National Academy School, photo: David Plakke Media, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the National Academy School?
The Academy School offers studio-based study in an intimate, creative environment under the mentorship of working faculty artists supporting the artistic journey of each student. Classes are taught in seven sky-lit studios where students work in painting, drawing, sculpture, new media, printmaking, mixed media, and on interdisciplinary projects. The broad curriculum is enriched by demonstrations, lectures, and specialized workshops. Courses are maintained with a limited number of participants, enabling students at varying skill levels and with different goals to benefit from individualized instruction.

Where are you located?
The National Academy School is located in New York City’s Upper East Side along Museum Mile across from Central Park at 89th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Directions by subway:
Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 trains to 86th Street Station
Directions by bus:
M1, M2, M3 or M4 buses on Fifth and Madison avenues to 89th Street

Who may take classes at the National Academy School?
The School is a global community with students from across the country and abroad, offering a kaleidoscope of culturally diverse contexts, perceptions and creativity. There are no portfolio requirements for entry (unless applying for an F-1 visa student or applying for the Studio Art Intensive). Students of all levels and ages are welcome.

When are classes held? 
Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, 9 AM through 10 PM; Friday and Saturday, 9 AM through 4 PM. Classes usually take place in three-hour sessions, held morning, afternoon, late afternoon, and evening.

How do I register for classes?
Register by phone, fax, or in person, using a check, money order, or credit card.
Phone: 212-996-1908
Fax: 212-426-1711
Office Hours:
Monday -Thursday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Can I get advice on which classes to register for?
Yes, please call or visit the school office and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you.

Can I be put on a waiting list for a course that is full?
Yes, you may be put on the waiting list by registering yourself online, calling, or visiting the school office.

Does the School offer degrees or college credit?
Our Studio Art Intensive program offers a two-year immersion in fine arts studies designed to help students prepare for a career in the arts. The National Academy School does not offer a degree, nor is it a credit-bearing institution; it is a continuing education school.

Does the National Academy School provide supplies for the classes?
No, the school does not provide supplies. Class supply lists will be emailed to you three weeks prior to the start of classes.

Does the School sell art materials?
No, we do not sell art materials. A list of art supply stores throughout the city is available on request.

Can I store my materials?
Yes, lockers are available for rent on the lower level. Paintings, drawing boards, and pads may also be stored in the lower level above the lockers. Works are meant to be left only during the period for which you are registered for. All items must be clearly labeled with the student’s name and dated.

Do you have classes for children?
Yes, we have classes for young artists. We offer Mixed Media for ages 6 through 9 with Martha Bloom, Painting and Drawing for ages 10 through 13 with Hannah Frassinelli, and Studio Art for High School Students with Lotus Do. See the course catalogue for a complete listing of classes and workshops for young artists.

Do you offer private lessons?
No, we do not offer private lessons; however, most classes are small in size and the instructor provides individual attention.

Can I get a refund if I drop a class?
Yes, to receive a full refund, the school office must be notified twelve days prior to the first day of classes. Students may withdraw from a class and receive a 75% refund as school Credit if within twelve days of the start of the class. No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation. There is a $15 administrative fee for each refund.

Can I transfer from one course to another?
Yes, though all transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transfer from one workshop to another is not permitted.There is a $15 administrative fee for each transfer.

If I miss a class, can I attend a makeup or be pro-rated?
No, there are no makeup classes unless the school cancels a class. Prorating is not permitted.

Does the school offer financial aid?
Yes, there are many opportunities for financial aid for National Academy School students through monitoring, the work-study program, and scholarships.

Scholarship competitions are held two times a year and awards are given to deserving students of all ages. Scholarships are available and are granted to students with proof of financial need. Scholarships are made possible by bequests, endowments, and annual gifts from Academicians, Friends of the Academy, Foundations, and School Alumni.

Instructors of classes with eight or more students choose a monitor to assist and oversee the class when the instructor is not present. Monitors are responsible for handling students’ requests and acting as liaison between students, faculty, and the school office. Monitors will be granted a reduction in their the tuition.

The Academy’s work-study program offers qualified students an opportunity to work in the museum or school in exchange for tuition remission when there is available space in a class. Contact the school office at 212-996-1908 for further information.

I am an international student. Do you provide a form I-20?
Yes, the National Academy School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. For information about the requirements for admission, please contact the school office. Students applying for a form I-20 do not need to show a TOEFL score. A useful website for students applying for an F-1 visa is:

Do you provide housing?
No, the school does not provide housing for students.

Do you rent out the studios?
No, the school does not rent the studios for public use.

Does the school allow the use of fixatives or turpentine?
No, the use of spray fixative and turpentine is prohibited within the building. These products are extremely hazardous to your health. You may use an aerosol hairspray such as Aquanet to “set” your work instead. Use odorless mineral spirits instead of turpentine.