The NYK Academy is the new name for the school founded in 2002 by Andrea J. Smith and Judy Kudlow known as the Harlem Studio of Art.

That curriculum is now taught at two locations, the NYK Academy in New York City and the Atelier Canova in Rome, Italy. Judy Kudlow is the Director of the NYK Academy, and Andrea J. Smith is the Director of Atelier Canova.

The philosophy and curriculum of the two schools are derived from the same source and are similar.


The NYK Academy is located in a loft building at 508 East 117th Street in Spanish Harlem, a few blocks from the 116th street subway stop, and there is ample free parking on the surrounding streets. It is well-lit by north-facing windows and two skylights. The space is comfortable and well-equipped.

Drawing curriculum

The course is based on the Cours de Dessin developed in the 19th century by Charles Bargue which was used by Jean-Leon Gerome to train artists at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. Beginning Students copy Bargues, advancing from graphite to charcoal. Intermediate Students copy casts in charcoal, advancing to a final drawing on toned paper, heightened with white. Intermediate students also begin drawing from the model.

Painting curriculum

Students who have finished the intermediate level of study have acquired the necessary basic drawing skills to begin painting in oil. At this level, students concentrate on tonal values, and work in an ordered regimen, transitioning from charcoal on toned paper to grisaille, limited palette, and, ultimately, full palette. Advanced students use the limited palette on the figure and portraits, and full palette on still life. At this point, we introduce color studies to teach the basics of color mixing: values, tints and shades, and neutralization; and preparation of canvas and grounds. Students receiving a Painting Diploma will have completed a series of required projects in the following areas:

Cast Painting
Figure Painting
Still Life
Color Course

Upon reiceipt of the Painting Diploma, students are eligible for the Master’s Program. They will be given their own studio to complete large still lifes and full length portraits, working under the supervision of the director.

[Via NYK Academy]


School Info
Type: Atelier
Program(s): Full-time
Medium(s) Taught: Drawing, Painting
Instructor(s): Judith Pond Kudlow
Tuition: $350 per month
Financial Aid: No


Contact Info
728 East 136th Street
Bronx, NY 10454
Phone: 917.492.1923


Related Links

NYK Academy at the Art Renewal Center


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