Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Dynamics of Shadows and Light: A Bolder Approach to Watercolor"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Discover how to capture the mood and time of a place through creative, strategic, and decisive use of light and shadow. Emphasizing these characteristics can energize and bring confidence to formerly tentative and flat paintings. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on design and planning compositions, as well as sparking your imagination. Develop your ability to see and understand light and recognize its sources and the shadows they create through a series of exercises. These methods will help you to create more dynamic paintings of any subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Linden, www.TomLindenart.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Five Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 9-13, 2018
 

This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you to judge values, using warm and cool tones, to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow and to describe the time as well as the type of day. On the first day, Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Experimental Landscape: From Outside to Inside"
July 9-10, 2018
 

This multimedia workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Explore methods to examine, document, and translate your experiences from outside to the studio. The first day of this workshop will emphasize observation – walking, sitting, listening, touching, looking - in various locations and from various vantages within Peninsula State Park, followed by time to record and document. On the second day, meet in the studio to share, organize, and construct artworks using your documentation as the raw material. Be prepared to spend a day outside, no matter the conditions. Various kinds of ability can be accommodated. Please let the school know if your situation might require an accommodation.
 
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


"Painting the Light in Studio and Out"
July 9-10, 2018
 

In this two-day workshop, you will paint directly from life to develop skill in observing and simplifying complex visual information into broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you to paint the effects of light rather than the light itself, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of color and value concepts, including modern color theory, identifying value, mixing color, building a unique harmony, and the strengths and weakness of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working both in the studio and en plein air, you will paint the large masses and shapes of your composition first, which will act as a foundation to build sophisticated color and value.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, kyle-martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Learn how to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. In this workshop, you will examine new ideas that result in compelling compositions designed to bring your photography to a much more expressive level. This workshop begins by viewing a range of photographs, including your images and examples of Daniel’s work. Learn how to use and combine visual elements to create truly memorable photographs. You will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Local Color: Making the Most of What Nature Gives You"
July 16-19, 2018
 

Designed for the pastel painter, this workshop addresses the challenges and limitations of working from the landscape. Fostering an experiential, non-academic approach to maximizing color skills, you will expand upon a traditionally overwhelming blue/green palette, learn how to render and invent light, and push the boundaries of seasonal color. Working from your own photo references, create pastel landscapes over a watercolor base with Colette as your guide. Direct instruction, numerous examples, and demonstrations will increase your understanding of seeing, translating, and understanding color. Discover a fresh approach to keeping your colors clean and effective with individualized attention keyed to your intent.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting: The Architecture of Light"
July 16-20, 2018
 

This watercolor workshop is open to artists of all levels. The theme of this workshop is finding the dialogue between the architecture of man and the architecture of nature, and how to see compositions in the most grand and most humble of scenes. During this class, you will explore the endlessly compelling compositional possibilities on these topics. You will also cover the basics of perspective composition and fundamentals of drawing, and see how these basics are the root of a successful painting. Simple black and white pencil sketches from site observation, or from photographs will be completed, and you will discuss how the three basic values, black/white/grey can be arranged to form the basis of a final watercolor painting.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils"
July 20-21, 2018
 

Using the visual language of color and design, foster an abstract approach to landscape painting in this water-mixable oil workshop. You will learn a range of techniques, including color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tight versus spontaneous marks in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstractions. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one feedback. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design, and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
July 21, 2018
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Translating Light"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Explore the landscape of Door County as you learn how to interpret various lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. This hands-on workshop encourages thoughtful investigation while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. Through a balanced curriculum of daily explorations, studio instruction, and critical discussion, you will develop technical and conceptual skills. Core photographic principles and image design will be reinforced in the studio and in the field. Gain confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations through practical and varied experience with Travis as your guide. Familiarity with your DSLR’s manual mode is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting: Landscape Concepts - Value of A Limited Palette"
August 6-10, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to remove the imitative burden we all seem to start with and to introduce orchestration of the landscape, especially color harmony, for strong personal statements. We are under no obligation to copy what is before us, that’s what the camera is designed to do. Concentration will be on the intellectual process of interpreting landscape to “fit” your motive. Emphasis will be placed on selecting which limited palette (of 3-6 colors) will best suit our concept. Although this is an outdoor workshop much of the discussion will apply equally to studio work and procedures. We will work on defining and developing what constitutes a strong pictorial concept and selection of only those elements in the landscape, which support that end.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Skip Whitcomb
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Beyond Green: Exploring Color Through Landscape"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Using the landscape as inspiration, this workshop will enrich and expand your understanding of color. Explore the science and psychology behind it, your perception in regards to nature, as well as color theory and relationships. Working with the medium of your choice, you will reference photos to create individual and rich landscape compositions that explore color interaction and perception. Painting techniques such as layering, glazing, optical color mixing, and broken brushstrokes will be demonstrated and discussed. Individual and group instruction, slide lectures on historical and modern approaches to color in the landscape, and critiques will augment this engaging workshop. Possible media include oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.NinaWeiss.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Field to Studio"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Painting in both plein air and the studio, this workshop will demonstrate the reasons why artists find painting outside so valuable and how they reassemble that information upon returning to the studio. Gain confidence in selecting, editing, and capturing the essence of any scene with this two-pronged approach. Each morning, Bill will guide you through his process for building a painting from selecting imagery to developing a composition to identifying and translating value and color to canvas. Two days will be spent on location painting en plein air and two days in the studio working from plein air studies and photo references. Learn how to take advantage of the unique opportunities and avoid the pitfalls of each working style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bill Farnsworth, BillFarnsworth.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Free-Flowing Watercolor Painting"
August 17-18, 2018
 

Expand your knowledge of watercolor materials and techniques while walking the line between representation and abstraction in this workshop. You will emphasize and explore the natural properties of watercolor with vibrant fluid color, surprising textures, and dynamic compositions. Join Rob as he shares his methods and outlines his process to create large, loose, flowing watercolors. Plenty of time will be provided to practice new skills, as well as work with Rob one-on-one.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pastel on Madeline Island: Plein Air And Studio"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Orchestrating the elements of a pastel landscape painting are analogies to the conductor of the orchestra and director of a film. One has a score, the other a script, but both control the players to produce the final performance. Students will explore manipulations of composition, value, and color as a means of adding their personal feelings to landscape subject matter. Various techniques of pastel manipulation, often utilizing underpainting techniques, will be demonstrated throughout the workshop to orchestrate the final outcome along with ample individual attention at the easel. Through daily demonstrations, individual attention, and classroom discussions, participants will come away with a clearer understanding of the universal basics of painting.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard McKinley
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography"
August 20-24, 2018
 

Glenn Randall’s approach to teaching landscape photography can be summed up in eight words: master the craft, and the art will follow. For a landscape photographer, the meaning of craft goes far beyond such photographic basics as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. It includes mastering exposure strategies so that you can shoot in any kind of light, learning to refine your compositions until they clearly convey the essence of your idea, mastering techniques for shooting stitched panoramas, and achieving extraordinary depth-of-field through the use of focus-stacking and tilt-shift lenses. Mastering the craft also means learning to use an array of apps and programs to plan your shoots to be in the right place at the right time.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Glenn Randall
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Building a Better Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Using the beautiful scenery of Door County as inspiration, learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem-solving, no matter the subject being painted. This workshop will focus on concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature along with landscape composition. Each morning will begin with a short demonstration, addressing the topics of compositional strategies, the importance of value studies, color palette selection, negative space work, and painting resolution and finishing details. Color solutions will be explored using structured schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up technique, while at the same time teach important painting concepts that apply across all media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making a Lasting Impression: Painting the Impressionist Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

The impressionist, neo-impressionist, and post-impressionist artists created stunning paintings that still inform our sense of color and style today. Using neo-impressionist color and paint applications as a jumping off point, you will develop vibrant and innovative painting methods through a series of landscape-based works. Develop your own unique style while discovering the philosophy, techniques, and color palette used by many of the impressionist masters. Free from rigid formulas, concepts will be quickly individualized through the process of painting. Short slide talks will introduce you to the works of important impressionist and contemporary painters, while demonstrations will delve into color theory. Acrylic will be used in this workshop, however all techniques can later be applied to oil, watercolor, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: Painting with Intent, Design, Emotion, and Attitude"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to watercolor painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in tools and materials, composition, rendering form, and color theory. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice will guide you through gaining familiarity and confidence within various areas of the watercolor medium. Learn how to handle and control your materials, create dynamic compositions, create illusion, and use color relationships to your advantage. Every exercise is designed for you to acquire skills that can be continued in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting: The How and Why of Landscape Painting"
September 10-14, 2018
 

This five day workshop will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as a performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist's knowledge of nature and to elevate the artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only "how" to create work outdoors, but also "why". This conceptual aspect of painting is the very essence of artistic intent. All media are welcome, however the daily demos will be conducted in oil.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Demers
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Autumn Landscape Photography Workshop with Craig Varjabedian"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Challenge yourself and improve your image making vision with award winning photographer, Craig Varjabedian! Whether you are focusing your camera at the famous Lake Superior red sandstone cliffs and Sea Caves or capturing the dynamic weather and fall color, you’ll be sure to walk away with photographs of a lifetime. Enjoy daily instruction in the field along the shores and back roads of this very special location and receive feedback on your images while learning about such aspects of digital photography as histograms and HDR. This workshop is best suited to the intermediate - advanced digital photographer.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Varjabedian
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Open the Door to Plein Air"
October 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will examine atmosphere and the effects of natural light as they relate to contrast, edge, and color temperature. Expand your observational skills, strengthen your painting techniques, and harmonize your compositions as you break out of the studio and into the surrounding landscape to paint en plein air. Outdoor demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on teaching behind the easel will provide strategies and context in approaching this subject matter, including composition, light, color, personal interpretation, and an overview of contemporary masters working in this manner.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathie Odom, KathieOdom.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Broaden your painting language 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 and needs. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, but artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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