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Ginsburg-Studio Atelier Painting from Life is a Program

Ginsburg-Studio Atelier Painting from Life


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Full program description

Time: 8:45 am – 4:45 pm 


Day(s): Saturday


Course Number: #5036 


Monthly Cost: $210


Class Description

“We will try to paint what we see, not what we know, in order to express on canvas the unique look of the model in a particular situation. We will focus on seeing form—not formulas. We will pursue our study in the realistic tradition of the Old Masters. We will study drawing, perspective, values, color, composition, painting techniques, and the relationship of shapes.”
Mr. Ginsburg will critique student work individually, give painting demonstrations, and paint alongside students as a teaching tool for half of each session, similar to the manner of the Old Masters when they painted with their apprentices. This class works with both nude and clothed models with poses generally lasting two or three weeks.

About the Instructor

Max Ginsburg has taught drawing and painting at the High School of Art & Design (1960–1982), the School of Visual Arts (1984–2000), and The Art Students League (1997–2000, 2008–present). He has exhibited widely in commercial galleries but has recently sought public venues to reach a wider audience with his message to promote realism in form and content. Recent solo shows were held at the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH, 2011), the Salmagundi Club (New York, NY, 2011), and the Martin Luther King Labor Center (New York, NY, 2008). His War Pieta, Bus Stop, and Foreclosure were included in a group show touring six museums in China (2012, 2013).

In 2016, Mr. Ginsburg had a retrospective exhibition in the High Line Gallery Loft in Chelsea, and in the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas. In 2017, he was invited to FACE (Figurative Art Convention & Expo), where he gave a demonstration on painting from life and a powerpoint presentation of his paintings (1956–2017).

Among his many awards are the Grand Prize at the Portrait Society of America Painting Competition, 2015; the California Art Club’s Presidents Gold Medal for the Advancement of Traditional Fine Art, 2013; the Best in Show at the Art Renewal Center online competition, 2011; the Phillip Desind Award at the Butler Institute Midyear Exhibition, 2008; the Collectors Prize at the Butler Institute Midyear Exhibition, 2007; Best in Show at the Salmagundi, Non-Members, 2006; Purchase Prize at the Art Renewal Center, 2005; the Christopher’s Award, 1991; and the Gold Medal at the Society of Illustrators, 1984. From 1980 to 2004, Mr. Ginsburg was one of the leading illustrators in America. For more information, visit

Mr. Ginsburg attended the High School of Music & Art, Syracuse University (B.F.A.) and City College of New York (M.A.). However, his skill and artistry as a realist were not taught in the schools he attended but were learned from his father, Abraham Ginsburg, a portrait painter.

For more information please visit his fine art website: www. To learn more about his book, Max Ginsburg: Retrospective, please visit and click on the Book/DVD section. His DVD, The Legacy of an American Painter, Max Ginsburg, Painting the Portrait From Life, which includes demos and an interview, is accessible here:


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