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. 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

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.

Nancy Costa | Painting

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

Cristalina Denicola | Painting

B.F.A. Pratt Institute, M.S.Ed., Queens College. Faculty, Brentwood Union Free School District.

Jacklyn Eggleton | Cartooning

B.F.A, Cazenovia College, M.F.A., C.W. Post, M.S.Ed., C.W. Post. Professional photographer.

Jodie Embleton | Art Adventure

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

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. Faculty, NYC Public Schools – Maspeth High School.

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: Mill Pond House Gallery, Glen Cove Center, Freeport Memorial Library Firehouse Gallery, Coffee Nut Gallery. Faculty, Nassau Community College, Rambam Mesiv’ta M.S., Shalhevet H.S.

Heather Heckel | Cartooning; Illustration & Book Design

B.F.A., Ringling College of Art and Design, M.A.T., School of Visual Arts. Freelancer, illustrator of children’s books, graphic designer. Faculty, the High School of Art and Design.

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.

Sibel Kececioglu | Painting and Drawing

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

Sonya Korder | Sewing and Fashion Production

A.A.S., B.F.A., Fashion Institute of Technology. Freelance designer, artisan.

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. Illustrator of children’s books.

Rochelle Morgan | Chair, Art Department

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

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.

Amanda Palmieri | Painting

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

Christine Roepken | Art Adventure, Animation

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

Bailey Whitney | Photography, Fashion Design

B.A., M.S.Ed., Hofstra University. Faculy, Cold Spring Harbor Central School District.