Photography & New Media

Photography has always been a vital part of Anderson Ranch, one in which students explore visual storytelling through a variety of contexts and concepts. The program has uniquely evolved to focus on both traditional photography and new media— making it one of the only workshop settings of its kind. Three floors of the Fischer Photography Center house state-of-the-art equipment, including three photography studios, two Mac labs, a traditional darkroom, and a lighting studio with strobe and continuous lighting for photography and video.

All Photography workshops are rooted in the same idea—powerful art requires rigorous inquiry of techniques and ideas. We focus on technical skills, content and critical dialog. Students have access to color-managed media labs equipped with 24-inch iMacs, flatbed and film scanners, Epson printers, and cutting-edge software including Adobe Creative Cloud. When appropriate, students utilize strobe and tungsten lighting equipment, seamless backdrops, green screen, audio and video recording equipment and Epson large-format printers.

The Ranch Photography and New Media team creates an inspiring environment, allowing artists of all levels to explore lens-based media and the journey of artistic discovery in the unparalleled setting of the Colorado Rockies.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount in one- and two-week adult Summer Workshops for SPE members. Please register online and then email reg@andersonranch.org with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register.

Andrea Jenkins Wallace

Vice President of Artistic Affairs, Artistic Director of Photography and New Media; Chair of The Center

After completing an undergraduate degree in Communications Media, Andrea Jenkins Wallace received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before coming to the Ranch in 2008, she worked for over ten years in academia, holding tenure track appointments at Lake Forest College and Willamette University. She is often an invited speaker to colleges and universities including Pratt Institute, the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She has also been a featured speaker at the Denver Art Museum and the Stonewall National Museum. In 2021, Wallace co-taught a class entitled Photography, Race and Gender at Colorado College. Her film, Rochell and Brian, a documentary about teenage pregnancy, premiered at the New York International Independent Film Festival. She exhibits nationally and internationally with numerous shows throughout the Americas, Europe, China and the Middle East. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Esther Macy Nooner

Workshop Program Manager; Studio Coordinator, Photography and New Media

Esther Macy Nooner received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas School of Art. She has participated in the Artist-in-Residence program in the National Park System, and most recently at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She has shown work nationally and internationally, and is currently the studio coordinator for Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 5 - 9, 2023
9AM-5PM

Photographic Collage: An Exploration of Photography and Painting

Kate Leonard

Tuition $1,395
Code P0101-23

Join an engaging exploration of the synthesis between two distinct art forms: photography and painting. Students discover transfer techniques that integrate photographic images and text directly onto painted surfaces, resulting in intriguingly layered works. They also explore traditional collage and photomontage, and master new 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. The workshop emphasizes experimentation and exploratory approaches, enabling students to produce a portfolio of physical examples of all techniques.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 12 - 16, 2023
9AM-5PM

Digital Illustration

Theresa Jackson

Tuition $1,050
Code P0202-23

With an iPad and Apple Pencil, artists can tap into an entire artist studio. In this workshop, students are introduced to the power and flexibility of digital drawing and illustration on an iPad. Students explore a variety of tools, including Procreate and Adobe mobile apps for tablets. Daily activities lead to understanding custom workspaces, touchscreen gestures, resolution, digital brushes, selections to edit specific areas, working with layers, and layer masks for compositing. Students apply these skills by illustrating a scene from their beautiful surroundings and working from photographic source images. All drawing skill levels are welcome; students need to provide their own iPad and Pencil.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Ages 9 - 12

Jun 12 - 16, 2023
9AM-3PM

Basics of Game Design in Scratch

Rafael Fajardo

Tuition $595
Code P0204-23

*ADDITIONAL SECTION ADDED AUGUST 7-11* In this workshop each participant learns to create at least one, small, complete video game in Scratch. We will be inclusive, welcoming, loose, and quick in our process as we explore game design in an art context. Scratch is a delightfully inviting programming environment that rewards tinkering and exploration. There are a combination of do-as-I-do demonstrations and prompting to create a game of one's own. We encourage making one's own characters and telling one's own stories. This workshop is open to learners at all levels. Se habla español.

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