The Thinking Woman's Almanac
From Annie Shaver-Crandell's Studio
January 2013
Annie Shaver-Crandell Studio Classes
Annie Shaver-Crandell Studio Classes

In this issue
Art Classes
Student Recommentations

About Annie 


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.


Venetian Sunset,
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 

Florence in a Black Camisole, oil, 30" x 20," 2012
deliberate 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 20," 2012, at left) 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 information.

Studio: 212-677-4045

Cell:     212-464-7519



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

"This 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

Ideas, inspiration and excellent practical advice. also, fun in a collegial atmosphere. Three hours to look forward to every week.

-Linda Miller


Annie's studio 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


Classes at 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"  


Annie's work may be seen at 


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Please contact Stella Lillig for more information at and 212-924-3605