Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Oil Pastels with Jane Wilcoxson"
March 10-11, 2018
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. Stunning color effects and textures can be achieved. Learn to prepare the substrate and underpainting, blend pastels for three dimensional effects and layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away to reveal previous layers and add to build up the painting surface and color quality. We'll cover use of line and mark making, color theory, composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique, how to collect ideas in sketchbooks and how to unleash your imagination. This will include quick pencil sketching techniques, and how to transfer ideas from a sketchbook to a painting. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel"
May 31 - June 2, 2018
 

Oil pastels are pure pigments combined with a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide range of techniques and applications, including layering, underpainting, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual painting and drawing practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the workshop, George will demonstrate experimental methods and provide individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers will close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: George Shipperley, www.GeorgeShipperley.com
Cost: Members: $335, Non-Members: $370
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"The Still Life: From Drawing to Painting"
June 29-30, 2018
 

This workshop will focus on the different stages of capturing a still life with particular attention to accurate drawing and color. Hone your individual skills as you address formal and technical concerns within your work through various approaches to the subject matter. Engaging in the process from beginning to end, you will design and light a still life with the goal of achieving balance and rhythm. Color temperature will be addressed, as there will be a setup in warm light and one in cool light. From there, you will gain hand-on practice composing and drawing from the still life in charcoal. Color will be added using either oil paint or pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Latala, www.LatalaArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Your iPad"
July 6-7, 2018
 

The iPad has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities for artists of all levels and media. In this workshop, you will explore ArtRage, an app that not only allows you to make art directly on your iPad, but also assists you in planning and improving your traditional studio work. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning as it relates to your practice, learn how to mimic a variety of media, combine and edit elements from various images to design compositions, and troubleshoot issues with existing paintings. Leave this workshop with an invaluable tool to add to your studio practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Experimental Landscape: From Outside to Inside"
July 9-10, 2018
 

This multimedia workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Explore methods to examine, document, and translate your experiences from outside to the studio. The first day of this workshop will emphasize observation – walking, sitting, listening, touching, looking - in various locations and from various vantages within Peninsula State Park, followed by time to record and document. On the second day, meet in the studio to share, organize, and construct artworks using your documentation as the raw material. Be prepared to spend a day outside, no matter the conditions. Various kinds of ability can be accommodated. Please let the school know if your situation might require an accommodation.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Still Life: When Composition Meets Color"
July 11-14, 2018
 

Delve into the foundations of any successful painting in any medium - composition and color. Whether you are a seasoned painter or just beginning, this workshop will break down the planning phase and give you the confidence to take control of the design, color, and application of paint within your work. Each day’s focus will be related to a morning lecture and demonstration, including composition, cropping, viewpoint, edge, color theory, and a limited palette. Working from photo references and still life setups, you will work through a series of exploratory exercises and small paintings, in addition to working one-on-one with Kathy. This workshop is open to all painting media and skill levels, however instructor demonstrations will be completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathy Hirsh, www.KathyHirsh.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Local Color: Making the Most of What Nature Gives You"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Designed for the pastel painter, this workshop addresses the challenges and limitations of working from the landscape. Fostering an experiential, non-academic approach to maximizing color skills, you will expand upon a traditionally overwhelming blue/green palette, learn how to render and invent light, and push the boundaries of seasonal color. Working from your own photo references, create pastel landscapes over a watercolor base with Colette as your guide. Direct instruction, numerous examples, and demonstrations will increase your understanding of seeing, translating, and understanding color. Discover a fresh approach to keeping your colors clean and effective with individualized attention keyed to your intent.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Advanced Mentoring Workshop: Painting and Drawing"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your current practice in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback regarding your work. This workshop will be equally divided between critiques and working sessions with an emphasis on investigating issues that come up during discussions. Critiques, lectures, and discussions will provide guidance about process and content in order to expand choices, skills, and goals. Additionally, contemporary practices and theory will be touched upon, as well as readings and short writing assignments. This workshop is geared toward artists who have considerable painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Deetz, KristyDeetz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Vibrant Light and Color in Pastel"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Create a uniquely personal presence in your pastel paintings using the significance of color and light. Learn how to identify and mix color and tone, as well as layer material to achieve a rich, glowing, and convincing sense of light. Working from provided still life arrangements, including simple forms, fruit, vegetables, and reflective objects, you will gain confidence and better understand how to assemble compositions, render form, depict color, and handle materials. Rosalie will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction throughout the process. No experience in pastel is required, however a basic drawing background is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rosalie Beck, www.RosalieBeck.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


"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


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Underpainting for Rich and Vibrant Color"
September 14-15, 2018
 

A preliminary underpainting adds vibrancy, depth, and lively color to a soft pastel painting. In this workshop, you will use various methods and techniques to build a pastel painting from start to finish. Beginning with a demonstration and brief overview of underpainting techniques used by historical and contemporary soft pastel artists, learn how to organize your subject matter into large shapes and blocks of color. Various materials and techniques will be used to make a preliminary painting. Subsequent layers of pastel will be applied to complete a finished study. The still life and landscape will be referenced for imagery. Open to both beginner and intermediate students, however some experience with soft pastels will be helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Clear Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 19-22, 2018
 

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observation skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized instruction and feedback. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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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