Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Pastel and Drawing Innovations"
October 25-27, 2018

In this 3 day intensive class Dawn will present major concepts from her book, "Pastel Innovations". Participants will explore new ways of drawing that will change fundamental concepts about what drawing is. They will explore using non traditional tools and materials for mark making as they explore transfer techniques, monotype, pan pastels, mixed media, and new surfaces for pastel. Approaching painting and drawing in a playful way is the foundation for growth as an artist and Dawn's teaching style will help each person "loosen up" by showing you ways to let go of old habits. Come ready to learn and enjoy!
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Dawn Emerson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email

"Hand-Printed Monotype Workshop"
October 27, 2018

Learn monotype printmaking methods that do not require a press or shop facilities. These painterly techniques are easily transportable for use outside for plein air work, on a table at home, or in the classroom. Oil-based block-printing inks and various papers will be supplied; experiment with your own paints and inks as well!
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jennifer Baker
Cost: $95, Lab Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Day of the Dead Art Adventure in Mexico 2018"
October 29 - November 3, 2018

This special workshop offered in colonial town San Miguel de Allende includes: Intro to urban sketching, great photo opportunities painting and shopping. See the Heart of Mexico through an artist perspective, workshop in mono-type painting, ofrenda (Mexican altar), and paint your own skull. Plus, an afternoon of shopping in the famous artisan market and one full day visiting to Guanajuato, Guanajuto the historical and unique Colonial city. Register early, this workshop fills up fast! Only 9 per workshop. All levels of painting experience welcomed. Best way to experience San Miguel for the first time! Instructors: Painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu are internationally renowned artists who have being teaching since 1989, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art.
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1250 most materials included, 1Day road trip, shopping
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 52-415-121-2311

"Fundamentals of Screen Printing for Teens"
November 10, 2018

Silkscreen printing is a versatile process that can be used to transfer graphic images to a variety of materials, including paper and fabric. Design and print a series of one- or two-color prints based on your personal drawings or photographs. The morning will be dedicated to designing imagery and preparing materials, including exposing screens and mixing ink. While the afternoonwill be spent learning proper printing techniques and registration. Leave this workshop with a series of prints and new skills to add to your portfolio.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos
Cost: $30
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Art and Culture in the Alentejo, Portugal"
April 27 - May 4, 2019

Join us in the medieval town of Arrailos in the Alentejo region of Portugal for a week of painting, drawing and printmaking. This workshop is for all levels of art experience. Demonstrations will be plein air in watercolor and drawing with a two day workshop in monoprints in the town's municipal print studio. Cultural excursions to the nearby town of Evora and stone megaliths are included in the week.
Location: Arraiolos, Portugal
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444

"Monoprint Collage: Beyond the Pretty Papers in Santa Fe"
May 13-17, 2019

If you have worked with a gel plate* you probably have loads of pretty papers and are wondering what to do with them. Or maybe you have tried monoprints with the gel plate, but are not sure how to get beyond the cool techniques. How do you make the leap from pretty papers to strong visual statements? We will begin with a technique refresher by layering colors, patterns, and texture, creating a spectrum of collage material. Then we will move on to combine our printed papers with painting, drawing, and overprinting to build images. This class is open to those with some experience with gel plate printing.
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"First ever Outlander Art Experience"
June 30 - July 9, 2019

Sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland. Join us on this 10-day, first ever Outlander-themed art tour and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders. With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much more. The artist-guided tour also includes a printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, some creative writing and a session with a Scottish herbalist. A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed.
Location: Various cities, incl. Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson & guest tutors
Cost: GBP 2390
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Website, email, +44(0)7784966165

"The Best of Both Worlds: A New Approach to Botanical Printing"
July 15-19, 2019

Botanical printing– also known as eco-printing– has a large and dedicated following. The sustainability of materials and inherent organic beauty of the imagery is deliciously appealing. But consider a new twist on beloved printing methods. This workshop explores ten additions to botanical printing on paper/fabric substrates to create a series of collages suitable for framing, stitch, or other distinctive and personal use. Techniques include adding color or collage elements prior to printing, the use of a variety of mordants and chemical applications to enhance and shift color. Dunnewold’s unique methods for adding new and unexpected additions to the eco-printing repertoire are not for the faint hearted. It’s just too exciting!
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold,
Cost: $865 + Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Block Print"

Step into a centuries old world of block print, an Indian art aesthetic which is prominent in the local creation realm. Learn to speak with color and shapes as you explore this form. What to expect from this workshop: Learn block printing using a motive or all-over design. Create your own unique print by selecting designs and colors.
Location: Jaipur, India
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Creatis
Website, email, 98286 01666

"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

"Mixed Media Online Workshop"
Begin this online class at any time

Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


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