Painting & Drawing

Code: D0712-23

    • IV

      Level IV

      Students have advanced skill and knowledge of painting and drawing. Students are highly motivated and self­-directed, have a minimum of five years experience in their field and have multiple portfolios of their artwork. Portfolio review is required for admittance to some Level IV classes.

Master Class: Advanced Painting: Making and Dialog

Jul 17 - 21, 2023



This advanced painting workshop is for students working in any medium and is designed to be a catalyst for making art within a broadly-defined painting language. Students work on individual projects while digging into experimental processes that boost the forward momentum of their work. Presentations, prompts, and critiques support purposeful discussions that address how work is communicating. Questions and topics covered include: How can time be captured through color? What is tactile knowledge? Who are your art ancestors, and what is their role in the building of your visual language? What and how does your work communicate within the context of contemporary art? Students are asked to bring a digital portfolio of current studio work.


‏‏‎ ‎Portfolios will be accepted on a rolling basis. Instructions on how to submit your portfolio are as follows:

  • Submit digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) via email directly to Artistic Director Liz Ferrill at
  • The single PDF must be less than 10 MB to be considered.
  • Include 5-10 images of your work with image identification that lists the title, media, dimensions and year of each image.
  • While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send.
  • Include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying.
  • Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website.

Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed.

If you are accepted, a deposit of $650 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.


Any preferred painting medium: oil, watercolor, gouache, collage, acrylic, new materials

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Linda Geary

Linda Geary is Professor/Chair of Painting at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her book, Studio Visit, is a compilation of 100 studio visit conversations with a focus on collage and color, including an essay by poet Norma Cole. Linda lives and works in Oakland.

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Linda Geary, Saw Anything Blue

Tuition: $1,250.00
Studio Fee: $100.00
Registration Fee: $45.00

Portfolio Review Required

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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.

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Workshop Details

Supply List

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.

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.


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Health & Safety

Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and traveler’s insurance.

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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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