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

  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Virtual Workshop

    Virtual Workshop, learn from the comfort of your own home.

Apr 18 - 29, 2022
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1-4PM MST

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP Color 2: A Workshop for Artists and Designers Continued

David Hornung

Tuition $695
Code D16W01-22

This second installment of David Hornung’s color class is for students who have taken his first workshop and would like to go deeper. In Color 2 we explore the development of color interrelationships through a variety of mixing strategies and conduct color research into natural and manufactured sources. We also examine specific color applications like progression and the illusion of transparency and study the way color works with shape to create spatial hierarchy in a two-dimensional image. As with the previous class, meetings are on alternate days (MWF) which allows ample time to complete assignments. The materials list is identical to that of Color 1, linked below. The prerequisite for this workshop is David Hornung's class, Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers, click here for details.

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  • II

    Level II

    Students have basic knowledge of 2-­D art making including form, negative space, value and line.

Jun 6 - 10, 2022
9AM - 5PM

Photorealistic Painting

Jennifer J. Lee

Tuition $1,155
Code D0101-22

How does one paint a photorealistic painting? A seemingly difficult task, this workshop simplifies the process so that even someone with little experience in representational painting can achieve a realistic outcome. Students use oil-based paints and a gridding system to map out their imagery as a way to lay out their compositions onto canvas. Participants gain confidence in paint handling and discover the possibilities of using photography as a subject in painting.

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  • I

    Level I

    Students have very limited experience or none at all. Classes usually start with a full day of basic instruction.

  • II

    Level II

    Students have basic knowledge of 2-­D art making including form, negative space, value and line.

Jun 6 - 10, 2022
9AM - 5PM

Acrylic: the Scope of Possibilities

Asad Faulwell

Tuition $1,155
Code D0102-22

This workshop develops a variety of acrylic painting techniques ranging from the very precise and geometric to the more spontaneous and organic. Using these techniques, students learn to push their paintings into new and complex territory while also learning to express a strong voice through their work. In addition to the exploration of hard-edge painting, soft dry brush painting and other techniques, participants discover transparency, opacity and a wide array of possibilities in color. Mixed media is also encouraged, either on the surface or embedded in the paint.

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