Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pottery Wheel Throwing Boot Camp"
April 4-8, 2018
 

Learn to throw mugs, bowls, teapots, just about anything, on a potter's wheel. Bruce Howdle, nationally known ceramic artist, will teach you the basics and keep you inspired as your skill levels rise. In this five-day boot camp, you will learn to throw on an electric or kick wheel, explore basic skills, build your throwing height, and practice-practice-practice. Bruce will bisque fire your completed pieces. You can return to glaze them during a later Open Studio/Lab weekend. Bruce will do the final firing and you can arrange a time to pick up the finished work. Boot camp tuition includes use of equipment, tools, stains, glazes, firing, 25 pounds of clay, and one return visit for glazing (see schedule at website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making a Mosaic Vase with Mary Dickey"
Sundays, April 8 & 15, 2018
 

Join artist Mary Dickey for this two-part class on making mosaic vases! Students should each bring their own glazed ceramic (i.e. not glass) vase they want to use, and Mary will show you how to add mosaic pieces to enhance and transform the original vase.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Dickey
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
April 21-22, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
May 5-6, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
June 9-10, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wisconsin Artistic Sampler"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Close to Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the inspiring Driftless Area as your backdrop, join us at Durward's Glen nestled in the Baraboo Range to sample the arts of painting, clay, photography, and gourds gaining hands on experience along side our professional artists. Enjoy evening entertainment as a group including a boat tour of the Dells of the Wisconsin River, or take advantage of free studio time. The sessions are great for artists of all skill levels and are a wonderful way to refresh your love for creating art while interacting with fellow artists from near and far.
 
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin
Instructor: see the web site
Cost: $750 (all inclusive)
Sponsor: Sauk County Art Association
Website, email, 608-448-6693


"Introduction to Hand Built Ceramic Vessels"
June 11-14, 2018
 

With an emphasis on fundamental techniques of hand built vessels, this workshop is designed for those new to the medium, self-taught artists looking to fill educational gaps, and current ceramicists who want to improve their fluency in the studio. Learn how to build plates, bowls, cups, and mugs using a range of hand building techniques, including soft- and hard-slab construction, coil building, and molds. In addition, surface decoration will be discussed and explored to complement the vessels made throughout the week. Instruction will be tailored to each individual student’s goals.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joseph Pesina
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Ceramic Plates with Super Surfaces"
July 9-12, 2018
 

Learn how to make a variety of plates, both wheel thrown and hand built, on which the decorative techniques of sgrafitto, mishima, and resists will be explored. Create works that transcend their function and become more meaningful through surface treatment. The first day will begin with demonstrations of construction techniques, including throwing and simple altering on the wheel, using craft foam supports for organic shapes, and simple slab built plates. The remaining days will each focus on a different decorative technique, using short slide presentations of historical and contemporary artists’ work, as well as Kristin’s demonstrations as a jumping off point. With ample time to practice, students of all levels will find value in this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristin Pavelka, www.PavelkaPottery.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Figure in Clay"
July 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop investigates sculpting the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach. While hand building from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, gesture of the body, and human expression. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting technique, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
July 20-22 and August 3-5, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Screen Printing on Clay"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to surface design on functional and sculptural ceramics. Using screen printing methods, you will explore both simple graphic designs and the possibilities for printing photographic imagery on wheel thrown or hand built work. Join Megan as she shares how to develop imagery, including approaches for research, design, and formatting specifically for ceramic work. Demonstrations will introduce you to preparing screens using masking processes and photo emulsion, making an ‘ink’ out of ceramic materials, and printing directly and indirectly on clay. This workshop is designed for students with some ceramics experience, either hand building or throwing. Fee includes clay and firing fees. Plus printmaking materials fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan Mitchell, www.MeganMitchellCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Maquettes: Small-Scale Models and Drafts"
August 3-4, 2018
 

A maquette is a time-honored tradition of making a small-scale model or rough draft of an unfinished architectural work or sculpture. Maquettes are a great way for painters and sculptors alike to realize and adjust their vision of a composition. Prepared with an idea for your composition ahead of time, you will create rough models out of clay, plaster, and cardboard to work out issues of scale, selection, proportion, and harmony, as well as experiment with lighting and arrangement. The focus of this workshop will be on the construction of the maquette for students to bring home and use as a resource for painting or further sculpting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Pottery"
August 8-11, 2018
 

With an emphasis on fundamental techniques of wheel thrown pottery, this workshop is designed for those new to the medium, self-taught potters looking to fill educational gaps, and current ceramicists who want to improve their fluency on the wheel. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to wedge, center, cone, and pull a variety of shapes, including cylinders, vases, bowls, and plates. You can expect to walk away with a foundation in pottery techniques, as well as a general understanding of the principles of art making in ceramics. Instruction will be tailored to each individual student’s goals.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joseph Pesina
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
August 10-12 and August 24-26, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Saggar Fired Ceramics"
August 17-21, 2018
 

Experience making saggar fired ceramic work from start to finish in this hands-on workshop. Using sawdust in combination with other materials, such as copper salts, metal, and masking slips, the saggar firing process produces special markings on ceramic surfaces. The possibilities of working with materials in this unconventional way are endless and produce results that encourage further experimentation. This workshop will begin with an overview of the making and firing process, including which ceramic forms and sizes are best, ways to prepare surfaces to enhance special effects, materials to put in the saggar to encourage specific markings, and what to expect during the firings. Open to students of all abilities and approaches, pieces can be thrown on the wheel or hand built.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Patty Kochaver, www.PattyKochaver.com
Cost: Members: $260, Non-Members: $285, includes clay and firing fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Taste of Enamel"
September 15-16, 2018
 

Enamel is glass fused to a metal base using a kiln. It’s deeply colorful, it’s shiny, and it’s fun to make jewelry from this contemporary medium with an ancient past. Leslie will teach you how to apply the glass, fire it in the kiln, and show you several simple techniques that make a big impact on your enamels. You will learn many techniques in this workshop, and go home with several small pieces or one larger piece. But this just scratches the surface of what can be done with enamel. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pottery Open Studio/Lab"
September 22-23, 2018
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? We have seven Pottery Open Studio/Lab weekends scheduled in 2018 for anyone who wants to spend time using our Pottery Studio equipment. You will have use of the wheels, tools and hand building equipment. Bruce Howdle will be on hand to give assistance if needed but you will be working on your own. Bruce will also be available to give instruction to students who have taken either the Pottery Bootcamp or one of the Hand Built Stoneware Project workshops and are returning just to glaze their pieces. Clay can be purchased from Bruce as needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand Built Stoneware Projects (Two Weekends)"
November 2-4 and 16-18, 2018
 

Join nationally known ceramic artist Bruce Howdle and learn to hand build stoneware clay projects (large platters, bas relief figures and faces, dimensional sculpture and more). Through the weekend you'll work alongside Bruce, getting the clay and design formed and trimmed. Your piece will dry over the next week, and Bruce will do the first (bisque) firing. On the second weekend, glaze your pieces and make more to be fired and glazed during an Open Studio/Lab weekend (see website). Bruce will do the final high temp firing of glazed pieces and make arrangements for you to pick up your completed stoneware. Includes 25 pounds of clay (more available for purchase), plus kiln firings and use of stains, glazes, and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bruce Howdle
Cost: $530
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Initiation to Neolithic Pottery & Paper Engraving in Rosa del Taro"
During all the year
 

Art "Atalaya la Rosa del Taro" Artists Residence. It is a process of Neolithic tradition, totally by hand without winch and cooking with direct fire. Very rudimentary technique but of great ethnographic value. With your hands and the help of beach stones, pieces of wood and bone, you can make the tools that the aborigines of the islands used for everyday use. It is an elaborated ceramics, by the procedure called of the warping, consisting of the application and stretching of successive buns, churros or colombines of mud. There is also the technique of recessing and stretching a clay pellet. The preparation of the ceramic paste is made from the mixture of different muds with degreasers (sand or volcanic ash).
 
Location: Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Instructor: Silverio Lopez Marquez
Sponsor: La Rosa del Taro
Website, email, 0034 619835684


"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


"Community Clay"
Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30pm
 

A special weekly open studio for potters of all levels who are interested in self-guided creation of works in a communal setting. Handbuilding areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. A facilitator is present, but no formal instruction is provided - just a fun and productive time in the studio making pottery with others. If you are new to ceramics or Peninsula School of Art’s ceramic studios, we encourage you to request an orientation session by calling PenArt - membership not required. Topics covered are: equipment basics, safety, maintenance and cleaning, firing options, and the vocabulary of the ceramic medium. Techniques include slab-rolling and handbuilding, throwing a simple bowl on the wheel, and decorating your bowl with underglazes.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

Promote your art workshops, classes & retreats!

Advertising Options