Usdan Center for the
Creative and Performing Arts
America's Premier Performing and Visual Arts Day Camp.

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Art majors choose one discipline to explore in depth. Students work in studios designed for their medium and learn from working artists who are specialists in their fields. Studios feature large skylights as well as indoor and outdoor courtyards to take advantage of natural light and the inspiration of nature.

For detailed information about these and all other Usdan courses, please visit the "All Classes" page.

Classes Offered

  • Majors

  • Painting & Drawing
  • Sewing & Fashion Design
  • Cartooning
  • Illustration & Book Design
  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Art Adventure
  • Metalsmithing
  • Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Video Arts
  • Video as a Film Art
  • Video Game Art & Design
  • Architecture Design

  • Minors

  • Painting & Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • Photography
  • Cartooning
  • LegoDesign


Patrick Aievoli | Video Game Art & Design

A.A.S., SUNY Farmingdale, B.S., SUNY Buffalo, M.A., SUNY Empire State. Involved in media projects for American Express, Autism Academy, New York Islanders, Tommy Hilfiger USA, Time Warner/SONY, etc. Faculty, LIU Post, McGraw-Hill.

Lorraine Angeletti | Painting, Art Adventure

B.A., Long Island University, M.A., SUNY Stony Brook. Professional Development Coordinator, SCALA. Faculty, Middle Country Central School District.

Ivy Michelle Berg | Painting

B.S., University of Massachusetts. Painter and digital artist specializing in character illustration, portraiture, wildlife, and nature art. Faculty, Smithtown Township Arts Council.

Hillary Broder | Painting

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, M.A., Adelphi University. Freelance and Commission Artist. Faculty, Rockville Centre School District.

Diana Cavallero| Cartooning, Fashion Design

B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art. Graphic designer.

Nancy Costa | Painting

B.F.A., SUNY New Paltz, M.S., Hofstra University. Faculty, Levittown Schools.

Jacqueline Dubarry | Sculpture

B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, M.S., Queens College. Faculty, Middle Country Schools.

Alicia Edgar | Jewelry

B.S., SUNY New Paltz, M.A., Stony Brook University. Freelance artist. Faculty, Great Neck Public Schools Art Faculty.

Jodie Embleton | Art Adventure

B.F.A., SUNY Purchase College, M.S., CUNY Queens College. Faculty, Neuberger Museum of Art.

Laura Forrest | Ceramics

B.F.A., LI University. Additional studies, Columbia, Alfred, The New School. Faculty, Art League of LI.

Adam Gordon | Studio Art

B.S., SUNY New Paltz, M.S. Ed, Hofstra University Guest Curator at Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. . Faculty, Middle Country Central School District.

Daniel W. Gosnell | Photography, Life Drawing

B.F.A., SUNY Purchase, M.F.A., Brooklyn College. Faculty, Southold High School.

Max Gottfried | Painting

B.F.A., Pratt Institute. Exhibits: St. James Gallery, Freeport Memorial Library, Coffee Nut Gallery, Firehouse Gallery. Faculty, Nassau Community College, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Rambam Mesiv’ta H.S.

Heather Heckel | Cartooning, Illustration and Book Design

.F.A., Ringling College of Art and Design, M.A.T., School of Visual Arts. Illustrator of children’s books. Teaching Artist at the Queens Museum of Art and Groundswell. In-Store Graphic artist for Whole Foods Market.

Todd Hiscox | Painting, Discovery Art

B.F.A., Syracuse, M.A., Purdue. Faculty, Huntington Schools.

Melissa Johnides | Photography

B.A., Long Island University, M.A., Stony Brook University. Faculty, Glen Cove School District./p>

Sibel Kececioglu | Painting and Drawing

B.A., Queens College, M.A., Touro College. Faculty, New York City schools.

Thea Lansizero | Ceramics

B.F.A., SUNY Purchase, M.F.A., Queens College. Grantee, NYSCA, JPMorgan Chase, NYFA. Designer of Public Art Installation Project, Governor’s Island, Key West, Rhodes Greece. Community and outdoor artist.

Dorothy A. Macgregor | Painting, Ceramics

B.A., M.A., Adelphi. Ph.D., Capella University. Faculty, Amityville Schools.

Rochelle Morgan | Chair, Art Department

B.A., Queens College, M.S., M.F.A., Long Island University, M.S., College of New Rochelle. Faculty, Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools.

Dena L. Mortell | Photography

M.A., Long Island University. Art Director and Graphic Designer.

Lori Oldaker | Painting and Drawing

B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, M.Ed., Hofstra University. Attended Art Students League of New York, and National Academy of Art. Commercial illustrator, professional artist.

Amanda Palmieri | Painting

B.S., SUNY Buffalo, M.A., Long Island University. Faculty, Garden City Schools.

Jeremy Quitko | Video Arts

B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, M.A., C.W. Post. Shows work in local gallery shows. Faculty, East Hampton High School.

Christine Roepken | Art Adventure, Animation

B.F.A., School of Visual Arts. M.A.T., Adelphi University. Published comic book artist. Freelance Animator, Illustrator.

Mark Sandor | Video Arts

B.A., M.L.S., St. John's. M.A., NY Institute of Technology. CATV Paragon Cable Award, Telly Award. Faculty, Harrison High School.

Lori Sklar | Photography

B.F.A., Art Center College of Design. M.S., LI University. Commercial and fine art photographer and teacher.

Chris Vivas | Sculpture

B.A., Stony Brook University, M.F.A., SUNY New Paltz. Residencies at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Museum of Arts and Design, Stony Brook University, Air Valluaris (France). Faculty, Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College.