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Opposites Attract: steel combined with soft materials

Jun 14 - 18, 2021



For 4,000 years humans have been making steel. Often associated with industry, strength and violence, this workshop seeks to challenge those intrinsic attributes. Students explore the alloy’s visual delicacy as well as its relationship with its aesthetic “opposites”—soft, vulnerable and unexpected materials. Exercises address both technical and creative inquiries regarding cutting, shaping and welding. One asks: What are the technical and conceptual assumptions we make when using steel? What happens when it becomes a secondary compositional element instead of a primary foundation?


Cutting, forming and welding steel, found objects and recycled materials, techniques and tools (both hand and mechanized) used to combine steel with other media

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Carl Reed

Carl Reed is a sculptor and professor emeritus at Colorado College. His sculpture ranges from gallery-scaled pieces to large, site-specific public projects. He is particularly interested in the expressive capacity of materials and often combines stone, wood, metal, and concrete. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Sweden.

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Carl Reed, Trade Blanket and Steel

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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.

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Workshop Details

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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.

Sketchbook and pencils


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

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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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