Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"An Introduction to Drawing"
Tuesdays, April 7- May 26, 2020
 

In this series of eight two-hour evening classes, we’ll explore diverse techniques and drawing media to give participants a solid grounding in basic drawing. Easy-to-follow instructions and a lot of variety result in a low fear factor and high fun factor! Materials fee includes drawing paper, pencils, charcoal, ink, brushes and chalk. Some drawing experience helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Design and Color Seminar Series"
April 15, 22, 29, 2020
 

Basics of 2-D Design Seminar: April 15, 2020. In this course we’ll talk about the process of design and design development by examining basic design elements. Color. Color? Color! April 22, 2020. Curious? Frustrated? Learn the basics of Color Theory: Hues, Tints, Shades, Tones, Contrasts and Harmonies. This class is really about learning how to recognize and work with the inherent color knowledge we all have within. Design and Color Basics Critique: April 29, 2020. No matter what medium you use, all artwork depends on basic design elements. Learning how to step back and consider your work with those elements in mind will improve your work and let you enjoy the process of creating even more!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Briony Jean Foy
Cost: $25/session
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Cloisonné on Fine Silver"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Learn how to create a beautiful cloisonné enamel, fired in a kiln on fine silver, using transparent vitreous enamel. Also learn the application of 24k gold and silver foils to accent your design. I will help you design earrings or a necklace during the two day class. Beginners to intermediate to advanced are welcome. Materials fee covers Fine silver, cloisonné wire, enamels, and precious metal foils.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nature Journaling"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started. Cynthia has been teaching this popular class for a number of years to students of all levels of experience. This class sold out last year here at River Arts Inc. Beginners are welcome.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Teen Art Workshop: Metalsmithing Basics"
April 18, 2020
 

Ages: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. Discover the infinite possibilities of working with metal in this one-day workshop. Learn how to design and fabricate small objects and jewelry in brass and copper using sawing, piercing, forming, finishing, and cold connection and soldering techniques. Leave this workshop with a finished ring or cuff and an understanding of how metal can be transformed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
April 19-24, 2020
 

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Little: Poetics of the Found-Object"
April 22-26, 2020
 

A workshop of exploration and construction. The materials we use for creative expression can be found ”literally” at our feet. Join noted found-object artist Keith Lo Bue on an energetic exploration of unusual and unexpected materials in jewelry and object making. Through hands-on projects and thought-provoking instruction, students will learn the varied methods of selection and assembly this limitless palette demands. No previous metalworking experience is required; all that's needed is enthusiasm and the desire to work with your hands. Whatever your present focus, you will come away with new insights into the possibilities of your surroundings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $720
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Wheel Throwing Boot Camp"
April 23-26, 2020
 

Make your own ceramic tableware – no experience needed! Learn to throw mugs, bowls, plates, vases, and more on the electric potter's wheel. Joelle will teach you the basics of throwing, trimming, and surface decorating in this four-day boot camp. After the conclusion of the workshop, Joelle will bisque-fire your pieces. You can arrange to return to glaze them at a later time, and once the work has been fired again, you may pick up your finished product. Materials fee includes use of classroom equipment, tools, glazes, firing, and 25 lbs of clay.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Weaving Perspectives"
April 25, 2020
 

Weaving as a sustainable practice can be rewarding and fun. It also connects us to the generations that came before us and a craft that endures the test of time. We will explore weaving with traditional and non-traditional textiles and textures beyond the use of yarn, color play and most importantly, the meditative aspect of this timeless art. You will be rewarded with a fabric swatch completed entirely by you, using a loom and your hands. All supplies will be provided for your convenience during class and you will have a loom and some yarn to continue your work at home as well.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $125/person
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Light Up the Night"
April 25, 2020
 

Curious about night photography? This workshop takes on all of the challenges of evening light; from golden hour into darkness. Learn how to shoot subjects at golden hour and sunset, how to adjust color and exposure for twilight, how to shoot after dark using moving light sources, and, if we have a clear night, how to take photos of the Milky Way. Get out of your comfort zone, make unique images, and build new skills. The workshop begins with a short lecture at PenArt to prepare you for on-location shooting. Later, take your skills out into the world to photography beautiful Door County at different locations. Transportation to locations and a DSLR camera with tripod are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. 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.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Simplified Locket for Pendant or Ornament"
May 1, 2020
 

In this class you will saw copper into 4 matching forms, stamp a saying on the back piece, rivet three of them together to form the portion of the locket that holds the picture and enamel the last piece to create the cover. This makes a fun "first Grandmother locket" or can be used as a holiday ornament. It will be a full day of learning new techniques and making a special piece to hold a special picture. We will extend the workshop into the evening if you need more time to complete your project. Materials fee- $25
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: JoEllen and David Wollangk
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
May 1, 2020
 

Learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry from soft, workable "clay-like" silver. Precious metal clay is a safe, non-toxic material made of tiny silver particles embedded in an organic clay/water base. You will learn all about PMC – how to form, refine, fire, and finish pieces using the clay, paste, and a syringe. You will make a pendant with a rollover bail and either a stone or dichroic glass cabochon and gain the knowledge to continue creating beautiful jewelry at home with just a few basic tools and a small hand-held butane torch. Your pieces will be fired in a kiln in class, but Sherry will teach you how to torch-fire your pieces at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet"
May 1, 2020
 

The Byzantine chain is one of the loveliest of all chain maille patterns and although it looks complicated, it is actually easy to learn. By the end of class, you will either have completed, or be well on your way to completing, your own Byzantine chain bracelet. You'll also learn about the basic building block of chain maille, the humble and highly versatile jump ring. You will learn how to open and close them properly, how to hold them efficiently as you weave, how you might make them for yourself and how to size them for whatever project you wish to undertake. Materials fee includes sufficient copper jump rings for a Byzantine chain bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Band Rings"
May 2, 2020
 

Love rings? Learn to make a sterling silver textured band ring. Leslie will introduce you to a few basic metalwork skills, including sawing, texturing, soldering, and finishing and you will leave with a lovely ring to wear or give as a gift. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
May 2, 2020
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up, and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you'll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Working with Wire"
May 2, 2020
 

Nearly every jeweler will need to, or wish to work with wire at some point, whether wire is the main material in the piece or is used to make connections, clasps, or ear wires. Wire work can be accomplished with very few tools, so it is the least expensive way to create metal jewelry. Spend the day learning to properly cut and finish wire ends, make coils and jump rings, simple and wrapped loops, and a variety of clasps and ear wires. Add some beads and you will have created some finished pieces of jewelry.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Chaos of Perfection"
May 2, 2020
 

Create a running-stitch journal! We use improvisation and raw edge hand-stitching with a variety of threads to make a product that is true to the maker's style, and compliments sustainable living. This workshop aligns with the Japanese philosophies of wabi-sabi and Mottainai: embracing the idea that perfection is unattainable, accepting the work that our hands produce, and respecting the life of the materials that we work with. Textures and colors will emerge to inspire makers to take these techniques and apply them to uplift or mend wardrobes and home décor. We will use batting as your canvas to explore techniques such as: quilt as you go, raw edge appliqué, foundation piecing, Sashiko stitching and Boro.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Advanced Drawing"
May 2-3, 2020
 

John Ribble returns to push your drawing skills to the next level in Advanced Drawing. Students in this class should have a good amount of drawing experience, or have taken his previous class at River Arts, Intermediate Drawing. This class will be an exploration of different media and surfaces used in the drawing process, as well as the introduction of more complex drawing concepts and practices. Topics will include: -Basics of perspective -Drawing with mixed media -Drawing from a photo reference -Drawing outside, on location -Experimental drawing
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Ribble
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Stacking Wire Bangles"
May 3, 2020
 

Create a trio (or more) of stacking bangles. Working with multiple gauges of copper wire, learn to size a bangle, flatten wire with a rolling mill or hammers, anneal, texture, form bangles and make hooks, loops and closures for three different styles of bangle. Working with a plethora of beads you will also learn how to make head pins, how to make simple bead dangles and how to cut discs for charms. Patinas as well. After learning these three basic bangles you can make as many stacking bangles as you choose, leaving in the afternoon with a wrist full.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fused Fine Silver Earrings"
May 3, 2020
 

Learn to shape and fuse fine silver wire and add beads or other objects to make your own earrings. Start with a small hand-held butane torch to fuse wire rings. These silvery rings can then be reshaped in many ways, using pliers, hammers, etc., to make elements to combine into your own unique jewelry designs. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
May 3, 2020
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it's fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You'll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Steeling Nature"
May 8-10, 2020
 

Join Sabrina and have fun experimenting and playing with metal. Using nature as your inspiration, you will create playful and engaging sculptures from found metal and steel stock. Starting with the basics, Sabrina will cover a range of metal fabrication and forming techniques as well as provide you with many tips and tricks for working wisely with a variety of tools. Techniques will include fabrication, welding, plasma cutting, basic forging, and cold connections.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Aline Smithson: Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects"
May 10-14, 2020
 

Reconsider how you create images, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. This retreat will help you discover how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation and connection. Open to all levels of photographers. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, health, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Champlevé Enameling with Fine Silver"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Explore the technique of champlevé enameling using fine silver metal. Champlevé has many forms, but in this class we will fuse two layers of fine silver and create a recessed area to receive transparent enamel, accenting with cloisonné wires and precious metal foils.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Weaving with Four Harnesses"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Learn to set up and weave on a four-harness loom. We will wind a 10"-wide 3-yard warp, thread it onto the loom and explore some basic weave structures and techniques. You will be introduced to reading a pattern draft and after some sampling can use the remaining warp and time for a project of your choice. It can be a wall hanging, a runner, mug rugs, or a scarf. It can be loose and experimental, structured and predictable, or somewhere in between. Warp yarn is provided in a few color options. Looms are also available for rent.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Colored Pencil: Realism and Abstract in One"
May 16-17, 2020
 

You'll efficiently practice various ways to apply colored pencil, then spend the majority of class using a specific technique that allows for detail to capture your chosen subject in your own designed composition. What's new to some who've not taken my class is a specific technique, reverse grisaille, to apply color that is strong, dramatic, and long term with controlled sheen and to apply a water-soluble white base on areas of your drawing that require much lighter intensity than non water-soluble colored pencil traditionally offers. This workshop will add a focus to realistically draw the foreground subject while introducing an abstract background.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $185
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"The New Nouveau"
May 21-24, 2020
 

In our new approach to the now classic art form of Art Nouveau, we are going to spend four glorious days collaging and winding botanicals and whiplash curves around a central figure. We'll focus on creating rich layered backgrounds, color mixing, transparent glazes, mesmerizing collage constructs, and adding the perfect accents. I will walk you through the process of creating your own nouveau-inspired stencil, botanical shapes, and undulating curves with the use of several tools to simplify the process and introduce you to some stunningly creative uses for paint skins. We'll honor the old traditions and pay homage to Gustav Klimt with our skillful use of gold leaf, but we'll bring this art form into the the 21st-century.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Alternative Artmaking"
May 23-24, 2020
 

This is a class created for artists with a mind for experimenting with materials and having those materials help direct their artistic explorations. It is for all ages as it requires imagination and unconventional thinking more than skill. The majority of art work we encounter in the world reflects a division between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s also often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams
Cost: $105
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Discovering Form Through Pinching Clay"
May 27-31, 2020
 

This workshop is an introduction to beginning through advanced pinching techniques – the title of the class tells it all. Instructor Michael Imes has said, "Sometimes I start out by opening a ball of clay with little or no preconception of what it might become. In this situation I respond to what forms suggest in their process of becoming." Let your intuition and the clay itself guide you in making sculptural or functional objects. Includes clay, tool use, and bisque firing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Imes
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Alchemy with Shibori"
May 30-31, 2020
 

Shibori is the Japanese art of creating pattern on fabric through binding, stitching, folding, and twisting during the dyeing process. Intricate patterns, texture, and color blending takes place as color is layered through multiple dye applications. Color is further enhanced through the use of discharge (color removal) and over dye. Create lovely designs on silk in this two-day workshop. You will learn contemporary variations of traditional techniques of Shibori. The schedule offers the opportunity to learn the basics and expand on those with deeper, more complex color blending and patterning through multiple dye applications, discharge, and over-dye. Students will create three 1 1/2-yard pieces of silk fabric, and have the option of switching to scarves.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat"
June 4-7, 2020
 

Spend four days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to be hosting this annual non-instructional retreat. Previous attendees found that it is an exciting way to share your approach, knowledge, and aesthetic – and to learn from others. Bring your own materials and tools. There is plenty of space in the Lind Pavilion, so plan to work on a number of paintings during this time. Participation in group meals is optional. Previous experience with this medium is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Collaborative Retreat
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Atmospheric Watercolor Landscapes"
June 5-7, 2020
 

Come learn how to add a variety of atmospheres to city, land and marine scenes painted in watercolor. This 3-day workshop will focus on developing a vision for your paintings, simplifying and improving the subject, learning watercolor techniques used to create atmosphere, and more. General art topics are covered, including composition, values, edges and color choices. The workshop includes daily demonstrations, discussion and individual student attention. Reference photos provided, students can also bring their own. Experienced beginners to advanced students welcome. Experienced Beginners should have some experience using watercolor with a basic understanding of how it works.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Mudd
Cost: $375
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"SAORI Weaving"
June 6, 2020
 

Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old again! SAORI is a weaving style with no rules and restrictions. There are no samples to follow and there are no mistakes. Just weave what you want to with complete freedom and creativity. Every cloth woven by people with different personalities is lovely in a unique way. The irregular edges and accidental skips of thread add un-programmed beauty to each weaving. In SAORI, we do not weave only a cloth. We weave our true selves. The warp is already set up for you to start weaving right away! Your finished product will make a lively wall hanging, throw, or pillow cover.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kaleidoscope Design Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth) with Bengala Mud Dye"
June 7, 2020
 

Bengala dyes are made from soil and are "environmentally safe" and fun to use. You will love the subtle nature of the colors. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. We begin with a process of pre-fixing a yard square cloth. Then we fold the material in certain ways. Design with it however you like by knotting, twisting, clamping ... and dye with as many mud dye colors as you like. There will be 14 colors to choose from. You will have a big circle design just like a kaleidoscope! Sorry, this is not a good class for people who have a latex allergy as dyes contain latex rubber.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Foraging, Bouquets + Large Scale Installations with Siren Floral Co."
June 7-11, 2020
 

Connect with your inner creativity as you arrange compote floral arrangements, bouquets made in-hand and a group ceremony-style installation. This is a floral intensive course intended for mid-level florists who wish to grow in their ability to arrange a garden-style / free-form fashion. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rachael Ann Lunghi
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
June 8-9, 2020
 

Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid technical foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop. Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.rehmer-studio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Poetics of Mixed Media"
June 8-9, 2020
 

The use of mixed media can broaden your mark-making abilities and expand the content of your work. Through a mixture of practical, technical, and experimental approaches to two-dimensional media, learn how to incorporate different materials into a dynamic studio practice and discuss materials’ relationship to ideas and concepts of art making. This workshop begins with two main categories of 2D materials – graphic or drawing materials and water-based materials. With this foundation, explore different techniques incorporating these materials and mix them together to create a wider range of marks, applications, and aesthetics of combining media. Create multiple tests of materials and techniques, as well as at least one personal, finished artwork that is discussed before the end of the final day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Benjamin Gardner, www.BenjaminAGardner.com
Cost: Members: $230, Non-Members: $255
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building Momentum in the Studio"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Explore the strengths and limitations of your work in an environment where all approaches to painting and drawing are welcome. Develop new directions, build momentum, and gather feedback from a variety of perspectives. This workshop is equally divided between discussions, working sessions, and critiques. Discussions and critiques provide guidance about materials, process, and content to help you expand your skills, see new possibilities, and set future goals. Working sessions give you hands-on practice to investigate feedback. Expect to work independently at your own pace each day. With over thirty years of teaching experience, Kristy is well versed in all painting and drawing media, and ready to give individualized technical, formal, and conceptual assistance. This workshop is geared toward students with 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


"Simplify the Complex"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Leave limitations behind, expand your creativity, and strengthen your personal point of view in this workshop focused on exploring the power of suggestion. Using fresh, wet watercolor, learn how to identify and capture only the most relevant characteristics of your chosen subject matter. Each morning begins with a series of exercises dedicated to loosening up, building confidence in your individual aesthetic and mark-making, and practicing different ways of seeing. Daily group discussions address overarching topics in painting, such as composition, while demonstrations and personalized instruction guide you through the practice and development of these skills in more finished paintings. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Monica Fogg, www.MonicaFogg.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Trade Pins: Learn the Basics of Lost-Wax Casting"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Lost-wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years. Learn the basics of creating original metal forms using lost-wax casting in this fast-paced workshop open to all levels. Create small brooches of your own design using wax and reductive carving techniques. Lectures, demonstrations, and handouts lead you step-by-step through the entire process. Cast your first form and create multiples using rubber mold techniques. After casting multiple brooches, trade your original works for those of your classmates’. Lauren provides individualized instruction throughout the four days. Open to all levels, however those with previous experience are encouraged to push their designs further.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lauren Selden, SeldenArt.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing Your Photographic Eye"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Sharpen your vision as you overcome challenges and explore different approaches to your photography, in this hands-on workshop. Examine the art of photography, learn how images can convey meaning, and test out new ideas while building technical and conceptual skills. Experimentation is emphasized to push beyond familiar territory and discover new ways of being expressive through photography. Alternating between lectures, discussions, and hands-on photography exercises, each day focuses on a different photographic strategy. Independent working time and one-on-one conversations with Tom help you to determine a direction that propels you beyond the duration of the workshop. This workshop is designed for those with familiarity with their digital camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Jones, www.TomJonesHoChunk.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Crazed Anatomy"
June 11-14, 2020
 

If you're like me you have plenty of spare body parts lying around your studio ... (hmmmmm, perhaps I should rephrase this) If you're like me you have plenty of mannequin and toy doll parts lying around your studio (much better). If so, it's time to bring out your inner Dr. Frankenstein. Rebuild and reimagine these parts in strange and wild ways using the process of assemblage and my special paint techniques. Students can pick a singular body part, i.e., head, hand, torso, etc., and adorn it with other found objects, texture and paint ... or mix and match the body parts to create wild and freaky beasties. I suspect this will be unlike any class you've ever taken. Bwahahaha.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"T-Shirt/Memory Quilt Class"
June 12-14, 2020
 

Want to make a cuddly memory quilt for yourself or someone special? This is the class to learn the technique. Take old clothes, T-shirts, and the like to make a quilt that reveals and records that person's life. It's a bit of a walk down memory lane, and it gives the fabrics a second life. You can expect to fully finish your quilt during this three-day session. Materials fee covers the batting we will use to complete the quilt. No sewing experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Try It: Drawing"
June 13, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying their hand at drawing for the first time, this workshop teaches you how to translate what you see onto paper through easy-to-understand exercises and a final drawing. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Long-Term Personal Photography Project: From Concept to Audience"
June 14-18, 2020
 

This retreat will lead participants through the steps of research and decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. When an idea for a project becomes clear and the passion to produce new work overtakes us, artists begin a journey unlike any other. Understanding the desired audience and the impact of the project are critical to achieving the results you desire. Swanson will bring relevant examples from her personal research library to share, and all participants will receive a custom-produced booklet of current resources. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: $1,075 tuition + meals (lodging additional)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Drawing Dimensionally: Abstract Drawing in 2D and 3D"
June 15-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, focus on the dynamic tension that can occur through the interaction of two- and three-dimensional visual elements. Create low- and high-relief constructions that come off of the wall using a mix of traditional drawing media, including graphite, charcoal, and ink wash, on shaped supports made of paper. Learn various approaches to drawing and sculpting with paper, such as marking and embossing, cutting and molding, bending and folding, and hinging and joining, that are applicable whether you are interested in creating non-objective geometric constructions or gestural assemblages that respond to a landscape or figure. You are encouraged to apply the methods to your individual creative goals. Daily presentations of contemporary artists working in corresponding ways inform your investigations.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Martha MacLeish, MarthaMacLeish.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Photo to Pastel: Finding Your Way"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Looking for ways to progress on your artistic journey? Join other motivated pastel artists in this four-day workshop as you challenge yourself to explore creating paintings from your unique landscape photographs. Emphasis is placed on building skills and finding approaches that best assist you to give form to your vision. Through demonstrations, numerous examples, and one-on-one discussions, Colette provides individualized instruction keyed to your intent. The four days are loaded with lots of painting time, tips, techniques, and supportive group critiques to guide your next steps beyond the workshop setting. Previous pastel experience is required for this workshop.
 
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


"Bookbinding and Paper Marbling Sampler"
June 15-18, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless crafts of bookbinding and paper marbling. Learn how to create interesting and unpredictable patterns on paper, several binding styles, and basic skills in paper and book arts. Discover opportunities for experimentation within each process. This workshop begins with a day spent marbling a variety of papers that are used to make five different book structures. The remaining three days explore saddle stitch, Japanese stab, coptic, case bound, and secret Belgium binding structures. Use a variety of materials and techniques to put a twist on these standard book structures. Finally, design and construct a slip case that holds all five book structures and a mini sampler of traditional paper marbling patterns. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bronze Casting"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Using 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 piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa guides 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, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mastering Manual Mode"
June 15-18, 2020
 

It’s time to make the jump from auto to manual! This comprehensive workshop explores the technical components that make a great image and how to manipulate your camera’s settings to achieve desired effects and accurate light and color every time. Explore fast-moving objects, dreamy dragged-shutter images, and short depth-of-field macro photos. Gain hands-on experience as you work through daily challenges that address composition, exposure, and content. Engage in group discussions, as well as one-on-one with Kasey for individualized feedback. 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


"Children's Art Workshop: From Armadillo to Zebra"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Young artists learn how to use line, shape, color, and texture to accurately draw a wide range of animals and their environments in this workshop. Each day focuses on a different part of the world and the animals native to it, as well as different drawing and painting materials, including colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and tempera paints.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Comic Books Inside and Out"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. In this drawing workshop, young artists explore the language of cartooning and develop their own characters, storylines, and books. Through exercises and finished projects, students strengthen their drawing skills, try a variety of drawing and painting media, and build confidence in storytelling. Comics, manga, and graphic novels are shared and discussed to help young artists find their own unique style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Painted Selfies"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, students develop their skills in drawing and painting as they create a series of self-portraits. Techniques for drawing accurate proportions and facial features are introduced and practiced, as well as the basics of painting with watercolor and tempera. Master self-portrait works of Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Yayoi Kusama provide inspiration and creative challenges throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Teen Art Workshop: Graphic Arts"
June 15-18, 2020
 

Ages: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. In this workshop, teen artists investigate how imagery and text are used in the world of art and advertising. Discover how powerful images can be as you study the work of Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Shepard Fairey, and more. Create initial logo and poster design sketches as you experiment with typography, imagery, and painting style. Take your sketches and transform them into finished works of art using colored pencils, markers, acrylic paint, and/or printmaking techniques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Magic – Alcohol Inks!"
June 18-19, 2020
 

Alcohol Inks! combo. Two days - both Saturday and Sunday. Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink! Prepare to experience creating with a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be just plain happy when painting with these inks. With your materials fee you'll receive a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to create more paintings when you get home. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian. Note: You may instead sign up for only one of the two days - Saturday only or Sunday only. See website.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Crinkly Ink Book"
June 18, 2020
 

Create an extraordinary multi-signature end-band hand-bound book with inked and painted Masa papers. You'll learn at least five techniques in this workshop including dropped-in color, ink batik lines, Masa paper process, and book-binding techniques to stitch signatures with end bands. We will explore a special batik-like technique with Masa rice paper to create the folios and cover papers with stamps, acrylic inks, and watercolor washes. The paper quality is ever so soft in the finished book ... a book you'll love to pick up again and again.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $157
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: Plein Air Painting"
June 19, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of plein air painting and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing and Painting in Glass"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Discover a new approach to enameling in this intensive two-day workshop. Working from personal sketches and photo references, learn how to use chiaroscuro rendering techniques to create imagery in vitreous enamel. Demonstrations address stenciling, underglazes, china paints, painting with oils, and using a bending break to create simple metal forms. Working from your preparatory sketches or reference images, gain hands-on practice with Jessica available for individualized instruction and feedback. Leave this workshop with a handful of working samples. As an option, manipulate files in Photoshop to create and print precise stencils. Open to all levels, however basic enamel skills are preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Calderwood, www.JessicaCalderwood.com
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Building Your Composition Toolkit"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Composition is the first step in creating engaging images. Learn compositional strategies by analyzing masterworks and gain confidence in composing your own drawings, paintings, or other artwork in this two-day workshop. Through interactive presentations, exercises, and more finished work, explore how shape, value, scale, and figure-ground contribute to successful compositions, practice framing when there is a lot of visual information, learn how to create the illusion of depth using linear perspective, and apply these skills to your choice of subject. Open to all paint media. Prior experience with your chosen medium is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Resin"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Thermoplastic resins in art are most often seen in the realm of sculpture, such as in casting, coating, and laminating. However, when used creatively in combination with additional media, resin can be a powerful painting medium. It offers depth and layering possibilities that other media cannot; resulting in spectacular works. This workshop explains the basic physical properties and application techniques of two types of resin – urethane and epoxy. Demonstrations cover tinting, layering, damming, and incorporating additional media. Begin by pouring a layer of epoxy resin before working on a multi-layered, abstract urethane resin painting. Day two revisits the cured epoxy painting, before pouring an additional layer of resin to create a finished multi-layered piece. Artists of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Ceramic Drinking Vessel"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Ceramic drinking vessels have been developed and used by humans in most parts of the world for thousands of years. In this two-day workshop, explore the drinking vessel and its rich history as you create a variety of forms, including cups, tumblers, teacups, mugs, and tea bowls. Through brief lectures and presentations, demonstrations, and guided instruction, learn how to create a range of drinking vessels on the potter’s wheel and using hand building techniques. Bring color, pattern, imagery, text, and texture to the surfaces of your pieces to further personalize your work. This workshop is designed for beginners and intermediates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jared Janovec
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: From Flowers to Figures"
June 21-25, 2020
 

Develop a loose and natural approach to painting flowers, faces, and figures with nationally recognized artist Janet Rogers. All levels of painter welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-559-0178


"Children's Art Workshop: Artist Books"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Dive into the history and techniques of book arts in this fundamental workshop. Students learn how to prepare paper, fold simple and more complex forms, sew bindings, and design covers and pages using printmaking and marbling techniques. After plenty of practice, students create a final journal featuring painted covers, a Coptic stitch binding, and blank pages to fill with writing and drawings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: What A Relief"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, young artists learn the basics of the oldest form of printmaking – relief. Relief prints are made by cutting away material on a soft block to create a printable surface with positive and negative areas. Learn how to design an image, carve safely, mix ink, and print successfully. Students create enough prints to bring home, as well as trade with their classmates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Three-Dimensional Artist Books"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Young artists view books in a whole new way in this workshop focused on designing and constructing three-dimensional art books. Each day presents a different theme and engineering challenge, including tunnel books, single pop-ups, and more complicated structures. As students fill the pages of their books, drawing basics are reviewed, as well as techniques for working in colored pencil, watercolor, and collage.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Textures, Patterns, and Prints"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. In this workshop, children explore the rich history of printmaking. Featuring the processes of monotype, collagraph, relief, and paste papers, students learn the tools and materials specific to each. After gaining familiarity with the fundamentals, children are encouraged to experiment and create one-of-a-kind prints by layering color and texture, mixing processes, and more.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Ceramic Bowl"
June 22-23, 2020
 

The bowl form holds a specific place in the history of ceramic vessels. For thousands of years, ceramic bowls have been made in a variety of sizes and shapes to serve a purpose in a wide range of environments, including the day-to-day household, ceremonies and rituals, and many points in between. This workshop focuses on the fundamental skills in crafting ceramic bowls. Presentations and demonstrations introduce approaches to forming bowls using hand building techniques, plaster molds, and the potter’s wheel. Explore surface enhancement techniques, including using underglazes, to develop personalized ceramic forms. This workshop is designed for beginners and intermediates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jared Janovec
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photography: The Image in Sequence"
June 22-23, 2020
 

In this workshop, examine how the meaning of your photographs can shift and change when viewed in sequence. Experiment with three different forms, including grids, book sequences, and exhibition installations to understand how to create and control the context of your photographs. Through presentations of many artists' examples and group discussions, discover how images can be sequenced in grids, print-on-demand books, and exhibition installations. Bring a selection of 20-40 of your images that you believe work together. Use these images for guided exploration throughout the two days. This workshop requires a computer with Photoshop. Some knowledge of Photoshop is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Dow, www.BethDow.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in landscape paintings that are expressive and readable. Beginning with the nuts and bolts of value and color, complete a series of small exercises that strengthen your observation and drawing skills, introduce you to color theory and color harmonies, and dive into emotional associations of color. On the second day, begin working on a larger landscape painting of your choosing, using underpainting, contrast, expressive color, and color interaction to create the mood you want to evoke. The workshop concludes with a group critique. Open to all levels and all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"In Series: Developing a Body of Work"
June 22-23, 2020
 

Designed to help you identify and explore new opportunities, this two-day workshop encourages growth through the development of a multi-work project. Discover how to create a cohesive body of work, gather feedback and inspiration for next steps, and build momentum in your painting practice. Through group discussions and presentations of contemporary artists’ work, learn the differences between a thematically guided series, a series based in formal variation, and art that is truly serial in nature. Meet with Tom one-on-one and work through exercises to help you identify and focus the scope of your work. Leave this workshop with a conceptual direction and the early stages of a new and thoughtful series. Open to those working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art History as Inspiration"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Using art history as a point of departure, this workshop explores methods for finding and using inspiration to create unique, individual works of art. Discover likely and even unlikely sources of inspiration in the various genres and moments discussed and identify approaches that best fit with your personal interests and goals. The first three days begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history, focusing on the unique aesthetics, key artists, and later influences of each period, followed by time to write, sketch, and discuss your interpretation of the day’s topic. Spend the remainder of each day working independently to create at least one original work, breaking for in-progress discussion. Open to all levels and media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Contemporary Portraiture"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Portraits are one of the most intimidating subjects to paint. Creating a simplified process not only helps you to paint with confidence, but also gives you the freedom to explore a more contemporary approach that is entirely your own. By investigating a range of styles that are prevalent in portraiture, such as impressionistic, naturalistic, and realistic, this workshop unpacks what makes a successful portrait. This workshop begins with a series of demonstrations and guided explorations. Working from a live model each day, emphasis is placed on exploring various media, such as oils, acrylics, colored pencils, and markers, to expand your own unique artistic expression of what contemporary portraiture means to you. Open to all levels and painting and drawing media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jonathan Aller, www.JonathanAller.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forging Through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Utensils"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted utensils you made yourself? This workshop focuses on beautiful, functional kitchen tools made mostly of metal. Possible items include spoons, forks, cheese knives, scoops, strainers, bowls, spatulas, and more. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn how to raise sheet metal to make hollow forms, saw, texture, file, and finish and polish metal, as well as how to fabricate and rivet wood or stone for handles. Soldering is included in the construction; however, the majority is completed using cold connections. Copper and brass are primarily used, but silver is also an option. Open to all levels; some metalsmithing experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff, DannySaathoff.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Expression in Clay"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Focused on rendering the human face and its varied expressions, this four-day workshop strengthens your observational skills, introduces sculpting and hollowing techniques, and explores surface development through an anatomical approach. Working from photo references and direct observation of your own face, solid sculpt four small heads that emphasize emotion and expression. Demonstrations, group discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice address the anatomy of the head, the psychological and emotional use of color, and hollowing techniques. Use engobes, underglazes, and washes to experiment with surface. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Meghan Sullivan, www.MeghanSullivanCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rings: Sculptures for Your Fingers!"
June 25-26, 2020
 

We will be exploring the components of making a beautiful ring: proportion, size, balance, design, materials, and comfort. Add your creativity and inspiration to fashion a piece of art for your finger! All rings will be hand-fabricated/smithed using studio tools including hammers, drills, saws, soldering torch, and rolling mill. We will focus on process from concept to construction to aesthetic details. Students will complete one or more rings during the workshop. Soldering experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: One of a Kind Prints with Monoprinting"
June 26, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of monoprinting and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Chain: Expand Your Horizons"
June 27-28, 2020
 

Discover new approaches to making jewelry during this intensive workshop. In this class, students will be focusing on designing and creating a distinctive necklace or bracelet that is a dramatic departure from the average cable chain. Challenge yourself and apply fresh thinking! We will be manipulating wire and sheet metal to fabricate inspired links and clasps that will have you considering jewelry connecting elements in a whole new way! Sarah will provide individualized feedback throughout. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished piece. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Exploring Acrylics: Process, Concepts, and Experimentation"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Acrylic paint is the most flexible painting medium available; uniquely capable of being modified for a variety of art making needs. Designed for intermediate painters, this workshop explores how to combine acrylic painting techniques with your individual interests and goals. Discover how the medium can not only illustrate your ideas but embody and drive them as well. This workshop begins with a review of the basics of acrylic emulsion, as well as color issues unique to acrylic painting. Daily demonstrations, focused exercises, and guided experimentation address additive, subtractive, and layering techniques that capitalize on the properties of acrylic paint, including staining, pouring, image transfers, hard-edge techniques and masking, glazing, tissue collage, decal painting, and stamping. One-on-one instruction and group discussions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Hyndman, chrishyndmanstudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Historical Approaches to Oil Painting"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered what materials the old masters used? This workshop focuses on historical approaches to painting through an exploration of traditional materials and techniques. Hone your individual painting skills as you learn how to prepare surfaces, lay down an underpainting, work alla prima, paint indirectly, use overpainting, develop texture, glaze, and much more. The first day begins with a review of the formal elements of painting, including value, color theory, and composition, followed by demonstrations and hands-on practice building and preparing a traditional canvas and panel. The remaining time alternates between demonstrations, plenty of painting time, and individualized feedback as you work through a series of historical techniques and methodologies.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mokuhanga"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Mokuhanga, a Japanese water-based woodcut process, requires no printing press and is a safe way to print almost anywhere. Discover the versatility of this wonderful relief printmaking technique as you learn traditional carving methods, registration, and various printing techniques. Demonstrations and discussions introduce Mokuhanga, including its history, materials, and basic process, and direct you in the planning and carving of multiple blocks to create a finished print. Each day progresses through the steps of carving, paper preparation, and printing, as well as tool sharpening and paper management. Ample time is dedicated to working each day with Melissa providing individualized feedback throughout the process. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Schulenberg
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Photography"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

The goal of any photograph is to communicate an idea. The question is, how do you move beyond documenting a scene and begin interpreting it? Explore your intentions, expand your visual language, and learn new techniques to engage your viewer’s mind and emotions with each image you create in this hands-on workshop. Beginning with a survey of a range of photography, including the works of master photographers, examples of Dan’s images, and your own, discuss how to use and combine visual elements to create truly expressive images. Practice these skills and develop your voice out in the beautiful Door County landscape with Dan as your guide. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Personalized Pottery"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Great for both beginning and returning students, this workshop focuses on using the wheel to create a variety of functional pieces, including bowls, cups, vases, and plates. The first two days are spent on the wheel and the final two days adding hand built embellishments to personalize pieces, as well as images, text, and pattern using brightly colored underglazes. Pieces are finished with a clear glaze ensuring they are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Pinch, Coil, Slab"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Focused on a different construction method each day, young artists learn how to hand build using pinch, coil, and slab techniques. Functional pieces, such as bowls, vases, and decorative tiles, are created throughout the week using self-hardening clay. Basic painting skills are introduced and practiced as each piece is finished with tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Ceramic Lawn Ornaments"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Pulling inspiration from the summer landscape, young artists create a series of functional ceramic pieces designed for the outdoors. Using low-fire clay and pinch, coil, and slab construction techniques, students learn how to make flower pots, lanterns, toad houses, and garden gnomes. Each piece is enhanced with pattern, color, and imagery using brightly colored underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Teen Art Workshop: Mastering the Potter's Wheel"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Ages: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. This workshop offers the opportunity for teens to refine their skills on the potter’s wheel. Basic throwing techniques are reviewed and more advanced methods introduced as students create a series of mugs, bowls, and plates. Students design and decorate the surface of each piece using hand built embellishments, texture tools, and brightly colored underglazes. A final clear glaze ensures all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Hand Built Ceramics for the Table"
July 3, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of hand built ceramics and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
July 5-9, 2020
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"An Exercise in Abstraction"
July 6-7, 2020
 

Explore the philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression in this fast-paced two-day workshop. Alternating between working spontaneously and working methodically, discover the inherent possibilities within your paintings. Demonstrations and instructor-led exercises each morning introduce you to abstract and non-objective approaches to art making, while group conversations on the history of painting provide you and your developing work with context. You are encouraged to work more independently in the afternoon with Emmett providing individualized feedback throughout.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Jumping into Watercolor for the First Time"
July 6-7, 2020
 

This workshop is designed specifically for the beginner or the frustrated novice who wants a fresh review of the fundamental techniques of watercolor. Dan’s bold, loose, and expressive painting style, combined with his easy-to-follow lessons, make this beginner’s workshop a fun, new experience. Get your feet wet for the first time in watercolor as you learn about the basic handling of brushes, pigments, and papers. Essential techniques, such as color blending, wet-into-wet, gradation, masking, dry-brushing, and more, are simplified for easy understanding. No experience necessary, the only requirements are to bring an open mind and desire to learn and enjoy the process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Wildlife Illustration"
July 6-9, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, students strengthen their observational skills and build confidence in illustrating wildlife. Techniques for seeing and translating proportion, capturing movement, creating believable texture, and using colored pencils, pen and ink, and watercolor are shared and practiced. Students work from provided and personal photo references for skill building exercises and final illustrations.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Going with the Flow"
July 6-9, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. In this workshop, students learn how to take advantage of the unique qualities of watercolor. Exercises help young artists develop skills in observation, contour drawing, and watercolor application. Learn how to mix color, use wet and dry application techniques, control washes, add texture, and combine with other media for desired effects. Landscapes, portraits, narrative scenes, and abstract compositions are explored throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: POP! Art"
July 6-9, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. In this workshop, young artists travel back in time to the 1950s and 60s to explore the world of Pop art. Each day focuses on a different artist of the movement and their approach to pop, including Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. Using images of today, young artists create a series of two-dimensional works in the pop style using collage, markers, tempera paint, and printmaking.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Influential Artists"
July 6-9, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Well-known movements from throughout history are explored in this workshop. Young artists look at the styles and artists that made each movement famous, from the Renaissance to Post-Modernism, for inspiration for the day’s explorations. Skill building exercises and final projects are completed in collage, pastel, watercolor, and tempera using traditional and experimental methods.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Figure Drawing"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Designed for students of any level interested in strengthening their observational skills and expanding their understanding of the figure, this workshop investigates a classical and anatomical approach to drawing. While drawing from a live model, develop a process for observing and translating visual information to paper. Join Amy as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Spend two days studying the head and facial features and complete a classical line portrait drawing using simple materials, including conté crayons and graphite pencils. The following two days are dedicated to the full figure, focusing on learning and observing anatomical landmarks through studies and a final drawing that is convincing, dynamic, and beautiful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Amy Fichter, www.AmyFichter.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $540
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Light in Pastel"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Build upon your foundation in soft pastels in this four-day workshop. With an emphasis on layering, learn how to draw on sanded paper and take advantage of its unique ability to hold lots of color. The first day begins with a refresher of the basics, using a technique from the 1600s to build a painting from a tonal sketch to the final strokes of color. The following three days are devoted to colored underpainting. Discuss the color effects used by the Impressionists, including fragmenting color and optical blending, and gain hands-on practice applying those techniques to your work. Leave this workshop with confidence in the handling of materials, use of color, and interpretation of light. Previous pastel experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mackerman, DanMackerman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Setting it Up: Creative Settings in Jewelry"
July 8-11, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop interesting, fun compositions that explore a variety of settings to showcase alternative materials, found objects, cabochons, and faceted gemstones in rings or pendants. Learn how to use basic jewelry making techniques to design and fabricate rivets, as well as an assortment of bezel, reverse tab, prong, and tube settings. Daily demonstrations, handouts, and plenty of hands-on practice introduce you to a variety of setting techniques, as well as fabrication fundamentals, including soldering, sawing, filing, surface textures, and finishing methods using polishing compounds or patinas. Expect to leave this workshop with at least one completed piece. Open to all skill levels. Bring in a special object from home or alternative material you’re looking to transform into jewelry.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Johnson, LisaJohnsonStudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing on Clay"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Build a personal vocabulary of imagery and learn how to use your ceramic work as a tool for storytelling in this hands-on workshop. Discover how keeping a sketchbook, even for those not confident in their drawing skills, can influence and enrich the surfaces of your ceramic pieces. Each day explores both drawing and ceramic concepts, including idea generation through exercises on paper, developing a daily drawing practice, hand-built construction methods, and surface decoration. Learn how to create simple functional forms using hump molds and templates, as well as how to transfer your unique images to the surfaces of your pieces using colorful underglazes and sgraffito. Discover how ceramics can be a fun and unexpected canvas. No prior drawing or ceramics experience required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Molly Anne Bishop, www.MollyAnneBishop.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Composite Image: Experimenting with the Still Life"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Explore unique and creative ways of looking at, composing, and constructing photographic works in this four-day workshop. Learn the basics of studio lighting, Photoshop, compositing images, and inkjet printing as you experiment with the concept of the still life. Engage in technical demonstrations and exercises, discussions on contemporary still life photography, independent and collaborative work, and critiques. In the first two days, source objects, gain familiarity with lighting and Photoshop, and experiment with using multiple images to create a work. The final two days alternate between producing images behind the camera and editing works in Photoshop. Leave this workshop with a large-scale inkjet print, new technical knowledge, and the ability to interpret and create an image in fresh, innovative ways.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Hawkes, www.KathleenHawkes.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Comics and Cartooning"
July 10, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of comics and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Try It: Screen Printing"
July 11, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying screen printing for the first time, this workshop guides you through the process of creating an image, exposing silkscreens, mixing ink, and printing your image on paper. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
July 12-16, 2020
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic & The Mark"
July 12-16, 2020
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirt and essence of the land. The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which reference memory, change and time. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Water-Based Paintings: Materials and Techniques in Acrylic and Acryla Gouache"
July 13-16, 2020
 

This workshop introduces a range of concepts in painting and drawing with water-based media. Focusing on the materials of acrylic and Acryla gouache, learn the traditional techniques specific to each, as well as experimental approaches. Leave this workshop with an understanding of how to use these materials in both representational and abstract applications on paper, canvas, and panels. Beginning with simple observational exercises, Geoffrey introduces basic acrylic and gouache painting techniques step-by-step. Gain hand-on practice and explore all that these media are capable of through still life, landscape, and/or abstract pursuits with practical instruction and feedback throughout. If time allows, learn more about Geoffrey’s painting process, including an explanation of the techniques used to create his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey Todd Smith, www.GeoffreyToddSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Box Making for Artists"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in creating a space to keep an artist book, your prints, or other ephemera you’ve created or collected, this workshop offers an introduction to building and covering box structures. Learn how to design and assemble a clamshell portfolio box, slip case, and specimen box. Focusing on a different type of box each day, demonstrations and instructor-led exercises build skill progressively. Gain hands-on practice selecting materials, such as book cloth and decorative paper, and using proper technique to build and cover boxes. Melissa provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the making process, as well as in in-progress and final critiques. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Wagner-Lawler, redthreadletterpress.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Riveting Enamels"
July 13, 2020
 

Enameling offers unlimited opportunities to develop rich surfaces of color. Learn enameling techniques and explore cold connections as you work toward a completed piece in this half-day workshop. Through demonstrations, Kieu shares how to torch fire enamel on copper, as well as how to use transparent enamels on silver to create true, vibrant colors. After firing all of your pieces, rivet them together to complete at least one finished pendant. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Silver on Enamel"
July 13, 2020
 

Do you like the look of enameled silver, but not the expense? Learn how to create a metallic effect on copper using silver foil and transparent enamels that won’t break the bank. Through demonstrations and guided work time, gain an understanding of basic enameling techniques using transparent and opaque enamels and how to elevate the materials to achieve a vibrant effect. Leave this workshop with three enameled pendants. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plants to Prints: Eco-Friendly Photographic Processes"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Discover the many possibilities of combining digitally captured images with historical printing processes in this hands-on workshop. Working with imagery of your choosing, learn the basics of each process and how plant life and soil from the surrounding landscape can be incorporated into your final prints to achieve rich colors and unique effects. Alternating between time spent out in the field and time spent in the studio, Allen guides you step-by-step through the image capture process, collection of natural materials, preparation and editing of your digital images, transforming your collected organic materials into pigment, and finally developing each print using gum bichromate processes. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Allen Morris, www.AllenMorrisPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Art, Design, and Architecture"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Art and architecture intersect in this workshop focused on drawing, architectural design, and sculptural construction techniques. Young artists gather inspiration from visionary artists and architects to create deceivingly dimensional, yet flat drawings and three-dimensional models of their own unique architectural designs made out of tagboard.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Show of Hands"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Using a variety of materials and techniques, young artists create a series of puppets, including finger, sock, hand, and simple rod construction. Students gather inspiration for their puppets’ characteristics from popular children’s books, poems, and music. Individual and collaborative mixed media theaters set the stage for everyone’s puppets to perform at PenArt and home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Sculpture Basics"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Dive into the many materials and techniques of sculpture in this workshop. Wire, plasterwrap, everyday materials, and fabric are used to create abstract and realistic, hard and soft sculptures. The work of historic and contemporary artists, such as Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, and Tara Donovan, provide inspiration and instruction throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Creations in Papier-Mache"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. This workshop introduces young artists to papier-mache as a durable medium for creating sculptural or functional artworks. Techniques are first introduced and practiced on a bowl or vase before moving on to the larger endeavor of creating a self-portrait bust. Learn how to add dimensional elements and features to create a truly unique sculpture. Pieces are completed using tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Shapely Links: Introduction to Basic Soldering"
July 14, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop your silver soldering skills while creating a unique loop design. Jumpstart your metalsmithing knowledge with these techniques and best practices. Gain confidence and refine your skills in the handling of tools and materials as you successfully solder simple joints using fine silver stock and sterling silver jump rings. You can expect to complete a bracelet by the end of this half-day workshop. Open to absolute beginners and those who are more advanced interested in a refresher of the basics.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Multiplicity"
July 14, 2020
 

This ring may look simple, but the challenge lies in the soldering. Work through the difficulties of soldering one part of the ring, while managing not to melt another in this half-day workshop. Refine your soldering and ring making skills through demonstrations and guided working time using fine and sterling silver stock. Previous silver soldering and simple ring making experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Key to Success"
July 15, 2020
 

The key to success is in the planning. In this workshop, discover methods for planning your fabrication projects while fine tuning your soldering skills. Discuss the many considerations needed when fabricating pieces with multiple components of different sizes. Using basic silver stock, including wire, tubes, jump rings, and sheet metal, create your base key and added decorative silver pieces. Put all of these components together to create your key to success. Previous silver soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bespoke Bezels and Bails"
July 16, 2020
 

Regardless of which direction you view this piece, there is something special to tantalize the eye. Design and fabricate a pendant using a variety of techniques that are sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Starting from sterling silver stock, make twists and turns to create an open back setting and unique bezel to hold a cabochon in place. Add a custom bail as a final touch to push this pendant over the top. Previous soldering and wire working experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alexandra Elle: Finding Our Voice: Writing Retreat"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Facilitate a deeper personal practice of writing by unfolding your truth and becoming your best self. In this weekend-long retreat, attendees can expect to build community through partner work, breakout narrative writing sessions, group journaling, and affirmation exercises. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alexandra Elle
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Expressive Watercolor in the Studio"
July 17-18, 2020
 

Bring your personal photographs to life with the transparency and dramatic immediacy of watercolor. Harness the fundamentals of this often intimidating medium, gain an understanding of the principles of composition, color, and design, and learn how to simplify any scene by editing out unwanted clutter and focusing on the large shapes of color. This workshop begins with basic exercises in applying paint to paper with particular emphasis on washes, as well as a step-by-step group painting. Demonstrations and discussions address the differences in brushes, papers, and paint quality, application techniques, and the importance of value studies as a tool for developing dynamic and bold compositions. Hands-on practice and individualized feedback. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Photographic Book"
July 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop demystifies the process of creating a photographic book. Whether you’re interested in putting together a book of favorite photographs or embarking on a conceptual project to feature and distribute your work, learn how to develop a book from the making of photographs to the final product of a bound volume. Guided instruction provides you with hands-on practice editing, sequencing, and designing layout, while discussions address options for physically printing and binding a book after the workshop concludes. Come prepared with a grouping of photographs or body of work. A computer with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, and InDesign is required. Open to all levels; previous experience with these programs is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Barbara Diener, www.BarbaraDienerPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Return to the Drawing Board: Hypothesis and Experimentation"
July 17-18, 2020
 

Drawing has historically been considered a medium used to translate thought. Sketches are made to realize or communicate ideas, concepts, maps, and “more refined” works in multiple media. The contemporary art world has excitedly embraced drawing as a means unto its own. It is an empowering medium in which to play, experiment, and dare to fail. Through various experimental exercises and prompts, explore non-traditional approaches to drawing, idea generation, collage, and materials. This workshop begins with material and historical demonstrations of traditional and contemporary drawing, collage, and photo-transfer methods. This workshop is best suited for artists familiar with 2D and/or 3D materials and who are interested in investigating new generative pursuits.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Erin Washington, erinwashington.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Upcycled Sculpture"
July 17, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of found object sculpture and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Woven Stitch Collagraph Book"
July 17, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on a unique combination of collagraph printmaking – a form of collage – and book structures. Printing plates will be produced with collage and hot glue to create free-flowing designs. There are tremendous opportunities to experiment with textures with this unpredictable, in a good way, method. The plate design is very versatile and durable for continued print runs, providing enough prints for two or more books. The multi-signature book structures will be constructed with open-spine woven stitches, creating a color block effect on the spine. The content will include multiple image repeats from the colllagraph process. These will be manipulated with water media and color pencil to individualize the pages.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set – centering more efficiently, working larger, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe in Shake Rag Alley's Sardeson Pottery Studio to refine and expand your throwing techniques during this highly personalized process-oriented workshop. Along with working on the wheel, we will spend the weekend exploring spouts, lids and handles, and looking at examples of outstanding ancient and contemporary pots. Clay is provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cole
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Art of the Buckle"
July 17, 2020
 

Belt buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this full-day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments ... beyond that, the design choices are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin, or other object. Find examples of non-Western buckles with a simple Google search. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Bolo Tie"
July 18, 2020
 

The Bolo Tie lies somewhere between necklace and necktie with a definite Southwestern flair to it. The bolo is popping up in fashion shows around the world and is worn by women nearly as much as men. In this class you will learn to make a bolo with all hand-fabricated elements including sterling silver slide and custom tips – no store-bought components! Join the fun and create a new fashion accessory you can enjoy everywhere! Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Graham Keegan: Indigo + Shibori Exploration: From Seed to Dye"
July 19-23, 2020
 

During this retreat, you'll learn how to extract pigment from indigo leaves and transfer its rich color onto cloth, from the palest blue to deep indigo. This retreat is recommended for those of all experience levels. The dye process will be explored from start to finish in a way that is exciting for novices and offers insight to even the most experienced dyers. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Graham Keegan
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: Barbed Wire Cuff"
July 19, 2020
 

This barbed wire setting is a great way to show off a special stone and at the same time provide lots of visual interest to the band. This particular design uses triangle wire for strength and comfort. There will be plenty of challenge to your design and fabrication skills. So grab one of your special stones and build this cuff for a custom piece of wearable art. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
July 19, 2020
 

Putting paint on paper can be a mixed bag of unexpected surprises with unknown endings. Pouring paint onto paper will certainly give you combos of astonishingly intense and luminescent colors. This process will also allow you to discover ways to define the space around shapes with contrast and glazed colors. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery of shapes in selected spots. Imagine and paint the space around objects with watercolors and gouache – opaque water-based paint. Work with some very contemporary, good-vibe iridescent, interference, and opaque watercolor techniques to further enhance and embellish the surface. Discover that painting is about discovery and expression at all levels of creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $153
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Children's Art Workshop: Worldly Ceramics"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Inspired by destinations both near and far, this ceramics workshop explores a variety of styles, forms, and surface design techniques. Each day, young artists design and create functional and decorative pieces on the wheel based on the day’s global focus and lessons. The final day is dedicated to adding texture, embellishments, and color inspired by historic ceramic traditions. A final clear glaze ensures all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Clay for the Outdoors"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Using a combination of the potter’s wheel and hand building techniques, young artists produce a range of functional pieces designed for the outdoors, including bud vases, flower pots, lanterns, and decorative garden sculptures. Students learn basics of hand building and wheel throwing, as well as how to modify, embellish, and decorate with underglazes. Pieces are finished with a final clear glaze for durability.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Everyday Clay"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. In this ceramics workshop, young artists create functional and decorative clay pieces using basic hand building techniques. Cups, bowls, vases, platters, and bookends are created from pinch, coil, and slab construction. Add texture, pattern, and color using mark-making tools and brightly colored underglazes. All pieces are finished with a clear underglaze to ensure they are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Ceramics for the Garden"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. In this ceramics workshop, students create a different accessory for the garden each day. Garden tags, toad houses, gnomes, and lanterns are created using pinch, coil, and slab construction techniques with self-hardening clay. Finish each piece with color, pattern, and landscape-inspired imagery using tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Illuminating the Everyday: The House as Subject"
July 20-23, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on how both the interior and exterior imagery of the home can become compelling subject matter for painting. Through the investigation of light, composition, perspective, and color, create paintings that bring out the inherent qualities of narrative and mystery found in the familiar space of home. A balanced curriculum of demonstrations, discussions of contemporary and historical art, and hands-on studio work address methods for approaching light, composition, point-of-view, color, and format. Work from personal photographs, direct observation, and your imagination throughout the week with Michael providing individualized feedback. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painters, however all demonstrations are completed in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Banning, www.MichaelBanning.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Journey Sketchbook"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Capture images and memories in a personal manner as you learn how to create and use a plein air journey sketchbook for your travels near and far. Put aside expectations and let your hand record what you see; unleashing your creative spirit to explore new media, ideas, and possibilities. Discover how your journey sketchbook can be a springboard for creating new works in the studio. Spend half of each day outdoors using a variety of art tools and prompts, including viewfinders, value sketches, vignettes, sketch walks, 10-minute images, written recordings, and more, to fill your journey sketchbook. Use pencil, watercolor, ink pens, and watercolor pencils for your plein air work. The second half of each day is spent in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Organize and Edit: Lightroom Essentials for Photographers"
July 20-21, 2020
 

If all of your files are saved on your desktop, you’ve misplaced images or catalogs, or you dream of an organized workflow but fear it’s too late to begin, this is the workshop for you. Join Kasey for a guided tutorial of Adobe Lightroom from creating your first catalog and setting preferences to organizing and editing your images in preparation for printing, sharing, or exhibiting. Through instructor-led exercises, learn the safest ways to download and backup your images, as well as strategies for photo organization and workflow with an emphasis on editing your images to bring out true-to-life light and color. Editing skills include perfecting exposure, solving color cast problems, sharpening soft images, creating black and white versions, and batch processing groups of photos.
 
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


"Surface History: Layered Collage Paintings"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this three-day workshop, we'll create papers by drawing, painting, and handprinting. These artist papers with the addition of house paint, mark-making materials, and varnish will combine to make exciting abstract mixed media layered paintings. Students learn exciting additive and subtractive techniques for working with layers in order to build a surface history with depth, interest, and mystery. We'll look at images of contemporary collage and mixed media works to find inspiration for interesting color, composition, shapes and lines. Instruction focuses on helping each student pursue their own direction while adding to their art-making skills and to their knowledge of contemporary abstract mixed media work. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wearing You Art on Your Sleeves and Everywhere Else"
July 25, 2020
 

Have you been thinking about printing your artwork on fabric? It seems complicated, but Helen will guide you through the process of using Spoonflower, a custom printer that gives artists the ability to design their own fabrics. She'll show you how to do a simple replication of images for projects on cloth, how to put your image in repeat (called tiling and endless other project possibilities like making large-scale wall works, patterns for dolls or stuffed toys, and placement of images for apparel design. This isn't just a lecture; you will actually be doing the work with your own images during class and leave ready to place your Spoonflower order!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Children's Art Workshop: Books that Fold, Twist, and Pop"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Children learn how to design, illustrate, and engineer three-dimensional books with pockets, pop-up images, folds, scrolls, and moveable parts in this workshop. A different theme provides inspiration each day. Simple folded forms are introduced first, followed by more complex, multi-page books. Pages and book covers are created using drawing, painting, and collage techniques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Never Too Many"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. This workshop focuses on three different printmaking methods, including painterly monoprints, textural collagraph prints, and graphic relief prints. Young artists learn about the history of printmaking and gain hands-on practice using the tools and materials of each printmaking process. Layering, playing with color, and experimentation is encouraged throughout the week. Students make enough prints to bring home, as well as trade with each member of class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: One of A Kind"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, students explore the printmaking process of monoprinting. Unlike other forms of printmaking, monoprints are images that can only be printed once. Students learn variations of the process, including painting with ink directly onto plexiglass, making stencils by hand, and using found objects to create textures, as well as how to properly handle paper, mix ink, and print successfully. Students create enough prints to bring home, as well as trade with their classmates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Working and Thinking with Color"
July 27-30, 2020
 

This workshop helps you develop and expand the way you use color. Learn to intentionally and consciously navigate the spaces of hue, value, and intensity; consider color groupings and compositional strategies; and use color interaction to your advantage in your art and design practice. A subject in and of itself, explore color’s philosophical and cultural content as well. Demonstrations, discussions, and group work sessions begin with modern color theory and expand into observational, experimental, and process-based explorations of color. Work with acrylic paint and cut paper collage, as well as whatever digital apps you may have. Readings and videos on color supplement hands-on learning.
 
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


"Abstraction Demystified"
July 27-30, 2020
 

During this hands-on workshop, take an in-depth look at strategies for creating compelling abstract drawings and paintings. Expand your knowledge of materials, strengthen your understanding of historical and contemporary abstraction, and identify your individual interests and direction within the genre. Daily presentations led by Shane introduce you to fundamental concepts of abstraction and a variety of artists. Visual prompts and exercises encourage you to experiment with different approaches, including working with the element of chance or through a formal structure, and, ultimately, invent a new visual language. Expect to work on a number of pieces each day. Individualized instruction and group discussions provide constructive feedback throughout the week. Painters of all levels welcome.
 
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


"Playful Enamels"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Investigate the world of possibilities for surface color and design in this workshop where enameling techniques are mixed and layered. Learn how to work with liquid, powder, transparent, and opaque enamels, as well as watercolor and china paints. Demonstrations and discussions introduce you to the fundamentals and proper application techniques of each material. From there, break the rules in as many ways as you can and develop your own visual library. Work from your sketchbook, favorite photographs, or imagination. Open to all levels; no previous experience with enamels required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Wells, JennWells.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Form and Surface: Alteration, Color, Texture, and Ornamentation"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Bring the world around you onto the surfaces of your wheel-thrown pottery through press molds, carving, and alterations by hand. Learn how to make small press molds and create clay pressings from the local environment in an investigation of surface. Layer electric kiln glazes for deep luscious surfaces that bring your pots to life. The workshop begins with an introduction to hand built and wheel-thrown forms, followed by a demonstration of press mold making and creating clay pressings. Guided by Craig, integrate various surface approaches, including additive techniques, as well as carving and glaze layering, into your vessels. All levels of experience with wheel throwing and hand building welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Clifford, www.CraigCliffordCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Translating Light"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Discover new photographic possibilities while immersing yourself in the scenic landscape of Door County. Whether you’re new to the medium or a seasoned photographer looking to enhance your skill set, this workshop explores how to interpret and respond to a variety of lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. Through a balanced curriculum of studio instruction, group discussion, daily explorations in the field, and out-of-class assignments, core photographic principles are reinforced and new technical and conceptual skills developed. Leave this workshop with confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations. Open to all levels. A DSLR camera 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


"Teen Art Workshop: Cut and Paste"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. Teen artists explore basic and more advanced collage and montage techniques in this workshop. Students learn how to use found papers, recycled materials, and printmaking methods to communicate their artistic vision. The works of Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Hoch, Henri Matisse, Max Ernst, and more are referenced for instruction and inspiration throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 29, 2020
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 30, 2020
 

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: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: Paper Marbling and Bookmaking"
July 31, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of paper marbling and bookmaking and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 31, 2020
 

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make it intimidating. Through exercises participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating a series of abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Fiber Sculpting"
July 31 - August 2, 2020
 

I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside our preconceived ideas of what is textile art. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combining found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage, combining the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clarissa Callesen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Smartphone Photography: Exploring Creativity Using the Camera on Your Phone"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Explore the untapped creative potential of an everyday tool that is right at your fingertips – your smartphone camera. In this workshop, learn how to make the most of your iPhone or Android’s camera settings and applications to create imaginative and compositionally sound images. Demonstrations introduce you to the functions of your camera, as well as the applications you are encouraged to add to your phone. Throughout the two days, work through a series of shooting and editing exercises. If interested, make professional enlargements of your work on a pigmented inkjet printer at the close of the workshop. Designed for both beginners, as well as those who have a more advanced understanding of their smartphone cameras and photo editing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Krejcarek, www.PhilipKrejcarek.weebly.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Beginners"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in pursuing painting or sculpture, drawing is at the core of every artistic discipline. Build a foundation in the classical fundamentals, strengthen your observational skills, and learn how to make drawings that are convincing and true to life through an easy-to-understand, yet analytical approach. Using a step-by-step process, discover a number of principles to help you see, interpret, and express the world around you. Demonstrations, as well as personalized instruction and feedback from Philip, guide you through each stage of the process. Topics to be covered include measuring, proportions, perspective, value structure, effects of light, edge control, composition, and material handling.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Powder Coating for Jewelry"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Traditionally an industrial process, powder coating offers a weatherproof and chip and scratch resistant finish. When used on jewelry, it offers an inexpensive, versatile, and colorful way to make your jewelry “Pop!” Learn how to quickly and easily apply this durable finish to your pieces in a wide array of colors. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice introduce you to various home setup options, powder coating equipment, and effective cleaning, spraying, and sifting methods. The majority of class is dedicated to time to experiment, make samples, and finish already-made pieces. You are encouraged to bring finished, bare metal works that you would like to transform with color. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melis Agabigum, www.MelisBanu.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

With its stream of endlessly reproducible images, materials, patterns, and information, the medium of collage has a unique history and vital connection to contemporary life. Explore basic approaches to collage, including organizing collections of images and materials and taking them apart and piecing them together in new pictorial images or abstract designs. Presentations of works by modern and contemporary artists introduce you to the limitless possibilities, while technical demonstrations and exercises explore the material processes and concepts presented. Exercises are specific, but also allow for individual interpretation and play. Work with images and materials that you collected prior to class. This initial image collection is a vital aspect of the collage process. Open to students of all levels.
 
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


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 1, 2020
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pam Houston: Turning the Physical World into a Story"
August 2-6, 2020
 

Join internationally-recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Houston
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Children's Art Workshop: Abstract Possibilities"
August 3-6, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Focused on line, shape, color, and texture, this workshop investigates the world of abstract painting. The work of Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Mark Rothko, and Sol LeWitt provide inspiration throughout the week. Students learn how to simplify the surrounding world to create an abstract image, as well as gestural and geometric approaches. Pieces are completed using colored pencils, markers, watercolor, tempera paint, and mixed media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Art Making Meets Art History"
August 3-6, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism provide plenty of inspiration in this painting workshop. Each day young artists look at and discuss the styles and artists that made each movement famous before diving into hands-on challenges. Skill building exercises and final projects are completed in collage, pastel, watercolor, and tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Beyond the Color Wheel"
August 3-6, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Color is one of the most powerful tools an artist can use. In this workshop, young artists learn how nature creates color, how color affects the way they see and feel, and how artists have used color throughout art history. A range of painting styles, paint media, and subject matter are explored, including portraiture, nature studies, and abstraction. Create a series of paintings that illustrate the endless possibilities of color.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Painted Stories"
August 3-6, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. In this workshop, young artists read and draw inspiration from popular children’s books to create their own characters, tell new stories, and combine language and art. Throughout the week, students learn basic techniques in colored pencil, watercolor, tempera, and book making, as well as methods for telling and illustrating stories of their own. Leave this workshop with a series of two-dimensional pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alchemy and Art: The Magic of Yupo"
August 3-4, 2020
 

Yupo is a plastic surface that offers many interesting and exciting opportunities not possible with traditional paper substrates. This two-day workshop explores how a variety of water-based media, including watercolor, ink, and high-flow acrylic paint, interact with the Yupo substrate. Discover Yupo’s full potential through daily demonstrations and exercises. Exhaust the substrate’s limitations as you use traditional watercolor and acrylic processes and approaches, as well as more experimental techniques. Additionally, play with translucent Yupo in various collage processes. Group discussions offer the opportunity to share your findings and learn from your peers. Emphasis is placed on self-exploration and experimentation. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
August 3-4, 2020
 

The objective of this workshop is to learn how to make convincing, sensitive paintings that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach. Practice and gain confidence in seeing, understanding, and translating visual phenomena using the fundamentals of oil painting. Through demonstrations and personal critiques, Philip introduces a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness through accurate drawing, understanding value and the effects of light, mixing color, manipulating edges, and understanding cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, paint one six-hour portrait from a live model each day. This workshop is designed for painters with experience in oil, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to register.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Contemporary Still Life"
August 3-4, 2020
 

This two-day workshop introduces you to concepts and techniques specific to still life photography. Gain a foundation in the basics of styling, lighting, shooting, and retouching to improve the quality of your photographs. Explore sources of inspiration and discover how still life objects can convey meaning and metaphor in your work. This workshop begins with a lecture on the history of the still life in art and photography; providing historical context to the practice of contemporary still life photography. Demonstrations and hands-on practice address the styling, capturing, editing, and inkjet printing processes from start to finish. Jessica provides individualized feedback throughout. Leave this workshop with an inkjet print, as well as the skills needed to continue investigating the still life.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Labatte, www.JessicaLabatte.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor in the Travel Spirit"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Discover how quick studies made using basic drawing and watercolor supplies can enrich your studio practice. Create small works that document the places and moments around you before returning to the studio to reinterpret and expand upon those observations through larger, more finished paintings. This workshop begins with an overview of materials and best practices for small, quick studies. Beginning students are introduced to the process and tools of watercolor, while more advanced students head out into the Door County landscape to create their first works in the “travel spirit”. The rest of the week alternates between dedicated time to document places of inspiration and time in the studio creating new works based on your studies. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Composition, Choice, and Care"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Designed for those ready to push themselves and take their practice to the next level, this workshop focuses on the relationship between how you paint, the choices you make regarding materials, process, scale, and context, and what those choices mean. Using composition and its role in the evolution of art history as a point of exploration, discover how to make the work only you can make, having isolated and elevated your own sensibility. Alternating between discussion and working time, develop an understanding and sensitivity toward your unique touch and choice. Study composition throughout history, observe how it has changed over time, discuss what those changes mean, and explore those insights through a variety of hands-on methods throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peter Fagundo, PeterFagundo.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Adornment"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Learn the basics of working with metal as you create four pieces of jewelry, including a ring, pendant, earrings, and a brooch, from start to finish. With emphasis placed on the building blocks of making work, leave this workshop with confidence in using a variety of cold and heat joining processes, as well as techniques for creating mechanisms. Each day focuses on one of the four pieces of adornment. With Nicole as your guide, follow a step-by-step approach to make each finished piece using metal wire and sheet. Open to students of all levels, no previous experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard, www.NicoleJacquard.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Ceramic Spreaders, Spoons, and Scoops"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Move beyond the traditional, ceramic tabletop objects and learn how to construct utilitarian kitchen tools, such as spreaders, spoons, scoops, and reamers, using both hand built and wheel-thrown construction. Additionally, give an old kitchen tool new life by replacing the handle with a ceramic handle of your own design. Each day alternates between demonstrations, brief gatherings to discuss examples of form and surface from Kristin’s personal collection of kitchen tools, and plenty of hands-on working time. Construction methods include coil, slab with paper plates, wheel-thrown parts, and basic clay molds for small forms. Explore surface decoration techniques that translate across all firing temperatures, such as creating textured slabs, sgraffito, mishima, resists, and underglaze transfers. Open to all levels of experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Filmmaking with Your Digital Camera"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Designed for the evolving photographer, this workshop introduces the powerful video features of your DSLR or mirrorless camera and provides a basic foundation for the use of video editing software. Expand your practice, discover the filmmaking capabilities and limitations of your camera, and gain confidence shooting video in a variety of conditions. The first part of this workshop is dedicated to gaining an understanding of your camera’s video settings, allowing time for technical instruction, visual experiments, individualized feedback, and learning the language of digital cinema. From there, independent and small group assignments provide hands-on experience shooting moving imagery, capturing audio, sequencing a story, and editing and exporting files. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is required.
 
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


"Revolutionary Pendant"
August 6-7, 2020
 

Take your ring-making skills to another dimension by creating a dynamic piece with independently moving parts. Students will learn the tricks that will make this seemingly impossible soldering job easier. We will finish off the piece by adding interest with a double-sided semi-precious stone bead. Soldering and ring-making experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Basics of Ceramics"
Thursdays, August 6 - September 10, 2020
 

Learn the essentials of working with clay! Start from the very beginning in this series of six sessions. You’ll progress through a wide variety of processes, from making pinch pots through coil techniques, and finish up with throwing experience on the potter’s wheel. The nature of various clay bodies will be addressed in addition to a discussion of the chemistry of glazes. Materials fee includes clay, use of tools, glazes and firings. Plan to go home with a number of fun, finished, and functional items!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: Painting Abstractly"
August 7, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of abstraction and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Small Stitched Landscape"
August 7, 2020
 

Create a simple landscape using recycled fabrics sourced from designers' showrooms. We will be helping the environment by keeping great fabrics out of our landfills while creating unique decor and gifts. Hand stitching grasses, trees, and flowers will personalize our creations. Materials fee includes threads, heavy fusible, edge sealant, and fabulous fabrics.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Creating Art Cloth with Resists"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Design and create the perfect fabric for your quilt project, home decor, or clothing. We will use several products to create marks that will resist dyes or paints. Techniques will include stencils, stamps, and free-hand drawing or brushing. No fabric-dyeing experience is required. Materials fee includes 2 yards fabric, all dyes, paints, and chemicals, use of instructor's stencils and stamps.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $1255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Leather Playdate"
August 8, 2020
 

Explore leather working while creating custom, leather cuff bracelets. Students will learn to cut, dye, braid, and finish leather for a professional look. Then we will add a little metal stamping to the leather. Projects may be customized by each student to suit their taste. There will be enough time to finish 3-4 bracelets depending on designs chosen by the student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Separation Anxiety"
August 9, 2020
 

Learn two enamel techniques in one class! This all-day class will allow students the opportunity to experiment with the differences between the two techniques (separation enamel and crackle enamel) to create a kaleidoscope of colors and designs. We will use several layers of enamel and several torch firings to achieve these effects. An understanding of basic torch-fired enamel techniques is required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $197
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Introduction to Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 10-13, 2020
 

This workshop explores the versatility and possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature, to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Combine cold wax, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create meaningful abstractions. Focused on process, demonstrations, image presentations, and group discussions illustrate how to push the limits of the medium, invite surprise, and incorporate your personal goals and interests. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, Jim works with you individually to help you advance on your journey with abstraction. This workshop is well suited for those who enjoy the sharing, flexibility, and happenstance of a group learning environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sumi Ink Drawing and Beyond"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Engage with the past while you immerse yourself in the present in a workshop focused on the practice of drawing using sumi ink and brush on paper. Take a contemporary and experimental approach to sumi ink drawing while referencing traditional Asian brush painting and calligraphy. Consider brush marks and lines to be descriptive, meditative, intuitive, experimental, and expressive, while also examining varied modes of presentations, such as simple folding and bookmaking. Each day, engage in demonstrations, conversations, and silent independent and collaborative hands-on work. Using sumi ink and a variety of brushes and papers, carefully examine the nature, properties, and interaction of these three materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoonmi Nam, www.YoonmiNam.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Figures in the Landscape"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Things that move are not limited to humans. Expand your landscape and cityscape toolbox as you adjust your mindset to see boats, trees, clotheslines, and more as animated figures in your compositions. Learn to see structure of light and shadow, perspective, and depth as you simplify figures and spaces into shapes and values with a three-layer, four-value approach to watercolor. Demonstrations and guided exercises introduce you to pigment characteristics, wet-into-wet mingling, transparent layering, intentional lost and found edges, and lively brushwork. Expect to paint primarily from personal photo references in the studio. If weather and time allow, work from direct observation en plein air. Tara provides individualized feedback throughout the painting process. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tara Sweeney, www.TaraSweeneyArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Object and Memory: Narrative Jewelry"
August 10-13, 2020
 

How can a wearable object tell a story? In this workshop, explore the idea of creating jewelry as a signifier of experience, memory, or story. Using personal items of importance and materials of interest as a starting point, design and fabricate a series of small-scale wearables using both traditional and non-traditional techniques. Demonstrations and discussions address technical processes and conceptual concerns, including making chains and pinback mechanisms, incorporating alternative materials, using image transfer processes, general fabrication tips and tricks, as well as techniques for researching and troubleshooting new ideas. Experiment with the techniques presented and leave this workshop with a collection of samples as research, as well as the start of several pieces. Previous metalsmithing experience, including sawing, filing, and soldering, is preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Brown and Kristina Smith
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Pottery in the Making"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, young artists learn the basics of making functional pottery, including cups, bowls, vases, and small plates. A combination of potter’s wheel and hand building techniques teach the fundamentals of three-dimensional construction, while underglaze painting and sgraffito techniques explore surface decoration. A final clear glaze ensures all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Claymation"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Young artists explore the fascinating process of claymation in this unique workshop. Students learn the tools necessary to make their own short stop-motion films, including storyboarding, creating characters using self-hardening clay, and making mixed media backdrops. With help from one another and the instructor, students produce and film their stop-motion on iPads provided by PenArt. All videos are sent via email following the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Fur, Feathers, and Scales"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Nature and art intersect in this ceramics workshop as students create their own pack of animal sculptures. Gather inspiration from pets, creatures of Door County, and wild animals from throughout the world. Students learn how to use pinch, coil, and slab techniques to form each animal out of self-hardening clay. Texture, pattern, and color are added using a variety of mark-making tools and tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Sculptural Clay"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. In this workshop, young artists use hand building techniques to explore the sculptural possibilities of clay. Pinch, coil, and slab construction are used to create a series of unique works of art, including masks, bookends, bobbleheads, and decorative tiles. Children decorate the surfaces of their pieces with texture tools and brightly colored underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Accessible Animation for Artists"
August 10-13, 2020
 

An introduction to animation using your smartphone, this workshop explores a variety of approaches. Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of animation, including timing, storyboarding, and techniques that can be translated to clay, paper, digital materials, and more. Discover how this medium can be used to express your artistic interests. A combination of lectures, demos, and short screenings introduce you to the various facets of animation. Using readily available smartphone apps, work through a series of instructor-led exercises. In addition to technical instruction, learn and discuss the narrative motivations behind particular techniques. Class content addresses several different types of materials, including drawings on paper, claymation, stop motion with objects, and more. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Hannah Hamalian, www.HannahHamalian.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Between Abstraction and Representation"
August 14-15, 2020
 

In what ways do you tolerate abstraction in your visual field? How can you reinterpret the world around you? What does it mean to combine different kinds of representation within the same picture plane? Explore the continuum of abstraction and representation in painting in this two-day workshop. Working through a series of studies based in observation, experiment with different ways to abstract the world around you, including using reflective objects for distortion, looking through a lens or kaleidoscope, projecting images onto three-dimensional objects, and exploring how the manipulation of paint and surface can also create an abstraction. Look at the work of historical and contemporary artists and examine how they handle the space between representation and abstraction. Open to all paint media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Jane Duffy, www.MaryJaneDuffy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 14-15, 2020
 

This workshop introduces you to the basics of creating vector-based work in Adobe Illustrator. Learn to utilize this program as a supporting prep tool for future projects, including stand-alone vector compositions and digital prints that mimic traditional media. Demonstrations and hands-on practice introduce you to the process of importing, organizing, and exporting files; merging photographic image files with vector compositions to create mixed-media collage work; using pen and brush tools to create line drawings and vector artwork; utilizing the shape-building and patterning tools; and creating templates for future projects, including stencils, pattern blocks, or film positives for screen printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, emily-scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Hand Built Ceramics for the Outdoors"
August 14, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of hand built ceramics and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Oil Painting for Beginners"
August 14-15, 2020
 

Gain confidence in the nuts and bolts of the oil painting medium in this workshop geared toward beginners. Learn how to interpret what you see and transfer that information to canvas to create paintings in the realist tradition that are aesthetically sound. Color theory and compositional strategies are covered along with the technical basics of oil painting. Focusing on developing varying skills and exploring different approaches, complete three still life paintings. Tips and strategies for paint mixing and application, seeing and translating color, and solving compositional issues are at the heart of each painting approach. Demonstrations and discussions introduce you to each concept, while individualized instruction provides you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pendant Making Using Cold Connections"
August 14-15, 2020
 

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or more experienced metalsmith interested in a refresher, this workshop explores cold connection techniques to make a tab set object pendant. Expand your skillset as you design and fashion your own original pendant. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, Sarah introduces and guides you through the process of creating a tab set object pendant. Learn how to texturize, layer, and saw metals to create a base on which to set a unique found object, stone, or fabricated metal dome using wire and tube rivets. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Try It: Throwing on the Wheel"
August 15, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in making a piece on the potter’s wheel for the first time, this workshop guides you through the process of wedging clay, centering on the wheel, and creating a bowl and/or cup. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezel Setting"
August 15, 2020
 

Learn to make a simple bezel-set pendant for an oval or round cabochon (domed/non-faceted) stone in sterling silver. We will cover how to make a full bezel cup and attach a wire bail. Measuring, fitting, soldering, filing, and finishing will be covered. Materials fee includes all supplies to make the pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kami Mendlik: Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

This unique retreat is four days of painting, designed to develop YOU creatively, practically, spiritually, and personally. All levels of painters are welcome, however intermediate to advanced-level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Embossed Enameled Pendants"
August 16, 2020
 

Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, build a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from the initial drawing through the final washes. Sharpen your observational skills, learn how to render form, and gain confidence in the use of color and value. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy guides you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and colors, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens are provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Incorporating Water-Based Media with Oil Painting"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, learn how to begin a painting with water-based media, such as acrylic or watercolor, and finish elements with oil paint. Application strategies for each medium are discussed and explored, as well as how paint application and visual approach relate to content in your work. Expect to complete two paintings over the course of this workshop. Preliminary studies to explore application potential accompany each piece. Your first painting begins with acrylic paint before incorporating oil paint, while the second begins with watercolor on an absorbent ground before finishing with oil. It is recommended that students either work from observation or from images of nature for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Unique Chain Making"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, focus on designing and creating a distinctive necklace or bracelet that is a dramatic departure from the average cable chain. Challenge yourself and apply fresh thinking as you create a unique chain from start to finish. Using wire and sheet metal, design and fabricate inspired links and clasps that encourage you to consider connecting elements in a whole new way. Sarah provides individualized feedback throughout the process. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished chain. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Painted Illusions"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Throughout history, artists have used a variety of techniques to trick the eye of the viewer. This workshop dives into the methods behind Optical Art, Trompe l’oeil, tessellations, and more. Throughout the week, students create two-dimensional works that appear three-dimensional, imply movement, vibrate, hide images, and warp. Pieces are made using colored pencils, markers, watercolor, and tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Drawing and Painting Animals"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Using foundational art elements, children learn how to accurately draw and paint their favorite animals. Photo references of animals from around the world provide inspiration throughout the week as students practice combining line, form, texture, and color to capture the likeness of a wide range of animals and their environments. Pieces are made using graphite pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolor, and tempera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Many Ways to Paint"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Young artists push the boundaries of traditional painting to create unique and vibrant pieces in this workshop. Basic painting techniques, including brush handling and color mixing, are practiced, followed by more experimental approaches to tempera, watercolor, and mixed media. Skill building exercises, individual pieces, and large-scale collaborative pieces fill each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Delicollage"
August 17, 2020
 

Deli paper – we've all tried it! But you've probably never done the things with it that we will do in this class. Students will learn to shave pastels, and to add metallic powders and thin Asian papers to their collages. High-flow acrylic paint will be used to add abstract writing as well as Pollock-like drips and splashes. We will create a huge pile of collage papers! We will then choose our favorites and build an abstract collage suitable for framing. You'll learn a lot about acrylic paints and mediums in the process and go home with a lot of papers for future use!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Incoporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop introduces you to the basics of Adobe Photoshop as a tool for combining digital imaging techniques with your existing studio practice. Create rich mixed-media compositions as you learn the fundamentals of importing and remixing hand-rendered artwork. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, learn how to import, organize, and export files with Photoshop; use layers, blending modes, and the FX panel; refine image selection techniques; create custom digital brushes and hand-rendered mark-making; blend together digital paint layers; and use retouching tools to enhance your imagery. Leave this workshop with a set of new digital skills and at least one print.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, emily-scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Teen Art Workshop: Sequential Illustration"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Ages: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. In this workshop, teens learn the process of illustrating a sequential story from writing, layout, and sketching to the final finished pages. Techniques in colored pencil, ink, markers, and watercolor are shared and practiced. From there, students design and roughly sketch a multiple-page story with illustrations using the media of their choosing with instruction throughout the process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Alla Prima Plein Air Studies"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the natural beauty of Door County with brush in hand in this workshop focused on the creation of small plein air studies. Learn how to see your subject more clearly, create compositions that are structurally sound, mix accurate color, and work efficiently and confidently. Through demonstrations, painting time, individualized instruction, and group feedback, Bethann shares a new set of skills each day, including how to select a composition, capture light, and develop nuanced brushwork. As a bonus, one night, join Bethann in painting a nocturn study. Expect to leave this workshop with at least three alla prima studies from each day, a pile of notes from demonstrations and critiques, and a sense of accomplishment that carries your practice forward.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bethann Moran-Handzlik
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing Artistry with Animals as Inspiration"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Hone your observational and painting abilities as you delve into the world of capturing animals on canvas. Discover how to create paintings that are fresh and lifelike by choosing a dynamic point of view, using color to promote interest, varying brushwork for different effects, and capturing the essence of your subject without obsessing over detail. Develop skills that transfer to any subject matter. A variety of painting approaches are demonstrated and discussed each day. Explore each concept with Susan’s assistance. In addition to practicing established methods, tackle inventive exercises that expand your artistry and promote creativity. Expect to take home a series of studies to inspire you when designing your own projects. Previous oil painting experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Concreation"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into your jewelry and small-object making. Combine concrete with colored dyes to create unique, colorful pieces using traditional and advanced mold-making techniques. A presentation of Michael’s work and series of demonstrations introduce you to not only the limitless opportunities for incorporating concrete into your practice, but also the techniques involved in making molds, working with concrete as a raw material, and coloring and treating the surface. Work hands-on with Michael for individualized instruction, feedback, and troubleshooting in the completion of your new pieces. If time allows, see how Michael utilizes 3D printed materials in the creation and problem solving of his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Voice and Vision: Exploring Ceramic Forms and Surface Decoration"
August 19-22, 2020
 

In this four-day workshop, join Megan and JD Jorgenson for an exciting collaboration between form and surface. Designed to add to your technical vocabulary, explore a range of approaches for forming and surfacing ceramic objects. Each morning focuses on making objects on the wheel and using press molding techniques with JD as your guide. While each afternoon explores finish and surface with Megan. Surface processes include stamping, inlay, and image transfer using screen printing and block printing techniques. This workshop emphasizes experimentation and finding unique expressions in clay.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan and JD Jorgenson
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
August 19-23, 2020
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Family Drop-In: Collage and Montage"
August 21, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of collage and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Reversible Fine Silver Lentil or Pebble Bead"
August 22, 2020
 

Make your own unique, fine-silver, reversible lentil or pebble bead pendant and wear it home. Sherry will show you the basics of working with precious metal clay silver and how to combine two parts to make a seamless bead using "dry construction." You can choose to add one or two fire-in-place stones, add texture, or leave it plain like a small river stone. You will work with the clay, syringe, and paste. Sherry will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Natural Stones Set in Silver Metal Clay"
August 23, 2020
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon that you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor, who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Students must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience. Materials fee paid to instructor includes 25g metal clay, bezel wire.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Embedding: An Intermediate Encaustic Workshop"
August 24-27, 2020
 

This immersive workshop asks the question, what are you putting into your art? Hone your ideas, sharpen your skills, and bring your appreciation for embedding with encaustic to a whole new level. Learn techniques to create works all with the aim of revealing what is embedded and embedding what you wish to reveal. Through a combination of conversations, demonstrations, and experimental projects, Laura introduces you to a range of contemporary artists, materials, and processes; encouraging you to think about how ideas and actions can align. Learn how to create an inlaid line in encaustic - the gateway to creating wonderfully complicated cross-sections of color and pattern - and explore building up and manipulating paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Responsive Drawing"
August 24-27, 2020
 

Drawing is the cornerstone of all representational work, the basis for painting, and an end in itself. Yet for so many, drawing is an unimaginative and inexpressive process. In this workshop, Mat shares his philosophy and approach to drawing as a rich art form and great aid in establishing dynamic and emotionally charged images. Learn how to read the work as it emerges and let the work tell you what it needs; bridging the gap between technical proficiency and artistic liberation. Work through intuitive exercises designed to reset your expectations and limitations of drawing and help you build confidence. Expand your language of line and tone as you draw with your fingers, erasers, and pencils in new ways. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Jewelry Repair"
August 24-27, 2020
 

Add the basics of jewelry repair to your metalsmithing toolkit in this hands-on workshop. Explore the first level of this skillset as you learn about common tools and how to use them, repair styles, soldering, different metals, and more. Alternating between demonstrations and guided exercises, Michael emphasizes hands-on working time throughout the four days. Practice sizing a ring up and down, soldering and repairing a chain, and cleaning, polishing, and achieving a mirror finish on the surfaces of your pieces. Your tuition includes chains, rings, and other materials for practice. In addition, please bring broken jewelry of your own. Open to all levels, however some previous jewelry making experience is preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way to work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 27, 2020
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Birds and the Beeswax Book"
August 28, 2020
 

Let's create a beautiful mixed media collage on the cover of our gorgeous, handmade journal and embellish with metal doo-dads, ribbon, and various collage paper and found items. We'll use one of my favorite mediums: Beeswax! Not only is it a yummy-smelling, awesome medium to work with, it's also great for creating translucent and opaque layers and adhering lightweight collage items to create a unique, textured look (both physically and visually)! The insides of our pages will be watercolor paper and we'll embellish them with lace, ribbons, trims, fabric, and more to create a book bursting with color, texture, and layers!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Three Letter Words"
August 28, 2020
 

Some words are mighty though only three letters: sky, all, now, you. They call up imagery the second you hear them. In this class, we will transfer (or you can make your own) letterforms to small canvas, and add imagery that calls to us. The technique we will use is dry brush, and involves painting the negatives instead of the positives. It is a silhouetting of sorts, an illustration technique that is handy because it is a fast and easy way to work, and a good exercise in seeing shapes. Our palette will be limited, as will our vocabulary of images, so you can easily do this in one day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 28, 2020
 

Students in this class will do some simple metal etching on small squares of copper or brass. These completed metal pieces will then be embedded in a textural surface. Molding paste on cradled panel with stencils will be used to create the textured surface. This surface will be painted with the student's choice of colors. Color theory and composition will be discussed to help students create a beautiful and unusual art piece!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic and Charcoal"
August 28-29, 2020
 

Designed for those who enjoy drawing and making marks, as well as those who love to use their drawings to build paintings, this workshop explores working serially with a focus on combining encaustic with charcoal. Learn a range of techniques, from collaging drawings onto themselves in an encaustic painting to carefully planning layers of collaged drawings to more experimental, less-controllable approaches with the materials that result in fascinating textures and patterns. Demonstrations aim to show you how to create mixed media works, including straightforward technical how-tos, complex compositional concepts, and using the interplay between encaustic and charcoal to your advantage. Consider your personal drawing narrative ahead of class and come with ideas and references. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"10 Paintings in Acrylic"
August 28-29, 2020
 

An artist really learns to paint when given the freedom to let go of a subject and the expectations of a single painting. In this workshop, practice how to do just that through repetition and technique. Learn how to experiment and challenge yourself to find new methods for rediscovering your chosen subject. With Beki as your guide, paint the same subject ten times. See how your interpretation, style, and skills evolve from one painting to the next. The uses of acrylic paint are also covered as part of the journey. As a group, discuss color, value, style, method, history, and more. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Organics Plus Abstracts: Working in a Series"
August 29, 2020
 

I have a love of combining organic shapes/images (flowers, birds, leaves, etc) with abstract backgrounds. I even like to throw some geometrics and patterns in there for fun! I'll show you how to create abstract backgrounds and add organic images and geometric patterns to form something lovely and unique. We'll learn how to use all my favorite materials and techniques as we create, grow and just have a good time! You'll explore acrylic paint, texture paste, paint pens, stamps, stencils and more. We'll talk about what colors to use and how to create a pleasing composition.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. And you will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 29, 2020
 

In this class we will use an antique porcelain doll to make a mermaid. It is embellished with vintage rhinestones and special wash painting techniques. A frame will be painted and embellished to hold our mermaid. Everything is supplied to make the mermaid and the frame including the rhinestones. You only need to bring items to embellish your frame (possible items include shells, plastic undersea animal toys, jewels).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Humans have been making maps for thousands of years: It is an urge some of us can't resist. Using collage, illustration, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media, we will create "maps" of our life experience that can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. We will make varied maps and a book to contain them, and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. Making maps of your life leads to both wonderful art and self-discovery. We'll explore our journeys with color, curiosity, poetry, and permission to illustrate your own path in your own way.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 29, 2020
 

Create one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched cards that mix "old-timey" photos with whimsical verse. We will start by creating our own collage background papers using old paper, inks, paint, and mark making. Then we will learn how to assemble the mini-little portraits that are mounted onto 4" x 5" note cards. Use them to send an extra special message to someone you love or as a portable work of art. Materials fee includes everything needed to make 10 cards. You may bring additional paper, digital images or ephemera to use to personalize your work. Basic sewing machine knowledge is helpful but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 29, 2020
 

Acrylic molding paste can be used to make beautiful textures and designs. The unique book covers created by these processes are quite striking! In this class students will learn and experiment with several molding paste techniques including stenciling, stamping, and scraping. Book covers are created by painting the molding paste and mounting on another piece of book board to form a cover. These covers will then be bound using a long stitch binding with a leather spine. This class will be appropriate for beginner and intermediate book binders. Students will receive personalized instruction and critique throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flower Child"
August 30, 2020
 

Let's create luscious, layered mixed media portraits but with a little twist. We'll combine floral still life with portraiture with various mixed media materials, tools, and techniques. I'll show you how I like to create a layered portrait full of life and texture. We'll start by creating our own mixed media collage papers and build up each layer step by step. Then we'll build up the background using acrylic paint, oil pastels, spray inks, oil paint sticks, and more. No drawing experience necessary. This class is also great for more advanced students looking to try a new style and get out of their comfort zone. I like to finger paint as well, so prepare to get a little bit messy!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 30, 2020
 

In this class we will make necklaces out of found objects. We will learn several cold connection techniques. That means no soldering required. We will learn how to make our pieces look antique no matter what they started out as. I will supply ball chain, Apoxie Clay, and paint. I will also bring a selection of parts for sale in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel"
August 31 - September 1, 2020
 

Oil pastels are pure pigments combined with non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide range of applications, including underpainting, layering, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual drawing and painting practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the two days, George demonstrates foundational techniques and experimental methods, as well as provides individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers closes each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: George Shipperley, www.GeorgeShipperley.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pastel Drawing for the Beginner"
August 31 - September 1, 2020
 

Delve into the unique characteristics of pastel in this two-day workshop designed for beginners. Learn about the tools and materials specific to pastel and build confidence in using them. The first day begins with a presentation of the history of pastel and examples of artist’s work from 1600 to present day, followed by an introduction to the different types of pastels and pastel papers. Gain hands-on practice through guided exploration of mark making, layering, and color mixing. The second day addresses how to start a pastel painting using a line stroke or side stroke and creating a sense of space and volume. Plenty of time is dedicated to drawing from landscape photo references with individualized instruction from Laverne throughout.
 
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


"Finding Forms in Forged Sheet and Wire"
August 31 - September 1, 2020
 

Move metal, push it to new limits, bend it to your will, and, maybe, even bend yourself to its will in this two-day workshop. Learn how to create texture, volume, and movement in new forms for jewelry or sculpture. Guided exploration introduces you to a variety of hammers and different surfaces, while discussions help you to see how these experiments can be put into practice to create jewelry or sculptural forms. Expect to leave this workshop with a trove of samples, at least one finished piece, and the start of many more. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Heather Nuber, www.HeatherSNuber.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mastering the Watercolor Mindset"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Success in watercolor has deep roots in mindset. When you are in the midst of a wash, whether controlled, free, or anything in between, the key ingredient is managing your mindset by redefining results as opportunities to be enhanced and any issues as puzzles to be solved. Explore watercolor’s full potential by using a photograph’s essence as a reference to be captured, rather than copied. Each day, work toward completing a series of remarkable scenes with Steve as your guide. More importantly, build skills in mastering a watercolor mindset that serves you well for a lifetime of painting. This workshop consists of demonstrations and discussions done throughout the day as challenges arise, and plenty of hands-on practice. All levels welcome.
 
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


"Paint + Image: Experimental Media"
September 2-5, 2020
 

The word ‘image’ continuously collects new context; confusing what a drawing, painting, or photograph could identify as. Existing on multiple levels, images cross geography, politics, memory, and physical space itself. In this workshop, build your knowledge of acrylic paint and alternative processes through the framework of understanding image, its functions, and utility. Beginning with a facilitated discussion about the properties of acrylic paint, review basic material usage by building color and/or value relationships. Demonstrations and discussions address acrylic paint’s wide range of applications and its ability to adapt and transform, while hands-on exploration investigates various alternative painting techniques, image transfer processes, and approaches for combining new materials with acrylics effectively. Lydia provides step-by-step guidance and individualized feedback each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lydia Dildilian, www.LydiaDildilian.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Connections"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Are you tired of making the same old clasp? Working with alternative materials and not sure how to join them together? Or, looking for more intentional transitions? Discover the endless possibilities of making connections in this four-day jewelry workshop. Beginning with an overview of many examples brought by Heather, see how you can put twists on old standards and challenge yourself to imagine and innovate. Through demonstrations and plenty of hands-on practice, learn new techniques unique to your and your classmates’ challenges and design and fabricate new mechanisms. Leave this workshop with a sketchbook full of ideas, tons of samples, and freshly finished pieces. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Heather Nuber, www.HeatherSNuber.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Architectural Photography"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Designed for the intermediate to advanced photographer, this workshop focuses on the practice and conceptual framework of architectural photography. Discover strategies for rendering places and spaces by comparing and contrasting architectural photography against modes with which you are more familiar, such as portraiture or landscape photography. Translate techniques you’ve already mastered and learn how to successfully approach issues specific to interiors and exteriors. As you survey the architecture of Fish Creek and surrounding Door County, develop a process of exploration, research, and planning before you begin making images. Each day consists of discussions, walks, and studio time – both for processing and reviewing work. Leave this workshop with an appreciation for and practice in planning and production workflows for architectural photography.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serhii Chrucky, www.SerhiiChrucky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Portrait: From Drawing to Painting"
September 9-12, 2020
 

Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this workshop with Stuart. Build new technical skills and gain confidence as you practice capturing the portrait from start to finish in both charcoal and oil paint. Devoted to solving some of the recurring drawing issues that come up in portraiture, the first day and a half explores gesture, comparative measurement, and the invaluable tools of a hand mirror and plumb line. The following two and a half days focus on painting the portrait in oil. Using a standard palette of colors, discover the relationships of warm and cool tones in the portrait. Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction provide you with feedback and bring your drawing and painting to the next level.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Screen Printing Fundamentals"
September 9-12, 2020
 

Explore the world of screen printing in this workshop open to all levels. Moving through the process from start to finish, transform black line drawings and photographs into immediate, colorful, and creative high-quality prints on paper. Build a foundation in silkscreen printing as Chris guides you through the process of making film positives from your personally drawn or photographed artwork, applying emulsion and exposing screens, mixing ink, organizing registration, and printing successfully. Additional screen printing methods covered include using screen filler, blended ink methods, and color reduction printing. Open to all skill levels, however knowledge of principles of art and design is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Style, www.ChristineStyle.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stix n Stonz"
September 11, 2020
 

Create dramatic textures by fusing multiple layers of silver wire to a silver base. Embellish the piece with tube sets for added glamour. Students will create a pendant and a ring while learning to fuse silver without melting, a huge cost and time saver!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 12, 2020
 

Create two faux channel-set rings by encasing a strand of semi-precious stones and a strand of soldered tube-sets in an inside-out sheet of textured metal. Students will learn roll printing, soldering, fabrication, stone setting, and finishing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Oil Pastels"
September 12-13, 2020
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We'll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Try It: Acrylic Painting"
September 12, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying their hand at acrylic painting for the first time, this workshop teaches you how to mix paint, handle brushes, and translate what you see onto canvas. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photographing Your Artwork with a Smartphone"
September 12, 2020
 

This professional development workshop prepares you for submitting high-quality digital images of your artwork to juried exhibitions, galleries, and other professional opportunities. Using a smartphone, learn how to photograph your two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional artwork, adjust digital images for proper white balance, and size images following specific guidelines using basic editing software.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sandra Duran Wilson: Awakening Your Creative Soul"
September 13-17, 2020
 

Learn about acrylic painting mediums and how to use them to enhance you vision, extend your paints, and create amazing texture while developing your own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Participants will have four wonderful days of digging deep into purpose and creating with intention, while learning new techniques to shape and fit your own vision and release whatever is holding you back from realizing your artistic dreams and desires. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings of being in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 13, 2020
 

This class offers students the opportunity to create a variation on the traditional box pendant by building an open frame. Students will learn roll printing, hollow form construction, bezel sizing, stone setting, and multiple-step soldering while creating a one-of-a-kind statement pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Broaden your language of painting by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you are encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time is reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark provides one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals. Demonstrations and examples are landscape-based, however artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in historic, picturesque Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, upbeat teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $295, including a class dinner and light snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Bricolage: A Low-Tech Approach to Sculpture"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Bricolage is defined as something constructed from a diverse range of objects. In this low-tech sculpture workshop, gain the confidence to start to build without any technical skills and learn basic art principles and problem-solving. Beginning with a simple box, Don guides you through the process of building in and around it with found objects and items you make in class to create a successful art object. Through presentations and discussions, learn about assemblage, collage, cabinets of curiosities, reliquaries, low-tech materials and tools, how to find and use a variety of found objects, and other reference knowledge. Open to artists of all levels and backgrounds.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, www.YonderArtLand.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Small Cabochons through Wire Weaving"
September 17-20, 2020
 

This four-day class is a melding of several techniques that will enhance your woven designs. The first day will be devoted to learning the modified soumak weave and having fun experimenting with fusing on top of the weave. The next three days we will learn two ways to capture small 6mm cabochons. The first method is my take on channel setting and the second is making a custom woven bezel. When you are done you will have a lovely gem-encrusted bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Rug Hooking Retreat: Using Swatches and Color Planning Your Rugs"
September 18-20, 2020
 

Come join us for three days of hooking fun with your friends. This class will enlighten your color-planning skills through assistance on the project of your choice and several mini lessons throughout the weekend. Learn more about color and value using the gray scale, hooking with swatches, feathering technique from 3-8 cut, choosing the wool for your project, and wool dyeing information. Also available will be a large selection of wool, hand-dyed wool, 6-8 value dyed swatches and rug hooking supplies. On Sunday morning, we will have a rug throw-down to view all the workshop rug results and take a class picture. Teresa will also have an optional evening presentation on the Guatemalan Rug Hooking Trip/Experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Steele
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Capturing Emotion and Expression in Watercolor"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Successful paintings start with a simple idea or thought. Using a “brain before brush” approach, find the freedom of expression and spontaneity in your paintings. Discover the lively, fluid characteristics of watercolor that make it the perfect medium for capturing an image’s mood or character. This workshop is designed for beginners who are just getting their feet wet, as well as experienced artists ready to bring a fresh liveliness to their watercolors. Demonstrations and plenty of painting time each day emphasize a relaxing, rewarding, and fun approach to the medium to help you find yourself in watercolor. You can do no wrong in this workshop as you discover how to paint more fluid, fresh watercolors.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Value of Values for Those Just Starting Out"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Your journey in painting begins in black and white. Much like a contractor works from a blueprint to build a house, painters work from small black and white value sketches to build a painting. Designed to help you build confidence behind the easel, this workshop introduces tools for simplifying scenes, creating value relationships, and using compositional strategies. Practice mixing values using a special value palette provided by Kyle, putting together striking compositions, and developing confident brushwork. Expect to work quickly on several canvases each day. Leave this workshop with a set of skills that directly relate to your next steps in full-color painting. Open to oil and acrylic painters. All demos are done in oil.
 
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


"Hollow Forms for Jewelry"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Create volume without weight! In this two-day workshop, take your construction skills to a new level and learn how to build three-dimensional, multi-walled, hollow forms with Susan as your guide. Starting with sheet metal, use the rolling mill and hand tools to create texture, as well as a variety of cutting tools to create unique shapes. Explore multiple soldering techniques and finishing methods to clean and patina your hollow forms. Susan provides guidance throughout the process. Choose to create one individual piece or several smaller elements. Some soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Colored Pencil: The Drama of Realism and Abstraction in One"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Contrast has always been an effective tool to engage viewers. In this two-day workshop we'll focus on a realistic drawing style using a unique layering technique to produce meticulous detail and color accuracy, then gradually transform to an abstract style. The paper will be dark in color with subject choices emerging in increasing light and color from the dark abstracted background. The technique is easy to learn, easy to do ... just takes time. We'll begin with a sample of colored pencil artists' works, then you'll complete a sampler experimenting with application techniques. You'll then begin an individualized artwork using your chosen subject matter, design and composition, and leave the workshop confident to complete the drawing on your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $208
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Boundweave: Weaving a Flower Garden"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Weave floral images in Boundweave, using beautiful colored wool on a cotton warp. Learn about the history of this fascinating weft-faced weave, how the structure of the warp is organized to allow the creation of pattern, and how to draw your own designs. Boundweave motifs are traditionally used to make striking wall hangings and rugs. Since the looms will be already warped, you'll be ready to weave right away when you arrive. In the two-day workshop you will complete a small project that includes several woven flowers! This workshop is perfect for beginners and still exciting for more advanced weavers wanting to learn a new technique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennie Hawkey
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Robert Sturman: Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography"
September 20-24, 2020
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer Robert Sturman. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Sturman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Drawing from the Masters"
September 21-22, 2020
 

Explore the ideas and techniques of the great masters of draftsmanship in this fast-paced drawing workshop. Essential to all aspects of image making, this workshop helps artists of all backgrounds build confidence and skill. With an emphasis on hands-on practice, move around the studio as you work on a series of short and long observational drawings from still life setups and Emmett’s master drawings. Learn how to use line, value, texture, shape, and more to complete drawings that are accurate and creative. If time allows, abstract drawing concepts are introduced. Open to artists of all levels and backgrounds.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Forest Interiors en Plein Air"
September 21-22, 2020
 

For the artist, the forest is a peaceful retreat of dancing shadow. In this two-day workshop, venture into the forest with your easel and capture the play of light and shadow during the early autumn color change. Learn how to see the forest as broad areas of value and color opposed to overwhelmingly complex information with Kyle’s guidance. Kyle presents a process to paint the large masses and shapes first, which acts as a foundation to place your dappled light onto. Discuss modern color theory, including the strengths and limitations of modern organic pigments, mineral pigments, and earth pigments. Plenty of time is dedicated to hands-on practice with Kyle available for individualized instruction. Open to oil and acrylic painters.
 
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


"Beginning Metalsmithing"
September 21-22, 2020
 

Have you always wondered how a piece of jewelry is constructed? This workshop is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of metalsmithing. Begin with a blank piece of metal and learn the construction skills needed to design and build a finished piece of jewelry. The first day begins with an exploration of techniques to help you find your unique design voice, followed by an introduction to the hand tools used to cut, texture, and shape metal sheet and wire. Learn how to use the soldering torch to join your metal elements and gain confidence through guided practice. Finish your completed piece of jewelry with your choice of patina and polishing techniques. Susan provides individualized instruction throughout the process. No previous experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Overcoming Difficult Light in Photography"
September 21-22, 2020
 

Ask any photographer what is toughest to master, and most give the same answer – light. No matter how well you know your camera, there is always something to learn about light. This workshop dives into the complex subject by addressing the most common lighting problems and how to avoid them by choosing the best position for yourself and your subject in relation to the light source, as well as adding or subtracting light with different tools when necessary. Through hands-on practice, learn how to spot ideal lighting situations and how to make the most of harsh light. Subjects include indoor and outdoor portraiture, window light, sunsets, natural use of flash, bright mid-day light, and compensation for fluctuating colors in ambient light.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Clear and Complete Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 23-26, 2020
 

Gain confidence in your ability to translate your subject, as you strengthen your observational skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced painter, this workshop helps you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Tom demonstrates a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized feedback. Open to oil, acrylic, and pastel painters of all levels. All demonstrations are done in oil, using walnut oil instead of mineral spirits.
 
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


"Capturing Door County's Architecture in Pen and Ink and Watercolor"
September 23-26, 2020
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Leave this workshop with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann shares pen and ink and watercolor techniques, how to zoom in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and how to achieve convincing, yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of one-on-one assistance is provided. An encouraging critique closes each day. Expect to work outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bold and Uninhibited: Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 25-27, 2020
 

Paint abstract pieces adventurously and intuitively in this three-day workshop! We'll work on oil paper and wood panels to create with joy and abandon. I'll show you all the basics as well as many of my favorite techniques. You'll explore the layering process to create richly colored and textured pieces. You'll also create quick and daring works on paper. We'll use a variety of tools to experiment with texture and layers. We'll cover preparing your panels, including with Venetian plaster for added texture. You'll learn ways to present your pieces and will leave with some finished pieces and with work in progress. Whether you're new to the medium or experienced, you'll find something in this workshop to inspire you.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Drawing for Dummies"
September 28-30, 2020
 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw, or feel your drawing skills are rusty or inadequate, this workshop helps you gain confidence in rendering a variety of subject matter in a realistic way. By learning to tap into your intuitive right brain, dramatically improve perception and technical skill as you explore the process of drawing. Mynn leads you through a series of simple exercises that are fun, easy, and meditative in nature, resulting in a remarkable development of skills. Only a few basic supplies are needed along with a willingness to let go of insecurities and preconceptions. Try new approaches to drawing in a relaxed and supportive setting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate"
September 28 - October 1, 2020
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic and photography. Explore a range of subject matter, as well as a variety of surfaces on which to create work. Demonstrations introduce you to the basics of encaustic painting and digital printing, while ample working time and one-on-one conversations with Sarah provide hands-on practice and time to discuss thematic and aesthetic concepts. Learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore painting techniques and fusing methods. All paints, tools, and some printing is included. Additional printing may be purchased subject to time and supplies.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.rehmer-studio.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Acrylic Painting Methods for Beginners"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Designed to introduce students to the technical and expressive possibilities of acrylic painting, this two-day workshop develops conceptual and technical skill in tandem. Build a foundation in basic color theory and color mixing, paint application, and methods for using acrylic mediums. Mornings are dedicated to demonstrations and working through a series of technique-based exercises aimed to introduce you to traditional and experimental acrylic painting concepts. Each afternoon is spent producing one finished painting related to the morning’s exercises. Wendi provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the painting process. Group discussions of completed works close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"New Vantage Points: Introduction to Drone Photography and Video"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Covering the range of heights between a ladder and a helicopter, drones provide unique views for capturing photos and videos. In addition to traditional photography, there are a variety of applications for drone-based work, including land management, real estate, architecture, and wildlife observation. Learn how to safely operate a drone and shoot high-resolution photography and HD video. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice address how a drone works and how to utilize these small devices for photography and video with excellent results. FAA guidelines, legislation for drone use, and how to obtain a commercial drone license are discussed before heading out into the field. Michael guides you through the processes of flight, image and video capture, and editing 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


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
October 2-4, 2020
 

Moku Hanga, meaning "wood print," is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water-based. Alfred will teach you to hand-carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $385
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Marks: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Often in an artist’s quest to represent their chosen subject matter with accuracy, they miss out on the unique characteristics of not only the material in hand, but other media that might better fit their ideas. In this process-based workshop, challenge convention and broaden the spectrum of materials used to make your work. See existing materials with new potential and discover new materials through experimentation. The first half of the workshop focuses on working through an array of materials, examining each for their natural qualities, noting the effects, and determining which are worth pursuing further. From there, Shane encourages you to work with one or two specific materials to tease out an individual composition or series of compositions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hidden Settings for Colored Pencil on Copper"
October 3-4, 2020
 

In this class the student will first learn to apply colored pencil on copper to create their own work of art. We will then construct a frame with embellishments out of sterling silver and small stones that allows us to set the piece from the back. This frame and setting technique secures and protects the drawing while appearing to float with no visible attachments.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Karg
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Colored Pencil: Drama on Dark Paper"
October 5-6, 2020
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and gain proficiency in a new layering technique that allows you to capture drama and detail beyond what you thought possible of the medium. This workshop begins by examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists. Following that, experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip as reference for all future works, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda provides feedback throughout the process. Leave this workshop feeling confident in your ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Fall Landscapes in Watercolor"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Using the colors of the autumn season as your muse, learn how to compose and edit a landscape composition, mix brilliant fall colors, and create transitional color movement. Capture the essence of the landscape by painting shapes and values and eliminating excess detail. Use the concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature to problem-solve, develop, and complete your paintings. Each morning begins with a demonstration designed to highlight the concept of the day. The first day includes a step-by-step painting to guide you through the process. Spend the rest of each day gaining hands-on practice painting trees, rocks, water, and other landscape elements. Individualized instruction is provided throughout the week to help you build confidence in the watercolor medium.
 
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


"Copper Plate Etching"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Dive into the centuries-old printmaking process of etching in this workshop that introduces the techniques, materials, and equipment. In this process, a copper plate is covered with an acid-resistant ground. Using sharp tools, scratch an image into the ground and submerge the plate in an acid bath. The acid “bites” into the areas where the ground has been scratched away creating clearly defined lines ready to hold ink and transfer your image. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn about hard ground and aquatint processes, how to ink and print a plate, paper handling, press use, and other printmaking techniques. Leave this workshop with multiple iterations of your imagery using multi-stage acid biting. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, www.YonderArtLand.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cyanotypes: From Analog to Digital"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Discover the magic of one of the earliest photographic processes – the cyanotype. Explore the local terrain, collecting and using objects from the landscape to create cameraless images, as well as capturing conventional lens-based photographic images using your digital camera. Emphasis is placed on experimentation in this hands-on workshop. This workshop balances time in the field and time in the studio. Learn the fundamentals of contact printing, including preparing chemistry, paper, and digital negatives. Edit and prepare files for digital negatives and use both the sun and an exposure unit to create cyanotype prints. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns. This workshop requires a digital camera and laptop with Photoshop. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tomiko Jones, TomikoJonesPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $480, Non-Members: $520
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
October 9-11, 2020
 

Gather to create a book that is dedicated to the birds, insects, and the winged creatures that we all love. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will scratch and scrape and mark our surfaces in unique ways. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages, using all my favorite techniques and my nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add our focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a very simple technique to bind our pages into a single artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Try It: Metalsmithing"
October 10, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying their hand at metalsmithing for the first time, this workshop teaches you how to saw, form, and texturize metal, as well as use cold connections to join pieces together. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 10, 2020
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it's fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You'll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those. Materials fee paid to instructor in class includes silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Michael Sturlin: Forged Bracelets"
October 11-15, 2020
 

Refine your metalsmithing skills and create an expressive series of hand wrought stacking cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets. In this retreat, students will refine their hammer skills as they forge, bend, shape planish, and texture metal, creating a vocabulary of sculptural forms as a visual reference library. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Sturlin
Cost: $985
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Precious Metal Clay and Dichroic Glass"
October 11, 2020
 

In this fun class you will combine dichroic glass with its ethereal opal-like quality with PMC to make amazing fine silver and glass pendants or earrings. Although a kiln is necessary to work with PMC and glass, Sherry will give you lots of information on torch firing so you can continue to create with PMC at home if you wish. A materials fee (to be determined depending on fluctuating silver prices) will be payable to the instructor in class and will provide everything you need: precious metal clay, paste and syringe, glass cabs, and printed instructions.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstractions in Watercolor"
October 12-15, 2020
 

Designed for those with minimal watercolor experience, this workshop invites you to find a balance between the spontaneous and controlled qualities of the medium. Build a foundation in traditional and experimental watercolor techniques, explore the evolution of an abstract form from observed reality, and develop a new visual language. Presentations and group discussions introduce you to abstract image-making, while demonstrations focus on the various watercolor techniques and tools that can be utilized to create a finished painting. Come prepared with a singular subject, such as a leaf, sketch, or object found in nature, and from that source, learn how to subtract, isolate, redefine, and translate the information into abstract compositions. Jan provides one-on-one feedback throughout the process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Heaton, www.JanHeaton.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Dummies: Graduate Seminar"
October 12-14, 2020
 

Refresh and explore the skills you learned in Mynn’s Drawing for Dummies workshop, and then apply them to produce more finished works of art. Engage in an intensive experience to explore the process of taking a piece from conception to completion. Before demonstrating more advanced techniques, Mynn reviews basic concepts from the introductory workshop. Take your drawing skills to the next level through individualized coaching and critiques. Working from your own selected photographs, expect to complete one or more finished drawings. Leave this workshop with newly gained knowledge and confidence. Students are required to have completed the beginning Drawing for Dummies workshop (September 28-30).
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beyond the Postcard Picture"
October 16-17, 2020
 

The world around us has changed, yet the creative approach to travel photography has remained largely the same. This workshop investigates a meditative approach to focusing and framing your images. Slow down, look deeper, and ignore the easy postcard shots. Challenge yourself to remove the clutter, obvious, and cliché from your frame to create memorable and powerful images of your surroundings. Through daily lectures, discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice in the field, discover how to capture your own interpretation of new and familiar scenes. Finish each day with a constructive critique; learning from both Angela and your peers. All skill levels welcome. Familiarity with your camera is recommended.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Angela Johnson, AngelaJohnsonArtist.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
October 16-17, 2020
 

More than merely pleasing to the eye, pattern provides a dynamic framework for formal and conceptual exploration. The desire for order is central to humanity and repeating decoration adorns every corner of life. This workshop urges you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and incorporate it into your practice. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Demonstrations address techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Individualized instruction and feedback are provided as well as a facilitated group discussion. Some painting experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Great Paintings from Photographs"
October 21-24, 2020
 

Address the challenges and advantages of working from photo references in this four-day workshop. Bring your paintings to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette for underpainting, and employing impressionist-based painting methods. Daily demonstrations address the importance of thumbnail sketches, underpainting, paint application, movement and focal points, and color. The remainder of each day is dedicated to independent working time with Shelby available for individualized instruction and feedback. Bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter, including the landscape, architecture, and figures.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.StudioShelby.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Believing Art, Process and Series - Collage"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Students will explore surface techniques building their own collage palette that will stretch new awareness and growth. Everyone will be working with harmony, values, differences, and the relationships of design elements, each pulling from their own feelings, experiences of inter-connectedness to mind, body, spirit. Emphasis will be on working in a series. As we get older, we grow self-conscious and judgmental, believing that art is not good unless it's realistically recognizable. Collage, design, and mixed media offer up a playful experimental atmosphere that is safe for all to find a deeper meaning to the art-making process. Students' collage works will emerge and evolve on watercolor paper and wood panel, fused with heat and tack-iron method.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Successfully Promoting Your Work"
October 24, 2020
 

This professional development workshop is designed to outline various methods for promoting your work and practice. Topics such as building relationships with galleries, finding group exhibitions, and publication opportunities, both online and in print, are addressed. In addition to an outline of opportunities in the field, a variety of strategies are discussed to customize the outcomes of your professional goals on a regional, national, or international platform.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Maximizing the Impact of Your CV, Statement, Bio, and Cover Letters"
October 24, 2020
 

Create or improve the effectiveness of your professional documents in this hands-on workshop. Discuss strategies for developing and maximizing each document. Ample time is dedicated to writing and workshopping solid first drafts of your artist statement and bio. Multiple approaches are presented so that you can design a statement and bio that best aligns with your artwork.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pastels: Immediacy and Color"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Pastel is an intuitive medium with a wide range of possibilities. Explore color, mark-making, and technical application in this four-day workshop focused on the landscape as subject. Learn the importance of composition, accurate values, and confident linework. Demonstrations introduce you to the different types of pastel, paper options, application methods, and other technical information, while hands-on work puts these concepts into practice. Personal exploration is emphasized throughout the process. Break for critiques each day to better understand the bigger picture of composition, value, color, and mark-making. Bring a selection of personal photo references of the landscape. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tara Will, www.TaraWill.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
November 5-8, 2020
 

This 3 1/2 day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual and unique interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stone Capturing Setting Stones Without Solder"
November 7, 2020
 

Capture setting stones – no solder involved. Beginning with basic materials – two sheets of copper and a cabochon stone – texture the front piece of your pendant and cut an opening for the stone. Learn about micro fasteners, drilling proper sized holes, using spacers and, most importantly, how to attach the front piece to the back piece with your stone trapped between. Create a second pendant using either another a cabochon or a faceted stone. Create depth by recessing the stone and using rivets to complete the capture.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
November 7, 2020
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up, and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you'll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Pottery Open Studio"
by appointment
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? The Sardeson Pottery Studio is available to anyone who would like to use our space and equipment. The $50 day fee includes access to the wheels, tools and handbuilding gear. Joelle and Katie White will be on hand to give assistance if needed, but you will primarily be working independently. Clay can be purchased at the studio. Firing and glazing may be done by arrangement. Call the Shake Rag Alley office at (608) 987-3292 to make arrangements.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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