Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Kami Mendlik: Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020

This unique retreat is four days of painting, designed to develop YOU creatively, practically, spiritually, and personally. All levels of painters are welcome, however intermediate to advanced-level artists will gain the most from this retreat. 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: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178

"Oil Pastels"
September 12-13, 2020

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We'll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292

"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

"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


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