After a first
career as a professor of the history of art at The City
College of New York, author of two books on medieval art,
and grassroots organizer of women in the arts professions,
Annie is now a full-time artist and part-time tango dancer.
She is a Past National President of the Women's Caucus for
Art, former Chair of the Art Department at The City College
of New York and a former member of the Board of Directors
of the Salmagundi Club of New York. She exhibits there regularly,
where she has won awards for her monotypes and plein air
landscapes. She is proud to have been honored in November
by theArt Alumni of The City College Alumni Association
with a Lifetime Career Achievement Award.
watercolor, 9 3/8" x 13 1/4", 2006
Annie's Classes at her
39 Bond Street Studio
The small classes in the studio run something like a well-equipped
gym with a vigilant trainer who is also working out at the
same time. I maintain a wide array of art materials and
tools for students to try out until they decide which ones
will suit them best. Though most people come to me for watercolor
training, they sometimes move over into other media such
as oil or acrylic, with which I am equally comfortable.
My first profession
as an art historian gives the studio some of its unusual
character. Occasionally I create a situation with a still
life or a model for
commentary on historical examples, or bring out reproductions
from the history of art to help clarify something a student
is working on.
Florence in a Black
Camisole, oil, 30" x
in a Black Camisole (oil, 30" x 20," 2012, above)
was created during a workshop organized last winter called
"Matisse on Bond," at which a group of artists
worked from a Matisse-like set-up with a wonderful model
in my living room.
My first intention
as a teacher is to establish for each student enough practical
support to move toward mastery of basic techniques, including
a detailed knowledge of materials. Then I love to give tremendous
permission in the studio, in the hope that each student
will develop confidence to move in his or her unique direction
as an artist.
Group class schedule: Monday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 3-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
New Students: group classes $35
Private lessons $95
Private lessons by appointment, including some weekends.
To enroll, call or e-mail, giving your name and contact
39 Bond Street (between Lafayette and the Bowery), New York,
NY 10012 (a short walk from the Broadway-Lafayette stop
on the IND subway, Bleecker Street on the #6 IRT, or the
#103 bus on the Bowery.
Annie's Student Recommendations
Companion Piece: Peonies,
oil, 20" x 30", 2010
is a gift I give myself for three hours weekly, it's a magical
experience. Everything is "Present," as my focus
drifts in ward, and I became attentive to light, color,
texture and whatever is the subject of the day's painting. -Desiree Rodriguez
and excellent practical advice. also, fun in a collegial
atmosphere. Three hours to look forward to every week. -Linda Miller
has become a haven, an oasis where creativity, good conversation
and encouragement reign. I came here with a rigid sense
of what watercolors were and were not. several years later,
these barriers have been smashed and my growth as a painter
with few boundaries is ongoing. What fun! -Geraldine Stalonas
Annie Shaver Crandell's studio are both instructive and
comfortable. From beginners to trained artists, there is
room for all. Although I have had extensive training, I
did watercolors for the first time with Annie. It was a
great experience and I learned a lot.
I am now painting with oils. Annie is thoughtful, informed
and enthusiastic. The other painters in class are all gifted
in different ways. The experience of the interaction in
the class is beneficial to us all. -Judith Schiff
Commissions and Websites
Annie is currently
accepting commissions for animal portraits.
Bowdoin at her Ease: Homage to Olympia,
acrylic, 12" x 24"