Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Sanctum of the Forgotten Tune"
June 6-9, 2019
 

One thing I have noticed about musical instruments is that the old life never really leaves them. The brass, the mahogany, and ivory, though marked, still have a voice … though perhaps it is not a voice that can be heard, but rather seen. In this class, you will bring old discarded instruments, and we will retune them … not to play music … but so that they speak as a visual art form. Using the process of assemblage you will alter and/or combine broken violins, piano keys, trumpets, etc., and give them a new beginning as a shrine or sculpture. Music to your eyes. Extra Credit: You get bonus points if your sanctum is able to make noise!!!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Steeling Nature"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Join Sabrina and have fun experimenting and playing with metal. Using nature as your inspiration, you will create playful and engaging sculptures from found metal and steel stock. Starting with the basics, Sabrina will cover a range of metal fabrication and forming techniques as well as provide you with many tips and tricks for working wisely with a variety of tools. Techniques will include fabrication, welding, plasma cutting, basic forging, and cold connections. No experience necessary. Materials fee includes a kit of 16-gauge and 8-gauge sheet steel, 3/8" round and 1/2” square stock.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $665
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bronze Casting"
June 17-21, 2019
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind, cowyardstudio.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fundamentals of Metalsmithing"
June 17 & 24, 2019
 

Explore the range and versatility of sheet metal and gain valuable skills for working with traditional metalworking tools and equipment. Several processes will be discussed, but emphasis will be on multiple fabrication techniques to construct three-dimensional forms. Demonstrations will address shaping, bending, patterning, and soldering for a small-scale project or jewelry design. Linda will share many bench top and technical tips to experiment with metal, in addition to options for final finishing. Open to all skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Seebauer Hansen, www.lindaseebauerhansen.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"One-week ceramics Immersion for Professional Artists"
June 17-21, 2019
 

Take your craft to a new level with our one-week intensives, packing 30 hours of class into five days. Delve into a concentrated topic or process, led by an expert in her field. Topic: Uncanny Animal Heads. Discover Lindsay Pichaske's techniques for building life-sized ceramic animals. Explore the animal head in clay, learning solid construction with pipe armature, slab building, and sculpting facial features. Create a life-sized animal head. Lindsay Pichaske is a 2011-2012 Taunt Fellow, and has been awarded the NCECA Emerging Artist Award and the Maryland Individual Artist Award. See her work at lindsaypichaske.com. Course information: Immersion Workshops: Ceramic Topics ADS438, CRN45061 June 17-21, Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. w/ 1 hour lunch break. Registration begins April 1.
 
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Instructor: Lindsay Pichaske
Cost: $400 for Maryland residents, $625 out-of-state
Sponsor: Community Arts at Montgomery College
Website, email, 240-567-5806


"Exploring Imagery in Clay"
June 19-22, 2019
 

Inspired by personal stories and imagery, this workshop will investigate the relationship between objects and their surfaces. Explore various surface techniques as you produce experimental tiles, low-relief pieces, and small-scale sculptures. Group discussions and hands-on experiments will address possibilities in creating relationships and narratives between objects, including methods for depicting imagery, using negative space and color, moving beyond the pedestal to forms that hang on the wall, and using molds to create multiples. Open to all skill levels, a spirit of curiosity and experimentation is encouraged.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Meghan Sullivan, www.MeghanSullivanCeramics.com
Cost: Members: $485, Non-Members: $525
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sculptural Clay (Ages 6-8)"
June 24-27, 2019
 

In this workshop, young artists will use hand building techniques to explore the sculptural possibilities of clay. Pinch, coil, and slab construction will be used to create a series of unique works of art, including abstract sculptures, wall-hung pieces, and freestanding objects. Children will decorate the surfaces of their work with texture tools and brightly colored underglazes.
 
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


"High School Intensive: Figure Sculpture"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Explore three-dimensional concepts and diversify your portfolio through terra cotta clay sculpture. Work from a life model to study clay modeling techniques, anatomy, proportion, composition, and personal expression. Sculptures will be kiln-fired after the course ends. Note: This class will utilize nude models. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $425 + Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creations in Papier-Mache (Ages 6-8)"
July 8-11, 2019
 

This workshop will introduce young artists to a variety of ways papier-mache can be used to create three-dimensional works that are sculptural and functional. Bowls, vases, sculptures, and piñatas are just a few of the possibilities. Completed with tempera paint and other media, pieces will be vibrant and durable.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sculptures Big and Small (Ages 6-8)"
July 8-11, 2019
 

Focusing on structure and form, this workshop will dive into the many materials and techniques of sculpture. Cardboard, papier-mache, wood, fabric, and found objects will all be used to create abstract and realistic, hard and soft sculptures. Students will look at the sculptural words of historical and contemporary artists for inspiration and instruction throughout the week.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Family Drop-In: Sculpture"
July 12, 2019
 

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


"The Figure in Clay"
July 22-24, 2019
 

Designed for artists of all backgrounds looking to expand their understanding of the human figure, this workshop investigates a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpting. While hand building from observation, you will learn how to identify and translate the planes, gesture, and expression of the figure. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting and manipulating clay, and problem-solving throughout the process. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure. Surface treatment of finished pieces will be addressed as time allows.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $445
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


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Introduction to Installation Art"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Interested in installation art, but not sure where to start? While installation art is typically thought of in relation to sculpture, this hands-on workshop will consider the relationship between 2D and 3D using simple flexible materials, such as fabric and paper. Discover how to convert these materials into complex forms to create an immersive installation in collaboration with your classmates. Making individual contributions that become part of a larger collaborative thematic work, you will transform PenArt’s painting studio. Liz will share her tricks for bending, folding, and non-technical manipulating of paper and fabric to produce elaborate and sculptural interludes. Group discussions led by Liz will address technical and conceptual concerns throughout the four days. No previous installation art or sculpture experience is necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Liz Miller, www.LizMiller.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


"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


"Sculpting the Figure with Stephen Perkins"
November 9-12, 2019
 

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists. Working from the male model, the first two days will focus on the archetypal or memory shapes of the figure by abstracting forms into simpler geometry and convex planes and working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes. Working from the female model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a dynamic pose from life, including capturing the gesture, blocking in the figure using a straight line method, carry through lines, rhythmic patterns, harmonies, and proportion. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method from Walker Hancock and others and currently teaches at Studio Incamminati.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Sculpting the Portrait with Stephen Perkins"
November 14-17, 2019
 

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the portrait as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. Working from Stephen’s demonstration, the first two days will focus on how to block in the head using basic convex planes, and then working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes, create the fundamental structure or map of the head. Working from the live model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a portrait from life. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method from Walker Hancock and others and currently teaches at Studio Incamminati.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


 

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