Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Set in Stone: Sculpting Vacation in Umbria, Italy"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to Umbria, Italy, and learn to sculpt from an experienced artist and tutor, explore the artistic influences of the region and find stillness in nature. You will receive daily sculpting lessons adapted to your level and needs, complete with stone carving tools and stone block, accommodation in a traditional Umbrian country house, and Italian home-cooked and restaurant meals. UpTrek Sculpting Workshop inclusions: accommodation, all meals, preliminary counseling with instructor Wolfgang Sandt, 5 stone carving lessons, marble / limestone block, stone carving tools, guided tour including transfers and entrance tickets, body massage, airport transfers.
 
Location: Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Wolfgang Sandt
Cost: $2,400
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Figure & Portrait Modeling - Session 2"
Mondays, July 8 - August 5, 2019
 

Sculpting from the life model is the foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Learn to model the life-sized human portrait and 24-inch full figure in clay, from armature construction to finished sculpture. Topics of study will include basic structure, gesture, proportion, anatomy and achieving a portrait likeness. Students may focus on the portrait, the figure or both. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $215; Lab Fee: $5
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture"
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2019
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Traditional Stone Carving - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2019
 

Discover the art of traditional stone carving. Using historical techniques, create work from drawings, clay sketches, or direct working off a stone block. Learn safe and effective tool use, progressing from simple geometric forms to foliage and portraiture. Advanced topics may include lettering, indirect carving using the pointing machine, and pneumatic chisel use.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $215; Lab Fee: $40
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Écorché"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 2019
 

Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin. Working from the skeleton, students will model the underlying forms in clay on an armature. Excellent for both draftspersons and sculptors interested in a detailed study of human anatomy.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Fridays, July 12 - August 9, 2019
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication, construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and specific techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Stone Carving - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 10, 2019
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: $295; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Animal Écorché: The Doe"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 10, 2019
 

Écorché is a classical approach to identifying and comprehending the underlying bone and muscle structures of a living subject by building a three-dimensional anatomical figure in clay. Students in this class will construct an 8-inch deer in plasteline, beginning with the skeleton. References will include a scale model and print/video media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins, www.dianecollinsstudio.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 17, 2019
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Geode Jewels brooch and wall niche"
July 21-27, 2019
 

This project allows for a great deal of freedom in design. I am a believer in sharing my skills and experience, and guiding rather than dictating your process of creation. Using premade sterling silver settings, you will set your choice of a pair of marvelous mini geodes. These tiny natural wonders come in a wide array of sizes, shapes, and colors--and they sparkle like mad. Embellishment may include bead embroidery, applique, sequins, or all of the above. We'll even create some of our own. I will bring a variety of Mexican nichos to house our completed works of art.
 
Location: St. Bernard, Nova Scotia, Canada
Instructor: Kim Van Antwerp
Cost: $1200
Website, email, 760-840-7227


"Animal Sculpture at the Zoo"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Compose clay sculptural studies of animal subjects on location at the Philadelphia Zoo. Begin with rapid three-dimensional sketches and progress to extended sculptural renderings in order to identify boney landmarks and convey the gesture of a variety of species. Comparative anatomy, materials, and techniques will be addressed, as well as methods for capturing expression. Transportation available. Note: Zoo admission fees not included in tuition price.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins, www.dianecollinsstudio.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Poetry in Motion: Making Marvelous Mobiles"
July 25-29, 2019
 

Discover and explore the fantastic, kinetic world of the mobile with international artist Keith Lo Bue. His sheer joy in the medium is infectious. This dynamic workshop celebrates that excitement as he guides you through making both hanging and table-standing mobiles that spin, wobble, dart, and drift, seemingly defying gravity. A minimum of tools and materials are needed to create complex mobiles of wire, metal, wood, paper – even found objects! Keith will reveal unique techniques and tricks not available anywhere else. Suitable for the rote beginner as well as the seasoned artist, you and those around you will be mesmerized as your creations spring to life before your eyes. It's time to welcome some serious balance into your life!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Akasha Dolls"
August 22, 2019
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage: Dear Dollies"
August 24, 2019
 

Fairies, elves, ballerina dogs! In this class we will make several dolls to take home. You can make dolls of all different sizes. Share one with a friend, hang one on the Christmas tree, or just enjoy your creations! I will teach you techniques so that your doll will not only look great, but will last as long as you do! Assemblage is the art of connecting odd parts into a new creation. We will use antique doll parts, tins, lace, and hardware along with some interesting new choices to create your very own dolls. After taking this class you will be inspired to hunt up your own “parts” and get hooked on the wonderful world of one-of-a-kind dolls.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Lightheaded!"
August 25, 2019
 

Create a nightlight that is a little bit cute, a little bit spooky, a little bit freaky, a little bit Steampunk. Using an antique composition baby doll head and found objects such as lamp parts, old keys, finials, and oil cans we will construct our assemblage nightlight. We will have a lesson on using special resin clay to attach objects, and antiquing with paint. No previous experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Faux Etching, Small Figurative Assemblage"
August 25, 2019
 

This workshop evolved from a happy accident. I’ve been etching anything I can get my hands on ever since! Learn a fast and easy technique for creating “etched” metal surfaces without having to deal with toxic chemicals and hours of agitation. After etching the metal in the morning, we will spend the rest of the day constructing a unique figurative sculpture using the metal that we altered. We will also cover basic cold connection methods as well as composition and design. I will also demonstrate a quick and easy way to make a mold of just about anything. This technique will become a treasured favorite and will be useful in many other projects.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Extraordinary Objects"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Found objects can act as conduits of metaphorical meaning. They help to create narrative and expand the stories we wish to tell. In this workshop we will investigate the manner by which sculptures can serve as a platform for presenting personal narratives. We will go out in the field and scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques. Students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and discovering what drives the sculptures they create.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $370
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


"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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