Experimental Approaches:  Explorations in Painting and Drawing

Investigate approaches to painting, color experimentation, composition, and materials through a variety of techniques focusing on the elasticity and possibilities of pigment. Build an extensive visual vocabulary through creative exercises using prompts, suggestions and riddles to evoke imagination.  Explore painting and drawing techniques through sketchbooks, small works, collage, collaborations and feedback. Use these explorations and techniques to develop larger works and installations resulting in a series of paintings on paper and canvas. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and work with a range of hands-on paint applications, applying them to abstract and representational imagery in a supportive and generative community designed to foster creativity.

This workshop is taught by Derrick Buisch, a Professor of Painting who has taught in the Art Department at UW–Madison since 1997. Buisch is a recipient of a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. His paintings are in the permanent collections of The Chazen Museum of Art, The Rockford Museum of Art, and The Madison Children’s Museum. Learn more about Derrick here.


Room 7121, 7th floor of the George L. Mosse Humanities Building on 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706

Derek Buisch working in the painting studio with Summer Arts Studio participants                      Summer Arts Studio participant works in the painting studio


Art work in the gallery for the Summer Arts Studio gallery reception                      Summer Arts Studio participant sharing work in the gallery with visitors