The Alternative Art School
Accepting Late applications for Select Courses in Spring 2023- Until March 19th
Spring Session runs - March 10th - May 26th
Multi-Class Discounts are back
Sign up for 2 Classes & get $250 off, or 3 classes to get $750 off
Post-Human Infrastructure 2.0
with Lauren Bon
March 30th - May 11th | Thursdays 12:30 - 3 pm EST
In this online course, we will explore the concept of post-human infrastructure through the construction of speculative ecologies centered around water-based eco-zones. We will start by examining the ways in which human infrastructure has impacted these eco-zones and identify the challenges they face.
The Magic of Manifesto: Defining your Art Practice
With Epiphany Couch
March 24th - May 5th | Fridays 2 - 4:30 pm EST
Why make art? Why share it with others? What is the importance of an art community? What are your goals and intentions as an artist? How can you turn these into reality? Through work sessions, guest lectures, guided writing, and more, this reflective and collaborative workshop will explore the importance of defining our intentions, motives, and views as artists. In addition to drafting our own Creative Manifestos to guide our future practice, we’ll discuss practical tips, tricks, and resources for how to stay dedicated to our individual manifesto tenets as well as how to start finding our “happy place” in the art world and art community.
with Amber Imrie
March 27th - May 15th | Mondays 1 - 3:30 pm EST
This course is for artists who need to workshop projects in a supportive (yet critically engaged) environment. We believe great art comes from vulnerability. Through this non-hierarchical workshop artists exchange critical supportive feedback to develop new, vulnerable, or ongoing projects. Our feedback sessions are structured on a foundation of compassion - with the common goal to understand each other - in order to offer, meaningful insights, relevant knowledge, and useful resources.
Only Collectives Left Alive
With Dmitry Vilensky of Chto Delat
April 11th - May 23rd | Tuesdays 11 am -1:30pm EST
It is no exaggeration to say that in recent years the world has entered a situation of profound uncertainty, when factors of climate catastrophe, new wars, the sharp impoverishment of people, mass migration, the extinction of more and more animal species, the unprecedented acceleration of virtual communication, the impoverishment of cultural language have become a constant background for the production of culture and art.
With Vashti DuBois & DaSaint
April 12th - May 24th | Wednesdays 5:30 pm - 8pm EST
Inspired by The Colored Girls Museum this writing workshop invites participants to engage with home space as the muse - All Spaces Speak.
In this eight week course co-facilitators Vashti and DaSaint invite participants to create poetry inspired by spaces that speak. Participants will engage in being and seeing themselves in those spaces and speak back through poetic prose. We invite participants to explore the various spaces we call home, rather known or unknown and speak of its story in a poetic format.
Artists will learn fundamental poetry genres and styles but this is not the focus of the course, rather we will focus on what happens when we bring this knowledge into the spaces that speak to us.
The Decentralization of the Southeast Asian Art Scene
With Gridthiya Gaweewong
May 16th - 25th | Tues & Thurs 8 - 10:30 am EST
The Southeast Asian contemporary art scene has emerged asynchronously since the dawn of globalization. This class will unfold the entanglements of contemporary art scenes from different loci on the Southeast Asian peninsula and the archipelago. It will explore the decentralization process of the contemporary art activities in the region. Many key players are artists - curators who initiate the collectives, art festivals and socially engaged art in their hometowns. These emerging practices, started in the 1990s, have resurfaced and are slowly spreading like networks of mushrooms in the forest. The vibrant art scene escalated when Indonesian artists collective, Ruangrupa curated the recent Documenta Fifteen, when many Southeast Asian collectives participated in the Lumbung (rice barn) concept of sharing resources within their community and beyond, and have continued their collaboration back home.
At Home in the Body
with Janine Antoni
March 15 - April 26th | Wednesdays 2:30 - 5 pm EST
This Course is FULL. 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?
Art, Climate & Land-Use
Socio-Environmental Imagination in the age of the Agripocene With Amy Franceschini
March 14th - April 25th | Tuesdays 12 - 2:30 pm EST
This Course is FULL. The Agripocene* course will look at different forms of art and activism that address issues of land use, climate change and environmental justice with a focus on strategies of collaboration, durational approaches and methods for developing unconventional partnerships to realize the unthinkable. Lectures and invited guests will demonstrate how to move, be moved and to move mass(es) - from the small gesture to large-scale productions that overturn policy, food systems and practices of everyday life to form new paths of resistance, mutual aid and reciprocal engagement.
Making A Life of Art
with Nato Thompson
March 16th - April 27th | Thursdays 10 am - 12:30pm EST
This Course is FULL.
In this course, Thompson will address and workshop the complexities of living an artistic life. Ranging from practical issues like artistic work routines and navigating the art world to more philosophical issues of community, sustainability, and life-work balance; the course is meant as a hands-on workshop for artists and curators interested in making a cultural life amidst a difficult and socially arduous world. The course will also include visiting artists, readings, and discussions.
Studio Practice at the End of Who’s World
With Tiago Gualberto
March 14th - April 25th | Tuesdays 6:30 - 9 pm EST
This Course is FULL. An ongoing global crisis, The Apocalypse - The End of the World as we know it - looms as a very real threat. The question we ask is: how does one make art and a life in these times? Furthermore, who's world will end and how will art be made? We turn for guidance from artistic communities where apocalypse has been part of their culture for some time such as black and indigenous artists.