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Visual Arts

We’ve established a simple application process for courses offered by the School of the Arts this summer, including courses in Visual Arts. Please visit Arts in the Summer with the School of the Arts for details.

Contact for Photography Courses:
Prof. Thomas Roma
tr82@columbia.edu

Contact for Drawing and Painting Courses:
Prof. Gregory Amenoff
gaa9@columbia.edu

Contact for Printmaking Courses:
Prof. Tomas Vu-Daniel
tomasvu@columbia.edu

Advanced and intensive courses require a separate application. See the School of the Arts page for more information.

VIAR S1001Q Basic Drawing. 3 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 80.00

Fundamentals of visual vocabulary. Students work from observation using still-life objects and the human figure. Emphasizes the relationship of lines and forms to each other and to the picture format. Materials used: vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, pencil, pen, ink, and brushes. Class assignments, discussions, and critiques.

Summer 2017: VIAR S1001Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 1001 001/74064 T W Th 5:30pm - 8:00pm
501 Dodge Building
Jose Zuniga 3 17/18

VIAR S3210D Painting I. 3 points.


Fee: Materials Fee - 80.00

This is an intensive, six-week class moving from the basics of paint materials, techniques, issues of color, light, narrative and most of all representation. Students will begin working from still life set-ups in the studio and gradually move towards more ambitious approaches including figure painting from a model. Towards the end of the class students will be encouraged to work on a project or projects that more closely reflect their personal ideas.

Summer 2017: VIAR S3210D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3210 001/10832 T W Th 5:30pm - 8:00pm
401 Dodge Building
Lucy Campana 3 12/16

VIAR S3411D Printmaking: Silkscreen. 3 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 125.00

Introduction to the fundamentals of silkscreen techniques. Students gain familiarity with the technical processes of silkscreen and are encouraged to use the processes to develop their visual language. Students are involved in a great deal of drawing for assigned projects. Portfolio required at end.

Summer 2017: VIAR S3411D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3411 001/64319 T Th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
210 Dodge Building
Bryan Jabs 3 12/15

VIAR S3701D Introduction to Photography. 3 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 125.00

An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is required for admission to all other photo classes. Students are initially instructed in proper camera use and basic film exposure and development. Then the twice weekly meetings are divided into lab days where students learn and master the fundamental tools and techniques of traditional darkroom work used in 8x10 print production and classroom days where students present their work and through the language of photo criticism gain an understanding of photography as a medium of expression. Admitted students must obtain a manually focusing 35mm camera with adjustable f/stops and shutter speeds. No prior photography experience is required.

Summer 2017: VIAR S3701D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3701 001/22193 T Th 6:15pm - 9:25pm
212 Dodge Building
Patrice Helmar 3 12/15

VIAR S3701Q Introduction to Photography. 3 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 125.00

An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is required for admission to all other photo classes. Students are initially instructed in proper camera use and basic film exposure and development. Then the twice weekly meetings are divided into lab days where students learn and master the fundamental tools and techniques of traditional darkroom work used in 8x10 print production and classroom days where students present their work and through the language of photo criticism gain an understanding of photography as a medium of expression. Admitted students must obtain a manually focusing 35mm camera with adjustable f/stops and shutter speeds. No prior photography experience is required.

Summer 2017: VIAR S3701Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 3701 002/13282 M W 6:15pm - 9:25pm
212 Dodge Building
Jesse Wakeman 3 13/15
VIAR 3701 003/73230 T Th 6:15pm - 9:25pm
212 Dodge Building
Dana Buhl 3 14/15

VIAR S4105D Advanced Painting Intensive. 6 points.

Requires separate application with portfolio samples see description for details.
Fee: Course Fee - 500.00

Prerequisites: must have a BA, BFA or equivalent. Apply directly to the School of the Arts. For more information please see: http://arts.columbia.edu/summer/visual-arts/course/advanced-painting-intensive-nyc.

The Advanced Painting Intensive mentors a group of up to twelve students through individual and group critique, technical tutorials, exposure to the New York gallery and museum worlds, and lectures and critiques by nationally known visiting artists. The six-week, six-credit workshop is based on the elements and structure of Columbia's MFA degree program and is tailored to those who are interested in challenging and advancing their work in an immersive and nurturing environment. Additionally, the workshop is geared to those who desire to develop both a strong visual portfolio and a written package appropriate for applications to MFA programs. The Advanced Painting Intensive is led by Professor Gregory Amenoff, the Chair of Visual Arts at Columbia University. Professor Amenoff has exhibited his paintings nationally and internationally for four decades and was one of the founders of Columbia University's prestigious MFA visual arts program.

Summer 2017: VIAR S4105D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 4105 001/70780 M T W Th F 10:00am - 6:00pm
310 Dodge Building
Gregory Amenoff, Lauren Silva 6 9

VIAR S4107D Photography Intensive. 6 points.

5/22 is the last day to register for this course.
Fee: Lab Fee - 500.00

The Photography Intensive engages students in all elements of photographic practice and the development of a portfolio. The experienced faculty are responsive to the specific needs of each photographer and the course is appropriate for students at any level. The curriculum is designed for students to quickly accelerate their understanding of the language of photography and to realize the creative possibilities in their own work. A combination of technical tutorials, individual meetings with internationally renowned artists and art professionals, as well as a series of seminars and group critiques, provide students with the tools they need to advance professionally and further develop the core elements of their practice. The Photography Intensive provides an exceptional workshop environment where students have 24-hour access to traditional and digital facilities, coupled with daily hands-on assistance from experienced faculty and staff, culminating in a group exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery. Students are expected to produce work independently throughout the six-week term and fully dedicate their time and efforts to the course. The course is designed for several distinct types of students: exceptional undergraduates passionate about photography, college graduates preparing to apply for MFA programs, experienced photographers looking to gain knowledge of the photographic tradition and its advanced techniques, and seasoned artists and teachers wishing to rigorously develop their practice through a critical dialogue with faculty and other students.

Summer 2017: VIAR S4107D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIAR 4107 001/29889 M T W Th F 10:00am - 6:00pm
109 Watson Hall
Thomas Roma, Yoav Horesh 6 9

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.