Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting for Teens: Thinking Outside of the Box"
April 27, 2019
 

Technical and observational skills lay the foundation of every artistic practice. This one-day workshop with noted painter Kyle Martin will focus on working with line and contour, shape and form, light and shadow, and space and depth through a series of drawing and painting exercises. Develop your ability to see while working on a sight-size drawing, capture light, shadow, and form through a heightened drawing, and practice your new skills in a quick plein air painting. Additionally, Kyle will share his path to establishing a full-time studio practice and provide insight into what’s next for teen participants.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin
Cost: $30
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting the Light in the Studio and Out"
June 3-4, 2019
 

When you can paint the light, you can paint anything. Painting directly from life, develop skill in observing, simplifying, and translating complex visual information in broad areas of value and color. This approach will help you paint the effects of light, resulting in compositions that are dynamic and convincing. Kyle will take the mystery out of color mixing and color theory, including how to identify value, build harmony, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of modern organic, mineral, and earth pigments. Working in the studio on day one and en plein air on day two, you will practice painting the large masses of color and light, followed by more sophisticated color and value as you work through the painting process.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Beyond Local Color"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Designed for painters of all levels and media, this workshop moves beyond local color to investigate how an imaginative approach to your palette can result in representational paintings that are expressive and readable. Value structure, color theory, and the use of artistic license will be emphasized. Beginning with a discussion of value and how it can create structure and space, you will complete a brief exercise to hone your skills in seeing and composing an image. Moving into color, basic theory, harmonies, and relationships will be introduced before working through a series of landscape-focused exercises and paintings. Build your level of expression in each as you gain an understanding of the possibilities of your palette to create a sense of space and expression.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shannon Estlund, ShannonEstlund.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Structures in the Landscape"
June 19-22, 2019
 

Whether you’re big city or small town, this workshop will turn your favorite views of buildings and structures into dramatic, expressive paintings. Examine space, perspective, and design through practical hands-on lessons that aim to help you build confidence. A short demonstration clarifying techniques and sharing pointers on perspective and composing a scene will be offered to start the workshop off. From there, Nancie will assist students one-on-one. Depending on your comfort and skill level, you can expect to complete two or more paintings each day. Individual attention will be stressed in this experience opposed to group lecture. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz, NancieKingMertz.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Expressive Photography"
June 24-27, 2019
 

The goal of any photograph is to communicate an idea. The question is, how do you move beyond documenting a scene and begin interpreting it? Explore your intentions, expand your visual language, and learn new techniques to engage your viewer’s mind and emotions with each image you create in this hands-on workshop. Beginning with a review of a range of photography, including the works of master photographers, examples of Dan’s images, and your own, you will discuss how to use and combine visual elements to create truly expressive images. Practice these skills and develop your voice out in the beautiful Door County landscape with Dan as your guide. Open to all digital camera formats and skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Anderson, www.DanielAndersonPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Five Day Plein Air Workshop"
July 8-12, 2019
 

This workshop introduces the Prismatic Palette and its use in helping to capture the myriad light effects faced when painting en plein air. Correct use of the Prismatic Palette helps you to judge values, using warm and cool tones, to bring objects forward or push objects back, to depict light and shadow and to describe the time as well as the type of day. On the first day, Joe will lecture and paint a demo explaining his process. The rest of the week will be spent painting outdoors at Joe’s favorite Island locations. Students can expect to paint two images daily — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Paquet
Cost: $900
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting Nature's Wonders"
July 10-13, 2019
 

The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a painter’s paradise. Explore the beauty of nature as you conquer the medium of transparent watercolor and gain a deeper understanding of its unique properties, techniques, and tools. Step-by-step instruction will lead you through the creation of a series of paintings. How to block in a painting, interpret color, value, and temperatures, use different watercolor-specific processes, and create sound compositions will be emphasized. Dale will provide individualized feedback throughout each exercise and painting. Photo references of various types of landscapes will be supplied by the instructor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Popovich, www.DalePopovich.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Indoor Outdoor Studio: Nature Studies Meet Plein Air"
July 10-13, 2019
 

Gain a deeper sense of the landscape and the skill to portray it in this hybrid workshop combining plein air and studio-based work. Painting the broad landscape outdoors and collected natural specimens in the studio, you will train your eye to see the expansive visual notes, as well as the particulars of the natural world. This comparative relationship will aid you in successfully creating landscape paintings that are lively, understood, and meaningful. Each day Bethann will guide you through the process of selecting composition, building your painting, and developing detail in relationship to the broad structure. Demonstrations, lectures, and group critiques will be balanced with plenty of painting time and individualized instruction. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bethann Moran-Handzlik
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Place from Place: Anthotypes and Gum Bichromate Processes"
July 10-13, 2019
 

This workshop will provide a basic foundation in the creation of digitally-captured photographic prints using the historic Anthotype and Gum Bichromate processes. Both provide artists with the opportunity to incorporate organic material from their surroundings into the physicality of the completed image; making these methods a perfect match for capturing the landscape. Throughout the workshop, you will create digital images that describe the place that surrounds you and influences your work, as well as collect plant life and soil samples that comprise the place that you are using as a stage to make your photographs. Allen will guide you through the process of preparing your digital images, transforming your collected natural materials into pigment, and finally developing the prints.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Allen Morris, www.AllenMorrisPhoto.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Afterglow: Shooting after Dark & The Art of Travel Photography"
July 20-24, 2020
 

From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark. Movement, color and light combine to give results that are often unseen with the naked eye. Longer shutter speeds can produce imposing cobalt blue skies, surreal car trails and star trails, stunning architecture, one of a kind silhouettes, gorgeous motion blurs, electrifying lightning and of course the awe inspiring Milky Way Galaxy. In the class you will learn everything you need to know on scouting good night locations, camera settings, knowing when and where the Milky Way will be, lightpainting and mastering your camera gear for shooting after dark. It will also cover useful post processing techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Scott Stulberg, www.asa100.com
Cost: $1,175
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 22-26, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will work with Herman to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention of this class is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step-by-step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks, and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Paint BIG En Plein Air"
August 5-9, 2019
 

This workshop is all about shedding the fear and gathering the tools it takes to paint BIG en plein air! Join Kami and learn her approach to 'plein air' painting on the beautiful and inspiring Madeline Island. She will share her knowledge, passion, and approach to capturing the effect of light on a large canvas. Her goal during this workshop is to push your work to a new level, and to help you develop a strong understanding of the properties of color. Painting is the dance between passion and intellect! Each component is vital in the creation of great Art and it is important to employ both sides in order for the artist to grow to their highest potential.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Translating Light"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Explore Door County while learning how to interpret various lighting conditions, control unfavorable situations, and prepare for the moment when beautiful natural light occurs. This hands-on workshop encourages thoughtful investigation with a critical eye, while instilling fundamental photographic techniques. Through a balanced curriculum of studio instruction, daily explorations, and critical discussion, develop technical and conceptual skills. Core photographic principles and image design will be reinforced in the studio and in the field. Gain confidence shooting in a variety of environments and lighting situations through practical and varied experience with Travis as your guide. Familiarity with your DSLR’s manual mode is required for this workshop. Students should expect some out-of-class assignments.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Travis Roozée, www.TravisRoozee.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Photographing the Apostle Islands with Craig Blacklock"
August 19-23, 2019
 

This workshop is open to photographers with a working understanding of their camera settings and a beginning knowledge of how to edit photos in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. This is an all-week series of unforgettable photo outings with master photographer Craig Blacklock, including a sunset boat cruise to the Apostle Island Sea Caves, canoeing in Madeline Island’s Big Bay Lagoon, a visit to the Bodin’s Fisheries in Bayfield, as well as dawn and sunset photo shoots. Sharpen your compositional skills with group critiques and personal time with Craig, while you edit and print your images in our studio. Craig Blacklock is one of the most knowledgeable Lake Superior photographers in the country and has published more than 17 books.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Blacklock, blacklockgallery.com
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Creating Visual Impact with Strong Design and Color Harmony"
August 19-23, 2019
 

This workshop will help you make informed design and color decisions, therefore giving you more creative control over your chosen subject. If you cannot place your shapes correctly, and with tonal accuracy, in the beginning of your process, your chances of finishing will diminish. Finding a way to control small movements in both tone and color temperature is the key. If you want to capture the light and atmosphere of a place you have to be organized and execute your design with confidence. This class is taught both in and out of the studio for maximum learning retention and understanding. A series of skill building exercises that I have designed will help you steadily improve your paintings.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Cosby, cosbystudio.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks!"
August 25, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink – a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, you will be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. The materials fee covers a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to continue creating beyond the workshop. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian — yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on. Sunday’s class will focus on trees. For a full immersion experience, also sign up for Saturday’s class, which will feature florals.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
August 30-31, 2019
 

The landscape lends itself to rich interpretation and expression. Using acrylic paints and personal photo references, make sense of this subject matter as a jumping off point for abstraction as you explore composition, mark-making, and paint application. Through demonstrations and discussions, Beki will review the basics of acrylic painting before moving into more experimental techniques. Students will work to create their own abstract landscape paintings with individualized feedback from the instructor and group. Open to all levels of experience. More advanced painters will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their painting practice, while beginners will develop skill.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beki Borman, www.BekiBorman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Plein Air Painting: Impression and Design"
September 9-13, 2019
 

During this 5 day workshop, we will be spending the first 2-3 days out on location (weather permitting) followed by the final 2 days back at the MISA Studio. We will be working to simplify our shapes, really push to explore our use of temperatures and color along with controlling our values as well as our edges. Composition and design underly all of these along with our drawing which will be our foundation. All in all we will look to make our paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. It is all about the design and our interpretation.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ken DeWaard, www.kendewaard.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Plein Air Intensive with Charlie Hunter"
September 9-13, 2019
 

Come paint the summer small-town landscape with Charlie Hunter, one of the most celebrated plein-air painters in the country! A multi-day immersion in drawing, painting, and on-the-fly composition decisions. In this fast-moving, wide-ranging, and entertaining workshop, Charlie Hunter will lead a class focusing on his unique approach to painting and sense of composition. Hunter will start with a morning painting using his limited palette, demonstrating a carefully-observed study in values. The class will then concentrate on their own paintings. At the end of each day, participants gather with their work for spirited critique and discussion.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Charlie Hunter, www.hunter-studio.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Flowing Color: Waterscapes"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Using Door County and Lake Michigan as inspiration, learn how to paint water that is convincing and filled with a sense of texture and movement. Adopt a three-step watercolor process for value and color studies, while learning to simplify the landscape down to its most basic shapes. Each morning will begin with a short studio demonstration addressing the challenges in painting this particular subject. Spend the rest of the day gaining hands-on practice painting water reflections, moving water, river and wave action, and color solutions. Individualized instruction will be provided throughout each day. A plein air demonstration will be included to show the process in action.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Door County Barns en Plein Air"
September 13-14, 2019
 

The barns and pieces of rural architecture around Door County offer an opportunity to capture history on canvas. Their weathered boards and drooping roofs convey the character of the structures themselves, as well as the people who worked the land. This plein air workshop will focus on creating paintings that are structurally accurate, filled with authentic light, and vibrant in color. Kyle will discuss and demonstrate a variety of concepts, including the importance of drawing for accurate representation, how to identify and control value and color to capture natural light, and how to mix and see color specific to your subject matter’s unique color harmony. Practice these skills and more out in the field with Kyle available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle Martin, Kyle-Martin.blogspot.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Uma Kelkar: Elegance in Watercolors"
September 22-26, 2019
 

Make your watercolors sing by studying the right balance of shapes, colors, and strokes in your scenes. This retreat features a mixture of studio and plein air painting. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Uma Kelkar
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"Apostle Islands Night Sky Photography Workshop"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Explore the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, while learning the art of night sky photography. The workshop dates have been carefully selected for many reasons including moon phases, meteor showers, rise and set times, weather, temperatures, geographical location and current space weather events. The Northern Lights are often seen close to the autumn and spring equinoxes. Most of the shooting will be done on Madeline Island. We will also take a boat ride to Devils Island where we will photograph the caves at sunset before being dropped off on another Apostle Island for an overnight shoot! We will learn how to capture the Milky Way, star trails, panoramas, time-Lapse video, and meteor showers, and also cover the post processing workflow and techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeff Berkes, jeffberkesphotography.com
Cost: $1,595
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Exploring the Magic of Watercolor"
October 2-5, 2019
 

Immerse yourself in the unique qualities of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students looking to strengthen their skills in composition, expand their visual language, and develop their artistic voice. Create more interest in your paintings as you exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of watercolor with Mick as your guide. Discussions and demonstrations will emphasize the importance of developing dynamic shapes, value contrast, and edge quality to produce sound compositions. Working with a limited palette, simplifying scenes, atmospheric perspective, and color theory will also be addressed. Less experienced students will follow along in step-by-step group paintings, while more experiences painters will work from their own reference materials with Mick available for individual guidance.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mick McAndrews, MickMcAndrewsFineArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor: The Perfect Plein Air Medium"
October 11-12, 2019
 

Learning to paint on location is not only fun, it can help you to make strides in your studio work as well. Bring excitement to your paintings with the use of strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes in this two-day workshop. Each day will begin with a meeting in the studio to discuss the day’s plan and key concepts with time split between painting indoors and out. Brienne will demonstrate and explain her process for plein air painting, including where to start, what to paint, and how to deal with the elements, as well as share great exercises and practices that will help you become a better painter in and out of the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brienne Brown, BrienneMBrown.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Plein Air Painting: Atmosphere and Landscapes"
August 30 - September 4, 2020
 

Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. You will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give your paintings depth. You will also learn tools for effective self-critique so you can strengthen your own work at each stage of progress. Each morning will feature a presentation and demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Hudson, www.kathleenbhudson.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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