The Alternative Art School Past Online Art Courses

Summer 2023

Art in Public Space – Between Mission & Commission

Intensive with Dmitry Vilensky of Chto Delat

July 11th - Aug 1st | Tuesdays 11am - 1:30 pm ET

$1,000 New Student
$750 Returning Student

In this course we analyze a broad variety of different public art projects. We trace the differences in approaches to the politic of commemoration, gentrification, the difference between agonistic and consensual work.

Spring 2023

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.

Spring 2023

Spoken Spaces

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.

Spring 2023

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.

Spring 2023

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.

Spring 2023

Studio Practice at the End of Who’s World

With Tiago Gualberto

March 14th - April 25th | Tuesdays 6:30 - 9 pm EST


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.

Winter 2023

Gendered Performance Intensive

with Alicia Framis

Jan 24 & 26th, Feb 7th & 9th | Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 - 2:30 pm EST


Gender inequality is the subject of public debate. Everywhere in the world, real calamities are happening, dead women, anti-abortion, homophobism, issues that already seemed solved - from one day to the next has eroded, and we have lost our space in freedom. How do we put our convictions into practice, and go from theory to action, now?

7 Week Course

Presence as Portal

With Maria Gaspar

Sep 27th - Nov. 8th | Tuesdays 11 am - 1:30 pm EST


Artists have used performance to engage various social and political issues through resistance practices that include protest art to public actions.

2 Week Intensive

Arts and Culture of Nature

with Mark Dion

Dec 5th - 14th | Mon, Tues, Wed 12:30-3 pm EST


“Art and the Culture of Nature” aims to foster a better understanding of how artists today can make work engaging the environment in a time of intensifying ecological calamity.

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.