Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Exploring Monotype: Lines, Textures and Shapes"
Thursdays, February 20 - April 2, 2020
 

Plunge into Monotype! Broaden your artistic horizons with printmaking. Monotype offers a unique opportunity to explore new ways of making images with Akua intaglio inks that are nontoxic and are easy to clean up with water. Judy will demonstrate how to work with the inks and the tools suited for use with this ink. You will experiment with basic techniques including ink mixing, rollout, additive/reductive, stencils, working with the “ghost” image, trace monotype, mark making, layering of color and much more. Judy will demonstrate all of these techniques. This class welcomes artists new to printmaking and Akua Inks as well as experienced printmakers. No class Feb 27th.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Judy Just
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $20 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Gelli Plate Printing"
February 22, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to teach students a variety of gel plate printing techniques and how to print without a press. Students will learn a variety of skills to help them make beautiful prints with their gel plates.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Eco-Printing on Paper & Fabric"
March 4, 2020
 

Students will learn basic eco printing on paper and wool. While the student materials are cooking, we will work with prepared eco prints to make a piece that will be suitable for framing. Students are welcome to bring additional plant material to use and papers.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Hand-Printed Monotype"
Thursdays, March 5 - April 2, 2020
 

Learn monotype printmaking methods that do not require a press or shop facilities. Seen in the work of Edgar Degas, Michael Mazure and others, these painterly techniques are easily transportable for use outside for plein air work, on a table at home, or in the classroom. An added appeal is that images can be made using any materials that you have on hand, such as oil/acrylic paint, watercolor, or ink. Oil-based block-printing inks and various papers will be supplied for this class; experiment with your own paints and inks as well.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jennifer Baker
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
March 6, 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


"Introduction to Screen Printing"
March 7, 2020
 

Learn everything you need to know about the technique of screen printing, the stencil method of printmaking, practiced by Shepard Fairey, Roy Lichtenstein and more. Step-by-step instruction will include choosing a subject, creating stencils, exposing the screen, color mixing, paper registration and printing. Come away with an edition of 10 two-color prints! No experience necessary. (Tuition includes $15 lab fee.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Hamilton
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Woodcut Workshop with Dan Miller"
March 21-22, 2020
 

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with Dan Miller, a member of the PAFA faculty for five decades and a master of woodblock printing! Inspired by his surroundings in rural Pennsylvania and Maine and a love of his materials, Miller fuses the texture of the wood grain with his imagery of landscapes, birds, insects and portrait subjects. Beginning with a printing demonstration and a slide lecture illustrating woodcut’s history, Miller will lead students through the woodcut printmaking process: designing an image, cutting the woodblock, and printing in black-and-white and color. Topics will include equipment usage, paper selection and hand-printing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dan Miller
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Eco-Printing Two Day Workshop"
March 27-28, 2020
 

Learn the exciting, unpredictable, and beautiful art of eco-printing, a contact printing process using botanical materials such as leaves and flowers on natural fabrics. We’ll experiment with natural dyes and simple shibori to create even more complex cloth to compliment the eco-prints. Covers tips and techniques for making our bundles and creating clear prints. Suitable for all fiber and textile artists, as the finished prints may be incorporated into many types of fiber art and craft, as well as clothing and scarves. All silk scarves, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics, dyes, and other materials and supplies are included. Class is held at 209 Franklin St., Natchez, MS.
 
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor: Pat Armstrong
Cost: $145.00
Sponsor: Mississippi School of Folk Arts
Website, email, 601-334-9759


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You'll practice strokes and techniques then create and carve your original composition. You'll ink and hand-print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5" x 7" or 8" x 10". Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
April 3, 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


"Prints and Places Printmaking Retreat"
April 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Abstract Art Painting: Encaustic Monotype"
April 17 & 18, 2020
 

Abstract Art is a 20th-century movement characterized by the reduction of natural appearances into simplified forms,; making art using basic geometric shapes or intuitive gestures. Likewise, Nonobjective Art by definition 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, color and emotions. This workshop is for artists who are motivated to learn more about creating expressive, simple yet bold encaustic abstract monotypes. We will start with some color exercises, discuss the weight of color, painting techniques, and experimentation and discuss, geometry, repetition and “What holds everything together”. Lots of time for action-filled painting and personalized attention.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00 tax and materials included
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Collagraph: Printing the Collage"
April 19 & 26, 2020
 

Explore the art of the collagraph, in which a textured collage is transformed into a printed image. This creative and accessible process promotes a tactile experience both in the making of the plate – in which fabric, yarn, natural forms and other found materials are glued down to a rigid surface – and in the implied texture of the printed form. No prior collage or printmaking experience is necessary. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Stoughton
Cost: $170
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
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


"The Figure in Monotype with Mark Green"
June 13-14, 2020
 

Explore traditional and contemporary monotype techniques while working from direct observation of the posed model in a studio setting. Instruction will present a historical overview of the medium, demonstrating the range of artistic possibilities through the work of Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, and other historical and contemporary artists. Students will employ a combination of subtractive and additive techniques on Plexiglas or metal plates, using a procedural method that can be adjusted to suit individual needs. Images printed on the first day will be further developed with dry and wet media on the second day. Instruction will emphasize issues of drawing, mark making, composition, and design.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mark Green
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alternative Printmaking Explorations"
June 14-19, 2020
 

This printmaking class is designed to explore each individual artist’s personal vision using the processes that will be presented during the class. The class is for artists with no printmaking experience to advanced printmakers. The emphasis will be on found materials and using found surfaces to develop print imagery that reflects each artist’s vision. Materials such as cardboard, recycled wood, and plastics will be used and incorporated into making printing plates. The class will also cover encaustic collagraph, carborundum printing, some silkscreen, chine colle, and drypoint and investigate how these processes can be used with found materials. The class uses non-toxic materials and multi-color printmaking will be covered. Students need only to bring pencils, pens, and erasers.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Jeff Hirst
Cost: $775 + $125 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Printmaking: Polymer Plate Photogravure and Polymer Intaglio"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

This workshop explores using photographs, scanned art and direct gravure to create intaglio (etched) polymer plates for printmaking. Two different methods will be used to produce the etched fine-grain aquatint to achieve a full photographic-quality tonal range. Both the two-exposure method and a relatively new process called direct-to-plate will be covered in the workshop. We will learn intaglio printing techniques such as inking and wiping and learn to print on both European and Asian papers. Printing techniques such as chine colle will also be covered. The plates are etched in water and thus represent one of the most non-toxic intaglio printing techniques being used today. Where possible, we will be using water-soluble inks as well. No prior printmaking experience required.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Clay Harmon
Cost: $650 + $135 lab fee (includes all materials)
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Mokuhanga"
June 29 - July 2, 2020
 

Mokuhanga, a Japanese water-based woodcut process, requires no printing press and is a safe way to print almost anywhere. Discover the versatility of this wonderful relief printmaking technique as you learn traditional carving methods, registration, and various printing techniques. Demonstrations and discussions introduce Mokuhanga, including its history, materials, and basic process, and direct you in the planning and carving of multiple blocks to create a finished print. Each day progresses through the steps of carving, paper preparation, and printing, as well as tool sharpening and paper management. Ample time is dedicated to working each day with Melissa providing individualized feedback throughout the process. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Schulenberg
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Try It: Screen Printing"
July 11, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying screen printing for the first time, this workshop guides you through the process of creating an image, exposing silkscreens, mixing ink, and printing your image on paper. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 24, 2020
 

Are you frustrated with the fact that you have the Gel Plate but haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
July 25, 2020
 

Are you frustrated with the fact that you have the Gel Plate but haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Printmaking in Italy"
August 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Screen Printing Fundamentals"
September 9-12, 2020
 

Explore the world of screen printing in this workshop open to all levels. Moving through the process from start to finish, transform black line drawings and photographs into immediate, colorful, and creative high-quality prints on paper. Build a foundation in silkscreen printing as Chris guides you through the process of making film positives from your personally drawn or photographed artwork, applying emulsion and exposing screens, mixing ink, organizing registration, and printing successfully. Additional screen printing methods covered include using screen filler, blended ink methods, and color reduction printing. Open to all skill levels, however knowledge of principles of art and design is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Style, www.ChristineStyle.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Learn the Art of Printmaking in Italy with Colleen Corradi Brannigan"
September 27 - October 4, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. Receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
October 2-4, 2020
 

Moku Hanga, meaning "wood print," is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water-based. Alfred will teach you to hand-carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $385
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Copper Plate Etching"
October 7-10, 2020
 

Dive into the centuries-old printmaking process of etching in this workshop that introduces the techniques, materials, and equipment. In this process, a copper plate is covered with an acid-resistant ground. Using sharp tools, scratch an image into the ground and submerge the plate in an acid bath. The acid “bites” into the areas where the ground has been scratched away creating clearly defined lines ready to hold ink and transfer your image. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn about hard ground and aquatint processes, how to ink and print a plate, paper handling, press use, and other printmaking techniques. Leave this workshop with multiple iterations of your imagery using multi-stage acid biting. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, www.YonderArtLand.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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