Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Creating with Clay"
April 13, 14, 28, 2020
 

This class is available to both beginning students and those with some experience. Beginning students will be guided through the creating of one or two pieces of pottery, which will be textured and glazed in the subsequent workshops. Students with prior experience will work with the instructor towards their goal. Materials cost of $35 due the day of class for all materials & firing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Barb Snow
Cost: $200 / $180 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Ceramics: Raw Elegance"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on throwing and hand building techniques that emphasize the raw earthy characteristics of clay while maintaining a sense of elegance in form. By utilizing the potters wheel, slab construction, and drape molds, students will use textures to give sophisticated pottery vessels a guttural feel. In finding a balance between grace and brute, students will create work that has depth while maintaining beauty.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Scott McClellan
Cost: $675 + $75 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"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


"Ceramics: Make Your Mark"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

During this workshop we will spend four intensive days of both pot making and exploring mark making to build a painterly surface on our forms. Using the rich history of earthenware covered in white slip as a blank canvas, we will journey through layering underglaze washes with personal marks to build a painterly surface. Focusing primarily on drinking vessels, we will explore color theory, composition and the use of sgraffito lines to define the foreground colors. We will move quickly with a purpose to make pots that will be energized and ready for bold color!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Truman
Cost: $600 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Sculpting the Portrait with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 20-23, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life. Students will model a ~3/4 life-size portrait in clay working from the model. Emphasis is placed on direct observation, basic anatomy, proportions of the individual, and the use of light to reveal clear form and structure. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Exploring Ceramic Forms Inspired by the French Ceramic Tradition"
September 14-23, 2020
 

This workshop combines travel in the Cote d’Azure, the cultural region of Southeastern France, with carefully selected art inspired field trips. With a full two-weeks in Saint-Raphaël, we will have the ultimate experience of exploring museums, ancient sites and the beauty of the region and at the same time explore new ideas in clay. This is a wonderful way to learn on location and manifest your impressions in clay. Since the Atelier (studio) is set up for slab work and wheel throwing, you can be a beginner or an advanced ceramic artist and be able to work at your own pace. Patrick “Pat” is an exceptional educator and able to work with students’ individual ideas.
 
Location: Saint-Raphaël, France
Instructor: Patrick Taylor
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Flame-Working: Glass Bead Making"
Saturdays, October 24 & November 7, 2020
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: member $140; non-member $150 (Materials included.)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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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