Painting and Drawing

Explore painting and drawing techniques throughout history, examine the role these mediums play in today’s global art market, and learn to employ these techniques in artwork of your own.


Students enrolled in this Studio course will discover the history and practice of painting and drawing. Guided by expert educators and established artists in the field, our Studio courses offer a unique perspective on traditional studio practice by also incorporating a study of history, markets, and theory.


In this course, students will learn basic techniques of painting and drawing while exploring the major artists, movements, and market forces that have shaped these disciplines as a whole. This hands-on, multifaceted approach to learning encourages students to deepen their technical knowledge and gain insight into the broader world of painting and drawing, as a means of developing critical thinking and visual communication skills.


The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From studio sessions to site visits, with excursions led by expert practitioners, the Studio program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies. Students will emerge from the course with samples of completed work for their portfolios as well as a deeper understanding of different possible career paths.


Site Visits

This is a new course. Possible site visits may include:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Street art exhibitions
  • Art galleries
  • Artists’ studios


Guest Speakers

Possible guest speakers may include:

  • Professional artists
  • Street artists
  • Museum curators
  • Art dealers
  • Art collectors


Materials Fee: $295


Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Term Dates

Term dates and course availability depend heavily on instructors’ schedules.

  • Term 3 July 5 to July 17
  • Term 4 July 19 to July 31

This summer, we’re offering 14 unique courses for Summer Institute students. All courses are open to rising 10th – 12th graders and graduating seniors. Explore the full summer schedule to learn more about course dates.

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What is a Studio Course?

Studio courses provide students with an immersive exploration of traditional studio art-making practices alongside a survey of the history, markets, and theory for a single subject area. This hands-on approach to learning enables students to develop deeper appreciation for art and insights about the field. Over the course of a two-week Institute term, students will create original works of art.

Course Highlights

Summer Institute enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional careers. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

  • 1

    Studio practice: In an exciting and motivating studio environment, suitable for both beginners and those with experience, students will develop core skills and receive individualized feedback to help them take their artwork to the next level both technically and conceptually. Instruction will include a variety of media, with which students will have an opportunity to create a work of art they can take with them at the end of the course.

  • 2

    History: Students will survey the history of painting and drawing, examining the relationship between these two practices and how that relationship has evolved over time. Through classroom lectures and site visits, students will study examples from recent historical periods in Western art and compare examples from the past with the work of contemporary artists.

  • 3

    Markets: Students will receive an overview of the contemporary art market and learn how paintings and drawings are sold at auction, in art galleries, and at art fairs. Students will examine general differences in valuation between paintings and drawings, and study examples currently on the market by contemporary artists to understand how these works are bought and sold today.

Summer Institute Faculty

Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders and professional experts in the art world. Each faculty member structures their course around real-time conversations defining their professions and helps students master the unique forces at play in the art world.

Summer Institute Faculty

Experience New York

  • New York City New York City

    With New York City as their campus, students will have access to all the city has to offer, attending field trips, site visits and special events.

  • Speaker Series Speaker Series

    Summer Institute students have unique opportunities to connect with the most accomplished artists and art professionals working today.

  • Housing Housing

    Summer Institute students have the option of living on campus in the university dormitories or commuting to class from their local residence.

  • Dining Dining

    University cafeteria-style dining halls serve a wide variety of healthy alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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