Painting & Drawing

Code: D0809-21

    • III

      Level III

      Students have formal training in critical issues of 2-­D art making, experience with public critiques and a solid portfolio of their artwork.

Merging Abstraction and Representation

Jul 26 - 30, 2021

9AM-5PM

Concept

The mysterious, powerful realm of abstraction and how it can be used as a visual tool when merged with representation becomes accessible in this acrylic painting workshop. Participants delve into the basic, visual elements of abstraction through the exploration of pattern, color, composition and fragmentation. Advanced painters are encouraged to experiment with surface texture, alternative painting materials and incorporate representational elements such as photographs and figurative painting. These dynamic combinations result in bold, exciting images that use abstraction as a device to interrupt reality and present it in unique and surprising ways.

Media

Acrylic on various substrates, spray paint, glitter, photographs, collage and other materials

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Faculty

Rico Gatson

Rico Gatson received his MFA from Yale University. His work addresses identity politics, the history of race, entertainment and spirituality. He has had solo exhibitions at Pierogi, Brooklyn, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York City, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles and Exit Art, New York City. He is represented by the Miles McEnery Gallery.

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Rico Gatson, Untitled (Transparent Bodies) - detail

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Thank you for your interest in the waitlist. When space in a workshop or program becomes available, registration will open on the website. Everyone on the waitlist will be emailed to alert them of the opening. This ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity to register for the workshop or program.

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.

Variety of acrylic brushes

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X-Acto knife and blades

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Palette knives

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2 - 3 sheets of fine art paper of your choice

(some paper and panels will be provided)

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1-2 small gessoed panels

(some paper and panels will be provided)

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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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