Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Raw and Cooked
Jun 12 - 16, 2023
Raw and Cooked is a materials lab exploring five techniques of material invention: densify, reconfigure, transform, design, and cultivate. This class encourages experimentation with traditional techniques of production including casting, papermaking, and weaving. Accompanying lectures on garbology, vernacular architecture, secondary-use design, and current industrial models of material manufacture help us to understand both physical properties and their interconnected social, political, and ethical meanings. Dispensing with the notion of nature as a standing supply of raw materials, this course exercises art in a circular economy by sourcing surplus, waste, and by-products as the resources for making which contain inherent potential for meaning.
Cooking, casting, blending, papermaking, weaving, surplus materialsSupply List
Lan Tuazon is an associate professor of Sculpture at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently working on Future Fossils, a durational and documentary sculpture about the scale of the human footprint of consumption. Her solo exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum and Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York, Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas in Austin, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.
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Raw and Cooked
Express your creativity and vision by exploring the limitless art of sculpture. At Anderson Ranch, our sculpture program offers a vibrant spectrum of workshops that reflect a variety of studio practices. At the confluence of tradition and technology, these programs are material and technique-rich, ranging from classical metal fabrication to experimental digital production.
Students work in communal and interactive studios designed for all levels of experience, supporting traditional and nontraditional methods. The sculpture studios are fully equipped with advanced machinery and offer additional outdoor covered workspace.
Our renowned sculpture faculty work closely with students through critical discussions, material demonstrations and individual assistance. Instructors encourage exploration and experimentation, emphasizing process and idea development. We complement this with a focus on process and sound construction. You leave with far more than finished pieces—you walk away with the tools and inspiration required to elevate your studio practice.
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. There is no housing or meals available for Fall Studio Sessions Studio Practice programs.
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.
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.
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.