Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Raku Ceramic Jewelry"
July 31, 2017
 

Explore the dramatic art of raku-fired clay in this jewelry-based workshop. Using a variety of techniques, you will create one-of-a-kind pendants. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work has a unique surface with iridescent highlights. Jen will demonstrate techniques related to clay forming and surface treatment. Return Thursday/Friday to glaze your pendants and participate in the raku firing process, or choose your glazes and your pieces will be fired and shipped to you for a fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jen Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Cost: Members: $80, Non-Members: $90
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Earth and Fire: Experience Raku"
August 5, 2017
 

Experience the fiery drama and camaraderie of a raku firing event. Learn about reduction effects as you watch the process unfold. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work is characterized by its crackles and metallic luster. Fire provided bisqueware or bring bisqueware of your own, using Noah’s specially formulated glazes for an additional fee. While pieces are in the kiln, enjoy some wine and light snacks. Leave this event with a finished piece of unique raku pottery.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Noah Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Cost: Members: $55, Non-Members: $65
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Super Surfaces in Clay"
August 14-17, 2017
 

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the relationship between decorative surface and form in clay objects. Using a range of techniques, including sgrafitto, mishima, and resists, create clay works that transcend their function and become more meaningful. The first day will begin with a demonstration of basic construction techniques, including handbuilding and throwing, with the remainder of the day spent making pots or sculptures. The remaining days will start with a short slide lecture and demonstration of the decorating technique being explored, complete with examples of historical and contemporary artists’ work. This workshop is designed for those with some experience and an understanding that the focus will be on surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”"
September 1-16, 2017
 

Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Cost: $1,900
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 30 24240 24143


"Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos"
March - November
 

The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor:
Cost: Starting at $500
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 40 24240 24143


"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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