Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Oil and Wax: Personal Color and Powerful Design"
March 28-31, 2019
 

This workshop is for artists working with cold wax and oils who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers but want to explore the next step – how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. Each student will be encouraged to express their personal voice through emphasis on mixing colors, the importance of grays and glazes, creating strong values, and meaningful mark making. The majority of workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and presentations to better understand key concepts presented. There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student’s personal artistic goals and progress.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pamela Caughey
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting the Light in the Studio and Out"
June 3-4, 2019
 

When you can paint the light, you can paint anything. Painting directly from life, develop skill in observing, simplifying, and translating complex visual information in broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you paint the effects of light, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will take the mystery out of color mixing and color theory, including how to identify value, build harmony, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working in the studio on day one and en plein air on day two, you will practice painting the large masses of color and light, followed by more sophisticated color and value as you work through the painting process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting in Black and White"
June 14-15, 2019
 

Explore dramatic possibilities in your paintings with a limited palette of black and white. Using the concept of Notan, a balance of dark and light, this workshop will refine your ability to create illusionistic space in any composition through the relationships of figure and ground and transparency and opacity. Working from still life setups, personal photo references of the landscape, and experimental and abstract prompts, you will work through a series of small exercises and paintings. The importance of value and its ability to create depth will be emphasized throughout as you hone your skills in observing and translating value to canvas. The workshop will be comprised of discussions, demonstrations, and group critiques led by Shannon. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Journaling with Pens and Watercolor"
June 16, 2019
 

Pens with watercolor are a very useful combo for journaling on location and just about anywhere! We’ll work with an assortment of water soluble and waterproof pens to create textures, values, and compositions in journals. This will be the foundation for color transparencies. Learn how to paint watercolor layers and fused colors with intensity. This is your chance to play with shape making and combine images in an artful way on paper. Paint freely while dropping in color onto the wet paper surface. And no worries if you’ve never painted or drawn before! I’ll go over the basics and there will be images available to work from or bring some images of your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on studio practice development, including material, process, and content. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in a series of one-on-one conversations with Leslie, material development exercises, and digital presentations related to contemporary and historical abstraction. This workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced level painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in representational paintings that are expressive and readable. Value structure, color theory, and the use of artistic license will be emphasized. Beginning with a discussion of value and how it can create structure and space, you will complete a brief exercise to hone your skills in seeing and composing an image. Moving into color, basic theory, harmonies, and relationships will be introduced before working through a series of landscape-focused exercises and paintings. Build your level of expression in each as you gain an understanding of the possibilities of your palette to create a sense of space and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Artists of All Levels"
June 19-20, 2019
 

Gesture and blind gesture drawing and how to use a sketchbook to collect ideas will be covered. The idea is to learn the working process and skills that your instructor and many professional artists use to tap into their inner creativity. Classical drawing techniques will be taught during still life classroom time. Learn to measure proportions, understand the use of reference points, render tonal value by observing highlights, halftones, core shadow and reflective light, understand line and mark making; plus we will learn reductive drawing skills by creating a ground with charcoal to work in reverse by removing tonal value with an eraser. This class will boost your drawing skills and your artistic confidence.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $222
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Introduction to the Art of Silk Painting"
June 21-23, 2019
 

Colors on silk are breathtaking. This is an exciting workshop in which you will have the opportunity to explore easy-to-apply design principles, color theory, and the special techniques for painting on silk. Painting florals is perfect for this art form. This class is taught in an open, relaxed manner and is geared for the beginner or the seasoned artist intrigued by exploring silk painting. I invite all who are interested to a delightful three-day workshop … it’s great fun, stimulating work, and a new and easy way to design fabric. Working and sharing with others is a joy. We will have completed three scarves by the end of the third day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jamie Kirkell
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
June 28-29, 2019
 

This workshop will urge you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and inspire ideas for incorporating it into your practice to address formal and/or content-driven aims. Maria will share insight on pattern and decoration from formal, psychological, meditative, and personal perspectives. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, you will create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Instruction will include techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena to consider. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Maria will be available to offer individual instruction and feedback, as well as to facilitate discussion and sharing amongst the group.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage Camp – Painterly Collage"
June 28-30, 2019
 

Paper—both found and hand-printed—house paint, acrylics, and varnish form the basis for abstract mixed media layered paintings. We’ll print, paint, and draw on papers, add layered grounds to wood and supports, and enrich surfaces with cut papers, paint, and drawing materials. We’ll also consider issues surrounding color, compositions, shapes, and lines. When paper meets paint, the result is work that has the depth and interest of fine artwork. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Using Gouache Color Studies to Improve Your Paintings"
July 22-24, 2019
 

Designed for experienced painters, this workshop will focus on the preliminary planning stages of the painting process. Using gouache, a quick-drying, opaque medium, create color and composition studies to proceed with more confidence and, ultimately, strengthen your final paintings. Demonstrations and discussions will provide you with an overview of the medium and its unique characteristics, while hands-on lessons in color interaction will help you look at your existing and future work with a more analytical eye. Working from photo references, you will create multiple color and value studies for a single composition and complete studies with flat patches of color to explore abstract structural concepts without worrying about the details. This process allows you to explore several options relatively quickly.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $340, Non-Members: $370
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 31, 2019
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors; learn how to do basic washes; and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 1, 2019
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks, and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Transfers, Collage, and Mixed Media with Acrylics"
August 9-11, 2019
 

Learn a variety of techniques for transferring images using laser copies onto acrylic materials and how to work them into your paintings and collages for fun, expressive personal statements. See what interesting effects can be achieved when using the transferred images along with paper collage, patterns made with stencils and a variety of acrylic paints, grounds, gels and molding pastes. Learn to make gel skins. Create a whimsical self-portrait filled with texture and vibrant color by applying multiple layers of paints and gels. Attention to composition, balance, and creating the collage image will be covered, as well as clear explanations about the acrylic materials provided for the class. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art History as Inspiration"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Where does inspiration come from? Many artists draw inspiration from moments in the history of art, although it may not be readily apparent when looking at their work. In this interdisciplinary, 2D workshop, you will explore what it means to draw inspiration from art history while creating unique, individual works of art. The first three mornings will begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history. This will be followed by a discussion of a small selection of artworks, including sharing ideas about how individuals might use a piece as a jumping off point to create one original work per day. Breaks for small group discussions and critiques will take place after lunch and at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Oil Pastels"
September 7-8, 2019
 

Oil pastels have a soft and buttery feel and are fun and rewarding to work with. Made from pure pigment, non-drying oils and waxes, the color effects and textures that can be achieved with this medium are stunningly beautiful and captivating. Students will learn to: prepare the substrate and underpainting; blend pastels to create three-dimensional effects; develop layering techniques; use tools to reveal previous layers for color and textural interest and build up the paintings surface and color quality; understand the use of line and mark making for visual interest; consider color theory concepts in layering with oil pastels; understand composition and use of negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects; and learn the dialogue of self-critique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air"
September 13-14, 2019
 

The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills and more out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Adventures in Color Using Soft Pastel"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Transform your photo references into expressive and personal paintings in this pastel workshop focused on composition, color, and value. Working from black and white images, you will foster an abstract approach to dark and light value patterns, improvise creative color strategies, and use painterly techniques to convey mood and mystery, rather than detailed accuracy in your compositions. Demonstrations and discussions will introduce you to compositional strategies, color theory, and pastel techniques. Hands-on practice using personal and supplied photo references will be emphasized throughout the four-days with Kathleen available for individualized feedback. While this is not a plein air offering, you may go outside to gather information in your sketchbooks to further fuel studio work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Newman, www.KathleenNewman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


 

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