Learning to paint for me started gradually when I arrived in New York City. The toughest part, I remember, was knowing where to go. Here are some good places that I know.
NYC Figurative Painting Academy, clubs, and Schools
The Art Students League of New York – Founded by Artists and Supporting Artists Since 1875: The League educates students in the language and process of making art in an environment where anyone who wishes to pursue an art education can realize his or her full potential.
New York Academy of Art – The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school of fine art focused on progressive representational and figurative art
Spring Studio – Considered by many artists to be the best place to draw in New York City, Spring Studio is a professional art studio offering ongoing life drawing sessions 7 days a week.
The Society of Illustrators – Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.
Salmagundi Art Club – Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. The Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.