Take part in ‘A Day in Art’ for a unique walking art tour

New York City is home to a number of art galleries and museums, so one group is making it their mission to know everything about the art that finds itself here. Bring your walking shoes because you will have the opportunity to embark on a unique and interesting artistic experience.

If you are an art lover or looking to learn more about the city’s collections, A Day in Art can help you. The company specializes in art tours during New York City’s art season, which runs during the spring and fall seasons. In total, they offer six different sessions during these seasons, that will show you the ins and outs of the famous and some of the not so famous museums, institutions and neighborhoods across Manhattan.

“We explore established artists and new emerging talents, both national and international, in the galleries and museums of the New York art scene,” said visual artist and founder Jo Wood-Brown.

Wood-Brown began the tours in 2001 shortly after 9/11 with the goal of “broadening her outreach as an artist.” She has an extensive background in art involving an affiliation with the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art as a lecturer focusing on history and the deciphering of artifacts. Using her own perspectives as an artist, Wood-Brown provides a unique insight on how artists create their work.

Working alongside Wood-Brown is Alyssa Rose Johnson who is responsible for lectures and tours, while bringing tours right to the artists themselves.

A Day in Art viewing Dove Allouche at Peter Freeman Gallery in Soho. (Photo: Alyssa Rose Johnson)

“The tours focus on the growing trends within contemporary and modern art, and highlight historically prominent shows,” Wood-Brown said.

She added that the goal if the organization is to provide a “broader insight on how art impacts society, aesthetics, and culture.” It’s a unique opportunity for the viewer and the artist to simultaneously understand each others creativity.

There are multiple options for the student and tourist who is interested in experiencing A Day in Art. While they offer six sessions, they also have part-time packages of only three sessions, if you are unable to commit to a longer period of time. On top of that, they also offer flexible weekday and weekend schedules, and three exclusive studio tours. All are welcome, as you do not need a formal background in art to participate. However, classes are not suitable for children.

If this sparks your interest, Wood-Brown provided some information to give an overview of each class type.

If you have enough time on your hands, weekday classes might be a good fit.

“Bi-weekly group classes explore the many art districts of New York City and engage in dialogues that transform the works of art into catalysts for creative and critical thinking of what is possible in the world around us.”

Weekday classes cost $375 for six classes or $200 for three classes.

And if you’re only free during the weekend…

“Studio Saturdays invite direct engagement between artists and participants within the creative environment of artists’ studios,” said Wood-Brown. “This opportunity allows participants to share in the artist’s creative process and encourages those who engage to be active supporters of the local New York City artist community.”

A Day in Art viewing Dove Allouche at Peter Freeman Gallery in Soho. (Photo: Alyssa Rose Johnson)

Last but not least, for those who prefer a more exclusive tour and learning experience, A Day in Art also offers private tours. This option gives you all the time you need to ask those burning questions about the artwork. 

“Catered specifically for individual organizations, not-for-profits, and companies, A Day in Art crafts personalized tours to artists’ studios, galleries or museum exhibitions to provide exclusive insight for large groups.”

Location varies around Manhattan, depending on the class you pick.

Regardless of the class you choose, A Day in Art will teach you how to examine different elements of the work you study.

“By focusing on simple elements of the work rather than the whole, the viewer can begin to understand how the artists conceive of their works and see how the imagery shapes the whole,” said Wood-Brown who says it also inspires instructors to see the work through the eyes of others.

Here, you will not find a boring lecture in a classroom, as you’re always on the move, so bring your walking shoes!

“This creates a non-traditional lecture format that one often finds in other art tours, which often feels more like a history lesson than a complete understanding of the artists’ practices,” Wood-Brown said.

The program’s participants range in ages from people in their mid-thirties, to those in their late sixties, sparking discussion from different points of view. They also pride themselves on focusing on small classes rather than large groups to garner an environment open for dialogue.

If you’re looking to brush up that art knowledge, don’t miss out on your chance to register for the Fall 2017 courses.