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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Encaustic Mixed Media
May 29 - June 1, 2017 (9 am - 4 pm) — In this workshop we will start to explore the mixed media side of encaustic. The luminous surface is what will usually draw an artist to want to begin to work with it, however, the range of applications from painting, collage, sculpture, and printmaking is what keeps artists engaged. We will experiment with other materials that can be mixed in, with discussions of durability and safety. Topics to be covered will include painting, collage, image transfers, embedding found materials, and much more! General discussions on studio set up and safety will be covered, as well as presentation options for finished work. Experience with encaustic is not needed for this workshop; however, prior art marking experience will be helpful. Visit website


Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops
Cost: $465 + materials
Email: Registrations
Phone: 715-588-3143

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Gold Leaf and Gilding
June 5 - July 3, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — Gold leaf is used in architectural ornamentation, book arts, framing and more. In this introduction to the traditional European method of oil gilding, students will work with precious and non-precious leaf on sample boards and carved samples. Surface preparations and traditional finishes will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Summer Blues: Papermaking with Indigo
June 7-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this hands-on workshop you will gain a foundation in the process of papermaking, as well as explore the possibilities inherent in working with indigo, a material valued by cultures around the world. After a thorough introduction to papermaking, you will produce papers using fibers that are strong enough to hold up when immersed in the indigo vat. Explore the range of surface qualities possible with various fibers, and fine tune your understanding of the beater to produce a portfolio of papers with an exciting range of tactile surfaces. You will use both traditional and experimental techniques in making marks and coloring paper. Create crisp patterns, rivers of fluid marks, and stunning fields of thick, rich darkness on handmade paper. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mary Hark, www.MaryHark.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485 (includes materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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A Library of Memories
June 8-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this very special, 4-day art-making adventure, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book and a dimensional assemblage. This class will cover a wide variety of techniques related to painting, mixed media, bookbinding, assemblage, collage, and fun-having. In addition, we will be taking the workshop outside the classroom, visiting a number of destinations on the Island for both creative inspiration and supply gathering. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Images in Wax, Exploring Encaustic (851)
June 9-11, 2017 — Encaustic works of art have a dimensional quality that is achieved through building layers of wax. The process offers artists the possibility of creating works with a depth of translucency and color in a unique hand-wrought process. The results are surprising even to experienced artists. The workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques. The encaustic medium is an alternative way of giving your work a painterly look and tactile feel. During the workshop, we'll explore papers and layering photographic images. We will experiment with over painting, applying image transfers, color glazes and several hand-coloring techniques. Visit website


Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Cost: $300 members/ $320 non members
Email: Registrations
Phone: 269.349.7775

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Bookmaking! Tips and Tools for Creating and Refining Projects
June 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an internationally published author, photographer and designer. This course will delve into the workflow to create a Blurb book, using Blurb software and Lightroom, as well as overall discussion about printing and publishing options. Bring your project for editing help, along with books you admire. We’ll share this with the class. Keron will share insights, tips, and thoughts about layout and design that stem from 20 years in the printing and publishing industry before she became a professional photographer. Keron will spend time individually with participants working on projects, and there will be time for you to shoot the lovely environment of Whidbey Island. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $450
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level

Wax + Paper
June 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop offers an opportunity to explore paper-based encaustic processes, including dipping, collage, monotypes, and mixed media forms. Each of these methods can be combined and layered with existing techniques in your creative practice, leading to new conceptual ground. Applying a variety of encaustic techniques, Jennifer will be encourage you to explore approaches that can expand the possibilities of developing your own work. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussion of safe and sustainable handling of encaustic materials, studio work time, group critiques, and Jennifer's individualized feedback. Artists with backgrounds in any medium will find this workshop an engaging experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Williams Terpstra, www.JWTerpstra.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Experimental Printmaking and Book Arts
June 13-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Printmaking and book arts are wonderful process-intensive techniques, but can lead to projects that are overly planned. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to break out of slow and systematic working methods to embrace the more experimental side of printmaking and book arts. Over the course of three days, you will work with alternative methods of printmaking, including monotypes, ‘quick’ relief, and toner transfer processes. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and working quickly to produce many prints over the first two days. On the final day of the workshop, you will learn bookbinding techniques that allow for sequencing and image placement of your prints into a book structure. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Melissa Wagner-Lawler
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Bronze Casting
June 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Utilizing contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing sculpture into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, physical hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $540 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Lunch and a Lecture: Historical and Contemporary Practices in Time-Based Media
June 23, 2017 (12pm-1pm) — This lecture will explore the development of moving image technologies and its effect on humanity’s relationship to and ideas about art. Jamal Currie is a video, sound, and installation artist. Currently head of the Time-Based Media program at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, he has been teaching film and video courses to students of all ages for over ten years. Jamal has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the Black Excellence Award in Education from the Milwaukee Times, Art Futures Individual Artist Grant, and a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship. He earned his MFA from the University of South Florida-Tampa and has been with MIAD as a full-time faculty member since 2006. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jamal Currie
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: $25
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Fresco Painting Workshop
July 2-7, 2017 — All-inclusive one-week Fresco Painting Workshop in Italy near Venice. The workshop offers full-day activities in an intensive course devoted to the techniques, materials, history and the theory of fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by a demonstration and hands-on. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technique of the architectural decoration of the Italian Renaissance – from the traditional preparatory drawings, mortar mixing and application, and the use of natural pigments to painting on a wet wall and/or a portable support, which you may keep at the end of the course. Visit website


Location: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Instructor: Alma Ortolan
Sponsor: Ortolan Studio
Cost: € 1560
Email: Alma Ortolan
Phone: +393487240644

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Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy
July 5 - August 9, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods – will be used to enhance finished work. Lab fee includes most materials. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Over the Edge
July 6-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — After numerous requests, the classic “Over the Edge” journal of page shapes and edges is making a comeback, only this time it’s “Fun Size” (4 1/2? X 6 1/4?)! We’ll work on getting those pages to “pop” (no one likes dull flat pages) and make the edges of those pages sizzle (gilding on steroids). This class will help us break away from the traditional rectangular shaped page. We’ll explore ways of developing and making other shapes for pages giving our books more dimension and interest. The importance of the often neglected edges of pages will be emphasized. Ingrid’s original book “An Instructional Guide for Going Over the Edge” will also be available for viewing a plethora of possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ingrid Dijkers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Foundry: An Introduction
July 8 - August 12, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mandala Journal
July 8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. Intrigued and inspired by the meaning and history of Mandalas, this journal was created and loosely based on this concept. Singular unbound round pages can have mandalas on one side and have journaling on the back and are neatly housed inside the Mandala Journal Box. Pages can be removed, flipped over or rearranged at will – a format that makes working on pages and reading them a real pleasure. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ingrid Dijkers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Easel Making Workshop
July 22 & 29, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — The cost of an artist’s studio easel can be astronomical! Cut that price down to a fraction by building it yourself! Acquire not only your own simple and sturdy fold-up studio easel, but also skills you can apply to future projects. Instruction covers the safe and proper use of woodshop machinery and tools. Design and materials will be provided. Lab fee covers most materials. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $50
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level

All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf
August 2-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture
August 10-11, 2017 (9am–5pm, plus optional Thur evening studio time) — This class is a take-off on a popular children’s stacking toy, but this version is sophisticated enough for your office desk or a favorite bookcase shelf. It’s fun and interactive, too, as the pieces can be rearranged and turned to create different moods and to view different impressed messages. It’s sculpture, a puzzle and message board, all in one creatively playful work of art. You’ll create the individual pieces from polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire and found items, such as spools or wooden blocks. The pieces will all be drilled so that they can stack on a threaded rod and are then topped with a threaded bead for stability. Leave with a very personal work of art. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $233
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Sculpted-Character Walking Stick
August 12-13, 2017 (9am–5pm, plus optional Sat evening studio time) — Character walking sticks are usually carved from wood, but this one uses polymer clay. The hardened clay character pieces are attached to the wooden walking stick using Apoxie Sculpt. Learn the basics of sculpting a face, then how to alter the face to create character and how to add patterned and textured embellishments, using polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, wire and found items. The finished walking stick can be painted, polished or left as it is. Display it as a work of art or use it as a functional walking stick. For new or experienced sculptors - Maureen’s step-by-step process makes sculpting a face easier than imagined, while experienced sculptors may enjoy combining polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $230
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level

R&F Encaustic Comprehensive
August 22-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Instructor Sarah Rehmer presents this comprehensive workshop designed by R&F Handmade Paints to provide education in fundamental encaustic methods and show best studio practices. Artists from all backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Sarah will begin by presenting the history of the medium from ancient through contemporary times, giving context to the myriad of ways artists use encaustic. This workshop will alternate between demonstrations and individual work time. Demonstrations will cover health and safety, selecting proper grounds and supports, basic painting and layering techniques, and transition into more dynamic techniques. This workshop is excellent for both beginning and seasoned encaustic painters. All paints and raw materials will be supplied by R&F. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

The Classic Treasure Box
August 24, 2017 (9am–4:30pm) — A class for all levels of experience! Using bookboard, beautiful papers, embellishments, and glue, create a magical treasure box, stamped with your own unique style. Nancy will bring papers from Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Italy and Nepal but you will also make your own paste papers and you can add beads, charms, and embellishments as you wish. You’ll begin with the basics of cutting bookboard and selecting glues that make your box strong and long lasting, then assemble the box, with many opportunities for personalizing and embellishing to create your unique design. Bring your own special papers, ribbon, embellishments and treasures to create the perfect gift or a wonderful place to keep your own treasures. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $130
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

ART Journal Play
August 25, 2017 (9am–4pm) — This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform a book into a fun book using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera in addition to a very small list of tools you will need to bring. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $105
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

A Book of Moments
August 26, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Capture the fleeting moments of your life in this one-of-a-kind artist book that we will be creating from scratch. Start by learning a versatile, no-sew binding technique that will enable you to give new life to vintage book covers. Embellish the cover, in the process learning a variety of methods to attach metal bits in a secure and artful way. Next turn inward, to the pages of the book, where we will be adding our moments - bits and pieces of paper and fabric, thread, tissue, photographs, hand-made marks, and the ephemera of our lives. With this book, the moments that are destined to become part of of the past can be kept in the present. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $150
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Books Unbound Deluxe Edition: 2 Day Intensive Altered Book Workshop
August 26-27, 2017 (10am–5pm) — This extended, more intensive version of my Altered Book class will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3D works of art. We will break all rules set by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. You will not only be exposed to specific techniques such as making pockets, building niches, using transparencies, creating images through various kinds of transfer techniques, aging and distressing, you will also have space to freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects. Transform ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound and bravely enter into new creative territories. If you are into Altered Books, this class is for you! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $270
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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Mixed Media Encaustic: Line and Grid
September 5-8, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — Taught from an alternative, experimental approach. Lines lead the eye and communicate information through variation in width, direction, density, length and character. They are as integral to any composition as the composition itself. Despite the incredible versatility of the encaustic medium, there is a limit to the techniques available in which to incorporate line. This workshop explores line and linear language far beyond the usual methods and materials to include the use of tjanting tools, masks, drawing with horse and human hair, branding with heated metal and wood burning tools, as well as creating your own grids, laces and lace like forms using free motion sewing machine embroidery on water soluble stabilizer. Also, a bonus demo of working with candle/incense to make marks. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner, lorraineglessner.net
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $650 includes supply fee
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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Advanced Level

Photo + Encaustic Workshop
September 9-10, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — This workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works and give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Over the course of the workshop we will explore different paper printing options for our photographs- from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. From there we will take our photographic prints and embed them in the encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to paint over them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand coloring techniques. You do not need prior experience working with encaustic paint, but general art making experience will be helpful. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $295
Email: Registrations
Phone: (608) 987-3292

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Intermediate Level

Artists' Book and Bindings
September 13-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Artist books combine text, imagery, and sculpture; transforming an intangible idea into physical form. This workshop will lead you from simple folded and sewn pages to both multi-section books and more complex experimental structures. You will gain a solid foundation in traditional bookbinding using only hand tools. Each day you will explore one traditional and one modern book structure, emphasizing both craft and content. The final day will be reserved for refining technique and using your range of book models as a springboard to create a new, innovative structure. During this information-packed workshop, you will build the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to continue making books in your own studio. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Karen Hanmer, www.KarenHanmer.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $495 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks
September 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

The Art of Stenciling
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — From simple primitive designs to finely detailed layered patterns, we will learn to beautifully transform everyday items you already own into unique works of art for your closet or home. Learn how to create custom stencils that turn artwork, apparel and more into your own creative canvas! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Ed Roth
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Hand-made Patterns into Hand-painted Wrapping Paper
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — In this workshop you will learn the principles of pattern design and how to create a hand-drawn repeating pattern tile by hand on paper. You will also learn how to carve rubber block stamps and how to make foam stamps. We will use these patterns and techniques to create our very own hand-made (hand-painted and hand-printed) wrapping paper! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Decals on Liquid Enamel
September 24, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — Picture this - decals on liquid enamel! Learn about the application of liquid form enamels and how to use waterslide decals. Students will use either teacher provided pictures or their own imagery to create fabulous wearable works of art. Images will be printed onto a special waterslide decal paper and then fired onto the enamel. Pre-fab settings will be provided for brooches, pendants, and more. Experiment or take home finished pieces. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Off the Cuff - Enamel For Your Home
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — Enamel can be used for more than adorning our bodies but for our walls and shelves too! In this workshop you will be provided with wall switch plates, bowls, and sheet metal to create colorful enamel work for your home. Combine the enamel with painted acrylic boards for fabulous dimensional wall art! Of course, metal will be provided for wearable pieces too! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Tea in Wonderland
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — We will alter a ready-to-paint ceramic teapot by adding 4 wheels to the base, laces and ribbons, wire work and then covering the surface with textured and iron reactive paints. This transforms our tea pot into a rolling tea cart with a tardy white rabbit and mouse driver, both formed of paper clay and all dressed up for high tea. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — Your love and appreciation for a companion, a child, a sibling, a friend, is told through a series of removable hand-painted paper letters and postcards that make up an illustrated and enduring keepsake book. We will use a gessoed children's board book as a base for adhering hand-folded and commercial envelopes that will open to reveal hand-painted stationery papers, postcards, and shipping tags. You will write a story through a series of letters that can be pulled from their own envelopes, giving the reader a sensation of reading someone else's mail. Learn to create hand-painted papers through a small sampling of techniques from Elizabeth's book Painted Paper Art Workshop that will serve as the raw material for this book. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

The Art of Stenciling
September 25, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — From simple primitive designs to finely detailed layered patterns, we will learn to beautifully transform everyday items you already own into unique works of art for your closet or home. Learn how to create custom stencils that turn artwork, apparel and more into your own creative canvas! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Ed Roth
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

Beginner Level

The Art of Stenciling
September 26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — From simple primitive designs to finely detailed layered patterns, we will learn to beautifully transform everyday items you already own into unique works of art for your closet or home. Learn how to create custom stencils that turn artwork, apparel and more into your own creative canvas! Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Ed Roth
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Create Your Own Headdress and Wild Goddess Self Portrait Session!
September 26, 2017 (9 am to 4 pm) — This day is a special celebrating your beauty and badassery! Crowns and headdresses are symbols of our divinity and power. We will create wearable headdresses out of a variety of stunning materials— paint, beads, feathers, ribbons, sticks, baubles, and more. We will have the option of body painting words or designs on ourselves as well with henna or paint. Each woman will also have the option of a short photo session to capture her innate beauty. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $240 - $260
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-730-8521

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Encaustic Collage and Assemblage
September 26-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a binder and sculpture material. In this workshop, you will look at various methods of using encaustic and other materials to create wall-based works with sculptural elements and dynamic surfaces. You will be encouraged to repurpose other materials and found objects in your works, pushing beyond just painting and into constructed narratives. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers using wax and inks/watercolor, rust printing, and mark-making that you will combine in final works. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not needed, general art making experience is helpful. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface
September 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover the many ways to integrate cold wax with oil paint in this multi-faceted workshop. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn to combine these media successfully, create surface and texture, and incorporate colored pencils and pigments. A series of short exercises throughout the workshop will help you consider new concepts and ideas that shape the outcome of your work. Experimental processes will generate ideas and discussion to encourage you to explore and work intuitively. Dianne will provide detailed demonstrations of techniques, presentations, and personalized feedback, along with group discussion. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dianne Martia, www.DianneMartia.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Lisa Pressman Cold Wax Workshop
October 3-6, 2017 (9:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour break) — This workshop will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. The techniques of using cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Lisa Pressman, www.lisapressman.net
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $649
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape
October 9-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Clare will share and discuss the work of masters of encaustic, in areas of both photography and painting. You will then practice and experiment with the various techniques of the medium. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop will concentrate on using those images and developing methods and workflow specific to you. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

3-day Encaustic Workshop
October 25-27, 2017 (10am-4pm with 1 hour break) — Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $299 supplies included
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

Beginner Level

Cloud Painting: An Introduction to Paper Marbling
October 28-29, 2017 (9am–4:30pm) — Around the world, paper marbling has intrigued us for over 600 years. The vivid colors and intricate designs capture our attention - and the making of marbled art is pure magic. Start by learning how a marbling studio is set up, from making the size, or carrageenan, to preparing the acrylic colors and assembling the necessary tools. Learn basic techniques and patterns such as the French Curl, Gel-Get, Nonpareil, Stome Marbling, and Spanish Wave, then explore more modern variations. You will leave with at least 20 absolutely lovely papers to use for your own projects, whether scrap booking, jewelry, bookbinding, or framing as is. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $225
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Egg Tempera Painting
October 29 - November 2, 2017 — Egg Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing. This comprehensive five-day workshop, taught by an internationally recognized tempera painter, offers the opportunity for in-depth work in egg tempera: students will spend five full days working on a painting of their own design. Koo will help with the initial planning stages, provide on-going discussion and critiques, give painting demonstrations, and discuss the important design elements of old master painting. Demonstrations presented in this workshop include: painting a portrait in egg tempera; creating granite, marble, and other textured surface; decorative and geometric patterns; incised lettering; oil glazing over tempera; and more. Open to all levels of painters. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Koo Schadler, www.kooschadler.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $690, plus $70 materials fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

3-day Encaustic Workshop
November 13-15, 2017 (10am-4pm with 1 hour break) — Kat Masella has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. She generously shares the many techniques and methods of working with encaustic as well as mixing with other media - making this wax medium easily accessible to all. Kat's enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium. All materials & equipment included & provided. Come relax and play and be seduced by this sensual hot wax medium. These encaustic classes fill quickly and are limited to 14 students. Visit website


Location: Gloucester, MA
Instructor: Kat Masella, katmasella.com
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Cost: $299 supplies included
Email: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Phone: (978)-729-4970

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