Paint School is a free master class in the theory and practice of painting that takes place in New York City. This lecture-based program brings twelve fellows together with six individuals widely recognized as among the most exceptional painters working today.

Inspired by alternative educational initiatives like Black Mountain College, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Core Program, Paint School is unaccredited but extraordinarily rigorous. Presented in the style of a post-graduate fellowship, this program aims to enrich the discourse of contemporary painting through peer exchange. Fellows are expected to possess a significant history of engagement with the field and a desire to participate in a community focused on dialogic interchange. This program is best suited for those who have completed their formal education, and is open to painters as well as other art professionals with a deep connection to painting.

Applications are accepted in the early fall, and the program runs December through May each year. In semi-monthly meetings, fellows get together with a lecturer—first to hear a presentation and respond through discussion, and then to present their own work. An exhibition of work by Paint School fellows will be held at the end of each term.

Paint School 2017-18 fellows include Benny Merris, Caroline R Kent, Cynthia Daignault, Crys Yin, Gloria Maximo, Iman Raad, Jarrett Earnest, Lindsay Marie Burke, Matthew Dale, Morgan Mandalay, Sophie Grant, Tim Wilson.