Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching for Beginners"
March 22, 2018

Sashiko (literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko embroidery was used to strengthen the homespun clothes of olden times. Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery. Modern day sashiko stitching is not restricted to the traditional indigo colored fabric but uses a variety of color combinations, and it is considered a beautiful surface embellishment for fabrics.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $80
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
March 24, 2018

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken Lisa’s Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $110 ($80 class fee, $30 kit fee)
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"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
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email

"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
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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