Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Analog Photography for the Digital Age"
Thursdays, March 1 - April 5, 2018
 

Hand-crafted, thoughtful and a bit magical: all these describe the process of traditional film photography. Explore its tools and techniques, including film-to-digital methods of creating imagery without a darkroom. Working hands-on, learn how to best promote the strengths of this fascinating medium in a way that complements your time, budget and vision. No experience necessary. RA Friedman is a figurative artist who works with drawing and analog photography. His studio practice is informed by a background in science, theatre set design, and painting. A regular contributor to The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine and faculty member at Pratt Manhattan, he is currently working on a suite of ten multi-figure pinhole photographs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman, www.rafriedman.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Film Lecture Series"
Wednesdays, March 14 - April 11, 2018
 

Explore the relationship between film, photography and painting. Examine how film stills relate to painting through composition, tone, value/lighting, symbolic color, and visual cues. Learn to recognize elements that convey information and drive visual narrative in order to build critical skills for viewing images in all media and for developing compositions in your own artwork.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Crash Course in Video Editing: Smart Phone & Beyond"
March 17, 2018
 

Take those smart phone videos to the next level, and turn them into works of art! Learn basic editing techniques, including adding transitions, music, and more! Basic computer skills required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ian Wagner
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photographing your Artwork"
March 31, 2018
 

The ability to document artwork is an important skill for any artist pursuing exhibition, professional or academic opportunities. Learn basic lighting and photography techniques to document two-dimensional drawings and paintings as well as three-dimensional sculptural works. Bring 2 - 3 pieces of art and your digital camera for hands-on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Photoshop: From Studio to Computer"
Saturdays, April 14 & 21, 2018
 

Photoshop editing opens a world of photographic possibilities. In this workshop, photograph in the studio and outside, and then combine multiple photos into a single image in PAFA’s digital lab. Pre-visualize and achieve your vision with an understanding of workflow, color profiles, color and contrast correction, retouching, layers and masking.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $215; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Colorado Cowboys and Great American Horse Drive Photo Workshop"
April 29 - May 6, 2018
 

Imagine a place where the wild west still lives . . . hundreds of horses running with power and freedom, beautiful light and dust, real working cowboys and cowgirls, big open spaces and wood corrals. Beautiful open blue skies and long days to live it and photograph it. If this sounds like heaven to you then join us in a special part of western America where the real west is still alive and our photographer attendees have special access to document it with our cameras and share it with a group of like minded photographers and horse lovers. There is no other place or event like it on earth!
 
Location: Craig, Colorado
Instructor: Scott Trees, Carien Schippers
Cost: $1595-3090
Sponsor: Equine Photographers Network
Website, email, 607-865-5215


"Camera Basics & Creative Photography Techniques"
May 1, 3, 8, and 10
 

Join photographer Mike Murray for a four part series on Camera Basics and Creative Techniques. This series will show you how to get out of automatic mode and into the creative world of manual photography. These sessions are geared towards beginner and amateur photographers who want to grasp a basic understanding of the creative opportunities that a camera provides, or build on your current knowledge to expand your creativity. This class will focus on nature photography, landscapes and wildlife. It will not explore cell phone photography and will focus primarily on DSLR’s. Having a basic understanding of your camera from an operational standpoint and some knowledge on how to navigate your camera’s menu is a prerequisite.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray of North Sand Photography
Cost: $125
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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


"Wisconsin Artistic Sampler"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Close to Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the inspiring Driftless Area as your backdrop, join us at Durward's Glen nestled in the Baraboo Range to sample the arts of painting, clay, photography, and gourds gaining hands on experience along side our professional artists. Enjoy evening entertainment as a group including a boat tour of the Dells of the Wisconsin River, or take advantage of free studio time. The sessions are great for artists of all skill levels and are a wonderful way to refresh your love for creating art while interacting with fellow artists from near and far.
 
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin
Instructor: see the web site
Cost: $750 (all inclusive)
Sponsor: Sauk County Art Association
Website, email, 608-448-6693


"Taking Control in Manual Mode"
June 11-14, 2018
 

Discover the untapped potential of your camera as you move out of auto mode and into manual mode. This comprehensive workshop will explore the technical components that make up a perfect image and how to manipulate your camera’s settings to achieve desired effects and accurate light and color every time. Gain hands-on experience as you work through daily challenges that address composition, exposure, and content. Engage in peer discussions and group discussions, as well as work with Kasey one-on-one for individualized feedback and instruction. Leave this workshop feeling confident in your ability to adapt to any situation with your camera. This workshop requires a DSLR camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Drone Photography and Video"
June 18-19, 2018
 

Drones allow unique views for capturing photos and video, closing the gap between how high you can climb on a ladder and how low a helicopter can fly. In addition to traditional photography, there are a variety of applications for drone-based work, including land management, real estate, architecture, and wildlife management, to name a few. Learn how to safely operate a drone and shoot HD video and high-resolution photography in this comprehensive workshop. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. FAA guidelines, legislation for drone use, and how to obtain a commercial drone license will be discussed before heading out into the field. Michael will guide you through the flying and shooting process from start to finish.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Kienitz, www.MichaelKienitz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photography and Video Using Your Small Drone"
June 20-21, 2018
 

Designed for those who already own a drone and camera, this workshop will provide insight into how to utilize these small devices for photography and video with excellent results. In addition to traditional photography, there are a variety of applications for drone-based work, including land management, real estate, architecture, and wildlife management, to name a few. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice will cover how to smoothly and safely operate your drone for consistent video and images. FAA guidelines, legislation for drone use, and how to obtain a commercial drone license will be reviewed before heading out into the field. Post-production of photos and video will close this workshop. A drone and prior flying experience are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Kienitz, www.MichaelKienitz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Macro Photography"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Capture summer blooms, mosses, and bugs as you explore the process of macro photography. This technique allows you to document the fine and sometimes overlooked details of the world around you, yielding rewarding and unique results. Learn how to select lenses for depth of view, utilize extension tubes to increase magnification ratios, and achieve proper exposure. Through lectures and demonstrations, Bryan will share the basics of macro photography and image processing. You will have the opportunity to practice in the field each day with Bryan as your guide, applying techniques related to exposure, magnification, composition, and depth of field. The workshop will close with a group critique of selected images from each student.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bryan Hansel, www.BryanHansel.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


"Lightroom: A Beginner's Guide to Editing Your Images"
July 9-10, 2018
 

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool for organizing, editing, renaming, and resizing your images, but it can be daunting without a guide to get started. This workshop is the solution for beginners who want to get most out of the program in a practical, hands-on way. Kasey will lead you through a series of Lightroom editing tasks, including how perfect exposure, solve color cast woes, sharpen soft images, create black and white versions, and batch process groups of photos to speed up your workflow. You will also discuss the best ways to download, sort, and back-up your images to ensure they are stored safely and easy to retrieve when needed. Facility of your computer is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Taking Better Photographs with Your Digital and Smartphone Cameras"
July 11-14, 2018
 

Designed for those looking to improve their photography skills, this workshop addresses both technical and conceptual issues. You will learn how to better utilize your settings and camera applications, as well as create impact with the composition and content of your images. Each day, you will be given an assignment to develop technical skill and discover your own personal creativity while exploring Door County. Individual and group discussions will provide feedback and direction for your artistic goals. Simple photo editing will be discussed to enhance your images taken out in the field and you will have the opportunity to make professional enlargements of your most successful work using a pigmented inkjet printer. This workshop is for all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Krejcarek, www.PhilipKrejcarek.weebly.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Learn how to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. In this workshop, you will examine new ideas that result in compelling compositions designed to bring your photography to a much more expressive level. This workshop begins by viewing a range of photographs, including your images and examples of Daniel’s work. Learn how to use and combine visual elements to create truly memorable photographs. You will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Translating Light"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Explore the landscape of Door County as you learn how to interpret various lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. This hands-on workshop encourages thoughtful investigation while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. Through a balanced curriculum of daily explorations, studio instruction, and critical discussion, you will develop technical and conceptual skills. Core photographic principles and image design will be reinforced in the studio and in the field. Gain confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations through practical and varied experience with Travis as your guide. Familiarity with your DSLR’s manual mode is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing a Creative Vision for Your Photography"
August 6-7, 2018
 

Our perspective on the world around us informs our decisions as photographers. This workshop provides an opportunity to tap into what interests you, so you can find your unique voice behind the camera. Using critical thinking, visual exploration, and interactive idea book exercises, you will uncover overlooked curiosities and brainstorm how to transform those interests into creative content for future photography projects. Leave this workshop feeling motivated, more confident in your ideas, and with a clear and exciting direction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sights and Sounds of Fish Creek: An Introduction to DSLR Video"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Designed for the skilled photographer, this workshop will introduce the powerful video features of your DSLR camera and provide a basic foundation in the use of video editing software. Expand your practice, discover the capabilities and limitations of your camera, and gain confidence shooting video in a variety of conditions. The first part of this workshop will be dedicated to gaining familiarity with your camera’s video settings, allowing time for technical instruction, video experiments, and individualized feedback. From there, independent and small group shooting assignments will provide you with hands-on experience shooting still and moving imagery, capturing audio, sequencing a story, editing, and exporting files. Facility with your DSLR is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stewart Stroup, GrasslandMedia.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


"Awaken Your True Creativity Mixed Media Retreat"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Join me on a weekend experience designed towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media, you not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include found objects gathering & photographing at Moonstone Beach, Creativity enhancing yoga breaks (optional), Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks, All art materials, Henna Tattoos…and more.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Before May 10 - $495, After May 10 - $595
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Introduction to Your DSLR"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Designed to help you develop fluency with your DSLR camera, this two-day workshop will provide a framework in how your camera functions, adjusting settings in manual mode, and composing images. The first day will begin with a basic overview of the functions, settings, and features of your camera. Guided instruction will provide you with hands-on practice adjusting the exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and more, resulting in an understanding of what they each mean, how to change them, and when. Explore composition through a series of exercises addressing the rule of thirds, perspective, framing, repetition, and personal expression. Leave this workshop with new skills and confidence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rebecca Kames, www.KamesPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"New England Art Workshop Retreat"
October 11-16, 2018
 

Join Amber Palmer for an exclusive artists' retreat---a week of Autumn Color Painting in beautiful New Hampshire! You will have the unique opportunity to both paint and photograph in this magical setting. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an experienced watercolor artist or photographer, the Gibson House is the perfect place to be inspired. Two 50-foot long porches overlook the Connecticut River Valley and Green Mountains of Vermont, insuring outdoor work and relaxation space in any weather. Formal gardens and the picture-perfect Village of Haverhill Corner offer tranquility and visual stimulation. Additional excursions will be included to Castle in the Clouds in nearby Moultonborough, NH and to a hidden 'On Golden Pond' inspired lakeside for plein air painting and photography.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Amber Palmer
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"The Elusive Image - Photo Plus Encaustic"
October 12-14, 2018
 

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Explore different paper printing options for photographs - from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. We will embed our photographic prints in an encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to overpaint them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand color. Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered. No prior encaustic experience required, but general art making experience helpful. Instructor will supply paint, medium and all necessary equipment and brushes, as well as all printing equipment and paper.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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