From Mind to Matter – S1009-18

Date: Aug 06 - 10, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Rick Parsons

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $225
Registration Fee: $45


This course explores a variety of sculptural materials while focusing on conjuring and developing ideas. This course exposes students to a variety of sculptural material used today and helps identify the appropriate materials for one’s concept. Rick guides students through a series of mental exercises that encourages personal expression. Experimentation with intent will drive the course forward, while getting to the heart and soul of why we create.

Media & Techniques:

Students use found objects, steel cutting and welding, wood fabrication, paper fabrication, and plaster mixing.


The week is divided between daily projects, lectures, technical demonstrations and studio work with one-on-one and group discussions.


Rick Parsons has served Anderson Ranch as a summer intern, studio manager and most recently as Sculpture Program coordinator. He is currently on the faculty of Sierra Nevada College where he received the Nazir and Mary Ansari 2014/2015 Excellence in Teaching Gold Metal Award. Rick received his M.F.A. from the University of Dallas and his B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University. Rick has been published in multiple venues, and has received attention in works on film as well.

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