Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"Monotype Printmaking"
May 4-6, 2020
 

There is no experience necessary for participation in this workshop. Attendees will be introduced to the variety of methods used in the creation of what is known as "The Painterly Print". The range of techniques is broad and includes Additive, Subtractive, Line Transfer, Ghost Printing and Chine-Collé. The beauty of Monotype Printmaking comes from the spontaneity that is a major element in this unique method of artistic expression.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Gerald Ruggiero
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Adult Guided Open Studio, Gelli Printing Wow"
May 5, 2020
 

Learning how to use gelli plates to print abstract work has never been easier. Come learn how to explore colors and textures that will make for exciting background and collage pages for your journal and drawings. This is going to be super fun!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $40 / $36 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Youth: Gelli Printing Fun"
May 5, 2020
 

For kiddos ages 5 to 15. Learning how to use gelli plates to print abstract work has never been easier. Come learn how to explore colors and textures that will make for exciting background and collage pages for your journal and drawings. This is going to be super fun!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $30 / $27 for Members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"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


"Children's Art Workshop: What A Relief"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, young artists learn the basics of the oldest form of printmaking – relief. Relief prints are made by cutting away material on a soft block to create a printable surface with positive and negative areas. Learn how to design an image, carve safely, mix ink, and print successfully. Students create enough prints to bring home, as well as trade with their classmates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Textures, Patterns, and Prints"
June 22-25, 2020
 

Ages: 4 yrs. to 6 yrs. In this workshop, children explore the rich history of printmaking. Featuring the processes of monotype, collagraph, relief, and paste papers, students learn the tools and materials specific to each. After gaining familiarity with the fundamentals, children are encouraged to experiment and create one-of-a-kind prints by layering color and texture, mixing processes, and more.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: One of a Kind Prints with Monoprinting"
June 26, 2020
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children ages 4 to 12. Participants explore the world of monoprinting 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


"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


"Children's Art Workshop: Never Too Many"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. This workshop focuses on three different printmaking methods, including painterly monoprints, textural collagraph prints, and graphic relief prints. Young artists learn about the history of printmaking and gain hands-on practice using the tools and materials of each printmaking process. Layering, playing with color, and experimentation is encouraged throughout the week. Students make enough prints to bring home, as well as trade with each member of class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: One of A Kind"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Ages: 10 yrs. to 12 yrs. In this workshop, students explore the printmaking process of monoprinting. Unlike other forms of printmaking, monoprints are images that can only be printed once. Students learn variations of the process, including painting with ink directly onto plexiglass, making stencils by hand, and using found objects to create textures, as well as how to properly handle paper, mix ink, and print successfully. Students create enough prints to bring home, as well as trade with their classmates.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pre-College Intensives: Printmaking"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Printmaking enhances drawing/painting skills and creates striking contributions to a college portfolio. Explore the exciting possibilities of traditional line etching, screenprinting on t-shirts or other materials, and the painterly monotype. Learn the methods of image development, printing for each process, as well as the safe handling of all materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"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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