Painting & Drawing

Code: D1417-21

    • 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.

Painting & Materiality

Sep 6 - 10, 2021

9AM-5PM

Concept

In this rigorous painting workshop, explore the expressivity of materials, whether working with representational imagery, abstraction or the fertile area in between. With an expanded definition of painting that might also include mixed media or collage, participants discover new relationships between content and form with an emphasis on experimentation, arriving at imagery in spontaneous or unexpected ways. Exercises, material demonstrations, readings and slide shows of contemporary painting reveal new methods for synthesizing imagery and materials to increase the potency and meaning of the visual experience.

Media

Students may use any preferred 2-D medium or substrate, including acrylic, collage, oil, drawing, pastels, ink, etc., on canvas, paper, wood, plastic, metal, etc.; mixing media is encouraged.

Faculty

Leslie Shows

Leslie Shows is a Los Angeles-based artist whose mixed-media works incorporate assemblage, painting, drawing, glass and sculptural relief. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

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Leslie Shows, Echos - detail

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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. We also offer community engagement through events like our Locals’ Clubs “Sketch Club” where artists engage with the Ranch outside of the workshop setting. 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.

Pad of Bristol paper, Strathmore 300 recommended, size of choice

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Stretched Canvases

— 4-5 stretched canvases, panels, or other substrates, size of choice, bring more if working smaller and fewer if working large, depending on your work speed/style or roll of un-stretched canvas if wanting to work larger

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Panels

— 4-5 stretched canvases, panels, or other substrates, size of choice, bring more if working smaller and fewer if working large, depending on your work speed/style or roll of un-stretched canvas if wanting to work larger

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Mediums of choice

any type of paint, ink, pastels, mixed media or assemblage materials, etc.

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Variety of brushes

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Adhesives or other mediums you typically use

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Lodging & Meals

Anderson Ranch closely follows guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Colorado and the Pitkin County Health Department. In order to operate safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson Ranch has made significant modifications to our housing and meal offerings.

Summer 2022 workshop participants ages 13 and up will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Studio program participants are required to show proof that they have received the complete Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer MRNA vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Additionally, if six months have passed since completing the Moderna or Pfizer series or two months have passed since receiving the J & J vaccine, then a booster is also required. Ideally the booster would have been administered at least two weeks prior to coming to Anderson Ranch.

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritizes 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.

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.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Anderson Ranch is closely following local and national health and safety guidance. At this time, Anderson Ranch visitors and public program and event participants are not required to show proof of vaccination. Studio and artistic program participants ages 13 and up will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
Studio and artistic program participants are required to show proof that they have received the complete Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer MRNA vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Additionally, if six months have passed since completing the Moderna or Pfizer series or two months have passed since receiving the J & J vaccine, then a booster is also required. Ideally the booster would have been administered at least two weeks prior to coming to Anderson Ranch. Click here for additional health and safety information.

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Scholarships & College Credit

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. Click below to learn more.

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