Drawing: Eye and Idea (Online)

Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
II - July 21–August 7, 2020
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 –11:00 a.m. and 1:10–4:00 p.m.
Ioana Manolache

“[I gained] a more well-rounded idea of drawing, with more techniques and artistic knowledge.” — From a program course evaluation 

Course Description

Studio arts courses are offered in conjunction with Columbia University's School of the Arts.

In this online beginner-level class, students explore various modes of looking at and interpreting the world through drawing. The course emphasizes drawing from both observation and imagination as ways to learn traditional and digital drawing techniques and foster creativity and personal interpretation. Course assignments develop the use of traditional drawing materials alongside conceptual prompts to find creative approaches to visual problem-solving. Assignments include exercises in composition and experiments with scale, the development of personal narrative and subject matter, and the use of charcoal as well as animated digital tools, all with personalized attention from the instructor.

The course combines demonstrations of drawing techniques, individual conferences with the instructor as well as online group critiques, and virtual studio visits with professional artists. Critical issues in art are addressed once a week through group writing prompts and online discussion, so as to generate meaningful debates as a context for studio work.

Participants learn how to prepare a final portfolio for college applications and are instructed on how to professionally document and present their work. The session concludes with a final drawing project, in which the students work on animating and editing as a group. A final blog will house a virtual exhibit, and work is shared within the community on a social media platform.

Students will need to acquire their own materials, which will cost approximately $100. A list will be provided. Students who have significant drawing experience might consider taking Painting: The Painted Image instead of this course


Ioana Manolache

Ioana Manolache holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Community Artist Grant and has exhibited her work in New York City at Etay Gallery, Orgy Park, Judith Charles Gallery, the Fisher Landau Center of Art, The Wallach Gallery, and The Last Brucennial, amongst others. Ioana was awarded a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center in Woodside, NY, and curated a group exhibition, “Stirring Still,” at Columbia's LeRoy Neiman Gallery. Her work was selected as Noteworthy in the New American Paintings MFA publication and included in “Surface Tension,” a show of notable graduates organized by Saatchi Art.  

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