Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Beeswax Collage"
February 19, 2020
 

Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You'll discover and practice techniques including layering, transparency and wax stamping. Some supplies will be provided for basic collages, but feel free to bring your art box (with scissors, glue, brushes), your favorite images and ephemera as well to personalize your art. Any images you bring should be on regular computer paper, or Xerox. The thinner the better, (reduce and enlarge these to have choice in scale) Glossy photos won’t work well with this process, but fabric, stencils and small 3-D object work great!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Elena De La Ville
Cost: $150 for Members | $170 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Mixed Media Painting"
Thursdays, February 20 - March 26, 2020
 

This class is designed to focus more on the process than the end result. Students will learn how using a combination of different mediums react and interact with each other creating new and unique surfaces, distortions, and movement. Daily, there will be demonstrations and critiques with the instructor.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, February 21 - March 27, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
February 22, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Alcohol Inks: Abstract Florals & Landscapes"
February 23, 2020
 

Alcohol ink artist Beth Kluth will guide you through her process to create three abstract florals in the morning and three different landscapes in the afternoon. Alcohol inks don’t act or react like any other painting medium – they are vibrant, yet transparent. They are unpredictable, but allow you to create things you never could paint if you sat down and tried. Perfect for beginners and “non-creative” people – the inks do a lot of the work. And it is so fun! We will mat all six paintings to 8×10, ready to frame. All workshop materials are provided, as well as aprons. Please bring a box or bag to transport your artwork home safety.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Kluth
Cost: $115
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Collage as Art"
Mondays, February 24 - March 30, 2020
 

Explore the fine art of collage taught by Ali Lambert based on Judy Nadler's teachings. Technique and design will be given equal attention as paper collage is combined with a variety of other mediums to expand and stimulate creative expression. Excellent for all levels. Beginners are welcome. It's cheaper than therapy! Students are required to bring their own images, copies and materials. Art Center Sarasota is not able to make copies. Magazines and images to cut and tear are available for student use.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Ali Lambert
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Potichomonia: Cutting Edge Decoupage"
Thursdays, February 27 - March 26, 2020
 

Join our decoupage class and expand your knowledge of the 17th century art of the 3 “C”s- cutting, composition, and covering. Students will prepare, cut, and arrange the prints/ fabric into an original composition and a functional work of art. This class will be exciting, you will be working inside a clear glass ginger jar. Your finished piece will be a beautiful lamp.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Val Dwek
Cost: $150 for Members | $180 for Non-Members | $25 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Exploring Watercolor and Water-Based Media"
February 29 - March 1, 2020
 

Experience the joy of working with watercolor and water-soluble pencils and pastels. Both traditional and innovative techniques will be demonstrated to create luminous color and descriptive effects. Try your hand at the various media, individually and in-combination, while working from your own photographs, still life arrangements, or imagination. A great introduction to watercolor and mixed media! (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Full-Day Artist Workshop New Zealand"
February 29, 2020
 

Learn, Explore, Create and Express in this full-on, full-day painting workshop designed to bring out the best artist in you! You will be surrounded by other inspiring artists while working in the newly renovated big bright Maker Workshop at the Arts Centre in Christchurch. This 8-hour workshop includes a morning of learning techniques, followed by gourmet box lunch break in the gardens, before an afternoon of inspiration and creation! The day is led by Canadian Artist/Instructor and GOLDEN Artist Educator, Sandra Iafrate who will focus on offering techniques to elevate your artistic skills level through learning-by-doing and she will guide you in creating unique work which speaks to your individual goals and vision.
 
Location: Christchruch, New Zealand
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $185.NZD
Sponsor: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Website, email


"Art, Sea & Soul Retreat"
March 1-8, 2020
 

Create Magic in Mahahual! Isn’t it time you made you a priority?! Fuel your vision for 2020! Art, Beauty, Beach Time, Swimming, Yoga, Culture, Rejuvenation, Fun! Stay at boutique beach club in Yucatan Peninsula, along Caribbean aquamarine waters. Daily art workshops, time for swimming, yoga, biking, whatever you need to do you! Open to all levels from brand new artists to experienced! Visit Tulum and Laguna Bacalar. Maggie Standley is a professional artist who has been leading art workshops for 25 years. She participated in Puerto Rico’s Santurce es Ley Mural Festival in 2016, has exhibited around the country and maintains a working studio in Burlington, VT, Wingspan Studio.
 
Location: Mahahual, Mexico
Instructor: Maggie Standley
Cost: $1430
Sponsor: Wingspan Studio
Website, email, 802-233-7676


"Tiny Treasures: Mixed Media Painting"
March 3, 2020
 

Paper / Mixed Media – In this fun session we will create miniature mixed media works of art that can stand on their own or be incorporated into larger works. All supplies provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $55 for Members | $65 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Guided Visual Journals"
March 3, 2020
 

Participants will learn a variety of visual art techniques and experiment with them in their visual journals. From drawing, to painting, to collage, the visual journal will become a storehouse of creative ideas and inspirations.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Youth Art Month Flags"
March 3, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson. All materials are included in our Tuesday youth classes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Dancing Entrepreneur Innovative Visionary Business Class"
March 4-18, 2020
 

Calling all entrepreneurs, visionaries with heart and those getting started with their business! Join us for a class where we dance between worlds, weaving within the traditional and feminine framework of a business plan to create a vision aligned with your values and create a 16-card deck for inspiration for your business, as well as a full-color 8-page book. We hope you will join us!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shiloh Sophia with Mary MacDonald
Cost: $295 or 3 pay of $100
Website, email


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
March 6, 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


"Creative Soul Courses"
Begins March 6, 2020
 

Learn how to super charge your creativity by connecting the path between your art, heart and soul. You have 7 videos of painting instruction, 5 audios to enhance your creative thinking, guided visualizations, writing exercises and daily support to deepen the connection between your story and how you express it. Follow along with the online course or go at your own pace that fits your schedule. All course material is available to you for a full year.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Matisse Inspired Collage"
March 9, 2020
 

Contour drawings of real life objects will be drawn on colored paper, cut out and glued to Bristol paper in images inspired by Henri Matisse. The student may then decide to produce a collage like a Matisse to use for the Art League of Hilton Head’s Fabulous Fakes event in April.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Lucky Clovers"
March 10, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson. All materials are included in our Tuesday youth classes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: O'Keeffe Inspired Flowers"
March 10, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Join us this winter for these exciting classes, each of which focus around a famous artist or style. Each week will incorporate the elements of art and principles of design. Often, math and language arts concepts will be reiterated for a full on arts integrated lesson. All materials are included in our Tuesday youth classes.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
March 17-19, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS, as we discover the pure joy of painting Intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics, Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and more. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, using an understanding of Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together. More info. / Sign up with Paypal at our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com -954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"Mixed Media Assemblage: Art Dolls"
March 19, 2020
 

In this workshop you will be creating your own wall art doll. We will be using a variety of materials including paper clay, wood, wire, paint, paper, threads and found objects etc. We will start with a supplied kit consisting of a dried clay (flat back) head, a piece of sanded wood (body) pre-drilled, and choice of arms and legs. We will have fun painting, gluing, nailing, decoupaging and being creative as we give our dolls their characters. There will be plenty of decorative items to choose from but you may also bring in anything you may want to add to your own doll or items you’d like to share with the class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Melanie Carlstein
Cost: $45 for Members | $55 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Cold Wax & Oil"
March 20, 2020
 

In this workshop, students learn to combine and manipulate the soft impasto medium of cold wax with oil paint and pigment sticks, using a variety of tools, techniques and other materials to create layered textured expressive surfaces. Demonstrations, presentations and group discussions.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Elena De La Ville
Cost: $160 for Members | $180 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Discovering Your Visual Language"
March 21, 2020
 

Develop personal imagery and symbolism in this exploratory workshop. Create content by mark-marking on paper and discover your unique visual voice. Collage imagery with paint and other media to add texture and contrast. Learn to develop personal imagery and symbolism. Better understand multi-dimensional collage and mixed media. The first half of class will be drawing based, where the “parts” are made to later collage. The second half of the day 1 - 2 artworks will be made on canvas or canvas board.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Kanapaux
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
March 26, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting without a Brush"
March 27, 2020
 

Can you paint a large painting without a brush? Let’s try out some unorthodox tools to create an exciting work. Supply list: Instructor will contact students about class materials a few weeks before the class date.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
April 3, 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


"Intro to Photo-Encaustic"
April 3-5, 2020
 

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques to transform photographic-based images into tactile works with a sense of soft focus, optical depth, and layered imagery. Embedding photos with wax-based materials allows you to present translucent works that push between mediums. Layer a variety of treatments over the wax, including image transfers, color glazes, and hand-coloring techniques. Explore a variety of paper printing options for your photographs. Prior experience with encaustic is not needed, but general art-making experience and basic digital photo skills will be helpful. Returning students are welcome to continue to refine their skills and experiment with new images and technique combinations.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intermediate Drawing"
April 4-5, 2020
 

John Ribble returns to take your drawing to the next level in Intermediate Drawing. Students in this class should have some drawing experience, or have taken his previous class at River Arts, Beginning Drawing. This class will be an introduction to different media and surfaces used in the drawing process. This includes but is not limited to charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, and mixed media.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Ribble
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Collage as Art"
Mondays, April 6-27, 2020
 

Explore the fine art of collage taught by Ali Lambert based on Judy Nadler's teachings. Technique and design will be given equal attention as paper collage is combined with a variety of other mediums to expand and stimulate creative expression. Excellent for all levels. Beginners are welcome. It's cheaper than therapy! Students are required to bring their own images, copies and materials. Art Center Sarasota is not able to make copies. Magazines and images to cut and tear are available for student use.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Ali Lambert
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, April 10 - May 1, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"April in Taos, New Mexico"
April 18-24, 2020
 

This is an exceptional opportunity for advanced painters and intermediate to advanced level photographers to retreat, learn and share their perceptions and responses to the environment of Taos, New Mexico. We will stay at the incomparable Mable Dodge Luhan House and absorb its structures and surrounding landscape. This location has inspired many artists, writers, dancers and others who celebrated the arts in the early to mid 20th century. We will explore and create in this place that nurtured the work of such luminaries as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams, John Marin and others in the very home that provided both haven and inspiration for so many creative souls.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Lisa Pressman & Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $2,600 private room & bath; $2,100 shared room
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"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


"Encaustic Collage and Mixed Media Workshop"
April 23-25, 2020
 

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match. This workshop will begin to explore the possibilities of combining a variety of paper types and weights with encaustic medium and paints, as well as pigment sticks and other materials, to create works with a optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and ink drawing. All base mediums and paints will be supplied for use, however, students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials to include in their work. Students do not need prior experience with encaustic painting, but general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"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


"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


"Mix It Up On Canvas, Mixed Media and Collage"
May 12-14, 2020
 

Participants will create mixed media/collage paintings on canvas using an intuitive process, starting with no preconceived or elaborate planning. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of collage materials and techniques to implement color, texture (real and implied), line, shape and value. Instruction will start with semi-arbitrary application of collage materials in combination with acrylic, gesso, acrylic mediums and assorted mark making tools. There will be regular comments and evaluation as work progresses concerning relationships between design elements and principles. The goal is a mixed media/collage painting which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist’s personal aesthetic. A critique will be held at the end of the last day.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


"The Joy of Art: Creative Tuscany Tour"
May 14-25, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40 0757 302 302


"The Mixed Media Ultimate Weekend"
May 15-17, 2020
 

This workshop is for 3 days and I will bring the plaster and wax, Ampersand has the Claybord panels and I will send you a short supply list. We begin with Plaster, Wax and Wow, a learning journey on getting acrylic gels and plaster to play well together. You will create incredible layers on top of Claybord. We will even build on fabrics with plaster and then everything gets sealed with wax. So luscious. The second project is called Color Mixing for Composition. You will super charge your color and composition vocabulary and experience how to use color as your composition tool. The third project is called Deep Focus and s will strengthen your creative muscle with practices to use every day.
 
Location: Buda, Texas
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ampersand
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"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


"Annual Retreat"
May 28-31, 2020
 

This annual workshop retreat is held in my personal studio. It is limited to only 8 artists and many folks return every year to refresh their inspiration and tune up their creative muscles. It is an action packed four days but we also relax on the deck or by the pond. Find inspiration in the garden, renew friendships and make new best friends. As you can tell it is about more than just painting techniques. The time in Santa Fe is very special and we use it to refill the well and inspire our muse. We also eat delicious food, find art on every corner and bask in the beauty of the mountains. Join us!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $900
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"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


"Experimental Collage"
June 6-7, 2020
 

This action packed class will expand your concept of collage. You will begin with a process I call Scribble to Structure. This is a mixed media process on paper that will loosen up your creative muscles. You will be working with pencils, paints, pastels and paper. You will learn some unusual ways to move the paint. Color combinations and composition skills will be explored. This is one of my favorite ways to begin a creative journey. On day two you expand your vocabulary with new materials for collage including fabrics and transparent papers you will create. You will learn how to make your collages look like Encaustic if you wish, and how to get crackles to stay on papers too.
 
Location: Palisade, Colorado
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Collage Society
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"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


"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


"Abstract Drawing and Painting on Unconventional Surfaces"
June 14-19, 2020
 

In this workshop students will prepare their supports using a variety of materials (cement, plaster, collaged papers) as ground layers for painting and drawing. Then using pigment sticks, carbon, charcoal, paint (oil or acrylic), a variety of mediums with the student’s choice of oil based media or water base, (cold wax, alkyds, solvents for oil, or water based mediums for acrylic – oil pigment sticks may be used with oil painting or as a top layer on acrylics). All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $700 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Advanced Painting"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Take your painting to a higher level of commitment and meaningfulness with Lisa Pressman’s Master Class. Lisa is known for her intuitive and conceptual abstract paintings – always with a subconscious narrative that reveals itself along the way. She has a unique gift of working with her students and helping them to discover underlying themes or emotions in their work. Her workshops are often transformative, as she helps her students excavate what is “really going on” in their work. Our focus will be on content, inspirations and moving out of your comfort zone. We will be revisiting the fundamentals of design along with “freeing up” exercises, group collaborations, power points and demos that show new ways to approach your paintings.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $900 + $95 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Collage, Fiber, and Encaustic"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Whether you have a story to tell or want to dig deeper into your own artistic motivations, we will look at how the pieces of our histories come together to influence how we work and what we create. Using fabric and paper, we will make our own collage materials to embed into encaustic. Techniques will include many fabric, paper and encaustic processes such as gestural mark-making, batik, sun printing, image transfer, staining and stenciling. Topics of discussion and slide presentations will include working with modules and in a series, layering and depth, transparency and opacity, repetition and pattern, display and finishing options. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating your own visual language. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Susan Stover
Cost: $800 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Painting – Oil & Cold Wax"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Based upon Jim’s successful approach Process; Purpose; Passion this workshop explores the versatility and limitless 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. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color. Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: James Scherbarth
Cost: $675 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Alternative Printmaking Explorations"
June 14-19, 2020
 

This printmaking class is designed to explore each individual artist’s personal vision using the processes that will be presented during the class. The class is for artists with no printmaking experience to advanced printmakers. The emphasis will be on found materials and using found surfaces to develop print imagery that reflects each artist’s vision. Materials such as cardboard, recycled wood, and plastics will be used and incorporated into making printing plates. The class will also cover encaustic collagraph, carborundum printing, some silkscreen, chine colle, and drypoint and investigate how these processes can be used with found materials. The class uses non-toxic materials and multi-color printmaking will be covered. Students need only to bring pencils, pens, and erasers.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeff Hirst
Cost: $775 + $125 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Historic Art Destination Painting Retreat"
June 17-22, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media.
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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


"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


"Watercolor and Mixed Media Workshop with Nicki Saunders"
June 19-26, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Occitanie, France
Instructor: Nicki Saunders
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Artistic Voice Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
June 20-29, 2020
 

Travel to Greece for an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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


"Mixed Media with Hannah Twine"
June 26 - July 03, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in different mediums and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Hannah Twine
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Mixed Media and Encaustic: Fiber & Structure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

With an emphasis on mixed-media, this workshop is specially created to address the interests of artists working in fiber and fiber related techniques such as quilting, weaving and surface design. The basics of working in encaustic will be covered and expanded. Lorraine will demonstrate encaustic application techniques that can be used to enhance or create; structure, texture, color mixing, layers, surface manipulation, and the creation of pattern using stencils, candy molds and tjaps. Working two or three dimensionally, participants will be encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary and explore their individual interests. By combining the infinite possibilities of encaustic in combination with fiber structures, surfaces and stitch, each student’s interest can be explored.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $650 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"People and Places: a painting retreat in Deux- Sèvres, France"
July 6-10, 2020 (tuition dates)
 

Portraiture and the human figure coupled with stunning landscapes, gardens and architecture have captured the imagination and inspired many artists over the centuries. We will begin our art retreat by looking at a variety of paintings from different times and places for inspiration. Each day will have a different focus making full use of our beautiful surroundings in a 17th century manor house with full board accommodation using a variety of media. Come and inspire your creativity.
 
Location: Melle, France
Instructor: Heather Ford
Cost: £800
Sponsor: Tess Goodliffe
Website, email, +33 (0)617448321


"Painting in The Dark with Neysa Grassi"
July 11-12, 2020
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and feedback on students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. Instruction will be presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"Encaustic Monotype: India ink Graphite and Carbon Workshop"
July 18-19, 2020
 

This workshop offers artists the opportunity to explore and discover new shapes and ideas while using a “Monochrome Approach.” Mark-making expressions (gestural marks) help direct the artist to focus on process-oriented abstraction using patterns and emotions as a source of inspiration to create a narrative. To begin, we explore the line, negative space and expression through a series of directed exercises using India ink, charcoal and graphite. We then look and discuss the power of color to convey and communicate meanings and content. This workshop will offer discussions/demos, studio painting time, as well as individual critique concerning your own personal direction in your art making.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Finding Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
July 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Greece and find your artistic voice throughout an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Appasionata"
July 19-25, 2020
 

Come create with us in beautiful Le Marche, where the sun is shining, the wine is flowing and the laughter is infectious! This experience is not as much about making perfect art as it is about the joyful act of creating. Absolutely no experience necessary! Bethany Ekblad provides the perfect adventure for those who simply want to play around with art for the sheer joy of it. With forgiving techniques designed to help your creativity shine, you will surprise yourself with the impressive results you can get with just a few simple instructions. The atmosphere in her classes is totally relaxed and totally fun.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Mixed Media Magic"
July 24, 2020
 

Unleash your creativity by combining art media to create incredibly diverse and unique art. Try a variety of materials including acrylic paint, pastel, colored pencil and watercolor. Overcome any fear you may have of the "blank canvas" with "brushless" painting. Prepare substrates with paint and paper that will become a background layer for image transfer processes. Learn image transfer techniques to include photographs in your mixed media pieces. Learn how to think about what types of images work best with your art. Learn about gelli plate print-making and art journaling techniques to make individual pages that can stand alone or bind together in a book.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media by Pebeo"
July 24 & 25, 2020
 

Explore the amazing world of Mixed Media by Pébéo! Experience these self-expressing liquid oil paints, textures and different mediums. Discover surprising ways and new techniques to create exciting effects. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Demonstrations, individual instruction, printed resources and a hands-on introduction to each product will build your experience and appreciation in working with Mixed Media by Pébéo. We will create at least two works of art while sparking new ideas for continuing the exploration. All levels of experience with acrylics and mixed media are welcome. This is a wonderful workshop for any artist wanting to broaden their use of acrylics and Mixed Media by Pébéo.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
July 24-26, 2020
 

This three-day workshop encourages students to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Students are invited to think about shapes and forms and bring these ideas to the workshop. Using unusual techniques developed by Geoffrey to overcome construction challenges, you will create a variety of forms of your choice. You'll be asked to bring some of their own favorite materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students will learn to use hand and power tools such as drills, band saws, and sanders.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Dynamic Design in Collage with Books"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this 3-day workshop, we seek to unravel the mysteries of great abstract composition using collage processes and the fascinating material of deconstructed old books. Collage is the ideal medium for exploring composition and I am loading our backpack with 3 powerful "technologies" to make your exploration fruitful. While there are a handful of principles of design, some are more important than others - we will start with the most powerful ones. These fundamental principles will strengthen your work and give you a foundation to build on.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Creativity is a constant cycle. You'll experiment with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. We'll start each day by making 12" square flat panels of thick quilting. These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and start to add three-dimensional elements. Directed exercises will constantly transform the artwork & challenge you! You will discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent. Please note: You will be learning the techniques necessary for building a three-dimensional vessel, but you will not be building one in this class.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 24, 2020
 

Are you frustrated with the fact that you have the Gel Plate but haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 25, 2020
 

Are you frustrated with the fact that you have the Gel Plate but haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Waxing Hot and Cold"
July 26, 2020
 

This workshop is for those who wish to learn how to add hot wax (encaustics) and cold wax to their mixed media art practice. Whether you want to use wax as a painting medium or to add it to enhance photographs, the mood and texture you can achieve with wax is like no other medium. This class will show how you can use both hot and cold wax to accomplish outstanding results. Health and safety issues will be addressed. Detailed lecture about techniques and demonstration of process will be offered. Handouts will be supplied for students to take home.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Small Floral Collage - Small Format 10x10"
July 26, 2020
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting workshop, so that you can bring your own papers to class; however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Copper and Alternative Book Covers"
July 26, 2020
 

Using canvases as the base for books, boxes and wall art, students will create several wall art pieces incorporating copper sheeting, wire, screen, foil and other interesting materials. Students will collage using papers and woven elements. Several book styles will be options using papers, mica and canvas and creating a metal door and hinge. Patinas, texturing and metal applications will also be covered. The focus of this class is to create interesting wall collages and learn to utilize copper for book covers. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results! Students should be able to make several during class.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Come discover your own unique artistic voice with Joan Fullerton. Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. Come explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, and utilizing neutrals for more ethereal abstracts! Unconventional methods of instruction will open new avenues of creativity and encourage genuine expression. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. Joan's work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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


"Exploring Mixed Media in Watercolor and Acrylic"
August 1-3, 2020
 

Get hopping with a variety of interesting approaches to mixed media. Designed to support and nudge you to play with process and let go of the outcome, so you can absorb a smorgasbord of mixed media techniques. The techniques you choose will become "tools" in your personal "toolbox". We will focus on process and playful experimentation, creating impressionistic textures and patterns and painting using your own unique voice. Rebecca been a fine artist for over 40 years, leading workshops in the US, China, Thailand and Japan. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, China, Japan and the U.S.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Rebecca Sentgeorge
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Paint Bigger: From the Ground Up"
August 6-11, 2020
 

By using unconventional materials (rags, sticks, scrapers) as well as brushes we are given the opportunity to loosen our grips on what we think painting should be. Gestural movement, mark making, shape and color will all be explored and how we create a composition. This is not limited to just abstraction. Landscape- abstract landscape- how we approach a portrait all will be considered. We will however use our imaginations as a reference point. Relying on memory of place or emotions to be our guide. Content will be explored and encouraged as an intuitive and organic process. We will still our minds through morning meditations that are focused on connecting to your inner muse.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecón
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"4 X 4: Abstraction By Design"
August 6-11, 2020
 

In this 4 1/2 – day workshop we will be creating a modular (4 over 4) panel installation. Each panel should work on their own and be integral to the installation as well. We will establish a limited color palette with both our collage papers and paint. This parameter allows us to fully focus on our design, mark making and balance skills, as well as allowing a manageable interplay between our panels.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Michael Schemchuk
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $65
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Tangle Philly: A Retreat of Creative Mindfulness"
August 7-9, 2020
 

Most people can name a specific moment in their lives when something changed it forever. For artists and writers, we agree that learning and creating in community has enriched our lives in so many different ways. We have experienced fun, personal, mental and emotional life-changing growth. Around the world, we explore adding Zentangle to our mixed media art and use it as an opening exercise in our writing practice. It is intentional, abstract art and a safe place to create, even when you aren’t an artist. Conscious Creations Art Studio, in Exton, is the home of Philly Area Zentangle® (2012) This retreat weekend promises to enlighten, broaden skills, and enhance your creative spirit.
 
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Cost: $500.00
Sponsor: Conscious Creations Art Studio
Website, email, 484-889-8668


"Art To Heart - Heart To Art"
August 8-16, 2020
 

9Days/8Nights. Explorations in Painting from the Landscape to the Abstracted Landscape. Immersed in the Balinese environment, in the most supportive and relaxed atmosphere, this meditative Retreat & Art Workshop hosted by the luxurious Villa Selat will offer solid instruction from the first time artist to the most advanced artist looking to find new inspiration. Each day will start with an invitational meditation, gourmet breakfast and a three hour group workshop. Afternoons will offer excursions, bodywork/treatments, down time or some on location painting sessions. All Gourmet meals, transportation, luxury accommodations, excursions and workshop - everything is included.
 
Location: Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Yvette Gellis
Cost: shared luxury accommodation- $2500, Single - $3500
Sponsor: www.villaselat.com
Website, email, 818-631-8237


"Art of the Picture Book"
August 9-14, 2020
 

Children's books are simple. Anyone can create one, right? But looks are deceiving. Picture books are a uniquely challenging and potent art form, where both words and images work in tandem to create a story. For anyone eager to acquire or deepen the necessary skills--from inception of an idea to a working manuscript—Art of the Picture Book is an ideal opportunity. Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh is the author of many titles, including Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and The Coyote, and The Princess and the Warrior. His latest book, Soldier For Equality, received an honorable mention for writing from the Pura Belpré Award earlier this year.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Duncan Tonatiuh
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Chaos to Order!"
August 10-14, 2020
 

Starting a painting with color, texture, gestural marks and layers may seem like “chaos”, but it delivers vital energy that is both fun and intuitive. Kathleen Conover will teach you to bring great design and composition, the elements that bring “order” to the rich start, and turn your paintings into an attention-getting and expressive finishes. Applying strong design and compositional skills are the focus. Beginner or advanced, you are encouraged to discover and explore your unique expression and personal imagery in realism, abstraction or non-objective. Kathleen is a signature member of AWS, NWS, ISEA and TWSA.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Drawing to Mixed Media – On Site to Studio"
September 14-23, 2020
 

Drawing on location or “en plein air,” is a sensory experience that allows us to absorb the multi-layered aspects of a site: the temperature, sounds, warmth of the sun or cool of the shadows. Back in the studio we will work on Arches Oil paper with dry media – graphite, pastel, graphix chunks, charcoal and other materials provided for our experimentations. We will layer with thin veils of cold wax medium, fixing the dry medium and permitting additional embellishments with oil pastel. Our Day Trips will inspire us to see the region through the eyes of artists who have come before us, who all found the light, textures and temperature of this region to be the muse for their creative work.
 
Location: Saint-Raphaël, France
Instructor: Norma Hendrix
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Tuscan Creative Experience with Bethany Ekblad"
September 17-28, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting The Figure With Expression"
September 23-26, 2020
 

In this class we’ll focus on figurative painting from a live model and photos. We’ll explore techniques for creating colorful, abstract patterns with a sense of movement and energy by first making a quick underpainting in acrylic, then painting into it with oil paint. For photo reference, I encourage using images with energy and motion in them, i.e. athletes, boxers, dancers, etc. Large brushes and a plastic scraper will be used to apply paint generously and to also scrape away to reveal the underlying acrylic underpainting. I’ll also be talking about edges and how blurring the line between main subject and background helps in creating an abstract pattern of forms, color and dynamism.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"A sketchbook and lino cut journey with Jane Smith"
September 25 - October 02, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Jane Smith
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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


"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


"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


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


 

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