Drawing Intensive: Developing a Portfolio (DRAW0100)

Fall - October 17–December 20, 2020
Days & Time:
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ioana Manolache , Otto Saymeh

Some previous experience with drawing is recommended.

Course Description

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

This class focuses on preparing the drawing portion of a fine art portfolio application for college submissions. As the course progresses, each student receives an in-depth critique from the instructor of their current work and of their plan for their portfolio. The course is focused on completing several large projects so as to showcase observational drawing skills, ranging from still life to architectural space to self-portraiture, as well as conceptual skills.

Participants are encouraged to contextualize their creative process through language and writing, with assigned creative writing prompts, short presentations, and an ongoing sketchbook practice. A final blog houses a virtual exhibit and work is shared regularly within the community on a social media platform. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Students will need to acquire their own materials, which will cost approximately $100. A list will be provided. This course is intended for students ranging from beginners to advanced artists.

DRAW0100 | Call Number: 22329 | View this listing on the Directory of Courses.


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.  

Otto Saymeh

My name is Otto Saymeh, a senior-year undergraduate student at the school of General Studies. I am majoring in architecture with a focus on architecture criticism, history, theory, and curatorial practices. Originally from Damascus, Syria, I moved to the United States seven years ago and have visited almost all the states west coast to east coast. I practice all kinds of sports including soccer, tennis, and horseback riding. I appreciate music and my favorite genre is electronic/ techno music along with Jazz and classical Arabic music. I am very excited to be part of this course as a teacher assistant and to both learn from you how to see art and to share with you my experiences.

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