Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
April 19-24, 2020
 

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Steeling Nature"
May 8-10, 2020
 

Join Sabrina and have fun experimenting and playing with metal. Using nature as your inspiration, you will create playful and engaging sculptures from found metal and steel stock. Starting with the basics, Sabrina will cover a range of metal fabrication and forming techniques as well as provide you with many tips and tricks for working wisely with a variety of tools. Techniques will include fabrication, welding, plasma cutting, basic forging, and cold connections.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Trade Pins: Learn the Basics of Lost-Wax Casting"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Lost-wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years. Learn the basics of creating original metal forms using lost-wax casting in this fast-paced workshop open to all levels. Create small brooches of your own design using wax and reductive carving techniques. Lectures, demonstrations, and handouts lead you step-by-step through the entire process. Cast your first form and create multiples using rubber mold techniques. After casting multiple brooches, trade your original works for those of your classmates’. Lauren provides individualized instruction throughout the four days. Open to all levels, however those with previous experience are encouraged to push their designs further.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lauren Selden, SeldenArt.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Crazed Anatomy"
June 11-14, 2020
 

If you're like me you have plenty of spare body parts lying around your studio ... (hmmmmm, perhaps I should rephrase this) If you're like me you have plenty of mannequin and toy doll parts lying around your studio (much better). If so, it's time to bring out your inner Dr. Frankenstein. Rebuild and reimagine these parts in strange and wild ways using the process of assemblage and my special paint techniques. Students can pick a singular body part, i.e., head, hand, torso, etc., and adorn it with other found objects, texture and paint ... or mix and match the body parts to create wild and freaky beasties. I suspect this will be unlike any class you've ever taken. Bwahahaha.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Drawing Dimensionally: Abstract Drawing in 2D and 3D"
June 15-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, focus on the dynamic tension that can occur through the interaction of two- and three-dimensional visual elements. Create low- and high-relief constructions that come off of the wall using a mix of traditional drawing media, including graphite, charcoal, and ink wash, on shaped supports made of paper. Learn various approaches to drawing and sculpting with paper, such as marking and embossing, cutting and molding, bending and folding, and hinging and joining, that are applicable whether you are interested in creating non-objective geometric constructions or gestural assemblages that respond to a landscape or figure. You are encouraged to apply the methods to your individual creative goals. Daily presentations of contemporary artists working in corresponding ways inform your investigations.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Martha MacLeish, MarthaMacLeish.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bronze Casting"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa guides you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Capturing Expression in Clay"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Focused on rendering the human face and its varied expressions, this four-day workshop strengthens your observational skills, introduces sculpting and hollowing techniques, and explores surface development through an anatomical approach. Working from photo references and direct observation of your own face, solid sculpt four small heads that emphasize emotion and expression. Demonstrations, group discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice address the anatomy of the head, the psychological and emotional use of color, and hollowing techniques. Use engobes, underglazes, and washes to experiment with surface. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Meghan Sullivan, www.MeghanSullivanCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Box Making for Artists"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in creating a space to keep an artist book, your prints, or other ephemera you’ve created or collected, this workshop offers an introduction to building and covering box structures. Learn how to design and assemble a clamshell portfolio box, slip case, and specimen box. Focusing on a different type of box each day, demonstrations and instructor-led exercises build skill progressively. Gain hands-on practice selecting materials, such as book cloth and decorative paper, and using proper technique to build and cover boxes. Melissa provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the making process, as well as in in-progress and final critiques. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Wagner-Lawler, redthreadletterpress.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Sculpture Basics"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. Dive into the many materials and techniques of sculpture in this workshop. Wire, plasterwrap, everyday materials, and fabric are used to create abstract and realistic, hard and soft sculptures. The work of historic and contemporary artists, such as Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, and Tara Donovan, provide inspiration and instruction throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Children's Art Workshop: Creations in Papier-Mache"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Ages: 7 yrs. to 9 yrs. This workshop introduces young artists to papier-mache as a durable medium for creating sculptural or functional artworks. Techniques are first introduced and practiced on a bowl or vase before moving on to the larger endeavor of creating a self-portrait bust. Learn how to add dimensional elements and features to create a truly unique sculpture. Pieces are completed using tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Upcycled Sculpture"
July 17, 2020
 

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


"Abstract Fiber Sculpting"
July 31 - August 2, 2020
 

I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside our preconceived ideas of what is textile art. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combining found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage, combining the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clarissa Callesen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Embedding: An Intermediate Encaustic Workshop"
August 24-27, 2020
 

This immersive workshop asks the question, what are you putting into your art? Hone your ideas, sharpen your skills, and bring your appreciation for embedding with encaustic to a whole new level. Learn techniques to create works all with the aim of revealing what is embedded and embedding what you wish to reveal. Through a combination of conversations, demonstrations, and experimental projects, Laura introduces you to a range of contemporary artists, materials, and processes; encouraging you to think about how ideas and actions can align. Learn how to create an inlaid line in encaustic - the gateway to creating wonderfully complicated cross-sections of color and pattern - and explore building up and manipulating paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Moriarty, www.LauraMoriarty.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

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 to 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: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Finding Forms in Forged Sheet and Wire"
August 31 - September 1, 2020
 

Move metal, push it to new limits, bend it to your will, and, maybe, even bend yourself to its will in this two-day workshop. Learn how to create texture, volume, and movement in new forms for jewelry or sculpture. Guided exploration introduces you to a variety of hammers and different surfaces, while discussions help you to see how these experiments can be put into practice to create jewelry or sculptural forms. Expect to leave this workshop with a trove of samples, at least one finished piece, and the start of many more. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Heather Nuber, www.HeatherSNuber.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bricolage: A Low-Tech Approach to Sculpture"
September 14-17, 2020
 

Bricolage is defined as something constructed from a diverse range of objects. In this low-tech sculpture workshop, gain the confidence to start to build without any technical skills and learn basic art principles and problem-solving. Beginning with a simple box, Don guides you through the process of building in and around it with found objects and items you make in class to create a successful art object. Through presentations and discussions, learn about assemblage, collage, cabinets of curiosities, reliquaries, low-tech materials and tools, how to find and use a variety of found objects, and other reference knowledge. Open to artists of all levels and backgrounds.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos, www.YonderArtLand.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to 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 and 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 what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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