Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Journey into Abstraction"
September 21-24, 2017
 

This retreat style workshop will combine discussion, journal writing, drawing and studio art as a journey into personal expression. Spend time independently in the beautiful surroundings of Shake Rag Alley photographing, drawing, and journaling for a portion of each day. Small, quick paintings start each session. Larger format, more developed paintings worked on throughout. Intermediate level drawing and painting experience required. Work in your chosen medium - oil, acrylic, pastel, or mixed media. Learn to abstract from an image, to create strong compositions, and use color theory to elevate mood. New working methods and non-traditional tools and materials will help advance your work through mixed media. Learn to look within to find new ways to express your creative voice.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Introduction to Bead Embroidery"
September 23, 2017
 

Bead embroidery is a simple and delightful way to add pizazz, individual charm and colorful textures to artwork, art quilts and jewelry. While working a sampler, students will learn the basics of bead embroidery, prepping fabric, types of beads and stitching styles to create a unique beaded design. Students will also use ribbons, fibers and larger beads to embellish their artwork. No special skills required but must be able to use a needle and thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Building Sculptural Character"
September 24-29, 2017
 

Kate’s characters look as if they could fly. They enchant your eye, they draw you in and they make you smile. She has made her signature sculptures especially for Cirque de Soleil, and her work has appeared in national magazines. She will show you how to have fun building unique character, sculpting with polymer clay and cloth over lively wire armatures, producing a figure with a unique life of its own. Learn her method of placing energy into a figure and focusing on the sculptural form and how to get inside it. Following her method you will be able to enrich and direct your own style and inventiveness. You will create two interacting figures in this 5 day workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops"
September 25-29, 2017
 

This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Colored Pencil: Design, Drama, Detail of Nature"
September 25-26, 2017
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama and detail 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: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Encaustic Collage and Assemblage"
September 26-29, 2017
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a binder and sculpture material. In this workshop, you will look at various methods of using encaustic and other materials to create wall-based works with sculptural elements and dynamic surfaces. You will be encouraged to repurpose other materials and found objects in your works, pushing beyond just painting and into constructed narratives. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers using wax and inks/watercolor, rust printing, and mark-making that you will combine in final works. 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 needed, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Discover the many ways to integrate cold wax with oil paint in this multi-faceted workshop. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn to combine these media successfully, create surface and texture, and incorporate colored pencils and pigments. A series of short exercises throughout the workshop will help you consider new concepts and ideas that shape the outcome of your work. Experimental processes will generate ideas and discussion to encourage you to explore and work intuitively. Dianne will provide detailed demonstrations of techniques, presentations, and personalized feedback, along with group discussion.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dianne Martia, www.DianneMartia.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Moku Hanga, An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

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. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Carving and Hand Printing Linocuts"
September 28-29, 2017
 

Good ol’ battleship-grey linoleum has been standard for linocut art for decades and for good reason: it’s easy to cut, no wood grain to worry about, and it prints clean and fine for lengthy editions or short. Judy will supply 6”x8” pre-cut linoleum, a simple registration system, brayer, archival papers, and easy-clean-up inks (Speedball, Caligo, Akua). Experiment with multi-color printmaking with two or more linocuts, using opaque or transparent inks. Bring are one or two small, sharp V gouges and U gouges. Linocuts you make in class you can continue to print with for years.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gyotaku - Japanese Fish Printing"
September 29, 2017
 

Gyotaku (Japanese, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing") is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. In this class you will learn how to use real fish to make prints. All materials will be provided by the instructor. You will make prints on rice paper and on fabric. If you would like to print on something wearable like a shirt, please bring one. Otherwise you will print on a dish towel or old shirt available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $123
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Microfold Forming"
September 29-30, 2017
 

Learn how to use the microfold brake to produce repetitive folds in metal. Explore ways to manipulate metal to create variations in the corrugations. These pieces can be soldered into links or joined with other metal to create unique three-dimensional elements. These textures are enhanced when highlighted with patinas, and are also a great foundation for enamel or Keum-boo. Susan will guide you in creating an array of sample folds. These textures can be used as finished wearable forms or as decorative elements to integrate into larger pieces. She will also demonstrate several techniques in which to build three-dimensional hollow forms, including the hydraulic press and manual die forming.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $180, Non-Members: $200 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Monoprints"
September 30, 2017
 

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: $128
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gel Plate Printing"
September 30, 2017
 

You will learn to use Gelli Plates to make monoprints. It is a simple process that may be replicated very easily at home. You may make your prints on paper to create art for framing or on fabric to create pillow covers, floor cloths, lamp shades, shirts and the like. Instructor will supply all materials, including 5 X 5 or 5 X 7 Gelli Printing Plates. The plates are for use in the class, or they may be purchased from the instructor for use later ($16).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $123
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making a Reduction Linocut"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

Using the reduction linocut process, you can print an edition of multi colors—all from the same linoleum block, removing parts of the block as you go. It takes pre-planning the colors, and when you’ve pulled the last print, that’s the end of the edition as the block has been gradually destroyed. But it’s a fun technique to try to master. Judy will have plenty of 6”x8” pre-cut linoleum, plus brayers, a registration system, plenty of archival papers and easy to clean up inks (Speedball, Caligo, Akua). All you need to bring are one or two small, sharp V gouges and U gouges.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Relief Printing on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2017
 

Learn the basics of letterpress printing while exploring texture through various relief printing techniques. Learn to use one of May’s four Vandercook proof presses in her Mineral Point studio. The Vandercook can print anything type-high, which makes it perfectly suited for relief printing. Examine printing methods such as collagraphs, pressure printing, and polymer plates. We’ll focus on process and experimentation while making interesting and unique texture collages from found objects (objet trouvé), cut stencils, and more. Then we’ll put our handmade textures to work and get busy printing. Create stunning studies of texture and image - the shape and form your project takes is up to you. But above all else, have fun while learning, printing, and experimenting!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Imprinting Metal Clay"
September 30, 2017
 

Fine silver metal clay imprinted with your small relief carving, leaves, grasses, lace, etc., when fired with a small butane torch will yield unique silver jewelry. Sherry will teach you to make molds and texture plates from silicone mold compound. You will dry, refine, and fire your piece(s) and leave class wearing your personalized silver jewelry. And you will know how to make more jewelry at home using metal clay. Materials fee includes one package PMC and mold compound.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $151
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

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
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Copper Plate Etching"
October 1, 2017
 

Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and Picasso and spend a day learning how to make prints from etched copper plates. Philip will cover the basics of preparing your metal plate, creating a line drawing, etching the plate in ferric chloride and printing your etched image. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Make Your Mark: A Quilter’s Mark Making Study"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Piece, applique and stitch to design expressive abstract textures in quilts. Pam likes to think about mark making in cloth as adding visual interest and movement to abstract quilts. Explore well placed or random lines, triangles, squares and circles as marks. Combining influences from antique quilts to modern art and music, Pam will guide you to construct expressive quilts of your own. Fond of saying she is from the Liberated School of Design, Pam uses techniques inspired by Gwen Marston to teach a process of quilt design and sewing without the need for patterns or templates.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017
 

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting"
October 2-4, 2017
 

Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Fall Colors in Pastel"
October 5-6, 2017
 

Using trees as your subject matter, you will use pastels to depict the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds in the autumn landscape. Discover colorful complements and use of simultaneous contrast to make colors pop. Learn how to identify values that exist within a single tree and how to apply pastels to depict volume. This workshop will consist of exercises, brief demonstrations, and individual instruction in developing sensitivity to color complements through layering, cross-hatching, stippling, and juxtaposing color blocks. The majority of the time will be spent indoors with time outside for observation. This workshop is open to both beginning and intermediate students, however some experience with pastels is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Navigating the Landscape: Essential Elements"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The landscape is layered with subject matter, providing a range of visually interesting items to investigate and capture. In this workshop, you will focus on some of the most common elements, discovering what is important about each, and practicing techniques to paint them with confidence. During the first two days of this workshop, Susan will introduce and demonstrate a variety of methods for painting particular elements of the landscape, such as skies and clouds, trees and shrubs, buildings, water and reflection, and the illusion of distance. With plenty of time to practice, you will apply these skills to a more developed painting from your own photographic reference on the final day. Susan will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Large Format Watercolors"
October 5-7, 2017
 

Challenge the notions of watercolor painting as you translate your skills from traditional- to large-scale. In this workshop, you will develop techniques, methods, and a workflow for approaching and completing what can be an intimidating project. Through a series of demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Michael will share his methodologies, including preparation of surfaces, studio setup, selection of painting tools, and efficient painting techniques. In addition, there will be time each day to put these concepts into practice and experience the reward of laying down an eight-foot wash and watching it travel across the surface. Students should have an understanding of watercolor fundamentals and expect to expend some physical energy in this process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Ireland, www.IrelandWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Autumn Landscape: Foliage and Rural Architecture"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The transition from green foliage to an explosion of color never ceases to be an amazing event. This workshop will focus on mindfully capturing the transformation of autumn, while exploring Door County’s preserved natural spaces and wild places in juxtaposition with agrarian and iconic buildings. Daily field trips, starting early, will take advantage of the natural elements in soft light. Sites will range from Sturgeon Bay to Washington and Rock Islands, including endless shoreline, open farmland, and dense forests; providing opportunities to document both the grand vistas and fine details. While in the field and studio, you will discuss the power of intention and purpose in your photographs through the use of composition, post-processing, and printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzanne Rose, www.SuzanneRose.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Braided Wool Rug or Chair Pad"
October 7, 2017
 

Local shepherdess Linda Dee of “Bluffwood Landing” will show you how to create beautiful, sturdy braided rugs. With wool roving from her sheep (not strips of fabric), you will learn how to braid, felt and sew a mini-rug, chair pad or hot pad to take home. “My grandmother made cushy braided rugs to warm her drafty farmhouse floors. Making rugs with roving is faster and easier than her method, but the results are just as beautiful.” No experience needed. Class fee covers needles and linen thread. Feltable wool roving can be purchased in class or bring your own (3 colors, 2-3 oz ea).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Dee Derrickson
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Indigo Dyeing with Kipp Inglis"
October 7-8, 2017
 

Indigo dyeing is often considered mysterious, magical. The dye bath looks pea green, the items come out green, and yet it turns to blue before your eyes! We will be utilizing the science behind that magic to learn to create the blue we are so fond of seeing. Over two days, we will create a natural indigo vat to dye silk and cotton. Students will be shown various Shibori techniques to manipulate the fabric with folds, stitching, wrapping and clamping to bring about pattern and texture designs during the dye process. Students will come away from the class with a finished silk scarf or 2 “fat quarter” pieces of quilting cotton, ready to be used for their own projects.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kipp Inglis
Cost: $310
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Clare will share and discuss the work of masters of encaustic, in areas of both photography and painting. You will then practice and experiment with the various techniques of the medium. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop will concentrate on using those images and developing methods and workflow specific to you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Autumn in Watercolor"
October 9-11, 2017
 

Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Animal Artistry Through Applique"
October 9-13, 2017
 

This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"The Modern Landscape"
October 9-13, 2017
 

The Modern Landscape workshop challenges students to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliché from their landscapes to create memorable images with a distinct visual voice. By using negative space, scale and a restrained color palate, the modern landscape, abstracts the obvious, subtracts the unnecessary and leaves behind the scene in only its purest form. In addition to the fieldwork, the class will hone their skills in the digital darkroom and will focus on developing and establishing a singular voice. The group will leave at the end of the week confident to shoot, critique, edit and sequence their own photography in new ways.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alissa & Jacob Hessler
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Abstract Mixed Media Composition in Collage"
October 13-15, 2017
 

The medium of collage illustrates not only where it has been but also where it is going; blurring the boundaries of possibilities, exposing rich story-lines of experimentation. Color, texture and imagery will be emphasized through layering of altered collage papers and acrylics. Students will be encouraged to build their own palette of papers. The connections to composition through design principles will be taught along with the intuitive process visually associated with collage. Tack irons will be used to fuse collage papers to a variety of surfaces. Clear image transfer will be taught using the tack iron method. Whether new to collage or more experienced, this workshop will engage all levels of interest in contemporary collage. No prior experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Outdoor Photography"
October 14, 2017
 

Stephen will teach you his techniques for achieving better scenic, landscape and close-up images from nature. He will discuss composition, lighting, filters, exposure and additional equipment. You will have a chance to shoot in the field and have your photos critiqued in class. You should have a working knowledge of your camera. Bring your camera, camera manual, tripod (optional) and USB card reader or cable for downloading images.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stephen Gassman
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intro to Zentangle: Focus through Creativity"
October 14, 2017
 

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This is a fun class that requires no prior artistic training or ability. If you can hold a pen and draw simple shapes, you can learn the patterns used! Students will learn the steps in the Zentangle method, see a lot of examples, practice patterns, and take home finished Zentangle drawings. This dynamic mindfulness activity can help to reduce stress, increase focus and creativity. Join Tess Imobersteg, Certified Zentangle Instructor and co-founder of the Wisconsin Tangle Arts Coalition for this great introductory class!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Dive Into Color"
October 16-18, 2017
 

Rediscover fundamental color principles and learn new color relationships that will unite and enliven your work in this painting workshop. Expand your vocabulary as you work through basic color exercises to full color studies of still life arrangements. The stronger your skills are in the use and manipulation of color, the more impactful your final paintings will be. This workshop will begin with mixing paint and creating color charts to better understand color interaction, harmony, and discord. You will then move on to color temperature and scheme exercises with the still life, and finally on to paintings in full color. Instruction will include demonstration, group discussion, and individualized feedback. This workshop is designed for students with some oil painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathie Wheeler, www.KathieWheeler.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting from Photo Reference"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Certain subjects are nearly impossible to paint from life, which leaves artists with only a photo reference from which to work. The emphasis of this workshop is to transform reference material into paintings that reflect your personal point of view as an artist. Through lectures, image presentations, demonstrations, and individualized feedback, Dawn will guide you through the process of how to use photographs as a reference, not as a manual. You will provide your own original reference material, print or digital, in the subject matter of your choosing, including people, landscapes, and/or interiors. Dawn’s technical instruction is primarily directed to oil painters, however acrylic painters who are proficient in the medium are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Cost: Members: $570, Non-Members: $605
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking"
October 19-21, 2017
 

By replacing the traditional paper surface with a treated panel, you will find great freedom and energy as you reexamine the typically unforgiving medium of watercolor. Through this process you will gain a deeper commitment to looking and planning, techniques for accurate spontaneity, direct painting without linework, and by painting subtractively. Key techniques and objectives, including preparing panel surfaces, planning compositions, and material handling, will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will have time to practice techniques and produce a finished painting of your own composition. Mat will be available for feedback, stories, and tid-bits. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in watercolor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.matbarberkennedy.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Image to Abstract"
October 24-26, 2017
 

Designed for the representational painter, this workshop offers an introduction to adding elements of abstraction to your work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional painting techniques. Learn how to distill and sift through visual information to arrive at a clear final image that aligns with your artistic goals and creative vision. Working from photographic references and still life arrangements, Mark will guide you through a series of progressive exercises regarding the abstraction process. Slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques will supplement demonstrations and individualized feedback. Gain confidence in your decision-making and discover new artistic possibilities within your practice. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cloud Painting: An Introduction to Paper Marbling"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Around the world, paper marbling has intrigued us for over 600 years. The vivid colors and intricate designs capture our attention - and the making of marbled art is pure magic. Start by learning how a marbling studio is set up, from making the size, or carrageenan, to preparing the acrylic colors and assembling the necessary tools. Learn basic techniques and patterns such as the French Curl, Gel-Get, Nonpareil, Stome Marbling, and Spanish Wave, then explore more modern variations. You will leave with at least 20 absolutely lovely papers to use for your own projects, whether scrap booking, jewelry, bookbinding, or framing as is.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Flame-Worked Glass Beads"
October 28, 2017
 

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 a 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. Next 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
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 28, 2017
 

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
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fusing Silver Metal Clay with Silver Sheet"
October 29, 2017
 

Combine two modern forms of silver to highlight the strengths of each. PMC allows you to create intricate patterns and textures easily and quickly. Using Argentium Sterling rather than PMC to create sheet and wire effects is less expensive and more less structurally sound. Combining the two metals expands your metal working world...and you get the best of both materials! In the morning create fine silver piece(s) with PMC, forming, drying and firing in a kiln or with a butane torch. After lunch, permanently connect the PMC to the Argentium sterling, then finish your edges, apply patina, and take your finished piece home! No previous experience required. Some familiarity with PMC or with traditional metal working skills helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Oil Pastels"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three dimensional effects and to layer oil pastels. Scrape away to reveal previous layers. Add to build up the painting surface and color quality. We’ll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique, how to collect ideas in sketchbooks, how to transfer ideas from a sketchbook to a painting. Must have some art experience, either at school or as a hobby.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Yarn Painting"
November 4, 2017
 

Learn to apply dye to yarn to create your own custom skeins. You will learn about color and dye and will receive a handout with all the details. The yarn will need to steam, so bring a separate project to work on, or plan to explore Shake Rag Alley and Mineral Point while you wait. Class fee includes 4 skeins of yarn, dyes and all other necessary materials and equipment. Additional skeins will be available for purchase from the instructor at $6 per skein.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandy Jones
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mysteries of Translucence"
November 10-12, 2017
 

You walk past that bizarre ghostly window; it’s darkened but you see a small flicker of something lurking inside – but what? Mystery. The seen, the unseen… that’s what this class is all about. We’re going to create something magnificent, magical, and very very mysterious. The secret is in the multiple layers, but not just any layers: layers of semi-transparent and transparent materials. Incorporating brand new methods of using transfers, resins, transparencies and acrylic sheets, create multi-tiered compositions of layered collage. Create effects mimicing the look of printed glass, stained glass, glass etchings and encaustics. We’ll push the boundaries with lots of play, then assimilate the best experiments into our project, creating a multitude of incredible layers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop"
November 16, 2017
 

Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Polymer Clay Beads and Buttons"
November 16, 2017
 

Start by adding curly hair to one of Layl’s face canes and turning those funky haired ladies into beads. Then learn how to make a millefiore leaf which you can turn into beads and buttons of all shapes. Also learn some fun ways to play with your scraps like how to turn a bead inside out to discover amazing symmetrical designs! You will come away with a collection of fun beads and buttons to bake in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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


 

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