Painting: The Painted Image

Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
I - June 24–July 12, 2019
II - July 16–August 2, 2019
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.

“This course has been by far the best instruction I’ve received as an art student – awesome experience!” – Anton Z. | Sugar Land, Texas  

Painting: The Painted Image

Course Description

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

Students explore various approaches to painting from observation. They learn oil painting techniques, the basic principles of color theory, and, by working with live models, diverse approaches to the study of the human figure. Assignments focus on composition, color theory, the use of materials, and creativity and visual communication in painting.

Studio work is complemented by individual and group critiques as well as lectures, field trips to major New York City museums and galleries, and talks given by working artists. 

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.

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

Painting: The Painted Image


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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