The Perfect Union: paint & the digital image – P1534-19

Date: Sep 09 - 20, 2019

Skill Level(s): III to IV i

Instructor(s): Roberto Juarez & Esther Macy Nooner

Tuition: $1,800
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45

Basic Photoshop skills required.


In this ever-present digital world, artists are drawn to digital imagery and technology as a way to advance their paintings and collages. This workshop teaches painters how to make personal and intimate images by combining digital and handmade techniques. Using these techniques, including “the Juarez method”—which applies layers of transparency using rice paper and images— students create a visual and contextual conversation in their work. Students also learn to combine studio sketches, collage materials and digital content to make personal and original statements.

Media & Techniques:

Drawing, painting, collage and natural objects are combined with digitally-found images, scanned images and work created on the computer. Students learn the best methods for scanning two- and three-dimensional objects and artwork and investigate collage practices with and without the use of a computer. Students also study the elements of Photoshop that allow artists to digitally paint, draw and otherwise alter found and created images. Students work in sizes up to 20″ x 24″.


There are critiques and discussions about works in progress, as well as demonstrations of digital imaging and collage techniques. Students have plenty of time to practice these techniques under the guidance of faculty and staff.


Roberto Juarez is a New York-based painter, printmaker and public artist known for large mixed-media work combining nature-based imagery and abstraction. His work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Esther Macy Nooner is the Studio Coordinator of Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch. She received her B.F.A in Photography from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and her M.F.A. in Studio Art from University of Arkansas. She has participated in Artist Residencies in the National Park System.



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