Columbia University School of the Arts
Drawing the City: Paris
July 8–August 3, 2013
Reid Hall, Paris
Columbia University School of the Arts Summer Programs
in Partnership with Columbia Global Centers, Paris
Instructors: Derek Boshier & Allison Katz
Paris: Drawing the City is an immersive four-week studio- and research-based program for intermediate to advanced artists.
Artists will explore Paris and develop both their conceptual and technical approaches to drawing through faculty-led drawing sessions from observation, held at sites all over the city, including iconic settings such as Montmartre, Ile St Louis, Luxembourg gardens, and Pere Lachaise cemetery, as well as lesser-known hidden gems such as “boutique” museums and historic ateliers. Certain themes that will be explored are contemporary plein-air practices, fieldwork notebooks, collage without photography, and drawing as source material (for other drawings, paintings or sculpture.)
Drawing, as the primary source for historical and contemporary forms of art practice, will be the full focus for this program; we will emphasize drawing for its own sake with its own approaches both stylistic and technical. Through regular in-depth group and individual critiques, each artist will be mentored and encouraged to develop their ideas and art practice to a level more clearly aligned with their vision.
The program will offer weekly lectures from visiting artists, each of whom will lead special exercises featuring experimental approaches to drawing. There will be three trips to major Paris museums to confer with curators specializing in the museums’ drawing collections. A daylong field trip to the grounds of Versailles is also planned. Additionally, there will be two scholarly lectures outlining the history and role of drawing in France from the late 19th century to the present.
The program will be based at Reid Hall, a classic 19th-century building owned by Columbia University, in the historic artists’ neighborhood of Montparnasse, located near the Luxembourg Gardens. Artists will have access to a group studio at Reid Hall that they can use as their base throughout the program.
Applicants to the program must have a BA, BFA, or equivalent. Students earning their BFA or BA by May 2013 or May 2014 must demonstrate a level of sophistication in both their work and thinking appropriate for this class.
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