Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink - Session 1"
Wednesdays, May 29 - June 26, 2019
 

Elevate your drawings with washes of tone and color in watercolor and ink in order to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin. Learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods, referencing historical and contemporary examples. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Hiro Sakaguchi, hirosakaguchi.com
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sanctum of the Forgotten Tune"
June 6-9, 2019
 

One thing I have noticed about musical instruments is that the old life never really leaves them. The brass, the mahogany, and ivory, though marked, still have a voice … though perhaps it is not a voice that can be heard, but rather seen. In this class, you will bring old discarded instruments, and we will retune them … not to play music … but so that they speak as a visual art form. Using the process of assemblage you will alter and/or combine broken violins, piano keys, trumpets, etc., and give them a new beginning as a shrine or sculpture. Music to your eyes. Extra Credit: You get bonus points if your sanctum is able to make noise!!!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art Journaling"
Thursdays, June 6-27, 2019
 

Explore the possibilities of using art as vocabulary through creative journaling. Learn how to transfer your life and memories onto paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Enhance your range of expression by combining writing with drawing, collage, and other mixed media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith, dresslersmith.com
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
June 7, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"3-Day Art Retreat"
June 7-9, 2019
 

This is summer art camp for adults. We create art, friendships and learn exciting new processes and techniques. A lot of action happens in these days. It’s like a semester of art school but even more fun. All supplies are provided, and the class size is limited to 8 participants. We can take impromptu side journeys because whatever we may need is at hand. The small class size makes for a lot of individual attention. I will be incorporating some of the exercises from my book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, into the experience.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $600
Website, email


"Historic Art Destination: Painting Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley"
June 9-14, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. Art Retreat inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Illuminated Ledger Book"
June 13-14, 2019
 

What if you combined a ledger book style with illuminated pages? How extraordinary! This book will bring together text and original handwritten calligraphy ledger pages with added color pencil organic oddities. Don’t worry about drawing abilities. Images will be available to copy and transfer. The emphasis will be on the art of blending colors, layering to create depth, and saturation of colors. I’ll also teach you how to apply gold leaf, paint layers with acrylic patterns, and stencil designs for a gilded aged look. Book construction will be a simple long stitch along the spine of the book.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Photo Plus Encaustic: Level II"
June 14-16, 2019
 

This workshop will expand on basics that have been covered in the level one workshop. A brief refresher on materials and methods will be presented on the first day before Sarah will meet one-on-one with students to develop a work plan for expanding their skill set. Students will be encouraged to be thinking about series or works, modular work, and more complicated skills such as underpainting and layered imagery. Students should have attended an intro workshop with combining photography and encaustic, or have a good working knowledge of the encaustic medium and be seeking to expand their studio practice with the introduction of photo-based images into the work.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley"
June 19-24, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. Art Retreat inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"True Colors Five Day Workshop"
June 24-28, 2019
 

This five day workshop will open a floodgate of exciting new methods for creating acrylic and mixed media artwork. Join Kellee Wynne Conrad as she shares all the secrets to her luminous layered method of acrylic painting while at the same time digging deep into the creative process to help you discover your personal artistic style. From abstract florals to modern landscapes, Kellee hopes to ignite your passion for color while using the most versatile medium ever created: fluid acrylic paints. Watch paint drip, run and flow with a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol and high flow mediums. Play with graphite, charcoal and soft pastel to make your mark. Scrape, scratch, scumble and spray wet paint for altered effects.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kellee Wynne Conrad
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Fold, Stitch, Embellish, Cover: Making Accordion Fold Books"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Versatile and elegant in design, the accordion fold book offers a binding structure that is easy to work with and playful in form. Whether viewed as a full spread, a sculptural work, or words and images presented on a series of sequential folds, this structure is well suited as an expressive vehicle for artists of all backgrounds. This workshop will start with a demonstration of the basics of folding, stitching, and gluing paper, followed by a discussion that unpacks and explores the many variations of the accordion form. Create unique decorative papers and incorporate both traditional and non-traditional materials in the making of single-sheet fold-downs, flag and flutter books, and books using compound bindings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Messer
Cost: Members: $480, Non-Members: $520
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Paint/Collage - Collage/Paint"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Explore as many ways of constructing the collage as possible with paint acting as the integrating element. Using water-based paint over and under your collages, you will learn not only how to build collages, but also how to paint both supportively and expressively. Find your creative voice as you discover what media work together and what processes best align with your vision and goals. Through discussions and hands-on practice, Holly will share image transfer processes, gluing techniques, compatibility of media, and different ways of working with water-based paints. Materials include, but are not limited to paint, photographs, found objects, organic materials, cloth, and three-dimensional objects. Leave this workshop with a toolkit of strategies for assembling collages and combining media successfully.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Holly Roberts, www.HollyRobertsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Earth Alchemy: Create Amazing Depth & Texture with Unusual Materials"
June 25-28, 2019
 

I love texture and ancient organic ones are the best. Think of metals with gorgeous patinas like copper, rusted metals, crackled surfaces with gloss and grit too. Now we will learn how to apply them to any surface. We’ll put them on fabric, paper, plastic and panels. We will explore materials that are sourced from unusual places such as the home improvement store, the fabric store, the kitchen and the office supply store. I will share how to use acrylic gels, pastes and mediums to expand your texture vocabulary while saving tons of money on paints. I will also give you the three best tips for creating vibrant colors. Join us for some creative fun!
 
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Port Townsend School of the Arts
Website, email


"Collage Camp – Painterly Collage"
June 28-30, 2019
 

Paper—both found and hand-printed—house paint, acrylics, and varnish form the basis for abstract mixed media layered paintings. We’ll print, paint, and draw on papers, add layered grounds to wood and supports, and enrich surfaces with cut papers, paint, and drawing materials. We’ll also consider issues surrounding color, compositions, shapes, and lines. When paper meets paint, the result is work that has the depth and interest of fine artwork. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Cut and Paste: Collage and Montage (Ages 9-12)"
July 1-5, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will explore basic and more advanced collage and montage techniques, including using recycled materials, found objects, and printmaking methods to communicate an artistic vision. The works of Masters Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Höch, Henri Matisse, Max Ernst, and more will be referenced for inspiration and instruction throughout the week. No class on Thursday, July 4th.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
July 5, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stitched Paintings"
July 8-12, 2019
 

This class combines painting and quilting. Using acrylic paint, the students will create layers of imagery onto thin canvas, applying fused fabrics and many layers of thin, fluid acrylic paint. A color scheme is chosen and two to three canvases are painted within that color scheme. Then these canvases are cut apart and combined to create a complex composition. The reconstructed canvas is then layered with batting and backing and stitched. These stitched pieces can then be stretched on a frame ready to hang or inserted into a quilt of the same design to create a many textured creation.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2019
 

Elevate your drawings with washes of tone and color in watercolor and ink in order to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin. Learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods, referencing historical and contemporary examples. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Hiro Sakaguchi, hirosakaguchi.com
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Tutored Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
July 10-15, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Portrait in Aqueous Media"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 2019
 

Translate the portrait model through the surprisingly versatile range of water-based media. Explore traditional watercolor, gouache, and ink; wet application techniques for non-traditional graphite, chalk, and pastel; and the various substrates and surface preparations for working in wet media. Demonstrations of materials and techniques will be supplemented by basic guidance in head structure.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $215; Lab Fee: $5
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting in the Dark"
July 13-14, 2019
 

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and feedback on students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. Instruction will be presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Introduction to Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
July 15-18, 2019
 

This workshop explores the versatility and possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Utilize cold wax, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create meaningful abstractions filled with texture, color, and mark making. Focused on process, demonstrations and discussions will feature tools and techniques to push the limits of the medium, invite surprise, and explore possibilities of how it can be incorporated into your individual artistic practice. This workshop is well suited for those who have had some prior painting experience and who enjoy the sharing, flexibility, and happenstance of a group environment.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth, JamesEdwardScherbarth.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Power of Panels"
July 20, 2019
 

Discover the power of the panel in this mini class. You will discover a multitude of mixed media methods using panels from Ampersand. Learn how to make acrylic behave like watercolor on Aquabord, more mixed media with Pastelbord and the anything goes Gessobord.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Artisans Art Supply
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Paper Collage Workshop"
July 21, 2019
 

Collage is a highly individualistic medium with the potential to enhance your full creativity. Collect and combine random materials to create new images. Learn how to organize materials according to color, texture and patterns; compose the layout; develop the surface; and paste your composition onto an appropriate support.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Body of Work: Freedom and Focus"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Many artists feel that their work is all over the map, they are pulled in too many different directions, and that their creative output lacks a cohesive voice. I believe that you can work in many styles, and still have a unique and recognizable voice as an artist. In this workshop we will explore the issue of style and voice in the context of the body of work. You will choose your own focus and work deeply into it for the whole five days. Learn how deep focus allows you more freedom to explore, not less. Leave the workshop with a body of work in progress, and a broader appreciation of your own creative capacity.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Expressive Figure Drawing with Bruce Samuelson"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Capture the vitality and gesture of the life model under the guidance of PAFA professor Bruce Samuelson, whose work combines a virtuosity of Old Masters-influenced draftsmanship with elegant abstraction. Hone your own approach to the figure, whether academic or expressive, through Samuelson’s individually-tailored instruction. Foundational principles of structure, anatomy, form and gesture will be presented through critique, and discussion of master drawings, past and present. Work in the media of your choice including graphite, charcoal, pastel, and paint.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bruce Samuelson
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mixed Media Botanical Sketchbook"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Over our five days of creative instruction and guided play we will create a lovely, one-of-a-kind botanical sketchbook to document your days spent on Madeline Island. We will be using different papers, mediums and mark makers to create the pages of our book and then we’ll bind it together by hand. During the week we will cover: simple book making, signatures and binding, lettering, drawing, simple sketching, water coloring, expressive florals, mono printing, inks & nibs, flower pressing, color study and the difference tools and specific media make to your own creative style. Our subject focus will be the beauty surrounding us on Madeline Island, specifically the landscapes, flora and fauna that abounds.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Garrison, www.pamgarrison.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sense of Place"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

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 process or a 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, you will create a unique document that expresses your understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
August 2-4, 2019
 

In this workshop, we will "play" with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. You will make at least two 12" square flat panels of thick quilting each day. (This is the basic technique I developed that I use in all of my work. I quilt first - before stitching any imagery or patterns. It is the opposite of traditional quilting.) These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and, although in this class we'll be working in two dimensions, we'll start to add three-dimensional elements. Discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Experience Mixed Media Mosaics 101"
August 2, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout and experience an intro to mosaics unlike any other. In this 101 one day course, you'll learn not only the basics of traditional mosaics - you'll also learn Susan's unique mixed media mosaic technique. You'll walk away with a keepsake that preserves your treasures and something beautiful for your home that displays your creative voice.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media (Two Day Workshop)"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Explore the amazing world of Mixed Media by Pébéo! Experience texture, different mediums and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Participants will complete or have a start to two works of art and ideas for continuing the exploration. This is a wonderful workshop for the beginner or an experienced artist wanting to broaden their use of acrylics and mixed media. This is a two-day workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
August 2, 2019
 

Are you frustrated with the fact hat you have the Gel Plate bu haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting from Collage for Beginners"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Getting started can be the hardest part. Overcome your fear of the blank canvas and break down barriers in this workshop designed for the beginning painter. Approach the canvas each day with a series of techniques to help you place your image and start painting. The morning of day one will be dedicated to collaging found or personal images to assemble the composition of your first painting. Erin will then guide you through the process of underpainting your canvas and transferring your image. Demonstrations and discussions will include basic painting techniques, the importance of creating space and color relationships, and material handling. Individualized instruction will be offered throughout the two days.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Erin LaBonte, www.ErinLaBonte.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Who Are You?"
August 3, 2019
 

This class, which is taken from my new book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, will jump start the way you view the creative process and how you, the creative one, fit into the story. We will use the inquiry process to look deep within and the words that you wrote down to make your self-portrait. This doesn't need to be a physical representation, but it can be. You may choose to create a more abstract expressionist piece or even something more narrative. You will learn several collage techniques using dry adhesive and washi tape. Crackles and clay can add to the story and I will provide acrylic gels and pastes to adhere objects.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Contrast and Complements"
August 4, 2019
 

This class will shake up your color range and enliven your paintings. This is not a boring color theory class, but a way to see color dynamics in action. What happens when you put a lively saturated color next to another bright color? What happens when you introduce a desaturated neutral? How can you create a mood using a combination of color choices? Come find out in this action and information packed class. You will leave with several finished paintings that will become your road map to creating paintings with both complementary colors and contrasts. I wish someone had taught me these techniques when I was in art school. Save yourself a lot of muddy paintings and learn to fear no color.
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Bold Blooms in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 4, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class. I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Striking Gold"
August 5, 2019
 

Painting on top of metal leaf gives your acrylic paintings an amazing glow. You will learn the ins and outs of applying metal leaf over both smooth and textured surfaces. You will also learn a quick way to get a similar effect on almost any surface. When you use transparent paints and glazes on top of the metal, your colors pop. Experiment with both transparent and opaque paints to create wonderful contrasts and top it off with a transparent transfer. Tyvek painted with metallic paints then heated creates a unique element to add to your painting. Get the hands-on direct experience for making everything you touch glow like gold!
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Art Unraveled
Website, email


"Introduction to Installation Art"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Interested in installation art, but not sure where to start? While installation art is typically thought of in relation to sculpture, this hands-on workshop will consider the relationship between 2D and 3D using simple flexible materials, such as fabric and paper. Discover how to convert these materials into complex forms to create an immersive installation in collaboration with your classmates. Making individual contributions that become part of a larger collaborative thematic work, you will transform PenArt’s painting studio. Liz will share her tricks for bending, folding, and non-technical manipulating of paper and fabric to produce elaborate and sculptural interludes. Group discussions led by Liz will address technical and conceptual concerns throughout the four days. No previous installation art or sculpture experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Transfers, Collage, and Mixed Media with Acrylics"
August 9-11, 2019
 

Learn a variety of techniques for transferring images using laser copies onto acrylic materials and how to work them into your paintings and collages for fun, expressive personal statements. See what interesting effects can be achieved when using the transferred images along with paper collage, patterns made with stencils and a variety of acrylic paints, grounds, gels and molding pastes. Learn to make gel skins. Create a whimsical self-portrait filled with texture and vibrant color by applying multiple layers of paints and gels. Attention to composition, balance, and creating the collage image will be covered, as well as clear explanations about the acrylic materials provided for the class. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Collage Basics"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Collage is as much a way of thinking as of making. Explore methods of gathering imagery and materials, and taking apart and piecing them together into pictorial images and designs. Collage making helps us to consider issues of continuity and discontinuity; exploring the language of images within a fragmented arena of pictures, materials, identities, patterns, and information in contemporary life. Class time will consist of lectures that present works by modern and contemporary artists who engage in collage in a variety of ways, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that explore the technical processes and concepts presented. Projects will be specific yet allow for individual interpretation. You will work with images and materials collected prior to class.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art History as Inspiration"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Where does inspiration come from? Many artists draw inspiration from moments in the history of art, although it may not be readily apparent when looking at their work. In this interdisciplinary, 2D workshop, you will explore what it means to draw inspiration from art history while creating unique, individual works of art. The first three mornings will begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history. This will be followed by a discussion of a small selection of artworks, including sharing ideas about how individuals might use a piece as a jumping off point to create one original work per day. Breaks for small group discussions and critiques will take place after lunch and at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Neutrals, Edges, Color & Value"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Neutrals enhance your paintings, edges provide sensuality, color adds excitement and value hold the painting together. Successfully combing these elements guarantees a painting will be dynamic. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment t inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. Limited to 10 artists. This workshop will fill fast. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Working Together: Methods in Mixed Media Painting"
August 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will present methods for combining a range of mediums and acrylic painting through various applications and prompts. Discover new possibilities with mixed media that can be applied to representational and abstract painting. The first day will consist of demonstrations concentrating on a variety of new techniques, followed by correlating exercises. The second day will focus on creating a piece or pieces using the processes that best fit with your artistic goals. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day to provide you with feedback and next steps.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Extended Self-Portrait"
August 22, 2019
 

Who are you, and how did you get here? This mixed media workshop will encourage everyone to address questions like these. Workshop attendees are asked to bring one or more photos of themselves plus an assortment of personally significant objects to work with. We’ll examine the narrative potential of objects pulled from your past (or your present) and explore the expressive properties of an assortment of media, such as acrylic paint, ink, markers, gouache, and colored pencil. Ultimately, the result will be a composite portrait full of accumulated imagery that gives insight into the personality of the artist.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 22, 2019
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage: Collaborations with Nature"
August 22, 2019
 

You will start with photographic images from the workbook Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations and use them to create a collage of your choice. Images from the book include clouds, water, rocks, bark, driftwood, flowers, and other plant matter. These images will be the jump-start to creating an object using their textures and colors. Different collage techniques will be taught including making your own see-through placing and tearing templates. Students will have the choice of working from their imagination or with the use of reference photos.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Lily's Book: A Charming Canvas Book with Pockets"
August 22-23, 2019
 

Create a sweet sturdy book made entirely out of canvas and embellishments. You will learn basic bookbinding skills and experiment with texture gels, gesso, plaster, molding paste, and ink to create fabulous backgrounds and pages. This hardy, durable book can travel far and survive your most adventurous trips. We will fill it with secret compartments and pockets, perfect for your souvenirs and writing. I love to show off my art journals, but I find that this sometimes prevents me from writing all that I want to say. Now you can write your heart out and still have a gorgeous art book to show to your friends!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage That Speaks"
August 23, 2019
 

Play with Pictures: select and cut out a wide range of print images and arrange them as your intuition guides you. This is an easy, satisfying, and fun cut-and-paste process that you can’t do wrong – no particular skill or experience is required. Once the collage is complete, you will discover what your intuitive process was “saying” to you. Be willing to explore a new modality and be surprised by the playful and profound inner voice that may start speaking!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beverly Gordon
Cost: $118
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 23, 2019
 

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 Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fabulous Faces"
August 23, 2019
 

Faces can be a challenge but fear not! We will first focus on learning the proportions of realistic faces and then, from there, learn how to create stylized, or more dramatic and unique faces with character and life in their eyes. I’ll show you several tricks that make creating faces a joy in your art journal, as well as how to give the face some realistic shading and highlights that add depth and character. We’ll work with all my favorite art supplies and techniques including: oil pastel and watercolor/spray resists, stencils, stamps, collage, and tools to create texture, colorful DIY collage paper, adding texture with modeling paste, oil paint sticks for shading and highlighting – just to name a few!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pareidolia: Collaborations with Nature"
August 23, 2019
 

Have you ever seen the man in the moon or a flock of sheep in the clouds? This phenomenon is pareidolia: the ability to discern a specific, often meaningful, image in a vague or ambiguous visual pattern. Begin with a photographic image of clouds, rocks, bark, and other plant matter from the workbook “Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations” and use it to create an object hinted at in the patterns, textures, and designs found in the image. This transmutation will be accomplished with the use of colored pencils and/or paint. This class will not focus on the ability to create realism, but will emphasize using your imagination.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mixed Media Collage"
August 24, 2019
 

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: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Funky Dwellings"
August 24, 2019
 

In this workshop we will create our very own imaginary village using a variety of techniques to build thick deep layers on canvas. We will use paint, paper, fabric, fibers, found objects, and gel to create amazing depth and dimension. Learn many new tips and tricks including how to obtain a beautiful encaustic look without using messy hot wax and crock-pots. Please join us for a fun, relaxing day of inspiration and art making! This is a project-oriented workshop. You should be able to leave with at least one finished canvas, three if you work fast!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Power of the Panel"
August 24, 2019
 

Discover the power of the panel in this mini class. You will discover a multitude of mixed media methods using panels from Ampersand. Learn how to make acrylic behave like watercolor on Aquabord, more mixed media with Pastelbord and the anything goes Gessobord.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $10
Sponsor: Artisans Art Supply
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Lightheaded!"
August 25, 2019
 

Create a nightlight that is a little bit cute, a little bit spooky, a little bit freaky, a little bit Steampunk. Using an antique composition baby doll head and found objects such as lamp parts, old keys, finials, and oil cans we will construct our assemblage nightlight. We will have a lesson on using special resin clay to attach objects, and antiquing with paint. No previous experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Faux Etching, Small Figurative Assemblage"
August 25, 2019
 

This workshop evolved from a happy accident. I’ve been etching anything I can get my hands on ever since! Learn a fast and easy technique for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals and hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. We will also cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition and design. I will also demonstrate a quick and easy way to make a mold of just about anything. This technique will become a treasured favorite and will be useful in many other projects.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 25, 2019
 

Create one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched cards that mix “old-timey” photos with whimsical verse. We will start by creating our own collage background papers using old paper, inks, paint, and mark making. Then we will learn how to assemble the mini-little portraits that are mounted onto 4”x5” notecards. Use them to send an extra special message to someone you love or as a portable work of art.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic Mixed Media"
August 26-29, 2019
 

This workshop will provide artists of all levels the basics of working with this dynamic and exciting medium. Encaustic paints are extremely versatile and can be combined with a range of other materials. Safety, the use of other materials, and adhesion and archival considerations will be emphasized. Sarah will begin by presenting basic safety and studio setup options, before moving into the basics of working with encaustic paints and what other studio materials play well with the wax-based paint. Class time will alternate between demonstrations and individual working time, giving you ample time to practice and experiment. 2D and 3D applications will be discussed. Encaustic paint, oil sticks, and other encaustic-specific materials will be provided for use for a small fee.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Abstracting The Figure"
August 26-30, 2019
 

Have you ever wanted to take the essence of the figure and present it in a way that is ssensual and thought provoking? When you are abstracting the figure you don't have to worry about anatomy but are more concerned with shape, value and color. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Atlantic Center for the Arts - Abstract Painting"
September 4-10, 2019
 

The ACA in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, is a great place to explore and develop your work, meet new prominent artist friends, and enjoy the serene setting surrounded by nature. Tuition includes instructional exercises, coaching, individual studio workspace, all meals prepared by professional chef, common grounds, private sleeping room & bath. Professional Artist, Instructor, & Art Coach: Vickie Marsango - Florida and Guest Master Artist: Dana Dion - Australia. The schedule of payments is as follows: Deposit to reserve your spot is $1,100 due by May 15, 2019. The remaining balance of $1,100 is due by July 15, 2019.
 
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Instructor: Professional Artist- Vickie Marsango
Cost: $2,200
Sponsor: Marsango Art
email, 772-285-6288


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Picture in Picture in Picture: Enamel and Photographic Transfers"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Fusing enamel to the surface of metal creates infinite opportunities to include imagery in your jewelry and small-metals work. This workshop will focus on digital image creation, manipulation, application, and resolution of enameled works featuring your own photography. A series of demonstrations and discussions will show how to combine traditional techniques of champlevé, cloisonné, and basse taille with contemporary approaches, including enamel decals and photographic image etching and plating. Working time will be prioritized to create striking enamel compositions that address the surface of the metal plate, the interior of the enamel, and the enamel’s surface. Expect to leave this workshop with at least one finished piece, and a series of metal plates that can be set later.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrew Kuebeck, AndrewKuebeck.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Resin"
September 13-14, 2019
 

Thermoplastic resin, when used creatively in combination with additional media, can be a powerful painting medium. It offers depth and layering possibilities that other mediums cannot; resulting in spectacular works. This workshop will explain the basic physical properties and application techniques of two basic types of resin – urethane and epoxy. Demonstrations will cover tinting, layering, damming, and incorporating additional media. You will begin by pouring a layer of epoxy resin before working on a multi-layered, abstract urethane resin painting. Along the way, Shane will reveal techniques learned in his own practice. Day two will revisit the cured epoxy painting, before pouring an additional layer of resin to create a finished multi-layered piece.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Create History and Mystery with Mixed Media Layers"
September 16-20, 2019
 

We have the luxury of time to explore and develop our most amazing art. Join me on this 5-day adventure for creating history and mystery. Make history using layers of acrylic mediums, collage and color. Learn how to veil imagery to elicit mystery. Colors evoke mood, texture creates a place where the eye can jump right in and gesture and movement keep you engaged. During this course you will learn how to use acrylic pastes, gels and mediums to create texture, learn how to use color to evoke a mood and incorporate alternative art materials to enhance your finished mixed media art. Every day will involve demonstrations and plenty of time to experiment, along with guided encouragement.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, sandraduranwilson.com
Cost: $770 + $30 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Layers, Lines and Image"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We'll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course. (This is a 3-day workshop)
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Painterly Mixed Media Journal"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Students of all levels will learn to venture into more painterly territory with their art journals. Students will begin by making unique painted papers using different types of papers and supplies. Learn how to start a page spread, and how to work back and forth between collage and paint, building dimension in layers, and focusing on mark making, altering and personalizing each element. We will use stencils in a variety of ways, to create a composition, and help integrate page spreads. Ultimately, we will create layers that add loads of depth to your journal.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Layers: Oil and Cold Wax"
September 20-22, 2019
 

This three-day workshop on abstract painting incorporates cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of implements to create textures, color fields and selective mark making. We will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way. Once comfortable with the basic techniques we will look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, and working in series. Technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions, presentations, and printed resources add to the experience, raising awareness and appreciation for the content and meaning within good abstract art. Described as inspiring and life-changing, this workshop will enliven your art practice and unleash your creative voice!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Scherbarth
Cost: $365
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Visual Abstraction"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Translating everyday images into stunning abstract designs. Never be without a design from which to create an abstract painting. Taking images you see on your daily walks or in your home...dissecting them into shapes and value to produce abstract paintings that sell. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Tutored Painting Vacation in the Shenandoah Valley"
September 27 - October 2, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Extraordinary Objects"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Found objects can act as conduits of metaphorical meaning. They help to create narrative and expand the stories we wish to tell. In this workshop we will investigate the manner by which sculptures can serve as a platform for presenting personal narratives. We will go out in the field and scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques. Students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and discovering what drives the sculptures they create.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Believing Art and Process – Collage"
October 11-13, 2019
 

Explore surface techniques, building a collage palette that will stretch new awareness and growth. Work with harmony, value, differences, and the relationships of design elements, pulling from feelings and experiences of interconnectedness between mind, body, spirit. Emphasis on emotions with the use of color will be our focus. Collage works will emerge and evolve on watercolor paper, fused using the heat and tack iron method.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 16-19, 2019
 

Broaden your language of painting by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations will introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time will be reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark will provide one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, however artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art Destination: Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
October 17-22, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Holiday inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Join acclaimed painter Stuart Shils for a three-day painting intensive, focusing on pictorial structure, composition and color. The life model will be the primary subject, with emphasis placed on close-looking, improvisational shorthand and editorial intervention to establish perceptual hierarchy. A day will be devoted to working from reproductions of old and modern masters to interpret their construction and organization of painted space. Acrylic paint will be the main medium, with considerable emphasis on drawing with graphite, crayons and cut-paper collage.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Freedom in Watermedia with Stan Kurth"
October 28-30, 2019
 

The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There is no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Intuitive Painting with Jane Davies"
November 16-17, 2019
 

Tap into your creative intuition to embrace a more spontaneous way of art-making! Paint to music, draw with crayons, create your own collage papers, and use improvisation and collaboration to stimulate unexpected outcomes. Learn to be present to the process, let go of expectations that inhibit you, and expand your expressive capacity. All techniques are accessible, so participants of all levels of experience can jump right in. Experienced painters will find this a refreshing way to re-energize their art practice. If you have never painted before, this is a great way to start! Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustic. Through her workshops, she helps people find a personal and playful approach to art.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cold Wax Landscape Painting"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Cold Wax imparts translucency and depth to oil paintings and creates a textural surface when combined with dry pigments. This is the opportunity to work with Nicki Heenan, a lead artist in Cold Wax landscape painting. In this workshop you will learn how to use specific tools to manage and manipulate cold wax. A number of techniques will be demonstrated with respect to the control and application of the medium which you can then experiment with yourself and explore its possibilities. Painting on location the aim is to create paintings that communicate atmosphere and depth through the addition of cold wax medium and pigments to your oil paint.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicki Heenan
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


 

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