Summer Flowers (detail)
Gregory Amenoff

**CANCELLED** Advanced Painting Intensive

Course Fee: $500 + tuition for Columbia Students or Visiting Students
VIAR S4105D - Session I: May 26–July 2 - 6 points
10:00am - 6:00pm
mon tue wed thu fri
Visual Arts
Summer 2020
Gregory Amenoff, Michael Berryhill

This course has been cancelled for Summer 2020.

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. His work and resume can be seen at


The Advanced Painting Intensive features the following elements:

  • Individual studio spaces on 115th Street and Broadway, New York City

  • Individual critiques by faculty

  • Group critiques

  • Lectures by nationally known artists

  • Visits to galleries and museums in New York City

  • Tutorials on materials and techniques

  • Tutorials on assembling portfolios appropriate for applications to MFA programs

  • A workshop on career development

  • A workshop on the development of a strong artist statement


Program Elements

This is a studio-based program, modeled on Columbia’s MFA program.  Students must be prepared to do substantial independent work in their studios throughout the six-week term, in addition to the participating in these program elements:



Individual critiques

This is the core of the program. Each artist is visited by the two primary faculty in their studios to discuss, evaluate and encourage growth and clarity in their studio production. Conversations in this setting can be wide ranging extending beyond direct discussion of works of art to discussions of films, novels, science, history, etc. All studio exchanges are intended to enrich and broaden the scope and depth of each artists work and thinking.


Visiting Artist’s Lecture

Each week a prominent painter presents a lecture followed by an individual studio visit with each artist in the program. There are five lectures in weeks two through six. Recent Visiting artists include David Humphrey, Victoria Roth, Patricia Treib, and Drew Beattie.


Group Critique

There is group critique at the end of week three of the program. The critique is led by the primary faculty. Each artist presents their work to the group over the course of the day. There is a final group critique at the end of week six.


Professional Practice Seminar

This weekly seminar serves to develop each artist’s skills in areas such as writing artists statements and grant applications, presenting work in formal lectures and learning to evaluate and connect to resources and opportunities. This class is taught by a specialist in professional development for artists.  Additionally, the primary faculty is available for consultation regarding the quality and character of various graduate programs throughout the United States.


Critical Issues Seminar

A weekly seminar with readings and discussion on key issues in contemporary art. Readings for this class are provided in advance of each week’s seminar.


NYC Field Trips

Both guided and unguided visits to museums and galleries in New York City are a part of each week's programming. These visits, in some cases, tie in to issues and discussions in the Critical Issues Seminar.


Final Exhibition

At the end of the program in week six there is an exhibition of student work at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts to celebrate the work done in the program.


Portfolio and Application Review (Optional)

For those artists who are applying for graduate programs, the tuition includes a portfolio and application review and consultation in November or early December 2018.


All courses subject to change


For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.

This program is the most valuable experience I've had in my art related studies so far. The experience and level of work of the faculty and visiting artists was astonishing and so inspiring.

Student, Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2017

I really loved the program. I think it was exactly what I needed in this point my life and career. I learned so much in such a short amount of time, and really felt that my concepts and overall working techniques were able to improve and grow

Student, Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2017

Feedback from Gregory was some of the most substantial and educational conversations I’ve ever had about my work and took my work to a completely different level. Gregory has a very personal approach, and is equally committed to each student.

Student, Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2015

The intensity of the program made my output even more productive and valuable. The visiting artists combined with weekly critiques by full-time professors pushed us all to work our hardest and it definitely paid off!

Student, Advanced Painting Intensive, Summer 2015