The Alternative Art School

Accepting applications for our following courses.


Session 1 runs Feb 4th - May 20th 2022


7 Week Course

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Painter to Pointer

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

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.

7 Week Course


The Body As Instrument And Image

Mar 30th - May 11th | Wednesdays 12-2:30 pm EST

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

2 Week Intensive

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

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.

7 Week Course

Pier Luigi Sacco

Aesthetics of impact. Artistic practice and transformational social change

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

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

Guadalupe Maravilla

Intensive with Guadalupe Maravilla

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

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

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

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.

2 Week Intensive

Raqs Media Collective

Procedure, Procedure, Procedure

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

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.