Painting & Drawing

Code: D1315-21

    • 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.

The Not-So-Polite Decorative

Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2021

9AM-5PM

Concept

Gleaning inspiration from the polite decorative arts, this class explores fresh avenues in studio practice that result in paintings from the riotous to the subtle. Discover diverse sources and develop skills to make works with wall power. Working with gouache and acrylic, exploit color and format, surface development and texture, modular construction and pattern, as well as rhythm and repetition. Explore tools, materials and supports customized to concept. Imagistic subject matter may be derived from nature, iconography from pop culture, or the thoroughly abstract.

Media

Gouache and acrylic paint, over painting in oil is an option, works on paper and larger pieces, explore tools and materials customized to your needs, supports and grounds. Students may work on panels, stretched canvas or grids of premade rectangles, shaped or assembled sculptural surfaces may be explored.

Faculty

Holly Hughes

A frequent Anderson Ranch Guest Faculty member, Holly Hughes is Professor Emeritus of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. Holly’s work is inspired by the decorative arts and nature and takes the form of painting, ceramics and printmaking. She loves salon-style installations, such as BLAZON created for the Dorsky Museum.

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Holly Hughes, Trophy Border - 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.

Gouache paints in a palette of colors good for mixing.

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Oil if desired for over-painting.

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Charcoal

Drawing materials like charcoal and kneaded erasers, etc., and/or ink and foam brushes

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Kneaded erasers

Drawing materials like charcoal and kneaded erasers, etc., and/or ink and foam brushes

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Foam Brushes

Drawing materials like charcoal and kneaded erasers, etc., and/or ink and foam brushes

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India Ink

Drawing materials like charcoal and kneaded erasers, etc., and/or ink and foam brushes

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Variety of brushes

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Variety of knives and painting tools

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Rives BFK

Five sheets minimum strong paper at least 22×30” (like Stonehenge or Rives BFK) or large roll of paper if you want to stay on paper for all projects- should be paper good for wet media

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Stonehenge

Five sheets minimum strong paper at least 22×30” (like Stonehenge or Rives BFK) or large roll of paper if you want to stay on paper for all projects- should be paper good for wet media

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Pre-gessoed painting panels

Pre-gessoed painting panels, stretched canvas, or smaller rectangles that can be used in a grid as desired

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Stretched canvas

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X-Acto knife

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Tracing paper 11 x 14” minimum

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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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