a photojournalism emphasis from The University of Georgia.

other classes

Linocut and Soft Sculpture Series

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In this class we’ll experiment with the relief printmaking practice on linoleum block printing. We will learn how to design or transfer an image to our block, carve, make prints and then get off the page and onto fabric. Our class will culminate in the making of printed pillows inspired by the work of Lotte Allen. We’ll start each class by looking at a reference in traditional or contemporary printmaking practices and then work on our own projects. Come enjoy this satisfyingly physical practice!

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From Looking to Making

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Enhance your drawings by developing your observation skills.  In this five-session class, we will practice looking deeply artworks and consider the processes and choices the artists made in creating the work.  We will also look at our surroundings in new ways and translate what we see into sketches and drawings using a variety of drawing materials.  Strengthening your observational skills gives you more information and allows you to draw with intention, making your work uniquely yours.  Enjoy a relaxed, nonjudgmental class; all levels welcome and encouraged to join!

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Essentials of Acrylic Painting

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Investigate and apply the concepts and techniques of acrylic painting! In this course, students will learn color mixing and theory, composition, brush technique, and other skills associated with this contemporary and dynamic medium. We will investigate some time honored subjects such as still life, portraiture, as well as a free form final project. Experienced painters and absolute beginners welcome!

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Gretchen Scherer

Are you a local artist with experience teaching adults? Join our Eckford Street Studio community! 

Figure Drawing
Weekly Evening Seres
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