Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
January 7-11, 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


"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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