Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Alteristas; There's No place Like Home"
August 31 - September 3, 2017
 

Altarista’s are expressions of faith, art, and cultural heritage, with each one conveying the experience of its maker. In this workshop, we will explore the Sacred Altar as Art. Using various glass and mixed media techniques, we will create imagery and symbols close to our hearts, our memories, and the significance of our personal homes and heritage. Whether you gain strength, comfort, or inspiration from your experience of home, you can convey your story of the power of home by creating your own sacred altar space. We’ll be taking it to the next level, beyond just the printed image, to create mood, genre, and emotion. This workshop covers it all from concept creation to the final mounting.
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Instructor: Gail Stouffer & Alice Benvie-Gebhart
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Jen-Ken Kilns
Website, email, 800-329-5456


"Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”"
September 1-16, 2017
 

Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Cost: $1,900
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 30 24240 24143


"Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos"
March - November
 

The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt.
 
Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor:
Cost: Starting at $500
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Website, email, 40 24240 24143


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, September 14 - December 7, 2017
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595, Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stone Carving"
Saturdays, September 16 - December 9, 2017
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Portrait Modeling"
Saturdays, September 16 - December 9, 2017
 

Learn to sculpt the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, September 16 - December 9, 2017
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication and construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and all techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Écorché"
Tuesdays, September 19 - December 5, 2017
 

Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin. Working from the skeleton, students will model the underlying forms in clay on an armature. Excellent for both draftspersons and sculptors interested in a detailed study of human anatomy.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture"
Wednesdays, September 20 - December 6, 2017
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Tea in Wonderland"
September 25, 2017
 

We will alter a ready-to-paint ceramic teapot by adding 4 wheels to the base, laces and ribbons, wire work and then covering the surface with textured and iron reactive paints. This transforms our tea pot into a rolling tea cart with a tardy white rabbit and mouse driver, both formed of paper clay and all dressed up for high tea.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials"
September 25-29, 2017
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"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


"Create Your Own Headdress and Wild Goddess Self Portrait Session!"
September 26, 2017
 

This day is a special celebrating your beauty and badassery! Crowns and headdresses are symbols of our divinity and power. We will create wearable headdresses out of a variety of stunning materials— paint, beads, feathers, ribbons, sticks, baubles, and more. We will have the option of body painting words or designs on ourselves as well with henna or paint. Each woman will also have the option of a short photo session to capture her innate beauty. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-730-8521


"Light Sculpture or Illuminated Paper"
October 5-8, 2017
 

Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures. Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Cost: $500 plus $55 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Ceramic Sculpture Workshop"
October 14-15, 2017
 

Investigate the potential of ceramics as sculpture! Develop hand-building skills, such as hollowing forms (pinch pots), coiling construction, and slabbuilding, as well as mixed media techniques, while exploring the conceptual and narrative possibilities of the medium. Basic glazing will be addressed. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Portrait in Relief (From Life and Photo Reference)"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Relief sculpture, quite simply, is one of the most fascinating of all sculptural art forms. Although it is firmly rooted in the sculptor’s realm, it owes its design and composition to the draftsman and painters’ turf, and its dynamism to a 2-D format and use of perspective. Eugene will demonstrate and discuss his approach and respect of this powerful art form. Students may choose to work from a live model or their own photo reference. Although there will be live models provided during the workshop, photos and digital images are commonly used to create reliefs. Students may bring their own reference for portraits.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Sculpting Horses and Cattle from Life at Saguaro Lake Ranch "
October 30 - November 2, 2017
 

For the last thirty years Jason Scull has pursued fine art of the American West. This has included sculpting horses, cattle and characters of this vast region of our country. This workshop is an opportunity for students to work directly from live models with horses and cattle being the subject. Two days will be spent on the horse and two days on the cow. Students are encouraged to arrive as early as possible Sunday afternoon to get acquainted, to go over armature construction and to outline the week. This workshop promises to be a week of understanding cattle and horses in a rural setting and a workshop unlike any other previously attended. The class is strictly limited to twelve participants.
 
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Instructor: Jason Scull, www.jasonscull.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 11-15, 2017
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. All aspects of modeling in oil based clay will be explored and beginning students are welcome. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from photography, drawings, field guides, and videotapes of birds in flight.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $650 + $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Sculpture: This Time with Feeling!"
January 3-7, 2018
 

There are many ways to approach the art of Portraiture: academically, structurally and personally. After many years, the one thing that continues to fascinate and beguile me is the psychological aspect of the portrait. The portrait must have a modicum of anatomical structure to give testament to the real players which are the muscles that typically create an asymmetric expression. It is possible to create a complex expression with a minimal knowledge of anatomy if you know what to look for. This is the goal, learning to see the subtle landmarks that create a psychological context in your portrait and raise it above the realm of likeness alone. This class is for beginners and for professionals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 15-19, 2018
 

Learn the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure, compositionally strong and emotionally engaging the viewer.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
February 12-16, 2018
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement – it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing – that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Secrets of Sculpture Realism Revealed!"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Learn how to transform basic geometric forms into realistic-looking sculptures. In this 2-day sculpture workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpting. Kelby will help each student individually create something that’s sure to surpass their expectations - especially if it’s a first attempt at sculpting! Students will learn how to get to the look they want fast, starting with sectioning and shaping basic forms. They will learn how to create true proportional relationships, overcome optical illusions and the best ways to merge forms for sculptural integrity. Lastly, they will learn how to use tools to create smooth details and special effects. Wire, Styrofoam, and Clay will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelby Love
Cost: $200 + $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting the Horse in Action!"
April 16-20, 2018
 

Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse’s body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Curt Mattson, www.curtmattson.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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