Ana Ruiz-Castillo, Director of Visual Arts

Under the direction of sculptor and fine artist Ana Ruiz-Castillo, the Visual Arts Department nurtures the desire within to create tangible forms of expression, through the development of new perspectives, techniques, and appreciation of master artists. Ana Ruiz-Castillo was born in Spain, graduating from the School of Ceramics of Madrid. She moved to New York City and enrolled at the Art Students League, where she studied sculpture, drawing and painting. Ana has taught at HSA for 12 years as well as at numerous public schools. She works primarily in sculpture at her Brooklyn studio and shows her work throughout the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan.

HSA offers a wide variety of classes in the visual arts for students ages 2 and up, fostering creativity and individual expression. The curriculum includes classes in a full spectrum of media, including digital art, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, taught by a faculty of world-class professional artists and guest lecturers. Annually,
the Visual Arts Department hosts an exhibition of the students’ work in the Gathering Space.

Beyond the curriculum, HSA seeks to cultivate an appreciation of the arts within the Harlem community by presenting guest artists and faculty exhibitions that are open to the public.

Courses for Children, Teens & Adults
Click to view our 2013-14 Course Catalog

Spring 2014 Course Schedule (COMING SOON)

For questions regarding the program contact:
Ana Ruiz-Castillo
212.926.4100 x319







The Registration Office desk will close at 6pm this week, March 13 - 19.

Due to the weather and late announcement from NYC Public Schools that after-school programs are canceled, all HSA group classes and private lessons are now canceled today, February 13, and the administrative office will close at 6PM.

The HSA administrative office will close at 6 PM today.

SPRING 2014 Classes begin Saturday, January 25! There's still time to register!

HSA is open and operating with regular hours today!

Due to the expected severity of today's storm, all classes and private lessons are cancelled for today. The administration office will close close at 5pm today.