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 http://gregoryamenoff.com.
The Advanced Painting Intensive features the following elements:
Individual studio spaces on 115th Street and Broadway, New York City
Individual critiques by faculty
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
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:
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.
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.
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.