Painting and Materiality, Section I – D08W02-20

Date: Jul 20 - 24, 2020

Skill Level(s): III i

Instructor(s): Leslie Shows

Price Option(s):
$450 — Reduced Tuition (COVID-19 Artist Relief Offer)
$1,095 — Full Price Tuition (For those able to pay at this time)

Students may choose to pay the Reduced Tuition or the Full Price Tuition. Additional need-based scholarships available upon request.


In this rigorous painting workshop catered to your at-home studio, explore the expressivity of your materials, whether you are working with representational imagery, abstraction or the fertile area in between. With an expanded definition of painting that might also include mixed media or collage, participants discover new relationships between content and form with an emphasis on experimentation, arriving at imagery in spontaneous or unexpected ways. Exercises, online material demonstrations, readings and slideshows of contemporary painting reveal new methods for synthesizing imagery and materials to increase the potency and meaning of the visual experience. Students receive individual feedback via video conferencing throughout the week.


Students may use any preferred 2D medium or substrate, including acrylic, collage, oil, drawing, pastels, ink, etc., on canvas, paper, wood, plastic, metal, etc., Mixing media is encouraged.


Leslie Shows has exhibited her mixed-media paintings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Brazil. Solo exhibitions include the Scottsdale MoCA and the Walter McBean Gallery at SFAI.

Additional Information: Five day virtual classes generally meet Monday – Friday from 9-10:30AM (MST) for one to two hours of group class time via Zoom Video Conferencing software (download free from and then have one-on-one sessions in the afternoons from Monday – Thursday 1-4PM.

An Anderson Ranch staff member co-teaches the class and coordinates the online platform. There can be a group critique Friday afternoon to wrap up the class.

Leslie Shows - The Left Condition

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