Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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