Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Woodlands & Botanical Couture"
June 13-17, 2021
 

During this retreat, students will learn lots of mechanics to design a variety of woodland and botanical couture designs. Demos by Françoise will include different techniques and mechanics, which students will then interpret in their own designs using a plethora of flowers and textures foraged from nearby woodlands. These techniques are also applicable for any type of wedding or event work. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired onsite lodging, and retreat amenities all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Francoise Weeks
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,467
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
June 17, 2021
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. And yet, oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from photo realistic images to eye popping abstracts. This workshop will focus on landscapes. By the end of the course, you may even drop oil and acrylic paints altogether and join the growing number of converts to this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Uncommon Art Journal"
June 17-19, 2021
 

Join us as we spend 3 days immersed in a variety of mixed media techniques, incorporating different materials to create artist journals that are tactile, rich and “uncommon.” During the weekend you will have the opportunity to learn from 3 different Artists with 3 different styles to create 3 handmade artist journals from scratch. Each day will be taught by a different Artist. They will share their own approach and techniques to give your artist journal a unique and organic look. Through the creative process, you will discover artistic beauty in what is unrefined and imperfect. Also join us for "Meet the Instructors" Night.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: 3 Instructors
Cost: $245.00
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Santa Fe, NM – Encaustic Monotype Workshop: The Landscape"
July 3 & 4, 2021
 

This 2-Day class will provide an overview of encaustic monotype techniques and process for artists at all skill levels. All materials included. On the first day we will cover the equipment, tools; color sticks applications, paper absorbencies, managing the plate temperature, the additive and subtractive process, masking, the monotype finishes plus health and safety. The second day through lectures and demonstrations we will focus on the landscape and creating a narrative by representing the natural scenery. We will look at representational, impressionistic and abstract landscapes and I would add the surreal and imagined. The challenge is to paint Intuitively, exploring, making things up as you go along and allowing time to find our own voice.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Bookbinding: Sketchbooks & Journals (Online)"
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12, 2021
 

A handmade book can be a work of art! Learn to make your own sketchbooks and journals with noted artist and PAFA/UArts faculty, Rosae Reeder. Begin with simple structures including pamphlet, accordion/concertina, single and double section sewn books and progress to more advanced codex structures like hard cover paired station binding with combination single sheets and sections, French twist binding, and long-stitch binding with paper wrapper.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rosae Reeder
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic"
July 11-15, 2021
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land. Daily journaling, meditation, readings and expressive mark-making exercises along with leisurely walks exploring the outdoors provide the inspiration from which to develop ideas for series-based work while also developing your personal artistic voice. Participants will experiment with a wide variety of innovative processes and materials such as encaustic monoprinting, suminagashi, powdered graphite/charcoal, graphite bars, horsehair, pyrography, stitch and alternative bookbinding. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: From $1,004 per person
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Wearing Your Art on Your Sleeves ... and Everywhere Else (Virtual)"
Saturdays, July 17 - August 14, 2021
 

Have you been thinking about printing your artwork on fabric? Helen will guide you through the process of using Spoonflower, a custom printer that allows artists to design their own fabrics from the comfort of a home computer. You'll learn how to do a simple replication of images for projects on cloth, how to put your image in repeat (called “tiling”) and endless other project possibilities. This isn’t just a lecture — you will actually be doing the work with your own images during class and end with submission-ready designs. The Process: There will be a pre-workshop message sent July 5 with instructions on how to prepare for the workshop. Beginner friendly!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $90.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
July 21-25, 2021
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Santa Fe, NM – Oil & Cold Wax Painting"
July 24 & 25, 2021
 

This 2-Day Workshop is the perfect opportunity to discover and develop new Cold Wax painting skills. We will “push the limits” with this wonderful medium 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, different starting points, titling of work, and working in series. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions, and presentations add to the experience, raising awareness and appreciation for the content and the meaning of constraint and or simplification in art. This workshop is lots of fun; it will enliven your art practice and unleash your creative voice!
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Cake Decorating With Royal Icing"
July 27, 2021
 

There is a charming story that royal icing was so named when it decorated Queen Victoria’s wedding cake in 1840. Not true, but today, royal icing continues to be a common medium for cake decorating and piping. In this hands-on class, learn the art of brush embroidery, border piping and basic string work — all using royal icing. The class will begin with a demonstration on how to make royal icing, followed by a discussion of the different types of royal icing and their applications. All tools and ingredients will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Bujewski
Cost: $40.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
July 29, 2021
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. And yet, oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from photo realistic images to eye popping abstracts. This workshop will focus on landscapes. By the end of the course, you may even drop oil and acrylic paints altogether and join the growing number of converts to this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Turning the Physical World into a Story: Generative Prose Writing"
August 1-5, 2021
 

Join internationally recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and how to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Houston
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Santa Fe, NM – Introductory Encaustic Monotype Workshop"
August 6, 2021
 

This Introductory and Intensive class provides an overview of the encaustic monotype techniques for artists at all skill levels. We start with Health and Safety, cover the equipment, tools, the paper types and absorbency. In addition, the importance of managing the plate temperature, drawing with encaustic color sticks and pencils, the additive and subtractive process plus masking. We will also demonstrate the monotype gluing process to a wood cradle, the medium application and the encaustic medium fusing techniques. If you’re familiar with encaustic monotypes and desire a refresher or want to learn new skills or creative approach, this is a great option to work with an instructor to answer your questions and provide direction.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Encaustic Monotypes - The Monochrome Approach India ink, Graphite, Carbon"
August 7 & 8, 2021
 

This 2-Day workshop uses the Monochrome Approach as a way for Artists to explore and discover new shapes and ideas while using a words and emotions as a source of inspiration. Day 1. We start with Health and Safety, review the monotype equipment, tools, paper types, texture and paper quality of absorbency. Followed by exercises with line, form, shapes, patterns and edges using India ink, graphite, carbon & charcoal. Day 2. We do a jump-start to creativity by the construction of a narrative on a 72” scroll. We will paint with found objects and non-traditional tools. The idea is to connect ideas and a story line with forms, shapes and shadows. Finally connecting the narrative if desired by using encaustic colors.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
August 8-12, 2021
 

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


"Oil & Cold Wax - Abstract Painting"
August 14 & 15, 2021
 

This 2-Day Workshop will cover the Oil & Cold Wax painting fundamentals, then we will examine Abstract Art, that by definition is characterized by the reduction of natural appearances into simplified forms; for example, constructing art on the basis of geometric shapes or intuitive gestures, or by the use of color to express emotions. Be prepared to paint looser and more intuitively. On day 2 we will cover constraint in art while creating a painting. But most importantly simplification and how to take a concept to its essence, and or easier to do or understand. Finally, we will consider the power of a limited color palette. There will be plenty of time for action-filled painting and personalized attention.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $350.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Beginning Oil Pastel"
August 26, 2021
 

Oil pastels are probably the most misunderstood and underappreciated medium there is. And yet, oil pastels are dynamic, vivid, versatile and extremely forgiving. They will expand your range of artistic expression. The medium is geared for those who love to work with their hands. You mush, squash, push and blend with your fingertips. You apply, texture, carve, scrape and cut away with your palette knife. This workshop will teach you three basic techniques for creating everything from photo realistic images to eye popping abstracts. This workshop will focus on landscapes. By the end of the course, you may even drop oil and acrylic paints altogether and join the growing number of converts to this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Scott Turner, www.turneronlinegallery.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Stacked Found Object Lamp"
August 26, 2021
 

Learn how to build a table lamp using stacked found objects starting with the basics of lamp construction and wiring and then customizing using stackable found objects such as toys, hardware, and other items. To top off each creation, instruction will be given on how to turn common items such as colanders and baskets into lamp shades, or how to embellish ready-made shades. Basic lamp components will be provided and some found objects will be available. Students may bring items they wish to use; be sure found objects you bring have a 3/8” or larger hole.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dee Hooks
Cost: $145.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 28-29, 2021
 

Using collage, illustration, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media, we will create “maps” of our life experience. These maps of the imagination can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. We will make varied maps and a book to contain them, and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. Making maps of your life leads to both wonderful art and self-discovery. This class is about making a small book to contain six pop-up maps of your life experiences, and exploring our journeys with color, curiosity, poetry, and permission to illustrate your own path in your own way. Included materials fee includes kit for book, paints, inks, mark making tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $315.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 28, 2021
 

Acrylic molding paste can make beautiful textures and designs. The unique book covers created by these processes are quite striking! In this class students will learn and experiment with several molding paste techniques including stenciling, stamping, and scraping. Book covers are created by painting the molding paste and mounting on another piece of book board to form a cover. These covers will then be bound using a long stitch binding with a leather spine. This class will be appropriate for beginner and intermediate book binders. Students will receive personalized instruction and critique throughout the workshop. Instructor-provided supplies include: handouts describing techniques, molding paste, waxed linen thread in black or brown, awl, metal corners, stencils, acrylic paints, leather for spines.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Planed and Folded Wooden Book"
September 9-10, 2021
 

You’ll create an extraordinary multi-signature hand-bound long-stitch wooden book with painted and textured papers. At least five techniques will be taught in this workshop including color pencil on wood, dropped-in watercolor, monotype printing with open acrylics, and book-binding techniques to stitch signatures sewn onto a canvas binding. Materials fee includes wood, Masa paper, gesso, PVA glue, acrylics, waxed linen thread, adornments, and ribbon. I will provide awls, book-binding cradle, stencils, and other tools to use while we work.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate"
September 27-30, 2021
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic and photography. Explore a range of subject matter, as well as a variety of surfaces on which to create work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $510 / Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920-868-3455


"Layers: Intro to Oil & Cold Wax"
October 16-17, 2021
 

Painting with Cold Wax Medium is a popular artistic expression all over the world. In this class, you will explore the basic principles of using Cold Wax Medium through instructor-led demonstrations, individual guidance, and exploration of individual pieces. The techniques are fun, creative, and only limited by your imagination. We will explore the process of building layers using printmaking methods, mark making, and adding textures. What is added and hidden under layers will be uncovered by reduction including scraping, scratching, gouging and the use of solvents. There are no mistakes in this class, only results that are yet discovered. You will leave with basic knowledge of the medium, a finished painting, and some works in progress.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rick Ross of Summit Art Studio
Cost: $125 class fee + $125 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting With Oil and Cold Wax"
November 4-7, 2021
 

This 3.5-day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax as an addition to your current oil painting practice. The workshop blends instructor 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 discussion focuses on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques throughout the workshop offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Class size is limited to ensure personal attention and ample one-on-one discussion time with the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard"
May 14-15, 2022
 

Scratchboard, as in black and white photography, draws its drama by including the widest range of light to dark in each “painting.” The process itself is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. The challenge is to remember you are creating various grey tones all the way to white (depending on the amount of scratching you do to remove the black). It is a thrill mid-process because your imagery emerges with each stroke.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Stop Motion Animation"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)
 

The Stop Motion Animation workshop guides you through the process to achieve a short stop motion animation film. This 4-session workshop held via Zoom is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY, since 1984. This unique and professional workshop will enable you to learn or improve your directing and story development skills from the super talented and experienced instructor, Bridget Johnson, while interacting & connecting with art lovers from all over the world! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy-to-use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bridget Johnson
Cost: $199
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, 212-226-4151


"Basics of Encaustic"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Raised and Inset line work, and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, (708) 680-6759


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Using various types of paper, Mounting Paper to a panel and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, (708) 680-6759


"Encaustic and Photography E-Course"
ongoing
 

In this 21 video e-course you will get all the basics plus more in getting you up and working with encaustic paints and your photographs. Over 3 hours of video content plus a companion guide outlining some additional info on supplies used. • Sizing Panels • Working on Mounted and Embedded Prints • Direct and Indirect Fusing methods • Scraping to refine surface and shape • Image Transfers • Using oils • Using various types of photo paper • Hand Coloring on an image • much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email


"Manuscript Consultations: Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction"
Online, Ongoing
 

Writers of all ages and levels of experience benefit from close reading and feedback on their work. Looking for support for your creative writing? Award-winning author Jacquelyn Thomas to the rescue! Short-form manuscripts – up to 25 pages of prose or 5 poems – will be returned to you in 7-10 days with: • written feedback in the form of an editorial/critique letter • in-manuscript comments with line edits • contact information for at least five publications seeking manuscripts similar to your work. Jacquelyn also will schedule a phone or virtual meeting with you to review and discuss feedback. Book-length manuscripts are welcome but will take longer to process. Consultation cost is $4/page. See our website for more information.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jacquelyn Thomas
Cost: $4/page
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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