Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Poetry in Motion: Making Marvelous Mobiles"
July 25-29, 2019
 

Discover and explore the fantastic, kinetic world of the mobile with international artist Keith Lo Bue. His sheer joy in the medium is infectious. This dynamic workshop celebrates that excitement as he guides you through making both hanging and table-standing mobiles that spin, wobble, dart, and drift, seemingly defying gravity. A minimum of tools and materials are needed to create complex mobiles of wire, metal, wood, paper – even found objects! Keith will reveal unique techniques and tricks not available anywhere else. Suitable for the rote beginner as well as the seasoned artist, you and those around you will be mesmerized as your creations spring to life before your eyes. It's time to welcome some serious balance into your life!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

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


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Introduction to Installation Art"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Interested in installation art, but not sure where to start? While installation art is typically thought of in relation to sculpture, this hands-on workshop will consider the relationship between 2D and 3D using simple flexible materials, such as fabric and paper. Discover how to convert these materials into complex forms to create an immersive installation in collaboration with your classmates. Making individual contributions that become part of a larger collaborative thematic work, you will transform PenArt’s painting studio. Liz will share her tricks for bending, folding, and non-technical manipulating of paper and fabric to produce elaborate and sculptural interludes. Group discussions led by Liz will address technical and conceptual concerns throughout the four days. No previous installation art or sculpture experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Akasha Dolls"
August 22, 2019
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage: Dear Dollies"
August 24, 2019
 

Fairies, elves, ballerina dogs! In this class we will make several dolls to take home. You can make dolls of all different sizes. Share one with a friend, hang one on the Christmas tree, or just enjoy your creations! I will teach you techniques so that your doll will not only look great, but will last as long as you do! Assemblage is the art of connecting odd parts into a new creation. We will use antique doll parts, tins, lace, and hardware along with some interesting new choices to create your very own dolls. After taking this class you will be inspired to hunt up your own “parts” and get hooked on the wonderful world of one-of-a-kind dolls.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Lightheaded!"
August 25, 2019
 

Create a nightlight that is a little bit cute, a little bit spooky, a little bit freaky, a little bit Steampunk. Using an antique composition baby doll head and found objects such as lamp parts, old keys, finials, and oil cans we will construct our assemblage nightlight. We will have a lesson on using special resin clay to attach objects, and antiquing with paint. No previous experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Faux Etching, Small Figurative Assemblage"
August 25, 2019
 

This workshop evolved from a happy accident. I’ve been etching anything I can get my hands on ever since! Learn a fast and easy technique for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals and hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. We will also cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition and design. I will also demonstrate a quick and easy way to make a mold of just about anything. This technique will become a treasured favorite and will be useful in many other projects.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

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


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

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


"Extraordinary Objects"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Found objects can act as conduits of metaphorical meaning. They help to create narrative and expand the stories we wish to tell. In this workshop we will investigate the manner by which sculptures can serve as a platform for presenting personal narratives. We will go out in the field and scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques. Students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and discovering what drives the sculptures they create.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sculpting the Figure with Stephen Perkins"
November 9-12, 2019
 

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists. Working from the male model, the first two days will focus on the archetypal or memory shapes of the figure by abstracting forms into simpler geometry and convex planes and working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes. Working from the female model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a dynamic pose from life, including capturing the gesture, blocking in the figure using a straight line method, carry through lines, rhythmic patterns, harmonies, and proportion. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method from Walker Hancock and others and currently teaches at Studio Incamminati.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"The Portrait in Relief"
November 11-15, 2019
 

Relief sculpture is perhaps the most useful and lasting art form ever devised. The hybrid of sculpture and drawing, that is greater than the sum of its parts. Eugene will demonstrate the process of how to make relief effective and dynamic, and how to make one’s portrait compelling. The first two days will be sent working from the model to learn to pose and compose effectively for relief. The real focus of the class is the Portrait. Students are encouraged to bring photo references of their subject. There will be many demonstrations and lots of one on one critiques.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaubsculpture.net
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Portrait with Stephen Perkins"
November 14-17, 2019
 

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the portrait as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. Working from Stephen’s demonstration, the first two days will focus on how to block in the head using basic convex planes, and then working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes, create the fundamental structure or map of the head. Working from the live model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a portrait from life. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method from Walker Hancock and others and currently teaches at Studio Incamminati.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 9-13, 2019
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, comparative anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, the importance of drawing and assembling shapes, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. All aspects of modeling in oil-based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from computer imagery, photography, drawings, field guides, and a printed workbook.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 13-17, 2020
 

Vala Ola will take students through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, rib cage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics, such as fleshy forms versus defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Vala will detail tools to use, how to create textures, composition and communicate emotion.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of the Portrait"
February 17-21, 2020
 

Some say that the portrait is more about the artist than the model. It is up to us, the sculptor, to find and orchestrate the unique features and character of the person we see. This goes well beyond the image that is presented to us. In this workshop students will review basic anatomical forms and consider the use of editing and enchantment. This workshop will help students find their own personal signature style to creating compelling portraits. If you’ve been wanting to do a portrait of a loved one or a historical figure you admire this workshop is for you. There will be models present for those who wish to work from life. Eugene will be doing daily demonstrations.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaubsculpture.net
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
March 2-12, 2020
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course, students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 6-8, 2020
 

In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to create a functional sculpture which will be part of everyday life at home. It can be a relief tile to look at or a doorknob to pull; shaped as a sphere, square or irregular shape. There is no limit to one’s imagination. This is not a class for designing a home decor but rather surrounding oneself with the beauty created to awe, observe and enjoy using. Students will be sculpting their ideas with a water-based clay and use a model to tell the story through the object and tactile experience of it. The fired clay can be attached to furniture or placed into any environment, and can be glazed or painted.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Modeling the Horse and other Animals"
April 20-23, 2020
 

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod's techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod's known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod's students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.Rodzullo.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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