Painting Intensive

III. August 8–12, 2022
Day & 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 am more comfortable trying new techniques and accepting feedback.”  — From a program course evaluation

Course Description

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

This course is aimed at introducing students to basic oil painting techniques. Participants explore various approaches to painting from observation. Each session focuses on assignments covering concepts such as composition, color theory, the use of materials, creativity, and visual communication in painting. Students work with live nude models and explore diverse approaches to the study of the human figure.

A visit to a museum or gallery is scheduled as part of the course so as to facilitate discussion of relevant art historical concepts as well as contemporary approaches to painting. Participants also learn how to prepare a final portfolio for college applications.

Some experience with drawing is recommended but not required. All materials are provided.


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.

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