Drawing Intensive: Developing a Portfolio

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Ioana Manolache
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 can be found here. This course is intended for students ranging from beginners to advanced artists.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

To view detailed information on a particular offering, click on the call number to be directed to the Directory of Classes catalogue.

DRAW0104 | Call Number: 15116

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


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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