The 2020 Student Exhibition

May 4, 2020By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements

On the evening of March 11, the Art Students League announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school would close indefinitely. I was teaching my evening painting class when the word came down. We were all in shock; it was like all the air let out of a balloon. The students were revving up … Read More

Copying Master Drawings: Assignment I

March 29, 2020By Costa VavagiakisInstruction

Copying master drawings is a rewarding way to improve your drawing skills. When you copy a drawing by a highly skilled artist, you are exposed to the artist’s techniques, as well as to their thought process. Copying teaches you how a master faces and solves fundamental drawing problems. You get a deep, rich understanding of … Read More

Painting in Western Sicily, June 8–18, 2020

January 8, 2020By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements, painting abroad

Hosted by Rosetta Sciacca with Instructor Costa Vavagiakis Trip Overview Rosetta Sciacca and Sicily Artist Retreats invite you to paint in Sicily. Sicily Artist Retreats organizes intensive 10-day programs led by renowned artists in a variety of disciplines, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. Join acclaimed artist Costa Vavagiakis for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint in Western Sicily. Explore Greek … Read More

A Ten-Day Painting Workshop in Marsala, Sicily, June 8–18, 2020

November 3, 2019By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements, painting abroad

Join Costa Vavagiakis for a painting workshop in Marsala, Sicily. Explore Greek temples, Norman castles, and colorful seaside towns in the historic heart of the Mediterranean. We will paint en plein air along ancient salt flats, picturesque seascapes, and at suggestive historic sites. While in Sicily, we will explore the cuisine, culture, and traditions of one of the … Read More

You Are Invited!

September 7, 2019By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements

The Annual Instructors’ Exhibition at the Art Students League of New York Since the late nineteenth century, The Art Students League of New York has launched its fall exhibition season with a presentation of work by current instructors. Notable teachers who have taken part in this historic tradition include Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, William … Read More

Artists Magazine Asked …

August 8, 2019By Costa VavagiakisClippings

Artists Magazine asked, “If you could’ve witnessed the creation of one artwork, what would it be?” Twelve artists answered, including Costa Vavagiakis. One of the reasons The Art of Painting intrigues me is that it’s one of the few Vermeers I haven’t seen in person. We on the East Coast have the opportunity to see … Read More

Announcing 2019 NYC Summer Workshops

July 14, 2019By Costa Vavagiakisannouncements

  PORTRAIT PAINTING Monday–Friday, July 29–Aug. 2, 2019 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM | $920 This all-day all-week workshop is designed to help the student learn the finer points of this time-honored art form. All the stages of the portrait painting process will be examined from the under-painting to the completed portrait. Students will develop a … Read More

Drawing My Mother

June 2, 2019By Costa VavagiakisStudio Notes

Back when we were kids we sketched well, but we didn’t take drawings that far. Over the last thirty years, because of the blossoming of the French academic ateliers that focus on rendering, it has reversed. Today, I find a lot of students who do finished drawings well, but don’t sketch well. I discovered a … Read More