Academy of Art of Highland Park

Pursuing the excellence of art through the art of excellence

Sunflowers (2019), by Cheryl Zankman. Ink on watercolor paper.

Summer Session 2019

We are now in week 1 of 6

Swing back into creative action with us
at the drawing board, bench, or easel.
We have everything ready for you!



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This is Ana, Director of the AAHP. On behalf of our wonderful teen teaching assistants, and my fellow Senior Staff members—Aaron, Alina, Amber and Michael—I wish you a summer full of wander and wonder, sunny days and starry nights.


During summers, the majority of our practitioners and their families travel all over the world. Altogether, we visit some 25 (!) different countries in just under three months! Those of us who stay local also do a lot of day trips and weekend travels across the wonderful northeast and across states beyond. Wherever you go, we wish you safe and exciting travels, and the joy of seeing new sights, old friends, and family.


We encourage all our practitioners to carry a small sketchbook, pencil and/or pen, and sketch while traveling. This is a venerable and technically important tradition; 600 years ago, Maestro Da Vinci urged his students to always carry “a little (blank) book” for the purpose of sharpening one’s observational and rendering skills at all times.

Keep in mind that fieldwork is as exciting as studio work. And yet it is an entire practice al its own, with its own principles and aims. As a reminder, allow your sketches to be brief, to perhaps lack grey scales if you wish, and to actually remain unfinished, even though you sign them. Under your date and signature, also add a brief line—part of your field notes—that tell where the scene unfolded. I assure you that you will never forget the particular feel of the place and time when you do fieldwork, as this practice totally anchors you deeply in place, both emotionally, and intellectually.


Welcome to the studio! We the staff will also travel in August, but not before happily spending a fun and also challenging six-week Summer Session in studio with many of you, and with those former students now returning after a hiatus. We are also excited to welcome all new students! We look forwards to meeting all of you, and your families!

Let’s do this!

Introducing Skin & Bones Studio

A Studio for Live Figure and Skeletal Anatomy Studies

Adults 18 and over are invited to join the Skin and Bones Studio, our new live figure and skeletal anatomy drawing workshop. Classes are held on Thursdays from 7:45 – 9:45 PM.

Beginners can receive full instruction while seasoned artists are welcome to explore on their own. All materials are provided.

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Spotlight on…

Student Achievements
Mayu Burr and the Art of Linocut Printmaking We have been enchanted by these hand-made prints by local artist and adult AAHP practitioner Mayu Burr. Mayu, now exploring deeper craft matters in her oil painting practice here at our studios, has been developing delicate printing techniques in her home studio practice. She has been working on fine cardstock made for watercolor postcards, traditional linocut tools, craft knives, linoleum, and ink stamp pads she purchases in Japan. Read more