“I was surprised by how challenged I was in this class and how much I have progressed.” — Claire Femano
Studio arts courses are offered in conjunction with Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Students work both on assigned and self-directed projects while learning traditional black-and-white darkroom techniques including 35mm film development and contact sheet and 8x10" print production, with the goal of creating a final portfolio presentation at the course's conclusion. Students are expected to have their own 35mm SLR film (not digital) cameras. All other materials are supplied.
On the last day of the course, the class hosts an exhibition opening party to which family members, other participants in the Summer Program, and the general public are invited.
Rachel Stern is a photographer whose work challenges conventions of beauty and promotes escapist, constructivist fantasy. She received her BFA in photography and the history of art and visual culture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014, and received her MFA in visual arts from Columbia in 2016. Stern has exhibited works at Asya Geisberg Gallery, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Invisible-Exports, Pioneer Works, Lesley Heller Workspace, and the Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Photography at Hasted Kraeutler. Her work has been featured in BOMB, MATTE, Blink, Still, Vice, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.