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.

Liz Ferrill

Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing & 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 and Berlin, Germany.

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Paul Keefe

Studio Coordinator for Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

Paul Keefe is an artist working primarily in painting and sculpture. He has exhibited at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Lane Meyer Projects in Denver, CO. He received his MFA from the University of Kansas and was an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Innovation Studio

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

Feb 15 - 26, 2021
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1-4PM MST

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Color: a workshop for artists and designers

David Hornung

Tuition $595 ‑ $995
Code D07W02-21

Based on David Hornung’s textbook Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers, this virtual class provides a deeper understanding of color and the confidence to use it in your work. Under expert guidance, students make a sequence of practical studies that reveal color structure, its relational behavior and useful strategies for color harmony. Class time is devoted to illustrated lectures, demonstrations and discussions of class work, facilitated via Zoom video conferencing. Because the class meets intermittently, there is ample time to complete assignments. This informative and relaxed course is an excellent choice for painters, textile artists, graphic designers and anyone who makes two-dimensional art. This workshop meets via Zoom Video Conferencing software (download free from Zoom.com). An Anderson Ranch staff member co-teaches the class and coordinates the online platform. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Innovation Studio

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

Mar 15 - 26, 2021
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1-4PM MST

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Automatic/Expressive Drawing

William Downs

Tuition $595 ‑ $995
Code D11W03-21

This virtual workshop explores automatic drawing as a process whereby one enters into an altered state of consciousness to explore the worldview of an artist through the medium of the hands. Gesture drawing is one example. Using automatic drawing, an individual can connect with and channel the sensibilities of artists such as Picasso or Cézanne. Each class begins with a lecture and demonstration (facilitated via video conferencing) on artists and techniques to be explored. Students learn the automatic drawing process and how to merge it with a multitude of media.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 7 - 11, 2021
9AM-5PM

Portrait & Figure in Watercolor: curiosity & awareness

Brian Shure

Tuition $1,095
Code D0110-21

Bring the face and figure to life with the transparency and immediacy of watercolor. This extremely expressive media can also be highly controlled. Students work from life as well as photographic sources in this deceivingly direct paint medium. With daily demonstrations and a series of simple and accessible studio exercises, students develop skills controlling resoluble colors, reserving and pulling back highlights and maintaining brilliant and delicate tones that are unique to water-based media.

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