Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Beginning Shuttle Tatting"
June 24, 2017
 

This class is ideal for beginners seeking an experienced teacher to guide them through the basics of shuttle tatting, a Victorian lace craft that is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Learn how to make the basic knot of tatting (double stitch), the decorative loops (picots), the characteristic oval shapes (rings) and curved lines (chains). Basic skills may seem hard at first, but once learned are very easy and fun to do. Although you will not finish a project in class, the practice bits can be used to embellish note cards, enhance scrapbook pages, or adorn any project that needs a little something extra. Class fee includes a kit with all necessary supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marilee Rockley
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Silver Metal Clay Birdhouse or Fairy House Pendant"
June 25, 2017
 

Learn to construct a small fine silver birdhouse or fairy house with fine silver metal clay. Form separate parts of the house then put them together using dry construction techniques. This requires accurate sizing and refining, plus learning how to attach three dimensional pieces. Sherry will show you different methods for decorating and attaching your miniature house to allow you to hang it from a cord/chain. After firing and finishing your house you can polish and patina it as desired. Material fee includes fine silver metal clay 28 grams, paste, syringe, fine silver wire and sheet available as desired. This is not a class to try without previous experience with metal clay either with Sherry or someone else.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Comic Books"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Do you love to create cartoons and comics? In this drawing class, you will explore the language of cartooning and develop your own characters and story. Expand your drawing skills as you learn how to depict a variety of expressions on your characters’ faces. Compose each frame of your comic strip and use text to help tell your story. Graphic novels, manga, and other illustration styles will be looked at and discussed to help you invent your own characters and style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Thomas Wallestad
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Cartoons and Characters"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Bring your imagination and we’ll provide the materials for you to create your very own cartoon characters. Brainstorm, sketch, and finalize your characters as you explore the language of storytelling. Create multiple paintings and drawings throughout the week that describe your characters’ emotions, families, homes, and more. Drawing, painting, mixed-media, and sculptural techniques will be explored in this exciting class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Newman
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Sequential Art and Illustration"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Discover the process of illustrating and writing a sequential story from planning, layout, and sketching, to the final finished pages. Using personal experiences or your imagination, build your own narrative filled with invented characters and settings. A variety of drawing materials and styles, including graphic novels, cartooning, and manga, will be explored and provide you with a foundation in illustration techniques. Share your finished story and images in a final comic book.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christine Newman
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Graphic Novels: Narrative and Illustration"
June 26-29, 2017
 

Sharpen your illustration and cartooning skills in this intensive experience for teens. Work both collaboratively and independently as you learn the process of illustrating a sequential story - from writing, layout, and sketching, to the final finished pages. A range of exercises focused on developing technique will introduce you to a variety of media that can be used to complete your illustrations and express your ideas. Open to beginning and advanced students, you will leave this intensive with confidence in your unique style and voice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Thomas Wallestad
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"One Theme, Many Possibilities"
June 26-30, 2017
 

Discover a multitude of creative possibilities with Kerr’s simple silk screen and direct dye painting workshop. You’ll experiment with one motif/idea during this workshop week. Embrace and trust the unexpected and unpredictable. Use the screen in an intuitive, experimental manner as well as in a stencil based, more traditional way. Working with the same image allows you to focus on personal expression and mark making; you can be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique based forms of expression.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting en Plein Air with Intention: 100 Strokes or Less"
June 27-30, 2017
 

Discover an innovative approach to plein air painting that encourages you to be thoughtful, yet direct as you create a painting, from start to finish, in 100 strokes or less. With no opportunity to rework, this method helps you to form a clear intention with each piece. You will learn to capture the spirit of your surroundings quickly and with a limited palette. The first two days of this workshop will be devoted to completing quick studies. Deliberately counting each stroke, whether the mark is small or stretches across the entire canvas and back, these studies will provide you with practice in your decision-making process. The following two days will be spent on location applying the same methods while working on more developed, final pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tim Deibler, www.TimDeibler.com
Cost: Members: $410, Non-Members: $445
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Order into Chaos: New Paths in Abstract Painting"
June 28 - July 1, 2017
 

Investigate the possibilities within your paintings by fostering an abstract and non-objective approach to art making. With the goal of achieving a point of balance in each composition, you will alternate between working spontaneously and methodically. Conversations surrounding the history of painting will provide your work with context. Through demonstrations and exercises, explore Emmett’s philosophy that abstraction holds all creative expression. Each morning, Emmett will share a multitude of ways to begin an abstract painting, as well as how to maintain engagement throughout the process. You will be encouraged to work independently in the afternoons with Emmett available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Workshop - 4th of July Parade: Giant Puppets"
July 1-4, 2017
 

Puppetry has a distinct ability to captivate our imaginations through storytelling with human-like forms that are at once familiar and otherworldly. In this class, you will design and build your own large-scale, wearable puppet masks to examine how human characteristics can be altered or exaggerated to create a sense of wonderment and delight for both the maker and viewer. Class will be held the mornings of Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Johanna Winters
Cost: Members: $85, Non-Members: $95
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Ceramic Totem Poles"
July 5-8, 2017
 

The first totem poles were made from cedar trees and told the story of a family through carvings of animals, symbols, and designs. In this class, you will build a modern totem pole out of stacked clay forms to tell the story of your family! Use pinch, slab, and coil techniques to sculpt the individual pieces. Decorate the surface with texture tools and brightly colored underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari George
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Fantastic World of Ceramics: Hand and Wheel"
July 5-8, 2017
 

Learn the art of throwing clay on the wheel to form mugs, dishes, and vases. Combine these new skills with handbuilding techniques to create a series of fantasy-based functional forms. Pull inspiration from your favorite adventure books and movies, including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and more, to add dimensional details, texture, and painted imagery to your work. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are food safe.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Composition in Plein Air"
July 6-8, 2017
 

In this fast-paced workshop, you will explore the distinctive plein air painting process of using a limited palette of water-mixable oils, non-traditional instruments, and composition as a storytelling tool. Charlie’s approach to painting will encourage you to try new techniques, observe your subject matter carefully, and enjoy yourself. Charlie will begin each morning with an outdoor painting demonstration that highlights methods and materials, the importance of drawing, and compositional strategies. Afternoons will be spent developing your work independently, using whatever methods you wish. At the end of each day, you will gather at the School for a spirited group critique and discussion of your progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.Hunter-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $410, Non-Members: $445
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sculptural Rings"
July 6-8, 2017
 

Create sculptures for your fingers in this hands-on workshop. Adding your own creativity and inspiration to each design, explore the components of proportion, size, balance, material, and comfort. All rings will be hand-fabricated using a variety of studio tools, including hammers, drills, saws, soldering torches, and the rolling mill. You will focus on process, from concept to construction to aesthetic details. You can expect to complete one or more rings over the course of this workshop. Previous soldering experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Crazy about Color!"
July 10-13, 2017
 

Color is one of the most powerful tools an artist can use. In this class, you will learn how nature creates color, how color affects the way we see and feel, and how artists have used color throughout art history. Create a body of work that reflects your unique personality, imagination, and inspiration through color. A range of painting styles, paint media, and subject matter will be explored, including portraiture, nature studies, perspective, and abstraction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Explorations in Ink"
July 10-13, 2017
 

A line is a dot that went for a walk. In this drawing class, you will explore the straight, curvy, zigzagged, and wiggly lines of calligraphy, zentangles, sumi painting, and more. Art history discussions will introduce the techniques of each drawing method, while skill building exercises will provide hands-on practice using ink as a drawing and writing tool. Complete successful drawings and writing samples in a fun and experimental atmosphere. A handbound book or portfolio will preserve your work of illuminated letters, calligraphy, sumi paintings, and zentangles.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Multi-Media Paintings"
July 10-13, 2017
 

Push the boundaries of traditional painting by adding printmaking, collage, and three-dimensional elements to your pieces. Learn basic painting methods, including color mixing and brush handling, as you experiment and explore subject matter. Create luminous paintings with interesting layers, visual rhythms, and varied textures. Let process be your guide!
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Wendland
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Scratchboard: Getting it Down in Black and White"
July 10-13, 2017
 

Discover a new way of drawing in black and white in this class focused on scratch media. See how light and shadow can create depth and volume in a drawing. Explore the variety of textures and marks that can be created on a scratchboard surface. Additional experiments will include adding watercolor washes for color and using collage to create a textured surface. Your final composition will be completed on coated scratchboard, where the drawing will be made entirely of white lines and shapes scratched from the surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Wendland
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Exploration in Stamps, Fusing, and Silver Dusting"
July 10-12, 2017
 

Explore three metalsmithing techniques. With an emphasis on developing texture and design, you will have the opportunity to conceptualize and fabricate rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants while learning new processes. Learn how to size, form, and solder sterling silver stacking rings or a spinner ring. An emphasis will be placed on surface texture using metal stamps and hammers. You will discover the differences between soldering and fusing, as you cut, shape, and fuse fine silver wire into a bracelet or pair of earrings. Take advantage of your filings and small silver scrap from the week to form and fuse a beautifully textured pair of earrings and/or pendant. You will also have the option to include a bezel set stone in your design.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aisha Formanski, www.EverthineJewelry.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $415
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Landscapes Imagined and Observed"
July 10-11, 2017
 

Driven by playful exploration, this workshop will examine the visual language of the landscape. Utilizing strategies to simplify compositions, distill imagery, and invent space, you will create a series of plein air sketches and paintings to later be used as reference for abstraction and experimentation in the studio. You will begin by documenting the surrounding landscape while working on-site with sketching and painting materials; exploring composition and identifying value and color. You will then bring your observed work into the studio to use as inspiration for landscapes of your own imagining. A lecture and series of exercises will help you select your favorite moments from the plein air works, such as palette combinations, shapes, mark-making, or imagery, to inform a new painting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melanie Brown, www.MelaniePBrown.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beginning to Draw the Portrait in Charcoal"
July 10-12, 2017
 

Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this drawing workshop. Gain confidence and proficiency, as you learn to capture the portrait by first understanding the basic forms and then adding the details of your subject’s features. Through demonstrations, Stuart will share his approach in identifying the overall shape and rhythm of the head to give solidity and likeness to your drawing. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques through short poses of 25 minutes and long poses of 3 hours, bringing your work to the next level.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"5-Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 10-14, 2017
 

This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you judge values, using warm and cool tones to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow, and to describe the time as well as the type of day. The week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Abstraction through Observation"
July 12-15, 2017
 

This workshop will combine the methodologies of observational and abstract painting to begin works of art. Encouraged to experiment and gain an understanding of the unique properties of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint media, you will explore resists, collage, hard-edge taping, and process. Find inspiration in historical and contemporary artists who use both observation and abstraction in their work, including Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Mary Heilman, and Henri Matisse. Compositional and conceptual prompts will provide you with springboards for developing new approaches to art making. Group critiques will take place throughout the workshop and offer an opportunity to discuss the elements and principles of design in relation to your progress.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Smith, www.LizSmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $420, Non-Members: $455
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Spiral Chain"
July 13, 2017
 

Geared toward the absolute beginner, this workshop will introduce the basic concepts and techniques of soldering while creating a spiral chain. Gain an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Through demonstrations and guided work time, you will complete a spiral chain by the end of the workshop. If time allows, you will polish the piece.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Simply Silver Bracelet"
July 13, 2017
 

In this workshop for the absolute beginner, you will learn how to solder sterling silver with a torch system while fabricating a bracelet. Jumpstart your metalsmithing experience with these basic skills and best practices. In addition to torch use, you will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, create a closure, use a flexshaft, and do finishing techniques. Leave this workshop with a completed bold bracelet.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Multiples: Mold-Making and Slip Casting"
July 13-18, 2017
 

Explore processes related to plaster mold-making and slip casting. Discover a workflow that allows you to create multiples; expanding the possibilities of your ceramic process. This workshop will begin with discussion and demonstrations, providing you with a solid foundation in this process and its variations. You will learn how to mix plaster, partition a piece to be molded, and create one- and two- or more part molds. Learn how to care for molds, mix casting slip, pour and release pieces, and attach sprig decorations. Prepare for a busy week, loaded with information and a unique hands-on experience. This workshop will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday; breaking for molds to dry on Sunday. Some ceramics experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kimberlee Joy Roth, www.KimberleeJoyRoth.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Developing a Creative Vision for Your Photography"
July 13, 2017
 

Our perspective on the world around us informs our decisions as photographers. This workshop provides an opportunity to tap into what interests you, so you can find your unique voice behind the camera. Using critical thinking, visual exploration, and interactive idea book exercises, uncover overlooked curiosities and brainstorm how to transform those interests into creative content for future photography projects. Leave this workshop feeling more confident in your ideas and with a clear and exciting direction.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, www.KaseyAndBen.com
Cost: Members: $100, Non-Members: $110
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Boxed Up: Introduction to Hollow Forms"
July 14, 2017
 

This fabrication workshop will touch on a variety of skills that can be used to enhance any jewelry project. Design and produce a contemporary ring that also doubles as a pendant, while refining your metalsmithing skills. Encouraged to work from your own design, the hollow form process offers the opportunity to develop your sawing, shaping, and soldering techniques. Create a piece that is rewarding to fabricate and sure to impress your viewer.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Deep Into Indigo: Playing with Patterns, Dye & Fabric"
July 14-16, 2017
 

Indigo dyeing retreat for women interested in experiencing the magical process of dyeing with indigo! Instruction in Japanese shibori fabric techniques, open access to indigo dyeing vats and, and gourmet dining.
 
Location: Westby, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: Early Bird til June 15, 2017: $550; $650 after
Website, email, 608-852-3970


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Favorite Places: Collaged Landscapes"
July 14, 2017
 

Push the boundaries of traditional landscape painting as you create images that incorporate paint, collage, and textural elements. Gain inspiration from 20th Century artists Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney, and Richard Diebenkorn. View and discuss their use of pattern, color, perspective, and composition in the landscape. Basic painting skills, color mixing, and collage techniques will be covered.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Silver Fusion"
July 15, 2017
 

There is merit in the processes of both soldering and fusing, but understanding both of these techniques will allow you to be a more versatile silversmith. In this workshop, you will learn the difference between soldering and fusing, when you should use either technique, and gain hands-on experience with making a fused joint. In this workshop, you will apply skills to two bracelets, including the classic ball and loop chain and the bubble fusion, which is a unique approach to incorporating beads with silver.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Best Techniques and Composition for Stunning Digital Images"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Learn to see and compose images utilizing the principles of design and digital techniques. You will examine the subjects of contemporary trends, master photography, and compositional strategies to draw conclusions and lead your practice to a higher level. This workshop begins by vieweing a range of photography, including your images, examples of Daniel’s work, and those of well-known artists. Learn how to combine and utilize visual elements to create a truly expressive photograph. Students will practice these skills out in the beautiful Door County landscape. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stone Carving"
July 17-21, 2017
 

Using the philosophy of Michelangelo, that every stone has a form and it is the role of the artist to find and release it, you will explore the process of stone carving. Learn the fundamentals of carving techniques, reductive art-making, and three-dimensional thinking in this labor-intensive workshop. Using Indiana limestone, you will have the opportunity to create a work from a drawing, maquette, or using the stone’s unique properties as inspiration. Amy will introduce you to best practices in stone carving, including proper tool use and handling, roughing out the form, and finishing techniques. Additional material costs will vary based on the size stone you work with.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Amy Brier, www.AmyBrier.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $540 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air"
July 17-20, 2017
 

The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color temperature to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills, and more, out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, www.Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Printmaking Palooza"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Learn about the versatile medium of printmaking! This class will explore a variety of print methods, including painterly monoprints, collographs using found objects, rubbings from nature, and more. Combine and layer these processes to create one-of-a-kind pieces in both two- and three-dimensions. Develop your skills and ideas as you experiment with color, texture, shape, and pattern.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Going Graphic"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Discover how graphic design and printmaking are used in the worlds of art and advertising. Learn how powerful images can be as you study familiar logos and graphics. Experiment with printmaking techniques, including relief, monoprint, silk screen, and collage, as you develop your own ideas and images. Take your designs beyond your initial sketch by experimenting with processes and expanding your ideas to create finished works of art.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Penny Niesen
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Book Arts"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Learn the history and techniques of book arts in this fundamental bookmaking class. Familiarize yourself with the processes of preparing papers, designing covers and pages using printmaking techniques, and binding through a series of exercises and simple glue-bound books. Construct a final journal that features hand painted covers and uses a coptic stitch for binding. Fill your new journal with drawings, writing, and more.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Baeten
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Personal Expression Through iPhoneography"
July 17-19, 2017
 

Technology has made photography fast, cheap, and easy, but with so many images out in the world, how do you create something memorable? Great images are well-composed, carefully lit, and have something to say. This class delves into the technical and compositional aspects of photography. Explore contemporary photographers, practice styling images for social media, and work with apps that offer more control. Expect to try a variety of photography techniques and work toward making a collection of beautiful images with an authentic tone. Bring a fully charged iPhone/iPad, charger, iTunes password to download apps, journal, and five favorite photos.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kasey Hembel
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $210
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Printmaking Palooza"
July 17-20, 2017
 

Learn about the versatile medium of printmaking! This class will explore a variety of print methods, including painterly monoprints, collographs using found objects, rubbings from nature, and more. Combine and layer these processes to create one-of-a-kind pieces in both two- and three-dimensions. Develop your skills and ideas as you experiment with color, texture, shape, and pattern. Complete a portfolio of prints that reflect your knowledge of a wide range of processes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Figure in Clay"
July 20-22, 2017
 

This workshop investigates the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpture. Through handbuilding from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, human expression, and body gesture. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics relating to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportions, pose, and gesture. Hands-on practice will provide experience and understanding in building internal armatures, observational skills, sculpturing techniques, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models you will use a self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Abstract Landscapes with Water-Mixable Oils"
July 21-22, 2017
 

Use the visual language of color and design to foster an abstract approach to landscape painting. You will learn techniques involving color mixing, brush handling, and when to employ tightness versus looseness in a composition. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while simultaneously building a foundation in abstraction. Rob will share the versatility of water-mixable oils through demonstrations, exercises, and individualized attention. You can expect to complete a series of experiments concerning composition, design principles, and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rob J. Williams, www.RobWilliamsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Tool Making 101"
July 21, 2017
 

Knowing how to make your own tools will be a skill that will serve you well in jewelry making and metal working. This workshop will introduce you to the basic methods of making simple tools. We will cover the shaping, hardening, and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design. We will be making several tools suitable for texturing, stamping, bezel setting, chasing, and repousse’. Learning these skills will provide you with a whole new range of options, allowing you to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Stories: Pop-Up and Tunnel Books"
July 21, 2017
 

Bring your images into three dimensions using pop-up and tunnel book construction. Tunnel books contain a three-dimensional “stage-like” window with layers that, together, create a complete image. Using imagery of your choosing, you will separate information into foreground, mid-ground, and background layers, and construct the final book. Basic drawing and bookmaking techniques will be demonstrated and explored.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Ketoh Bracelet"
July 22-23, 2017
 

Navajo Indian archers wore wrist guards called Ketohs to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. Navajo silversmiths adapted the ketoh form into decorative jewelry. Taking inspiration from the original Ketoh, this 2-day workshop will guide you to fabricate a modern, hinged version that you’ll be proud to wear even if you never pull back a bowstring.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Natural Dyes–Adding Iron"
July 22, 2017
 

The wide variety of colors from natural dyes can be greatly augmented by adding an iron post-mordant. In this class we will cover some of the basic natural dyes like cochineal, fustic, logwood, pomegranate, and madder and the effect that adding iron has on the colors they give. We will cover some of the long history of these dyes, the mordanting process, and some color theory. Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, and information on each of the dyes used. No experience is necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Sense of Place"
July 24-26, 2017
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘production’ of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of a process or way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, students will create a unique document that expresses their understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstract Painting: Series as Process"
July 24-28, 2017
 

Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. As the workshop progresses, you will work more independently, setting your own parameters and starting points. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Fantastic Beasts and Imaginary Creatures"
July 24-27, 2017
 

Discover a world of mythical creatures in this ceramics class. Learn about mermaids, dragons, griffins, and more as you read fantasy books and discuss imaginary beings. Sketch your own versions of these creatures and bring them to life in clay using handbuilding techniques. Add dimensional details, texture, and color using a variety of tools and colorful underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Wendland
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Ceramic Musical Instruments"
July 24-27, 2017
 

Music, geography, and history come together in this ceramics class. Learn about cultures, both near and far, from throughout history and discover how they made and decorated musical instruments out of clay. Create your own instruments, including rattles, whistles, and horns, using air-dry clay. Use mark-making tools to create texture, and tempera paint to add color and pattern to your pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Knee High Pots"
July 24-27, 2017
 

Create large-scale works of art in this ceramic intensive. Basic throwing techniques, including centering, opening, and pulling up walls, will be practiced as you create a series of bowls, plates, and cups. Using these pieces for inspiration, design even larger sculptures. Cut, reassemble, and attach your thrown pieces to make at least one substantial sculpture by the end of the week. Colorful underglazes will be used to add pattern and color to your work. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are safe for handling. Your fired pieces will be ready for pickup five weeks after the last day of class, or they can be shipped to you for a fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lucy Yogerst
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Flowing Features"
July 28, 2017
 

If you’ve found creating facial features intimidating, this is the class for you! Explore creating features of the face with water soluble products including, pencils, drawing tools, pens, and watercolors. Create many studies of each feature before moving on to an intriguing portrait of your choice. Students will be guided through several exercises that will build upon each other that you can use as studies for your future portrait work! Be brave. Be Bold. Be adventurous! This class will go beyond the cutesy facial features but still add touches of whimsy and color. Demonstrations will focus on realism with a slant above fanciful. Explore how effective drawing what you see rather than what you believe you see is!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Zen Painting"
July 29-30, 2017
 

In this unique workshop by Jodi Ohl, truly soothe your artistic soul through a ‘Zen-full’ Painting experience. Go beyond the doodle and create amazing surreal flowing shapes and patterns, full of drama and depth. Recharge your artistic spirit. Reconnect with inner peace. Relax. It’s just paint. Learn to free your mind while unleashing your Zen-ful artistic spirit! You’ll create several 6 x 6 pieces before diving into a larger main painting. Some of the many things we will be focusing on: Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to incorporate water colors with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces, along with much, much more!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Learning to See Your Subject en Plein Air"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

The act of seeing is a crucial skill for any artist. In this workshop, you will explore the specifics of learning to see your subject matter, interpret its visual elements, and translate that information to canvas. The fundamental principles of plein air painting will be emphasized, as you work to capture form, atmosphere, and space. Mitch will provide demonstrations on a variety of topics, including creating sound compositions, identifying value and color, and using edge. You will work en plein air to apply these concepts. If there is inclement weather, you will work in the studio. Individual attention will be a high priority. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters, however all demonstrations will be done in oil.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.MitchBaird.com
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Raku Ceramic Jewelry"
July 31, 2017
 

Explore the dramatic art of raku-fired clay in this jewelry-based workshop. Using a variety of techniques, you will create one-of-a-kind pendants. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work has a unique surface with iridescent highlights. Jen will demonstrate techniques related to clay forming and surface treatment. Return Thursday/Friday to glaze your pendants and participate in the raku firing process, or choose your glazes and your pieces will be fired and shipped to you for a fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jen Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Cost: Members: $80, Non-Members: $90
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Shape Shifting"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this class we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes and images which they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. By lifting an image from one time and place to another the student will begin to exercise the power to recognize their personal touch stones to imagination. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Cost: $670.00
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 31 - August 4, 2017
 

In this workshop you will work with Herman to develop your own artistic vision, and develop approaches to solve compositional challenges. The intention of this class is to meet you exactly where you are and to support the production of work that expands your practice in a personal way. There will be plenty of individual instruction throughout the week, and Herman will include lecture, discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges. You will be exploring landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 13-17): Graffiti Arts"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Unravel the complex world of graffiti art in this teen intensive. Discuss and examine the history and evolution of the medium, from the early days in New York City to current happenings in the graffiti movement. Learn about the different styles of graffiti art through video, discussion, and live demonstrations. Use this information as inspiration to develop your own style of painting and hand-drawn lettering. Create a collection of drawings and spray painted works by the end of the week. Tuition includes all materials and safety equipment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beau Thomas
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $235
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Painted Selfies"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Develop your skills in drawing and painting as you create a series of self-portraits. Lessons regarding how to accurately depict facial features and proportions will be covered, as well as color mixing and brush handling in watercolor. After viewing the master self-portrait works of Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and other artists, create images that tell the story of your unique personality, interests, and history. Please bring at least one printed photo of your face with you to class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nelson
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Painting Landscapes and Dreamscapes"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

This class will bring together images from your surroundings and imagination to create dynamic paintings of hybrid spaces. For inspiration, you will take a group hike around the grounds of PenArt, looking at the plants, animals, and sculptures, as well as sketch ideas and images from your dreams. Using expressive watercolor techniques, including flowing washes and painted textures, you will create a series of imaginative paintings that depict your ideal place. Create several watercolor paintings that you will be proud to take home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nelson
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Influential Artists"
July 31 - August 3, 2017
 

Discover famous artists and movements from throughout history and present day! Travel through time and study select art movements, artistic styles, and the artists that made them famous - from the Renaissance to Post-Modern times, including Leonardo da Vinci, Wassily Kandinsky, and Kara Walker. Experiment with a variety of materials and create pieces in response to each artist and movement.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $130, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"All That Glitters: Methods in Metallic Leaf"
August 2-5, 2017
 

Discover new methods and materials in this process-based exploration of gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf. You will be challenged and encouraged to incorporate metal leaf into your existing body of work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing, watercolor, or pastel; resulting in dynamic pieces and expanded possibilities in your creative practice. Learn the properties and application of metal leaf through technical demonstrations, studio exercises, and group discussion. Develop your techniques while working on several small pieces over the course of the workshop related to art making prompts. For those who are interested in a more self-directed experience, you will work from content of your choosing. Come with a willingness to experiment without attachment to specific outcomes, and enjoy an informal learning atmosphere.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Miles Bair, www.MilesBair.com
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor from the Beginning "
August 3, 2017
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Saturday, August 6. Sign-up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 4, 2017
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Environment: Eco-Friendly Art"
August 4, 2017
 

Use environmentally friendly materials to create stunning works of two- and three-dimensional art. Looking at the land work of Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Smithson, and Maya Lin, assemble site-specific pieces around the PenArt campus using natural materials, such as branches, leaves, rocks, and more. Back inside, you will create mosaics using a variety of found objects, as well as items you can find in your kitchen pantry.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Meikle
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forged Bangles and Spinner Rings"
August 4-5, 2017
 

This workshop explores the process of forging through the creation of wave bangles and spinner rings. Learn how to solder, form shapes, texture surfaces, and add embellishments; transforming raw materials into pieces of your own design. The first day will be focused on wave bangles and day two will provide the option of producing a spinner ring or more bangles. Kay will demonstrate the various steps of the soldering and forming processes for both the bangles and rings. You will work independently, with Kay available for assistance until the next step of the process is demonstrated. Your tuition includes materials for two copper bracelet bangles with one pair of sterling silver bracelet spinners. Additional copper and silver sterling will be available for purchase.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kay Rashka, www.KayRashka.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Earth and Fire: Experience Raku"
August 5, 2017
 

Experience the fiery drama and camaraderie of a raku firing event. Learn about reduction effects as you watch the process unfold. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work is characterized by its crackles and metallic luster. Fire provided bisqueware or bring bisqueware of your own, using Noah’s specially formulated glazes for an additional fee. While pieces are in the kiln, enjoy some wine and light snacks. Leave this event with a finished piece of unique raku pottery.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Noah Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Cost: Members: $55, Non-Members: $65
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Botanical Watercolor"
August 5, 2017
 

This workshop teaches basis watercolor techniques through a series of exercises designed to help the participant understand the different color properties and improve brush control. Information on paper, paint and drawing techniques used in botanical art will be discussed. Basic drawing skills are required for drawing the botanical specimen from which to paint an elegant botanical.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 3 1/2 to 5): Clay Creatures"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Create your own herd of sculptural creatures in this ceramics class. Will your pieces have fur, scales, sharp teeth, or wings? Gather inspiration for your creatures’ character traits from books, poems, and music. Use pinch, slab, and coil techniques to form each piece. Add texture, pattern, and color to your creatures using a variety of texture tools and tempera paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cara Hutchison
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 6 to 8): Ceramic Sculpture"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Explore both the sculptural and functional qualities of clay while creating unique works of art. Learn how to construct sculptures out of slabs, coils, and pinched forms as you create abstract sculptures, wall-hung clay pieces, and functional pots. The surfaces of your work will be decorated using mark-making tools and brightly colored underglazes. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are safe for handling.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cara Hutchison
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Young Artists Workshops (Ages 9 to 12): Loving Clay: Handbuilding and Surface Design"
August 7-10, 2017
 

Whether you are new to clay construction or looking to perfect your skills, this class will explore techniques in handbuilding and surface decoration. From bowls, to birds, to tile self-portraits, each day will feature a unique form. Using your imagination and designs inspired by your surroundings, decorate your pieces with stencils, sgraffito, colored slip and knife techniques, and a variety of textures. A final clear glaze will ensure all pieces are safe for food and beverage.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeanne Aurelius
Cost: Members: $140, Non-Members: $150
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolors from A To Z"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Fabulous Facades"
August 7-11, 2017
 

The word facade means the ‘face’ of outward appearance of a building. In this class you will recreate a facade of a building in fabric. The building can be modern or old, a public building, a private home, a shed, a sky scraper or a church. As part of the construction technique we will look at the layers of the building and construct each layer separately. Main features will be outlined with a thin dark line to create a more graphic image.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Defining the Personal Narrative"
August 7-11, 2017
 

Under Susan's practiced tutelage, participants learn how to articulate and refine their vision by delving into symbolism, metaphor, and personal stories. In the process, we examine our own personal narratives, aesthetics, and psychology in image making. Through hands-on demonstrations, creative exercises tailored to each student, group discussions, photographing assignments, and portfolio reviews, we are encouraged and inspired to grow and reach the next level of our artistic achievement. We also discuss such practical topics as long-term project development, portfolio editing, marketing, publishing, and exhibitions.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Burnstine
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Door County's Golden Hour"
August 7-10, 2017
 

The moments just after sunrise and just before sunset yield dramatic light known as the Golden Hour. At that time of day, the sun’s rays are warmer, more diffuse, and its low angle creates spectacular conditions. Painters and photographers alike seek this ephemeral quality of light and relish in the moment. This hands-on workshop encourages exploration during the Golden Hour while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. This workshop encompasses a balanced curriculum structured around daily explorations and studio instruction. You will develop technical skills with conceptual assignments offering creative challenges. Mornings and evenings are reserved for photography. Midday will be spent in and around the studio, where the focus will be on core photographic principles, image design, critical discussions, and the history of the medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fabrication I: Fundamentals in Jewelry"
August 7-8, 2017
 

Learn introductory metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through two comprehensive projects. You will learn the basics of texturing metal with hand tools and the rolling mill, as well as forming, assembly, sawing, piercing, drilling, filing, and making jump rings, rivets, clasps, and bails. Professional hand and mechanical finishing, patinas, and design options will be explained and demonstrated. Studio procedures and safety will be covered, along with proper tool and equipment use and care. This workshop is for those new to jewelry making, self-taught makers who want to fill educational gaps, and current metalsmiths who want to improve their fluency in the studio. You will leave with the confidence and skills to work independently.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Sanford, www.JulieSanfordDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage Tactics"
August 7-9, 2017
 

This workshop will present basic collage methods and ideas. Collage is a medium that bridges aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, textile, photography, and print. This workshop will present several methods of collecting and arranging, cutting apart and reconnecting, and building materials into images and designs. At issue is continuity and discontinuity, as you think about the fragmented nature of pictures, materials, and information in contemporary life. Days will consist of lectures that present work by modern and contemporary artists, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that specifically explore the technical processes and concepts presented. You will work with images and materials collected prior to the workshop. This initial image collection is a vital aspect of the collage process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock"
August 9-12, 2017
 

Mokuhanga is a traditional, yet rare Japanese woodblock printmaking process. This technique differs from western woodblock printing in its versatility and low-toxicity. Mokuhanga uses watercolor pigments, wood blocks, Japanese carving tools, rice paste, and Japanese paper to create beautiful refined prints made entirely without a press. Linda will share the history of the medium, tool use, paper selection, and unique printing techniques through demonstrations and group discussions. By the end of the workshop, you will have completed an edition of multicolored prints on Japanese paper. You will also be given the opportunity to participate in a class print exchange, going home with a print from each person.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Beeman, www.LindaJBeeman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fabrication II: Fundamentals in Jewelry"
August 9-10, 2017
 

The most versatile metalsmith can create jewelry from basic raw materials. This workshop will teach you fundamental techniques in wire fabrication, torch use, annealing, construction, soldering, and bezel setting. Learn how to pattern and form wire using easy-to-find hand tools and the rolling mill with applications for jewelry, findings, and components. You will create a variety of patterned wire and make several pieces of jewelry including cuff and bangle bracelets, band or stack rings, and a bezel-set stone ring. This workshop is for those new to jewelry making, self-taught makers who want to fill educational gaps, and current metalsmiths who want to improve their fluency in the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Sanford, www.JulieSanfordDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture"
August 10-11, 2017
 

This class is a take-off on a popular children’s stacking toy, but this version is sophisticated enough for your office desk or a favorite bookcase shelf. It’s fun and interactive, too, as the pieces can be rearranged and turned to create different moods and to view different impressed messages. It’s sculpture, a puzzle and message board, all in one creatively playful work of art. You’ll create the individual pieces from polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire and found items, such as spools or wooden blocks. The pieces will all be drilled so that they can stack on a threaded rod and are then topped with a threaded bead for stability. Leave with a very personal work of art.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $233
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Drawing Redefined: Methods and Materials"
August 10-12, 2017
 

In this multi-faceted workshop, you will explore new materials and processes to reexamine the traditional definition of drawing. Alternative methods will be emphasized in a fun and energetic setting, leading to a series of abstract, two-dimensional works on paper. To encourage experimental approaches to drawing that integrate wet media, dry media, and collage, Liz will share the work of a variety of contemporary artists. Group discussions and critiques will provide constructive feedback. Informal demonstrations and guided discussions of process provide structure, as you incorporate your own ideas and interests.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Workshop - Our Family's Backyard: Garden Sculptures"
August 11, 2017
 

Fill your garden with a variety of functional and decorative ceramic objects. Explore coil, slab, and pinch construction techniques as you create flower pots, plant markers, lanterns, and small creatures. Relief and carving methods will add texture and interest to your work, while brightly colored underglazes allow you to create patterns and emphasize details.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cara Hutchison
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sculpted-Character Walking Stick"
August 12-13, 2017
 

Character walking sticks are usually carved from wood, but this one uses polymer clay. The hardened clay character pieces are attached to the wooden walking stick using Apoxie Sculpt. Learn the basics of sculpting a face, then how to alter the face to create character and how to add patterned and textured embellishments, using polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, wire and found items. The finished walking stick can be painted, polished or left as it is. Display it as a work of art or use it as a functional walking stick. For new or experienced sculptors - Maureen’s step-by-step process makes sculpting a face easier than imagined, while experienced sculptors may enjoy combining polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
August 12, 2017
 

A hands-on introduction to making glass beads! All skill levels welcome, especially beginners. All materials and tools are provided, no experience necessary! From Julie: My flameworking experience started 20 years ago. I've taken many classes from famous glass artists from all over the world in boro and soft glass. I have a large skill set that includes sculptures, glass blowing, beads, enameling, metal fabrication, art jewelry and slumping glass plates. I enjoy traveling with my mobile torch studio around the States and meeting new people, making new friends. My classes accommodate up to 10 students with individual torch work stations. No experience is necessary and all the supplies and tools are included in class.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Creating Depth Through Value, Color and Tone"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium, as they are applicable to oils, acrylics, tempera, and pastels.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Landscape Astro-Photography"
August 14-18, 2017
 

This is a 5-day workshop and will include an ‘Introduction to Capturing the Night Sky’, three nights of shooting under the stars, and two days of post processing tutorials. We will concentrate on capturing the Milky Way, creating star trails, light painting, panoramas, depth-of-field blending, composites, aurora borealis (if visible), time-lapse photography and create time-lapsed videos. You will receive a comprehensive, 70 page booklet with step-by-step instructions about all phases of photographing and post processing for personal reference. You will leave this course with a deep understanding of the night sky and a thorough combination of skills, tools, and resources to move forward with your abilities.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brad Goldpaint
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Monoprint the Quilt: Surface Alteration with Textile Paint"
August 14-18, 2017
 

Monoprinting with textile paints can dramatically change the surface of your work, pushing your ideas into new creative territory. Using her fusible collage methods, Sue will demonstrate how to paint and print at different levels of construction, from manipulating a single piece of fabric to the entire surface of the quilt. Through experimentation with opaque and metallic paints, each participant will have the opportunity to create two works: one abstract and open-ended, the other more realistic and image-based.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Capturing Beauty in Door County"
August 14-17, 2017
 

In this workshop, learn the theory behind, and how to use, nature’s Golden Grids to improve your photographs and compositions. Discussion will be based on design principles, such as color, composition, shape, framing, and light, as well as how the brain processes images. Each day, you will explore iconic and dramatic scenery around Door County while taking photographs. Images will be discussed between shooting locations. The most successful images will be highlighted and featured on the Capturing Door County Flick’r page. A signed release form is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Kropp, www.CapturingBeautyBooks.com
Cost: Members: $400, Non-Members: $435 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Super Surfaces in Clay"
August 14-17, 2017
 

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore the relationship between decorative surface and form in clay objects. Using a range of techniques, including sgrafitto, mishima, and resists, create clay works that transcend their function and become more meaningful. The first day will begin with a demonstration of basic construction techniques, including handbuilding and throwing, with the remainder of the day spent making pots or sculptures. The remaining days will start with a short slide lecture and demonstration of the decorating technique being explored, complete with examples of historical and contemporary artists’ work. This workshop is designed for those with some experience and an understanding that the focus will be on surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $440, Non-Members: $475
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Power, Position, Play: 3D Structure for the Body"
August 14-16, 2017
 

Choosing from the words power, position, and play, you will select one as a conceptual springboard to design and produce one finished work that is built on the idea of a three-dimensional structure for the body, such as a brooch, ring, or neck piece. You will consider what this word means to you and research its historical, cultural, and contemporary meanings to inform your original design. Various cold-connection techniques will be the primary fabrication methods used in making your piece. These techniques, as well as casting methods, will be demonstrated and discussed. The use of found objects as visual elements will be encouraged, as both a technical and conceptual challenge. This workshop is open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Faris, www.TeresaFaris.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Travel Sketching"
August 14-16, 2017
 

Sketching is about training the eye to see, as much as it is about making a mark on the page. Dive into this method of working as you produce quick, yet finished pieces. Gain the confidence to draw at any time and in any place. This workshop will include demonstrations and group exercises in contour and gesture drawing, perspective, composition, and use of color. While appropriate for all levels, demonstrations will be geared toward beginners. Individualized feedback will enhance intermediate and advanced students’ skills. There will be plenty of time to apply these techniques both in the studio and on-site, weather permitting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lucinda Naylor, www.LucindaNaylor.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Contemporary Practices in Abstract Acrylics"
August 14-16, 2017
 

Expand your knowledge of contemporary abstract painting in this intensive workshop. Emphasis will be placed on creating visually interesting compositions from a formal point of view; focusing on color, value, line, shape, scale, and surface. Through lectures and demonstrations each morning, Ellen will share techniques specific to the acrylic medium, how to use color relationships to your advantage, and how to develop surfaces. Afternoons will be spent applying and practicing these concepts with Ellen available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ellen Richman, www.EllenRichman.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Still Life: From Studies to Final Painting"
August 17-19, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on the different stages of still life painting with particular attention to the generation of ideas and composition through sketches and studies completed in drawing media, watercolor, and gouache. Hone your painting skills as you address the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns within your work through various methodologies. When working with the still life, you must consider the objects’ materiality, as well as the arrangement and juxtaposition of objects. Sift through ideas quickly as you complete a series of thumbnails and studies. Further develop those compositions and ideas as you translate them to larger scale. Use a variety of oil painting methods, including underpainting, direct painting, color manipulation, textural development, and glazing. Instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Frank Trankina, www.FrankTrankina.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Basics with Cynthia Quinn"
August 19-20, 2017
 

This class will cover the following topics, time permitting and based on student interest: Pigment properties, Masking & lifting techniques, Color mixing using the color wheel, Brushwork & texture options, Wash & glazing techniques, Working from photos & from life, Making shadows. You can bring photos of things you’d like to paint, or actual objects. Cynthia Quinn has been painting in oils and watercolor for 25 years, and is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The reason she paints? She never tires of the challenges and how it develops awareness of the world around her.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $125
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Silver Metal Clay Link Bracelet"
August 19, 2017
 

In this class you will form both the links and toggle attachment from fine silver metal clay using your choice of design and shape. After shaping, drilling holes and refining, you will attach them with sterling jump rings and polish, then patina if desired and will be able to wear your beautiful bracelet home. Material fee includes: 28grams of Precious Metal Clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $154
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Natural Stones Set In Silver Metal Clay"
August 20, 2017
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon which you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Materials fee includes 25g metal clay, and bezel wire. Note: This is not a beginning class! Must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $152
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Branch Out"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Trees have been an inspiration for centuries for artists, poets and storytellers. Celebrate their beauty and diversity by using trees as a basis for composition and design! During this week on Madeline Island you will discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and composition. Various piecing and appliqué techniques will be discussed so you can begin a beautiful quilt top.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rosalie Dace
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
August 21-25, 2017
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Understanding the Figure through Clay"
August 21-23, 2017
 

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists alike will learn simple and engaging techniques to quickly assess, interpret, and create expressive sculpture in this figure-based workshop. Through this process, you will expand your observational skills and improve your proficiency in capturing the figure in any media. Observing a live, nude model, you will work quickly through multiple sculptures focused on proportion, composition, and design. Demonstrations and exercises will fill each day with one-on-one discussions attuned to skill level, personal goals, and individual expectations.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"R&F Encaustic Comprehensive"
August 22-25, 2017
 

Instructor Sarah Rehmer presents this comprehensive workshop designed by R&F Handmade Paints to provide education in fundamental encaustic methods and show best studio practices. Artists from all backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Sarah will begin by presenting the history of the medium from ancient through contemporary times, giving context to the myriad of ways artists use encaustic. This workshop will alternate between demonstrations and individual work time. Demonstrations will cover health and safety, selecting proper grounds and supports, basic painting and layering techniques, and transition into more dynamic techniques. This workshop is excellent for both beginning and seasoned encaustic painters. All paints and raw materials will be supplied by R&F.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portrait Sculpture"
August 24-25, 2017
 

Gain invaluable insight and hone skills in observation, improving your understanding in identifying and capturing volume, form, and planes. These fundamentals of representing the human head will be emphasized and practiced before the refining of expression and gesture, resulting in portraits that are full of life. Working from a live model, you will focus on basic concepts of structure and anatomy. Discussions and demonstrations will address the use of specific tools and approaches to achieve accurate features and expressive gestures. You will create many quick sculptures, providing you with opportunities to practice these concepts. You can expect one-on-one feedback, tailored to your skill level, with the goal of advancing your proficiency in design and sculpting techniques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Cost: Members: $355, Non-Members: $375
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 24, 2017
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Classic Treasure Box"
August 24, 2017
 

A class for all levels of experience! Using bookboard, beautiful papers, embellishments, and glue, create a magical treasure box, stamped with your own unique style. Nancy will bring papers from Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Italy and Nepal but you will also make your own paste papers and you can add beads, charms, and embellishments as you wish. You’ll begin with the basics of cutting bookboard and selecting glues that make your box strong and long lasting, then assemble the box, with many opportunities for personalizing and embellishing to create your unique design. Bring your own special papers, ribbon, embellishments and treasures to create the perfect gift or a wonderful place to keep your own treasures.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 24, 2017
 

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: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Foundations of Nature Printing"
August 24, 2017
 

Experience the magic of nature! Learn to naturally dye fabrics through the modern process of eco-printing. Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Learn to identify dye plants, how to mordant fabrics, how to create a bundle, how different metals change the color outcome, the effects of heat source choices, and ways to manipulate your fabric and plant placement to vary your design possibilities. You will leave class with two finished silk scarves and the knowledge to take your skills home and work with local plants, wherever you might live! Bring an old, white cotton sheet to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $128
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 25-26, 2017
 

Whether for mixed media, jewelry, book arts or any other creative endeavor, you’ll find plenty of applications for the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Learn to prepare paper ephemera for a crystal clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes for a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Next up is a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with color pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"ART Journal Play"
August 25, 2017
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform a book into a fun book using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera in addition to a very small list of tools you will need to bring.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"If The Shoe Fits: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 25, 2017
 

The saying goes “If the shoe fits wear it.” If it doesn’t fit …well… I say, make art with it. Shoes are very intimate accessories that are generally taken for granted. They separate us from the ground. They protect us from the elements. They are a part of our daily lives. If they could talk, they would have rich histories to tell. The shoe, then, is our starting point to create visual stories. Their deep recesses have potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage. You will learn basic construction techniques as well as how to develop themes and narrative.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mixed Media Collage"
August 26, 2017
 

Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will demonstrate various techniques and provide workshop handouts. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes the prepared board on which you will mount your collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Books Unbound Deluxe Edition: 2 Day Intensive Altered Book Workshop"
August 26-27, 2017
 

This extended, more intensive version of my Altered Book class will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3D works of art. We will break all rules set by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. You will not only be exposed to specific techniques such as making pockets, building niches, using transparencies, creating images through various kinds of transfer techniques, aging and distressing, you will also have space to freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects. Transform ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound and bravely enter into new creative territories. If you are into Altered Books, this class is for you!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Memory Cloths"
August 26, 2017
 

Leslee Nelson was invited by the Voices of Women Museum, Durban, South Africa to share the Memory Cloth process in the United States. She will bring several of her embroidered Memory Cloths related to love, travel, family, forgiveness, and discoveries. She'll talk about them and invite you to share a memory of your own, as a starting point for your embroidery. The repetitive, rhythmic motion of embroidery leads to a meditative state that can shift our thinking about situations. You're invited to bring your own cloth napkin or handkerchief to sew on, but materials will be available. No experience necessary, but threading a needle and previous sewing helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslee Nelson
Cost: $55
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Memories Resin Paper Necklace"
August 27, 2017
 

If you have never played with resin you are in for some fun. Resin itself is completely versatile, but resin paper is to me, transformative. A seemingly simple piece of tissue paper will become altered in so many ways. We will make resin paper from many different types of sheeting to create a wearable story book pendant. We will be cutting copper sheet to make a name plate, stamp words into copper, insert eyelets into our paper, weave ribbons and memorabilia into layers of paper and then construct a necklace with Vintaj chain and findings. Resin paper and project will be completed in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beautiful Beaded Trees"
August 27, 2017
 

Enjoy the meditative process of creating a beautiful beaded tree from start to finish during this day-long workshop. We will journey together as we first paint the background, then the trunk and branches of our trees on hardboard. Then we will choose from a collection of vintage and contemporary beads to glue on the board to complete our one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. No painting or art experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Cost: $90
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Between Jewelry and Sculpture: Wearable Art Forms"
August 28-31, 2017
 

While jewelry can be intimate in scale and material, it can also be a playground for sculptural forms for both wearable pieces or miniature objects. It has a rich history dating back to the 1930s, when jewelers began to blur the lines of these genres and design broaches, necklaces, rings, and bracelets that transcended the Victorian and Decorative art movements. Through guided exercises and innovative approaches to traditional metalworking techniques, you will create work that blends artist and jeweler mentalities. Emphasis will be placed on developing solutions to design challenges and defining individual concepts, along with proper use of tools and equipment. Learn a variety of skills to texture, shape, and fabricate metal into bold jewelry forms. This workshop does not require previous metalworking experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Seebauer Hansen, www.LindaSeebauerHansen.com
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $460 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Personal Landscapes: From Photography to Pastel"
August 28-30, 2017
 

Painting primarily from photographic references poses unique opportunities and challenges. Gain insight into how to use your references to achieve a desired final result that communicates your unique, inspired vision. Working from existing and new original landscape photos, learn to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of this working process. Colette will share technical and conceptual knowledge through lectures, demonstrations, guided field work, and individualized instruction. Emphasis will be placed on the ways pastel can encourage creative development in your chosen imagery. This workshop is designed for students with experience in the medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Colette Odya Smith, www.ColetteOdyaSmith.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketching with Water-Soluble Materials"
August 28-30, 2017
 

In this workshop, you will use a variety of drawing media to create dynamic, loose sketches for travel journals, value studies, and finished work. Learn to quickly and accurately capture your subject matter through the use of washes, layered colors, defined shapes and shadows, and depth cues. Maren will demonstrate techniques in handling water-soluble pencils, markers, and inks with an emphasis on experimental application. You will complete at least one sketch in each medium, as well as combine at least two media in a final piece.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maren Larsen, www.MarenLarsen.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Seeking the Spontaneous in Watercolor"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

During this workshop you will explore the light and shade on waterscapes, landscapes, and street scenes on and around beautiful Madeline Island. There will be a focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of watercolor and those who wish to push on further. David's workshops are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive and enjoy the journey in watercolor.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"From Watercolor to Quilt"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $670.00
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Intuitive Approaches to Abstract Acrylics"
August 31 - September 2, 2017
 

Driven by risk-taking and chance, this workshop provides an opportunity to open up your practice and push yourself to experiment. Using large brushes and non-traditional mark-making tools, you will discover how to paint loosely, yet intuitively. This workshop will begin with several experimental challenges led by Karen to help you arrive at a new place in your work. You will apply that spontaneity to more developed works that you can take home and be proud of. A constructive critique will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Karen Ragus, www.Ragus.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Painting in Oil/Acrylic"
August 31 - September 2, 2017
 

Designed to introduce students to oil and acrylic painting methods, this comprehensive workshop will provide a framework in structural drawing, compositional strategies, color theory, and paint application. Through daily demonstrations, Christian will illustrate a variety of techniques and concepts, including structural drawing with an emphasis on types of line, composition, and perspective. Learn direct and indirect painting methods and their benefits in the field and studio, as well as color theory and mixing. There will be ample time to practice these techniques and discuss your progress with Christian individually and with your fellow students in group critiques. You can expect to create at least one finished painting. This workshop is open to novices in oil or acrylic paint.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Christian Helser, www.ChristianHelser.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Florals in Watercolor"
September 6-8, 2017
 

Experiment with a bright and rich spectrum of color as you create fresh and spontaneous floral paintings of flowing watercolor. The subject matter inspires a varied palette from which students will discover new approaches to the medium. This workshop will consist of daily demonstrations, individual painting time, and exercises focused on developing floral studies and skills in brush handling, color mixing, and the method of negative painting. You will gain inspiration from Bridget’s photos, still life setups, and the School’s surrounding gardens.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bridget Austin, www.BridgetAustin.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"From Story to Picture Book"
September 7-9, 2017
 

Explore the world of visual storytelling in this engaging workshop. Focusing on the relationship between word, image, pacing, format, and design, you will create a handbound picture book dummy based on a concept of your choosing. A variety of styles, materials, and techniques used in book illustration will be covered, as well as the children’s book publishing process. Laura will share her experience and techniques through discussion, demonstrations, exercises, and individualized feedback as you develop your ideas and put them on paper.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, www.LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $420
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photo + Encaustic Workshop"
September 9-10, 2017
 

This workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works and give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Over the course of the workshop we will explore different paper printing options for our photographs- from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. From there we will take our photographic prints and embed them in the encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to paint over them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand coloring techniques. You do not need prior experience working with encaustic paint, but general art making experience will be helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Clay Leaf Pendant"
September 9, 2017
 

This class is perfect for the beginner jewelry maker! Instructor Pam Ryan will walk you through how to mold, shape, fire, burnish, and polish silver from its raw state into a finished piece of jewelry. Each student will receive a sterling silver chain and will be able to wear the piece home at the end of the class. All materials and tools provided, no experience necessary!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Ryan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Go For the Gesso"
September 9-10, 2017
 

Gesso was originally meant to be a primer but it can be so much more! In this class you will experiment with black and white gesso as you learn to stamp, stencil, and make marks. These techniques will be used as the base for an abstract painting on canvas or panel that you will develop on day 2. We will work with fluid acrylics and perhaps other acrylic mediums as needed. Simple color theory will be touched on and the painting will be developed using sound design principles. The processes that are taught in this class were featured in “Pages” magazine in the spring of 2012.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Polymer and Resin Jewelry"
September 9, 2017
 

These pendants begin with making your own bezel with heavy copper wire and simple forging and wrapping techniques. Then the bezel is filled with textured polymer clay and thin wire shapes to create areas to color with mica powders. After baking, the bezel is topped with UV Resin for a faux cloisonné effect.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


""Lush and Lively Colored Pencil" "
September 11-14, 2017
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $285
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Making the Best Portrait of Your Life"
September 11-15, 2017
 

Developing sensitivity, honing communication skills, and perfecting technical skills in order to create portraits that are deeply in tune with the human spirit is the goal of this workshop with acclaimed portrait photographer Paul Mobley. Participants have daily opportunities to practice their skills working first with experienced models and then with complete strangers. The ability to engage and build trust is the most important factor in portrait sessions, and Paul works individually with each participant to guide this process. By week’s end, participants have acquired the technical skills coupled with the ability to comfortably communicate and engage with a wide variety of people in order to collaborate on portraits from the soul.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paul Mobley
Cost: $1,250
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"The Figure in Pastels"
September 11-15, 2017
 

In Margaret’s workshops students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with clothed models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Controlling Color in Pastel"
September 11-13, 2017
 

Through value, saturation, and temperature, color has the capacity to define the presence of a painting. In this workshop, you will focus on learning to control all of these elements to create compositions that are dynamic and impactful. Gain confidence in your ability to identify these aspects of color and place them within your paintings. Workshop activities will include short demonstrations, color exercises, and the production of final pieces. Individualized feedback from Carol will be provided throughout the three days. Along with your supplies, please bring your own reference materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Strock Wasson, www.CarolStrockWasson.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Artists' Book and Bindings"
September 13-16, 2017
 

Artist books combine text, imagery, and sculpture; transforming an intangible idea into physical form. This workshop will lead you from simple folded and sewn pages to both multi-section books and more complex experimental structures. You will gain a solid foundation in traditional bookbinding using only hand tools. Each day you will explore one traditional and one modern book structure, emphasizing both craft and content. The final day will be reserved for refining technique and using your range of book models as a springboard to create a new, innovative structure. During this information-packed workshop, you will build the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to continue making books in your own studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Karen Hanmer, www.KarenHanmer.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $495 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photographing Door County's Night Sky"
September 13-16, 2017
 

With low levels of light pollution, Door County is an excellent place to capture the night sky. The dark sky makes the stars bright and crisp, the Milky Way shimmer, and the Northern Lights dance. This workshop will introduce you to software, applications, and techniques that will improve your ability to capture the night sky. Before heading out on location, you will spend time in the studio with Dan as he shares his process. You will discuss best practices for capturing images using your DSLR, as well how to edit them with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You will spend at least one night (weather and cloud dependent) on the beach at Newport State Park capturing a star trail and perhaps even the Northern Lights.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Eggert, www.DanEggertPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sterling Silver Leaf Print Ring"
September 14, 2017
 

Discover how to create unique natural patterns in sheets of sterling silver in this hands-on workshop. Learn techniques in fabrication and basic metalsmithing as you produce two rings from your patterned metal sheets. Using real leaves and the rolling mill, you will learn how to make an impression in sterling silver. Chris will discuss and demonstrate how to accurately measure and size a ring, as well as best practices in sawing, filing, shaping, oxidizing, and polishing. No experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Alla Prima Portrait"
September 14-16, 2017
 

The objective of this workshop is to learn to make convincing, sensitive portraits through a coherent, analytical approach to painting. While focusing on fundamentals of portrait painting in oil, you will also learn to see and understand your subject matter through proportion, form, value, and color. Through demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Philip will introduce a variety of topics, including creating a strong likeness with accurate drawing, value understanding based on light phenomena, color mixing, edge manipulation, and cranial structure. Using a simple step-by-step process, you will paint one six-hour portrait each of the three days. This workshop is designed for painters with some experience in oil paint, however artists with less experience who prefer to work in grisaille are encouraged to participate.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, www.PhilipSalamone.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Spinner Ring"
September 15, 2017
 

Produce a fun, interactive spinner ring in this one-day workshop. Working from raw materials, you will select metals, conceptualize the design, and fabricate a ring with up to three spinners that move freely within the piece. Throughout the workshop, Chris will discuss and demonstrate techniques, such as filing, sawing, ring sizing, polishing, oxidizing, and most importantly, tips for creating a spinner. No experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Get it Together with Cold Connections"
September 16-17, 2017
 

Get the lowdown on incorporating wire rivets, tube rivets, spacers, and micro fasteners to create multi-layered pendants or brooches. First, you'll make a rivet sampler to get the hang of drilling, de-burring, cutting wire/tubing, and setting a rivet. Jill will guide you through designing your own multi-layer frame pendant featuring a decorative tin element. Learn to anneal metal, use a rolling mill to texture metal sheet, best practices for using a jeweler's saw, filing and sanding steps, how to leverage the versatility of a flex shaft, cold connection tips, and even some patination options. This primer for basic metalworking techniques will provide the foundation to create uniquely personal pieces that reflect your own style.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Secret Sentiment Rings"
September 16, 2017
 

Design and fabricate two rings stamped with a saying, date, or word on the exterior or interior of the band. Learn how to successfully use metal stamps and produce letters and designs. Chris will demonstrate techniques for measuring and sizing rings, filing, sanding, oxidizing, shaping, soldering, and hammering, as well as discuss the metal stamping process. No experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Quodlibet Quilting Workshop"
September 16, 2017
 

Quodlibet, a quilt by Judy Hasheider: This pattern has a Frank Lloyd Wright look to it, which is only fitting considering 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. The blocks used are familiar to most quilters and are repeated throughout the design (checkerboards, flying geese, square in a square, rails & chevrons). The class will focus on making the different components required to complete a table runner, wall hanging or lap quilt and instruction on how to assemble the rows. Skill level: Advanced beginner. You must have a basic knowledge of rotary cutting, piecing and skills to complete a quilt (layering, quilting & binding).
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Hasheider
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 18-22, 2017
 

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 through composition rules, how to work fast and capture the essential, how to capture the freshness and beauty of flowers, light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"From Earth to Sky: Drone Flight Aerial Filmmaking and Photography "
September 18-22, 2017
 

This hands-on workshop will teach flight fundamentals and operational best practices, as well as creative techniques. Successful completion of the workshop will mean each student is well prepared to take the Part 107 test, and has extensive knowledge of all aspects of drone flight. Highlights of the workshop include instilling a level of proficiency with drone flight operations, and assuring a safe foundation for long-term success. Teaching advanced operational skills, tuning and techniques for experienced pilots. Providing a comprehensive level of understanding of the complex factors that determine legal flight operations for the drone artist.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Abbe Lyle & Scott Strimple
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Exploring Composition in Painting"
September 18-20, 2017
 

Whether painting en plein air or using a photo reference, two-dimensional design and composition are the underpinnings of any painting. This workshop will explore and strengthen your compositional strategies by helping you develop focal points and create movement. Through demonstrations, group discussions with visual references, and one-on-one instruction, Jacque will share how to develop an area of dominance, as well as secondary centers of interest to keep your viewers’ eyes moving around the painting. Group critiques in a relaxed and positive environment will close each day. This workshop is open to oil and acrylic painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacque France, www.JacqueFrance.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Outside the Lines"
September 18-20, 2017
 

Watercolor has the ability to convey fresh, spontaneous statements that allow both the artist and viewer to move from reality to abstraction and back again. This workshop will encourage students to create paintings that are bold and loose, yet rooted in the traditional design elements of value, color, form, and space. Each morning, Gordon will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and discuss design philosophy. Afterward, you will have time to explore those concepts independently and discuss progress one-on-one with Gordon. A critique in a relaxed and positive environment will close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gordon France, www.GordonFrance.net
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing by Subtraction"
September 18-20, 2017
 

In this workshop, you will explore using your eraser as an art medium through the process of subtractive drawing. By stripping away colored pencil washes and marks from a drafting film surface, you will expose hidden layers of value and texture as you work to produce a colored pencil portrait. Through a series of instructor-led additive and subtractive exercises you will rediscover and use a range of tones to visually define objects, create contrast, and render the intricate details of light and shadow. This method of working will help you identify and recognize the full range of values in the environment, while exercising critical thinking skills.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tracy Frein, www.TracyFrein.faso.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Journey into Abstraction"
September 21-24, 2017
 

This retreat style workshop will combine discussion, journal writing, drawing and studio art as a journey into personal expression. Spend time independently in the beautiful surroundings of Shake Rag Alley photographing, drawing, and journaling for a portion of each day. Small, quick paintings start each session. Larger format, more developed paintings worked on throughout. Intermediate level drawing and painting experience required. Work in your chosen medium - oil, acrylic, pastel, or mixed media. Learn to abstract from an image, to create strong compositions, and use color theory to elevate mood. New working methods and non-traditional tools and materials will help advance your work through mixed media. Learn to look within to find new ways to express your creative voice.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Introduction to Bead Embroidery"
September 23, 2017
 

Bead embroidery is a simple and delightful way to add pizazz, individual charm and colorful textures to artwork, art quilts and jewelry. While working a sampler, students will learn the basics of bead embroidery, prepping fabric, types of beads and stitching styles to create a unique beaded design. Students will also use ribbons, fibers and larger beads to embellish their artwork. No special skills required but must be able to use a needle and thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Building Sculptural Character"
September 24-29, 2017
 

Kate’s characters look as if they could fly. They enchant your eye, they draw you in and they make you smile. She has made her signature sculptures especially for Cirque de Soleil, and her work has appeared in national magazines. She will show you how to have fun building unique character, sculpting with polymer clay and cloth over lively wire armatures, producing a figure with a unique life of its own. Learn her method of placing energy into a figure and focusing on the sculptural form and how to get inside it. Following her method you will be able to enrich and direct your own style and inventiveness. You will create two interacting figures in this 5 day workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Plein Air Painters of America Master Workshops"
September 25-29, 2017
 

This unique experience allows students to study with two world-class artists in one week. Classes are designed to build on advanced concepts. Monday-Tuesday: first instructor Wednesday-Thursday: second instructor Friday: Paint-out and critique with third instructor. In the evenings enjoy gourmet dinners & wine followed by roundtable discussions. Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon registering, students must select two instructors/classes and an alternative. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will want to participate in with other painters of your caliber!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Plein Air Painters of America
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Colored Pencil: Design, Drama, Detail of Nature"
September 25-26, 2017
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama and detail beyond what you thought possible of the medium. Examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists, you will experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop and boost your confidence in your ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Encaustic Collage and Assemblage"
September 26-29, 2017
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a binder and sculpture material. In this workshop, you will look at various methods of using encaustic and other materials to create wall-based works with sculptural elements and dynamic surfaces. You will be encouraged to repurpose other materials and found objects in your works, pushing beyond just painting and into constructed narratives. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers using wax and inks/watercolor, rust printing, and mark-making that you will combine in final works. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not needed, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Beneath the Surface"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Discover the many ways to integrate cold wax with oil paint in this multi-faceted workshop. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn to combine these media successfully, create surface and texture, and incorporate colored pencils and pigments. A series of short exercises throughout the workshop will help you consider new concepts and ideas that shape the outcome of your work. Experimental processes will generate ideas and discussion to encourage you to explore and work intuitively. Dianne will provide detailed demonstrations of techniques, presentations, and personalized feedback, along with group discussion.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dianne Martia, www.DianneMartia.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Moku Hanga, An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
September 28 - October 1, 2017
 

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. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Carving and Hand Printing Linocuts"
September 28-29, 2017
 

Good ol’ battleship-grey linoleum has been standard for linocut art for decades and for good reason: it’s easy to cut, no wood grain to worry about, and it prints clean and fine for lengthy editions or short. Judy will supply 6”x8” pre-cut linoleum, a simple registration system, brayer, archival papers, and easy-clean-up inks (Speedball, Caligo, Akua). Experiment with multi-color printmaking with two or more linocuts, using opaque or transparent inks. Bring are one or two small, sharp V gouges and U gouges. Linocuts you make in class you can continue to print with for years.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gyotaku - Japanese Fish Printing"
September 29, 2017
 

Gyotaku (Japanese, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing") is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. In this class you will learn how to use real fish to make prints. All materials will be provided by the instructor. You will make prints on rice paper and on fabric. If you would like to print on something wearable like a shirt, please bring one. Otherwise you will print on a dish towel or old shirt available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $123
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Microfold Forming"
September 29-30, 2017
 

Learn how to use the microfold brake to produce repetitive folds in metal. Explore ways to manipulate metal to create variations in the corrugations. These pieces can be soldered into links or joined with other metal to create unique three-dimensional elements. These textures are enhanced when highlighted with patinas, and are also a great foundation for enamel or Keum-boo. Susan will guide you in creating an array of sample folds. These textures can be used as finished wearable forms or as decorative elements to integrate into larger pieces. She will also demonstrate several techniques in which to build three-dimensional hollow forms, including the hydraulic press and manual die forming.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $180, Non-Members: $200 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Monoprints"
September 30, 2017
 

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: $128
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gel Plate Printing"
September 30, 2017
 

You will learn to use Gelli Plates to make monoprints. It is a simple process that may be replicated very easily at home. You may make your prints on paper to create art for framing or on fabric to create pillow covers, floor cloths, lamp shades, shirts and the like. Instructor will supply all materials, including 5 X 5 or 5 X 7 Gelli Printing Plates. The plates are for use in the class, or they may be purchased from the instructor for use later ($16).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $123
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making a Reduction Linocut"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

Using the reduction linocut process, you can print an edition of multi colors—all from the same linoleum block, removing parts of the block as you go. It takes pre-planning the colors, and when you’ve pulled the last print, that’s the end of the edition as the block has been gradually destroyed. But it’s a fun technique to try to master. Judy will have plenty of 6”x8” pre-cut linoleum, plus brayers, a registration system, plenty of archival papers and easy to clean up inks (Speedball, Caligo, Akua). All you need to bring are one or two small, sharp V gouges and U gouges.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Relief Printing on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2017
 

Learn the basics of letterpress printing while exploring texture through various relief printing techniques. Learn to use one of May’s four Vandercook proof presses in her Mineral Point studio. The Vandercook can print anything type-high, which makes it perfectly suited for relief printing. Examine printing methods such as collagraphs, pressure printing, and polymer plates. We’ll focus on process and experimentation while making interesting and unique texture collages from found objects (objet trouvé), cut stencils, and more. Then we’ll put our handmade textures to work and get busy printing. Create stunning studies of texture and image - the shape and form your project takes is up to you. But above all else, have fun while learning, printing, and experimenting!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Imprinting Metal Clay"
September 30, 2017
 

Fine silver metal clay imprinted with your small relief carving, leaves, grasses, lace, etc., when fired with a small butane torch will yield unique silver jewelry. Sherry will teach you to make molds and texture plates from silicone mold compound. You will dry, refine, and fire your piece(s) and leave class wearing your personalized silver jewelry. And you will know how to make more jewelry at home using metal clay. Materials fee includes one package PMC and mold compound.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $151
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 

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
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Copper Plate Etching"
October 1, 2017
 

Follow in the footsteps of Rembrandt and Picasso and spend a day learning how to make prints from etched copper plates. Philip will cover the basics of preparing your metal plate, creating a line drawing, etching the plate in ferric chloride and printing your etched image. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor"
October 2-4, 2017
 

This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring Approaches to Abstract Painting"
October 2-4, 2017
 

Dedicated to abstract painting strategies, this workshop will explore composition, materiality, and expression. Focusing on the use of line, shape, and color, discover and enhance your ability to create images that are uniquely personal, fresh, and loose. In addition to demonstrations and discussions, Gail will lead you through a variety of exploratory challenges, including using both images and sound as reference material, brush handling exercises, and experimenting with combining media. Leave with new approaches and techniques to apply to your current practice. This workshop is open to watercolor and acrylic painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gail Speckmann, www.GailSpeckmann.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Make Your Mark: A Quilter’s Mark Making Study"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Piece, applique and stitch to design expressive abstract textures in quilts. Pam likes to think about mark making in cloth as adding visual interest and movement to abstract quilts. Explore well placed or random lines, triangles, squares and circles as marks. Combining influences from antique quilts to modern art and music, Pam will guide you to construct expressive quilts of your own. Fond of saying she is from the Liberated School of Design, Pam uses techniques inspired by Gwen Marston to teach a process of quilt design and sewing without the need for patterns or templates.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Capturing Fall Colors in Pastel"
October 5-6, 2017
 

Using trees as your subject matter, you will use pastels to depict the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds in the autumn landscape. Discover colorful complements and use of simultaneous contrast to make colors pop. Learn how to identify values that exist within a single tree and how to apply pastels to depict volume. This workshop will consist of exercises, brief demonstrations, and individual instruction in developing sensitivity to color complements through layering, cross-hatching, stippling, and juxtaposing color blocks. The majority of the time will be spent indoors with time outside for observation. This workshop is open to both beginning and intermediate students, however some experience with pastels is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laverne Bohlin, www.LaverneBohlinArt.com
Cost: Members: $220, Non-Members: $240
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Navigating the Landscape: Essential Elements"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The landscape is layered with subject matter, providing a range of visually interesting items to investigate and capture. In this workshop, you will focus on some of the most common elements, discovering what is important about each, and practicing techniques to paint them with confidence. During the first two days of this workshop, Susan will introduce and demonstrate a variety of methods for painting particular elements of the landscape, such as skies and clouds, trees and shrubs, buildings, water and reflection, and the illusion of distance. With plenty of time to practice, you will apply these skills to a more developed painting from your own photographic reference on the final day. Susan will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Large Format Watercolors"
October 5-7, 2017
 

Challenge the notions of watercolor painting as you translate your skills from traditional- to large-scale. In this workshop, you will develop techniques, methods, and a workflow for approaching and completing what can be an intimidating project. Through a series of demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, Michael will share his methodologies, including preparation of surfaces, studio setup, selection of painting tools, and efficient painting techniques. In addition, there will be time each day to put these concepts into practice and experience the reward of laying down an eight-foot wash and watching it travel across the surface. Students should have an understanding of watercolor fundamentals and expect to expend some physical energy in this process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Ireland, www.IrelandWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Autumn Landscape: Foliage and Rural Architecture"
October 5-7, 2017
 

The transition from green foliage to an explosion of color never ceases to be an amazing event. This workshop will focus on mindfully capturing the transformation of autumn, while exploring Door County’s preserved natural spaces and wild places in juxtaposition with agrarian and iconic buildings. Daily field trips, starting early, will take advantage of the natural elements in soft light. Sites will range from Sturgeon Bay to Washington and Rock Islands, including endless shoreline, open farmland, and dense forests; providing opportunities to document both the grand vistas and fine details. While in the field and studio, you will discuss the power of intention and purpose in your photographs through the use of composition, post-processing, and printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzanne Rose, www.SuzanneRose.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Braided Wool Rug or Chair Pad"
October 7, 2017
 

Local shepherdess Linda Dee of “Bluffwood Landing” will show you how to create beautiful, sturdy braided rugs. With wool roving from her sheep (not strips of fabric), you will learn how to braid, felt and sew a mini-rug, chair pad or hot pad to take home. “My grandmother made cushy braided rugs to warm her drafty farmhouse floors. Making rugs with roving is faster and easier than her method, but the results are just as beautiful.” No experience needed. Class fee covers needles and linen thread. Feltable wool roving can be purchased in class or bring your own (3 colors, 2-3 oz ea).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Dee Derrickson
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Indigo Dyeing with Kipp Inglis"
October 7-8, 2017
 

Indigo dyeing is often considered mysterious, magical. The dye bath looks pea green, the items come out green, and yet it turns to blue before your eyes! We will be utilizing the science behind that magic to learn to create the blue we are so fond of seeing. Over two days, we will create a natural indigo vat to dye silk and cotton. Students will be shown various Shibori techniques to manipulate the fabric with folds, stitching, wrapping and clamping to bring about pattern and texture designs during the dye process. Students will come away from the class with a finished silk scarf or 2 “fat quarter” pieces of quilting cotton, ready to be used for their own projects.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kipp Inglis
Cost: $310
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Photo Encaustic and Door County's Landscape"
October 9-12, 2017
 

Combining photography with encaustic provides you with the opportunity to take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities. This workshop will focus on both capturing the landscape through photographs, as well as using the encaustic process to add depth and mystery to your compositions. Clare will share and discuss the work of masters of encaustic, in areas of both photography and painting. You will then practice and experiment with the various techniques of the medium. Once you have a feel for the effects you would like to achieve, you will spend time shooting at various Door County sites. The remainder of the workshop will concentrate on using those images and developing methods and workflow specific to you.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clare O'Neill, www.ClareONeill.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Autumn in Watercolor"
October 9-11, 2017
 

Explore watercolor’s ability to capture the rich autumnal landscape, including the magnificent color of trees, clouds, and the ever-changing skies. Learn how to build layers, use glazes, and let the white of your paper add dimension to your compositions. This morning workshop combines demonstrations, guided painting sessions, individual instruction, as well as the opportunity to work independently in the afternoons. Open to beginning students and above, some prior drawing experience is recommended to get the most out of this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kari Anderson, www.KariAndersonWatercolors.com
Cost: Members: $175, Non-Members: $195
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Animal Artistry Through Applique"
October 9-13, 2017
 

This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"The Modern Landscape"
October 9-13, 2017
 

The Modern Landscape workshop challenges students to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliché from their landscapes to create memorable images with a distinct visual voice. By using negative space, scale and a restrained color palate, the modern landscape, abstracts the obvious, subtracts the unnecessary and leaves behind the scene in only its purest form. In addition to the fieldwork, the class will hone their skills in the digital darkroom and will focus on developing and establishing a singular voice. The group will leave at the end of the week confident to shoot, critique, edit and sequence their own photography in new ways.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alissa & Jacob Hessler
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Abstract Mixed Media Composition in Collage"
October 13-15, 2017
 

The medium of collage illustrates not only where it has been but also where it is going; blurring the boundaries of possibilities, exposing rich story-lines of experimentation. Color, texture and imagery will be emphasized through layering of altered collage papers and acrylics. Students will be encouraged to build their own palette of papers. The connections to composition through design principles will be taught along with the intuitive process visually associated with collage. Tack irons will be used to fuse collage papers to a variety of surfaces. Clear image transfer will be taught using the tack iron method. Whether new to collage or more experienced, this workshop will engage all levels of interest in contemporary collage. No prior experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Outdoor Photography"
October 14, 2017
 

Stephen will teach you his techniques for achieving better scenic, landscape and close-up images from nature. He will discuss composition, lighting, filters, exposure and additional equipment. You will have a chance to shoot in the field and have your photos critiqued in class. You should have a working knowledge of your camera. Bring your camera, camera manual, tripod (optional) and USB card reader or cable for downloading images.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stephen Gassman
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intro to Zentangle: Focus through Creativity"
October 14, 2017
 

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This is a fun class that requires no prior artistic training or ability. If you can hold a pen and draw simple shapes, you can learn the patterns used! Students will learn the steps in the Zentangle method, see a lot of examples, practice patterns, and take home finished Zentangle drawings. This dynamic mindfulness activity can help to reduce stress, increase focus and creativity. Join Tess Imobersteg, Certified Zentangle Instructor and co-founder of the Wisconsin Tangle Arts Coalition for this great introductory class!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Dive Into Color"
October 16-18, 2017
 

Rediscover fundamental color principles and learn new color relationships that will unite and enliven your work in this painting workshop. Expand your vocabulary as you work through basic color exercises to full color studies of still life arrangements. The stronger your skills are in the use and manipulation of color, the more impactful your final paintings will be. This workshop will begin with mixing paint and creating color charts to better understand color interaction, harmony, and discord. You will then move on to color temperature and scheme exercises with the still life, and finally on to paintings in full color. Instruction will include demonstration, group discussion, and individualized feedback. This workshop is designed for students with some oil painting experience.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathie Wheeler, www.KathieWheeler.com
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting from Photo Reference"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Certain subjects are nearly impossible to paint from life, which leaves artists with only a photo reference from which to work. The emphasis of this workshop is to transform reference material into paintings that reflect your personal point of view as an artist. Through lectures, image presentations, demonstrations, and individualized feedback, Dawn will guide you through the process of how to use photographs as a reference, not as a manual. You will provide your own original reference material, print or digital, in the subject matter of your choosing, including people, landscapes, and/or interiors. Dawn’s technical instruction is primarily directed to oil painters, however acrylic painters who are proficient in the medium are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.DawnWhitelaw.com
Cost: Members: $570, Non-Members: $605
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor on Panel: A Whole New Way of Thinking"
October 19-21, 2017
 

By replacing the traditional paper surface with a treated panel, you will find great freedom and energy as you reexamine the typically unforgiving medium of watercolor. Through this process you will gain a deeper commitment to looking and planning, techniques for accurate spontaneity, direct painting without linework, and by painting subtractively. Key techniques and objectives, including preparing panel surfaces, planning compositions, and material handling, will be demonstrated and discussed. In addition, you will have time to practice techniques and produce a finished painting of your own composition. Mat will be available for feedback, stories, and tid-bits. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in watercolor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.matbarberkennedy.com
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Image to Abstract"
October 24-26, 2017
 

Designed for the representational painter, this workshop offers an introduction to adding elements of abstraction to your work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional painting techniques. Learn how to distill and sift through visual information to arrive at a clear final image that aligns with your artistic goals and creative vision. Working from photographic references and still life arrangements, Mark will guide you through a series of progressive exercises regarding the abstraction process. Slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques will supplement demonstrations and individualized feedback. Gain confidence in your decision-making and discover new artistic possibilities within your practice. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.MarkDanielNelson.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $450
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cloud Painting: An Introduction to Paper Marbling"
October 28-29, 2017
 

Around the world, paper marbling has intrigued us for over 600 years. The vivid colors and intricate designs capture our attention - and the making of marbled art is pure magic. Start by learning how a marbling studio is set up, from making the size, or carrageenan, to preparing the acrylic colors and assembling the necessary tools. Learn basic techniques and patterns such as the French Curl, Gel-Get, Nonpareil, Stome Marbling, and Spanish Wave, then explore more modern variations. You will leave with at least 20 absolutely lovely papers to use for your own projects, whether scrap booking, jewelry, bookbinding, or framing as is.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nancy Akerly
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Flame-Worked Glass Beads"
October 28, 2017
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you’ll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 28, 2017
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fusing Silver Metal Clay with Silver Sheet"
October 29, 2017
 

Combine two modern forms of silver to highlight the strengths of each. PMC allows you to create intricate patterns and textures easily and quickly. Using Argentium Sterling rather than PMC to create sheet and wire effects is less expensive and more less structurally sound. Combining the two metals expands your metal working world...and you get the best of both materials! In the morning create fine silver piece(s) with PMC, forming, drying and firing in a kiln or with a butane torch. After lunch, permanently connect the PMC to the Argentium sterling, then finish your edges, apply patina, and take your finished piece home! No previous experience required. Some familiarity with PMC or with traditional metal working skills helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Oil Pastels"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three dimensional effects and to layer oil pastels. Scrape away to reveal previous layers. Add to build up the painting surface and color quality. We’ll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique, how to collect ideas in sketchbooks, how to transfer ideas from a sketchbook to a painting. Must have some art experience, either at school or as a hobby.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Yarn Painting"
November 4, 2017
 

Learn to apply dye to yarn to create your own custom skeins. You will learn about color and dye and will receive a handout with all the details. The yarn will need to steam, so bring a separate project to work on, or plan to explore Shake Rag Alley and Mineral Point while you wait. Class fee includes 4 skeins of yarn, dyes and all other necessary materials and equipment. Additional skeins will be available for purchase from the instructor at $6 per skein.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandy Jones
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mysteries of Translucence"
November 10-12, 2017
 

You walk past that bizarre ghostly window; it’s darkened but you see a small flicker of something lurking inside – but what? Mystery. The seen, the unseen… that’s what this class is all about. We’re going to create something magnificent, magical, and very very mysterious. The secret is in the multiple layers, but not just any layers: layers of semi-transparent and transparent materials. Incorporating brand new methods of using transfers, resins, transparencies and acrylic sheets, create multi-tiered compositions of layered collage. Create effects mimicing the look of printed glass, stained glass, glass etchings and encaustics. We’ll push the boundaries with lots of play, then assimilate the best experiments into our project, creating a multitude of incredible layers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop"
November 16, 2017
 

Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Polymer Clay Beads and Buttons"
November 16, 2017
 

Start by adding curly hair to one of Layl’s face canes and turning those funky haired ladies into beads. Then learn how to make a millefiore leaf which you can turn into beads and buttons of all shapes. Also learn some fun ways to play with your scraps like how to turn a bead inside out to discover amazing symmetrical designs! You will come away with a collection of fun beads and buttons to bake in your own oven.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Layl McDill
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"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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