The Armory Atelier: A Special Opportunity for High School Students

“This is a wonderful experience that gives you free reign over your ideas and artwork, expanding your artistic vocabulary and teaching you to develop confidence and conviction”
- Atelier student, Spring 2014



The New-York Historical Society would like to share its rich art historical exhibitions with talented high school art students interested in pursuing advanced study in the visual arts and/or art history. Through this 10-week program, high school students create original works of art inspired by the techniques used by artists represented in an exhibition to be used in their senior art portfolios.


The Atelier program develops the skills and knowledge of a talented group of New York City high school art students, selected through a competitive application process. The program is developed for students who share a passion for the visual arts and/or art history and plan on advanced study. The ultimate goal of participation in the Atelier Program is the creation of work worthy of inclusion in students’ portfolios for their post-secondary applications.

The Armory Atelier includes:

  • Two-hour weekly sessions for 10 weeks.
  • All necessary art materials including a portfolio for completed artwork.
  • Culminating exhibition of student work.

Past programs have included

2013-14 Atelier students focused on the modernist techniques used in the exhibition The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution open at New-York Historical from October 2013- February 2014. This exhibition is a retrospective of the groundbreaking Armory Show held in New York City in 1913. For the first time in one hundred years, one hundred works of art from the original exhibition were reunited celebrating the introduction of modern art to America and allowing the public to consider how the world has both changed and remained the same over this past century. Atelier students employed the techniques used in the Armory Show to create their own artwork to be used in their senior art portfolios.

For more information, contact:

Daniel De Santis, Visual Arts Specialist


This program was made possible through a gift of Agnes Gund.

Oscar Bluemner (German-American, 1867-1938), Aspiration Winfield, 1911-17. Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm). Private Collection: Courtesy of Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York

Creative: Tronvig Group