Painting & Drawing
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
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.
Acrylic on various substrates, spray paint, glitter, photographs, collage and other materialsSupply List
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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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
X-Acto knife and blades
2 - 3 sheets of fine art paper of your choice
(some paper and panels will be provided)
1-2 small gessoed panels
(some paper and panels will be provided)
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.
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Oct 16 - Nov 9, 2023
Monday - Thursday 9AM-5PM
Participants may register for one, two, three, or all four weeks.
TUITION is $800 PER WEEK
Fall Studio Sessions: Painting & Drawing
Are you looking for a space to ignite your creativity or finish an ongoing project? Join our Fall Studio Sessions at Anderson Ranch, where you’ll have the time, space, and support to expand your artistic practice. This program welcomes artists of all backgrounds and provides dedicated studio space, access to our multifaceted facilities, and the guidance of our talented staff. Engaging group discussions are included to inspire your creativity. Take this opportunity to join our artistic community and let your creativity flourish this fall. *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. There is no on-campus housing or meals available for this Fall program. Participants who register for consecutive weeks will gain additional access to their studio from Friday through Sunday. This additional studio time will not include access to the machine rooms due to safety constraints nor are Ranch staff available for support on those days. To participate, discuss your project goals and/or submit a portfolio to Liz Ferrill, Artistic Director of Painting, Drawing & Printmaking, at email@example.com.
Open to All
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: firstname.lastname@example.org