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.
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 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 drawing techniques and foster creativity and personal interpretation. Course assignments stress observation while focusing on experiments with materials so as to find creative approaches to visual problem-solving. Assignments include exercises in composition, use of charcoal and pencil, graphic drawing techniques, wet media, color theory, and optical illusions.

The course combines studio work, including the study of the human figure using live nude models, with outdoor drawing, individual and group critiques, and visits to major museums and art galleries. Critical issues in art are addressed once a week in the form of a short seminar, so as to generate meaningful debates as a context for studio work.

Participants also learn how to prepare a final portfolio for college applications, and the session concludes with a group show to which parents, friends, and other program participants are invited.

All materials are 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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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.