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 our BYOB Model Draw or Community Open Studio night. Materials included, except as noted.

Figure Drawing (In-Person AND Online!)

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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! Join us every other week in person, or online in our virtual Zoom studio on the last Wednesday of the month!

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm EST

$25/session, advance registration required

In-Person Sessions: March 10 (waitlist only), March 17 (waitlist only),
                          *SATURDAY* March 20 (11:30am-1:30pm)
Virtual Sessions: TBD

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.

Art as a Contemplative Practice

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In this class, we explore short guided meditations, art exercises, reflections, and discussions to establish authentic connections to our creative selves. Using simple materials, we approach art making as a process-based contemplative practice – building and experiencing an awareness of our natural curiosity and creativity. We will also explore how our minds and perceptions operate, how to move through creative blocks, and how to use creativity as a mode for stress reduction.
Open inquiry, playfulness, and discovery are at the heart of this approach. Guided experiences are emphasized over technical instruction and innate skill, as we seek the deep understanding that comes through doing.
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No experience with art making or meditation is required.

Adventurers at all levels are welcome.


Stay curious.

Stay compassionate.

Find the treasures.

Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm EST.

Pay what you wish (suggested donation, $20)

Instructor: Reuben Lorch-Miller

Reuben Lorch-Miller

Reuben Lorch-Miller has been an active visual artist for over twenty-five years and has been working as an arts educator with both children and adults for the past eight years. He has an MFA in New Practices from San Francisco State University and has taken coursework in psychology. He recently completed nine months of training in contemplative care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care with a clinical placement, providing spiritual care at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. His artwork can be seen at

Art and the Everyday

Art and The Everyday uses our day-to-day experiences as a site of attention, exploration, and play. Each class combines a demonstration of a different technique or artistic approach, discussion of relevant artwork, art-making, and reflection on our experience. Lessons include working with unconventional materials, zine-making, portraiture, memory drawing, archiving, assemblage, and more. Together, we will generate a space to work side-by-side in real time, and inspire each other to extend our practice outside of class.


This class is open to all levels, and no specialized materials are needed to participate.

Thursdays through June, 7:30-9:00pm

Pay what you wish, starting at $10/class

Sonya Derman is a multidisciplinary visual artist and arts educator working in ainting, writing, publishing, and performance. She received an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and art teaching certification from Brooklyn College. She has exhibited, performed, and curated at spaces including Essex Flowers (New York), The Knockdown Center (Queens), Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn), SIGNAL Gallery (Brooklyn), Park Life and Adobe Books Gallery (San Francisco), as well as in London and Berlin. Her work can be seen at

From Looking to Making

  ESS's own drawing fundamentals class ONLINE!  
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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!

Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9pm.

5 class series: May 6, 13, 20, 27, and June 3

Pay-what-you-wish, from $50-$250

Weekly Evening Series

Essentials of Acrylic Painting

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!

6 sessions; Wednesdays from 7:00pm-9:30 : $275

Check back soon for dates!

Instructor: Gretchen Scherer

Gretchen Scherer

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