Digital Realities: integrating digital & traditional fabrication methods – S1513-18

Date: Sep 10 - 28, 2018

Skill Level(s): III to IV i

Instructor(s): Vivian Beer & Michael Lorsung

Tuition: $1,475
Studio Fee: $325
Registration Fee: $45


This workshop provides participants the opportunity to hone their skills with CAD, and put these into practice using state of the art CAD/CAM equipment to bring digitally designed components into reality. Design, cut, and and shape material digitally, and then use a cadre of traditional sculpture methods to synthesize these ingredients into larger sculptural compositions. This course provides the freedom to explore the place of digital fabrication in a contemporary studio practice.

Media & Techniques:

Students have access to staff and faculty familiar with the specific CNC tooling, CAD/ CAM design software, as well as all of the metal, wood, and other media fabrication facilities available in the sculpture studio here at Anderson Ranch.


Technical demonstrations involving CAD, CAM, and machining, lectures, and one-on-one and group discussions are central to the daily activities.


Vivian Beer is a studio artist based in New England. She holds an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and teaches at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Purchase College, SUNY and the Center for Metal Arts. Her national exhibitions include public art in Winslow Park and Portland, Maine, and Old Morse in Cambridge, Mass.

Michael Lorsung is a transmedia artist based in Colorado. Michael earned his M.F.A. from Ohio University in Athens Ohio. His work investigates the similitude between the value of craft objects, and that of industrially produced goods. Michael is the studio coordinator for sculpture at Anderson Ranch.


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