General 2020 Registration Information

  • Registration requests can be submitted by mail, fax, phone, email, online or in person starting on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 9AM MST.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The 2020 summer workshop schedule is subject to change and cancellations and/or new workshops may be programmed. Please be sure to contact us or review this website for the most up-to-date workshop schedule.
  • If you have not heard from us within a week of submitting your application, please contact us to make sure we received your request.
  • Please read the workshop description carefully before enrolling to ensure that the workshop is appropriate for your skill level.
  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center accepts all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or religion. You must be at least 18 years old to attend an adult workshop.
  • Unacceptable behavior: Anderson Ranch reserves the right to refuse registrations from participants who have a history of disruptive behavior or to dismiss any student (without a refund) who disrupts our learning or living community.
  • Some studios are only accessible by stairs. Please call for more information.

Adult Registration

Please note that studio workshops for adults meet from 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday, for one, two or three weeks unless otherwise noted in the description. Studios are open 24 hours a day, but outside of class time certain machinery and equipment may only be used during shop monitor hours. The hours for your particular studio/media will be specified on the supply list.
Applicants will be enrolled (or waitlisted, depending on workshop availability) on a first-come, first-served basis starting  January 2 at 9AM MST as long as skill level is appropriate for the requested workshop(s). For advanced workshops requiring a portfolio review, once you are notified of your acceptance, a space will be held (and in dorm lodging, if available) for one week to allow you to work out logistics; if the $500 deposit is not received by the end of that time, the space will be released.
Registration for adults is confirmed upon receipt of a confirmation for workshop(s) and housing, showing deposits made, sent by email or mail. A Student Handbook containing important information about housing and check-in procedures, Monday morning orientation, the Café and meals, maps, shipping of supplies, etc., will be posted to our website and a link to it will be sent via email. If you would prefer a hard copy be mailed, please contact us to request it.

Children’s Registration

Children must be the correct age for the workshop as of the first day of class. Children’s workshops will meet for the times specified in the class description; students attending all-day workshops are asked to bring a sack lunch and a snack.
Applicants will be enrolled (or waitlisted, depending on workshop availability) on a first-come, first-served basis starting on January 2 at 9AM MST, as long as the child’s age is appropriate for the workshop. Registration for children is confirmed once parents have received confirmation by email or mail.
A Participation Waiver and Release Agreement will be emailed in early spring. Please complete the waiver form at that time and mail it back to the Ranch prior to the start of the first workshop. Some workshops for older children/teens may also have a supply list of suggested materials or tools to bring to the workshop, which represents an additional expense; this supply list will be emailed with the waiver form.

Workshop Payment

A deposit is required to reserve space in a workshop and in Ranch-provided housing; please note that our deposit amount has changed. One deposit of $500 is required to reserve a space for an adult in one or more workshops (with or without housing). If the total of tuition, studio fee and registration fee is less than $575—as with children’s workshops or the weekend photography workshops—then all monies are due at the time of registration.
The Ranch accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, personal checks, bank checks, traveler’s checks, money orders and cash. The balance of tuition, studio and registration fees, and housing is due 60 days prior to the start of your first workshop. We will automatically charge the balance to the credit card used for the deposit when it comes due, unless you have made other arrangements prior to the due date. Thus, we strongly discourage the use of debit cards for deposit; we are not responsible for penalties you incur from your bank if an account is overdrawn when the balance is charged. If payment in full is not received by the due date, you risk forfeiting your enrollment and housing space and may also incur a cancellation fee.

Workshop Fees & Expenses include:

TUITION:  This covers the cost of instruction for a workshop.
STUDIO FEE: This fee covers general studio maintenance, use of facilities and some materials. Please refer to your supply list for an explanation of what the studio fee covers.
REGISTRATION FEE: A registration fee is charged per workshop; the fee is $45 per adult workshop, and the fee for children and teens is $25 per class.

Adult Workshop Pricing

Throughout the Workshop Catalog you will notice a “Tuition Price” and a “Tuition + Studio Support Donation.” Via our fundraising efforts, the Ranch underwrites costs on an average of $200 per week for each adult student. Many have asked to know this subsidized amount of the workshops they attend and have offered to pay this extra amount. In response, we provide students with a choice when signing up for a class.
You will find two prices listed for each class and the option to pay “Tuition Price” or “Tuition + Studio Support Donation.” You can choose either option. The difference between the “Tuition Price” and the “Tuition + Studio Support Donation” is a tax-deductible donation to the Ranch. In advance, many thanks for your support!

Supply Lists

We will email supply lists and post a link to them with each course description on our website at a later date. Anderson Ranch does its best to work with faculty to devise a comprehensive list of supplies, tools or materials that you may need during the workshop. You may be asked to bring more than you will actually use. The acquisition and cost of these items are your responsibility. Anderson Ranch has an art supply store that carries a wide selection of many art making tools and materials and offers a 10% discount on preorders. Please contact the staff at the front desk for more information about the ArtWorks Store. It is also possible to order supplies from other merchants and have them shipped directly to the Ranch. Otherwise, Anderson Ranch is in a location that makes obtaining tools and supplies difficult once you are here, hence the broad range of materials suggested on the supply list.

Cancellation Policies

To Cancel a Summer Workshop

To cancel a summer workshop registration and receive a refund, notify us at least 45 days before the start date of your workshop. If we are given the required 45 days’ notice, we will refund your payments less the cancellation fee ($150 per adult workshop, $75 per children’s workshop). No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 45 days of the start of the workshop. It is our policy to send documentation of the refund for your records.

To Cancel a Housing Reservation

To cancel housing and receive a refund, notify us at least 45 days before the start of your reservation. If we are given the required notice, we will refund your payments less a $150 cancellation fee per week reserved. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 45 days of the start of the housing reservation.

To Cancel a Destination Workshop

To cancel a destination workshop registration and receive a refund, notify Anderson Ranch by the “pay in full” date. If Anderson Ranch is notified by the “pay in full” date, we will refund your payments, less a cancellation fee ($350 per destination workshop). No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after the “pay in full” date.


You may transfer from one workshop to another or from one housing option to another, space permitting. To do so, please notify us at least 45 days before the start of your workshop or housing reservation and pay a $25 transfer fee. Registrations are not transferable to another person.

Waiting Lists

When a summer workshop or destination workshop fills, we start a waiting list. There is no charge to be on the waiting list. If space becomes available, we contact the first person on the list. That person then has 24 hours to register before we move on to the next person. If a space becomes available within 60 days of the start of a workshop, the Registrar may contact all those on the waiting list and the space will be given to the first person to register.

If Anderson Ranch Cancels a Workshop

Please register early! Registration is ongoing, on a space-available basis. Students who wait to register may not be able to secure a spot in their preferred workshop. Some workshops may fill up, while others may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Early registration also enables Anderson Ranch to plan more appropriately, especially with respect to faculty travel and housing.
Occasionally, Anderson Ranch must cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, faculty illness or other unforeseen circumstances. We will notify you if a summer workshop or destination workshop for which you have registered has been cancelled. Notification of cancellation will normally occur one month prior to the beginning of the workshop but, in rare cases, it may be less. You may then enroll in another summer workshop or destination workshop (based on availability) or receive a full refund of tuition, housing, studio and applicable registration fees. Anderson Ranch is not responsible for losses incurred due to off-Ranch housing, travel or other arrangements.

If There is a Change in Workshop Instructor

Occasionally a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule. If we must replace an instructor, we will do so with someone of equal or similar credentials. When time permits, we will inform all registered students.