Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Steeling Nature"
May 8-10, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Alternative Artmaking"
May 23-24, 2020
 

This is a class created for artists with a mind for experimenting with materials and having those materials help direct their artistic explorations. It is for all ages as it requires imagination and unconventional thinking more than skill. The majority of art work we encounter in the world reflects a division between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s also often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams
Cost: $105
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat"
June 4-7, 2020
 

Spend four days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to be hosting this annual non-instructional retreat. Previous attendees found that it is an exciting way to share your approach, knowledge, and aesthetic – and to learn from others. Bring your own materials and tools. There is plenty of space in the Lind Pavilion, so plan to work on a number of paintings during this time. Participation in group meals is optional. Previous experience with this medium is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Collaborative Retreat
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
June 8-9, 2020
 

Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid technical foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop. Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.rehmer-studio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Trade Pins: Learn the Basics of Lost-Wax Casting"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Lost-wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years. Learn the basics of creating original metal forms using lost-wax casting in this fast-paced workshop open to all levels. Create small brooches of your own design using wax and reductive carving techniques. Lectures, demonstrations, and handouts lead you step-by-step through the entire process. Cast your first form and create multiples using rubber mold techniques. After casting multiple brooches, trade your original works for those of your classmates’. Lauren provides individualized instruction throughout the four days. Open to all levels, however those with previous experience are encouraged to push their designs further.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lauren Selden, SeldenArt.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bronze Casting"
June 15-19, 2020
 

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 guides 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 vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bookbinding and Paper Marbling Sampler"
June 15-18, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless crafts of bookbinding and paper marbling. Learn how to create interesting and unpredictable patterns on paper, several binding styles, and basic skills in paper and book arts. Discover opportunities for experimentation within each process. This workshop begins with a day spent marbling a variety of papers that are used to make five different book structures. The remaining three days explore saddle stitch, Japanese stab, coptic, case bound, and secret Belgium binding structures. Use a variety of materials and techniques to put a twist on these standard book structures. Finally, design and construct a slip case that holds all five book structures and a mini sampler of traditional paper marbling patterns. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Magic – Alcohol Inks!"
June 18-19, 2020
 

Alcohol Inks! combo. Two days - both Saturday and Sunday. 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, unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be 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. Note: You may instead sign up for only one of the two days - Saturday only or Sunday only. See website.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Crinkly Ink Book"
June 18, 2020
 

Create an extraordinary multi-signature end-band hand-bound book with inked and painted Masa papers. You'll learn at least five techniques in this workshop including dropped-in color, ink batik lines, Masa paper process, and book-binding techniques to stitch signatures with end bands. We will explore a special batik-like technique with Masa rice paper to create the folios and cover papers with stamps, acrylic inks, and watercolor washes. The paper quality is ever so soft in the finished book ... a book you'll love to pick up again and again.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $157
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting with Resin"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Thermoplastic resins in art are most often seen in the realm of sculpture, such as in casting, coating, and laminating. However, when used creatively in combination with additional media, resin can be a powerful painting medium. It offers depth and layering possibilities that other media cannot; resulting in spectacular works. This workshop explains the basic physical properties and application techniques of two types of resin – urethane and epoxy. Demonstrations cover tinting, layering, damming, and incorporating additional media. Begin by pouring a layer of epoxy resin before working on a multi-layered, abstract urethane resin painting. Day two revisits the cured epoxy painting, before pouring an additional layer of resin to create a finished multi-layered piece. Artists of all levels are welcome.
 
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


"Drawing and Painting in Glass"
June 19-20, 2020
 

Discover a new approach to enameling in this intensive two-day workshop. Working from personal sketches and photo references, learn how to use chiaroscuro rendering techniques to create imagery in vitreous enamel. Demonstrations address stenciling, underglazes, china paints, painting with oils, and using a bending break to create simple metal forms. Working from your preparatory sketches or reference images, gain hands-on practice with Jessica available for individualized instruction and feedback. Leave this workshop with a handful of working samples. As an option, manipulate files in Photoshop to create and print precise stencils. Open to all levels, however basic enamel skills are preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Calderwood, www.JessicaCalderwood.com
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Artist Books"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Dive into the history and techniques of book arts in this fundamental workshop. Students learn how to prepare paper, fold simple and more complex forms, sew bindings, and design covers and pages using printmaking and marbling techniques. After plenty of practice, students create a final journal featuring painted covers, a Coptic stitch 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


"Children's Art Workshop: Three-Dimensional Artist Books"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Young artists view books in a whole new way in this workshop focused on designing and constructing three-dimensional art books. Each day presents a different theme and engineering challenge, including tunnel books, single pop-ups, and more complicated structures. As students fill the pages of their books, drawing basics are reviewed, as well as techniques for working in colored pencil, watercolor, and collage.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forging Through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Utensils"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted utensils you made yourself? This workshop focuses on beautiful, functional kitchen tools made mostly of metal. Possible items include spoons, forks, cheese knives, scoops, strainers, bowls, spatulas, and more. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, 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 is included in the construction; however, the majority is completed using cold connections. Copper and brass are primarily used, but silver is also an option. Open to all levels; some metalsmithing experience is helpful.
 
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


"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


"Box Making for Artists"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in creating a space to keep an artist book, your prints, or other ephemera you’ve created or collected, this workshop offers an introduction to building and covering box structures. Learn how to design and assemble a clamshell portfolio box, slip case, and specimen box. Focusing on a different type of box each day, demonstrations and instructor-led exercises build skill progressively. Gain hands-on practice selecting materials, such as book cloth and decorative paper, and using proper technique to build and cover boxes. Melissa provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the making process, as well as in in-progress and final critiques. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Wagner-Lawler, redthreadletterpress.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Woven Stitch Collagraph Book"
July 17, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on a unique combination of collagraph printmaking – a form of collage – and book structures. Printing plates will be produced with collage and hot glue to create free-flowing designs. There are tremendous opportunities to experiment with textures with this unpredictable, in a good way, method. The plate design is very versatile and durable for continued print runs, providing enough prints for two or more books. The multi-signature book structures will be constructed with open-spine woven stitches, creating a color block effect on the spine. The content will include multiple image repeats from the colllagraph process. These will be manipulated with water media and color pencil to individualize the pages.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Journey Sketchbook"
July 20-23, 2020
 

Capture images and memories in a personal manner as you learn how to create and use a plein air journey sketchbook for your travels near and far. Put aside expectations and let your hand record what you see; unleashing your creative spirit to explore new media, ideas, and possibilities. Discover how your journey sketchbook can be a springboard for creating new works in the studio. Spend half of each day outdoors using a variety of art tools and prompts, including viewfinders, value sketches, vignettes, sketch walks, 10-minute images, written recordings, and more, to fill your journey sketchbook. Use pencil, watercolor, ink pens, and watercolor pencils for your plein air work. The second half of each day is spent in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Books that Fold, Twist, and Pop"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. Children learn how to design, illustrate, and engineer three-dimensional books with pockets, pop-up images, folds, scrolls, and moveable parts in this workshop. A different theme provides inspiration each day. Simple folded forms are introduced first, followed by more complex, multi-page books. Pages and book covers are created using drawing, painting, and collage techniques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Playful Enamels"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Investigate the world of possibilities for surface color and design in this workshop where enameling techniques are mixed and layered. Learn how to work with liquid, powder, transparent, and opaque enamels, as well as watercolor and china paints. Demonstrations and discussions introduce you to the fundamentals and proper application techniques of each material. From there, break the rules in as many ways as you can and develop your own visual library. Work from your sketchbook, favorite photographs, or imagination. Open to all levels; no previous experience with enamels required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Wells, JennWells.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Paper Marbling and Bookmaking"
July 31, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of paper marbling and bookmaking and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration required. Cost is $15 per person and includes all materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Introduction to Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 10-13, 2020
 

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. Combine cold wax, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create meaningful abstractions. Focused on process, demonstrations, image presentations, and group discussions illustrate how to push the limits of the medium, invite surprise, and incorporate your personal goals and interests. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, Jim works with you individually to help you advance on your journey with abstraction. This workshop is well suited for those who enjoy the sharing, flexibility, and happenstance of a group learning environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Concreation"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into your jewelry and small-object making. Combine concrete with colored dyes to create unique, colorful pieces using traditional and advanced mold-making techniques. A presentation of Michael’s work and series of demonstrations introduce you to not only the limitless opportunities for incorporating concrete into your practice, but also the techniques involved in making molds, working with concrete as a raw material, and coloring and treating the surface. Work hands-on with Michael for individualized instruction, feedback, and troubleshooting in the completion of your new pieces. If time allows, see how Michael utilizes 3D printed materials in the creation and problem solving of his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
August 19-23, 2020
 

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. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Embedding: An Intermediate Encaustic Workshop"
August 24-27, 2020
 

This immersive workshop asks the question, what are you putting into your art? Hone your ideas, sharpen your skills, and bring your appreciation for embedding with encaustic to a whole new level. Learn techniques to create works all with the aim of revealing what is embedded and embedding what you wish to reveal. Through a combination of conversations, demonstrations, and experimental projects, Laura introduces you to a range of contemporary artists, materials, and processes; encouraging you to think about how ideas and actions can align. Learn how to create an inlaid line in encaustic - the gateway to creating wonderfully complicated cross-sections of color and pattern - and explore building up and manipulating paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Birds and the Beeswax Book"
August 28, 2020
 

Let's create a beautiful mixed media collage on the cover of our gorgeous, handmade journal and embellish with metal doo-dads, ribbon, and various collage paper and found items. We'll use one of my favorite mediums: Beeswax! Not only is it a yummy-smelling, awesome medium to work with, it's also great for creating translucent and opaque layers and adhering lightweight collage items to create a unique, textured look (both physically and visually)! The insides of our pages will be watercolor paper and we'll embellish them with lace, ribbons, trims, fabric, and more to create a book bursting with color, texture, and layers!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic and Charcoal"
August 28-29, 2020
 

Designed for those who enjoy drawing and making marks, as well as those who love to use their drawings to build paintings, this workshop explores working serially with a focus on combining encaustic with charcoal. Learn a range of techniques, from collaging drawings onto themselves in an encaustic painting to carefully planning layers of collaged drawings to more experimental, less-controllable approaches with the materials that result in fascinating textures and patterns. Demonstrations aim to show you how to create mixed media works, including straightforward technical how-tos, complex compositional concepts, and using the interplay between encaustic and charcoal to your advantage. Consider your personal drawing narrative ahead of class and come with ideas and references. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 29, 2020
 

Create one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched cards that mix "old-timey" photos with whimsical verse. We will start by creating our own collage background papers using old paper, inks, paint, and mark making. Then we will learn how to assemble the mini-little portraits that are mounted onto 4" x 5" note cards. Use them to send an extra special message to someone you love or as a portable work of art. Materials fee includes everything needed to make 10 cards. You may bring additional paper, digital images or ephemera to use to personalize your work. Basic sewing machine knowledge is helpful but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 29, 2020
 

Acrylic molding paste can be used to 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Broaden your language of painting by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you are 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 introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time is reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark provides one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals. Demonstrations and examples are landscape-based, however artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate"
September 28 - October 1, 2020
 

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. Demonstrations introduce you to the basics of encaustic painting and digital printing, while ample working time and one-on-one conversations with Sarah provide hands-on practice and time to discuss thematic and aesthetic concepts. Learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore painting techniques and fusing methods. All paints, tools, and some printing is included. Additional printing may be purchased subject to time and supplies.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.rehmer-studio.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Marks: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Often in an artist’s quest to represent their chosen subject matter with accuracy, they miss out on the unique characteristics of not only the material in hand, but other media that might better fit their ideas. In this process-based workshop, challenge convention and broaden the spectrum of materials used to make your work. See existing materials with new potential and discover new materials through experimentation. The first half of the workshop focuses on working through an array of materials, examining each for their natural qualities, noting the effects, and determining which are worth pursuing further. From there, Shane encourages you to work with one or two specific materials to tease out an individual composition or series of compositions.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
October 9-11, 2020
 

Gather to create a book that is dedicated to the birds, insects, and the winged creatures that we all love. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will scratch and scrape and mark our surfaces in unique ways. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages, using all my favorite techniques and my nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add our focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a very simple technique to bind our pages into a single artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440
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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