Talking It Out: critique & discussion – D1222-19

Date: Aug 19 - 23, 2019

Skill Level(s): IV i

Instructor(s): Roy Dowell

Tuition: $1,200
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45



Engage in critical group dialogs and individual critiques to hone your work and deepen your understanding of contemporary art practice. Produce work at your own pace, pausing for daily discussion with the instructor and peers. Topics are in-depth and cover a wide-ranging scope, including technique, concept and approach. Students are expected to work independently and to set studio goals for the week. A broad interpretation of painting is encouraged and artists working in installation and incorporating three-dimensional elements into paintings are also welcome.


Students choose their own media and techniques to create their work in the studio. This workshop is also open to painters who are exploring installation, sculptural elements and broader interpretations of the medium. Come prepared with sketches of ideas and with a presentation of current work.


Students work in the studio throughout the day. Discussions and studio visits also take place on a daily basis. Participants should expect rigorous studio practice and be prepared to work during the entire class time.


Roy Dowell is the founding Chair of the Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department. Solo exhibitions include the Fawbush, Curt Marcus and Lennon/Weinberg Galleries in New York and at the Rosamund Felsen, Margo Leavin and Tif Sigfrids Galleries in Los Angeles, James Harris Gallery in Seattle and Fred Snitzer Gallery in Miami.

Portfolio Review Required:

Thank you for your interest in our Level IV painting workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Since a portfolio review is required, the instructions on how to submit your portfolio are provided here.

In order to conduct the required portfolio review, we will need to see digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) sent directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Lauren Peterson, via email at Please include 10 images of 10 works. Additionally, please include an image identification list that includes: title, media, dimensions and year. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Lastly, please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. These materials must be submitted as a single PDF (less than 10 MB) to be considered.

Please include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, Lauren Peterson must receive portfolios by Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.

Please note, if we receive your materials after Feb. 8, you will be considered on a space-available basis.

Thank you for your interest in our advanced painting workshops. Please feel free to contact Liz Ferrill with any questions at or 970/924-5076.

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