Painting: The Painted Image (Online)

Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
I - June 29–July 17, 2020
II - July 21–August 7, 2020
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 –11:00 a.m. and 1:10–4:00 p.m.
Miguel Cardenas

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  

Course Description

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

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.

Back to the Course Guide

Specific course detail such as hours and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University. Not all instructors listed for a course teach all sections of that course.