Code: S0504-24

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      Open to All

      Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Surface to Form: Panel Building Techniques

Jul 1 - 5, 2024

9AM - 5PM


This exploratory workshop is for artists of all skill levels interested in an organic approach to constructing voluminous sculptures that are lightweight and strong. Students are introduced to a foundational process of panel building that reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Construction, a method that is both architecturally exacting and fluid. By combining design and spontaneous approaches, students invent their own elaborate sculptural forms using epoxy clay and a combination of porous substrates such as latch-hook vinyl and burlap. Employing this unique process of draping and patterning, students follow an organic “call and response” approach to form building.


Panel building, textile block construction, draping, patterned Latch-Hook Vinyl, Burlap. Applied texture, epoxy clay

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Austin Ballard

Austin Ballard was born in Charlotte, NC, and received an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he also served as an assistant professor in textiles. Austin has received numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Fellowship, a Windgate Foundation Fellowship, and residencies at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

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Austin Ballard, Hyper-Venting

Tuition: $1,160.00
Studio Fee: $180.00
Registration Fee: $45.00

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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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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.


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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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