“Isabel Manalo was my Artist Mentor for the two final semesters of my MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University’s low-residency program in Cambridge, MA. Isabel was my local area guide to defining my successful thesis project. She took the time to listen and see what I was attempting to communicate visually and to clear away extraneous visual detail. My initial imagery included a lot of figurative representation. We had already met a few times, but in a single session, she suggested that I simplify and retain the ‘neuro eye’ image which I adopted and repeated on my 16-foot diameter geodesic dome installation. She truly helped me focus on my visual thesis concept and set me off working with a passion. Isabel is a connector, an exceptional mother, a sought-after curator, an art juror, and exhibiting artist with a studio practice and gallery representation. She is a gifted artist and teacher and an excellent human, not to mention her Yale fine art mafia.”
“Isabel is a teacher who inspired and encouraged me to pursue art. She made me and countless other students feel comfortable and genuinely cared for, and she takes great effort to understand you and your goals. She was one of the only teachers at Burke who made students feel genuinely comfortable and cared for.”
“Isabel’s remarkable energy to go above and beyond meant that she often took her students out of the classroom to museums and galleries, shared insights from her own vibrant art practice, and brought in other working artists to give her students direct experiences with what was new and exciting in the art world For quite a few students these eye-opening opportunities allowed them to imagine themselves as true artists for the first time.”
“I looked forward to going to school everyday because of Isabel. She made me realize the significance art holds in my life. As her student, she challenged me to take art seriously and showed countless approaches to creating a piece. I started to create artwork that I was truly proud of because it made me think on a deeper level. The classroom evnironment Isabel provided was icredibly supportive and constructive. Her honesty and compassion for her students is incredibly admirable. Isabel is easily the most intentional and inspiring teacher I have had. I learned many skills from her as an artist, student, and person.”
Winter Session: 6 Weeks: February 18 – March 25, 2023.
Saturdays 10AM – 12PM EST on Zoom: February 18, 25 and March 4,11, 18, 25
Students will use a variety of commonplace materials to create meaningful three-dimensional work with a focus on the body. Developing skills and techniques, they will re-examine their own notions of portraiture and the figure, pushing their creativity and exploring the following concepts through in-class and homework assignments:
-A consideration of personal space
-The language of movement and the emotional body
-Bringing the outside in and putting the inside out
-Hiding vs. revealing
Class size: 4 – 6 students
Instructor: Alison Lee Schroeder
Weekly on Saturdays 10AM – 12PM EST on Zoom (link to be provided once enrolled)
Fee: $300 per student
Winter Session: 6 Weeks: February 7 – March 17, 2023.
Tuesdays on Zoom from 1 – 2 PM EST. Class dates are February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7 and 14.
Through Music, this course will un tap a new source of creativity that will expand your artistic comfort zone to a brand new self-affirming level. Being process-based, you will discover and express yourself through your unique musical voice. The course is in two parts: Music Analysis (MA), and Music Creation (MC). During the MA section, you will design your own analysis system based on a comparative observation of 3-5 works of any genre. For the MC section, based on what you developed (i.e., your personal music algorithm) in the MA section, you will create 1-3 short songs. Please note: while it is helpful to have, you don’t need any prior musical knowledge to take this course. However, for the music creation part of the course, you will be asked to share your new musical work(s) with the class through your choice of media, instrument, or voice. Preparation and extra support, through individual communication and resource lists, will be available throughout the course, and especially for the music-sharing at the last class.
Instructor: Anna Maria Manalo
Weekly on Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM EST on ZOOM (Link will be provided once enrolled)
Winter Session: 6 Weeks: February 13 – March 20, 2023.
Mondays 10AM – 12PM EST on Zoom : February 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 13, and 20
In this class, students will learn to translate what they see through the process of observation from life. Students will be working independently on assignments and coming together weekly for individual and group critiques. This is a beginning course so no prior experience is necessary. Assignments include drawing exercises, color theory and still life work. Students will enjoy the process of seeking out objects from around their work area as well as working from imagination.
Class Size: 4 – 6 students
Instructor: Isabel Manalo
Mondays 10AM – 12PM EST on Zoom (Link provided once enrolled)
Fee: $300 plus materials (list will be provided in session 1)
“Professor Manalo is an exceptional artist, educator and mentor. I took her Studio Art course at American University as a Freshman in college; it was truly one of my favorite and most memorable classes. Professor Manalo’s is the reason why I continue to pursue art. Her teaching methodology was unique, effective and fun! Her teaching style wasn’t confined in the classroom; she introduced us to other renowned artists, and we spent time in museums/galleries to learn about art at the front row. She taught me to challenge the way I pursue art as well as find my own style. Most of my peers in the class didn’t identify as artists, but it was evident how much they enjoyed the class as well. We found ourselves spending countless hours of our free time at the University studio working on projects for Professor Manalo’s class. She is a source of constant inspiration to her students. It has been 6 years since I first took her class, but Professor Manalo is still a champion for her students no matter how long time has flown by.”
Open for Individual Sessions
Time Frame: Ongoing
These sessions are designed to meet the specific needs of each student and their work with any medium. Constructive feedback and critiques of student work are the foundation of the private sessions. Organizational support is also examined and scaffolded in order to mindfully create a schedule that is best for each individual. Isabel is able to meet in person or virtually, or a combination of both depending on the student’s preference.
For high school , college and graduate students: AP Portfolios, college and MFA application essays, and CV.
For professional artists, support towards applications for grants, artist residencies, competitions and exhibitions as well as for artist statements, bios and CV’s.
Meet weekly for one hour on Zoom, or in person TBD by student and instructor
Fee: TBD case by case basis at $100 – $250/ 60 minute session.
Winter Session: 6 Weeks: February 7 – March 17, 2023.
Every Tuesday 6PM – 8PM EST on Zoom: February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14
In this class photographers will have the opportunity to develop their portfolio in a post-graduate environment outside of academia. Class will also cover strategies for creating exhibition opportunities, identifying funding sources, and how to apply for grants and residencies.
Through assignments and in-class critiques, students create a portfolio of new work. Emphasis will be on personal vision, visual cohesion and advanced conceptual and technical consideration demonstrating mastery of formal and aesthetic content. By the end of class, students will have the tools necessary to identify and apply to exhibition and publishing opportunities for this new work.
Class Size: 4-6 students
Instructor: E. Brady Robinson
Tuesdays 6PM – 8PM EST on Zoom (Link will be provided once enrolled)
“Brady is an outstanding professor and artist. I was blessed to have Brady teach professional practices of art during my first semester of graduate school. This course taught me how to successfully grant write and push relevant content out to promotional outlets. I couldn’t have had a better professor for this: Brady knows how to give you the essentials without the jargon and artspeak. Courses like this should be mandatory in any fine art program, and I admire that Brady was an advocate for this: she genuinely wants her students to succeed. Although I’m a few years out of grad school, Brady continues to be a reliable source of help regarding academic, gallery and curatorial positions. If you have the opportunity to work with Brady or take one of her workshops, do not pass it up. I speak for many of her former students when I say I owe much of my success to her.”