Anderson Ranch Arts Center will be closed from September 24th – October 2nd.


Code: S1412-21

    • I

      Level I

      Students are new to sculpture and have no formal training.

Tools, Tricks & Techniques

Sep 6 - 10, 2021



This workshop emphasizes individual idea development, material experimentation and risk-taking; this is a chance for artists to make use of a well-equipped shop to further their skillsets, experiment with new formats and drive their work to the next stage. Students will learn and work with a new medium or technique, learning the tools and tricks for welding, metal fabrication, shaping wood, cardboard and paper materials and finally surface treatment as it pertains to drawing, paint, finishes, light and installation methods. The goal is to help students lay a foundation of skills so that they may explore, experiment and use them confidently in their own sculpture practice.


Material choice could include wood, steel, plastic, paper, found objects, conceptual practices, drawing, plaster, band saw, jigsaw, drill, clamping, sanding, rivet, grind, bend, plasma cutting, cardboard, adhesives, drawing applications, surface finishes, installation methods and more

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Zakriya Rabani

Zakriya Rabani received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He was a resident at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN and has exhibited work nationally in galleries, competitions and public art spaces. He was ArtFields 2019 Best Installation/Performance Winner.

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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.

Sketchbook and pencils


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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