Painting & Drawing
Students have very limited experience or none at all. Classes usually start with a full day of basic instruction.
Students have basic knowledge of 2-D art making including form, negative space, value and line.
Acrylic: the Scope of Possibilities
Jun 6 - 10, 2022
9AM - 5PM
This workshop develops a variety of acrylic painting techniques ranging from the very precise and geometric to the more spontaneous and organic. Using these techniques, students learn to push their paintings into new and complex territory while also learning to express a strong voice through their work. In addition to the exploration of hard-edge painting, soft dry brush painting and other techniques, participants discover transparency, opacity and a wide array of possibilities in color. Mixed media is also encouraged, either on the surface or embedded in the paint.
Acrylic painting, pencil, ink, mixed-media materials, masking tape, stencils, free hand painting techniquesSupply List
Lauren Peterson received her MFA from Georgia State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Goya Contemporary, and the International Printing Museum.
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Painting & Drawing
Make, reflect, consider, engage—these are all critical elements of the Painting and Drawing workshops at Anderson Ranch. Our exceptional workshops combine focused, hands-on art making with critical feedback for artists of all levels. Painting and Drawing guest faculty are phenomenal artists and educators with experience supporting students by offering technical knowledge and encouragement.
The bright, natural light of the Wyly Painting and Drawing Building provides an inspiring environment where students can explore and expand their artistic practice. Our facilities are equipped with individual worktables, wall space, easels, rolling palettes, odorless solvents, a wide range of hand and power tools, computer access with Adobe software, wi-fi, printing, scanning, and projection capabilities. Spend a week here— or several—and engage in a variety of activities that will fuel your practice throughout the year.
Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.
Variety of acrylic brushes
Lodging & Meals
Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations.
We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.
The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.
Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts
Making Art Accessible
Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.
Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.
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Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jan 8 - 19, 2024
9AM - 5PM Monday - Friday
Collage and Combined Techniques
K Rhynus Cesark
Expand your collage techniques with digital and traditional processes to create simple and layered composite images and constructions. Combine painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, wood, paper and found or fabricated imagery to tell your story. Students use the laser cutter to cut or engrave paper or other materials and push their imagery further by utilizing the capabilities of the UV printer. Demonstrations include collage, nontoxic resin, laser engraved imagery and cutting, and transfer techniques. Participants will have the freedom to explore individual projects with the assistance of the fabrication lab assistants.
Jan 8 - 26, 2024
Participants may register for one, two, or three weeks.
TUITION is $1050 per week or $3150 for three weeks.
January Studio Sessions: Painting & Drawing
Anderson Ranch’s January Studio Sessions provide artists the opportunity to work on independent projects while receiving mentoring and critique sessions with Anderson Ranch artistic staff. Each participant receives an assigned studio space, orientation and access to equipment, as well as some morning group demonstrations and / or critiques. This program affords artists the experience enjoyed by national and international artists who access our state-of-the-art studios. Participants may expand their practices, take artistic risks, try new media or complete works for exhibition. *Studios are open 24 hours a day with limited use of equipment due to safety requirements. IMPORTANT DETAILS: Students will be responsible for all material costs associated with their projects. Participants who register for multiple consecutive weeks will gain access to the studios on weekends (with the exception of the machine rooms due to safety constraints.) Private dorm rooms are available at Anderson Ranch for one, two or three weeks for an additional fee; please inquire for details and availability. Applicants must submit project proposals or portfolios for approval. Contact Liz Ferrill to apply: email@example.com
Students are new to ceramics and have no formal training.
Students have a basic understanding of forming techniques, such as throwing and hand building. Students have taken one or two ceramics classes or workshops.
Jun 3 - 7, 2024
9AM - 5PM
The Figure in Oil Paint
In this workshop, students engage in one of the most interesting and challenging pursuits in representational painting: working with the figure. From color mixing exercises to studies of proportion and composition, students learn to represent the figure quickly and convincingly with oil paint. Further emphasis on paint handling and brushwork helps students to become adept at basic oil painting techniques. In addition to painting from a model, students are guided to create engaging and expressive self-portraits. Even with no past experience, students come away from this workshop with a heightened understanding and skill of this popular but often challenging genre.