Drawing: Eye and Idea
Level: Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in fall 2014.
Session: I, June 23-July 11, 2014
Days & Time: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
Instructor(s): Molly Smith ,
“It was challenging in a way that made me even more interested in the subject.” - Camila Freixo, 2013
“Both the instructor and the TA were very helpful in giving positive feedback and criticism.” - Christina Desbois, 2013
Studio arts courses are offered by the Summer Program for High School Students in conjunction with Columbia 's School of the Arts. The drawing and painting courses are taught by instructors from the School of the Arts and are overseen by Professor Gregory Amenoff, Eve and Herman Gelman Chair of Visual Arts at Columbia 's School of the Arts.
Through drawing, students explore various modes of looking at the world around us. The instructor emphasizes drawing directly from observation; however, students are also encouraged to experiment and play with the materials to find their own creative approach to visual problem solving. Visits to museum collections of drawings serve as inspirational springboards to enhance learning. Students work with pencil, charcoal, and ink both in the classroom and outside in the local urban landscape. All materials are supplied.
On the last Friday of the course, the Visual Arts faculty mounts an exhibition of entries from participants in the painting, drawing, and photography classes. Faculty and students host an exhibition opening party to which family members, other participants in the High School Program, and the general public are invited.
Molly Smith lives and works in rural western Massachusetts. In her studio practice, she works with watercolors on paper, collage, papermaking, and sculptures with found materials. She holds a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has had four one-person shows in New York City and two in California and has been in group shows nationally and internationally, including Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Leo Koenig, Inc, New York; the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Gallery Min Min, Tokyo; and Roger Bjorkholmen Galleri, Stockholm. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum and The New Yorker. She has taught painting and drawing as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York University, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Specific course information, such as hours and instructors, are subject to change at the discretion of the University.