Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"No Press Required: Adding Printed Texture and Surprise to Your Paintings"
August 20-21, 2018
 

Combining printmaking techniques with painted compositions offers a way to continually surprise yourself and loosen up, resulting in unexpected textures and happy accidents. This process-based workshop will encourage you to take risks, experiment, and incorporate new visual elements in your existing work. Focusing on printmaking methods that do not require a press, Carolyn will demonstrate trace monotypes, stencils, rubber stamps and linoleum, gel medium “surprises”, and rubbings. A spirit of experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged as you work quickly to combine and layer different techniques to achieve a variety of effects. A group critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carolyn Swiszcz, www.CarolynSwiszcz.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Gel Plate Printing"
August 25, 2018
 

Create beautiful monoprints with a Gelli® Plate and acrylic paint. Using only tools and supplies you probably already have, you can produce a myriad of textures and patterns. Learn the additive and subtractive methods, how to print on both paper and fabric, how to use pattern-making tools, stamps and stencils, texture plates, masks, and more. Gelli® Plate printing is loads of fun... for everyone from beginner to advanced. Have a blast and leave with a stack of one-of-kind hand-printed papers and fabrics for use in all your art and home decor projects!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Moku Hanga, An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
September 28-30, 2018
 

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: $325
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Carving and Hand Printing Linocuts"
September 28-30, 2018
 

Start with a 6”x8” piece of battleship linoleum, the time-honored basis for linocut art, and create one or more editions of multi-color prints. Judy will supply lots of pre-cut 6”x8” linoleum, a simple registration system that doubles as a carving mount, brayers, archival papers and card stock, and easy-clean-up inks to try (Blick, Akua, Caligo). Experiment with multi-color blocks or the one-block multicolor reduction process. Bring a sharp V or U gouge if you have them, otherwise borrow tools from Judy. Have fun making linocuts that you can continue to print with for years.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Design and Print your Holiday Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 28, 2018
 

In this introductory class participants learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color holiday-themed greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press's collection of Ludlow type, ornaments, and holiday-themed polymer plates. We'll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short holiday-themed phrases. But above all else, let's have fun while learning about letterpress printing. Each participant will leave with a set of twenty-five 3 1/2" x 4 7/8" greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Monoprints"
September 28, 2018
 

Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that are the most flexible and least intimidating of all the printmaking processes. Discover how you can create unique, painterly prints in a matter of hours using many of the same techniques used in watercolor and oil painting. All levels welcome. Philip will bring materials for printmaking and his portable press. You will be using Akua soy-based inks in class that clean up with water.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silk Screen Cards"
September 28, 2018
 

Learn how to silkscreen!  In this workshop, you will be able to create your own greeting cards using a 12”x18” silk screen and a squeegee.  Carole will show you how to make a simple screen print from a hand-cut stencil. Once you get set up, making multiple prints is a breeze!  Bring bold, graphic images to work from. All materials provided as well as use of school's screen printing frames and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silk Screen Art Prints"
September 29-30, 2018
 

In this two-day class, you'll make multi-color art prints using a 12”x18” silk screen.  Learn how to achieve a complex print in several colors using a number of more advanced techniques. It’s all fun to learn and rewarding to make multiples — you’ll love working with silk screens!  Bring reference sketches or other visuals for inspiration. No prior experience is necessary. All materials provided as well as use of school's screen printing frames and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Copper Plate Etching"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and Picasso as you make prints from etched copper plates while exploring the latest innovations in non-toxic, eco-friendly, acrylic-based materials. Make art while saving the planet! Day 1: preparing the metal plate, creating a line drawing, etching the plate in ferric chloride, and printing your etched image. Day 2: line etching, drypoint, and multiple-plate prints. Although this class is geared for beginners, all skill levels are welcome to learn this unique printmaking process.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
September 29-30, 2018
 

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”x7” or 8”x10.” 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


"Design and Print your Holiday Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2018
 

In this introductory class participants learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color holiday-themed greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press’s collection of Ludlow type, ornaments, and holiday-themed polymer plates. We’ll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short holiday-themed phrases. But above all else, let’s have fun while learning about letterpress printing. Each participant will leave with a set of twenty-five 3 1/2” x 4 7/8” greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Screen Printing Basics"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Explore the world of screen printing in this introductory workshop. Participating in the process from start to finish, you will transform black line drawings and photographs into immediate, colorful, and high-quality prints. Using the basics of silkscreen printing, Chris will guide 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 print methods will be covered, including using screen filler and color reduction printing. Open to all skill levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional principles of art and design are helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Style, www.ChristineStyle.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $270, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Collagraph: Textures and Topographies"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Collagraphs are often experimental prints made from collaging textured items onto a matrix resulting in rich, textured images. Easily combined with other techniques, this process promotes exploration and improvisation. Don will demonstrate each of the collagraph techniques introduced, as well as ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use. Hands-on practice will be a priority to allow for time to experiment and iterate. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design are helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, JabberwockStudio.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. 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. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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