Summer Sessions | Courses | Visual Arts

Course information is posted for 2021. Please check back at a later time for updated 2022 course offerings.

Visual Arts

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Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021

Please note, some courses may be open only to students in the major. This can verified in the Directory of Classes by viewing the course rules under the "Open To" field.

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BASIC DRAWING
VIAR1001S001 3 points.

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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR1001S001 001/11239 Summer A Subterm Mo 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
Fr 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Yasaman Alipour Fetrati
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
BASIC DRAWING
VIAR1001S002 3 points.

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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR1001S002 002/11302 Summer B Subterm Th 05:30 PM–08:30 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:30 PM
Tu 05:30 PM–08:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Yi Fan Jiang
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
Hybrid
CERAMICS I
VIAR2200R001 3 points.

(Formerly R3130) This studio course will provide the students with a foundation in the ceramic process, its history, and its relevance to contemporary art making. The course is structured in two parts. The first centers on the fundamental and technical aspects of the material. Students will learn construction techniques, glazing and finishing methods, and particulars about firing procedures. This part of the course will move quickly in order to expose the students to a variety of ceramic processes. Weekly assignments, demonstrations, and lectures will be given. The second centers on the issue of how to integrate ceramics into the students current practice. Asking the question of why we use ceramics as a material and, further, why we choose the materials we do to make art. Rigorous group and individual critiques focusing on the above questions will be held. The goal of this course is to supply the students with the knowledge and skill necessary to work in ceramics and enough proficiency and understanding of the material to enable them to successfully incorporate it into their practice. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR2200R001 001/11313 Summer A Subterm Tu 11:00 AM–02:00 PM
Fr 11:00 AM–02:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Leah Wolff
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
PRINTMAKING I: INTAGLIO
VIAR2420R001 3 points.

(Formerly R3401) Enables the student to realize concepts and visual ideas in a printed form. Basic techniques are introduced and utilized: the history and development of the intaglio process; demonstrations and instruction in line etching, relief, and dry point. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR2420R001 001/11307 Summer A Subterm We 02:00 PM–05:00 PM
Mo 02:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Emma Hammond-Thomas
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO II
VIAR2701R001 3 points.

Prerequisites: (VIAR UN1700) (Formerly R3702) Photography II is a project-based class designed to expand upon the conceptual and technical concerns first encountered in Photography I. Over the course of the semester, students will work with manually controlled digital cameras or 35mm or 120mm cameras and learn how to refine image production techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the editing, sequencing, and display of images while cultivating a theoretical and historical context to situate the work. Students will engage with an array of photographic practices through presentations, guest artist lectures, and field trips. Additional readings by artists and writers will be assigned for the class to collectively discuss critical issues in contemporary image-making.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR2701R001 001/11305 Summer A Subterm Tu 02:00 PM–04:30 PM
Th 02:00 PM–04:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Dana Buhl
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PAINTING I
VIAR3210S001 3 points.

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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3210S001 001/11242 Summer A Subterm Tu 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
Th 10:00 AM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Pablo Montealegre
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PAINTING I
VIAR3210S002 3 points.

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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3210S002 002/11303 Summer B Subterm We 05:30 PM–08:30 PM
Th 05:30 PM–08:30 PM
Tu 05:30 PM–08:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Hyun Yang
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
Hybrid
PRINTMAKING I
VIAR3411S001 3 points.

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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3411S001 001/11260 Summer A Subterm Mo 10:00 AM–01:00 PM
We 10:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Tomas Vu Daniel
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PRINTMAKING I
VIAR3411S002 3 points.

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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3411S002 002/11312 Summer B Subterm Th 05:30 PM–08:30 PM
Tu 05:30 PM–08:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Cara Lynch
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
Hybrid
PRINTMAKING II: INTAGLIO
VIAR3421R001 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR UN2420 (Formerly R3402) Continues instruction and demonstration of further techniques in intaglio. Encourages students to think visually more in the character of the medium, and personal development is stressed. Individual and group critiques. Portfolio required at end. If the class is full, please visit http://arts.columbia.edu/undergraduate-visual-arts-program.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3421R001 001/11308 Summer A Subterm We 02:00 PM–05:00 PM
Mo 02:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Emma Hammond-Thomas
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO I
VIAR3701S001 3 points.

An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is a prerequisite for advanced photography classes held in the fall and spring. 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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3701S001 001/11243 Summer A Subterm We 06:15 PM–09:25 PM
Mo 06:15 PM–09:25 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Catalina Bestard Rotger
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO I
VIAR3701S002 3 points.

An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is a prerequisite for advanced photography classes held in the fall and spring. 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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3701S002 002/11257 Summer B Subterm We 06:15 PM–09:25 PM
Mo 06:15 PM–09:25 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jahi Sabater
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO I
VIAR3701S003 3 points.

An introductory course in black-and-white photography, Photography I is a prerequisite for advanced photography classes held in the fall and spring. 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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR3701S003 003/11258 Summer B Subterm Th 06:15 PM–09:25 PM
Tu 06:15 PM–09:25 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Paula Lycan
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
MAKING WITHOUT OBJECTS
VIAR4310W001 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIAR UN2300 (Formerly R3302) Laboratory in Relational Art; Sculpture without Objects The purpose of this class will be to explore the function of Relational Aesthetics in contemporary art practice and to develop ideas about the role of context in art, as the students develop their own site-specific works and research historical precedents for art designed to be exhibited in non-traditional venues. This course will also prepare students for professional work preparing art for venues of that type. This class will be structured around studio work, with an emphasis on the development and production of a final site-specific project. In order to foster students’ growth and ongoing investigation into the nature of contemporary sculpture, the class will also be comprised of slide lectures, visits to local artists’ studios, and galleries, as well as various public art projects throughout the city. As the semester progresses, the emphasis will gradually be shifted from research to intensive studio work on a final project, often a proposal for a site-specific work in a non-traditional venue. Generally, the first half of each class session will be dedicated to lecture and discussion, while the second half will be dedicated to individual studio work and critique.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR4310W001 001/11315 Summer A Subterm Mo 10:00 AM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rirkrit Tiravanija
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Performance Art; Developing a Visual Lexicon
VIAR4600R001 3 points.

Using a set of related interdisciplinary activities, the students in this class will discover their own vocabulary of images, a visual lexicon, to articulate new work emerging through the medium of performance art. Because art requires a temperature or a “climate” for it to developed, we will view critical film works, as well as creating new videos and live performance. We will learn about the medium of performance art to communicate to groups of people about new artistic projects and ideas. Every artist has their own vocabulary that lays dormant until it’s discovered. Then it takes time management, prioritizing, sacrifice, discipline, edification, distillation and a fun studio practice for this work to emerge. We will do this together using the medium of performance, which makes the best use of what is available; the body and other performative tools, that may be applicable as we work towards illustrating new ideas. Availabilism is a term I invented to encapsulate my philosophy around art making which is the idea that every artist should make the best use of what's available.

We will practice different experiments and performance methods using props, costumes, painting, sculpture, song writing and music. Just like theater, performance art is a medium that creates a collective atmosphere giving the student a sense of community. This is an important aspect for artists that struggle communicating and sharing their ideas. With courage and audacity, students will learn how to use their availabilism as it can help articulate their individual artistic expression. Students will write and examine their personal history and artistic goals to distill the information that compels each individual to analyze why art is such an important part of his/her life. This class will expose the student to the possibilities of live performance as not just entertainment, but

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR4600R001 001/11316 Summer A Subterm Mo 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
Fr 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Tamar Ettun
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PAINTING I
VIAR5100R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5100R001 001/11304 Summer A Subterm Tu 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
Th 10:00 AM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Pablo Montealegre
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
CERAMICS I
VIAR5200R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5200R001 001/11314 Summer A Subterm Fr 11:00 AM–02:00 PM
Tu 11:00 AM–02:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Leah Wolff
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
PRINTMAKING I: INTAGLIO
VIAR5420R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5420R001 001/11309 Summer A Subterm We 02:00 PM–05:00 PM
Mo 02:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Emma Hammond-Thomas
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PRINTMAKING II: INTAGLIO
VIAR5421R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5421R001 001/11310 Summer A Subterm We 02:00 PM–05:00 PM
Mo 02:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Emma Hammond-Thomas
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PRINTMAKING I: SILKSCREEN
VIAR5440R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5440R001 001/11311 Summer A Subterm Mo 10:00 AM–01:00 PM
We 10:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Tomas Vu Daniel
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO II
VIAR5701R001 3 points.

Photography II is a project-based class designed to expand upon the conceptual and technical concerns first encountered in Photography I. Over the course of the semester, students will work with manually controlled digital cameras or 35mm or 120mm cameras and learn how to refine image production techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the editing, sequencing, and display of images while cultivating a theoretical and historical context to situate the work. Students will engage with an array of photographic practices through presentations, guest artist lectures, and field trips. Additional readings by artists and writers will be assigned for the class to collectively discuss critical issues in contemporary image-making.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5701R001 001/11306 Summer A Subterm Th 02:00 PM–04:30 PM
Tu 02:00 PM–04:30 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Dana Buhl
3 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R001 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R001 001/11317 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Gregory Amenoff
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R002 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R002 002/11318 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Matthew Buckingham
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R003 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R003 003/11319 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Susanna Coffey
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R004 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R004 004/11320 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Jon Kessler
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R005 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R005 005/11321 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Nicola Lopez
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R006 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R006 006/11322 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Elizaveta Meksin
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R007 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R007 007/11323 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Aliza Nisenbaum
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R008 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R008 008/11324 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Shelly Silver
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R009 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R009 009/11325 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Sable Smith
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R010 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R010 010/11326 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rirkrit Tiravanija
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
INDEPENDENT STUDY
VIAR5932R011 3 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
VIAR5932R011 011/11327 Summer A Subterm
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Tomas Vu Daniel
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only