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. We also offer community engagement through events like our Locals’ Clubs “Sketch Club” where artists engage with the Ranch outside of the workshop setting. Spend a week here— or several—and engage in a variety of activities that will fuel your practice throughout the year.

Elizabeth Ferrill

Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking; Chair, Artists-in-Residence Program; Chair, Critical Dialog

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, NY; and Berlin, Germany. Liz is the Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jul 4 - 8, 2022
9AM - 5PM

Pattern and Geometry in Acrylic

Amber Heaton

Tuition $1,155
Code D0532-22

Delve into the complexity, or simplicity, of working with systems and patterns to create dynamic paintings in acrylic during this exciting workshop for artists of all levels. Students learn techniques associated with the myriad ways to approach overlapping and interwoven patterns, with emphasis on color and shape interactions to create space. Demonstrations also cover preparing wood panels, techniques of taping, as well as painting geometrically in a freehand method. Discussions spark the potential for content embedded in geometric abstraction and its ability to reference the world around us.

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  • Ages 13 - 17

Jul 4 - 8, 2022
9AM - 3PM

Drawing from Life for Teens

Catherine Liu

Tuition $595
Code D0510-22

This teen-specifc workshop hones drawing skills and grows portfolios. It is designed to teach young artists not only how to draw recognizable objects, but to develop new ways of seeing the world. Students focus on basic design elements including line, composition, color, scale and perspective. Working from still life, self-portraiture and the landscape, participants learn a variety of methods to enhance fundamental drawing skills and to build a strong and dynamic portfolio of original drawings. The course explores a wide range of media and subject matter to improve technical and creative abilities, including alternative approaches (e.g., drawing from sound, body movement, and using three-dimensional elements).

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jul 4 - 8, 2022
9AM - 5PM

Off the Canvas: Paper, Paint, Collage

Andrea Santos

Tuition $1,155
Code D0509-22

This exploratory workshop puts an emphasis on additive processes and the idea of building a layered image by combining painting and collage methods, while discovering the limitless possibilities of using paper as a support material. Technical demonstrations present different approaches to working with acrylic paint, color, textural mediums, stencils and transfers. Students experiment with dyeing paper and fabric to generate alternative surfaces and material with which to collage and create multilayered imagery. Through prompt-based exercises, discussions and critiques, students are encouraged to take exciting risks with their imagery, ideas and material use.

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