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.

Jan 9 - 27, 2023
Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM*

Facilitated Studio Practice: Painting & Drawing

Elizabeth Ferrill

Tuition $3,000
Code ZSD0101-23

Anderson Ranch’s Facilitated Studio Practice approach provides artists the opportunity to work on independent projects while receiving regular one-on-one mentoring and critique sessions with Anderson Ranch artistic staff and interns. Each participant receives an assigned studio space, orientation and access to equipment, as well as five hours of weekly technical guidance in the Ranch’s state-of-the-art facilities. This program affords artists the experience enjoyed by national and international artists who access our state-of-the-art studios. Participants may expand their practices, take artistic risks, try new media or complete works for exhibition. Applicants must submit project proposals or portfolios for approval. A limited number of participants will be accepted and rigorous health and safety standards, as well as social distancing requirements, must be followed. *Studios are open 24 hours a day and on weekends for students enrolled in multiple weeks, with limited use of equipment due to safety requirements. Evening monitoring hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 – 9 PM. Facilitated Studio Practice winter sessions run January 9-27 and participants may register for one, two or all three weeks. Cost is $1,000 per week.  Private dorm rooms are available at Anderson Ranch for one, two or three weeks for an additional fee; please inquire for details and availability. Contact Liz Ferrill to apply: lferrill@andersonranch.org  

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jan 9 - 20, 2023
9AM-5PM

Photographic Collage: A Painterly Approach

Kate Leonard

Tuition $1,400
Code JANSTU2023P

Join us for an engaging exploration of the artistic synthesis between two distinct art forms: photography and painting. The workshop takes a truly hybrid approach as it is designed for painters interested in incorporating photographic imagery and photographers interested in the physicality of painterly manipulation. Discover transfer techniques that integrate photographic images and text directly onto stained surfaces, resulting in intriguingly complex works. Using traditional collage combined with digital transfers to explore methods that allow for opaque and translucent layers. Reductive methods such as sanding and scraping reveal the history of earlier photographic layers and suggest an archaeological approach to image development. While the workshop introduces a variety of techniques, emphasis is placed on the unique conceptual power of collage and montage imagery and end of week critiques refocus participants on the expressive and narrative elements of the artworks produced. While the workshop is designed to accommodate all skill levels, students with some experience in digital photography workflow are able to maximize the variety of techniques explored in the workshop.

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  • II

    Level II

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

  • III

    Level III

    Students have formal training in critical issues of 2-­D art making, experience with public critiques and a solid portfolio of their artwork.

  • Virtual Workshop

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

Jan 23 - Feb 3, 2023
M, W, F from 1 – 4PM, MST

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers

David Hornung

Tuition $750
Code D04W01-23

This class is based on Hornung’s textbook, Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers. It is designed to strengthen your color understanding and make you more confident with color in your studio practice. Under the instructor’s guidance, students make a sequence of practical studies that reveal the structure of color, its behavior in relation to other colors and useful color strategies. Class time is devoted to illustrated lectures, demonstrations, and the discussion of projects. The class meets on alternate days, so there is ample time to complete assignments. This course is an excellent choice for anyone who makes two-dimensional art.

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