Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Environmental Portraiture"
June 6-7, 2018
 

How does a portrait anchored in a particular location offer more information about the person in the frame? How can the environment act as an extensible metaphor of interiority or show you what the person cares about and how they spend their time. Explore examples of environmental portraiture, the act of photographing subjects in specific places. Make your own portraits integrating ideas of place more conscientiously into your compositions. Often environmental portraiture focuses on where people spend time working or living, but you will think of this idea to include the natural surroundings of Door County. Use your camera to talk to strangers and find out more about their life. Familiarity with your camera is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachel Herman, www.RachelHerman.net
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Very Short Films"
June 8-9, 2018
 

Some photographs convey a story, a narrative that veers on the cinematic. These photographs appear to have a beginning already in motion, a dramatic situation in progress, and a conclusion that is up to the viewer to complete. How do you as a photographer create a scene specifically to photograph it? We’ll examine the work of Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills and Gregory Crewdon’s Twilight as examples of this approach, as well as many others. As a group, you will analyze these cinematic photographs and discuss considerations like character, conflict, tableau, lighting, props, and logistics. Together scout a location, cast a lead and supporting cast, and photograph the story as it unfolds. Together, the class will make films that are one frame in length.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachel Herman, www.RachelHerman.net
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Figure in Clay"
July 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop investigates sculpting the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach. While hand building from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, gesture of the body, and human expression. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting technique, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
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


"The Secrets to Natural Light Portrait Photography"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Take your portrait photography to the next level in this hands-on workshop. With a focus on naturally lit portraits, learn how to view and interpret light in relation to the figure, guide your subject, and infuse each image with content. Through lectures, guided exercises, and discussions, this workshop will address historical and contemporary trends in portraiture, adapting to different times of day and filters of light, interacting with and guiding your subject, candid vs posed or stylized approaches, and scouting locations. You will shoot on location with models and fellow classmates as subjects. An understanding of your DSLR and manual mode are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames, www.KamesPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Learn how to make convincing, sensitive portraits that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. Fundamentals of portrait painting using oil paints will be emphasized, but more specifically you will focus on learning to see and understand visual phenomena. Through demonstrations and personal critiques, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on the effects of light, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each day. This workshop is designed for painters with experience in oil, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure and Portrait Painting"
September 17-21, 2018
 

This class is about painting a clothed model alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. We’ll spend some time on the whole figure and also the head/ features of the face. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the head and figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes with three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $810
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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