National Academy School Offers Free Classes for Displaced 3rd Ward Members


On Friday the National Academy School announced that it will graciously offer free classes to aspiring artists who have been locked out of 3rd Ward Brooklyn following that institution’s sudden meltdown earlier this month. “We are always saddened to hear about the closure of an arts organization,” National Academy School director Maurizio Pellegrin said in a statement. “We hope that offering 3rd Ward members free registration for any one class in our upcoming semester will help heal the wounds of loss and assist in supporting the needs of affected artists.”

The National Academy is inviting 3rd Ward members to sign up for second quarter classes (course guide available here), which begin on November 4 and run through January 19, 2014. Anyone interested should present themselves at the Upper East Side school, with proof of 3rd Ward membership or that they were signed up for a class there, to register in person (5 East 89th Street) by 5pm on the first of November.

Browsing the course catalogue, the many enticing offerings include “Exploring Multiplicity, Seriality, and Sequence in Printmaking,” “Perceptual Watercolor,” and “The Art of the Portrait.” But for our part, if we had the money or a 3rd Ward membership, we would put it toward the awesome-sounding sculpture class “Remixing the Ordinary.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo via 3rd Ward Brooklyn/Facebook.)