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


"Mixed Media Painting: Explore and Expand"
May 22-25, 2019
 

Expand your painting practice by experimenting with various material processes, such as screen printing, collage, and paint pouring. Employ simple creative guidelines using these materials and other painting methods to explore compositional techniques that make effective use of space, pattern, and layering in your work. Along with daily material demonstrations and a priority on individual working time, this workshop will include lectures and discussions based on relevant artworks, design issues, explorations of content, and constructive peer and instructor feedback about in-progress work. You will leave with a few small works-in-progress or finished pieces, as well as new collage materials, processes, and ideas to incorporate into your personal studio practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Megan Kathol Bersett, megankatholbersett.com
Cost: Members: $470, Non-Members: $510
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


"Watercolor and Block Prints"
June 15, 2019
 

Imagine the combination of relief block prints and watercolor. Relief block prints hold a huge realm of possibilities. You can repeat the image to create wonderful additions for cards or works on paper. Learn to design and carve images with little effort on soft rubber material. These designs will build detail and decorative lines for our watercolor painting. Adding watercolor to block prints is a form of instant gratification. Bright colors, lines, and shapes just pop immediately on the surface with little effort. No worries about your drawing skill level – tracing paper will be available! Indulge yourself for a day of creativity with paint, print, and line.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Paint/Collage - Collage/Paint"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Explore as many ways of constructing the collage as possible with paint acting as the integrating element. Using water-based paint over and under your collages, you will learn not only how to build collages, but also how to paint both supportively and expressively. Find your creative voice as you discover what media work together and what processes best align with your vision and goals. Through discussions and hands-on practice, Holly will share image transfer processes, gluing techniques, compatibility of media, and different ways of working with water-based paints. Materials include, but are not limited to paint, photographs, found objects, organic materials, cloth, and three-dimensional objects. Leave this workshop with a toolkit of strategies for assembling collages and combining media successfully.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Holly Roberts, www.HollyRobertsStudio.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Teens: Screen Printing Basics"
July 1-5, 2019
 

Silkscreen printing is a versatile process that can be used to transfer graphic images to a variety of materials, including paper and fabric. Working from imagery of their choosing, teens will learn how to plan compositions, separate and sequence colors, mix and apply ink, and successfully print. Monotype, stencil, and photo emulsion screen printing processes will be explored using water-based inks. No class on Thursday, July 4th.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Never Too Many: Printmaking Sampler (Ages 6-8)"
July 1-5, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on three different printmaking methods, including relief, collagraph, and monotype. Young artists will learn about the history and practice techniques unique to each process, followed by time to experiment and play. Single- and multi-color prints will be produced using each method. No class on Thursday, July 4th.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
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


"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, janedunnewold.com
Cost: $865 + Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Painterly Prints (Ages 9-12)"
August 5-8, 2019
 

Get the best of both worlds in this workshop that blends printmaking and painting techniques. Relief print, monotypes, collagraphs, and stencils will be further embellished using watercolor, tempera paint, colored pencil, and more. Techniques specific to each printmaking process will be taught, followed by plenty of time to experiment and combine. Throughout the workshop students will create unique single- and multiple-color works of art.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Screen Printing Basics"
August 5-6, 2019
 

Expand your creative practice with the magic of screen printing. Artists of all levels and stripes can benefit from adding screen printing to their toolbox. Learn the basics of getting an image from sketchbook to screen to paper, as well as tips for incorporating screen printing into other media, like painting, book arts, and sculpture. Using the basics of silkscreen printing, Katie will guide you through the process of making film positives from your personally drawn or photographed artwork, applying emulsion and exposing screens, mixing ink, organizing registration, and printing successfully. Additional screen print methods will be covered, including using drawing fluid with screen filler and color reduction printing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Ries
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Collagraph: Textures and Topographies"
August 19-20, 2019
 

Collagraphs are often experimental prints made from collaging items on a matrix, resulting in rich, textured images. Easily combined with other techniques, this process promotes exploration and improvisation. Don will demonstrate each of the collagraph techniques introduced, as well as ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use. Hands-on practice will be a priority to allow for plenty of time to experiment. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
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


"Experimental Printmaking"
September 18-21, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will experiment with several printmaking processes, including paper lithography, image transfers, monoprinting, screen printing, and methods for using alternative materials, including glue to create projects with flocking, glitter, embossing powders, and foil. Through demonstrations and lectures, you will learn techniques best suited for your specific goals and practice, as well as discuss how to combine multiple types of printmaking and how to best implement them. Projects will include creating multiple layered prints, yardage, and zines.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Caponigro, www.JessicaCaponigro.com
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $515
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Multiplicities of the Monotype"
September 27-28, 2019
 

This workshop introduces basic monotype printmaking processes, materials, and equipment with an emphasis on the variability and multiplicity of the medium. Discover the relationship between this process and other disciplines, as you experiment with a variety of techniques. Demonstrations will address general printmaking techniques, including ink mixing, color theory, paper handling, iteration of the multiple, materials safety, and press use, as well as monotype specific techniques, such as subtractive and additive painting, stencils, and more. Plenty of hands-on practice will be a priority. Open to all levels, however knowledge of two-dimensional elements of art and design is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Don Krumpos
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Making Monoprints"
September 27, 2019
 

Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that are the most flexible and least intimidating of all the printmaking processes. Discover how you can create unique, painterly prints in a matter of hours using many of the same techniques used in watercolor and oil painting. All levels welcome. Philip will bring materials for printmaking and his portable press. You will be using Akua soy-based inks in class that clean up with water.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Easy Linocut Registration with Tiles"
September 27, 2019
 

Looking for an easy method of registration for unmounted linocuts? Judy will show you how she hand-prints linocuts using floor tiles and carpet tape. It’s a surprisingly easy and accurate registration method for any size linocut but especially for smaller 4"x6" and 6"x8" sizes. Carve a quick 4”x6” linocut during class and proceed through the steps of working with this unusual and very handy process. You’ll take home a registration set up ready to go.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
September 27-29, 2019
 

Moku Hanga, meaning “wood print,” is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water-based. Alfred will teach you to hand-carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $335
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silk Screen Cards"
September 27, 2019
 

Learn how to silkscreen! In this workshop, you will be able to create your own greeting cards using a 12”x18” silk screen and a squeegee. Carole will show you how to make a simple screen print from a hand-cut stencil. Once you get set up, making multiple prints is a breeze! Bring bold, graphic images to work from. All materials provided as well as use of Shake Rag Alley’s screen printing frames and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
September 27-29, 2019
 

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You’ll practice strokes and techniques then create and carve your original composition. You’ll ink and hand print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5”x7” or 8”x10.” Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Carborundum Collagraphs"
September 28, 2019
 

Make densely textured prints by gluing thin materials plus carborundum (silicon carbide) to sheets of plexiglass or matboard. Resulting prints have the rich contrasts of intaglio etchings, but using much less expensive materials. Try this intriguing printmaking medium with Philip’s help, and take home some exciting and unusual prints.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Philip Hartigan
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sample Five Water-Base Inks"
September 28-29, 2019
 

Explore five different water-base inks on a linocut, including: Blick water-based ink; Caligo oil-base ink with water/soap wash up; Schminke Linodruck thin strongly pigmented water-base; Charbonnel Aqua Wash oil-based with water washup; and Akua Intaglio highly pigmented inks. Bring a 3”x4” design, to carve in provided linoleum, incorporating solid areas plus line work. For multi-color imprinting, come with designs for second or third colors. Some inks dry quickly, ready for a second color. Others need to dry overnight. A variety of papers will be available. You will bind your prints into an ink sampler using Japanese stab binding.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silk Screen Art Prints"
September 28-29, 2019
 

In this two-day class, you'll make multi-color art prints using a 12”x18” silk screen. Learn how to achieve a complex print in several colors using a number of more advanced techniques. It’s all fun to learn and rewarding to make multiples — you’ll love working with silk screens! Bring reference sketches or other visuals for inspiration. No prior experience is necessary. All materials provided as well as use of Shake Rag Alley’s screen printing frames and tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Design and Print Greeting Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 28, 2019
 

In this introductory class, participants will learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register, and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press’s collection of wood type, Ludlow type, cuts and ornaments, and certain polymer plates. We’ll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short phrases. But above all else, let’s have fun while learning about letterpress printing. You’ll leave with a set of 25 3 1/2”x4 7/8” greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Linoleum Block Relief Printing"
September 28-29, 2019
 

Students will learn the basics of relief printmaking using linoleum and easy clean-up oil-based Caligo Ink. Mark will show students how to make both black and white and multi-block, multi-color linocut prints without a press. He will bring several 6”x8” pieces of ""battleship gray" linoleum, inks, burnishing tools, and archival printing paper.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark B. Hill
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Botanical Printing and Dyeing"
July 20-24, 2020
 

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric/fiber for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of plant materials. We begin by gathering as many of our printing and dyeing plants as possible from the area surrounding the workshop. Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together; and using some simple shibori techniques in conjunction with eco-printing and dyeing.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley, lisabinkley.typepad.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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