The Alternative Art School

Accepting applications for Workshop Summer Classes until June 23rd.


Summer runs July 5th - August 18th 2022


7 Week Course

NFTs & Artists

with Nato Thompson

July 6th - August 17th | Wednesdays 12:30 pm-3 pm EST

This course is a combination of workshop, lecture, discussions and visiting guests in the field, as Nato Thompson digs into the ever evolving world of non-fungible tokens.

4 Week Intensive

Embodying Process: An Artlab Workshop

with Amber Imrie

July 6th - August 1st | Mon & Wed 3 - 5:30 pm EST

This is a non-hierarchical workshop wherein artists will offer each other critical feedback, from idea to fruition, testing and experimenting through iterations, and culminate in an online group exhibition of the finished artworks. This workshop is created to help support artists who are going through a transition; maybe starting a new project, series, or looking to refine their process.

4 Week Intensive

Recognize, Research, Respond: An ArtLab Workshop

with Veronica Jackson

July 26th - Aug 18th | Tues & Thurs 1:30-4 pm EST

In this non-hierarchical workshop, artists will offer each other critical feedback, from idea to fruition, culminating in an online group exhibition of artworks workshopped. This workshop is lead by Veronica Jackson. Veronica brings to Artlab deep questions about artistic process that focuses on defining our audience, research, and purpose as an artist.

7 Week Course Session 1


The Body As Instrument And Image

April 6th - May 18th | Wednesdays 12-2:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - This is a class where we will develop a performance. structured around embodied research, guest lectures, and exposure to several artist works and films.

7 Week Course Session 1

Pier Luigi Sacco

Aesthetics of impact. Artistic practice and transformational social change

Mar 1st - Apr 12th | Tuesdays 12 - 2:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - Should artistic practice have an ‘impact’ – that is, beyond the consensus, it is able to command within the art system? This question has a special importance for all such practices that cut through the traditional borders of studio art to directly involve specific individuals and communities, especially when such individual or collective subjects suffer from any form of marginalization and deprivation.

2 Week Intensive Session 1

Mark Dion

Behind the Scenes with Mark Dion - Arts & Museums from the Cabinet of Curiosities to Institutional Critique

Feb 6th - 16th | Mon, Tues, Wed 12:30-3 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - Museums; what are they? where did they come from? and who are they for? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this intensive sociocultural class.

2 Week Intensive Session 1

Raqs Media Collective

Procedure, Procedure, Procedure

Mar 8th - 17th | Tues, Wed, Thurs 8-10:30 am EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - In ‘Procedure, Procedure, Procedure’, Raqs Media Collective will present an outline of the attitudes, methods, and infrastructural stances it undertakes in order to sustain and develop its three-decade-long artistic, curatorial, and research practice.
The two-week module will be structured through readings, focused discussions, conversations, and exercises.

7 Week Course Session 1

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Painter to Pointer

Feb 10th - Mar 24th | Thursdays 7-9:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - Through the exploration of wet media to social media, students will move between painting as an art medium and how it can amplify its effect in relation to site, audience, context, and social engagement.

2 Week Intensive

Guadalupe Maravilla

Intensive with Guadalupe Maravilla

Feb 14th - Feb 25th | Mon, Tues, Wed 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - Art is in a constant process of expansion and is constantly absorbing new materials, media, strategies, and ideologies. In general terms, the goal of this class is to teach students about art as a living contemporary practice and the importance of self-care. The class will focus on information and techniques that are relevant to the present.

7 Week Course Session 1

Zoe Butt

Embodying Method: How Artists Provide Responsive Strategies for Sustaining Knowledge

Feb 15th - Mar 8th, Apr 19th - May 3rd | Tuesdays 9-11:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - The context of artistic production across the globe is incredibly vast and thus diverse in nature and capacity. Artistic intention is often driven by local landscapes of increasing political fragility, where the urgency to mine the past, in order to excavate historical reason, is paramount to sustaining conversations surrounding issues of sovereignty, religious freedom, Indigeneity, race, spiritual affinities, environmental justice and so much more.

7 Week Course Session 1

Janine Antoni

At Home in the Body

Feb 22nd - Apr 12th | Tuesdays 3-5:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - This class will be part laboratory, part playground, part archeological dig: a place to relate, to connect, and to honor difference. Where are we politically, geographically, and culturally? Where are we in terms of our gender and belief systems? How does this affect our making?

7 Week Course Session 1

Rirkrit Tiravanija

When Nothingness Becomes Form

Apr 7th - May 19th | Thursdays 4-6:30 pm EST

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - How do we continue to think about making art in a world where existing as a human is no longer sustainable? How can we communicate in a world where communication is reduced to 270 characters? How can we make pictures and images, when on average, people are spending twenty minutes on Instagram, Gen-Z spends fifty-three minutes per day, while Americans spend more than thirteen hundred hours on social media?