Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Developing a Body of Work"
June 5-8, 2019
 

Geared toward students who have gained skill in various artistic techniques, this workshop aims to refine the concepts and ideas driving your work. Create and develop a cohesive body of work as you gather feedback and build momentum in the studio. Cassie will guide you through various exercises to help focus the scope of your work and establish a successful studio practice. Once a conceptual direction has been determined, you will begin creating a new body of work in the medium of your choice. Individual and group conversations will provide specific feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cassie Marie Edwards, www.CassieMarie.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Creating the Children's Picture Book"
June 10-13, 2019
 

The children’s picture book is a unique art form with visual storytelling at its heart. The unfolding of a story relies on sequential images to carry the reader from beginning to end. Add to this, the interweaving of word with image and you have a richly complex storytelling form. In this workshop, you will experiment with a variety of styles, materials, and techniques to create your own hand-bound picture book, as well as learn about the children’s book publishing process. The picture book maker has many elements available with which to shape their story; word, image, pacing, structure, format, and cover design. Each day, you will engage in playful exercises, demonstrations, and in-class activities exploring these essential elements.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Complex Forms, Elegant Procedures: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
June 14-15, 2019
 

This workshop is designed for students with an interest in experimenting with materials and exploring new artistic directions based on those experiments. The majority of artwork we encounter in the world reflects a divide between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something else. 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 often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will. Working through an array of materials, you will examine them for their natural qualities.
 
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


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on studio practice development, including material, process, and content. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in a series of one-on-one conversations with Leslie, material development exercises, and digital presentations related to contemporary and historical abstraction. This workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced level painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in representational paintings that are expressive and readable. Value structure, color theory, and the use of artistic license will be emphasized. Beginning with a discussion of value and how it can create structure and space, you will complete a brief exercise to hone your skills in seeing and composing an image. Moving into color, basic theory, harmonies, and relationships will be introduced before working through a series of landscape-focused exercises and paintings. Build your level of expression in each as you gain an understanding of the possibilities of your palette to create a sense of space and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fold, Stitch, Embellish, Cover: Making Accordion Fold Books"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Versatile and elegant in design, the accordion fold book offers a binding structure that is easy to work with and playful in form. Whether viewed as a full spread, a sculptural work, or words and images presented on a series of sequential folds, this structure is well suited as an expressive vehicle for artists of all backgrounds. This workshop will start with a demonstration of the basics of folding, stitching, and gluing paper, followed by a discussion that unpacks and explores the many variations of the accordion form. Create unique decorative papers and incorporate both traditional and non-traditional materials in the making of single-sheet fold-downs, flag and flutter books, and books using compound bindings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Messer
Cost: Members: $480, Non-Members: $520
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint/Collage - Collage/Paint"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Explore as many ways of constructing the collage as possible with paint acting as the integrating element. Using water-based paint over and under your collages, you will learn not only how to build collages, but also how to paint both supportively and expressively. Find your creative voice as you discover what media work together and what processes best align with your vision and goals. Through discussions and hands-on practice, Holly will share image transfer processes, gluing techniques, compatibility of media, and different ways of working with water-based paints. Materials include, but are not limited to paint, photographs, found objects, organic materials, cloth, and three-dimensional objects. Leave this workshop with a toolkit of strategies for assembling collages and combining media successfully.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Holly Roberts, www.HollyRobertsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Donalee Kennedy: Thoughtful Improv Piecing"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Loosen up and explore the magic of combining colors and textures in your pieced quilts without the need for templates or patterns. This is a beginner to intermediate level retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Donalee Kennedy
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Collage Camp – Painterly Collage"
June 28-30, 2019
 

Paper—both found and hand-printed—house paint, acrylics, and varnish form the basis for abstract mixed media layered paintings. We’ll print, paint, and draw on papers, add layered grounds to wood and supports, and enrich surfaces with cut papers, paint, and drawing materials. We’ll also consider issues surrounding color, compositions, shapes, and lines. When paper meets paint, the result is work that has the depth and interest of fine artwork. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"An Exercise in Abstraction"
June 28-29, 2019
 

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


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
June 28-29, 2019
 

This workshop will urge you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and inspire ideas for incorporating it into your practice to address formal and/or content-driven aims. Maria will share insight on pattern and decoration from formal, psychological, meditative, and personal perspectives. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, you will create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Instruction will include techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena to consider. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Maria will be available to offer individual instruction and feedback, as well as to facilitate discussion and sharing amongst the group.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Donalee Kennedy: Meditative Stitching"
June 28, 2019
 

Quiet your mind while you use a variety of materials to create own personal story in fabric. Beginner to advanced levels welcomed. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Donalee Kennedy
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Introduction to Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
July 15-18, 2019
 

This workshop explores the versatility and possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Utilize cold wax, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create meaningful abstractions filled with texture, color, and mark making. Focused on process, demonstrations and discussions will feature tools and techniques to push the limits of the medium, invite surprise, and explore possibilities of how it can be incorporated into your individual artistic practice. This workshop is well suited for those who have had some prior painting experience and who enjoy the sharing, flexibility, and happenstance of a group environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth, JamesEdwardScherbarth.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Embrace the Practice: A Painting A Day"
July 19-20, 2019
 

Embrace the process of painting and the importance of daily practice as a path to developing your creativity and image-making skills. Discover how painting can be used as an insistent act of documentation and with it, record weeks, months, and even years. Over the course of two days, you will paint at least 10 panels, guided by Lisa, who has made over 3,100 daily, consecutive paintings – so far. A combination of demonstrations, in-class assignments, and individual instruction will teach students techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Additionally, Lisa will share approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. All levels of painters are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy, LisaDariaKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Abstraction Demystified"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Manipulate space, deconstruct form, and reinvent your visual world. This workshop will explore different strategies for creating abstract images, including gestural, hard-edged geometric, process-based, and abstraction as a verb. Whether working with the element of chance or through formal structure, you will expand your knowledge of materials, techniques, and abstraction as a visual language. Shane will introduce a variety of concepts related to abstraction within the context of historical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing. As you respond to a broad range of problems and visual prompts, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, invention, and developing your unique aesthetic and interests. Group discussions and critiques will provide constructive feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane Walsh, ShaneWalshPaintings.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sense of Place"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the production of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of process or a way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, you will create a unique document that expresses your understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Possibilities (Ages 9-12)"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Focused on line, shape, color, and texture, this workshop will investigate the world of abstract painting. Using ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, students will create a series of paintings. The artists of Cubism, Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and more will be presented throughout the week and used for inspiration.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Installation Art"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Interested in installation art, but not sure where to start? While installation art is typically thought of in relation to sculpture, this hands-on workshop will consider the relationship between 2D and 3D using simple flexible materials, such as fabric and paper. Discover how to convert these materials into complex forms to create an immersive installation in collaboration with your classmates. Making individual contributions that become part of a larger collaborative thematic work, you will transform PenArt’s painting studio. Liz will share her tricks for bending, folding, and non-technical manipulating of paper and fabric to produce elaborate and sculptural interludes. Group discussions led by Liz will address technical and conceptual concerns throughout the four days. No previous installation art or sculpture experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Transfers, Collage, and Mixed Media with Acrylics"
August 9-11, 2019
 

Learn a variety of techniques for transferring images using laser copies onto acrylic materials and how to work them into your paintings and collages for fun, expressive personal statements. See what interesting effects can be achieved when using the transferred images along with paper collage, patterns made with stencils and a variety of acrylic paints, grounds, gels and molding pastes. Learn to make gel skins. Create a whimsical self-portrait filled with texture and vibrant color by applying multiple layers of paints and gels. Attention to composition, balance, and creating the collage image will be covered, as well as clear explanations about the acrylic materials provided for the class. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Collage Basics"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Collage is as much a way of thinking as of making. Explore methods of gathering imagery and materials, and taking apart and piecing them together into pictorial images and designs. Collage making helps us to consider issues of continuity and discontinuity; exploring the language of images within a fragmented arena of pictures, materials, identities, patterns, and information in contemporary life. Class time will consist of lectures that present works by modern and contemporary artists who engage in collage in a variety of ways, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that explore the technical processes and concepts presented. Projects will be specific yet allow for individual interpretation. You will work with images and materials collected prior to class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art History as Inspiration"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Where does inspiration come from? Many artists draw inspiration from moments in the history of art, although it may not be readily apparent when looking at their work. In this interdisciplinary, 2D workshop, you will explore what it means to draw inspiration from art history while creating unique, individual works of art. The first three mornings will begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history. This will be followed by a discussion of a small selection of artworks, including sharing ideas about how individuals might use a piece as a jumping off point to create one original work per day. Breaks for small group discussions and critiques will take place after lunch and at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Being Outside: Thinking In and With the Landscape"
August 16-17, 2019
 

This multi-media workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Beginning with direct, experiential observation and multisensory immersion outside, you will explore methods to examine and document. While outside on the first day, you will translate your experiences from the outdoors through writing, drawing, collecting, photographing, or making video, and doing further research. Use that documentation as raw material to create an artwork inside the studio on day two.
 
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


"Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 16-17, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of using 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, you will discover how to import, organize, and export files within 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


"Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of creating vector-based work in Adobe Illustrator. Using imported digital copies of existing studio work, learn how to utilize this program as a supporting prep tool for future projects, including stand-alone vector compositions and digital prints that mimic traditional media. Demonstrations and hands-on practice will introduce you to the process of importing, organizing, and exporting files, merging photographic image files with vector compositions to create mixed-media collage work, using pen and brush tools to create line drawing and vector artwork, utilizing the shape-building and patterning tools, and creating templates for future projects, including stencils, pattern blocks, or screen printing film positives.
 
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


"Working Together: Methods in Mixed Media Painting"
August 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will present methods for combining a range of mediums and acrylic painting through various applications and prompts. Discover new possibilities with mixed media that can be applied to representational and abstract painting. The first day will consist of demonstrations concentrating on a variety of new techniques, followed by correlating exercises. The second day will focus on creating a piece or pieces using the processes that best fit with your artistic goals. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day to provide you with feedback and next steps.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Process and Experimentation with Acrylic Paint"
August 21-24, 2019
 

Acrylic offers the greatest flexibility of any paint media; allowing you to work spontaneously one moment and methodically the next. Discover the wide range of effects that can be achieved through traditional and experimental techniques, including glazing, pouring, scraping, utilizing acrylic mediums, mixing paint with non-traditional materials, and more in this fast-paced workshop. Establish a comprehensive acrylic painting toolkit and take your practice to the next level. The workshop will begin with Tom giving a basic introduction to acrylic paint, including paint chemistry, color theory, and brush handling. Discussions and demonstrations throughout the week will move into more advanced information regarding the medium. These lessons will provide a jumping off point for guided exploration each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Berenz, www.TomBerenz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fabulous Faces"
August 23, 2019
 

Faces can be a challenge but fear not! We will first focus on learning the proportions of realistic faces and then, from there, learn how to create stylized, or more dramatic and unique faces with character and life in their eyes. I’ll show you several tricks that make creating faces a joy in your art journal, as well as how to give the face some realistic shading and highlights that add depth and character. We’ll work with all my favorite art supplies and techniques including: oil pastel and watercolor/spray resists, stencils, stamps, collage, and tools to create texture, colorful DIY collage paper, adding texture with modeling paste, oil paint sticks for shading and highlighting – just to name a few!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand Lettering for Chalkboards and More"
August 23, 2019
 

Lettering is a form of voice … a way of expression. Let it speak the things you want to say. In general, most people see words and read sentences to derive meaning. In art, we see beautiful shapes and curves with forms of beauty. It's helpful to become familiar with the anatomy of a letter. In this workshop, you will take a close look at fonts including script or cursive, serif and sans serif styles and learn how to create messages in color and also on chalkboards. Hand lettering is all about drawing! Create the letters to say what you want!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Evy Thuli
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pareidolia: Collaborations with Nature"
August 23, 2019
 

Have you ever seen the man in the moon or a flock of sheep in the clouds? This phenomenon is pareidolia: the ability to discern a specific, often meaningful, image in a vague or ambiguous visual pattern. Begin with a photographic image of clouds, rocks, bark, and other plant matter from the workbook “Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations” and use it to create an object hinted at in the patterns, textures, and designs found in the image. This transmutation will be accomplished with the use of colored pencils and/or paint. This class will not focus on the ability to create realism, but will emphasize using your imagination.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks (Florals)"
August 24, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink! Prepare to experience creating with a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. With your materials fee you'll receive a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to create more paintings when you get home. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian – yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Elizabeth Buckley: Landscape in Tapestry"
August 25-29, 2019
 

Incorporate the pristine setting along the South Shore of Lake Superior in your tapestry weavings at this multi-day retreat. All levels are welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Experimentation with Paper Marbling"
August 30-31, 2019
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless craft of marbling while exploring contemporary applications and alternative materials. Examine traditional methods used in marbling, their challenges, and endless opportunities. Demonstrations and hands-on practice will introduce you to the process. Experiment with layering marbled patterns, playing with different types of paper, and turning completed papers into folded books, boxes, and bags.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $270, Non-Members: $295
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
August 30-31, 2019
 

The landscape lends itself to rich interpretation and expression. Using acrylic paints and personal photo references, make sense of this subject matter as a jumping off point for abstraction as you explore composition, mark-making, and paint application. Through demonstrations and discussions, Beki will review the basics of acrylic painting before moving into more experimental techniques. Students will work to create their own abstract landscape paintings with individualized feedback from the instructor and group. Open to all levels of experience. More advanced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Poetic Dialogue Project"
September 5-6, 2019
 

Create art in response to poetry and bind it into an accordion book. Students should have some watercolor experience and can either bring in a favorite poem or work with poetry supplied by the instructor from various contemporary poets. Students may work in watercolor or mix watercolor with other water-based media (pen and ink, watercolor pencils). The instructor will present her Poetic Dialogue Project – a series of exhibitions of artists interpreting poetry or collaborating with poets – for inspiration, as well as her own works that have been created in partnership with her poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. Individualized instruction in watercolor technique will be offered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Shadur
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Connections in Cloth"
September 9-13, 2019
 

Students will endeavor to communicate their ideas, stories and personal experiences through stitches and personal mark making. We will use machine, and hand stitching, embroidery, painting/marking directly on cloth, and other methods for conveying our artistic voices. Create exciting and interesting pieces of art from clothing, recycled textiles and various fibers. Let’s explore all the uses for different media, fabrics and ephemera. Let’s tell a story with cloth. We will cover fabric ideas, incorporating mixed media, and various stitching and embroidery techniques. Feel free to bring any interesting fabrics or textiles you would like to incorporate into your work. Think out of the box. Handkerchiefs, t-shirts, whatever... just remember, we will be cutting, marking and stitching on them.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorie McCown, www.loriemccown.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting with Resin"
September 13-14, 2019
 

Thermoplastic resin, when used creatively in combination with additional media, can be a powerful painting medium. It offers depth and layering possibilities that other mediums cannot; resulting in spectacular works. This workshop will explain the basic physical properties and application techniques of two basic types of resin – urethane and epoxy. Demonstrations will cover tinting, layering, damming, and incorporating additional media. You will begin by pouring a layer of epoxy resin before working on a multi-layered, abstract urethane resin painting. Along the way, Shane will reveal techniques learned in his own practice. Day two will revisit the cured epoxy painting, before pouring an additional layer of resin to create a finished multi-layered piece.
 
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


"Creating Expressive Abstracts"
September 16-20, 2019
 

This workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant. Workshops are open to both pastel and acrylic artists. Past participants have given her workshops rave reviews. Come ready to explore!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Debora Stewart, deborastewart.com
Cost: $700
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


"Layers: Oil and Cold Wax"
September 20-22, 2019
 

This three-day workshop on abstract painting incorporates cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create textures, color fields and selective mark making. We will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way. Once comfortable with the basic techniques we will look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, and working in series. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions, presentations, and printed resources add to the experience, raising awareness and appreciation for the content and meaning within good abstract art. Described as inspiring and life-changing, this workshop will enliven your art practice and unleash your creative voice!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Scherbarth
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: Creative Design Workshop"
September 23-27, 2019
 

“Where do you get your ideas?” is a question I am often asked. This class has some of the answers. I designed it to teach some of my techniques along with some of my ways of finding and using source material in my own work. I think about it as my Ways and Means class. My idea is to create assignments that will be fun and straightforward, yet can lead to infinitely complex and artistic statements if students want to pursue them further. Using my clear, simple exercises, quilters will learn techniques they can apply as they wish to any quilt project they undertake.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cunningham, www.joethequilter.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Building a Narrative: The Handbound Photographic Book"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Transform your photographs into book form in this four-day workshop. Reconceptualize archived images while capturing new ones to create a cohesive handbound book with a personal narrative. Beginning with a brief survey of artist books, you will begin brainstorming ideas for your own book based on images you already have, as well as images you’re interested in capturing in surrounding Door County. The remainder of the week will be divided between shooting new images, editing and sequencing, and printing, assembling, and binding your book. Kayla will provide technical instruction and individualized feedback throughout the process. Leave this workshop with new skills and a handbound book that illustrates your artistic interests. Open to all levels and digital camera formats.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kayla Massey, KaylaMassey.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Multiplicities of the Monotype"
September 27-28, 2019
 

This workshop introduces basic monotype printmaking processes, materials, and equipment with an emphasis on the variability and multiplicity of the medium. Discover the relationship between this process and other disciplines, as you experiment with a variety of techniques. Demonstrations will address general printmaking techniques, including ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use, as well as monotype specific techniques, such as subtractive and additive painting, stencils, and more. Plenty of hands-on practice will be a priority. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Quilts: Piecing Abstraction"
October 7-11, 2019
 

Explore a process of free form piercing and improvisational design to realize your ideas in cloth. Study color and composition through an abstract image. Experience the satisfaction of creating an original quilt. All quilters are welcome in this class! No one is too much of a novice.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal, pambealartquilts.blogspot.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 16-19, 2019
 

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


"Developing Your Artistic Voice"
October 21-24, 2019
 

Designed to encourage students to see in a more organic and abstract way, this multi-level workshop will push you to view your subject as a point of departure toward your creative interpretations. This process will engage and energize your thinking and inspire personal discovery that is unique to your vision, experiences, and being. Each day, questions will be posed through thoughtful group discussions that will prompt responses through the means of word and/or visual actions. Exercises in introspection, one-on-one conversations with Joseph, and plenty of working time will bridge the gap in creative possibilities and opposing views, as well as aid in you finding and using your own artistic voice. All skill levels and painting media are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak, www.JosephGyurcsak.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


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

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


"Masterclass in Stitchology"
July 27-31, 2020
 

This is an in depth one-of-a-kind workshop in the advanced study of stitchery with Folk-Art Quilting Queen Sue Spargo and her daughters Aimee and Kelly. Elevate your embroidery techniques and learn to think beyond Sue’s 50 stitches. In this workshop you will explore the next level of Creative Stitching by studying the composition of individual stitches and how to manipulate them to create something brand new. You will take an in-depth look at specific stitches, learn how to build on them, how to combine them, then break into groups for individual studies. Explore the vast world of threads and fibers to learn how weights and blends matter. Leave the island with confidence in the art of free-form stitching.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $1,350
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Monoprint the Quilt"
August 17-21, 2020
 

Monoprinting with textile paints can dramatically change the surface of your work, pushing your ideas into new creative territory. Using her fusible collage methods, Sue will demonstrate how to paint and print at different levels of construction, from manipulating a single piece of fabric to the entire surface of the quilt. Through experimentation with opaque and metallic paints, each participant will have the opportunity to create two works: one abstract and open-ended, the other more realistic and image-based.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner, www.suebenner.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Qulting: Making Prints Out of Solids"
August 31 - September 4, 2020
 

Pattern is everywhere especially in good art. During the course of this five day workshop instructor Maria Shell will lead students on a journey through pattern—how to create it and use it in original quilt compositions. Using solid colored quilters cottons, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, dots, lattices, plaids, and tracks. While learning these new techniques, students will also be given information about working with solids colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Shell, mariashell.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Five-Day Art Quilt Design Intensive"
September 13-19, 2020
 

Denise’s workshops are highly interactive and very hands-on, and are focused more on the development of participant creativity, confidence, and experiential exploration and learning than on rigid, one-size-fits-all lesson plans or patterns – her goal is to teach re-useable and replicable techniques. The first two days are dedicated to fabric painting – how best to mix, use, and layer (Seta sun-reactive transparent) paint; how to create and use resists; and how to cause (and control) layer-by-layer paint absorption, diffusion, blending, patterning, and mottling. The following three days focus on construction techniques and “best practices” re: turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, reverse appliqué, insetting, free-form strip piecing, couching, and quilt finishing – all thematically integrated within a project-focused “working from photographs” framework.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Labadie, www.labadiefiberart.com
Cost: $800
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


 

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