Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Ink, Graphite, Charcoal, Carbon & Color Workshop Encaustic Monotype"
July 21, 2019 10 am-4 pm
 

This class is full of informative and fun exercises designed to help you create outside of your habitual ways of working. It provides the opportunity through lectures and demonstrations for artistic growth and personal advancement. Subject, form and content is discussed as a group and on an individual basis allowing each artist to find their own voice. To begin, we explore the line, contour line, negative space, through a series of directed exercises using ink, graphite, charcoal, and carbon. Then we will look and discuss the power of color and how it can add value to your composition and or artwork. Open to artists at all levels. At registration mention code: MoEA for a $25 discount.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $225.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 505-989-3283


"Book It! Create a Book"
July 27, 2019
 

An experience to introduce or rediscover basic book-binding skills. Participants create a cover design, choose the types and number of pages to include, then bind them with a traditional stitching technique. You are welcome to incorporate your own handmade paper in your project. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Caning a Chair Seat: Doing the 7-Step Process"
July 27, 2019
 

Participants weave each of the 7-steps to hand cane a wooden frame using the most common pattern found in woven seats of chairs and rockers. When completed the sample serves as a reference tool for future caning projects. Participants need to bring small hand clippers, old washcloth, small spray bottle, awl, pencil, and plastic bag to keep instructions dry. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Phil Coffey
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Wooden Frame Finishing Class"
July 27, 2019
 

Spend the day with instructor Sarah Freeman, transforming three 5”x7” unfinished wooden picture frames into works of art using Jolie Home decorative paints. Completed frames will be finished either as mirrors or as photo/picture frames. Several paint finishing techniques will be taught that can be used on almost any surface, including furniture, walls, floors, cabinets, and decorative items. Techniques covered in class: 1) Metal Leaf, choose silver, gold or copper toned metal leaf. 2) Aged Finish, choose 3 paint layers using a technique which makes each layer of color show through as on a vintage piece. 3) Distressed Finish, using two paint colors and stenciling. Finish the piece using both clear and brown waxes for an antique look.
 
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor: Sarah Freeman
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Crafted Gallery & Art Supply
Website, email, 601-653-5961


"Stenciling Workshop"
July 28, 2019
 

Stenciling has been used widely throughout history of interior design, decoration, and fine art. Create your own stencils, and apply your motif to hand-made paper using pigment colors, acrylic paint and gold leaf. Learn methods to apply stencils to a variety of materials including walls and furniture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"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


"The Photographic Book"
August 2-3, 2019
 

This workshop will demystify the process of creating a photographic book. Whether you’re interested in working on a conceptual project or a book of favorite photographs, you will gain an understanding of developing a finished book from the making of photographs to the final product of a bound volume. Guided instruction will provide you with hands-on practice editing, sequencing, designing the layout, and options for physically binding a book. Come prepared with a fleshed out body of work or group of photographs that you would like to edit and sequence into a book. Some knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign will be helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Barbara Diener, www.BarbaraDienerPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Casein Paints"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Explore the versatility of casein paint in this two-day workshop. Casein paint differs from other paint media yet shares many of the same characteristics. You can achieve the rich textures of oils and acrylic, the smooth opacity of gouache, and wash effects of watercolor. Drying quickly to a matte, moisture-resistant finish, casein is a clean, water-soluble medium. Each morning will begin with a demonstration illustrating the day’s lessons, including composing images, under drawings and under paintings, color mixing, transparent and opaque effects, working wet in wet and wet on dry, mediums, and more. Apply these concepts in small studies, before moving onto larger paintings in the afternoon.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Art Journaling: A Creative Key!"
August 3, 2019
 

Artists and illustrators use sketchbook/art journals every day, and in a variety of ways in order to increase both their creative flow and skills, and for pure enjoyment! This class explores fun methods to create and use sketchbook journaling to build your artistic confidence and excitement. Let this class begin your lifelong adventure into creativity that builds each day! This Class is for: Anyone who wants to explore a multitude of ways to use a sketch journal; Teachers who want to give their students exciting methods toward more creativity; Anyone who wants to explore and expand their imaginative life and enjoy stress-free creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Book Arts Basics: Introduction to Book Binding"
August 5-6, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce the basics of book binding, as well as book arts as an expressive medium. Discover a wide range of book binding methods, including accordion folds, Coptic stitch, Japanese stab, and pamphlet stitch, along with variations, such as flag and carousel structures. Beginning with an overview of artist books and bindings, you will look at examples of the techniques you will be learning during the workshop. Prepare covers for your books and fold down paper for text blocks before moving into hands-on practice in binding and creating finished, blank books. The workshop will conclude with a group discussion reviewing all of the book structures made and next steps. Basic pop-ups will be introduced if time allows.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"All About Book Arts (Ages 9-12)"
August 5-8, 2019
 

Learn the history and techniques of book arts in this fundamental workshop. Students will learn how to prepare paper, design covers and pages using printmaking and marbling techniques, create simple forms, such as zines, and more complex books. A final journal will be created featuring hand painted covers, a Coptic stitch for binding, and blank pages to fill with writing and drawings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Book Arts"
August 9, 2019
 

Friday mornings are set aside for drop-in art making for children of all ages. Participants will explore the world of bookmaking and learn new techniques through hands-on activities. No pre-registration needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $15
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"Painting with Magic - Alcohol Inks (Florals)"
August 24, 2019
 

Come and explore the extraordinary world of alcohol ink! Prepare to experience creating with a medium like no other you've ever painted with before. With its vibrant colors, beautiful unpredictable personality, stunning moves and "oh wow" moments, ready yourself to be mesmerized, amazed, probably stunned, and just plain happy when painting with these inks. With your materials fee you'll receive a variety of alcohol ink colors, substrates, and various tools that can all be used to create more paintings when you get home. You'll take home at least three completed masterpieces on Corian – yes, the countertop material! It's a beautiful material to paint on.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Weaving a Pine Needle Basket"
August 24, 2019
 

You’ll start the morning with a pile of long pine needles and sinew. And you’ll finish with a unique natural basket of your own design and making. You’ll experience the basket weaving technique and the joys of choosing and caring for natural basket-making materials. No experience necessary. Please bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $60; Non-member $65 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"DIY Art Supplies"
August 24, 2019
 

I’ll show you all my artist tricks on how I save money creating my own stamps, stencils, texture tools, alcohol inks, and more! Creating your own tools not only saves money, but more importantly, it is integral to your own unique journey as an artist! Whether you’ve been at this for years or are just starting out, making your own tools means making your own marks and finding your own unique voice. The second half of class will include a chance to play in our art journals with our new stencils, stamps, and tools! We'll create unique collage papers and I’ll show you how to make some fun, vibrant pages and how to layer and work with your new goodies!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage: Dear Dollies"
August 24, 2019
 

Fairies, elves, ballerina dogs! In this class we will make several dolls to take home. You can make dolls of all different sizes. Share one with a friend, hang one on the Christmas tree, or just enjoy your creations! I will teach you techniques so that your doll will not only look great, but will last as long as you do! Assemblage is the art of connecting odd parts into a new creation. We will use antique doll parts, tins, lace, and hardware along with some interesting new choices to create your very own dolls. After taking this class you will be inspired to hunt up your own “parts” and get hooked on the wonderful world of one-of-a-kind dolls.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"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


"Forging through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Kitchen Utensils"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted kitchen utensils you made yourself? Pouring soup from a ladle that you created, or flipping pancakes with a spatula built to fit your hands? This workshop will focus on making beautiful, functional kitchen tools and objects made mostly of metal. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to raise sheet metal to make hollow forms, saw, texture, file, and finish and polish metal, as well as how to fabricate and rivet wood or stone for handles. Soldering will be included in the construction; however, the majority will be completed using cold connections. Copper and brass will be primarily used, however silver is also an option.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff, DannySaathoff.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Experimentation with Paper Marbling"
August 30-31, 2019
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless craft of marbling while exploring contemporary applications and alternative materials. Examine traditional methods used in marbling, their challenges, and endless opportunities. Demonstrations and hands-on practice will introduce you to the process. Experiment with layering marbled patterns, playing with different types of paper, and turning completed papers into folded books, boxes, and bags.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $270, Non-Members: $295
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Poetic Dialogue Project"
September 5-6, 2019
 

Create art in response to poetry and bind it into an accordion book. Students should have some watercolor experience and can either bring in a favorite poem or work with poetry supplied by the instructor from various contemporary poets. Students may work in watercolor or mix watercolor with other water-based media (pen and ink, watercolor pencils). The instructor will present her Poetic Dialogue Project – a series of exhibitions of artists interpreting poetry or collaborating with poets – for inspiration, as well as her own works that have been created in partnership with her poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. Individualized instruction in watercolor technique will be offered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Shadur
Cost: $260
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


"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


"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


"France Austin Miller: Silk Painting: Let it Flow"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Enjoy this introduction to painting on silk with France Austin Miller's unique techniques! Painting on silk is very forgiving and thoroughly enjoyable. Its gentle nature will offer your creativity an open door. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: France Austin Miller
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"Building a Narrative: The Handbound Photographic Book"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Transform your photographs into book form in this four-day workshop. Reconceptualize archived images while capturing new ones to create a cohesive handbound book with a personal narrative. Beginning with a brief survey of artist books, you will begin brainstorming ideas for your own book based on images you already have, as well as images you’re interested in capturing in surrounding Door County. The remainder of the week will be divided between shooting new images, editing and sequencing, and printing, assembling, and binding your book. Kayla will provide technical instruction and individualized feedback throughout the process. Leave this workshop with new skills and a handbound book that illustrates your artistic interests. Open to all levels and digital camera formats.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kayla Massey, KaylaMassey.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
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


"Process Painting: An Invitation from Creativity"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Using tempera paint and paper, process painting allows spontaneous expression to deepen the connection between the painter and the Divine. The emphasis of process painting is internal, not what appears on paper. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Karen McClard
Cost: Member $225; Non-member $250 (Includes materials and lunch each day)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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


"Encaustic for the Intermediate to Advanced Painter"
October 7-10, 2019
 

Designed for the student who already has worked with encaustic paints, this workshop will encourage you to push your studio practice to the next level through a single large-scale work or a series of small works. Individualized instruction and feedback will be emphasized to cater to each students’ goals and needs. This workshop will combine long working sessions, critiques, and discussions on materials, methods, and best practices. Sarah will work with each student one-on-one in the planning of larger projects, including sketches and small studies, as well as the execution. Time for writing and reflection on current and future work will augment those conversations. 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


"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


"Abstract Landscape Using Oil, Cold Wax Medium & Mixed Media Studio"
November 7-9, 2019
 

This workshop will cover two main topics: Pushing toward Abstraction in one’s artwork as a way of loosening up, as well as using a variety of tools, techniques, and mediums. Experimenting with Cold Wax Medium as an addition to oil paint will be covered as a way to add texture, layering and mark making. Using all the basics of landscape painting as a foundation toward abstraction will be heavily discussed. Adding a variety of tools and Cold Wax Medium in order to achieve beyond the basics while allowing exploring new directions in their own artwork.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $ 550.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Create a Gratitude Journal"
November 23, 2019
 

Make your one-of-a-kind book to record feelings, thoughts, ideas, and wishes from a grateful heart. Basic bookmaking techniques and unique fasteners will be included in the process and you may add your own handmade papers or choose from those produced by Twin Rocker Paper Studio in Brookston. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $45; Non-member $55 (Materials are included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Sandra Spieler: Hand Breathing Life: A Hand Puppet Immersion"
January 5-9, 2020
 

Create hand puppet figures to enact a story where real life weaves with dreams. No experience needed, only an open heart and mind. 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: Sandra Spieler
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Art Journaling: Visual Storytelling"
February 7-8, 2020
 

Explore the many different sides of art journals from getting past the blank pages to tips and techniques in capturing your words and imagery. An art journal is a combination of visual and written imagery that captures thoughts, ideas and images in a visual way – travel logs, dream diaries, art techniques, therapy logs, storybooks, or anything – from using mixed media, collage, paint, pen and charcoal. Wood has been creating art ever since she can remember. She has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, but after working for a few years, decided to go back to college and take art classes. She enrolled with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and studied photography, sculpture and painting. Visit lesliewoodarts.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Leslie Wood
Cost: $275 members/$300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Foraging, Bouquets + Large Scale Installations with Siren Floral Co."
June 7-11, 2020
 

Connect with your inner creativity as you arrange compote floral arrangements, bouquets made in-hand and a group ceremony-style installation. This is a floral intensive course intended for mid-level florists who wish to grow in their ability to arrange a garden-style / free-form fashion. Enjoy 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: Rachael Ann Lunghi
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
July 12-16, 2020
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy 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: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic & The Mark"
July 12-16, 2020
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirt and essence of the land. The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which reference memory, change and time. Enjoy 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: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Alexandra Elle: Finding Our Voice: Writing Retreat"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Facilitate a deeper personal practice of writing by unfolding your truth and becoming your best self. In this weekend-long retreat, attendees can expect to build community through partner work, breakout narrative writing sessions, group journaling, and affirmation exercises. Enjoy 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: Alexandra Elle
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Pam Houston: Turning the Physical World into a Story"
August 2-6, 2020
 

Join internationally-recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. 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: Pam Houston
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


 

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