Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"April in Taos, New Mexico"
April 18-24, 2020
 

This is an exceptional opportunity for advanced painters and intermediate to advanced level photographers to retreat, learn and share their perceptions and responses to the environment of Taos, New Mexico. We will stay at the incomparable Mable Dodge Luhan House and absorb its structures and surrounding landscape. This location has inspired many artists, writers, dancers and others who celebrated the arts in the early to mid 20th century. We will explore and create in this place that nurtured the work of such luminaries as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams, John Marin and others in the very home that provided both haven and inspiration for so many creative souls.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Lisa Pressman & Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $2,600 private room & bath; $2,100 shared room
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Encaustic Collage and Mixed Media Workshop"
April 23-25, 2020
 

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match. This workshop will begin to explore the possibilities of combining a variety of paper types and weights with encaustic medium and paints, as well as pigment sticks and other materials, to create works with a optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and ink drawing. All base mediums and paints will be supplied for use, however, students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials to include in their work. Students do not need prior experience with encaustic painting, but general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, (616) 897-7842


"Light Up the Night"
April 25, 2020
 

Curious about night photography? This workshop takes on all of the challenges of evening light; from golden hour into darkness. Learn how to shoot subjects at golden hour and sunset, how to adjust color and exposure for twilight, how to shoot after dark using moving light sources, and, if we have a clear night, how to take photos of the Milky Way. Get out of your comfort zone, make unique images, and build new skills. The workshop begins with a short lecture at PenArt to prepare you for on-location shooting. Later, take your skills out into the world to photography beautiful Door County at different locations. Transportation to locations and a DSLR camera with tripod are required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Photographing the Lowcountry"
May 6-8, 2020
 

This is an intermediate to advanced level class geared towards students who are already familiar with their cameras and the basics of capturing images in a studio setting. In this class, Kendra will take students to various parts of the island to teach techniques and camera equipment’s on how to capture the best images in the field. Students will spend the first two days in the field and the third day at the Art Academy reviewing and critiquing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Kendra Natter
Cost: $180 / $162 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Aline Smithson: Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects"
May 10-14, 2020
 

Reconsider how you create images, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. This retreat will help you discover how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation and connection. Open to all levels of photographers. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, health, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Developing Your Photographic Eye"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Sharpen your vision as you overcome challenges and explore different approaches to your photography, in this hands-on workshop. Examine the art of photography, learn how images can convey meaning, and test out new ideas while building technical and conceptual skills. Experimentation is emphasized to push beyond familiar territory and discover new ways of being expressive through photography. Alternating between lectures, discussions, and hands-on photography exercises, each day focuses on a different photographic strategy. Independent working time and one-on-one conversations with Tom help you to determine a direction that propels you beyond the duration of the workshop. This workshop is designed for those with familiarity with their digital camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Jones, www.TomJonesHoChunk.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Long-Term Personal Photography Project: From Concept to Audience"
June 14-18, 2020
 

This retreat will lead participants through the steps of research and decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. When an idea for a project becomes clear and the passion to produce new work overtakes us, artists begin a journey unlike any other. Understanding the desired audience and the impact of the project are critical to achieving the results you desire. Swanson will bring relevant examples from her personal research library to share, and all participants will receive a custom-produced booklet of current resources. 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: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: $1,075 tuition + meals (lodging additional)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Mastering Manual Mode"
June 15-18, 2020
 

It’s time to make the jump from auto to manual! This comprehensive workshop explores the technical components that make a great image and how to manipulate your camera’s settings to achieve desired effects and accurate light and color every time. Explore fast-moving objects, dreamy dragged-shutter images, and short depth-of-field macro photos. Gain hands-on experience as you work through daily challenges that address composition, exposure, and content. Engage in group discussions, as well as one-on-one with Kasey for individualized feedback. Leave this workshop feeling confident in your ability to adapt to any situation with your camera. This workshop requires a DSLR camera.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photography: The Image in Sequence"
June 22-23, 2020
 

In this workshop, examine how the meaning of your photographs can shift and change when viewed in sequence. Experiment with three different forms, including grids, book sequences, and exhibition installations to understand how to create and control the context of your photographs. Through presentations of many artists' examples and group discussions, discover how images can be sequenced in grids, print-on-demand books, and exhibition installations. Bring a selection of 20-40 of your images that you believe work together. Use these images for guided exploration throughout the two days. This workshop requires a computer with Photoshop. Some knowledge of Photoshop is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Dow, www.BethDow.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Photography"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

The goal of any photograph is to communicate an idea. The question is, how do you move beyond documenting a scene and begin interpreting it? Explore your intentions, expand your visual language, and learn new techniques to engage your viewer’s mind and emotions with each image you create in this hands-on workshop. Beginning with a survey of a range of photography, including the works of master photographers, examples of Dan’s images, and your own, discuss how to use and combine visual elements to create truly expressive images. Practice these skills and develop your voice out in the beautiful Door County landscape with Dan as your guide. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
 
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239


"The Composite Image: Experimenting with the Still Life"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Explore unique and creative ways of looking at, composing, and constructing photographic works in this four-day workshop. Learn the basics of studio lighting, Photoshop, compositing images, and inkjet printing as you experiment with the concept of the still life. Engage in technical demonstrations and exercises, discussions on contemporary still life photography, independent and collaborative work, and critiques. In the first two days, source objects, gain familiarity with lighting and Photoshop, and experiment with using multiple images to create a work. The final two days alternate between producing images behind the camera and editing works in Photoshop. Leave this workshop with a large-scale inkjet print, new technical knowledge, and the ability to interpret and create an image in fresh, innovative ways.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Hawkes, www.KathleenHawkes.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plants to Prints: Eco-Friendly Photographic Processes"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Discover the many possibilities of combining digitally captured images with historical printing processes in this hands-on workshop. Working with imagery of your choosing, learn the basics of each process and how plant life and soil from the surrounding landscape can be incorporated into your final prints to achieve rich colors and unique effects. Alternating between time spent out in the field and time spent in the studio, Allen guides you step-by-step through the image capture process, collection of natural materials, preparation and editing of your digital images, transforming your collected organic materials into pigment, and finally developing each print using gum bichromate processes. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Allen Morris, www.AllenMorrisPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pre-College Intensives: Photography"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Discover the creative possibilities of digital photography. Learn to use the camera as an expressive tool as you develop an understanding of photography’s technical and visual aspects. Instruction covers camera functions, compositional strategies, image editing in Photoshop, creating digital prints, and photographing artwork for a portfolio. Required:DSLR or compact camera with manual functions.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Photographic Book"
July 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop demystifies the process of creating a photographic book. Whether you’re interested in putting together a book of favorite photographs or embarking on a conceptual project to feature and distribute your work, learn how to develop a book from the making of photographs to the final product of a bound volume. Guided instruction provides you with hands-on practice editing, sequencing, and designing layout, while discussions address options for physically printing and binding a book after the workshop concludes. Come prepared with a grouping of photographs or body of work. A computer with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, and InDesign is required. Open to all levels; previous experience with these programs is 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


"Organize and Edit: Lightroom Essentials for Photographers"
July 20-21, 2020
 

If all of your files are saved on your desktop, you’ve misplaced images or catalogs, or you dream of an organized workflow but fear it’s too late to begin, this is the workshop for you. Join Kasey for a guided tutorial of Adobe Lightroom from creating your first catalog and setting preferences to organizing and editing your images in preparation for printing, sharing, or exhibiting. Through instructor-led exercises, learn the safest ways to download and backup your images, as well as strategies for photo organization and workflow with an emphasis on editing your images to bring out true-to-life light and color. Editing skills include perfecting exposure, solving color cast problems, sharpening soft images, creating black and white versions, and batch processing groups of photos.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Wearing You Art on Your Sleeves and Everywhere Else"
July 25, 2020
 

Have you been thinking about printing your artwork on fabric? It seems complicated, but Helen will guide you through the process of using Spoonflower, a custom printer that gives artists the ability to design their own fabrics. She'll show you 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 like making large-scale wall works, patterns for dolls or stuffed toys, and placement of images for apparel design. This isn't just a lecture; you will actually be doing the work with your own images during class and leave ready to place your Spoonflower order!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Street Photography"
July 25, 2020
 

Learn the techniques and skills of street photography while exploring beautiful downtown Denver. All you need is your cell phone - both iPhone and Android users have the opportunity to participate in this exciting and informative workshop where you will learn to create compelling images while you explore an urban environment. The day will consist of discussion about photography with an emphasis on street photography followed by a photo shoot of the city where we will explore Denver, a visually evocative city, brimming with countless photographic possibilities! After our photo shoot, we will come back and learn how to edit our photos using imaging applications that are available to both iPhone and Android users.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Translating Light"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Discover new photographic possibilities while immersing yourself in the scenic landscape of Door County. Whether you’re new to the medium or a seasoned photographer looking to enhance your skill set, this workshop explores how to interpret and respond to a variety of lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. Through a balanced curriculum of studio instruction, group discussion, daily explorations in the field, and out-of-class assignments, core photographic principles are reinforced and new technical and conceptual skills developed. Leave this workshop with confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations. Open to all levels. A DSLR camera is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Smartphone Photography: Exploring Creativity Using the Camera on Your Phone"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Explore the untapped creative potential of an everyday tool that is right at your fingertips – your smartphone camera. In this workshop, learn how to make the most of your iPhone or Android’s camera settings and applications to create imaginative and compositionally sound images. Demonstrations introduce you to the functions of your camera, as well as the applications you are encouraged to add to your phone. Throughout the two days, work through a series of shooting and editing exercises. If interested, make professional enlargements of your work on a pigmented inkjet printer at the close of the workshop. Designed for both beginners, as well as those who have a more advanced understanding of their smartphone cameras and photo editing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Krejcarek, www.PhilipKrejcarek.weebly.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Contemporary Still Life"
August 3-4, 2020
 

This two-day workshop introduces you to concepts and techniques specific to still life photography. Gain a foundation in the basics of styling, lighting, shooting, and retouching to improve the quality of your photographs. Explore sources of inspiration and discover how still life objects can convey meaning and metaphor in your work. This workshop begins with a lecture on the history of the still life in art and photography; providing historical context to the practice of contemporary still life photography. Demonstrations and hands-on practice address the styling, capturing, editing, and inkjet printing processes from start to finish. Jessica provides individualized feedback throughout. Leave this workshop with an inkjet print, as well as the skills needed to continue investigating the still life.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Labatte, www.JessicaLabatte.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Filmmaking with Your Digital Camera"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Designed for the evolving photographer, this workshop introduces the powerful video features of your DSLR or mirrorless camera and provides a basic foundation for the use of video editing software. Expand your practice, discover the filmmaking capabilities and limitations of your camera, and gain confidence shooting video in a variety of conditions. The first part of this workshop is dedicated to gaining an understanding of your camera’s video settings, allowing time for technical instruction, visual experiments, individualized feedback, and learning the language of digital cinema. From there, independent and small group assignments provide hands-on experience shooting moving imagery, capturing audio, sequencing a story, and editing and exporting files. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stewart Stroup, GrasslandMedia.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Enhancing your Creative Vision with Photography"
August 6-11, 2020
 

Join us on this 5-day photographic journey to explore techniques and strategies that sharpen your vision and enrich your photographic skills. Capture the beauty of the natural landscape of the Lake Logan mountain retreat center and engage in deep personal renewal with a fresh sense of inspiration and confidence, experimenting with new techniques to build strong and evocative imagery. Included during the retreat are morning mindfulness sessions, nature walks, yoga sessions, massage by appointment, a nighttime fire circle, and personal space for reflection and communing with nature. Lake Logan has everything necessary to support a rich and nourishing week that combines time for your creative work, solitude, and connectivity with nature and other artists and writers.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Barbara Tyroler
Cost: $1,975 includes tuition, lodging & meals; Materials fee: $25
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Art of the Picture Book"
August 9-14, 2020
 

Children's books are simple. Anyone can create one, right? But looks are deceiving. Picture books are a uniquely challenging and potent art form, where both words and images work in tandem to create a story. For anyone eager to acquire or deepen the necessary skills--from inception of an idea to a working manuscript—Art of the Picture Book is an ideal opportunity. Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh is the author of many titles, including Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and The Coyote, and The Princess and the Warrior. His latest book, Soldier For Equality, received an honorable mention for writing from the Pura Belpré Award earlier this year.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Duncan Tonatiuh
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Children's Art Workshop: Claymation"
August 10-13, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. Young artists explore the fascinating process of claymation in this unique workshop. Students learn the tools necessary to make their own short stop-motion films, including storyboarding, creating characters using self-hardening clay, and making mixed media backdrops. With help from one another and the instructor, students produce and film their stop-motion on iPads provided by PenArt. All videos are sent via email following the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Accessible Animation for Artists"
August 10-13, 2020
 

An introduction to animation using your smartphone, this workshop explores a variety of approaches. Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of animation, including timing, storyboarding, and techniques that can be translated to clay, paper, digital materials, and more. Discover how this medium can be used to express your artistic interests. A combination of lectures, demos, and short screenings introduce you to the various facets of animation. Using readily available smartphone apps, work through a series of instructor-led exercises. In addition to technical instruction, learn and discuss the narrative motivations behind particular techniques. Class content addresses several different types of materials, including drawings on paper, claymation, stop motion with objects, and more. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Hannah Hamalian, www.HannahHamalian.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Incorporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 14-15, 2020
 

This workshop introduces you to the basics of creating vector-based work in Adobe Illustrator. Learn to utilize this program as a supporting prep tool for future projects, including stand-alone vector compositions and digital prints that mimic traditional media. Demonstrations and hands-on practice introduce you to the process of importing, organizing, and exporting files; merging photographic image files with vector compositions to create mixed-media collage work; using pen and brush tools to create line drawings and vector artwork; utilizing the shape-building and patterning tools; and creating templates for future projects, including stencils, pattern blocks, or film positives for screen printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, emily-scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. 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: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Incoporating Digital Tools into Your Studio Practice"
August 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop introduces you to the basics of Adobe Photoshop as a tool for combining digital imaging techniques with your existing studio practice. Create rich mixed-media compositions as you learn the fundamentals of importing and remixing hand-rendered artwork. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, learn how to import, organize, and export files with Photoshop; use layers, blending modes, and the FX panel; refine image selection techniques; create custom digital brushes and hand-rendered mark-making; blend together digital paint layers; and use retouching tools to enhance your imagery. Leave this workshop with a set of new digital skills and at least one print.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emily Scheider Berens, emily-scheider.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Architectural Photography"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Designed for the intermediate to advanced photographer, this workshop focuses on the practice and conceptual framework of architectural photography. Discover strategies for rendering places and spaces by comparing and contrasting architectural photography against modes with which you are more familiar, such as portraiture or landscape photography. Translate techniques you’ve already mastered and learn how to successfully approach issues specific to interiors and exteriors. As you survey the architecture of Fish Creek and surrounding Door County, develop a process of exploration, research, and planning before you begin making images. Each day consists of discussions, walks, and studio time – both for processing and reviewing work. Leave this workshop with an appreciation for and practice in planning and production workflows for architectural photography.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serhii Chrucky, www.SerhiiChrucky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photographing Your Artwork with a Smartphone"
September 12, 2020
 

This professional development workshop prepares you for submitting high-quality digital images of your artwork to juried exhibitions, galleries, and other professional opportunities. Using a smartphone, learn how to photograph your two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional artwork, adjust digital images for proper white balance, and size images following specific guidelines using basic editing software.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Robert Sturman: Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography"
September 20-24, 2020
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer Robert Sturman. 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: Robert Sturman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Overcoming Difficult Light in Photography"
September 21-22, 2020
 

Ask any photographer what is toughest to master, and most give the same answer – light. No matter how well you know your camera, there is always something to learn about light. This workshop dives into the complex subject by addressing the most common lighting problems and how to avoid them by choosing the best position for yourself and your subject in relation to the light source, as well as adding or subtracting light with different tools when necessary. Through hands-on practice, learn how to spot ideal lighting situations and how to make the most of harsh light. Subjects include indoor and outdoor portraiture, window light, sunsets, natural use of flash, bright mid-day light, and compensation for fluctuating colors in ambient light.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Guatemala: Spirit of the Maya Photography Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2020
 

Join us in exploring gorgeous Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, crafts, food and culture. Day trips will include visits to other local villages, photogenic ruins, shrines and cultural sites. We’ll end our journey with a few days exploring around majestic Lake Atitlan, completely surrounded by towering volcanoes, considered sacred to the Mayans. You can expect much light-heartedness and serendipity while learning from internationally recognized photographer, Douglas Beasley on how to better respond photographically to the world around you and how to make personal travel images with feeling, meaning and depth rather than anonymous pretty postcard pictures.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $3,220.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"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


"New Vantage Points: Introduction to Drone Photography and Video"
October 2-3, 2020
 

Covering the range of heights between a ladder and a helicopter, drones provide unique views for capturing photos and videos. In addition to traditional photography, there are a variety of applications for drone-based work, including land management, real estate, architecture, and wildlife observation. Learn how to safely operate a drone and shoot high-resolution photography and HD video. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice address how a drone works and how to utilize these small devices for photography and video with excellent results. FAA guidelines, legislation for drone use, and how to obtain a commercial drone license are discussed before heading out into the field. Michael guides you through the processes of flight, image and video capture, and editing from start to finish.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Kienitz, www.MichaelKienitz.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cyanotypes: From Analog to Digital"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Discover the magic of one of the earliest photographic processes – the cyanotype. Explore the local terrain, collecting and using objects from the landscape to create cameraless images, as well as capturing conventional lens-based photographic images using your digital camera. Emphasis is placed on experimentation in this hands-on workshop. This workshop balances time in the field and time in the studio. Learn the fundamentals of contact printing, including preparing chemistry, paper, and digital negatives. Edit and prepare files for digital negatives and use both the sun and an exposure unit to create cyanotype prints. Demonstrations, discussions, and individualized instruction address technical, formal, and conceptual concerns. This workshop requires a digital camera and laptop with Photoshop. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tomiko Jones, TomikoJonesPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $480, Non-Members: $520
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beyond the Postcard Picture"
October 16-17, 2020
 

The world around us has changed, yet the creative approach to travel photography has remained largely the same. This workshop investigates a meditative approach to focusing and framing your images. Slow down, look deeper, and ignore the easy postcard shots. Challenge yourself to remove the clutter, obvious, and cliché from your frame to create memorable and powerful images of your surroundings. Through daily lectures, discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice in the field, discover how to capture your own interpretation of new and familiar scenes. Finish each day with a constructive critique; learning from both Angela and your peers. All skill levels welcome. Familiarity with your camera is recommended.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Angela Johnson, AngelaJohnsonArtist.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


 

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