*Information on the Summer 2013 Programs will be available in December of 2012.
The Advanced Painting Intensive-Paris is an immersive 4 week studio- and research-based program for intermediate to advanced painters.
Through regular group and individual critiques each participating artist is mentored and encouraged to develop their ideas and art practice to a level more clearly aligned with their vision.
The rigorous studio program is complemented by cultural studies engaging both historical and contemporary aspects of Parisian art. There is serious engagement with late 19th and 20th century French art history - visual art, literature, philosophy - with additional references to music and theater. Readings, lectures and field trips in these areas help to enhance the studio work.
The program is led by Professor Gregory Amenoff, the Chair of Visual Arts at Columbia University. Professor Amenoff has exhibited his paintings nationally and internationally for 4 decades and was one of the founders of Columbia University’s prestigious MFA Visual Arts Program. His work and resume can be seen at http://gregoryamenoff.com and at http://alexandregallery.com.
Artists work in a group studio environment in the classic 19th century atelier spaces in Reid Hall, located in the heart of Paris. Owned by Columbia University for nearly fifty years, Reid Hall is a constellation of historic buildings near Luxembourg Gardens.
The goal of the visual art production during the four weeks is to discover freshly-inspired painting models the artists can take back to their visual arts programs and/or their private studios. For practical and pedagogical reasons, students develop their ideas working on a relatively small scale using water-based paint and drawing materials.
The program is open to painters who are in undergraduate art programs between their Junior and Senior years AND those painters who have completed their undergraduate degree and are interested in further developing their work in the context of this class. Artists working in all painting styles will be considered equally for admission. Basic conversational French is advised but not required.
The program structure includes many features of Columbia’s MFA program.
• Regular one-on-one critiques of students’ work
• Weekly Group critiques
• Tutorials on painting materials
• Lectures and discussions on movements and ideas in 20th/21st century painting
• Weekly lectures (at least four) by contemporary French painters followed by individual critiques of student work
• Field trips to museums and galleries in Paris and environs
• A final exhibition within the Reid Hall campus
The cultural studies component of the Paris program concentrates primarily but not exclusively on three vibrant periods in Parisian/French art history.
• 1895-1911: Picasso, Matisse, the Nabis, the Fauves and the rise of Cubism and Dada in addition to parallel movements in literature, music and theater.
• 1930-40: Surrealism and its influence, Dali, Magritte, Tanguy and others with an emphasis on Andre Breton, Surrealist film and literature.
• 1965-1975: A concentration on the French painting movement, Supports/Surfaces---one of the earliest art movements advocating the expansion of painting into new areas of investigation. This movement is having significant influence on contemporary painting. Artists of interest will include Vincent Bioulès, Louis Cane, Daniel Dezeuze and Claude Viallat. This section of study will include a look at French New Wave Cinema and the overall atmosphere of cultural revolt.
The academic elements of the program are taught primarily by Parisian Scholars drawn from the central art schools of Paris, such as Beaux Arts and the Sorbonne.
Students have reading but there are no written requirements, as the focus of individual work centers on visual art studio practice.
*Information on the Summer 2013 Application will be available in December of 2012.
In addition to the standard online application, you will be asked to provide the following:
Statement of intent. Up to 500 words. Please include your educational background, including degrees and independent courses, and your reasons for applying to the program.
Reference. Name, title and contact details for a referee who is familiar with your work. Please include a note on how you know this person.
Academic Transcripts may be requested but are not required for the initial application.
10 digital images. You must submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom. Instructions, signup and login information is here: http://columbia.slideroom.com
Tuition & Program Fee:
The 2012 Advanced Painting Intensive- Paris program fee is $6790. This covers 4 points of Columbia University credit, and a materials and studio fee. There is no non-credit option available.
A review of all tuition and fees can be found here:
We have made special arrangements for accommodation. Accommodation will be booked for all enrolled students. The move in date is July 1 and departure date July 28, and the fee for housing is $860.00. Housing will be in a safe, clean, well located dorm-style building just a short distance from Reid Hall (10 minutes by Metro, 20 minutes on foot). Students will be housed in single rooms with en suite bathrooms. Each student will be provided a locker for grocery storage and use of the well equipped community kitchen for meal preparation. Linens, towels, and laundry service will also be provided.