Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 3, 2019
 

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


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

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the production of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of process or a way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, you will create a unique document that expresses your understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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