Visual Fitness 4 All: Engaging Creativity & Insight® - Rancho La Puerta
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Visual Fitness 4 All: Engaging Creativity & Insight®

Week of November 4, 2023

Develop your visual fitness by exercising and building your creative muscles while greatly enhancing your observational skills. Enjoy unique interactive conversations and fun hands-on experiences that will engage you in SEEING MORE in art and life at Rancho La Puerta.

Reading Frida Kahlo: How Does Her Art Speak?
Experience an interactive, new way of understanding art by unlocking the unique ideas and feelings embedded in a painting by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), one of the most influential Mexican painters of the 20th century. You will gain insight as you develop and quickly master essential observation skills by carefully reading the Form+Theme+Context (FTC) ® of Frida’s artworks to interpret Kahlo’s life and art. FTC- Palette – Fridia 2023

Conversing with Mexican Art: Up Close and Personal
Engage in a hands-on, multi-sensory workshop to experience a guided, in-depth personal “conversation” with a postcard-sized reproduction to meanings in a Mexican work of art.  Using a packet of playful materials and creative strategies, each participant explores an artwork to reveals its layers of meaning.  This fun workshop concludes with an opportunity for lively group sharing of observations and discoveries.

Visual Fitness: Creativity Exercise with LINE + COLOR


Inspired by her profound experiences creating art and presenting at the Ranch for over 20 years, Renee Sandell’s Visual Fitness program is the result of her over 45 years of art teaching experience in classrooms and museums. Believing in the power of art to facilitate human interaction, transformation and healing, Renee’s art, teaching, and research focus on Visual Fitness 4 All–as explored in her podcast A retired university professor, Sandell is the author of three books and multiple publications.  She was founder/director of SummerVision DC—a museum-based, intensive bootcamp program she led for a decade. Sandell has received awards for her Form+Theme+Context (FTC)® methodology as a Balanced Way of Seeing®.  Sandell’s Visual Fitness courses and “workouts” are dedicated to engaging Creativity and Insight® in everyone, everywhere.  She currently teaches for Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts, Yellow Barn Studio, and other organizations.