Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Teen Workshops - Drawing to Painting: Thinking Outside the Box"
March 17, 2018
 

Technical and observational skills lay the foundation of every artistic practice. This one-day workshop with noted painter Kyle Martin will focus on working with line and contour, shape and form, light and shadow, and space and depth through a series of drawing and painting exercises. Develop your ability to see while working on a sight-size drawing, capture light, shadow, and form through a heightened drawing, and practice your new skills in a quick plein air painting. Additionally, Kyle will share his path to establishing a full-time studio practice and provide insight into what’s next for teen participants.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Spring Studio Intensive in Painting and Drawing"
May 14-25, 2018
 

The Studio Intensive Program provides experienced artists with the time, space, and community to develop a body of work and participate in a creative dialogue with peers during PenArt’s quiet season. Combining theory, practice, and feedback, this program encourages experimentation and exploration within self-defined projects. Facilitated by Shan Bryan-Hanson, lectures, discussions, and readings on relevant art-making topics, as well as individual and group critiques will supplement independent studio activity throughout the two-week session. All approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Studios are open Monday - Friday each week, 8am - 5pm. Shan will lead activities on Monday, 5/14; Thursday 5/17; Tuesday, 5/22; and Friday, 5/25, 9am - 4pm.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shan Bryan-Hanson, www.ShanBryan-Hanson.com
Cost: Members: $430, Non-Members: $470
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn"
May 19-20, 2018
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Graphite with a Message"
June 9-10, 2018
 

This two day workshop will focus on dramatically communicating your own personalized concept and artistic message using a pencil application method. This method maximizes the full range of dark to light pencil values without the presence of that distracting graphite sheen. A few basic exercises will build your expertise, then you’ll begin a personal artwork of your own subject matter, design, and composition, and be able to confidently complete (at your own pace, in your own space) the drawing beyond the workshop hours. There’s such satisfaction in powerfully sharing your mind and heart with others through what your hands have drawn in simple pencil!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $155
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Drawing Your Favorite Subjects with Confidence"
June 18-19, 2018
 

Using common drafting materials and personal photographs, learn how to capture your chosen subject matter with confidence. Develop a solid grounding in drawing focused on creating convincing contrast, texture, and shading. Lee will demonstrate his drawing process in stages, including preliminary sketching, transferring compositions to large, final paper, proper use of tools, hatching and blending grays, and working subtractively. Take these easy-to-learn techniques and apply them to a drawing of your own composition with Lee available for individualized feedback. Leave this workshop with one finished or well-under-way work of art.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes, www.OceansAndDreams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Resourceful Line"
July 20-21, 2018
 

This multi-level workshop focuses on experimental approaches to drawing. Discover an appreciation of everyday objects for their linear quality and the possibilities for integrating them into your existing studio practice. Exploration will range from using traditional media to collecting found drawing media on instructor led walks through the campus that illustrate the versatility of line in multiple dimensions. Lectures, demonstrations, and in-progress and final critiques will address developing a resourceful practice by reusing and responding to found materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Diana Gabriel, DianaPGabriel.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beyond Green: Exploring Color Through Landscape"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Using the landscape as inspiration, this workshop will enrich and expand your understanding of color. Explore the science and psychology behind it, your perception in regards to nature, as well as color theory and relationships. Working with the medium of your choice, you will reference photos to create individual and rich landscape compositions that explore color interaction and perception. Painting techniques such as layering, glazing, optical color mixing, and broken brushstrokes will be demonstrated and discussed. Individual and group instruction, slide lectures on historical and modern approaches to color in the landscape, and critiques will augment this engaging workshop. Possible media include oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing the Portrait: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach"
August 8-11, 2018
 

This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to drawing the portrait. Using classical methods relied on by artists for centuries, you will alternate between drawing and sculpting from life. This approach to visualizing, understanding, and representing the human head will accelerate your learning and confidence. A portion of each day will be spent working from a live model to create finished drawings in graphite and charcoal. In addition, you will spend time working on a 3D clay head study; focusing on proportion, generalizing shapes, and identifying plane changes. These sculptural exercises will help you to better draw anatomically correct and proportional features. Leave this workshop with a set of new skills and tools to analyze and perfect your future work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $285, including dinner on September 11
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Colored Pencil: Drama on Dark Paper"
September 14-15, 2018
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama 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: $225, Non-Members: $250, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketching Door County's Architecture"
October 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop, learn how to capture the essence of Door County’s charming structures as you explore techniques in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. Combine these media in vibrant sketches while out in the field, weather permitting. Through demonstrations, handouts, and individualized feedback, Ann will share how to simplify perspective in the field, create sound compositions, add color, and make marks that add texture and interest to your sketches. There will be ample time to practice, ask questions, and share and critique your work. Leave this workshop with a new way of working that is incredibly portable and rewarding.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Dummies"
October 1-4, 2018
 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw, or feel your drawing skills are rusty or inadequate, this workshop will help you gain confidence in rendering a variety of subject matter in a realistic way. By learning to tap into your intuitive right brain, you will dramatically improve perception and technical skill as you explore the process of drawing. Mynn will lead you through a series of simple exercises that are fun, easy, and meditative in nature, resulting in a remarkable development of skills. This workshop is designed for the absolute beginner, as well as those working in other media interested in honing their drawing skills.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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