Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication and construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and all techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Asymmetrical Roll Printed Earrings"
June 12, 2018
 

Learn a variety of metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through this comprehensive project. This technique-driven experience will help you build the confidence you need to work independently. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to use the hydraulic press and rolling mill to achieve desired textures and forms for earrings of your own design. Beginning soldering techniques, finding making, and stone setting will also be taught. No previous experience required. More advanced students can progress at their own speed with Joy available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Exploration in Stamped Metal, Texturing, and Silver Dust Fusing"
July 6-7, 2018
 

Create beautiful jewelry that shows contrast in texture and design using stamps, hand texturing, and silver dust fusing. This workshop will address not only surface design, but also ring and cuff bracelet construction and stone setting. We will begin with tips and tricks to stamp successfully every time. Texturing with hammers and found objects, such as concrete and old steel wire, will also be used to make cuff bracelets and a handful of stacking rings. Sizing, forming, and soldering will be demonstrated and discussed. Building off these techniques, we will focus on silver dust fusing to add surface interest through two intermediate level projects, including a spinner ring and a pair of earrings with set stones.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aisha Formanski, www.EverthineJewelry.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Enameling on Silver"
July 11, 2018
 

Take the next step in your metalsmithing practice with this enameling workshop. Replace the conventional copper surface with sterling silver and discover how the enamel shines and interacts with such a radiant material. Through demonstrations and guided work time, learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling. You will create a series of components on silver using transparent enamel colors. Each piece will be finished with a bit of soldering. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Fancy Connections"
July 12, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will develop your basic soldering skills while creating a piece that is anything but basic. Jumpstart your metalsmithing experience with these techniques and best practices. Gain confidence and refine your soldering skills as you create a bracelet using sterling silver sheet and wire. Some experience with wire is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pearl Statements: Ring"
July 12, 2018
 

This fabrication workshop will touch on a variety of skills that can be used to enhance any future jewelry project. Design and produce a contemporary ring using freshwater pearls and sterling silver while refining your metalsmithing skills. Combining soldering, forging, and shaping, this ring strikes a harmonious balance that is sure to make a statement. Previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Silver Lining"
July 13, 2018
 

Texture and surface are a great way to add distinct design elements to any jewelry piece. However, textured sterling silver sheet can be extremely cost-prohibitive. This workshop will focus on texturizing your own metal for a variety of applications. Using the rolling mill, metal stamps, hammers, and more, explore methods for creating interesting marks and textures in sterling silver. Transform your hand-textured sheets into components for a necklace, bracelet, or earrings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Kickstarter: Idea to Form"
July 14, 2018
 

Ideas come and go, but some stick in our minds with a burning desire to come to life. The question is how to bring them to fruition. Join Kieu and a group of your peers in this workshop to share ideas and problem solve in an open forum. The first half of the workshop will be spent discussing each student’s ideas and the best techniques to accomplish the project. This setting will provide you with a variety of perspectives on the challenges of your design. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to kick starting fabrication. You will likely not finish your project, but this experience will provide you with the tools you need to finish at home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Piece A Day"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Idea generation is essential to any artistic practice. The constant battle that artists engage in while in their studio can be isolating and even daunting. In this workshop, you will approach the studio each day as a fresh, blank slate in which to work, re-work, and ultimately complete a piece within 24 hours. Each day will consist of something new, including starting points for exploration, daily demonstrations of basic metalsmithing techniques, exploration of traditional and unusual materials, as well as short readings to help process ideas for the development of future work. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard, www.NicoleJacquard.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sterling Silver Sentiment Bracelet"
August 13, 2018
 

Design and fabricate a sterling silver sentiment cuff bracelet with a bezel set stone from start to finish in this one-day workshop. Learn techniques in basic metalsmithing and how to use metal stamps successfully in a fun and supportive setting. Through discussions and demonstrations, Chris will share how to cut, shape, and polish silver. Provided metal stamps will be used for the sentiment of your choosing and the day will be completed after setting the stone and polishing the entire bracelet. No previous metals experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $165, Non-Members: $175, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Level With Me: Bezel Set Ring"
August 14, 2018
 

This workshop explores the process of bezel setting through the creation of a ring using a natural stone or unique object as the focal point. Using a variety of techniques, this experience is sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Chris will demonstrate methods for measuring and sizing rings, as well as cutting, polishing, and oxidizing sterling silver. Choose your own stone or compass and learn the basics in bezel setting. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $165, Non-Members: $175, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bump Your Heart Out Earrings and More"
August 15-16, 2018
 

Explore the importance of texture and surface design as you conceptualize and complete a variety of pieces. Using handmade metal stamps created by five generations of the Navajo Tribal Nation, you will have the opportunity to add unique dimension to sterling silver earrings and pendants. With plenty of time to experiment and practice using metal stamps before creating a variety of final pieces, you will discover that no two pieces are alike with this process. Chris will work with students individually, from concept to finished piece. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Connections and Kinetics"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Discover new approaches to designing and fabricating jewelry in this intensive workshop focused on mechanics, connections, and kinetics. Transform basic links and materials into dynamic hinges, rivets, and wraps resulting in jewelry that is unique and full of movement. Beginning with a simple connection, Sarah will guide you through the process of reimagining its design and function. Explore possibilities of your own creation through a series of hand-fabricated links using tube, wire, and sheet metal before moving on to more in-depth, final jewelry pieces that incorporate elements that turn, spin, slide, and dangle. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and at least two finished pieces. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Metal Jewelry"
August 25-27, 2018
 

Explore the creativity of weaving jewelry without a loom. Working with colorful wire and thin sheet metal, we will create a variety of woven earrings, beads, bracelets, pendants and pins. This extensive workshops covers techniques such as tabby and twill weave, free-form warps, continuous and discontinuous wefts, plying chevron wefts, flattening wire, unusual shapes, and simple wire work to incorporate beads and jewelry findings. Participants will have the opportunity to create a jewelry collection as well as technical samples for future inspiration.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Anatasia Azure
Cost: $450; Materials: $35
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Torch Enameling 101: A Basic Guide"
September 24, 2018
 

Discover the art of torch enameling in this introductory one-day workshop. Learn the fundamental techniques in metal preparation, enamel application, and torch firing. With Sara as your guide, you will practice using a Hot Head Torch and learn how to safely add colorful enamel powders to copper sheet to make a variety of components, including beads, pendants, and headpins. No previous experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Lukkonen, www.CKoopBeads.com
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $210, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Trio: Torch Enameling Techniques"
September 25-26, 2018
 

In this multifaceted workshop, explore three different applications for torch enameling. With an emphasis on versatility, you will have the opportunity to create a series of components, as well as finished jewelry pieces. Beginning with copper components, including beads and pendants, Sara will demonstrate an etching technique using black paint to render imagery and text on enameled objects. From there, you will enamel a series of thin mosaic tiles and learn how to apply them to create a finished metal cuff. Finally, using copper sheeting and wire, you will design and fabricate sculptural flowers and leaves, creating a unique surface to add enamel color to. These pieces will be wire wrapped and connected to a chain to create a hanging bouquet.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Lukkonen, www.CKoopBeads.com
Cost: Members: $310, Non-Members: $335, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hollow Form Tube Beads"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Learn how to transform seamless copper and brass tubing from your local hardware store into a variety of unique hollow form beads. These components can stand alone as the focal point of a piece of jewelry or be incorporated into larger designs, such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Susan will guide you through the process of hollow form bead construction, including cutting and soldering methods. From there, learn a myriad of ways to individualize and embellish each bead, including forming different shapes, creating textures using files, drills, and stamps, as well as adding spinning elements. Complete each bead by designing and building decorative end caps.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pine Needle Jewelry"
September 29-30, 2018
 

It’s a Set! A unique cuff bracelet coiled with pine needles and embellished with beads. We will utilize a wire form and wrap it with artificial sinew, using the double button hole stitch. Pine needles are then coiled around it using the wheat and fern stitch. The beads will be added using the fagoting stitch. To complement our unique bracelet, we will make a spectacular Pine Needle Pendant. The pendant is created in a similar fashion. Applying the double button hole stitch around a plastic ring, coiling with pine needles and beads. But wait! To finish off our set we need Earrings. Our earrings will be a smaller version of our pendant. All set to go!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Vicky Nickelson
Cost: $270; Supply Fee :$45
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wrapped Rings"
October 8-9, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the world of wrapped ring fabrication in this intensive two-day workshop. Explore the hydraulic press, pancake dies, and applied textures as you work to complete at least two pieces. All rings will be hand-fabricated using a variety of studio tools. Day one will focus on a wrapped feather ring using the hydraulic press, pancake dies, and solder-applied textured veining. Expand on these techniques to fabricate a wrapped ring of your own design on day two with Kristi available to help you through the process from start to finish. Leave this workshop with new skills and finished pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristi Evenson, www.ColieBugAndCompany.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hinged Hide-Away Pendant"
October 15-16, 2018
 

Produce a fun, interactive pendant in this hands-on workshop. Hinged to allow access to its interior, this pendant is perfect for carrying a coin, note, or small token. Over the course of two days, cutting, piercing, polishing, and oxidizing will be demonstrated and discussed. You will learn how to design and construct both a hinge and box-like pendant. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Talismans: A Jewelry Workshop in Antigua, Guatemala"
October 21-29, 2018
 

Susan is an internationally-recognized mixed-media jewelry artist and silversmith; her work has been included in collections from Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, and Nordstrom, as well as various national galleries and museum exhibits; it has also graced magazines including Elle, Ornament, Bead Design, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Susan has authored several books, including Resin Alchemy, which made the Amazon bestseller list. She is also an experienced and sought-after teacher, and has led dozens of workshops to explore beadwork, mosaic art, and mixed media, but also to discover (and uncover) the artistic soul. We’ll learn innovative techniques and mix materials – resin and metal, wire and fiber, glass and organic materials. We’ll even work with a local jade jeweler, to carve a piece of jade.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer, www.susanlenartkazmer.com
Cost: $3,545 Shared, $4,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"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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