Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Building a Better Landscape"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Using the beautiful scenery of Door County as inspiration, learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem-solving, no matter the subject being painted. This workshop will focus on concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature along with landscape composition. Each morning will begin with a short demonstration, addressing the topics of compositional strategies, the importance of value studies, color palette selection, negative space work, and painting resolution and finishing details. Color solutions will be explored using structured schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up technique, while at the same time teach important painting concepts that apply across all media.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Interactions of Color and Composition"
August 31 - September 1, 2018
 

Discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. This workshop will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, composition strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create rich, dynamic paintings. Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design concepts, including line, shape, value, and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. Cynthia will provide group instruction and individualized attention, as well as lead daily critiques. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Hayes, CynthiaHayesArt.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: Painting with Intent, Design, Emotion, and Attitude"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Designed to introduce students to watercolor painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in tools and materials, composition, rendering form, and color theory. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice will guide you through gaining familiarity and confidence within various areas of the watercolor medium. Learn how to handle and control your materials, create dynamic compositions, create illusion, and use color relationships to your advantage. Every exercise is designed for you to acquire skills that can be continued in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting: The How and Why of Landscape Painting"
September 10-14, 2018
 

This five day workshop will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as a performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist's knowledge of nature and to elevate the artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only "how" to create work outdoors, but also "why". This conceptual aspect of painting is the very essence of artistic intent. All media are welcome, however the daily demos will be conducted in oil.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Demers
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Working Together: Methods in Combining Media"
September 17-18, 2018
 

Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will present various methods for combining collage and painting. Discover how this approach can be applied to both abstract and representational work. This workshop will begin with a series of discussions, demonstrations, and exercises introducing basic collage techniques and how to combine media successfully. Learn how to work with your collection of images, including previously made drawings and paintings, found print material, and hand colored and textured papers, directly and quickly to develop new compositions. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Color Versus Value"
October 8-11, 2018
 

Master one of the most important elements when selecting imagery, building a dynamic composition, and working with color – value. By simplifying an image and focusing on the relative values throughout, you will free yourself to be expressive, yet convincing in your work. Working from photo references, you will begin each composition with a simple black and white sketch. These sketches will be used throughout the painting process to guide your use of contrast, edge quality, and color. Gordon will demonstrate both concrete and expressive approaches to watercolor painting, lead gentle critiques, and provide individual help.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Basics"
October 17-20, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students of all levels looking to build technical skill and confidence. Materials, paint quality, application techniques, and color and value will be addressed. Beginning with brushwork to develop familiarity with color mixing and the fluidity of the medium, you will work through a series of exercises. Color charts and value studies will prepare you for designing and developing your own composition from photo references. Ample time will be reserved for hands-on practice, while demonstrations and direct instruction will provide you with feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Spencer Meagher, SpencerMeagher.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Watercolor"
October 22-25, 2018
 

Develop a powerfully expressive visual vocabulary, and ultimately dynamic paintings in this exploration of watercolor painting methods. New approaches will allow you to make leaps in your understanding and avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, poor color mixing, and feeling restrained by the details of a scene. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a quick demonstration to illustrate the day’s lesson, including simplifying scenes into large shapes and value tones, accurate drawing, sequencing for building a painting, and expressive color. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to hands-on practice. If time allows, a group critique will review each day’s progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch, www.DanMondloch.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Workshop: Discover the Visual Language of Painting"
June 10-14, 2019
 

As a teacher, my goal is to see the lightbulbs come on when students realize that painting isn’t as mysterious as it seems. Of course, it’s still challenging—which is part of the fun—but the visual language is something that I believe we all can learn. In my workshops, I try to teach shortcuts that allow students to make leaps in their understanding of this visual language and how to avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, mixing colors poorly, and getting restrained by the details of a scene. With the big shapes planned and an accurate drawing established, it’s easier to loosen up and enjoy fluid washes, expressive brushwork, and bold color.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 22-26, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will work with Herman to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention of this class is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step-by-step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: Wet on wet, Watercolor painting on damp paper, The importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it, How to enhance the focal point, How to work fast, Light and shadow effects, and more. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fábio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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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