Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

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


"Ornate Surface: How to Embellish Forms Creatively with Commercial Sprigs and One-Part Molds"
August 7-10, 2019
 

This workshop embraces a decorative and ornate approach to the surfaces and forms of functional ceramic ware. Using commercial and hand-made sprig molds, explore the possibilities for embellishment on wheel thrown and hand built work. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to slip cast from provided commercial molds, make your own one-part molds from found objects, and explore enhancing forms using various sprig application techniques. Methods will be shared for work made on and off the wheel. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Maury, www.KateMaury.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Personal Pottery (Ages 9-12)"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Great for both beginning and returning students, this workshop will focus on using the wheel to create a variety of functional pieces, including cups, trays, lidded boxes, and vases. Young artists will have plenty of time to practice potter’s wheel techniques and make new forms. Underglazes will be used to embellish each piece with designs unique to each artist’s personality.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Clay for the Everyday (Ages 9-12)"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Using a combination of the potter’s wheel and hand building techniques, young artists will produce a range of functional pieces. Plates, bowls, cups, vases, book ends, and candle holders are just a few of the possible projects. Students will learn how to modify, embellish, and underglaze. A final clear glaze will ensure 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


"Worldly Ceramics (Ages 6-8)"
August 12-15, 2019
 

This ceramics workshop will take young artists on a trip around the globe to discover unique works of art. Each day, students will explore a different global destination and focus on the ceramic art and techniques specific to that region. Pieces will be decorated using brightly colored underglazes and a final clear glaze will ensure 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


"Clay Creations (Ages 3.5-5)"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Students will use basic hand building techniques to create a wide range of functional and decorative ceramic pieces. Children will learn how to use pinch, coil, and slab construction to build imaginative creatures, small pots, sculptural masks, and more. Add texture, pattern, and color using a variety of tools and tempera paints.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Ceramics"
August 16, 2019
 

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


"Throwing on the Wheel"
August 31, 2019
 

Designed for those looking to get their hands dirty and create something in the studio for the first time. This class is three hours in length, offered periodically throughout the summer and fall, and focuses on basic techniques in ceramics. The instructor will guide you through the creation of a small project from start to finish. Walk away with new skills and perhaps even the desire to continue exploring your creative interests in one of our other offerings. PenArt will provide all of the tools and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hand Building"
August 31, 2019
 

Designed for those looking to get their hands dirty and create something in the studio for the first time. This class is three hours in length, offered periodically throughout the summer and fall, and focuses on basic techniques in ceramics. The instructor will guide you through the creation of a small project from start to finish. Walk away with new skills and perhaps even the desire to continue exploring your creative interests in one of our other offerings. PenArt will provide all of the tools and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

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


"Play with Clay - Fall Session"
September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 24, 2019
 

Experience the simple joy of working with your hands to create with clay in our fully-equipped studio. You’ll experiment with hand construction, slab building and extrusions; throwing on a potter’s wheel, and glazing techniques to create unique pottery and clay objects that express your individuality. This is designed to be relaxing and fun for people of all abilities. Participants under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jenifer George
Cost: Member $135; Non-member $145
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Saggar Fired Ceramics"
September 13-17, 2019
 

Head outside and explore the process of saggar firing in this four-day workshop. Using sawdust in combination with other materials, saggar firing produces unique markings and colorings across the surfaces of ceramic pieces. Take full advantage of what this type of firing has to offer as you experiment with copper salts, metals, and masking slips on a variety of forms. Open to ceramicists of all levels, Patty will begin with an overview of the making and firing processes, including which ceramic forms and sizes work best, ways to prepare surfaces, materials to put in the saggar to encourage specific markings, and what to expect during the firings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patty Kochaver, www.PattyKochaver.com
Cost: Members: $260, Non-Members: $285
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Polymer Clay: Making Molds, Studs, and Pendants"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Polymer clay is an incredibly versatile medium that is safe and easy to work with. Discover its applications within jewelry making and learn the basics of how to work with polymer clay, including techniques in creating texture, simple mold making, adding wet clay onto cured clay, and finishing with color. Lindsay will begin the workshop with a brief presentation on the art of polymer clay to illustrate the wide range of possibilities inherent in the medium. She will introduce two-part molds, as you begin to make and recreate a series of stud earrings, followed by hand building and carving techniques to create a pendant. Experiment with adding texture, paint, and gold or silver leafing to the surfaces of your pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lindsay Locatelli, www.WazoDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

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


"Throwing on the Wheel"
October 26, 2019
 

Designed for those looking to get their hands dirty and create something in the studio for the first time. This class is three hours in length, offered periodically throughout the summer and fall, and focuses on basic techniques in ceramics. The instructor will guide you through the creation of a small project from start to finish. Walk away with new skills and perhaps even the desire to continue exploring your creative interests in one of our other offerings. PenArt will provide all of the tools and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hand Building"
October 26, 2019
 

Designed for those looking to get their hands dirty and create something in the studio for the first time. This class is three hours in length, offered periodically throughout the summer and fall, and focuses on basic techniques in ceramics. The instructor will guide you through the creation of a small project from start to finish. Walk away with new skills and perhaps even the desire to continue exploring your creative interests in one of our other offerings. PenArt will provide all of the tools and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Glass Beads"
November 9, 2019
 

Lampwork (glass bead making) is an ancient art. All beads are made in the small flame of a torch. Learn the basics of hot head torch set up and safety, heat control, and techniques for different design styles. Begin with round beads, pulling glass stringers for design and details; making dots, scrolls, and swirls on beads. Make different bead shapes, using metals, and make a head pin for bead assembly into wearable and functional items. Materials fee includes glass, fuel, silver foil, and copper wire. Extra materials for purchase to make your bead creations into jewelry and functional artistic gifts include chain, gemstones, findings, appetizer and bottle accessories, and wine bottle stoppers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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