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"Between the time-tested course of study, the high amount of individual attention students receive, and the intimate environment for the creation of art, this is certainly a school where students can learn to master a classical tradition".
— Austin R. Williams, American Artist Magazine


Paperclip Building IndoorsThe NYK Academy is the new name for the school founded in 2002 by Andrea J. Smith and Judy Kudlow known as the Harlem Studio of Art.

That curriculum is now taught at two locations, the NYK Academy in the Bronx and the Atelier Canova in Rome, Italy. Judy Kudlow is the Director of the NYK Academy, and Andrea J. Smith is the Director of Atelier Canova.

The philosophy and curriculum of the two schools are derived from the same source and are similar.




In 2016, the NYK Academy moved to a larger space, at the Willow Avenue Atelier in the Port Morris section of the South Bronx. It is an up-and-coming neighborhood, only a few blocks from the Cypress Ave./138th St. subway stop. The studio is well-lit by 14 north-facing windows on the fourth floor of the historic Paperclip Building.

Paperclip Building



Students work individually on their projects with one-on-one daily instruction from Ms. Kudlow. Enrollment is, therefore, on an on-going basis, year round. Classes generally meet every day from 1:00 to 4:00, but students may design their own schedule as needed.

Tuition is $400 per month, and scholarships are available.

Students wishing to enroll should contact Ms. Kudlow at 917-492-1923.

Paperclip Building Indoors