Code: S0505-23

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      Open to All

      Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Sculptural Assemblage

Jul 3 - 7, 2023



The focus of this workshop is on the use of everyday objects to create sculptures, utilizing new, found, and repurposed objects to define form and convey meaning. Students are introduced to artists whose sculptural works exemplify the language of assemblage in art. Through presentations and demonstrations, participants are exposed to a variety of materials and techniques which highlight the use of the found object in sculpture. Students create sculptures of personal meaning while investigating design, form, structure, and ways in which objects can articulate content based on how they are configured and/or deconstructed.


Divergent materials, variety of found objects including old tools, furniture, toys, etc., construction, binding, wrapping and other ways of adhering and incorporating objects physically and visually, demonstrations, discussions

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Arthur Simms

Arthur Simms is a professor of art and director of the art department at CUNY, LaGuardia in NYC. His numerous awards include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim, Tiffany, Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell, Pollock-Krasner, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, he represented Jamaica in the 49th Venice Biennial.

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Simms King in Praise of the Father

Arthur Simms, King, in Praise of the Father

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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

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. 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.

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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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