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


"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


"Materials and Methods of Acrylic Painting"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of acrylic painting in this comprehensive workshop aimed at artists who are just beginning their pursuit of the medium. Paint chemistry, materials and tools, techniques, and color theory will help you to establish a painting toolkit and the ability to take your practice to the next level. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, Shane will share a variety of techniques and concepts, including the application and manipulation of paint and surfaces, identifying and controlling color, value, temperature, and saturation, and creating compositions from both observation and invention. The workshop will conclude with a day of guided open exploration with individualized feedback from Shane throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, shanewalshpaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Order Within Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting"
June 25-28, 2018
 

Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through morning demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoon with Emmett available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Light in Studio and Out"
July 9-10, 2018
 

In this two-day workshop, you will paint directly from life to develop skill in observing and simplifying complex visual information into broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you to paint the effects of light rather than the light itself, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of color and value concepts, including modern color theory, identifying value, mixing color, building a unique harmony, and the strengths and weakness of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working both in the studio and en plein air, you will paint the large masses and shapes of your composition first, which will act as a foundation to build sophisticated color and value.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, kyle-martin.blogspot.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


"Collage Tactics"
July 11-14, 2018
 

This four-day workshop will present basic collage methods and ideas. Collage is a medium that bridges aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, and print. It is as much a way of thinking as of making. This workshop will present methods of cutting apart and connecting, collecting and arranging, gluing, attaching, and building materials into pictorial images and designs. Issues of continuity and discontinuity will be considered, as within the fragmented space of pictures, materials, identities, and information in contemporary life. Class time will include lectures that present work by modern and contemporary artists, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that explore technical processes and concepts presented. You will work with images and materials collected prior to the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.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


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 20, 2018
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils"
July 20-21, 2018
 

Using the visual language of color and design, foster an abstract approach to landscape painting in this water-mixable oil workshop. You will learn a range of techniques, including color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tight versus spontaneous marks in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstractions. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one feedback. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design, and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Shape-Shifting: Abstracting Nature in Watermedia"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction in this watercolor workshop. Focusing on the relationships of color and shape within the landscape, instead of individual objects, will lead you to practical solutions in shifting your painting practice toward more innovative avenues of expression. Using design principles as the underpinning of each composition, you will work from sketches and photo references. In addition to sharing technical strategies in watermedia, Dale will demonstrate how to use subjects as a source for abstraction by simplifying images and breaking them down to their core elements. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, slide lectures, individual instruction, and group critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Laitinen, www.DaleLaitinen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstraction as Experience"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and re-invent your visual world. This workshop will explore different form and space-making systems as they relate to contemporary abstraction. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Valerie will introduce a variety of concepts relating to abstraction with the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and interests. Group discussions will provide constructive feedback. Open to acrylic and water-mixable oil painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Valerie Jenkins, www.ValerieSJenkinsArt.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


"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


"Advanced Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Develop a personal visual language and direction in this oil and cold wax medium workshop geared toward the advanced painter. Strengthen your technical skills, explore new approaches to art making, and consider the content of your work. Beginning with a brief review of basic painting concepts and techniques, you will work through a series of paintings illustrating your understanding of the elements of art, as well as investigating personal interests. The remainder of the workshop will alternate between working time and one-on-one feedback sessions with Janice to discuss the goals and challenges of your practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Artistic Expression: A Bold Approach to Watercolor"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Driven by risk-taking and watercolor fundamentals, this workshop focuses on translating your unique observations and interpretations of subject matter to paper. By setting a secure foundation in value, color, composition, and technique, you will be encouraged to explore a more loose and dynamic approach to the medium. Dan will demonstrate traditional techniques passed down from the masters, as well as how to take advantage of the unique and spontaneous properties of watercolor. There will be time each day to work independently as you establish your own personality as a painter. Dan will be available for individual guidance and support, in addition to leading a group critique in a friendly environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Expand your knowledge of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction in this workshop. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and outlines his process to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of time will be provided to practice new skills, as well as work with Rob one-on-one.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"No Press Required: Adding Printed Texture and Surprise to Your Paintings"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Combining printmaking techniques with painted compositions offers a way to continually surprise yourself and loosen up, resulting in unexpected textures and happy accidents. This process-based workshop will encourage you to take risks, experiment, and incorporate new visual elements in your existing work. Focusing on printmaking methods that do not require a press, Carolyn will demonstrate trace monotypes, stencils, rubber stamps and linoleum, gel medium “surprises”, and rubbings. A spirit of experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged as you work quickly to combine and layer different techniques to achieve a variety of effects. A group critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carolyn Swiszcz, www.CarolynSwiszcz.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building a Better Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Using the beautiful scenery of Door County as inspiration, learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem-solving, no matter the subject being painted. This workshop will focus on concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature along with landscape composition. Each morning will begin with a short demonstration, addressing the topics of compositional strategies, the importance of value studies, color palette selection, negative space work, and painting resolution and finishing details. Color solutions will be explored using structured schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up technique, while at the same time teach important painting concepts that apply across all media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.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


"Watercolor: Painting with Intent, Design, Emotion, and Attitude"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to watercolor painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in tools and materials, composition, rendering form, and color theory. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice will guide you through gaining familiarity and confidence within various areas of the watercolor medium. Learn how to handle and control your materials, create dynamic compositions, create illusion, and use color relationships to your advantage. Every exercise is designed for you to acquire skills that can be continued in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


"Color Versus Value"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Master one of the most important elements when selecting imagery, building a dynamic composition, and working with color – value. By simplifying an image and focusing on the relative values throughout, you will free yourself to be expressive, yet convincing in your work. Working from photo references, you will begin each composition with a simple black and white sketch. These sketches will be used throughout the painting process to guide your use of contrast, edge quality, and color. Gordon will demonstrate both concrete and expressive approaches to watercolor painting, lead gentle critiques, and provide individual help.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Revisited"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Whether you haven’t had the time to paint in a while or are feeling a little rusty, this workshop will revisit a variety of painting basics related to oils and acrylics. Composition, color theory, setting up a palette, selecting materials and tools, and many other topics will be reviewed. Painting from still life setups and photo references, you will gain hands-on practice observing and translating information to canvas, developing compositions, and identifying and mixing colors and values with Jacque as your guide. A gentle critique of all paintings will close the workshop each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Basics"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students of all levels looking to build technical skill and confidence. Materials, paint quality, application techniques, and color and value will be addressed. Beginning with brushwork to develop familiarity with color mixing and the fluidity of the medium, you will work through a series of exercises. Color charts and value studies will prepare you for designing and developing your own composition from photo references. Ample time will be reserved for hands-on practice, while demonstrations and direct instruction will provide you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Watercolor"
October 22-25, 2018
 

Develop a powerfully expressive visual vocabulary, and ultimately dynamic paintings in this exploration of watercolor painting methods. New approaches will allow you to make leaps in your understanding and avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, poor color mixing, and feeling restrained by the details of a scene. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a quick demonstration to illustrate the day’s lesson, including simplifying scenes into large shapes and value tones, accurate drawing, sequencing for building a painting, and expressive color. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to hands-on practice. If time allows, a group critique will review each day’s progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch, www.DanMondloch.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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