Painting & Drawing

Make, reflect, consider, engage—these are all critical elements of the Painting and Drawing workshops at Anderson Ranch. Our exceptional workshops combine focused, hands-on art making with critical feedback for artists of all levels. Painting and Drawing guest faculty are phenomenal artists and educators with experience supporting students by offering technical knowledge and encouragement.

The bright, natural light of the Wyly Painting and Drawing Building provides an inspiring environment where students can explore and expand their artistic practice. Our facilities are equipped with individual worktables, wall space, easels, rolling palettes, odorless solvents, a wide range of hand and power tools, computer access with Adobe software, wi-fi, printing, scanning, and projection capabilities. Spend a week here— or several—and engage in a variety of activities that will fuel your practice throughout the year.

Liz Ferrill

Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing & Printmaking; Artists-in-Residence Program; Critical Dialogue Program

Elizabeth Ferrill received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including in Aspen, CO; Nashville, TN; Omaha, NE; New York; and Berlin, Germany. Liz is the Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jul 15 - 19, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Collage: Cut, Paste and Create

Shoshanna Weinberger

Tuition $1,225
Code D0713-24

In this exploratory workshop, participants delve into collage as a powerful form of artistic expression. Sourcing from their own magazines, various paper, and photographs, students learn fundamental tools and techniques to create hand-cut paper collages. Participants follow a four-step method of creating a collage through Observation, Deconstruction, Rehearsal, and Assembly. Demonstrations on cutting, gluing, and working with water-based paints inform students how to construct a collage. The course covers the generation of inspiration, planning, composition, and final adjustments. Students experiment with collage to create a still life, a landscape, and a portrait of their choice.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jul 15 - 19, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Painting on Alternative Surfaces

Nuveen Barwari

Tuition $1,225
Code D0714-24

This tactile, mixed-media painting workshop is a fantastic opportunity to experiment with painting onto alternative two-dimensional surfaces, including fabrics, found materials like carpet remnants, cardboard, and other materials. The class explores alternative paint applications on nontraditional surfaces, while considering texture, paint consistency, composition, and color. Students engage in demonstrations, one-on-one and group discussions, prompts, and plenty of studio time as they also consider content and presentation. Students create a series of exciting new work and gain fresh skills and perspectives.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jul 22 - 26, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Rendering the Tangible: Drawing from Life

Simon Haas, Liz Ferrill

Tuition $1,225
Code D0816-24

Participants allow themselves the time, space, and guidance to examine and respond to what they see in this drawing workshop open to artists of all skill levels. Each day, they embark on the fascinating journey of taking the time to make drawings from a live model, still life, personal objects/relics, and our natural surroundings, formally approaching drawing through exercises in line, contour, negative/positive space, value studies, and composition. Conceptual intent is also explored through choosing personal subject matter and discovering ways to best articulate through the immediate medium of drawing. Liz Ferrill will be present for the entire duration of the workshop; Simon Haas will join daily from 9am – 3pm.

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