Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Painted Sketch: A Brief, Evocative Capturing of the Essentials"
August 17-18, 2018
 

For many artists, the painted sketch is an essential element in the process of making a successful painting. The sketch offers an opportunity to quickly capture the essence of your subject in its most elemental, unfiltered state. Through a combination of instructor-led demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on practice, you will thoroughly explore the art of executing sketches that are full of potent and useful information that can be used to address the obvious follow up issues – how to translate sketches into full developed studio paintings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Wieben, www.SarahWieben.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"All Creatures Great and Small"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Discover how to create fresh, lifelike paintings of a variety of animals as you explore composition, color, texture, and storytelling. In this workshop, learn how to realistically capture texture without obsessing over detail, choose a dynamic point of view, mix colors to promote interest, and vary your brushwork for different effects. Through daily demonstrations, Susan will highlight various facets of painting animals followed by one-on-one assistance in your production of painted samples to reinforce each principle discussed. Expect to take home many small studies to refer to when working independently on your own projects. You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools necessary for portraying a variety of animals convincingly.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
August 27-30, 2018
 

Learn how to make convincing, sensitive portraits that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. Fundamentals of portrait painting using oil paints will be emphasized, but more specifically you will focus on learning to see and understand visual phenomena. Through demonstrations and personal critiques, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on the effects of light, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each day. This workshop is designed for painters with experience in oil, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fast, Loose & Bold Painting"
August 27-31, 2018
 

In this workshop you will learn how to loosen up and use bigger brushes and more paint for a bolder, more painterly approach. We will also take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. Join us for targeted instruction and training - this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. This workshop is suited to acrylic and oil painters alike.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patti Mollica
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Great Paintings from Photographs"
September 5-8, 2018
 

Using photo references, this workshop will address the challenges and advantages of working in such a manner. Bring your paintings to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette, and employing Impressionist-based painting methods. Daily demonstrations will address the importance of thumbnail sketches, road maps for dynamic compositions, underpainting techniques, paint application, movement and focal points, and color. Bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter, including landscape, architecture, and figures.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shelby Keefe, www.StudioShelby.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


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure and Portrait Painting"
September 17-21, 2018
 

This class is about painting a clothed model alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. We’ll spend some time on the whole figure and also the head/ features of the face. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the head and figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes with three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $810
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"A Clear Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 19-22, 2018
 

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observation skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized instruction and feedback. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Painting Revisited"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Whether you haven’t had the time to paint in a while or are feeling a little rusty, this workshop will revisit a variety of painting basics related to oils and acrylics. Composition, color theory, setting up a palette, selecting materials and tools, and many other topics will be reviewed. Painting from still life setups and photo references, you will gain hands-on practice observing and translating information to canvas, developing compositions, and identifying and mixing colors and values with Jacque as your guide. A gentle critique of all paintings will close the workshop each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Oil Painting"
October 22-25, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will explore the visual language of oil painting from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Learn and explore materials, techniques, vocabulary, and concepts of art while developing a personal artistic voice. Working from direct observation, Kendra will guide you through a series of exercises and paintings designed to help you gain familiarity with oil paint, build observational skills, identify figure ground relationships, compose imagery, render form, mix color, and develop a positive attitude toward self-expression and creative thinking. Short lectures, presentations, and demonstrations will augment working time.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kendra Bulgrin, www.KendraBulgrin.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Moving Paint: Working with Oil and Wax"
October 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced artists who have worked with oil and cold wax. Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises based on the various ways of learning, along with drawing and moving paint. We’ll revisit the language of art - composition, color, tension and space, and scale will be discussed. Demonstrations include using R&F Pigment sticks, pastels and other materials along with excavating, monoprinting, glazing, mark making and editing. We will focus on content, how to see, and on moving your work forward. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Professional practices will be addressed and activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Five Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 8-12, 2019
 

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: $900
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Paint BIG En Plein Air"
August 5-9, 2019
 

This workshop is all about shedding the fear and gathering the tools it takes to paint BIG en plein air! Join Kami and learn her approach to 'plein air' painting on the beautiful and inspiring Madeline Island. She will share her knowledge, passion, and approach to capturing the effect of light on a large canvas. Her goal during this workshop is to push your work to a new level, and to help you develop a strong understanding of the properties of color. Painting is the dance between passion and intellect! Each component is vital in the creation of great Art and it is important to employ both sides in order for the artist to grow to their highest potential.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Creating Visual Impact with Strong Design and Color Harmony"
August 19-23, 2019
 

This workshop will help you make informed design and color decisions, therefore giving you more creative control over your chosen subject. If you cannot place your shapes correctly, and with tonal accuracy, in the beginning of your process, your chances of finishing will diminish. Finding a way to control small movements in both tone and color temperature is the key. If you want to capture the light and atmosphere of a place you have to be organized and execute your design with confidence. This class is taught both in and out of the studio for maximum learning retention and understanding. A series of skill building exercises that I have designed will help you steadily improve your paintings.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Cosby, cosbystudio.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. 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. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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