Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
January 7-11, 2019
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Fabric Images"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Carlson
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Design Exploration"
February 4-8, 2019
 

This workshop will show you how to start with an original photograph, line drawing or painting and create a departure from its reality. We will do 6+ different exercises to explore the abstract and non-representational designs, these include, shape, line, blind painting, cubing, zooming, abstract still life. Composition, color schemes and a well thought out plan will be emphasized. A quilt design will be fully realized. Many different techniques will be discussed to help you create your quilt such as applique, piecing, fusing, collage, and painting and stamping on the surface.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $870 + Materials: $20
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Not-So-Basic Basics"
February 4-8, 2019
 

When you have outgrown the basics and the old ‘should’ and 'should nots’ of painting, then you are ready for Skip’s Not-So-Basic Basics. With fifty years of experience in guiding artists to their most authentic, personal expression, Skip Lawrence knows exactly how to get you there, too. These tools give you the creative confidence to break the old rules and make art decisions that truly express you! This workshop is the perfect way to become familiar with Skip’s fresh look at design language and art philosophy. Each day we will focus on a general concept of art that is applicable to every student no matter his or her level of experience, or preference for style or media.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Skip Lawrence, skiplawrence.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Animal Artistry Through Appliqué: Fine Feathered Friends"
May 13-17, 2019
 

David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. During this workshop, David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A simple subject with a nice detail works best for his method. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options. This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor, www.davidtaylorquilts.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Designing From Nature"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Our most memorable quilts are often those that speak to special times, places, things, and people in our lives. Using your photographs as the place to begin the design process offers a personalized and memorable look to your quilts. Based on the design methods developed by Ruth McDowell, this class takes you through the design process – from photo to pictorial quilt. This style of quilt emphasizes the use of patterned cotton fabrics in unique ways yet is grounded in traditional piecing methods. The result is a quilt design with a somewhat abstract quality that is uniquely your own. This course is best suited for the confident beginner to advanced student.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann P Shaw
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Ready, Paint, Go!"
July 8-12, 2019
 

In this fun and fresh water media workshop, you'll learn how to go "beyond" plain watercolor in a fun and relaxed environment while learning to incorporate some new ideas into your tried-and-true techniques. Expand your horizons as you transport your landscapes, portraits, animals - or anything you want to paint - into even more exciting and relevant works of art. Ward will be teaching his revolutionary painting techniques, using several different kinds of water media including crystal powdered paint, iridescent paint and more. These techniques are featured in his popular DVD/Video series "Brusho and Beyond." Students will get lots of one-on-one instruction. Ward will encourage you to paint and experiment with the different media as little or as much as you like.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud, artofward.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Dye-Paint Your Images: Bring Them to Life with Quilting"
July 15-19, 2019
 

In this workshop, you will first learn how to paint images with Procion dyes on cotton. Among other things, we will cover blending, layering, special effects and painting without bleeding. These techniques can be used to create images as complex as portraits or as simple as a line. Each student is asked to bring two or three 18" x 20" designs or drawings that they will transfer onto cloth and then paint. Then, we will explore how to use quilting to enhance the look of your painted cloth. The main objective is to use quilting lines to create depth, texture, tension, or shadowing which will give a new dimension and add visual interest to your quilt. Quilting experience required.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Hollis Chatelain, hollisart.com
Cost: $870 + Materials: $50
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Best of Both Worlds: A New Approach to Botanical Printing"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Botanical printing– also known as eco-printing– has a large and dedicated following. The sustainability of materials and inherent organic beauty of the imagery is deliciously appealing. But consider a new twist on beloved printing methods. This workshop explores ten additions to botanical printing on paper/fabric substrates to create a series of collages suitable for framing, stitch, or other distinctive and personal use. Techniques include adding color or collage elements prior to printing, the use of a variety of mordants and chemical applications to enhance and shift color. Dunnewold’s unique methods for adding new and unexpected additions to the eco-printing repertoire are not for the faint hearted. It’s just too exciting!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold, janedunnewold.com
Cost: $865 + Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Body of Work: Freedom and Focus"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Many artists feel that their work is all over the map, they are pulled in too many different directions, and that their creative output lacks a cohesive voice. I believe that you can work in many styles, and still have a unique and recognizable voice as an artist. In this workshop we will explore the issue of style and voice in the context of the body of work. You will choose your own focus and work deeply into it for the whole five days. Learn how deep focus allows you more freedom to explore, not less. Leave the workshop with a body of work in progress, and a broader appreciation of your own creative capacity.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Mixed Media Botanical Sketchbook"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Over our five days of creative instruction and guided play we will create a lovely, one-of-a-kind botanical sketchbook to document your days spent on Madeline Island. We will be using different papers, mediums and mark makers to create the pages of our book and then we’ll bind it together by hand. During the week we will cover: simple book making, signatures and binding, lettering, drawing, simple sketching, water coloring, expressive florals, mono printing, inks & nibs, flower pressing, color study and the difference tools and specific media make to your own creative style. Our subject focus will be the beauty surrounding us on Madeline Island, specifically the landscapes, flora and fauna that abounds.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Garrison, www.pamgarrison.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Perfect Points And Stars With Paper Piecing"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Enjoy five full days of quilting bliss with designer and master quilter, Jacqueline de Jonge while working on the design of your choice! Learn Jacqueline’s unique approach to paper piecing that will have you creating unbelievable work with show-stopping color and movement! Enjoy personal daily instruction, demonstrations, laughter, fun and plenty of time to sew. Each student works at their own eight foot table in a studio that was built from the ground up with quilters in mind. The studio is open 24/7 throughout the week and is flooded with natural light, comfortable chairs, bottomless cookie jars and plenty of room to spread out make this a true quilter’s dream get-away! Treat yourself to the best!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline de Jonge
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Create History and Mystery with Mixed Media Layers"
September 16-20, 2019
 

We have the luxury of time to explore and develop our most amazing art. Join me on this 5-day adventure for creating history and mystery. Make history using layers of acrylic mediums, collage and color. Learn how to veil imagery to elicit mystery. Colors evoke mood, texture creates a place where the eye can jump right in and gesture and movement keep you engaged. During this course you will learn how to use acrylic pastes, gels and mediums to create texture, learn how to use color to evoke a mood and incorporate alternative art materials to enhance your finished mixed media art. Every day will involve demonstrations and plenty of time to experiment, along with guided encouragement.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, sandraduranwilson.com
Cost: $770 + $30 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Shape Shifting"
October 7-11, 2019
 

We all have innate preferences for certain colors, shapes and proportions, as well as natural attractions to certain symbols, images and icons. In this class we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. For example, you may be drawn to Buddhist mandalas or Mexican milagros. You may be attracted to the design of an Inuit mask or the pattern from an Art Nouveau vase. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes and images which they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Quiltworx University"
September 21-25, 2020
 

During this unique retreat, you will work with Judy, Judel (Judy’s daughter), a team of Certified Instructors, and a Certified Shop to create a customized design unique to you! Plan to attend trunk shows, special technique demonstrations and presentations showcasing the latest that Quiltworx will have to offer, including but not limited to the future of Quiltster, Judy’s answer to fabric auditioning and project planning for the Quilting Community.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer, www.quiltworx.com
Cost: $1,299
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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
Instructor:
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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