Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Unique Interpretations in Oil Pastel"
May 30 - June 1, 2019
 

Oil pastels are pure pigments combined with a non-drying oil and wax binder, allowing for a wide range of techniques and applications, including layering, underpainting, sgraffito, and blending with solvents for a wash effect. This workshop offers an opportunity to develop your individual painting and drawing practice, as well as discover the compositional advantages of working with a limited palette. Throughout the workshop, George will demonstrate experimental methods and provide individualized instruction. A group discussion with constructive feedback from your peers will close each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: George Shipperley, www.GeorgeShipperley.com
Cost: Members: $340, Non-Members: $370
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cityscape Painting"
Sundays, June 2-30, 2019
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to create space and build form through perspective, light and shadow. Color mixing and painting techniques will be demonstrated in oil and gouache, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"An Introduction to Soft Pastel"
June 3-4, 2019
 

Pastel has been used by artists since the 18th century. Discover the rich history of this medium in this two-day introductory workshop. An overview of pastel materials, tools, and techniques will help you to establish a painting toolkit and take your skills to the next level. The first day will mostly be devoted to demonstrations and discussions, covering great examples of pastel works, a step-by-step approach to developing a composition, and useful tools. Sketching your first compositions will close the day. You will spend the second day producing work with Dan as your guide. Instruction will be provided throughout the process. Some drawing experience will be helpful in this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mackerman, DanMackerman.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Drawing in Color - Session 1"
Tuesdays, June 4 - July 2, 2019
 

Gain hands-on experience using various traditional and contemporary color drawing materials, including chalk, pastel and colored pencil. Presentation, lecture and demonstration will teach the applications and advantages of each medium. Observational study, as well as options to work from sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, will encourage students to develop their personal style.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Developing a Body of Work"
June 5-8, 2019
 

Geared toward students who have gained skill in various artistic techniques, this workshop aims to refine the concepts and ideas driving your work. Create and develop a cohesive body of work as you gather feedback and build momentum in the studio. Cassie will guide you through various exercises to help focus the scope of your work and establish a successful studio practice. Once a conceptual direction has been determined, you will begin creating a new body of work in the medium of your choice. Individual and group conversations will provide specific feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cassie Marie Edwards, www.CassieMarie.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


"Large-Scale Figure Drawing"
June 8-9, 2019
 

Learn to draw the human figure life-size with Jerry Weiss, noted artist and instructor at the Art Students League in New York. Explore quality of line, proportion, rhythms of the standing figure, and the modeling of forms through value. Instruction and demonstrations will cover the initial blocking-in of the drawing, use of lines for comparison, attention to prominent anatomical landmarks, and shading through tonal massing and linear hatching. Working from model poses ranging in length from one hour to all-day, students will build from rapid gestures to greater resolution in this useful preparation for large-scale painting and means of creating visually dynamic life drawings.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jerry Weiss, www.jerrynweiss.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Creating the Children's Picture Book"
June 10-13, 2019
 

The children’s picture book is a unique art form with visual storytelling at its heart. The unfolding of a story relies on sequential images to carry the reader from beginning to end. Add to this, the interweaving of word with image and you have a richly complex storytelling form. In this workshop, you will experiment with a variety of styles, materials, and techniques to create your own hand-bound picture book, as well as learn about the children’s book publishing process. The picture book maker has many elements available with which to shape their story; word, image, pacing, structure, format, and cover design. Each day, you will engage in playful exercises, demonstrations, and in-class activities exploring these essential elements.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Montenegro, LauraNymanMontenegro.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Complex Forms, Elegant Procedures: Inventive Approaches to Unconventional Materials"
June 14-15, 2019
 

This workshop is designed for students with an interest in experimenting with materials and exploring new artistic directions based on those experiments. The majority of artwork we encounter in the world reflects a divide between media and subject, where the media is used to create the illusion of something else. In our quest for representation and illusion, we often miss the potential of various media to exercise wonderful internal qualities. Like swimming with the current, it’s often easier to use the natural qualities of a material to locate composition than to bend it against its will. Working through an array of materials, you will examine them for their natural qualities.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Shane McAdams, www.ShaneMcAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portrait in Pastels Workshop"
June 15-16, 2019
 

The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Contemporary Themes in Abstraction"
June 17-18, 2019
 

Participate in an engaging dialogue surrounding the content and direction of your work, as well as larger art historical concerns and contemporary trends in abstract painting. Emphasis will be placed on studio practice development, including material, process, and content. In addition to working independently in the studio each day, you will participate in a series of one-on-one conversations with Leslie, material development exercises, and digital presentations related to contemporary and historical abstraction. This workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced level painters.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Smith III, www.LeslieSmith3.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


"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


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
June 20-23, 2019
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pattern and Decoration in Contemporary Painting"
June 28-29, 2019
 

This workshop will urge you to consider the meditative, creative, and ubiquitous nature of pattern and inspire ideas for incorporating it into your practice to address formal and/or content-driven aims. Maria will share insight on pattern and decoration from formal, psychological, meditative, and personal perspectives. Drawing inspiration from personal objects, the natural world, and past work, you will create a variety of pattern studies in your chosen medium. Instruction will include techniques for pattern invention, the role of color, and spatial phenomena to consider. Develop and execute a concept for the incorporation of pattern into at least one personal piece. Maria will be available to offer individual instruction and feedback, as well as to facilitate discussion and sharing amongst the group.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Rose Adams, www.MariaRoseAdams.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
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


"Plein Air Painting at the Riverton Yacht Club"
July 5-7, 2019
 

Paint on location at the historic Riverton Yacht Club in New Jersey, on the banks of the Delaware River. Instruction will include tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. All media welcome. Parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Riverton, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - Experienced Painters"
July 9-12, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for the more experienced painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will go beyond the basics to cover advanced topics such as color temperature and harmony and more. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Drawing in Color - Session 2"
Tuesdays, July 9 - August 6, 2019
 

Gain hands-on experience using various traditional and contemporary color drawing materials, including chalk, pastel and colored pencil. Presentation, lecture and demonstration will teach the applications and advantages of each medium. Observational study, as well as options to work from sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, will encourage students to develop their personal style.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
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


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
July 12-14, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


""Paint the Light in Pastel" with Rita Kirkman"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Join Rita for the Ultimate Summer Art Vacation - an all-inclusive 5-day Art Retreat at The Abbey of the Hills, in the heart of the glacial lakes region of South Dakota. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this former monastery while stimulating your creativity with a Rita Kirkman Pastel Workshop! The 5-day workshop will give you plenty of time to exercise and improve your pastel abilities (all skill levels welcome) in the classroom, while leaving extra hours to explore the beautiful grounds, paint outside, sketch and take photos, or simply relax! Learn from Rita’s 40+ years of experience with pastel. Lots of individual attention given. One price includes the workshop tuition, on-site lodging and daily home-cooked meals!
 
Location: Marvin, South Dakota
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $807 (shared room)
Sponsor: Rita Kirkman Studio
Website, email, 210-274-3384


"Plein Air Lanscapes with Aaron Schuerr"
July 17-20, 2019
 

From thumbnail sketches to planning a studio painting, we will explore the possibilities of landscape painting. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence. This workshop is open to all mediums, but demos will be in oil and pastel. 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Level: Adult, 18+
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Aaron Schuerr
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"Embrace the Practice: A Painting A Day"
July 19-20, 2019
 

Embrace the process of painting and the importance of daily practice as a path to developing your creativity and image-making skills. Discover how painting can be used as an insistent act of documentation and with it, record weeks, months, and even years. Over the course of two days, you will paint at least 10 panels, guided by Lisa, who has made over 3,100 daily, consecutive paintings – so far. A combination of demonstrations, in-class assignments, and individual instruction will teach students techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Additionally, Lisa will share approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. All levels of painters are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy, LisaDariaKennedy.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
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


"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


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-23, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"The Portrait in Pastel with Cuong Nguyen"
July 22-24, 2019
 

The core of the lesson will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel. The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the session. This is a great opportunity for you to discover your own passion for drawing, or just take your existing skills to the next level.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Cuong Nguyen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Plein Air Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - All-Levels"
July 23-26, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for any level of painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will introduce you to painting en plein air. (Since the workshops are small, experienced painters will also benefit!) Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"Power of Pastel with Christine Swann"
July 25-27, 2019
 

Learn everything needed to know about this medium and how to control it. Workshop will focus on understanding light by painting still lifes and then the portrait from models. All levels welcome. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Level: Adult, 18+
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"Sky in the Landscape with Lana Ballot"
July 29-31, 2019
 

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the role of sky in a landscape - from providing us with compositional elements to setting the mood to taking center stage in a painting. We will focus on how to use underpainting and color layering to create luminous skies and textures of the landscape. For studio work, students can choose to paint from their own photos or from provided photo reference. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lana Ballot
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - Experienced Painters"
July 30 - August 2, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for the more experienced painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will go beyond the basics to cover advanced topics such as color temperature and harmony and more. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"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


"Exploring Pastel Painting & Cloudscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

The statement "I wish I could paint" really means I wish I could convey through painting how I feel about what I am seeing. In art, a cloudscape is the depiction of a view of clouds. We will explore cloudscapes with the inclusion of the landscape to suggest scale, orientation, weather conditions and distance. Fine tune your powers of observation in this very focused and exploratory workshop. Instructor Kathy Beekman creates a comfortable learning environment where class participants excel in the world of soft pastel. This fun-filled informative workshop is designed to suit the beginner, as well as the continuing pastel painter desiring to extend their range of skills. You will complete two paintings during this 6-hour course.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Formulas for Painting Fabulous Paintings + Set Your Horizons"
August 3, 2019
 

Enrich your experience with pastels by learning three formulas that will make your paintings compositionally sound every time. The instructor will demonstrate each formula and you will paint with your new-found knowledge the landscape imagery that you bring with you. Discover the importance of properly placed horizon lines. Learn what a low and high horizon line accomplishes and where best to place your horizons to create a feeling of great height, expanse of open space, or the feeling of looking outward and upward, down upon your subject or deep into the far distance. If you are looking for more oomph and more arresting and unexpected compositional qualities in your artwork, then this is the class for you.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Let Loose with Color + Sunrise, Sunset"
August 4, 2019
 

Learn to let loose with color and successfully create a powerful work of art! Learn to step away from the use of pleasant but dull colors and dive fearlessly into the use of wonderfully pure color. Kathy's approach to painting is easy to understand and participants will take home a completed painting. Bring your expressive potential to life in this amazing pastel painting workshop. Find out how rich in color pastels can be, while you explore a world of painting sunrises and sunsets. Kathy will begin with demonstrations and then guide participants on their individual paintings from start to finish. Kathy is referred to as a fun-loving, fabulous instructor who can teach to students of any level.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting Retreat for Experienced Painters - Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 11-16, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting retreat for experienced painters in Lubec, Maine. This historic town has a working harbor and boats, lighthouses, bold cliffs and is just a 5-minute drive from the natural scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada. This is a retreat, not a workshop, but Michael will be offering daily critiques and demonstrations plus guide you to his favorite spots. Lodging (not included) is at the beautifully-restored Coast Guard campus at West Quoddy Head. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"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


"Being Outside: Thinking In and With the Landscape"
August 16-17, 2019
 

This multi-media workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Beginning with direct, experiential observation and multisensory immersion outside, you will explore methods to examine and document. While outside on the first day, you will translate your experiences from the outdoors through writing, drawing, collecting, photographing, or making video, and doing further research. Use that documentation as raw material to create an artwork inside the studio on day two.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Painting Maine - Michael Chesley Johnson - Experienced Painters"
August 27-30, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting workshop for the more experienced painter. Based in Lubec, Maine, a historic town with a harbor, lighthouses, bold cliffs and just a short drive from the scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada, this workshop will go beyond the basics to cover advanced topics such as color temperature and harmony and more. Each day starts with a lecture and demonstration in the field, followed by student work, and with Michael offering individual help. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"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


"Oil Pastels"
September 7-8, 2019
 

Oil pastels have a soft and buttery feel and are fun and rewarding to work with. Made from pure pigment, non-drying oils and waxes, the color effects and textures that can be achieved with this medium are stunningly beautiful and captivating. Students will learn to: prepare the substrate and underpainting; blend pastels to create three-dimensional effects; develop layering techniques; use tools to reveal previous layers for color and textural interest and build up the paintings surface and color quality; understand the use of line and mark making for visual interest; consider color theory concepts in layering with oil pastels; understand composition and use of negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects; and learn the dialogue of self-critique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $310
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Creating Expressive Abstracts"
September 16-20, 2019
 

This workshop will include intuitive and expressive exercises for artists, creating abstracts from source material such as photos and drawings, color studies, elements of art, color theory, use of underpainting to aid in abstract development, use of surfaces and grounds, combining abstraction and realism to create florals, landscape, portraits and more. You will also learn how to create a series of works and evaluate your paintings and bring them to conclusion. The workshop contains artist demonstrations, informative discussions and thorough handouts for each participant. Workshops are open to both pastel and acrylic artists. Past participants have given her workshops rave reviews. Come ready to explore!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Debora Stewart, deborastewart.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 per person
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Adventures in Color Using Soft Pastel"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Transform your photo references into expressive and personal paintings in this pastel workshop focused on composition, color, and value. Working from black and white images, you will foster an abstract approach to dark and light value patterns, improvise creative color strategies, and use painterly techniques to convey mood and mystery, rather than detailed accuracy in your compositions. Demonstrations and discussions will introduce you to compositional strategies, color theory, and pastel techniques. Hands-on practice using personal and supplied photo references will be emphasized throughout the four-days with Kathleen available for individualized feedback. While this is not a plein air offering, you may go outside to gather information in your sketchbooks to further fuel studio work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Newman, www.KathleenNewman.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Clear and Complete Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Gain confidence in your ability to translate your subject to canvas as you strengthen your observational skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized feedback. Leave this workshop with focus and direction for future work. Open to oil, water-soluble oil, acrylic, and pastel painters of all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bringing Animals to Life with Bill Suys"
September 24-27, 2019
 

Bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through demonstrations, examples, and individual attention, this 4-day workshop will enhance each student’s ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to ‘life’ while also building form, structure and surface. Regardless of current level of expertise, participants will leave with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of one’s work, improving the result while bringing greater joy and depth to the process. 9:00am - 4:00pm (Tuesday through Friday)
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Suys
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"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


"Modern Impressionism in Action"
September 30 - October 3, 2019
 

Colley Whisson believes "It is not what you paint but how you paint it". He has a strong belief that he is not copying nature but giving expression to visual ideas. Colley teaches the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. Colley's workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. In this workshop, he will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and pay special attention to the importance of edges. Colley employs a step-by-step process, demonstrating to all levels of students the best approach to constructing a painting. Weather permitting, Colley will conduct an outdoor demonstration to show his approach to working on site, or 'en plein air'.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Cost: $645 by May 30, $695 after May 30
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"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


"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


"Developing Your Artistic Voice"
October 21-24, 2019
 

Designed to encourage students to see in a more organic and abstract way, this multi-level workshop will push you to view your subject as a point of departure toward your creative interpretations. This process will engage and energize your thinking and inspire personal discovery that is unique to your vision, experiences, and being. Each day, questions will be posed through thoughtful group discussions that will prompt responses through the means of word and/or visual actions. Exercises in introspection, one-on-one conversations with Joseph, and plenty of working time will bridge the gap in creative possibilities and opposing views, as well as aid in you finding and using your own artistic voice. All skill levels and painting media are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak, www.JosephGyurcsak.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"'Captured' - Your References Reimagined with Bethany Fields"
October 23-25, 2019
 

Learn how to take your "boring" photos and create new compositions that pop with light, color and feeling. You will layer, crop and combine reference to create new source imagery. Pastel techniques such as underpainting, embroidering color and methods to bring light into your landscape will be taught and practiced. Demos and one-on-one help at your easel are included each day. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Bethany Fields
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Layering the Light with Rita Kirkman"
November 6-8, 2019
 

Infuse your pastel paintings with the life and warmth of sunlight with Kirkman's creative under-painting technique. By completing several small paintings you will quickly grasp the concepts of value and temperature that create a believable and beautiful impression of light! Related principles such as design and color will inspire discussion, as well as how to creatively interpret your photos and stay productive in your busy lifestyle.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


 

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