Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Full Circle: Painting and Writing Through The Layered Self"
March 23-29, 2019
 

Join writer, Valley Haggard and artist, Linda Laino for a magical and luxurious week long retreat of painting mandalas and writing our stories in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, México. Beginnings, endings, cycles and circles create the patterns of our lives. This retreat will explore the layered self in an intimate, supportive group and exquisite setting, You will experience, centering and creativity through the mediums of paint and pen and experiment with technique as you delve into your own expression. This retreat is designed to accommodate beginning painters and writers as well as those that make it their life’s work. We will have beautifully balanced days of painting and writing, along with time for exploration, observation and meditation.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Linda Laino and Valley Haggard
Cost: $2100-2700
Sponsor: Linda Laino/Valley Haggard
Website, email, +52 415 566 1684


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
March 23-30, 2019
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods – will be used to enhance finished work. Tenkoku, or personal stamp making, will also be covered.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Cost: $115; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Art - Encaustic Monotype Workshop"
March 30-31, 2019
 

Abstract Art is a 20th-century movement characterized by the reduction of natural appearances into simplified forms; for example, constructing art on the basis of geometric shapes or intuitive gestures. The nonobjective art definition is the art that doesn’t depend on the appearance of the visual world as a starting point; the assumption is that art doesn’t have to be about anything other than formal elements: shape and color. This intense workshop is for artists who are motivated to learn more about creating expressive, simple yet bold and elegant encaustic abstract monotypes through several exercises and presentations about techniques and experimentation. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Location: The Encaustic Art Institute
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Framing & Matting Works on Paper"
April 27, 2019
 

View a complete demonstration of all the procedures required to properly prepare your work for framing, from cutting and hinging mats, to fitting and final assembly including glazing. Employ these procedures on your own framing project under the supervision of the instructor.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Santa Fe Journal II"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + $35 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Embracing Chaos"
May 20-21, 2019
 

In this two-day workshop, Melinda will demonstrate numerous techniques using this exciting ‘new’ medium that is rapidly gaining popularity with oil painters. In addition to speeding up drying time, Cold Wax brings an element of the unexpected to the painting process which is ideal for artists yearning to work more abstractly and intuitively. Known for her abstract figurative work, Melinda will include some focus on the figure, however all subject matter is welcome in this class. Students will leave with many new techniques and concepts to explore in their own work.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: Melinda Cootsona
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Painting Miles
Website, email, 919-601-0284


"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


"Steeling Nature"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Join Sabrina and have fun experimenting and playing with metal. Using nature as your inspiration, you will create playful and engaging sculptures from found metal and steel stock. Starting with the basics, Sabrina will cover a range of metal fabrication and forming techniques as well as provide you with many tips and tricks for working wisely with a variety of tools. Techniques will include fabrication, welding, plasma cutting, basic forging, and cold connections. No experience necessary. Materials fee includes a kit of 16-gauge and 8-gauge sheet steel, 3/8" round and 1/2” square stock.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $665
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Illuminated Ledger Book"
June 13-14, 2019
 

What if you combined a ledger book style with illuminated pages? How extraordinary! This book will bring together text and original handwritten calligraphy ledger pages with added color pencil organic oddities. Don’t worry about drawing abilities. Images will be available to copy and transfer. The emphasis will be on the art of blending colors, layering to create depth, and saturation of colors. I’ll also teach you how to apply gold leaf, paint layers with acrylic patterns, and stencil designs for a gilded aged look. Book construction will be a simple long stitch along the spine of the book.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Photo Plus Encaustic: Level II"
June 14-16, 2019
 

This workshop will expand on basics that have been covered in the level one workshop. A brief refresher on materials and methods will be presented on the first day before Sarah will meet one-on-one with students to develop a work plan for expanding their skill set. Students will be encouraged to be thinking about series or works, modular work, and more complicated skills such as underpainting and layered imagery. Students should have attended an intro workshop with combining photography and encaustic, or have a good working knowledge of the encaustic medium and be seeking to expand their studio practice with the introduction of photo-based images into the work.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stacked Found Object Lamp"
June 15, 2019
 

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: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bronze Casting"
June 17-21, 2019
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind, cowyardstudio.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $550
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


"First ever Outlander Art Experience"
June 30 - July 9, 2019
 

Sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland. Join us on this 10-day, first ever Outlander-themed art tour and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders. With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much more. The artist-guided tour also includes a printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, some creative writing and a session with a Scottish herbalist. A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed.
 
Location: Various cities, incl. Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson & guest tutors
Cost: GBP 2390
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Website, email, +44(0)7784966165


"Books that Fold, Twist, and Pop (Ages 3.5-5)"
July 1-5, 2019
 

In this workshop, children will learn how to design, illustrate, and engineer three-dimensional books with pockets, pop-up images, folds, scrolls, and moveable parts. Simple folded forms will be introduced first, followed by more complex, multi-page books. Pages and book covers will be created using drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage techniques. No class on Thursday, July 4th.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Show of Hands: Puppet Art (Ages 3.5-5)"
July 8-11, 2019
 

Using a variety of materials and techniques, young artists will make a series of puppets. Children will gather inspiration for their puppets’ character traits from books, poems, and music. Individual and collaborative mixed media theaters will set the stage for everyone’s puppets to perform at PenArt and home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Art and Optics: Using Optical Devices to Create Paintings and Drawings"
July 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will begin with an overview of the history of optical devices, their opportunities and limitations in art making, and experimental possibilities within contemporary art for representational and abstract applications. With Kyle as your guide, you will discuss and investigate the many possibilities as a group. The second day will be dedicated to using the optical devices to make artworks in the drawing or painting media of your choice. Leave this workshop with a new tool for further exploration in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Experience Mixed Media Mosaics 101"
August 2, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout and experience an intro to mosaics unlike any other. In this 101 one day course, you'll learn not only the basics of traditional mosaics - you'll also learn Susan's unique mixed media mosaic technique. You'll walk away with a keepsake that preserves your treasures and something beautiful for your home that displays your creative voice.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Photographic Book"
August 2-3, 2019
 

This workshop will demystify the process of creating a photographic book. Whether you’re interested in working on a conceptual project or a book of favorite photographs, you will gain an understanding of developing a finished book from the making of photographs to the final product of a bound volume. Guided instruction will provide you with hands-on practice editing, sequencing, designing the layout, and options for physically binding a book. Come prepared with a fleshed out body of work or group of photographs that you would like to edit and sequence into a book. Some knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign will be helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Barbara Diener, www.BarbaraDienerPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Casein Paints"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Explore the versatility of casein paint in this two-day workshop. Casein paint differs from other paint media yet shares many of the same characteristics. You can achieve the rich textures of oils and acrylic, the smooth opacity of gouache, and wash effects of watercolor. Drying quickly to a matte, moisture-resistant finish, casein is a clean, water-soluble medium. Each morning will begin with a demonstration illustrating the day’s lessons, including composing images, under drawings and under paintings, color mixing, transparent and opaque effects, working wet in wet and wet on dry, mediums, and more. Apply these concepts in small studies, before moving onto larger paintings in the afternoon.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art Journaling: A Creative Key!"
August 3, 2019
 

Artists and illustrators use sketchbook/art journals every day, and in a variety of ways in order to increase both their creative flow and skills, and for pure enjoyment! This class explores fun methods to create and use sketchbook journaling to build your artistic confidence and excitement. Let this class begin your lifelong adventure into creativity that builds each day! This Class is for: Anyone who wants to explore a multitude of ways to use a sketch journal; Teachers who want to give their students exciting methods toward more creativity; Anyone who wants to explore and expand their imaginative life and enjoy stress-free creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"All About Book Arts (Ages 9-12)"
August 5-8, 2019
 

Learn the history and techniques of book arts in this fundamental workshop. Students will learn how to prepare paper, design covers and pages using printmaking and marbling techniques, create simple forms, such as zines, and more complex books. A final journal will be created featuring hand painted covers, a Coptic stitch for binding, and blank pages to fill with writing and drawings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Book Arts Basics: Introduction to Book Binding"
August 5-6, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce the basics of book binding, as well as book arts as an expressive medium. Discover a wide range of book binding methods, including accordion folds, Coptic stitch, Japanese stab, and pamphlet stitch, along with variations, such as flag and carousel structures. Beginning with an overview of artist books and bindings, you will look at examples of the techniques you will be learning during the workshop. Prepare covers for your books and fold down paper for text blocks before moving into hands-on practice in binding and creating finished, blank books. The workshop will conclude with a group discussion reviewing all of the book structures made and next steps. Basic pop-ups will be introduced if time allows.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Book Arts"
August 9, 2019
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of bookmaking and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks!"
August 25, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink – a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, you will be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. The materials fee covers a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to continue creating beyond the workshop. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian — yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on. Sunday’s class will focus on trees. For a full immersion experience, also sign up for Saturday’s class, which will feature florals.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Forging through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Kitchen Utensils"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted kitchen utensils you made yourself? Pouring soup from a ladle that you created, or flipping pancakes with a spatula built to fit your hands? This workshop will focus on making beautiful, functional kitchen tools and objects made mostly of metal. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to raise sheet metal to make hollow forms, saw, texture, file, and finish and polish metal, as well as how to fabricate and rivet wood or stone for handles. Soldering will be included in the construction; however, the majority will be completed using cold connections. Copper and brass will be primarily used, however silver is also an option.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff, DannySaathoff.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Encaustic Mixed Media"
August 26-29, 2019
 

This workshop will provide artists of all levels the basics of working with this dynamic and exciting medium. Encaustic paints are extremely versatile and can be combined with a range of other materials. Safety, the use of other materials, and adhesion and archival considerations will be emphasized. Sarah will begin by presenting basic safety and studio setup options, before moving into the basics of working with encaustic paints and what other studio materials play well with the wax-based paint. Class time will alternate between demonstrations and individual working time, giving you ample time to practice and experiment. 2D and 3D applications will be discussed. Encaustic paint, oil sticks, and other encaustic-specific materials will be provided for use for a small fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"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


"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


"France Austin Miller: Silk Painting: Let it Flow"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Enjoy this introduction to painting on silk with France Austin Miller's unique techniques! Painting on silk is very forgiving and thoroughly enjoyable. Its gentle nature will offer your creativity an open door. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: France Austin Miller
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Layers, Lines and Image"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We'll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course. (This is a 3-day workshop)
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Painterly Mixed Media Journal"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Students of all levels will learn to venture into more painterly territory with their art journals. Students will begin by making unique painted papers using different types of papers and supplies. Learn how to start a page spread, and how to work back and forth between collage and paint, building dimension in layers, and focusing on mark making, altering and personalizing each element. We will use stencils in a variety of ways, to create a composition, and help integrate page spreads. Ultimately, we will create layers that add loads of depth to your journal.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Encaustic for the Intermediate to Advanced Painter"
October 7-10, 2019
 

Designed for the student who already has worked with encaustic paints, this workshop will encourage you to push your studio practice to the next level through a single large-scale work or a series of small works. Individualized instruction and feedback will be emphasized to cater to each students’ goals and needs. This workshop will combine long working sessions, critiques, and discussions on materials, methods, and best practices. Sarah will work with each student one-on-one in the planning of larger projects, including sketches and small studies, as well as the execution. Time for writing and reflection on current and future work will augment those conversations. Encaustic paint, oil sticks, and other encaustic-specific materials will be provided for use for a small fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, Rehmer-Studio.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 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


"Sandra Spieler: Hand Breathing Life: A Hand Puppet Immersion"
January 5-9, 2020
 

Create hand puppet figures to enact a story where real life weaves with dreams. No experience needed, only an open heart and mind. 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: Sandra Spieler
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Foraging, Bouquets + Large Scale Installations with Siren Floral Co."
June 7-11, 2020
 

Connect with your inner creativity as you arrange compote floral arrangements, bouquets made in-hand and a group ceremony-style installation. This is a floral intensive course intended for mid-level florists who wish to grow in their ability to arrange a garden-style / free-form fashion. Enjoy 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: Rachael Ann Lunghi
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Cold Wax Landscape Painting"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Cold Wax imparts translucency and depth to oil paintings and creates a textural surface when combined with dry pigments. This is the opportunity to work with Nicki Heenan, a lead artist in Cold Wax landscape painting. In this workshop you will learn how to use specific tools to manage and manipulate cold wax. A number of techniques will be demonstrated with respect to the control and application of the medium which you can then experiment with yourself and explore its possibilities. Painting on location the aim is to create paintings that communicate atmosphere and depth through the addition of cold wax medium and pigments to your oil paint.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicki Heenan
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting with Encaustic: Layers, Richness and Personal Vision"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Lisa will cover the many ways encaustic is used in contemporary art and will focus on how to paint with this material. She will guide students in basic and advanced techniques creating works that are rich in layers and transparency. Color application, methods of fusing, image transfers, mark making, pigment sticks, pastels, graphite, and collage will be covered along with history, health and safety. Experimentation is encouraged. Attention to the fundamentals in art including editing and content are discussed. This workshop emphasizes learning a technique and developing a personal language and vision. Instruction will include exercises, informal group discussion, working in a series, and individual consultation.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Pressman, www.lisapressman.net
Cost: $850 + $35 for materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Alexandra Elle: Finding Our Voice: Writing Retreat"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Facilitate a deeper personal practice of writing by unfolding your truth and becoming your best self. In this weekend-long retreat, attendees can expect to build community through partner work, breakout narrative writing sessions, group journaling, and affirmation exercises. 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: Alexandra Elle
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Pam Houston: Turning the Physical World into a Story"
August 2-6, 2020
 

Join internationally-recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. 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: Pam Houston
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


 

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