Painting & Drawing

Code: D0815-23

    • 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.

Painting: A State of Mind

Jul 24 - 28, 2023



Henry Matisse said, “The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer.” Intermediate and advanced painters examine their current intentions while developing the essential. In one-on-one studio meetings, students are encouraged to notice their process of being and transformation as they negotiate between critical discernment and ‘owning’ this process. In group critiques, we discuss activation through the movement of materials, images, and form, which brings one closer to intention. Can intention and process become the same? How can a ‘flow state’ be achieved? Does a state of mind and action transfer through finished work? We look at artists who have inspired your practice for clues.


Students work in their chosen painting medium, expanding outside of the painting medium is also encouraged

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Charles Long

Charles Long has been teaching art for 20 years, from Harvard to his current position as a professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Riverside. His teaching builds on diverse methods and philosophies that he has researched and worked through in his own practice with an emphasis on whatever happens to be most interesting to him at the moment; he is an avid learner who learns best through his enthusiasm for sharing it with others.

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Charles Long, Austerities

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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.

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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