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


"Encaustic Effects with Acrylics"
March 23-25, 2018
 

Learn to create the wax-like look of encaustic painting with the durability of acrylics. Mimic the soft, luminous effects of beeswax by applying acrylic paints and gels, layer upon layer. Cut and bury paper images and stenciled patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft translucent layers atop them. Become familiar with encaustic-like wax formulas, explore a variety of applications and create a whole new feeling in your artwork. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Making a Mosaic Vase with Mary Dickey"
Sundays, April 8 & 15, 2018
 

Join artist Mary Dickey for this two-part class on making mosaic vases! Students should each bring their own glazed ceramic (i.e. not glass) vase they want to use, and Mary will show you how to add mosaic pieces to enhance and transform the original vase.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Dickey
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The Fabric Vessel"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Explore the 3-D nature of the fibers media! Using a template (we’ll have several forms you may choose from), you will begin by making a felt box - and then you’ll be free to branch out with your own ideas for embellishment. Making one of these small (3” – 6”) vessels allows you to incorporate many media into your project—everything from beading and embroidery to applique and painting. Really, the sky is the limit! If you’d like, bring your own special beads, sequins and buttons as well as favorite fabrics, yarns and threads to incorporate into your unique container.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ellen Donaldson Allen
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
April 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. Gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unconventional color, and unique mark-making. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your personal experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Go Make a Kite and Fly It!"
April 21, 2018
 

Spend a day with your inner child making a beautiful Japanese-style Suruga kite ... then fly it! Alfred Stark, known for his Japanese-style woodcuts, will teach you to split and plane a piece of bamboo to get delicate spars for gluing and tying to the back of light, but strong, paper. Alfred will help you paint your kite using sumi ink and a mix of watercolor and rice paste on beautiful, Japanese, Sekishu paper. He will bring images from actual Japanese kites for inspiration. Your completed kite will be perfectly weighted and balanced for flying. It's fun, educational, and you'll take home a lovely kite to fly the skies or grace your living room wall.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"From Table Decor to Floor: Up-cycled Doily Rug"
April 21-22, 2018
 

Clean out your closet! Turn those unused tee shirts into a really large doily – one that will keep your toes happy as you use it underfoot as a rug. We’ll first learn several ways to make tee shirt yarn – a great up-cycled way to keep your old tees out of the landfill. Next we’ll consider color and pattern, and then commence crocheting on the big scale. Expect to make a wonderfully textured round rug up to 36” in diameter, or several smaller rugs if you choose. Embellishment, such as adding trendy tassels, fringe, or flowers, will be addressed on day two. Intermediate knowledge of crochet technique is necessary to complete this project in the time allowed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Schutte
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Book Making Workshop with the Madison Bone Folder's Guild"
April 21, 2018
 

Students in this class will be making painted papers to use for covers in the construction of a Cross Structured book style, which is an exposed stitch binding. The covers will be painted from a selection of different techniques and medias. Students may choose which media look they prefer for their covers. Each binding is hand stitched by the students creating a unique hand bound book. Two books will be completed in this class.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Madison Bone Folder's Guild members
Cost: $70
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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