Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Teen Workshops: Screen Printing"
April 28, 2018
 

Silkscreen printing is a versatile process that can be used to transfer graphic images to a variety of materials, including paper and fabric. Design and print a series of one- or two-color prints based on your personal drawings or photographs. The morning will be dedicated to designing imagery and preparing materials, including applying emulsion and exposing screens, and mixing ink. Spend the afternoon learning proper printing techniques and registration. Leave this workshop with a series of prints and new skills to add to your portfolio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Kiln Fired Cloisonné Enameling on Fine Silver"
April 28-29, 2018
 

This class will focus on the process of applying Vitreous Enamel to Fine Silver using the technique of Cloisonné We will be making and taking home, earrings and pendants made in class from fine silver (pure silver). Students may incorporate their own designs into their finished pieces or rely on designs from Maya. Cloisonné uses fine silver wire fired into a base coat of enamel to create cloisons (compartments) to hold colors and to delineate design. We will use transparent enamel which promotes the beauty of depth and reflection when fired over silver. Students may be beginners or have some enameling experience. I will share the “tricks of the trade” learned over 20+ years of exploring this technique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
April 29, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Camera Basics & Creative Photography Techniques"
May 1, 3, 8, and 10
 

Join photographer Mike Murray for a four part series on Camera Basics and Creative Techniques. This series will show you how to get out of automatic mode and into the creative world of manual photography. These sessions are geared towards beginner and amateur photographers who want to grasp a basic understanding of the creative opportunities that a camera provides, or build on your current knowledge to expand your creativity. This class will focus on nature photography, landscapes and wildlife. It will not explore cell phone photography and will focus primarily on DSLR’s. Having a basic understanding of your camera from an operational standpoint and some knowledge on how to navigate your camera’s menu is a prerequisite.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray of North Sand Photography
Cost: $125
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Intro to Wire Weaving"
May 4, 2018
 

Learn the basics of weaving, shaping, forging and finishing wire. You will make a personal catalog of weave styles, and create a woven wire pendant as you learn. Good class to get you confident to move on to classes with wire masters Nicole Hanna, and Sarah Thompson later this year. Materials fee includes copper wire and supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Introduction To Precious Metal Clay"
May 4, 2018
 

Learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry from soft, workable “clay-like” silver. Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a safe non-toxic material made of tiny silver particles embedded in an organic clay/water base. You will learn how to form, refine, fire and finish jewelry pieces using the clay, paste and a syringe. Take home one or more unique pieces of .999 pure silver jewelry and the knowledge to continue creating beautiful jewelry with just a few basic tools and a small hand held butane torch. Your pieces will be fired in a kiln in class, but Sherry will teach you how to torch fire your pieces at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fold Forming Copper Earrings"
May 4, 2018
 

With fold forming techniques, you can create organic and interesting 3D formed metal shapes from flat metal sheet using only simple tools. In this workshop you’ll start with roofing copper and create leaf forms for earrings. You can fire color or patina the earrings and will attach rings and ear wires. You can also add a fresh water pearl to each earring if you choose. Materials fee includes copper for 3 pair of earrings. Consider combining this class with Viking Knitting, using copper, in the afternoon.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: David and JoEllen Wollangk
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Viking Knitting"
May 4, 2018
 

Make a Viking Knit bracelet out of copper wire. Viking knit is an ancient form of circular wire weaving that has been adapted to make beautiful jewelry, often enhanced with beads. Perfect for beginners, Viking Knit can be a forgiving technique because you do not have to do perfect work. There is a very comforting "rhythm" to this technique akin to repetitive crafts like knitting, tatting and crochet. You’ll finish off your bracelet with copper bead caps and a toggle, and add a feature bead if you like. You will go home with some tools so you can make more on your own. Consider combining this class with Fold Forming Copper Earrings, in the morning session.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: David and JoEllen Wollangk
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Embossed Enameled Pendants"
May 5, 2018
 

Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings In A Day"
May 5, 2018
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes: PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hammered Copper or Brass Wire Jewelry"
May 5, 2018
 

It will be noisy, but a lot of fun, and you will discover how many inventive jewelry pieces you can create with simple bending and hammering of brass, copper, and nickel silver wire. Besides Celtic spiral pendants and matching earrings, you can try bracelets, hair clips, scarf pins, money clips, and neck rings with bead dangles. If you can think of it or see it in the books Judy will bring, you can make it and embellish it with colorful beads. Find out how inexpensively you can create a whole wardrobe of jewelry for yourself and make unique gifts for friends and family. All tools and materials provided. Consider combining with Junk Drawer Art Charms in the afternoon.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Junk Drawer Art Charms"
May 5, 2018
 

Yep, we’re going to make jewelry charms and dangles out of that little stuff that accumulates in your desk drawer, tool chest, sewing kit, child’s toy chest...or wherever...plus some decidedly non-traditional jewelry materials. Sharon will show you how to make nifty charms out of inexpensive craft materials and hardware store miscellany, introduce you to some great craft techniques, and teach you basic jewelry attachment techniques, then turn you loose on her collection of beads, wire, little doodads and charm fodder. Make as many charms as you have time for. Great for charm bracelets, as necklace pendants, or as earring dangles. Consider combining with Hammered Copper or Brass Wire Jewelry classes in the morning.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharon Stauffer
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
May 5-6, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Blacksmithing"
May 5, 2018
 

Learn the basics of lighting and tending the coal fire in the forge; handling hammers, tongs, and anvil; and working iron into points, hooks, and twists for useful objects such as drawer handles, plant hangers and a variety of hooks. This is a beginning class but intermediate students are welcome to review their skills and try more complex projects. Wear cotton clothing and leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Wins
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured and Twisted Copper Cuffs"
May 6, 2018
 

Using fire, hammers, an amazing rolling mill, plus a variety of metal stamps, you'll create attractive textured copper cuffs, and twisted copper cuffs. Deb and the SRA Jewelry Studio has lots of nifty equipment for metal work, and you'll have a good time making beautiful pieces of jewelry.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deb Donaghue
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flame-Worked Glass Beads"
May 6, 2018
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in the small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up and safety. Round beads will be made first, then you’ll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fused Fine Silver Earrings"
May 6, 2018
 

Learn to shape and fuse fine silver wire and add beads or other objects to make your own earrings. Start with a small hand held butane torch to fuse wire rings. These silvery rings can then be reshaped in many ways, using pliers hammers, etc. to make elements to combine into your own unique jewelry designs. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Spring Studio Intensive in Painting and Drawing"
May 14-25, 2018
 

The Studio Intensive Program provides experienced artists with the time, space, and community to develop a body of work and participate in a creative dialogue with peers during PenArt’s quiet season. Combining theory, practice, and feedback, this program encourages experimentation and exploration within self-defined projects. Facilitated by Shan Bryan-Hanson, lectures, discussions, and readings on relevant art-making topics, as well as individual and group critiques will supplement independent studio activity throughout the two-week session. All approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Studios are open Monday - Friday each week, 8am - 5pm. Shan will lead activities on Monday, 5/14; Thursday 5/17; Tuesday, 5/22; and Friday, 5/25, 9am - 4pm.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shan Bryan-Hanson, www.ShanBryan-Hanson.com
Cost: Members: $430, Non-Members: $470
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Prospero’s Books"
May 17-20, 2018
 

Imagine you stumble across a beautiful box and open it to discover a treasure trove of unusual and otherworldly books - Book of Mirrors (for self-reflection), Book of Utopias (travel guide to idyllic lands) - and so many others. In this book making extravaganza we’ll create our own Mystical Box to house books we’ve altered, bound, painted and assemblaged. We’ll use several distinct book binding techniques - the Mixed Coptic Binding, the Long Stitch and my very own “the Canadian”. Mixed Coptic bookbinding allows us to sew together page-like objects - wood, mica, paper, plastic, metal, fabric and much more. A mixed media artist’s dream come true!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn"
May 19-20, 2018
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Weave a Swedish Lace Table Runner"
May 19, 2018
 

Come prepared to jump in and weave! In this workshop, a tabletop loom will be warped and ready for you to start working the shuttle right off the bat. You will be making a traditional openwork pattern out of sturdy, washable 100% cotton yarn. Swedish Lace is known for its decorative geometric qualities that contrast repeating areas of solid cloth with sections of windowpane. It’s an attractive and stable fabric well suited to enhancing your dining room table. Finishing options will be discussed. Materials fee includes enough yarn to make a 5 foot runner plus your sample weaving.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Picket-Tab Pendant"
May 19, 2018
 

Learn fundamental metal skills as you fabricate a deep bezel pendant. Geared for the confident beginner and intermediate student, this project is an immersive introduction to basic metal smithing processes. Students will learn to: use a jeweler’s saw, file, solder, sand, use a flex shaft and attachments, make picket tabs, and add a liver of sulfur patina to copper. Really -- this is a smorgasbord of techniques all in one spiffy package.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Make a Tin Can Forge and a Knife"
May 19-20, 2018
 

A forge for the minimalist! Set up a soup can with judicious cuts and holes, then add quick-setting insulation around a central channel, plus a steel pipe insert. You’ll soon have a mini-forge ready for action. The fire comes from a torch directed into the pipe, creating a hot spot in the center just right for forging a steel drill bit held with tongs into a knife blade up to 3” long. You’ll hammer the glowing steel on an anvil to forge a keen knife blade, sharpen it, then add a cholla cactus handle and make a leather belt sheath for your nearly 7” knife. The small blade is excellent for whittling, woodcarving, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denny Neubauer
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel"
May 31 - June 2, 2018
 

Oil pastels are pure pigments combined with a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide range of techniques and applications, including layering, underpainting, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual painting and drawing practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the workshop, George will demonstrate experimental methods and provide individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers will close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: George Shipperley, www.GeorgeShipperley.com
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $370
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Tiny Shriney Sideshows"
May 31, 2018
 

I have to admit I’ve made my share of shriney structures in my day, and I have created them from a variety of unusual items ranging from license plates to stoves to shoes. This class will involve some serious downsizing. In this class you’ll be creating a tiny sideshow stage featuring an unusual character of your own invention. It all starts with small discarded toys, dolls, figurines and other found objects of your choosing. Using the process of assemblage, painting and collage, you’ll bring your fantastic freaks to life. Of course, these extraordinary performers will need a place to show off their unusual talents, so you will also construct a stage or shrine to house your little oddity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Baba Yaga Birdhouse - With Flapping Wind Action!"
June 1-3, 2018
 

In Slavic legend, Baba Yaga, a troublesome old witch, rides a flying mortar with a pestle rudder. It is said she lives in a strange cabin in the forest, surrounded by a fence made of bones and capped by skulls. The house itself is also grimly unusual -- perched upon giant chicken legs (sometimes one, sometimes two)! In this folktale inspired class, we will create fantastical birdhouses perched on legs -- doll legs, rubber chicken legs, or a mere pedestal -- playing with found objects and the process of assemblage. Painting brings the disparate objects magically together. For folks who want to play with a bit of puppetry, Michael will demonstrate how to add flapping wings to the haggish home!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Blacksmithing for Home and Garden"
June 1-3, 2018
 

Forge some magic with railroad spikes! Bob will start with forging fundamentals: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of anvil and tongs. Once you're okay with basic skills, on to the fun projects! You will make All the projects in this class from heavy iron railroad spikes. And that means garden trowels, bottle openers, steak turners, weeding tools, and much more. Bob will have samples of the variety of useful tools you can make with hot iron and a hammer. This class is geared to beginning and intermediate students.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Felted Images - Paint with Wool"
June 2, 2018
 

Learn to make images with wool fibers using both needle-felting and wet-felting. Start with a rectangle of pre-felted wool, then using colored wool roving and shapes cut from more colored pre-felted wool, lay out and needle down your design. Finish with a little wet-felting to flatten and finish your picture. You may bring a picture or design for inspiration. All tools and wool are supplied.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 4-5, 2018
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on agency and studio practice development, including material, process, and conceptual and thematic specificity. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in individual critiques, material development, and digital presentations related to themes in contemporary and historical abstraction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Environmental Portraiture"
June 6-7, 2018
 

How does a portrait anchored in a particular location offer more information about the person in the frame? How can the environment act as an extensible metaphor of interiority or show you what the person cares about and how they spend their time. Explore examples of environmental portraiture, the act of photographing subjects in specific places. Make your own portraits integrating ideas of place more conscientiously into your compositions. Often environmental portraiture focuses on where people spend time working or living, but you will think of this idea to include the natural surroundings of Door County. Use your camera to talk to strangers and find out more about their life. Familiarity with your camera is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachel Herman, www.RachelHerman.net
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
June 6-9, 2018
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
 
Location: Door County, Wisconsin
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: Members: $ 450 / Non-Members: $ 490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email


"Abstract Experiments with Pigment Sticks, Oil and Cold Wax"
June 7-10, 2018
 

Draw, paint and print with oil pigment sticks as a primary medium or as added to cold wax, oil paint, and solvents. Richly pigmented oil sticks allow artists to draw and layer marks retaining intensity of color and integrity of line. Application of color may range from thin shims to densely textured layers using fingertips, brushes, brayers and palette knives. Stick-based monotype techniques will be used in printmaking and to transfer marks to prepared surfaces. The flexibility of these materials will underscore exploration of themes based in both culture and nature central to contemporary abstract painting. We’ll work on a variety of surfaces, paying attention to what artist and printmaker Kathan Brown calls “strategies to create miracles.”
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Very Short Films"
June 8-9, 2018
 

Some photographs convey a story, a narrative that veers on the cinematic. These photographs appear to have a beginning already in motion, a dramatic situation in progress, and a conclusion that is up to the viewer to complete. How do you as a photographer create a scene specifically to photograph it? We’ll examine the work of Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills and Gregory Crewdon’s Twilight as examples of this approach, as well as many others. As a group, you will analyze these cinematic photographs and discuss considerations like character, conflict, tableau, lighting, props, and logistics. Together scout a location, cast a lead and supporting cast, and photograph the story as it unfolds. Together, the class will make films that are one frame in length.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachel Herman, www.RachelHerman.net
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Graphite with a Message"
June 9-10, 2018
 

This two day workshop will focus on dramatically communicating your own personalized concept and artistic message using a pencil application method. This method maximizes the full range of dark to light pencil values without the presence of that distracting graphite sheen. A few basic exercises will build your expertise, then you’ll begin a personal artwork of your own subject matter, design, and composition, and be able to confidently complete (at your own pace, in your own space) the drawing beyond the workshop hours. There’s such satisfaction in powerfully sharing your mind and heart with others through what your hands have drawn in simple pencil!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $155
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Make a Bent Willow Chair"
June 9-10, 2018
 

Bring a bit of nature into your home with a bent willow chair. Jim will bring plenty of green willow and lead you through the process of making a rustic, bent willow chair using only hand tools. At the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of rustic furniture to take home. (Be sure you have room to carry it in your vehicle!) You’ll enjoy every minute of this two-day class as you learn about working with willow. This class is for everyone—no experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Arendt
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
June 9, 2018
 

This is the real deal - a traditional "rag" rug woven on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. No loose and wimpy bathmat crafted on a cardboard frame in this class! You will instead be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and at least 5' long. We have tons of new fabric so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
June 9-10, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Introduction to Hand Built Ceramic Vessels"
June 11-14, 2018
 

With an emphasis on fundamental techniques of hand built vessels, this workshop is designed for those new to the medium, self-taught artists looking to fill educational gaps, and current ceramicists who want to improve their fluency in the studio. Learn how to build plates, bowls, cups, and mugs using a range of hand building techniques, including soft- and hard-slab construction, coil building, and molds. In addition, surface decoration will be discussed and explored to complement the vessels made throughout the week. Instruction will be tailored to each individual student’s goals.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joseph Pesina
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Wisconsin Artistic Sampler"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Close to Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the inspiring Driftless Area as your backdrop, join us at Durward's Glen nestled in the Baraboo Range to sample the arts of painting, clay, photography, and gourds gaining hands on experience along side our professional artists. Enjoy evening entertainment as a group including a boat tour of the Dells of the Wisconsin River, or take advantage of free studio time. The sessions are great for artists of all skill levels and are a wonderful way to refresh your love for creating art while interacting with fellow artists from near and far.
 
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin
Instructor: see the web site
Cost: $750 (all inclusive)
Sponsor: Sauk County Art Association
Website, email, 608-448-6693


"Taking Control in Manual Mode"
June 11-14, 2018
 

Discover the untapped potential of your camera as you move out of auto mode and into manual mode. This comprehensive workshop will explore the technical components that make up a perfect image and how to manipulate your camera’s settings to achieve desired effects and accurate light and color every time. Gain hands-on experience as you work through daily challenges that address composition, exposure, and content. Engage in peer discussions and group discussions, as well as work with Kasey one-on-one for individualized feedback and instruction. Leave this workshop feeling confident in your ability to adapt to any situation with your camera. This workshop requires a DSLR camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Authentic Abstraction in Oil and Cold Wax"
June 11-14, 2018
 

This workshop explores the versatility and limitless possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color. Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series. Utilize various tools and techniques to push the limits of the medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bold Watercolor Landscapes"
June 11-14, 2018
 

Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on creating loose and bold paintings. Using observational strategies to simplify any scene into a manageable composition, you will set the stage to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous qualities of watercolor. Each day, Andy will demonstrate a method of working, including value studies, simplifying images, and full-color paintings. The remainder of class will be dedicated to hands-on practice with Andy available for individual feedback. In order to loosen up, it is important to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. This workshop will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to do just that.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andy Evansen, www.EvansenArtStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fine Art Flower Photography On Madeline Island"
June 11-15, 2018
 

This week will be an immersion in Flower Photography. During this workshop, Kathleen will cover every aspect of making stunning portraits of flowers. Each day includes a presentation, group critiques of student photos, and photographing flowers in Madeline Island gardens, where you will benefit from hands-on instruction from Kathleen. Lensbaby will provide loaner lenses for students to try. If you are interested in improving your flower photos, this is the class for you!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Clemons
Cost: $1,095
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Perfect Points And Stars With Paper Piecing"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Enjoy five full days of quilting bliss with designer and master quilter, Jacqueline de Jonge while working on the design of your choice! Learn Jacqueline’s unique approach to paper piecing that will have you creating unbelievable work with show-stopping color and movement! Enjoy personal daily instruction, demonstrations, laughter, fun and plenty of time to sew. Each student works at their own eight foot table in a studio that was built from the ground up with quilters in mind. The studio is open 24/7 throughout the week and is flooded with natural light, comfortable chairs, bottomless cookie jars and plenty of room to spread out and make this a true quilter’s dream get-away!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline de Jonge
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Asymmetrical Roll Printed Earrings"
June 12, 2018
 

Learn a variety of metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through this comprehensive project. This technique-driven experience will help you build the confidence you need to work independently. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to use the hydraulic press and rolling mill to achieve desired textures and forms for earrings of your own design. Beginning soldering techniques, finding making, and stone setting will also be taught. No previous experience required. More advanced students can progress at their own speed with Joy available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stacked Woven Bezel"
June 15-17, 2018
 

Learn to wire weave a bezel setting to capture two or more gemstone cabochons in a single project, embellished with a large bead and waves of woven wire accents. These techniques may be utilized in a variety of projects, with any number of cabochons, creating a versatile set of skills to further your jewelry-making adventures. While this workshop showcases a specific design, students will be encouraged to explore and experiment for some truly one-of-a-kind creations. Students will leave with a completed project, ready to wear! Materials fee covers all wire, chains, stones and beads. It is recommended students have prior experience with wire wrapping, utilizing multiple wires in a single project.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Hanna
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Into the Woods: Understanding the Elements of Nature"
June 15-16, 2018
 

In this hands-on workshop you will gain a foundation and deeper understanding of the elements and techniques and of transparent watercolor. Discover the unique properties of the medium, as well as how to control and use them to your advantage in relation to landscape painting. Learn how to use your materials effectively, interpret color, create a working composition, and build a successful painting from start to finish through demonstrations and guided exercises. Photo references of various types of landscapes will be supplied by Dale.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Popovich, www.DalePopovich.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Oil Painting"
June 15-16, 2018
 

Geared toward the beginning student, this workshop introduces the materials and techniques of oil painting. Working primarily from observation, you will gain a familiarity with handling materials, developing a composition, depicting form, and identifying and mixing color. Shannon will guide you through a series of exercises and small-scale paintings based in the concepts of fundamental oil painting. Each exercise is designed to help you develop skill sets that can be continued in your home studio and built upon in future workshops.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mixed Media Collage"
June 16, 2018
 

Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will demonstrate various techniques and provide workshop handouts. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes the prepared board on which you will mount your collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kaleidoscopes & Quilts"
June 18-22, 2018
 

The workshop covers unique machine-piecing techniques, color and fabric guidelines for creating the complex and mobile reflection of a kaleidoscope. While gaining insight into the nature of symmetry and intricately printed fabrics, students will learn to create a design that sews together successfully and renders a kaleidoscopic image filled with luminosity and dramatic impact. We will focus on piecing curves, innovative use of fabrics, learning to identify and join divergent angles, and exploring a range of angles. Students will begin to work independently, designing and sewing at their own pace with the instructor providing individual attention.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Nadelstern
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Drawing Your Favorite Subjects with Confidence"
June 18-19, 2018
 

Using common drafting materials and personal photographs, learn how to capture your chosen subject matter with confidence. Develop a solid grounding in drawing focused on creating convincing contrast, texture, and shading. Lee will demonstrate his drawing process in stages, including preliminary sketching, transferring compositions to large, final paper, proper use of tools, hatching and blending grays, and working subtractively. Take these easy-to-learn techniques and apply them to a drawing of your own composition with Lee available for individualized feedback. Leave this workshop with one finished or well-under-way work of art.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes, www.OceansAndDreams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Drone Photography and Video"
June 18-19, 2018
 

Drones allow unique views for capturing photos and video, closing the gap between how high you can climb on a ladder and how low a helicopter can fly. In addition to traditional photography, there are a variety of applications for drone-based work, including land management, real estate, architecture, and wildlife management, to name a few. Learn how to safely operate a drone and shoot HD video and high-resolution photography in this comprehensive workshop. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. FAA guidelines, legislation for drone use, and how to obtain a commercial drone license will be discussed before heading out into the field. Michael will guide you through the flying and shooting process from start to finish.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Kienitz, www.MichaelKienitz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Architecture in Watercolor and Line"
June 18-19, 2018
 

Explore ways of depicting the built environment using color and line in this two-day workshop. Examine space, perspective, and design through practical, hands-on lessons that aim to help you gain confidence in creating drama, rhythm, and focus in the architectural subject. Demonstrations and exercises will address editorial seeing, observing and responding to materials and junctions, lighting and shadow, and the elements of good composition. With plenty of time to paint, Mat will provide feedback throughout the process. This workshop is designed for students with a foundation in watercolor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: From Armadillo to Zebra, Animal Sculptures"
June 18-21, 2018
 

Nature and art intersect in this ceramics workshop as students create their own pack of sculptural animals. Gathering inspiration from pets, the creatures of Door County, and wild animals from throughout the world, children will use pinch, coil, and slab techniques to form each piece. Texture, pattern, and color will be added using a variety of tools and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Sculptural Clay"
June 18-21, 2018
 

In this workshop, young artists will use hand building techniques to explore the sculptural possibilities of clay. Pinch, coil, and slab construction will be used to create a series of unique works of art, including abstract sculptures, wall-hung pieces, and freestanding objects. Children will decorate the surfaces of their work with texture tools and brightly colored underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Ceramics: Wheel and Hand"
June 18-21, 2018
 

Using wheel throwing and hand building techniques, young artists will create a variety of functional and decorative ceramic ware. Two days will be devoted to the potter's wheel and two days to coil and slab construction. Dimensional details, texture, and painted imagery will decorate the surface, and a final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Teens: Functional Forms on the Wheel"
June 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop offers the opportunity for teens to refine their skills on the potter's wheel. Basic throwing techniques will be reviewed, and more advanced methods introduced as students create a series of plates, bowls, mugs, and more. Students will design and decorate the surface of each piece using texture tools and colorful underglazes. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photography and Video Using Your Small Drone"
June 20-21, 2018
 

Designed for those who already own a drone and camera, this workshop will provide insight into how to utilize these small devices for photography and video with excellent results. In addition to traditional photography, there are a variety of applications for drone-based work, including land management, real estate, architecture, and wildlife management, to name a few. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice will cover how to smoothly and safely operate your drone for consistent video and images. FAA guidelines, legislation for drone use, and how to obtain a commercial drone license will be reviewed before heading out into the field. Post-production of photos and video will close this workshop. A drone and prior flying experience are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Kienitz, www.MichaelKienitz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"R&F Encaustic Comprehensive"
June 20-23, 2018
 

Sarah Rehmer presents this comprehensive workshop designed by R&F Handmade Paints to provide education in fundamental encaustic methods, as well as illustrate best studio practices. Artists from all backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Sarah will begin by presenting the history of the medium from ancient through contemporary times, giving context to the myriad of ways artists use encaustic. This workshop will alternate between demonstrations and individual work time. Demonstrations will cover health and safety, selecting proper grounds and supports, basic painting and layering techniques, and transition into more dynamic methods. This workshop is excellent for beginning and seasoned artists. All paints and raw materials will be supplied.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $540
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Ceramics"
June 22, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of ceramics and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Tassel Necklaces"
June 22, 2018
 

Pam will show you how to make a stunning Tassel Necklace using art threads, fibers, hand dyed silks and French ribbons. Create your tassel, then assemble a beautiful bead stack with a Vintaj® Tulip bead cap. Holes will be punched into the cap to create delicate dangles on the outer edges. You will also create the simple wire loop, bead and jump ring necklace from scratch! Note: The necklace construction techniques can be used to make basic necklaces, Rosary style necklaces and bracelets. This Friday evening class precedes Pam's full-day workshops on Saturday and Sunday: Memories Resin Paper Necklace and Flight Necklace.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstracts on Yupo"
June 22, 2018
 

Grunge Ink is a wildly popular and unique style of painting taught by mixed media author and instructor, Jodi Ohl. In this follow up workshop, Abstracts on Yupo, students travel new paths of abstract discovery with new projects, new challenges and even more depth of color and composition. Immerse yourself in a wild adventure of painting on an extraordinary surface: Yupo Paper! Using inks, acrylics, textured objects, drawing mediums, stencils and more, you will learn all of the basics and complete several full size abstract compositions over the course of the day. If you enjoy abstract painting, love texture, are intrigued by unique surfaces and just want to let loose and explore possibilities, this is the class for you!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Zen Houses"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Be a part of a hot new contemporary acrylic painting workshop with author, instructor, and mixed media artist, Jodi Ohl. Zen Houses merges two of Jodi's most popular classes: "Zen Painting" and "Funky Little City Scapes" with new twists and turns sure to please artists at every level. Learn contemporary painting techniques on a unique surface, how to draw whimsical illustrations, and water media approaches using specialty acrylic paint. Work on 3-4 full size projects plus several warm up exercises and discover how to add depth and character to your painting through tried and true techniques that will enhance your overall painting skills. Most supplies included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Weave a Bamboo Scarf - Start to Finish"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Through hands-on experience, acquire the skills to set up a 4-harness tabletop loom and get weaving! On the first morning, you will practice winding the warp and dressing the loom (threading the heddles and winding the warp onto the loom). Then you’ll learn to read a draft (pattern) and make a sampler of plain (tabby) weave and an assortment of twill weaves. On day two, you’ll weave a full-length scarf of smooth and lightly lustrous 50/50 mercerized cotton and bamboo yarns. Finishing options will be discussed. Each student will have a loom to work on. (Bring your own or use one of ours!) Sleek, soft, and sustainable bamboo rayon and mercerized cotton yarns, approximately 'fingering' sized, will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Memories Resin Paper Necklace"
June 23, 2018
 

If you have never played with resin you are in for some fun. Resin itself is completely versatile, but resin paper is transformative. A seemingly simple piece of tissue paper can be altered in so many ways. We will make resin paper from many different types of sheeting to create a wearable story book pendant. We will cut copper sheet to make a name plate, stamp words into copper, insert eyelets into our paper, weave ribbons and memorabilia into layers of paper and then construct a necklace with Vintaj chain and findings. Materials provided. Project will be completed in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dynamics of Shadows and Light: A Bolder Approach to Watercolor"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Discover how to capture the mood and time of a place through creative, strategic, and decisive use of light and shadow. Emphasizing these characteristics can energize and bring confidence to formerly tentative and flat paintings. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on design and planning compositions, as well as sparking your imagination. Develop your ability to see and understand light and recognize its sources and the shadows they create through a series of exercises. These methods will help you to create more dynamic paintings of any subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Linden, www.TomLindenart.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Flight Necklace"
June 24, 2018
 

Resin is a very fun and versatile material. Create wing charms with Parawire®, shipping tape and Ice Resin! Once your wings are set, enhance them with stamping, patinas and alcohol inks. Pam will have lots of stamps and colors to play with. A Vintaj® Medallion will be created with Vintaj® Patinas. You will then use wire to create wire looped charms, dangles and your own custom loop chain with simple loops and beads. Once all of the components are made, you will construct your flight necklace!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
June 24, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"IPhone Artistry On Madeline Island: The Next Step"
June 25-29, 2018
 

If you love Instagram and Hipstamatic but long for a more individualized look to your iPhone and iPad images, this is the class for you! With the help of master iPhoneographer and author of iPhone Artistry, Dan Burkholder, you’ll explore adventurous capture and editing techniques, combined with printing on fine art papers, all in the magnificent grandeur of the Apostle Islands. The highlight excursion of the week is a sunset boat cruise through the Apostle Islands to Devil’s Island, site of some of the best sea caves in the world. At the end of this workshop you’ll have a visual toolbox of techniques to elevate your iPhone images above the ocean of “me-too” filter effects and borders!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Burkholder
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Let Us Surprise You: Two Friends, Two Quilts"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Finally a class that you know you have brought the right things for! In this fun-filled class, two kits of cut fabrics and instructions are furnished for a progressive quilt design created by Charlotte and Debbie. The two quilts will be completely different from each other, but will be based upon the same core fabrics and constructed from sizes of units or blocks that can be mixed and matched. Each instructor will add more fabrics to expand the palette. In the end, the kits can be used to make two separate quilts or combined to make one larger quilt. These ladies are two national/international instructors with well over sixty years of designing and teaching between them!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Charlotte Angotti & Debbie Caffrey
Cost: $870 + Materials: $300
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Materials and Methods of Acrylic Painting"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of acrylic painting in this comprehensive workshop aimed at artists who are just beginning their pursuit of the medium. Paint chemistry, materials and tools, techniques, and color theory will help you to establish a painting toolkit and the ability to take your practice to the next level. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, Shane will share a variety of techniques and concepts, including the application and manipulation of paint and surfaces, identifying and controlling color, value, temperature, and saturation, and creating compositions from both observation and invention. The workshop will conclude with a day of guided open exploration with individualized feedback from Shane throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, shanewalshpaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Order Within Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through morning demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoon with Emmett available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Macro Photography"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Capture summer blooms, mosses, and bugs as you explore the process of macro photography. This technique allows you to document the fine and sometimes overlooked details of the world around you, yielding rewarding and unique results. Learn how to select lenses for depth of view, utilize extension tubes to increase magnification ratios, and achieve proper exposure. Through lectures and demonstrations, Bryan will share the basics of macro photography and image processing. You will have the opportunity to practice in the field each day with Bryan as your guide, applying techniques related to exposure, magnification, composition, and depth of field. The workshop will close with a group critique of selected images from each student.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bryan Hansel, www.BryanHansel.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bronze Casting"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind, www.CowyardStudio.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $550, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Creative Illusions"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Throughout history, artists have used a variety of techniques to trick the eye of the viewer. This workshop will dive into the methods behind Optical Art, Trompe L'oeil, tessellations, and more. Children will use a variety of drawing and painting materials to create two-dimensional works that appear three-dimensional, imply movement, vibrate, hide images, and warp.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Drawing and Painting Animals"
June 25-28, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will learn how to use foundational art elements to accurately draw and paint a range of animals. Photo references, as well as class visits from various furry, scaly, and feathered friends will provide inspiration throughout the week. Children will use graphite, oil pastel, watercolor, tempera, and more to capture these animals and their environments.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Hands On Art History"
June 25-28, 2018
 

This workshop will look at and discuss various artistic styles in painting throughout history and contemporary times. Young artists will experiment with a range of painting and drawing materials, mark-making tools, and paint application in a series of skill-building exercises and final projects. Realistic and abstract subject matter will be explored.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Many Ways to Paint"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Young artists will push the boundaries of traditional painting to create unique and vibrant pieces. Basic painting techniques, including brush handling and color mixing, will be taught, followed by more experimental methods combining collage, printmaking, and even sculpture. Observational and abstract compositions will be explored.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Multiplicities of the Monotype"
June 29-30, 2018
 

This workshop introduces basic monotype printmaking processes, materials, and equipment with an emphasis on the variability and multiplicity of the medium. Discover the relationship between this process and other disciplines, including painting and drawing, as you experiment with a variety of techniques and approaches. Demonstrations will address general printmaking techniques, including ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use, as well as monotype specific techniques, such as subtractive and additive painting, stencils, and more. Plenty of hands-on practice will be a priority allowing time to experiment and iterate. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design are helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, JabberwockStudio.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Still Life: From Drawing to Painting"
June 29-30, 2018
 

This workshop will focus on the different stages of capturing a still life with particular attention to accurate drawing and color. Hone your individual skills as you address formal and technical concerns within your work through various approaches to the subject matter. Engaging in the process from beginning to end, you will design and light a still life with the goal of achieving balance and rhythm. Color temperature will be addressed, as there will be a setup in warm light and one in cool light. From there, you will gain hand-on practice composing and drawing from the still life in charcoal. Color will be added using either oil paint or pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Painting"
June 29, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of painting and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Toolmaking for Blacksmiths"
June 30, 2018
 

Join Greg Winz for a one-day class that focuses on tool making for blacksmiths. You’ll work on forging punches and chisels. Greg, a technician at UW Madison, will teach you about alloy selection, proper forging techniques for these materials, plus how to heat treat them. You’ll go home with some handy tools for both blacksmithing and general use.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Natural Impressions: Interpreting The Summer Landscape"
July 2-6, 2018
 

Move beyond the postcard image to something more fresh and interpretive. Learn to work with the light you have, incorporate visual depth and design in your images, and above all how to be more in touch with the essence of your subject or a place. The week blends insights into how to translate what you feel about what you see into the finished image, individual assignments and wanderings, group field trips, a one-on-one with Brenda, night sky photo sessions, and a special sunset cruise through the Apostle Islands to Devil’s Island to photograph fantastic sea caves of sculpted rock. This class is best suited for Intermediate to Advanced photographers with a good working knowledge of their camera.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brenda Tharp
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Textures, Patterns, and Prints"
July 2-6, 2018
 

In this workshop, children will explore the rich history of printmaking. Focusing on the processes of monotype, collagraph, and paste papers, students will experiment with the tools and materials of each to create one-of-a-kind works. Gaining an understanding of color, texture, shape, line, and pattern will be emphasized.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Start the Presses"
July 2-6, 2018
 

From relief prints to monotypes to collagraphs to stencils, young artists will discover the expansive world of printmaking. Techniques specific to each process will be taught, followed by time for children to experiment with combining processes by hand and using PenArt's etching press. Throughout the workshop students will create both single- and multiple-color images.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Fundamentals of Screen Printing"
July 2-6, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will learn the basics of screen printing on paper. From start to finish, participants will generate ideas, plan their composition, map out color separations, master stencil and hand drawn techniques, and squeegee ink through silkscreens to create original prints and posters. More experimental techniques will be introduced as time allows.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Teens: Teen Screen"
July 2-6, 2018
 

Teens will venture into the exciting world of silkscreen printing in this introductory workshop. Screen printing is a versatile medium that can be used in fine art, fashion, graphic design, and more. Working from imagery of their choosing, teens will learn how to plan compositions, separate and sequence colors, mix and apply ink, and print. Water-based inks will be used.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Your iPad"
July 6-7, 2018
 

The iPad has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities for artists of all levels and media. In this workshop, you will explore ArtRage, an app that not only allows you to make art directly on your iPad, but also assists you in planning and improving your traditional studio work. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning as it relates to your practice, learn how to mimic a variety of media, combine and edit elements from various images to design compositions, and troubleshoot issues with existing paintings. Leave this workshop with an invaluable tool to add to your studio practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Exploration in Stamped Metal, Texturing, and Silver Dust Fusing"
July 6-7, 2018
 

Create beautiful jewelry that shows contrast in texture and design using stamps, hand texturing, and silver dust fusing. This workshop will address not only surface design, but also ring and cuff bracelet construction and stone setting. We will begin with tips and tricks to stamp successfully every time. Texturing with hammers and found objects, such as concrete and old steel wire, will also be used to make cuff bracelets and a handful of stacking rings. Sizing, forming, and soldering will be demonstrated and discussed. Building off these techniques, we will focus on silver dust fusing to add surface interest through two intermediate level projects, including a spinner ring and a pair of earrings with set stones.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aisha Formanski, www.EverthineJewelry.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Object Lessons: Adventures in Assemblage"
July 6-10, 2018
 

There's a giddy, world-at-your-fingertips satisfaction in making art with found materials. With some deliberate and thoughtful choices alongside some easy to learn techniques, an assembly of objects can grow and coalesce into a meaningful and profound work of art. Join international found object artist and 'stuffsmith' Keith Lo Bue in a comprehensive how-to on conceiving of and building thought-provoking and unusual artwork. Object Lessons will focus on the process by which assortments of unlike materials can join up in the same space to work both physically, visually and conceptually. Using your own collection of bits and pieces and aided by innovative use of wire, rivets and adhesives, you'll create personal assemblages of intense beauty, humor, poetry and mystery.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Explorations in Sculpture"
July 9-12, 2018
 

Using a variety of tools and materials, this workshop will introduce students to basic techniques in sculpture. Paper, wire, plaster, found objects, and fabric will all be used to create abstract and realistic, hard and soft sculptures. The works of historical and contemporary sculptors will provide students with inspiration and instruction throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Sculptures Big and Small"
July 9-12, 2018
 

Focusing on structure and form, this workshop will dive into the many materials and techniques of sculpture. Paper, cardboard, papier-mache, wood, fabric, and found objects will all be used to create abstract and realistic, hard and soft sculptures. Students will look at the sculptural works of historical and contemporary artists for inspiration and instruction throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Adventures in Papier-Mache"
July 9-12, 2018
 

This workshop will introduce young artists to a variety of ways papier-mache can be used to create three-dimensional works that are sculptural and functional. Bowls, vases, abstract sculptures, and piñatas are just a few of the possibilities. Completed with tempera paint and other media, pieces will be vibrant and durable.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Show of Hands, Puppet Art"
July 9-12, 2018
 

Using a variety of materials and techniques, young artists will make a series of puppets. Children will gather inspiration for their puppets' character traits from books, poems, and music. Individual and collaborative mixed media theaters will set the stage for everyone's puppets to perform at PenArt and home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Experiments in Mixed Media"
July 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop will feature a series of projects in which we will explore different mixed media techniques Carol uses in her paintings, and is suitable for all experience levels. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol's approach to mixed media works well for highly textured abstract compositions. You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as use and preparation of Tyvek, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay, acrylic skins, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more. We will work on multiple surfaces including wood panels, watercolor paper, and even foam plates.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Cost: $725 + Materials: $15
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Five Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you to judge values, using warm and cool tones, to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow and to describe the time as well as the type of day. On the first day, Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Complex Composition"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Cross-fertilization between the arts can enrich how each of us approaches our work. This workshop will focus on using basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. You will learn to create rich and complex compositions from this inventive perspective using the principles of scale, merging, layering/ overlapping, ranking, and framing. Building on the elements and principles of design, students will tap into the right and left sides of the brain to design a thoughtful and imaginative composition from a distinctive perspective. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place. Valerie is known for creating a flexible environment of encouragement, order, and inspiration.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Valerie Goodwin
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Lightroom: A Beginner's Guide to Editing Your Images"
July 9-10, 2018
 

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool for organizing, editing, renaming, and resizing your images, but it can be daunting without a guide to get started. This workshop is the solution for beginners who want to get most out of the program in a practical, hands-on way. Kasey will lead you through a series of Lightroom editing tasks, including how perfect exposure, solve color cast woes, sharpen soft images, create black and white versions, and batch process groups of photos to speed up your workflow. You will also discuss the best ways to download, sort, and back-up your images to ensure they are stored safely and easy to retrieve when needed. Facility of your computer is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Ceramic Plates with Super Surfaces"
July 9-12, 2018
 

Learn how to make a variety of plates, both wheel thrown and hand built, on which the decorative techniques of sgrafitto, mishima, and resists will be explored. Create works that transcend their function and become more meaningful through surface treatment. The first day will begin with demonstrations of construction techniques, including throwing and simple altering on the wheel, using craft foam supports for organic shapes, and simple slab built plates. The remaining days will each focus on a different decorative technique, using short slide presentations of historical and contemporary artists’ work, as well as Kristin’s demonstrations as a jumping off point. With ample time to practice, students of all levels will find value in this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Experimental Landscape: From Outside to Inside"
July 9-10, 2018
 

This multimedia workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Explore methods to examine, document, and translate your experiences from outside to the studio. The first day of this workshop will emphasize observation – walking, sitting, listening, touching, looking - in various locations and from various vantages within Peninsula State Park, followed by time to record and document. On the second day, meet in the studio to share, organize, and construct artworks using your documentation as the raw material. Be prepared to spend a day outside, no matter the conditions. Various kinds of ability can be accommodated. Please let the school know if your situation might require an accommodation.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Light in Studio and Out"
July 9-10, 2018
 

In this two-day workshop, you will paint directly from life to develop skill in observing and simplifying complex visual information into broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you to paint the effects of light rather than the light itself, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of color and value concepts, including modern color theory, identifying value, mixing color, building a unique harmony, and the strengths and weakness of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working both in the studio and en plein air, you will paint the large masses and shapes of your composition first, which will act as a foundation to build sophisticated color and value.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, kyle-martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Still Life: When Composition Meets Color"
July 11-14, 2018
 

Delve into the foundations of any successful painting in any medium - composition and color. Whether you are a seasoned painter or just beginning, this workshop will break down the planning phase and give you the confidence to take control of the design, color, and application of paint within your work. Each day’s focus will be related to a morning lecture and demonstration, including composition, cropping, viewpoint, edge, color theory, and a limited palette. Working from photo references and still life setups, you will work through a series of exploratory exercises and small paintings, in addition to working one-on-one with Kathy. This workshop is open to all painting media and skill levels, however instructor demonstrations will be completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathy Hirsh, www.KathyHirsh.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage Tactics"
July 11-14, 2018
 

This four-day workshop will present basic collage methods and ideas. Collage is a medium that bridges aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, and print. It is as much a way of thinking as of making. This workshop will present methods of cutting apart and connecting, collecting and arranging, gluing, attaching, and building materials into pictorial images and designs. Issues of continuity and discontinuity will be considered, as within the fragmented space of pictures, materials, identities, and information in contemporary life. Class time will include lectures that present work by modern and contemporary artists, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that explore technical processes and concepts presented. You will work with images and materials collected prior to the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Taking Better Photographs with Your Digital and Smartphone Cameras"
July 11-14, 2018
 

Designed for those looking to improve their photography skills, this workshop addresses both technical and conceptual issues. You will learn how to better utilize your settings and camera applications, as well as create impact with the composition and content of your images. Each day, you will be given an assignment to develop technical skill and discover your own personal creativity while exploring Door County. Individual and group discussions will provide feedback and direction for your artistic goals. Simple photo editing will be discussed to enhance your images taken out in the field and you will have the opportunity to make professional enlargements of your most successful work using a pigmented inkjet printer. This workshop is for all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Krejcarek, www.PhilipKrejcarek.weebly.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Enameling on Silver"
July 11, 2018
 

Take the next step in your metalsmithing practice with this enameling workshop. Replace the conventional copper surface with sterling silver and discover how the enamel shines and interacts with such a radiant material. Through demonstrations and guided work time, learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling. You will create a series of components on silver using transparent enamel colors. Each piece will be finished with a bit of soldering. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Fancy Connections"
July 12, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will develop your basic soldering skills while creating a piece that is anything but basic. Jumpstart your metalsmithing experience with these techniques and best practices. Gain confidence and refine your soldering skills as you create a bracelet using sterling silver sheet and wire. Some experience with wire is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pearl Statements: Ring"
July 12, 2018
 

This fabrication workshop will touch on a variety of skills that can be used to enhance any future jewelry project. Design and produce a contemporary ring using freshwater pearls and sterling silver while refining your metalsmithing skills. Combining soldering, forging, and shaping, this ring strikes a harmonious balance that is sure to make a statement. Previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Sculpture"
July 13, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of sculpture and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Silver Lining"
July 13, 2018
 

Texture and surface are a great way to add distinct design elements to any jewelry piece. However, textured sterling silver sheet can be extremely cost-prohibitive. This workshop will focus on texturizing your own metal for a variety of applications. Using the rolling mill, metal stamps, hammers, and more, explore methods for creating interesting marks and textures in sterling silver. Transform your hand-textured sheets into components for a necklace, bracelet, or earrings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Deep Into Indigo Retreat"
July 13-15, 2018
 

A women's creative weekend getaway to learn Shibori, Batik, and other fabric resist techniques for dyeing with indigo. Great value! All food, beverages and lodging plus piles of fabric and paper to play with, unlimited access to prepared indigo dye vats, and gifts and prizes all for one low price!
 
Location: Westby, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: $650 - $750
Website, email, 608-852-3970


"Kickstarter: Idea to Form"
July 14, 2018
 

Ideas come and go, but some stick in our minds with a burning desire to come to life. The question is how to bring them to fruition. Join Kieu and a group of your peers in this workshop to share ideas and problem solve in an open forum. The first half of the workshop will be spent discussing each student’s ideas and the best techniques to accomplish the project. This setting will provide you with a variety of perspectives on the challenges of your design. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to kick starting fabrication. You will likely not finish your project, but this experience will provide you with the tools you need to finish at home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Finding Your Inner Artist's Voice in Watercolor"
July 14-15, 2018
 

Are you interested in being more effective at what you are already doing? Do you want to loosen up or gain more control over your watercolors? Are you interested in discovering new motivation and your own unique subject matter for your artwork? In this workshop, you will explore both skills-based and creative process-based strategies for expanding your artwork, how to find your own authentic content and approach as an artist, and have lots of fun doing it.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Plein Air Painting: The Architecture of Light"
July 16-20, 2018
 

This watercolor workshop is open to artists of all levels. The theme of this workshop is finding the dialogue between the architecture of man and the architecture of nature, and how to see compositions in the most grand and most humble of scenes. During this class, you will explore the endlessly compelling compositional possibilities on these topics. You will also cover the basics of perspective composition and fundamentals of drawing, and see how these basics are the root of a successful painting. Simple black and white pencil sketches from site observation, or from photographs will be completed, and you will discuss how the three basic values, black/white/grey can be arranged to form the basis of a final watercolor painting.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Photography: Understanding Exposure and Learning to See Creatively"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Based in part on Bryan’s bestselling books, this workshop will surely boost your level of expertise. Your camera bag is a virtual gold mine of compelling compositions. Any subject can be turned into a compelling shot, no matter how mundane, if you apply the vast and creative principles that are offered in this workshop on seeing creatively! At the end of this 5 day workshop, you will have realized just how much there really is to see and shoot, even in your own backyard or kitchen! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an internationally known instructor, photographer, best-selling author and star of countless Adorama TV videos, all in an amazing, new location on Madeline Island, in beautiful Lake Superior!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bryan F Peterson
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Learn how to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. In this workshop, you will examine new ideas that result in compelling compositions designed to bring your photography to a much more expressive level. This workshop begins by viewing a range of photographs, including your images and examples of Daniel’s work. Learn how to use and combine visual elements to create truly memorable photographs. You will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Local Color: Making the Most of What Nature Gives You"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Designed for the pastel painter, this workshop addresses the challenges and limitations of working from the landscape. Fostering an experiential, non-academic approach to maximizing color skills, you will expand upon a traditionally overwhelming blue/green palette, learn how to render and invent light, and push the boundaries of seasonal color. Working from your own photo references, create pastel landscapes over a watercolor base with Colette as your guide. Direct instruction, numerous examples, and demonstrations will increase your understanding of seeing, translating, and understanding color. Discover a fresh approach to keeping your colors clean and effective with individualized attention keyed to your intent.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Advanced Mentoring Workshop: Painting and Drawing"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your current practice in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback regarding your work. This workshop will be equally divided between critiques and working sessions with an emphasis on investigating issues that come up during discussions. Critiques, lectures, and discussions will provide guidance about process and content in order to expand choices, skills, and goals. Additionally, contemporary practices and theory will be touched upon, as well as readings and short writing assignments. This workshop is geared toward artists who have considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Every Image Tells a Story"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will read, discuss, and use popular children's books as inspiration for creating characters, telling new stories, and combining language and art. Basic painting, drawing, and collage techniques will be taught, and a variety of two-dimensional art pieces created.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: All About Drawing and Painting"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Drawing is at the foundation of nearly all art making. Students will begin this workshop by learning basic drawing techniques and build them into successful watercolor, tempera, and mixed media paintings exploring composition, brush handling, color mixing, and style. Realistic and abstract subjects will be referenced.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Going with the Flow, Watercolor Painting"
July 16-19, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will develop skill in contour drawing and watercolor application. Landscapes, portraits, narrative scenes, and abstract compositions will be explored while children learn how to mix color, use wet and dry application techniques, control washes, add texture, and combine with other media for unique effects.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Abstract Painting with Watermedia"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Focused on line, shape, color, and texture, this workshop will investigate the world of abstract painting. Using ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, students will create a series of paintings. The artists of Cubism, Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and more will be viewed and discussed throughout the week and used for inspiration.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Figure in Clay"
July 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop investigates sculpting the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach. While hand building from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, gesture of the body, and human expression. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting technique, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 19, 2018
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Saturday, August 6. Sign-up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 20, 2018
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
July 20-22 and August 3-5, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Clasp Class"
July 20, 2018
 

So, what’s the catch? The catch (or clasp) with be the focus of this full day class. We will look at a variety of clasps that you can make to add a truly handcrafted closure to your pendants, necklaces and bracelets. No longer will you be limited by commercial catches for your creations. In this class you will fabricate three types of clasps: the box clasp; the threaded tube clasp; and the spring clasp (but not the bracelet shown).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Resourceful Line"
July 20-21, 2018
 

This multi-level workshop focuses on experimental approaches to drawing. Discover an appreciation of everyday objects for their linear quality and the possibilities for integrating them into your existing studio practice. Exploration will range from using traditional media to collecting found drawing media on instructor led walks through the campus that illustrate the versatility of line in multiple dimensions. Lectures, demonstrations, and in-progress and final critiques will address developing a resourceful practice by reusing and responding to found materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Diana Gabriel, DianaPGabriel.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils"
July 20-21, 2018
 

Using the visual language of color and design, foster an abstract approach to landscape painting in this water-mixable oil workshop. You will learn a range of techniques, including color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tight versus spontaneous marks in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstractions. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one feedback. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design, and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Painting"
July 20, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of painting and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Poison Ring"
July 21, 2018
 

Discreet and fashionable rings with hidden containers under bezels or gemstones – poison rings have inspired countless stories of assassins and jealous vengeful lovers, though it has never been proven that they were used as suggested. They came from India and the Far East by way of the Holy Relic trade in the Middle ages and really, the containers were used as – containers! People treated them as lockets. In a time when robbery was prevalent, these rings provided the ultimate safe for cherished keepsakes. Learn to make one of these fabulous rings and see what kind of uses you can find for it, whether nefarious or benign!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
July 21, 2018
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
July 21-22, 2018
 

If you aren’t sure what this class is about, Google “welded yard art” and you will see. Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes – anything a magnet will stick to – you’ll learn to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Gather up your craziest ideas and what you want to work with; a limited amount of “junk” will be provided. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Under the Influence …. of Your Art Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The last several years I have focused my artistic efforts into my art journal. This has awakened my voice in a new direction and I now find tons of inspiration within its pages. Let your Art Journal be your guide in this 2-day class as we develop numerous mixed media paintings using our art journals as a springboard. I have several exercises that will help you explore multiple ideas based on one journal spread – hence leading to a body of work of larger pieces. Join me in an exploration of color, composition and style as we push our artistic limits to the next level.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Adjustable Hinged Bracelet"
July 22, 2018
 

If you are intrigued with clasps, hinges and mechanisms, you’re sure to enjoy fabricating this handsome adjustable bracelet. Bring your soldering and sawing A-game to this Workshop and pick up a few new techniques to add to your jewelry making skills. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase that special stone you’ve been saving for just the right piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Pottery in the Making"
July 23-26, 2018
 

Great for both beginning and returning students, this workshop will focus on using the wheel to create a variety of functional pieces, including cups, plates, bowls, and vases. Young artists will have plenty of time to practice potter's wheel techniques and make new forms. Surfaces will be decorated using underglazes and a final clear glaze will ensure all items are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Clay for the Everyday"
July 23-26, 2018
 

Using a combination of the potter's wheel and hand building techniques, young artists will produce a range of functional pieces. Plates, bowls, cups, vases, book ends, and candle holders are just a few of the possible projects. Students will learn how to modify, embellish, and underglaze. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Ceramics Around the World"
July 23-26, 2018
 

This ceramics workshop will take young artists on a trip around the globe to discover unique works of art. Each day, students will explore a different global destination and focus on the ceramic art and techniques specific to that region. Pieces will be decorated using brightly colored underglazes and a final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Clay Creations"
July 23-26, 2018
 

Students will use basic hand building techniques to create a wide range of sculptural and functional ceramic pieces. Children will learn how to use pinch, coil, and slab construction to build imaginative creatures, small pots, sculptural masks, and more. Add texture, pattern, and color using a variety of tools and tempera paints.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Embroidery: Summer Spiral with Rumi Wisdom"
July 28, 2018
 

Pick up a needle and learn some stitches! This class covers the basics - ways to transfer images, stretching fabric on a hoop, beginning and ending thread without a knot and choosing the best needle for your project. From there we’ll focus on stitches (blanket stitch, french knots, satin stitch, back stitch, lazy daisy, stem stitch and chain stitch) all while working on a summery spiral design featuring a Rumi quote. Special attention will be paid to various ways to stitch text. This class is designed for someone who has never done any embroidery or hasn't done it for a long time and wants a refresher.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Metal Clay: Silver Impression Pendants"
July 28, 2018
 

This class is perfect for the beginner jewelry maker! Instructor Pam Ryan will walk you through how to mold, shape, fire, burnish, and polish silver from it’s raw state into a finished piece of jewelry. Each student will receive a sterling silver chain and will be able to wear the piece home at the end of the class. All materials and tools provided, no experience necessary! This class sold out last year – sign up early!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Ryan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Quilting: Designing From Nature"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Quilts you design are a great complement to the wonderful range of traditional (and modern!) quilts that entice us. Our most memorable quilts are often those that speak to special times, places, things, and people in our lives. Using your photographs as the place to begin the design process offers a personalized and memorable look to your quilts. Based on the design methods developed by Ruth McDowell, this class takes you through the design process – from photo to pictorial quilt. This style of quilt emphasizes the use of patterned cotton fabrics in unique ways yet is grounded in traditional piecing methods. The result is a quilt design with a somewhat abstract quality that is uniquely your own.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann P Shaw, annshawquilting.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Photographing The Apostle Islands with Craig Blacklock"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

This workshop is open to photographers with a working understanding of their camera settings and a beginning knowledge of how to edit photos in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. This is an all week series of unforgettable photo outings with master photographer Craig Blacklock at your side. Throughout the week, sharpen your compositional skills with group critiques and personal time with Craig, while you edit and print your images in our studio. Craig Blacklock is one of the most knowledgeable Lake Superior photographers in the country and has published more than 17 books on Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Blacklock, blacklockgallery.com
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Screen Printing on Clay"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to surface design on functional and sculptural ceramics. Using screen printing methods, you will explore both simple graphic designs and the possibilities for printing photographic imagery on wheel thrown or hand built work. Join Megan as she shares how to develop imagery, including approaches for research, design, and formatting specifically for ceramic work. Demonstrations will introduce you to preparing screens using masking processes and photo emulsion, making an ‘ink’ out of ceramic materials, and printing directly and indirectly on clay. This workshop is designed for students with some ceramics experience, either hand building or throwing. Fee includes clay and firing fees. Plus printmaking materials fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan Mitchell, www.MeganMitchellCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Translating Light"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Explore the landscape of Door County as you learn how to interpret various lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. This hands-on workshop encourages thoughtful investigation while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. Through a balanced curriculum of daily explorations, studio instruction, and critical discussion, you will develop technical and conceptual skills. Core photographic principles and image design will be reinforced in the studio and in the field. Gain confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations through practical and varied experience with Travis as your guide. Familiarity with your DSLR’s manual mode is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Piece A Day"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Idea generation is essential to any artistic practice. The constant battle that artists engage in while in their studio can be isolating and even daunting. In this workshop, you will approach the studio each day as a fresh, blank slate in which to work, re-work, and ultimately complete a piece within 24 hours. Each day will consist of something new, including starting points for exploration, daily demonstrations of basic metalsmithing techniques, exploration of traditional and unusual materials, as well as short readings to help process ideas for the development of future work. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard, www.NicoleJacquard.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Shape-Shifting: Abstracting Nature in Watermedia"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction in this watercolor workshop. Focusing on the relationships of color and shape within the landscape, instead of individual objects, will lead you to practical solutions in shifting your painting practice toward more innovative avenues of expression. Using design principles as the underpinning of each composition, you will work from sketches and photo references. In addition to sharing technical strategies in watermedia, Dale will demonstrate how to use subjects as a source for abstraction by simplifying images and breaking them down to their core elements. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, slide lectures, individual instruction, and group critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Laitinen, www.DaleLaitinen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction as Experience"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and re-invent your visual world. This workshop will explore different form and space-making systems as they relate to contemporary abstraction. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Valerie will introduce a variety of concepts relating to abstraction with the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and interests. Group discussions will provide constructive feedback. Open to acrylic and water-mixable oil painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Valerie Jenkins, www.ValerieSJenkinsArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Books that Fold, Twist, and Pop"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Children will view books in a whole new way as they create three-dimensional books with pockets, pop-up images, scrolls, and moveable parts. Simple folded forms will be introduced first, followed by more advanced, multi-page books. Pages and book covers will be created using drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage techniques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Printmaking Sampler"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

This workshop will focus on three different printmaking methods, including relief, collagraph, and monotype. Young artists will learn about the history and practice the techniques unique to each process, followed by time to experiment and play. Single- and multi-color prints will be produced using each method.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Three-Dimensional Tunnel Books"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Tunnel books are defined by their stage-like window containing different layers of images. Students will begin by designing the image they want their book to show. Then they will separate the information into different foreground, mid-ground, and background layers and construct the book. Basic drawing, collage and painting techniques will be taught.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Cut and Paste with Collage and Montage"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

In this workshop, students will explore basic to advanced collage and montage techniques, including using recycled materials, found objects, and printmaking methods to communicate an artistic vision. The works of Masters Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Höch, Henri Matisse, Max Ernst, and more will be referenced for inspiration and instruction throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pictures from Paper"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of collage. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed media, and other found 2D materials, to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in collage. Learn and gain hands-on experience through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. You will work on multiple small projects over the course of two days, providing many opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leah Schreiber Johnson, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Vibrant Light and Color in Pastel"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Create a uniquely personal presence in your pastel paintings using the significance of color and light. Learn how to identify and mix color and tone, as well as layer material to achieve a rich, glowing, and convincing sense of light. Working from provided still life arrangements, including simple forms, fruit, vegetables, and reflective objects, you will gain confidence and better understand how to assemble compositions, render form, depict color, and handle materials. Rosalie will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction throughout the process. No experience in pastel is required, however a basic drawing background is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rosalie Beck, www.RosalieBeck.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Maquettes: Small-Scale Models and Drafts"
August 3-4, 2018
 

A maquette is a time-honored tradition of making a small-scale model or rough draft of an unfinished architectural work or sculpture. Maquettes are a great way for painters and sculptors alike to realize and adjust their vision of a composition. Prepared with an idea for your composition ahead of time, you will create rough models out of clay, plaster, and cardboard to work out issues of scale, selection, proportion, and harmony, as well as experiment with lighting and arrangement. The focus of this workshop will be on the construction of the maquette for students to bring home and use as a resource for painting or further sculpting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beginning Rug Hooking: The Castle Rug"
August 3-5, 2018
 

With this elegant Castle pattern project, you will master many hooking techniques including how to hook straight lines and curves, the Kaleidoscope technique, and ways to transition to different colors. We will cover types of rugs, different cuts of wool and various backings, color planning, finishing options, and alternative tools and materials. You may not have time to complete your piece, but all stages of rug finishing will be covered. You will leave with easy directions, including all you need to know to hook larger rugs. No previous experience necessary, but seasoned hookers are welcome. Materials fee includes pattern on linen and pre-cut wool strips.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Steele
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: Bookmaking"
August 3, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of bookmaking and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beginning Blacksmithing"
August 4, 2018
 

Learn the basics of lighting and tending the coal fire in the forge; handling hammers, tongs, and anvil; and working iron into points, hooks, and twists for useful objects such as drawer handles, plant hangers and a variety of hooks. This is a beginning class but intermediate students are welcome to review their skills and try more complex projects. Wear cotton clothing and leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Polymer Clay Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes"
August 4, 2018
 

Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes, Oh My! With polymer clay, a bit of wire, a strip of aluminum foil, a dab of paint, a found rock or two and your imagination, create a whimsical character that is sure to bring a smile, and, just perhaps, a story or two along with it! Maureen has been creating clay characters for 40 years, so knows lots of tips and tricks for making what looks like a difficult process become one that even beginners can accomplish. You will use molds to create the faces and hands, but you'll also learn how to tweak the molds so each creation is one-of-a-kind.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Polymer Clay Fairies"
August 5, 2018
 

Fairies Here, There and Everywhere! These sweet, whimsical fairies reflect the joy and humor that abounds in childhood tales. Bring this magic into reality with a bit of polymer clay using tips and tricks from Maureen. Polymer clay is a bit like firm play dough, but there the similarity ends. When baked, these polymer clay characters become strong enough to be permanent visitors to your bookshelf, kitchen cupboard, fairy garden or collector cabinet. Since sweet faces are harder to create than craggy ones, this class is after the Saturday Elves and Gnomes class. These classes complement each other, so sign up for both and build your skills.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: Composition Quartet"
August 6-10, 2018
 

Challenge yourself compositionally and learn four different ways to construct fused quilts: squares/rectangles, curvilinear design, cut-and-collage, and landscape. Using step-by-step directions with many creative options, you’ll make 4 quilts (about 16” x 20” or larger) using Sue’s fusible techniques. She will also cover fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting, blocking, and binding. By the end of this workshop experience, construction ideas will abound!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Plein Air Painting: Landscape Concepts - Value of A Limited Palette"
August 6-10, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to remove the imitative burden we all seem to start with and to introduce orchestration of the landscape, especially color harmony, for strong personal statements. We are under no obligation to copy what is before us, that’s what the camera is designed to do. Concentration will be on the intellectual process of interpreting landscape to “fit” your motive. Emphasis will be placed on selecting which limited palette (of 3-6 colors) will best suit our concept. Although this is an outdoor workshop much of the discussion will apply equally to studio work and procedures. We will work on defining and developing what constitutes a strong pictorial concept and selection of only those elements in the landscape, which support that end.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Developing a Creative Vision for Your Photography"
August 6-7, 2018
 

Our perspective on the world around us informs our decisions as photographers. This workshop provides an opportunity to tap into what interests you, so you can find your unique voice behind the camera. Using critical thinking, visual exploration, and interactive idea book exercises, you will uncover overlooked curiosities and brainstorm how to transform those interests into creative content for future photography projects. Leave this workshop feeling motivated, more confident in your ideas, and with a clear and exciting direction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring the Still Life: Painting from Life"
August 6-7, 2018
 

This still life based workshop will focus on the various techniques and methodologies involved in creating studies, compositions, and developed paintings. Hone your individual painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns of oil and acrylic painting in an atmosphere that encourages creativity. Working from subject matter of your choosing, your first task will be considering the materiality and arrangement of still life objects in regards to generating a composition. From there, Frank will demonstrate and discuss painting approaches, including underpainting, overpainting, textural development, glazing, and finishing tips. Critique and advice will be shared throughout the process to build skill and create dynamic compositions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction: From the Concrete to the Universal and Back Again"
August 6-7, 2018
 

Designed for advanced painters, this workshop addresses the technical and conceptual issues of working with abstraction. Pursuing the relationship of non-representational and representational art, and the parallels of abstract images and lived experiences, you will explore the connections between your work and life, as well as the lives of others through the medium of painting. Beginning with a group discussion of previously completed work as a point of departure, Steven will share his own experience as an artist and educator and how they inform one another. Slideshows, discussions, and critique will supplement independent work and one-on-one interaction. Discover the ways abstraction reflects your own experience, and investigate the way you connect you to the world around you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steven Husby, StevenHusby.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Realism, Abstraction, and Everything in Between"
August 6-9, 2018
 

Using a variety of painting and drawing media, this workshop will look at and discuss various artistic styles throughout history. Students will experiment with materials, paint application, and subject matter to create small-scale projects. These skills projects will help students decide which techniques to use on larger-scale works.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Comic Books Inside and Out"
August 6-9, 2018
 

In this drawing workshop, children will explore the language of cartooning and develop their own characters and stories. Basic to advanced drawing skills, as well as storytelling techniques will be taught. Graphic novels, manga, cartooning, and other illustration styles will be viewed and discussed to help young artists invent their own style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Influential Painters"
August 6-9, 2018
 

Well-known movements from throughout history and present day will be explored in this painting workshop. Young artists will study the styles and artists that made each movement famous, from the Renaissance to Post-Modern times. Exercises and final projects will be completed in watercolor and tempera using traditional and experimental methods and tools.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Teens: Illustration Techniques"
August 6-9, 2018
 

In this workshop, teens will learn the process of illustrating a sequential story from writing, layout, and sketching, to the final finished pages. Students will design and roughly sketch a multiple page story with illustrations in the media of their choice. Watercolor, colored ink, markers, pens, and colored pencil techniques will be taught.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beyond Green: Exploring Color Through Landscape"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Using the landscape as inspiration, this workshop will enrich and expand your understanding of color. Explore the science and psychology behind it, your perception in regards to nature, as well as color theory and relationships. Working with the medium of your choice, you will reference photos to create individual and rich landscape compositions that explore color interaction and perception. Painting techniques such as layering, glazing, optical color mixing, and broken brushstrokes will be demonstrated and discussed. Individual and group instruction, slide lectures on historical and modern approaches to color in the landscape, and critiques will augment this engaging workshop. Possible media include oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Advanced Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Develop a personal visual language and direction in this oil and cold wax medium workshop geared toward the advanced painter. Strengthen your technical skills, explore new approaches to art making, and consider the content of your work. Beginning with a brief review of basic painting concepts and techniques, you will work through a series of paintings illustrating your understanding of the elements of art, as well as investigating personal interests. The remainder of the workshop will alternate between working time and one-on-one feedback sessions with Janice to discuss the goals and challenges of your practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sights and Sounds of Fish Creek: An Introduction to DSLR Video"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Designed for the skilled photographer, this workshop will introduce the powerful video features of your DSLR camera and provide a basic foundation in the use of video editing software. Expand your practice, discover the capabilities and limitations of your camera, and gain confidence shooting video in a variety of conditions. The first part of this workshop will be dedicated to gaining familiarity with your camera’s video settings, allowing time for technical instruction, video experiments, and individualized feedback. From there, independent and small group shooting assignments will provide you with hands-on experience shooting still and moving imagery, capturing audio, sequencing a story, editing, and exporting files. Facility with your DSLR is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stewart Stroup, GrasslandMedia.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Pottery"
August 8-11, 2018
 

With an emphasis on fundamental techniques of wheel thrown pottery, this workshop is designed for those new to the medium, self-taught potters looking to fill educational gaps, and current ceramicists who want to improve their fluency on the wheel. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to wedge, center, cone, and pull a variety of shapes, including cylinders, vases, bowls, and plates. You can expect to walk away with a foundation in pottery techniques, as well as a general understanding of the principles of art making in ceramics. Instruction will be tailored to each individual student’s goals.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joseph Pesina
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing the Portrait: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach"
August 8-11, 2018
 

This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to drawing the portrait. Using classical methods relied on by artists for centuries, you will alternate between drawing and sculpting from life. This approach to visualizing, understanding, and representing the human head will accelerate your learning and confidence. A portion of each day will be spent working from a live model to create finished drawings in graphite and charcoal. In addition, you will spend time working on a 3D clay head study; focusing on proportion, generalizing shapes, and identifying plane changes. These sculptural exercises will help you to better draw anatomically correct and proportional features. Leave this workshop with a set of new skills and tools to analyze and perfect your future work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
August 10-12 and August 24-26, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: Painting"
August 10, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of painting and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rivets for Metal Jewelry"
August 11, 2018
 

Rivet. Rivet. Rivets are the most widely used and versatile of all cold connections (joining items without soldering). Spend the day learning how to rivet using standard rivets, tube rivets and ball rivets. We will use them for their function as well as for their decorative possibilities. You will leave with one or two finished pieces of jewelry. It could be a cuff, a pair of earrings or a pendant. Let your creative juices flow! The Shake Rag Alley Studio is fully equipped with tools and equipment. Copper and brass wire and sheet are provided. You may purchase silver wire and sheet from the instructor if desired.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deb Donaghue
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dynamic Duo! Nature Printing on Colored Backgrounds"
August 11-12, 2018
 

Dive into the world of natural dyes and the modern process of eco-printing by combining two techniques. Begin by exploring natural dyes, mordants and color modifiers, learning to work with them while coloring several silk scarves – then, on day two, witness the transformations that occur when printing on colored fabrics. Learn to identify dye plants and create a bundle. Learn to identify tannins and use them to affect the outcome. Bundle your dyed scarves from the day before with plant material foraged from Shake Rag Alley’s campus and unwrap a surprise at the end of the day! You’ll leave with three finished scarves, dye, tannin test swatches, and the knowledge to work with your local plants at home!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sterling Silver Sentiment Bracelet"
August 13, 2018
 

Design and fabricate a sterling silver sentiment cuff bracelet with a bezel set stone from start to finish in this one-day workshop. Learn techniques in basic metalsmithing and how to use metal stamps successfully in a fun and supportive setting. Through discussions and demonstrations, Chris will share how to cut, shape, and polish silver. Provided metal stamps will be used for the sentiment of your choosing and the day will be completed after setting the stone and polishing the entire bracelet. No previous metals experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $165, Non-Members: $175, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Field to Studio"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Painting in both plein air and the studio, this workshop will demonstrate the reasons why artists find painting outside so valuable and how they reassemble that information upon returning to the studio. Gain confidence in selecting, editing, and capturing the essence of any scene with this two-pronged approach. Each morning, Bill will guide you through his process for building a painting from selecting imagery to developing a composition to identifying and translating value and color to canvas. Two days will be spent on location painting en plein air and two days in the studio working from plein air studies and photo references. Learn how to take advantage of the unique opportunities and avoid the pitfalls of each working style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bill Farnsworth, BillFarnsworth.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Pinch, Coil, and Slab"
August 13-16, 2018
 

In this ceramics workshop, children will focus on a different hand building technique each day, including pinch, coil, and slab construction. Functional pieces, such as pots and rattles, and sculptures, such as animals and masks, will be explored throughout the week. Projects will help children develop fine motor skills and stimulate artistic expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Clay Built for the Outdoors"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Using the summer landscape for inspiration, young artists will create a series of functional and sculptural ceramic pieces for the outdoors. Lanterns, toad houses, small animal sculptures, and flower pots are just a few of the possible projects. Hand building techniques will be used to create each piece and brightly colored underglazes will decorate the surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Ceramics: Form and Surface"
August 13-16, 2018
 

In this workshop, young artists will learn the basics of making functional pottery. A combination of potter's wheel and hand building techniques will teach the fundamentals of three-dimensional construction, while underglaze painting and sgraffito techniques will explore surface decoration. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art for Kids Ages 9-12: Door County Ceramics"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Pulling imagery, textures, and color from the Door County landscape, this workshop will use the potter's wheel and hand building techniques to make a range of functional and decorative ceramic pieces that reflect the school's surroundings. The surfaces of each piece will be decorated using underglazes and a variety of painting and carving techniques. All pieces will be finished with a clear glaze.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Level With Me: Bezel Set Ring"
August 14, 2018
 

This workshop explores the process of bezel setting through the creation of a ring using a natural stone or unique object as the focal point. Using a variety of techniques, this experience is sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Chris will demonstrate methods for measuring and sizing rings, as well as cutting, polishing, and oxidizing sterling silver. Choose your own stone or compass and learn the basics in bezel setting. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $165, Non-Members: $175, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bump Your Heart Out Earrings and More"
August 15-16, 2018
 

Explore the importance of texture and surface design as you conceptualize and complete a variety of pieces. Using handmade metal stamps created by five generations of the Navajo Tribal Nation, you will have the opportunity to add unique dimension to sterling silver earrings and pendants. With plenty of time to experiment and practice using metal stamps before creating a variety of final pieces, you will discover that no two pieces are alike with this process. Chris will work with students individually, from concept to finished piece. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Saggar Fired Ceramics"
August 17-21, 2018
 

Experience making saggar fired ceramic work from start to finish in this hands-on workshop. Using sawdust in combination with other materials, such as copper salts, metal, and masking slips, the saggar firing process produces special markings on ceramic surfaces. The possibilities of working with materials in this unconventional way are endless and produce results that encourage further experimentation. This workshop will begin with an overview of the making and firing process, including which ceramic forms and sizes are best, ways to prepare surfaces to enhance special effects, materials to put in the saggar to encourage specific markings, and what to expect during the firings. Open to students of all abilities and approaches, pieces can be thrown on the wheel or hand built.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patty Kochaver, www.PattyKochaver.com
Cost: Members: $260, Non-Members: $285, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Secrets to Natural Light Portrait Photography"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Take your portrait photography to the next level in this hands-on workshop. With a focus on naturally lit portraits, learn how to view and interpret light in relation to the figure, guide your subject, and infuse each image with content. Through lectures, guided exercises, and discussions, this workshop will address historical and contemporary trends in portraiture, adapting to different times of day and filters of light, interacting with and guiding your subject, candid vs posed or stylized approaches, and scouting locations. You will shoot on location with models and fellow classmates as subjects. An understanding of your DSLR and manual mode are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames, www.KamesPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Expand your knowledge of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction in this workshop. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and outlines his process to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of time will be provided to practice new skills, as well as work with Rob one-on-one.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Painted Sketch: A Brief, Evocative Capturing of the Essentials"
August 17-18, 2018
 

For many artists, the painted sketch is an essential element in the process of making a successful painting. The sketch offers an opportunity to quickly capture the essence of your subject in its most elemental, unfiltered state. Through a combination of instructor-led demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on practice, you will thoroughly explore the art of executing sketches that are full of potent and useful information that can be used to address the obvious follow up issues – how to translate sketches into full developed studio paintings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Wieben, www.SarahWieben.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Ceramics"
August 17, 2018
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of ceramics and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
August 18-19, 2018
 

Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes - anything a magnet will stick to. You’ll learn how to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Start scrounging now to collect what you will want to work with and bring it to class with you. A limited amount of “junk” will be provided if needed. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Macrame"
August 18, 2018
 

It’s back! From its mysterious origins (Ancient China? Medieval Arabia?) to the hippie era, the knotting of rope for function, fashion, and decoration has persisted. Learn the basics of macramé in this one-day workshop. We’ll cover knotting terminology and strategies for rope management as you master the lark’s head, the square knot, and the many variations of the half hitch. You’ll come away with an attractive sampler, suitable for hanging. No previous experience is needed – but be careful, macramé can be addictive!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden"
August 18, 2018
 

Transform leaves into fine silver jewelry using Precious Metal Clay in this exciting one day class. Sherry will demonstrate the process from collecting appropriate organic material, preparing and/or storing that material, to completion of a fine silver piece of jewelry. Learn to make bails and embellish your jewelry with fire-in-place stones, syringe, and extruder. You will go home with one or more beautiful pieces of pure silver jewelry, and the knowledge to create more. You will also learn how to torch fire PMC with a small butane torch, so you can fire your work without a kiln. Materials fee includes 18gm PMC clay, a fire-in-place stone, and use of tools. More PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silver Metal Clay Link Bracelet"
August 19, 2018
 

In this class you will form both the links and toggle attachment from fine silver metal clay using your choice of design and shape. After shaping, drilling holes and refining, you will attach them with sterling jump rings and polish, then patina if desired. You will be able to wear your beautiful bracelet home. Material fee includes 28 grams of Precious Metal Clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $159
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"More Macramé"
August 19, 2018
 

In this more advanced workshop, students will explore their own ideas for a sizeable macramé wall hanging. With guidance and inspiration from the instructor, students will develop their own design and address the challenges of creating with rope on the large scale. Bring your layout concepts – do you like repetitive and symmetrical or dynamic and unpredictable? In every case, the final product will be a powerful piece of wall décor – bold, trendy, and entirely original. Knowledge of basic knots required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"No Press Required: Adding Printed Texture and Surprise to Your Paintings"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Combining printmaking techniques with painted compositions offers a way to continually surprise yourself and loosen up, resulting in unexpected textures and happy accidents. This process-based workshop will encourage you to take risks, experiment, and incorporate new visual elements in your existing work. Focusing on printmaking methods that do not require a press, Carolyn will demonstrate trace monotypes, stencils, rubber stamps and linoleum, gel medium “surprises”, and rubbings. A spirit of experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged as you work quickly to combine and layer different techniques to achieve a variety of effects. A group critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carolyn Swiszcz, www.CarolynSwiszcz.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Acrylic Painting Methods"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to the technical and expressive possibilities of acrylic painting, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in compositional strategies, color theory, and paint application. Morning demonstrations, as well as collaborative and individual technical exercises will help you to gain familiarity with the handling and concepts of acrylic-based painting. The remainder of each day will focus on more complex paintings, the first being representational and the second being abstract, with individualized feedback and assistance from Wendi throughout. Group discussions of completed works will close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pastel on Madeline Island: Plein Air And Studio"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Orchestrating the elements of a pastel landscape painting are analogies to the conductor of the orchestra and director of a film. One has a score, the other a script, but both control the players to produce the final performance. Students will explore manipulations of composition, value, and color as a means of adding their personal feelings to landscape subject matter. Various techniques of pastel manipulation, often utilizing underpainting techniques, will be demonstrated throughout the workshop to orchestrate the final outcome along with ample individual attention at the easel. Through daily demonstrations, individual attention, and classroom discussions, participants will come away with a clearer understanding of the universal basics of painting.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Glenn Randall’s approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow. For a landscape photographer, the meaning of craft goes far beyond such photographic basics as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. It includes mastering exposure strategies so that you can shoot in any kind of light, learning to refine your compositions until they clearly convey the essence of your idea, mastering techniques for shooting stitched panoramas, and achieving extraordinary depth-of-field through the use of focus-stacking and tilt-shift lenses. Mastering the craft also means learning to use an array of apps and programs to plan your shoots to be in the right place at the right time.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Glenn Randall
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Making a Lasting Impression: Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

The impressionist, neo-impressionist, and post-impressionist artists created stunning paintings that still inform our sense of color and style today. Using neo-impressionist color and paint applications as a jumping off point, you will develop vibrant and innovative painting methods through a series of landscape-based works. Develop your own unique style while discovering the philosophy, techniques, and color palette used by many of the impressionist masters. Free from rigid formulas, concepts will be quickly individualized through the process of painting. Short slide talks will introduce you to the works of important impressionist and contemporary painters, while demonstrations will delve into color theory. Acrylic will be used in this workshop, however all techniques can later be applied to oil, watercolor, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building a Better Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Using the beautiful scenery of Door County as inspiration, learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem-solving, no matter the subject being painted. This workshop will focus on concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature along with landscape composition. Each morning will begin with a short demonstration, addressing the topics of compositional strategies, the importance of value studies, color palette selection, negative space work, and painting resolution and finishing details. Color solutions will be explored using structured schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up technique, while at the same time teach important painting concepts that apply across all media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Connections and Kinetics"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Discover new approaches to designing and fabricating jewelry in this intensive workshop focused on mechanics, connections, and kinetics. Transform basic links and materials into dynamic hinges, rivets, and wraps resulting in jewelry that is unique and full of movement. Beginning with a simple connection, Sarah will guide you through the process of reimagining its design and function. Explore possibilities of your own creation through a series of hand-fabricated links using tube, wire, and sheet metal before moving on to more in-depth, final jewelry pieces that incorporate elements that turn, spin, slide, and dangle. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and at least two finished pieces. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Design on Metal and Paper - for Bookmaking and Beyond"
August 23-24, 2018
 

Alter paper and metal to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal and embellishments. On day one, create surfaces for the pages of your book, experimenting with stencils, stamps and found objects to create yummy textures. Learn to use resists, glazes, gesso and ink to create depth, contrast and stunning color combinations. In the afternoon learn techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers and leaf printing. On day two, tie it all together in a 5x7 inch book. Learn to bind this book as well as how to work with metal – distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Box Full of Dreams: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 23, 2018
 

Joseph Cornell is known for his special brand of visual poetry, brought to life in what he called the Box Construction. Cornell created little stories inside “shadow boxes” - voyages of the imagination forged by assembling seemingly disparate and random objects into dreamlike miniature tableaus. This class builds on the idea of the Cornell box. Build your own poetic little “theatre box” that evokes memories contained within. Use found objects you have been collecting in a unique work of art that speaks from your heart and elevates them to a place of reverence – of redemption. Learn basic assemblage techniques – how to collect, arrange, edit and attach found objects – and collage techniques using transparencies and photo transfers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nesting Necklace"
August 23, 2018
 

If you like multiple wire and cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization then you will love this class! We will create a Wire Nest focal with wire, molding compound, Ice Resin, and my images or yours. Using ThermaClear sheeting we will “blow” the trinket dome, set our layers of metal-Ice Resin pages and our dome to create a trinket dome connector. Next we will make a nest connector component, set eyelets and create the rest of the necklace components with wire loops and beads. Finally, we will add Vintaj® Patinas to coordinate with our images and begin construction. It will be a jam-packed day of constant exploration, creativity and design concepts.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 23, 2018
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycle a Chocolate Bar Into a Travel Notebook!"
August 23, 2018
 

Yes, you will take a lovely Ghirardelli chocolate bar and convert its slim cardboard casing into a useful Traveler's Notebook, very similar to expensive leather ones made by Midori and Faux-Midori craftsmen. You'll carefully line the chocolate bar box, neatly trim edges, poke holes with an awl, apply strategically strung elastics and then make several different types of insert booklets, all of which can be added magically with the elastic band bindings. These include writing paper inserts, sketch pad inserts, compartments for tickets and stamps and so forth, and any other inserts you can dream up. These are great gifts. You’ll be able to make more than one in the time alloted. Plus, you get to eat the chocolate.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Boho Dangle Necklace"
August 23, 2018
 

Create a dangle necklace with a “boho” vibe. Learn to make a couple of mixed media components using unusual jewelry materials like craft foam and vinyl tubing, then combine these with beads, wire, waxed linen and found objects to make dangles that are hung on a ball chain. Keep it simple with just a few dangles…or, for a real statement look, jazz it up with as many dangles as you can complete. Dangles can also be used to make earrings. A good beginner project (no previous jewelry experience required) that can be just as much fun for a more experienced jewelry maker. This half-day class is part of our 4-day Art Adventure Retreat. Check out other offerings at our website.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharon Stauffer
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 24-25, 2018
 

Paper crafters, jewelry-makers, book arts aficionados and other creative tinkerers, will enjoy the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Prepare paper ephemera (think vintage cigar bands, postage stamps, match book covers, origami paper, etc.) for a crystal-clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes to construct a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Learn a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Utilize high contrast photocopies of your own, artwork, clip art, or photographs. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 24, 2018
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for Spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Black and White Collage Portrait"
August 24, 2018
 

In this workshop we’ll have fun translating a photo into a beautiful collage to make your new favorite portrait. Please bring a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself or the subject of your choice printed out in black and white on standard letter-size (8 ½ “ x 11”) paper. Selfie? Famous person? Favorite pet? Any of these could work! Participants will go home with a collage approximately 17 x 13 inches in size. Tools and materials provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $118
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art Journal Play"
August 24, 2018
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform an ordinary book into a fun, personal journal using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera. There is only a very small list of tools you will need to bring (see website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Guardians of the Discarded"
August 25, 2018
 

Make an eclectic free standing figurative assemblage, starting with only two pieces of wood and a few favorite treasures! Learn the nuts and bolts of assemblage, composition, and cold connecting, to unite found objects in a cohesive piece of art. Learn exciting new ways to distress wood and metal surfaces, how to make beautiful clay faces, and how to make a mold of just about anything. Make one paper clay face, (and use another, already dried) in class. We will drill, sand, carve, paint, sculpt, problem solve, punch and distress – but most importantly, we will have a blast! Breathe new life into your found treasures and join us for a fun day of constructing awesome, one-of-a-kind assemblages!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Miss Mermaid Necklace"
August 25, 2018
 

Who doesn’t love anything Mermaid? This mixed media necklace is jam-packed with fun techniques to achieve a sea-weathered ancient look with Art Nouveau touches. Create an Ice Resin mermaid face and art nouveau components, then play with a patina color – a little alcohol ink and even some acrylic paint – to expose details. Working with copper sheeting you will create a shape you like for the back plate and then add some letter stamping, forging and patina work. The resin components will be wire riveted onto the back plate. Create a beaded simple looping chain for the necklace and wrapped loop dangles for the rest. This class is all about cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Gel Plate Printing"
August 25, 2018
 

Create beautiful monoprints with a Gelli® Plate and acrylic paint. Using only tools and supplies you probably already have, you can produce a myriad of textures and patterns. Learn the additive and subtractive methods, how to print on both paper and fabric, how to use pattern-making tools, stamps and stencils, texture plates, masks, and more. Gelli® Plate printing is loads of fun... for everyone from beginner to advanced. Have a blast and leave with a stack of one-of-kind hand-printed papers and fabrics for use in all your art and home decor projects!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Journal Starters Sampler 1"
August 25, 2018
 

Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know where to start? Are you a seasoned journaler looking for more creative tools to expand your artistic journey? This class will focus on a method of journaling in which a photographic image is utilized as a starting point to spark an idea. You will learn skills to help you develop new ideas for your journaling. Students will be given the opportunity to explore different mixed media techniques to push their creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Birds Gone Wild"
August 26, 2018
 

Not quite sure what to do with the mounds of junk (oops … I mean treasures) that have been accumulating in your studio? Have you been afraid to use that vintage tin, saving it for the "perfect" project? Well dig it all up and bring it to class, where we'll create the wackiest flock of birds you've ever seen! Add to your cold connecting, assemblage and composition skills, but most of all, learn how to let go of perfection, let loose and have a blast! You will leave with at least 3 totally unique, one-of-a-kind birds. (The birds you make can be any size, depending upon the metal you bring. Most of mine are 8" x 5".)
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wire and Bead Sun Catchers"
August 26, 2018
 

If you love beads and tiny glass, what better way to view them than with the sun kissing them every day in your window! Create a sun catcher using several different gauges and colors of wire from Parawire®. Begin by creating a basic wire form. Choose a size that feels comfortable and we will build upon it, laying out ideas on where color, shape, size and sparkle would work best. We will talk about design and balance to get a structured piece that has a random flow and beautiful bead embellishment. Feel free to bring bead soup and charms to personalize your design. You will complete at least one full sun catcher and there may be time for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Polymer and Resin Jewelry"
August 26, 2018
 

These pendants begin with making your own bezel with heavy copper wire and simple forging and wrapping techniques. Then the bezel is filled with textured polymer clay and thin wire shapes to create areas to color with mica powders. After baking, the bezel is topped with UV Resin for a faux cloisonné effect.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage - Collaborations With Nature"
August 26, 2018
 

You will start with photographic images from the workbook "Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations™" and use them to create a collage of your choice. Images from the book include clouds, water, rocks, bark, driftwood, flowers and other plant matter. These images will be the jump-start to creating an object using their textures and colors. Different collage techniques will be taught including making your own see-through placing and tearing templates. Students will have the choice of working from their imagination or with the use of reference photos.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beautiful Beaded Trees"
August 26, 2018
 

Enjoy the meditative process of creating a beautiful beaded tree from start to finish during this day-long workshop. We will journey together as we first paint the background, then the trunk and branches of our trees on hardboard. Then we will choose from a collection of vintage and contemporary beads to glue on the board to complete our one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. No painting or art experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fast, Loose & Bold Painting"
August 27-31, 2018
 

In this workshop you will learn how to loosen up and use bigger brushes and more paint for a bolder, more painterly approach. We will also take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. Join us for targeted instruction and training - this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. This workshop is suited to acrylic and oil painters alike.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patti Mollica
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk-tails: A Small Study Workshop"
August 27-31, 2018
 

We will be creating a small piece using the images from my book Folk-Tails. Choose your favorite animals, trees or flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured background. Then add the appliqué incorporating hand-dyed fabrics, threads and beads. You can either plan to do the whole quilt or make a smaller version for the center of a cushion or bag.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"All Creatures Great and Small"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Discover how to create fresh, lifelike paintings of a variety of animals as you explore composition, color, texture, and storytelling. In this workshop, learn how to realistically capture texture without obsessing over detail, choose a dynamic point of view, mix colors to promote interest, and vary your brushwork for different effects. Through daily demonstrations, Susan will highlight various facets of painting animals followed by one-on-one assistance in your production of painted samples to reinforce each principle discussed. Expect to take home many small studies to refer to when working independently on your own projects. You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools necessary for portraying a variety of animals convincingly.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Learn how to make convincing, sensitive portraits that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. Fundamentals of portrait painting using oil paints will be emphasized, but more specifically you will focus on learning to see and understand visual phenomena. Through demonstrations and personal critiques, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on the effects of light, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each day. This workshop is designed for painters with experience in oil, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Without A Brush"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover new methods, techniques, and tools in this process-based exploration of acrylic painting. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting marks and compositions. Through demonstrations and discussions, learn several brushless techniques of painting using traditional and non-traditional tools to achieve unique effects. Working from photographic references of subject matter of your choosing, create paintings filled with new marks and expression. All levels welcome. Experienced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Great Paintings from Photographs"
September 5-8, 2018
 

Using photo references, this workshop will address the challenges and advantages of working in such a manner. Bring your paintings to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette, and employing Impressionist-based painting methods. Daily demonstrations will address the importance of thumbnail sketches, road maps for dynamic compositions, underpainting techniques, paint application, movement and focal points, and color. Bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.StudioShelby.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Literary Niche (Altered Books)"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Found object artist and former librarian Gary Niebuhr offers an in-depth exploration of altered books as you work on three projects. Learn niche-carving techniques, then alter each book using various mixed media practices. Along the way we will explore the history of assemblage and bookmaking as well as the study of visual literacy and its effect on creating a theme for each project. Complete three altered books to cherish that have strong emotional messages and/or thematic content. Optional extras: Friday evening, 7-8:30, "Nailing Crap Together and Calling It Art: The History of Assemblage", lecture and get-together; Saturday evening, Open Studio, 7:00, and overview of "The History of the Book and How It Has Been Altered Over Time."
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 9, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $285, including dinner on September 11
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Plein Air Painting: The How and Why of Landscape Painting"
September 10-14, 2018
 

This five day workshop will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as a performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist's knowledge of nature and to elevate the artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only "how" to create work outdoors, but also "why". This conceptual aspect of painting is the very essence of artistic intent. All media are welcome, however the daily demos will be conducted in oil.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Demers
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Watercolor: Painting with Intent, Design, Emotion, and Attitude"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to watercolor painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in tools and materials, composition, rendering form, and color theory. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice will guide you through gaining familiarity and confidence within various areas of the watercolor medium. Learn how to handle and control your materials, create dynamic compositions, create illusion, and use color relationships to your advantage. Every exercise is designed for you to acquire skills that can be continued in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a painting and binding material. In this workshop, you will look at a range of methods of using encaustic, various papers, and found materials to create works with dynamic surfaces. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers, using wax, watercolors, rust printing, and mark making. These will be combined to create final works. Using encaustic medium as an adhesive for other materials and found objects will be discussed and demonstrated. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not required, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490, Plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hand-Forged Knives"
September 12-14, 2018
 

Hand forge and finish a knife of high carbon steel with handle of natural materials such as wood, bone, or antler. Knife fittings of guards, bolsters, and pommels will be forged or poured with non-ferrous casting. Techniques included in class will be fire maintenance; hot forging; filing; heat treatment of annealing, hardening, and tempering; applying handle materials; and sharpening. You will go home with your own custom knife! Class appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths. All materials supplied, but you may bring special handle materials such as hardwoods or antler, if you wish.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Schulz
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Colored Pencil: Drama on Dark Paper"
September 14-15, 2018
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama beyond what you thought possible of the medium. Examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists, you will experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop and boost your confidence in your ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Underpainting for Rich and Vibrant Color"
September 14-15, 2018
 

A preliminary underpainting adds vibrancy, depth, and lively color to a soft pastel painting. In this workshop, you will use various methods and techniques to build a pastel painting from start to finish. Beginning with a demonstration and brief overview of underpainting techniques used by historical and contemporary soft pastel artists, learn how to organize your subject matter into large shapes and blocks of color. Various materials and techniques will be used to make a preliminary painting. Subsequent layers of pastel will be applied to complete a finished study. The still life and landscape will be referenced for imagery. Open to both beginner and intermediate students, however some experience with soft pastels will be helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rug Hooking Retreat"
September 14-16, 2018
 

This class will be an open class. Our focus will be on texture: What is texture? How to create texture. How to use texture. How to create texture on the edge of our rugs. Choose from a vast array of patterns on the instructor’s website, bring your own pattern, or design your own. Nola loves all color - bright to muted! Any size cut is fine. Creativity is taught and encouraged in her class. This annual 3-day Rug Hooking workshop/retreat is open to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Bring your own pattern, frame, hooks and wools and receive individualized instruction. Open studio time is available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nola Heidbreder
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"On the Horizon - Imposing Order in an Abstract Painting"
September 15-16, 2018
 

Imposing order in a chaotic abstract work can be difficult. Remembering the rule of thirds is always helpful, offering several methods to define a horizon line. Whether low or high, a horizon line helps to convey a sense of atmosphere and place in abstract works. Create a painting based on a horizon line, working with Golden fluid acrylics to build your painting with thin glazes of color. Learn mark-making techniques using high flow acrylics and fine line applicator tools to define the horizon line. We may also explore pan pastels and charcoal marks, great tools for adding a complimentary color or emphasizing tonality. You will receive ample individual attention and leave with a painting that is truly your own expression.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Taste of Enamel"
September 15-16, 2018
 

Enamel is glass fused to a metal base using a kiln. It’s deeply colorful, it’s shiny, and it’s fun to make jewelry from this contemporary medium with an ancient past. Leslie will teach you how to apply the glass, fire it in the kiln, and show you several simple techniques that make a big impact on your enamels. You will learn many techniques in this workshop, and go home with several small pieces or one larger piece. But this just scratches the surface of what can be done with enamel. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Working Together: Methods in Combining Media"
September 17-18, 2018
 

Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will present various methods for combining collage and painting. Discover how this approach can be applied to both abstract and representational work. This workshop will begin with a series of discussions, demonstrations, and exercises introducing basic collage techniques and how to combine media successfully. Learn how to work with your collection of images, including previously made drawings and paintings, found print material, and hand colored and textured papers, directly and quickly to develop new compositions. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure and Portrait Painting"
September 17-21, 2018
 

This class is about painting a clothed model alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. We’ll spend some time on the whole figure and also the head/ features of the face. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the head and figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes with three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $810
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Bold Interpretations of Traditional Quilt Blocks"
September 17-21, 2018
 

Each quilt reflects the personality of its maker. By the shapes we prefer or colors and patterns we choose, how we finish a quilt ultimately puts our fingerprints on a quilt. In this class you will study Indian folk art quilts and American antique scrap quilts. Sujata will discuss bold and abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks as well as the process of making do. From the examples provided, each participant will choose one or two traditional quilt blocks or geometric shapes as design elements for a quilt top. The focus will be on template-free shapes and organic-piecing methods. Sujata will demonstrate traditional Indian Kantha stitching; discuss organic hand quilting and bias binding for students to finish the quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"A Clear Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 19-22, 2018
 

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observation skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized instruction and feedback. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Table of Contents"
September 21-23, 2018
 

A table of contents is typically an abbreviated listing of chapters in a book, an overview of what can be found on the pages within. We will be visually documenting our own personal stories and creating one-of-a-kind Table of Contents that reflect the chapters of our lives. You will create a series of mixed media booklets that, when stacked together, express your story. The booklets can reflect different ages or stages in your life, people in your world, aspects of yourself, experiences you have had, etc. Or you can simply make an un-themed, kick-ass artist book! Techniques we will explore include painting in layers, surface design, book binding, creating patina on paper, free stitching, mark making, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Woven Dimensions- Weave, Forge, Design"
September 21-24, 2018
 

Take your wire skills to the next level. Through a series of three projects Sarah will guide you from the foundation of wire weaving to the complexity in creating dimension using wire weaving techniques as you build a layered shadowbox pendant. You will explore how to achieve professional results and have an opportunity to dabble in designing as you create your own inspired designs within your shadowbox pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
September 22-23, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Torch Enameling 101: A Basic Guide"
September 24, 2018
 

Discover the art of torch enameling in this introductory one-day workshop. Learn the fundamental techniques in metal preparation, enamel application, and torch firing. With Sara as your guide, you will practice using a Hot Head Torch and learn how to safely add colorful enamel powders to copper sheet to make a variety of components, including beads, pendants, and headpins. No previous experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Lukkonen, www.CKoopBeads.com
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $210, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Surface Design and Layers"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This workshop focuses on the creation of expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, drawing with horse hair, pyrography (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools) as well as creating expressive personally designed fabrics and papers utilizing indigo, rust printing, and bleach discharge. The application of thin layers of encaustic for collage, covering a panel with fabric as well as the conceptual use of layers, pattern and repetition will also be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $725 + Materials: $60
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Shibori and Alternative Resist Methods: Low tech and High tech, organic and man-made"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This 5-Day workshop will explore the fundamentals of shibori resist, traditional techniques to contemporary variations such as sewing machine stitch on a wide range of fabric surfaces and combinations of opposite fibers including cotton, wool, silk, organza, and polyester. Yoshiko will be available to guide you through this exploration process. She will use easy to follow Michel Garcia’s organic indigo vat 1-2-3; fiber reactive dye to enhance the degumming effect on silk organza; disperse dye to venture into heat transfer printing. Participants are asked to bring small fabric in various fiber or other dye-able materials in different texture, pattern, and opacity/ transparency to gain own visual vocabulary.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoshiko I. Wada
Cost: $915
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Trio: Torch Enameling Techniques"
September 25-26, 2018
 

In this multifaceted workshop, explore three different applications for torch enameling. With an emphasis on versatility, you will have the opportunity to create a series of components, as well as finished jewelry pieces. Beginning with copper components, including beads and pendants, Sara will demonstrate an etching technique using black paint to render imagery and text on enameled objects. From there, you will enamel a series of thin mosaic tiles and learn how to apply them to create a finished metal cuff. Finally, using copper sheeting and wire, you will design and fabricate sculptural flowers and leaves, creating a unique surface to add enamel color to. These pieces will be wire wrapped and connected to a chain to create a hanging bouquet.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Lukkonen, www.CKoopBeads.com
Cost: Members: $310, Non-Members: $335, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hollow Form Tube Beads"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Learn how to transform seamless copper and brass tubing from your local hardware store into a variety of unique hollow form beads. These components can stand alone as the focal point of a piece of jewelry or be incorporated into larger designs, such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Susan will guide you through the process of hollow form bead construction, including cutting and soldering methods. From there, learn a myriad of ways to individualize and embellish each bead, including forming different shapes, creating textures using files, drills, and stamps, as well as adding spinning elements. Complete each bead by designing and building decorative end caps.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Moku Hanga, An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Moku Hanga, meaning “wood print,” is a simple, centuries old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water based. Alfred will teach you to hand carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Carving and Hand Printing Linocuts"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Start with a 6”x8” piece of battleship linoleum, the time-honored basis for linocut art, and create one or more editions of multi-color prints. Judy will supply lots of pre-cut 6”x8” linoleum, a simple registration system that doubles as a carving mount, brayers, archival papers and card stock, and easy-clean-up inks to try (Blick, Akua, Caligo). Experiment with multi-color blocks or the one-block multicolor reduction process. Bring a sharp V or U gouge if you have them, otherwise borrow tools from Judy. Have fun making linocuts that you can continue to print with for years.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Design and Print your Holiday Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 28, 2018
 

In this introductory class participants learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color holiday-themed greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press's collection of Ludlow type, ornaments, and holiday-themed polymer plates. We'll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short holiday-themed phrases. But above all else, let's have fun while learning about letterpress printing. Each participant will leave with a set of twenty-five 3 1/2" x 4 7/8" greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Monoprints"
September 28, 2018
 

Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that are the most flexible and least intimidating of all the printmaking processes. Discover how you can create unique, painterly prints in a matter of hours using many of the same techniques used in watercolor and oil painting. All levels welcome. Philip will bring materials for printmaking and his portable press. You will be using Akua soy-based inks in class that clean up with water.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silk Screen Cards"
September 28, 2018
 

Learn how to silkscreen!  In this workshop, you will be able to create your own greeting cards using a 12”x18” silk screen and a squeegee.  Carole will show you how to make a simple screen print from a hand-cut stencil. Once you get set up, making multiple prints is a breeze!  Bring bold, graphic images to work from. All materials provided as well as use of school's screen printing frames and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silk Screen Art Prints"
September 29-30, 2018
 

In this two-day class, you'll make multi-color art prints using a 12”x18” silk screen.  Learn how to achieve a complex print in several colors using a number of more advanced techniques. It’s all fun to learn and rewarding to make multiples — you’ll love working with silk screens!  Bring reference sketches or other visuals for inspiration. No prior experience is necessary. All materials provided as well as use of school's screen printing frames and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Copper Plate Etching"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and Picasso as you make prints from etched copper plates while exploring the latest innovations in non-toxic, eco-friendly, acrylic-based materials. Make art while saving the planet! Day 1: preparing the metal plate, creating a line drawing, etching the plate in ferric chloride, and printing your etched image. Day 2: line etching, drypoint, and multiple-plate prints. Although this class is geared for beginners, all skill levels are welcome to learn this unique printmaking process.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You’ll practice strokes and techniques then create and carve your original composition. You’ll ink and hand print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5”x7” or 8”x10.” Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Design and Print your Holiday Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2018
 

In this introductory class participants learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color holiday-themed greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press’s collection of Ludlow type, ornaments, and holiday-themed polymer plates. We’ll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short holiday-themed phrases. But above all else, let’s have fun while learning about letterpress printing. Each participant will leave with a set of twenty-five 3 1/2” x 4 7/8” greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 30, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Create a Figurative Sculpture Duo"
September 30-October 5, 2018
 

In this week-long intensive Kate will teach the techniques she uses to build her sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. Create two sculptures - a horse, bird, or rabbit approximately 15" tall - as your major piece. From a drawing, design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the form that will animate your piece. Use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work. In the second part of the class you will create a figure to ride, lead - maybe dance - with your fantasy critter. Kate will have patterns available if you feel you are not ready to design your own. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring ride!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Autumn Landscape Photography Workshop with Craig Varjabedian"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Challenge yourself and improve your image making vision with award winning photographer, Craig Varjabedian! Whether you are focusing your camera at the famous Lake Superior red sandstone cliffs and Sea Caves or capturing the dynamic weather and fall color, you’ll be sure to walk away with photographs of a lifetime. Enjoy daily instruction in the field along the shores and back roads of this very special location and receive feedback on your images while learning about such aspects of digital photography as histograms and HDR. This workshop is best suited to the intermediate - advanced digital photographer.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Varjabedian
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Studio Hand Quilting"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Improvisation is key to successful design and developing your style in stitches. Hand quilting offers a look at the handwork of the artist. It sculpts the quilt top enhancing the visual and textural presentation of the quilt. A rich textile tradition offers a starting place to inform our contemporary ideas. We will address the fundamentals and beyond so you can enjoy slow stitching in a hoop, a frame, or without either. Your designs will be your own freeform wanderings, engaging you from start to finish. No marking or templates are necessary. Our primary focus is the design and process of quilting by hand in which you will create original quilting lines and themes making a whole cloth wall quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Open the Door to Plein Air"
October 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will examine atmosphere and the effects of natural light as they relate to contrast, edge, and color temperature. Expand your observational skills, strengthen your painting techniques, and harmonize your compositions as you break out of the studio and into the surrounding landscape to paint en plein air. Outdoor demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on teaching behind the easel will provide strategies and context in approaching this subject matter, including composition, light, color, personal interpretation, and an overview of contemporary masters working in this manner.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathie Odom, KathieOdom.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketching Door County's Architecture"
October 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop, learn how to capture the essence of Door County’s charming structures as you explore techniques in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. Combine these media in vibrant sketches while out in the field, weather permitting. Through demonstrations, handouts, and individualized feedback, Ann will share how to simplify perspective in the field, create sound compositions, add color, and make marks that add texture and interest to your sketches. There will be ample time to practice, ask questions, and share and critique your work. Leave this workshop with a new way of working that is incredibly portable and rewarding.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Dummies"
October 1-4, 2018
 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw, or feel your drawing skills are rusty or inadequate, this workshop will help you gain confidence in rendering a variety of subject matter in a realistic way. By learning to tap into your intuitive right brain, you will dramatically improve perception and technical skill as you explore the process of drawing. Mynn will lead you through a series of simple exercises that are fun, easy, and meditative in nature, resulting in a remarkable development of skills. This workshop is designed for the absolute beginner, as well as those working in other media interested in honing their drawing skills.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Blacksmithing 101"
October 5-7, 2018
 

If you're a beginner this blacksmithing workshop is for you! You'll start with the basics: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of the anvil and tongs. Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals, you'll move on to some hot iron forging projects, such as a variety of handy hooks, plant hangers, bottle openers, key chain fobs, and more. Bob will have samples of many projects for you to examine. You'll go home with some handsome ironwork you've forged yourself, and with a taste for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Floating Collage"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Working with variety of found and new collage papers, students will create a fresh palette to select from on the first day of this workshop. Altering the surfaces using acrylics, mediums and stamping materials, we will explore ways to self-express and loosen up. The sense of design threaded through the workshop creating a wonderful illusion of harmony within the layers. Small exercises will prepare students to assemble their collages onto the substrate of watercolor paper and mount them on mat board. Emphases on the outside edges of the papers as we build layers will create depth and dimension. Final touches with embellishments, beads, and threads expands possibilities and tactile experiences.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Screen Printing Basics"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Explore the world of screen printing in this introductory workshop. Participating in the process from start to finish, you will transform black line drawings and photographs into immediate, colorful, and high-quality prints. Using the basics of silkscreen printing, Chris will guide you through the process of making film positives from your personally drawn or photographed artwork, applying emulsion and exposing screens, mixing ink, organizing registration, and printing successfully. Additional screen print methods will be covered, including using screen filler and color reduction printing. Open to all skill levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional principles of art and design are helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Style, www.ChristineStyle.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $270, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Collagraph: Textures and Topographies"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Collagraphs are often experimental prints made from collaging textured items onto a matrix resulting in rich, textured images. Easily combined with other techniques, this process promotes exploration and improvisation. Don will demonstrate each of the collagraph techniques introduced, as well as ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use. Hands-on practice will be a priority to allow for time to experiment and iterate. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design are helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, JabberwockStudio.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Your DSLR"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Designed to help you develop fluency with your DSLR camera, this two-day workshop will provide a framework in how your camera functions, adjusting settings in manual mode, and composing images. The first day will begin with a basic overview of the functions, settings, and features of your camera. Guided instruction will provide you with hands-on practice adjusting the exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and more, resulting in an understanding of what they each mean, how to change them, and when. Explore composition through a series of exercises addressing the rule of thirds, perspective, framing, repetition, and personal expression. Leave this workshop with new skills and confidence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames, www.KamesPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Broaden your painting language by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations will introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time will be reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark will provide one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals and needs. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, but artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color Versus Value"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Master one of the most important elements when selecting imagery, building a dynamic composition, and working with color – value. By simplifying an image and focusing on the relative values throughout, you will free yourself to be expressive, yet convincing in your work. Working from photo references, you will begin each composition with a simple black and white sketch. These sketches will be used throughout the painting process to guide your use of contrast, edge quality, and color. Gordon will demonstrate both concrete and expressive approaches to watercolor painting, lead gentle critiques, and provide individual help.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Revisited"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Whether you haven’t had the time to paint in a while or are feeling a little rusty, this workshop will revisit a variety of painting basics related to oils and acrylics. Composition, color theory, setting up a palette, selecting materials and tools, and many other topics will be reviewed. Painting from still life setups and photo references, you will gain hands-on practice observing and translating information to canvas, developing compositions, and identifying and mixing colors and values with Jacque as your guide. A gentle critique of all paintings will close the workshop each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Wrapped Rings"
October 8-9, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the world of wrapped ring fabrication in this intensive two-day workshop. Explore the hydraulic press, pancake dies, and applied textures as you work to complete at least two pieces. All rings will be hand-fabricated using a variety of studio tools. Day one will focus on a wrapped feather ring using the hydraulic press, pancake dies, and solder-applied textured veining. Expand on these techniques to fabricate a wrapped ring of your own design on day two with Kristi available to help you through the process from start to finish. Leave this workshop with new skills and finished pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristi Evenson, www.ColieBugAndCompany.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Quilting: Double Vision and/or Fractured Curves"
October 8-12, 2018
 

This is a design class for beginners through intermediate quilters with colorful goals in mind! You will have the chance to design a Double Vision quilt by simply layering Shapes and Color for richly complex designs. Or if you prefer you can design a Fractured Curves quilt by fracturing quilts for easy, curvy and colorful results. Either design is available; make one, make both or a combination of the two - it's your choice! At the start of the class we will discuss and show you the many designs available to you, students will then determine their own direction for the week with lots of one-on-one direction from Louisa.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Louisa L. Smith
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Story Quilts: Creative Piecing Borders and Backgrounds"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Combine creative piecing with traditional techniques to design a quilt inspired by the ones you love! This workshop will take you out of the box with new takes on composition, interesting backgrounds, story creativity, color theory and more. Mary Lou’s approachable nature and teaching style make it easy to understand and apply these techniques into your own quilt. Techniques such as drawing, lettering, embellishing with old linens, jewelry and rick rack will all be integrated into this fun workshop.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Lou Weidman
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Elusive Image - Photo Plus Encaustic"
October 12-14, 2018
 

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Explore different paper printing options for photographs - from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. We will embed our photographic prints in an encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to overpaint them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand color. Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered. No prior encaustic experience required, but general art making experience helpful. Instructor will supply paint, medium and all necessary equipment and brushes, as well as all printing equipment and paper.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Make a Bent Willow Chair"
October 13-14, 2018
 

Bring a bit of nature into your home with a bent willow chair. Jim will bring plenty of green willow and lead you through the process of making a rustic, bent willow chair using only hand tools. At the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of rustic furniture to take home. (Be sure you have room to carry it in your vehicle!) You’ll enjoy every minute of this two-day class as you learn about working with willow. This class is for everyone—no experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Arendt
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hinged Hide-Away Pendant"
October 15-16, 2018
 

Produce a fun, interactive pendant in this hands-on workshop. Hinged to allow access to its interior, this pendant is perfect for carrying a coin, note, or small token. Over the course of two days, cutting, piercing, polishing, and oxidizing will be demonstrated and discussed. You will learn how to design and construct both a hinge and box-like pendant. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Loosen Up + Expand"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Designed to help you break away from unwanted habits and tendencies, this workshop nurtures individual success and personal enrichment. An experimental and fast-paced approach will inspire you to loosen up and paint the way you’ve always wanted to. Emphasizing creative exploration, you will work your way through “get moving” exercises, small warm-up paintings, and larger-format pieces. Expect an intense, concentrated, and lively experience where you will create many works of art using spontaneity for maximum effect. Critiques will include direct, actionable advice for future work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marla Baggetta, www.MarlaBaggetta.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Basics"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students of all levels looking to build technical skill and confidence. Materials, paint quality, application techniques, and color and value will be addressed. Beginning with brushwork to develop familiarity with color mixing and the fluidity of the medium, you will work through a series of exercises. Color charts and value studies will prepare you for designing and developing your own composition from photo references. Ample time will be reserved for hands-on practice, while demonstrations and direct instruction will provide you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forge Welding"
October 18-21, 2018
 

Have you already learned basic blacksmithing and now would like to add forge welding? It’s the art and skill of joining two pieces of steel with high heat and hammering. Bob will explain several types of forge welding methods (no Damascus). He will cover temperature, fluxes and scarfs. Once you gain confidence in your forge welding skills, you will proceed to the projects which include forge welding a towel bar, fire poker, forge roasting fork and chain links. Bob will have samples to view. Students should have basic blacksmithing skills and know how to tend the coal forge. Class size limited to 6; each student will have his/her own forge.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $355
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Successfully Promoting Your Work"
October 20, 2018
 

This professional development workshop is designed to outline various methods for promoting your work and practice. Topics such as building relationships with galleries, finding group exhibitions, and publication opportunities, both online and in print, will be covered. In addition to an outline of opportunities in the field, a variety of strategies will be discussed to customize the outcomes for desired professional goals on a regional, national, or international platform.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $45
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Maximizing the Impact of your CV, Statement, Bio, and Cover Letters"
October 20, 2018
 

Create or improve the effectiveness of your professional documents in this hands-on workshop. Strategies for maximizing every document, including more formal formats, such as the CV and cover letter, will be discussed. In addition, you will write and workshop a draft of your artist statement and bio. Multiple approaches will be presented so that you can design a statement and bio that best aligns with your artwork.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Watercolor"
October 22-25, 2018
 

Develop a powerfully expressive visual vocabulary, and ultimately dynamic paintings in this exploration of watercolor painting methods. New approaches will allow you to make leaps in your understanding and avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, poor color mixing, and feeling restrained by the details of a scene. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a quick demonstration to illustrate the day’s lesson, including simplifying scenes into large shapes and value tones, accurate drawing, sequencing for building a painting, and expressive color. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to hands-on practice. If time allows, a group critique will review each day’s progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch, www.DanMondloch.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Oil Painting"
October 22-25, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will explore the visual language of oil painting from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Learn and explore materials, techniques, vocabulary, and concepts of art while developing a personal artistic voice. Working from direct observation, Kendra will guide you through a series of exercises and paintings designed to help you gain familiarity with oil paint, build observational skills, identify figure ground relationships, compose imagery, render form, mix color, and develop a positive attitude toward self-expression and creative thinking. Short lectures, presentations, and demonstrations will augment working time.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kendra Bulgrin, www.KendraBulgrin.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Moving Paint: Working with Oil and Wax"
October 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced artists who have worked with oil and cold wax. Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises based on the various ways of learning, along with drawing and moving paint. We’ll revisit the language of art - composition, color, tension and space, and scale will be discussed. Demonstrations include using R&F Pigment sticks, pastels and other materials along with excavating, monoprinting, glazing, mark making and editing. We will focus on content, how to see, and on moving your work forward. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Professional practices will be addressed and activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings In A Day"
October 27, 2018
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Combine Metal Clay and Traditional Metal Work"
October 28, 2018
 

In the morning you will create your fine silver focal piece with Precious Metal Clay, forming, drying and firing your piece to be ready to rivet it to copper sheet metal in the afternoon to create a pendant. After lunch you will be introduced to some basic metalworking techniques including texturing copper sheet with hammers, riveting, finishing edges and applying patina. You will then rivet your PMC piece or pieces to your textured copper sheet and take home a finished piece of jewelry! Materials fee includes 9 grams of fine silver clay, copper sheet metal, rivets, and any disposables necessary. Chain, ear wires and hooks may be purchased directly from the instructors.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
November 2-4 and 16-18, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Torch Fired Glass Enamel on Copper"
November 3, 2018
 

Light up your life with a flame work glass enameling class. No experience necessary for this class. You'll learn torch fired glass enameling techniques including counter enameling, vertical surface enameling, and sgraffito. Julie will demo sheet metal fabrication, shaping and will have on hand several precut shapes of copper metal shapes for you to chose from. You'll be the artist choosing your colors and designs. Extra materials will be on hand to enhance your finished designs and then you will be ready to turn your enameled pieces into earrings or a pendant. Materials fee includes glass enamels, torch and fuel to use in class, tools for use during class, wire for earrings or head pins, four copper shapes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
January 6-11, 2019
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Fabric Images"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Carlson
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk-tails: A Small Study Workshop"
June 3-7, 2019
 

We will be creating a small piece using the images from my book Folk-Tails. Choose your favorite animals, trees or flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured background. Then add the appliqué incorporating hand-dyed fabrics, threads and beads. You can either plan to do the whole quilt or make a smaller version for the center of a cushion or bag.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Indigo Flower Pot: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Create a pieced and layered indigo wool and fabric background. Add a Flower Pot appliqué drawing inspiration from a choice of flower and pot designs creating the elements by machine or hand appliqué techniques using textural silks, velvets and wools. Finish with a unique border and embellish with stitching to bring your design to life.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sand Dollar: Creative Wool Embellishment"
August 5-9, 2019
 

In this hands-on embellishment class, you will study numerous ways to create texture using neutral-colored threads. Please arrive in class with your base block already appliquéd with 20 circles. We will then spend the week embellishing a one-of-a-kind piece. You will learn many variations of stitches as well as techniques including shadowing, beading, dimensional embroidery, ribbon play, and dimensional art using different stitches and textural threads.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Community Clay"
Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30pm
 

A special weekly open studio for potters of all levels who are interested in self-guided creation of works in a communal setting. Handbuilding areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. A facilitator is present, but no formal instruction is provided - just a fun and productive time in the studio making pottery with others. If you are new to ceramics or Peninsula School of Art’s ceramic studios, we encourage you to request an orientation session by calling PenArt - membership not required. Topics covered are: equipment basics, safety, maintenance and cleaning, firing options, and the vocabulary of the ceramic medium. Techniques include slab-rolling and handbuilding, throwing a simple bowl on the wheel, and decorating your bowl with underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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