Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 3, 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


"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


"Journaling with Pens and Watercolor"
June 16, 2019
 

Pens with watercolor are a very useful combo for journaling on location and just about anywhere! We’ll work with an assortment of water soluble and waterproof pens to create textures, values, and compositions in journals. This will be the foundation for color transparencies. Learn how to paint watercolor layers and fused colors with intensity. This is your chance to play with shape making and combine images in an artful way on paper. Paint freely while dropping in color onto the wet paper surface. And no worries if you’ve never painted or drawn before! I’ll go over the basics and there will be images available to work from or bring some images of your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Teens: Illustration Techniques"
June 17-20, 2019
 

In this workshop, teens will learn the process of illustrating a sequential story from writing, layout, and sketching to the final finished pages. Students will design and roughly sketch a multiple-page story of their own creation with illustrations in the media of their choice. Watercolor, colored ink, markers, pens, and colored pencil techniques will be taught.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing, Perspective, and Looking"
June 19-22, 2019
 

Drawing is the cornerstone of all representational work, the basis for painting, and an end in itself. To paraphrase Paul Klee, “a line is a dot undertaking a journey”; a joyous and wonderous idea, yet for so many drawing is an unimaginative and inexpressive process. In this workshop, Mat will share his philosophy and approach to drawing as a rich art form and great aid in establishing lively, representational paintings. The first half of the workshop will be spent going over perspective in participatory and intuitive exercises that will help you over the “I don’t get it” hump and gain confidence. While the second half of the workshop will encourage you to develop a more expressive voice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy, www.MatBarberKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Artists of All Levels"
June 19-20, 2019
 

Gesture and blind gesture drawing and how to use a sketchbook to collect ideas will be covered. The idea is to learn the working process and skills that your instructor and many professional artists use to tap into their inner creativity. Classical drawing techniques will be taught during still life classroom time. Learn to measure proportions, understand the use of reference points, render tonal value by observing highlights, halftones, core shadow and reflective light, understand line and mark making; plus we will learn reductive drawing skills by creating a ground with charcoal to work in reverse by removing tonal value with an eraser. This class will boost your drawing skills and your artistic confidence.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $222
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Travel Sketching"
July 8-9, 2019
 

Sketching is as much about training the eye to see, as making a mark on the page. Delve into quick – rough and finished – sketching, while learning to draw at any time and in any place. Working in black and white, as well as colored media, this workshop will prepare you to keep a sketchbook on-the-go; whether that “go” is Fish Creek, London, Paris, or your favorite coffee shop. This workshop includes demonstrations and group exercises with plenty of individualized attention and drawing time. Appropriate for all skill levels. Demonstrations will be geared toward beginning students, while one-on-one discussions will be tailored to enhance intermediate and advanced students’ skills.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lucinda Naylor, www.LucindaNaylor.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Comics: From Beginning to End (Ages 6-8)"
July 15-18, 2019
 

In this drawing workshop, children will explore the language of cartooning and develop their own characters and stories. Basic to advanced drawing skills, as well as storytelling techniques will be taught. Graphic novels, manga, cartooning, and other illustration styles will be viewed and discussed to help young artists invent their own style.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting through History (Ages 6-8)"
July 15-18, 2019
 

Look at and talk about various artistic styles in painting throughout history and contemporary times in this workshop. Young artists will experiment with a range of painting materials, mark-making tools, and paint application in a series of skill-building exercises and final projects. A variety of subject matter will be explored.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Portrait: From Drawing to Painting"
July 15-18, 2019
 

Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this four-day intensive painting workshop. Gain confidence and proficiency as you practice capturing the portrait from start to finish in both charcoal and oil with Stuart as your guide. The first day and a half will be devoted to solving some of the recurring drawing issues that come up in portraiture using gesture, comparative measurement, and the invaluable tools of a hand mirror and plumb line. Over the next two and a half days, you will focus on painting the model’s portrait in oil. Using a standard palette of colors, explore the warm and cool relationships in the portrait; expanding on the value relationships learned when working in charcoal.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Optics: Using Optical Devices to Create Paintings and Drawings"
July 19-20, 2019
 

This workshop will begin with an overview of the history of optical devices, their opportunities and limitations in art making, and experimental possibilities within contemporary art for representational and abstract applications. With Kyle as your guide, you will discuss and investigate the many possibilities as a group. The second day will be dedicated to using the optical devices to make artworks in the drawing or painting media of your choice. Leave this workshop with a new tool for further exploration in your home studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Drawing Fundamentals"
August 7-10, 2019
 

The objective of this workshop is to strengthen your drawing skills through an understanding of the classical fundamentals. Learn to make convincing, sensitive drawings that are true to life through a coherent, analytical approach to drawing. Using an easy-to-understand step-by-step process, you will discover a number of foundational principles that will help you to interpret and then express the visual experience. Philip will give demonstrations, as well as personal instruction and feedback to guide you through each stage of the process. Topics to be covered will include proportions, measuring, perspective, value structure, light phenomena, edge manipulation, and composition.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Salamone, PhilipSalamone.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


"Hand Lettering for Chalkboards and More"
August 23, 2019
 

Lettering is a form of voice … a way of expression. Let it speak the things you want to say. In general, most people see words and read sentences to derive meaning. In art, we see beautiful shapes and curves with forms of beauty. It's helpful to become familiar with the anatomy of a letter. In this workshop, you will take a close look at fonts including script or cursive, serif and sans serif styles and learn how to create messages in color and also on chalkboards. Hand lettering is all about drawing! Create the letters to say what you want!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Evy Thuli
Cost: $125
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


"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


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $290, including a class dinner and snacks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Drawing from the Masters"
September 16-17, 2019
 

Explore the ideas and techniques of the great masters of draftsmanship in this basic drawing workshop. Essential to all aspects of image making, this workshop will help artists of all backgrounds build confidence and skill. Working from still life setups and old master drawings, you will learn how to use line, value, texture, shape, and more to complete drawings that are accurate and creative. Additionally, Emmett will share methods to help you work from memory; especially beneficial for those who want to improve their sketchbook and journal drawing. This workshop is open to artists of all levels and backgrounds.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Emmett Johns, www.EmmettJohns.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portable Sketching Techniques for Capturing Structures and Street Scenes"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Walk away with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann will share techniques in using pen and ink and watercolor, zooming in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and achieving convincing yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of time for one-on-one assistance will be emphasized. An enjoyable critique will close each day. Weather permitting, the class will work outside.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Colored Pencil: Drama on Dark Paper"
September 30 - October 1, 2019
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and gain proficiency in a new layering technique that allows you to capture drama and detail beyond what you thought possible of the medium. The workshop will begin by examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists. Following, you will experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip, which can be used as a reference for all future works, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda will provide feedback throughout the process. Leave this workshop feeling confident in the ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Drawing for Dummies"
October 7-10, 2019
 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw, or feel your drawing skills are rusty or inadequate, this workshop will help you gain confidence in rendering a variety of subject matter in a realistic way. By learning to tap into your intuitive right brain you will dramatically improve perception and technical skills as you explore the process of drawing. Mynn will lead you through a series of simple exercises that are fun, easy, and meditative in nature, resulting in a remarkable development of skills. This workshop is designed for the absolute beginner, as well as those working in other media interested in honing their drawing skills. Try new approaches to drawing in a relaxed and supportive setting.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing for Dummies: Graduate Seminar"
October 16-18, 2019
 

Refresh and explore the skills you learned in Mynn’s Drawing for Dummies workshop (Oct 7-10), and then apply them to produce more finished works of art. Engage in an intensive experience to explore the process of taking a piece from conception to completion. Before demonstrating more advanced techniques, Mynn will review basic concepts from the introductory workshop. Take your drawing skills to the next level through individualized coaching and critiques. Working from your own selected photographs, you can expect to complete one or more finished drawings. Leave this workshop with newly gained knowledge and confidence. Students are required to have completed the beginning Drawing for Dummies workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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