II - July 21–August 7, 2020
Some experience with drawing is recommended but not required.
"I [gained] technical skill with oil paints as well as more confidence in my ability to take artistic risks and try new things.” – From a program course evaluation
Studio arts courses are offered in conjunction with Columbia University's School of the Arts.
In this course aimed at introducing students to basic acrylic painting techniques, each day the instructor introduces a new assignment through a live tutorial. Each assignment is complemented by a short art history lecture, which aids the students in thinking about content alongside studio progress. Students receive guidance from the instructor as they work from home on their paintings.
At the end of each day, students present their results to the class; the online platform serves as a virtual group crit. The works are reviewed by the instructor prior to the next session. Each student receives individualized, specific comments as to how to proceed with their work.
Participants also learn how to prepare a final portfolio for college applications.
Some experience with drawing is recommended but not required. A list of required supplies can be found here. Students should also have a workspace with proper ventilation in which they can comfortably paint while engaging with the class over a laptop or desktop computer.
Miguel Cardenas grew up in Colombia and France. He holds an undergraduate degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he participated in the European Honors program in Rome, and a master’s degree in visual arts from Columbia University, where he received the Agnes Martin award for excellence in painting. He has been a member of the Columbia visual arts faculty since 2007. Miguel has exhibited in diverse solo and group shows in Latin America, Europe, and the United States; his work is in the permanent collection of the Banco de la República museum in Bogotá.