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


"Supplies for Art Aren't Always Art Supplies"
June 5-8, 2019
 

Discover a different approach to water media in this four-day workshop that focuses on creativity and resourcefulness. Combine traditional art supplies with everyday tools to create unique effects and, ultimately, a distinguishable visual style. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a demonstration of a specific technique, including masking and resists, glazing and washing, creating textures, color mixing, and rendering light and shadow. Geoffrey’s take on drawing, composition, and studio setup will also be addressed. The rest of each day will be dedicated to working on exercises and paintings with Geoffrey available for individualized feedback. Whether you’re an advanced beginner or master, realist or abstract painter, you will benefit from these new techniques and materials.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Geoffrey McCormack, www.mcsurf.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


"Watercolor Workshop: Discover the Visual Language of Painting"
June 10-14, 2019
 

As a teacher, my goal is to see the lightbulbs come on when students realize that painting isn’t as mysterious as it seems. Of course, it’s still challenging—which is part of the fun—but the visual language is something that I believe we all can learn. In my workshops, I try to teach shortcuts that allow students to make leaps in their understanding of this visual language and how to avoid many of the common pitfalls of painting, such as inaccurate perspective, mixing colors poorly, and getting restrained by the details of a scene. With the big shapes planned and an accurate drawing established, it’s easier to loosen up and enjoy fluid washes, expressive brushwork, and bold color.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dan Mondloch
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Slow Travel Using the Creative Process"
June 10-13, 2019
 

Discover how quick studies made using basic drawing and watercolor supplies to record your travels, both near and far, can enrich your studio practice. Explore this two-part process by creating small works that document the places and moments around you before returning to the studio to reinterpret and expand on observations through larger, more finished pieces. The workshop will begin with an overview of watercolor painting, Brian will share the rich history of using the medium to record travel, as well as best practices for small, quick studies. Beginning students will be introduced to the process and tools of watercolor, while more advanced students will head out into the Door County landscape to create their first works in the “travel spirit”.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brian Frink, www.BrianFrink.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


"Painting in Black and White"
June 14-15, 2019
 

Explore dramatic possibilities in your paintings with a limited palette of black and white. Using the concept of Notan, a balance of dark and light, this workshop will refine your ability to create illusionistic space in any composition through the relationships of figure and ground and transparency and opacity. Working from still life setups, personal photo references of the landscape, and experimental and abstract prompts, you will work through a series of small exercises and paintings. The importance of value and its ability to create depth will be emphasized throughout as you hone your skills in observing and translating value to canvas. The workshop will be comprised of discussions, demonstrations, and group critiques led by Shannon. Open to all levels.
 
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


"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


"Journaling with Pens and Watercolor"
June 16, 2019
 

Pens with watercolor are a very useful combo for journaling on location and just about anywhere! We’ll work with an assortment of water soluble and waterproof pens to create textures, values, and compositions in journals. This will be the foundation for color transparencies. Learn how to paint watercolor layers and fused colors with intensity. This is your chance to play with shape making and combine images in an artful way on paper. Paint freely while dropping in color onto the wet paper surface. And no worries if you’ve never painted or drawn before! I’ll go over the basics and there will be images available to work from or bring some images of your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Teens: Illustration Techniques"
June 17-20, 2019
 

In this workshop, teens will learn the process of illustrating a sequential story from writing, layout, and sketching to the final finished pages. Students will design and roughly sketch a multiple-page story of their own creation with illustrations in the media of their choice. Watercolor, colored ink, markers, pens, and colored pencil techniques will be taught.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting with Watercolor on Canvas"
June 21-23, 2019
 

This is a workshop designed for artists with intermediate through advanced watercolor experience, and other painters who are interested in learning how to work with watercolor on canvas. You’ll learn the basics and beyond of the range of approaches for effectively using watercolor on Aquabord, watercolor canvas, and other nonporous surfaces in a group class setting. This unique workshop experience will encourage expressive experimentation in this relatively new approach to watercolor on nonabsorbent substrates. It will provide an opportunity for artists to learn new and experimental approaches to a favorite medium. Learn how to capture the glow of watercolor with the convenience of canvas. You can stop framing your watercolors under glass!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen lebesadel
Cost: $520
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Ready, Paint, Go!"
July 8-12, 2019
 

In this fun and fresh water media workshop, you'll learn how to go "beyond" plain watercolor in a fun and relaxed environment while learning to incorporate some new ideas into your tried-and-true techniques. Expand your horizons as you transport your landscapes, portraits, animals - or anything you want to paint - into even more exciting and relevant works of art. Ward will be teaching his revolutionary painting techniques, using several different kinds of water media including crystal powdered paint, iridescent paint and more. These techniques are featured in his popular DVD/Video series "Brusho and Beyond." Students will get lots of one-on-one instruction. Ward will encourage you to paint and experiment with the different media as little or as much as you like.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ward Jene Stroud, artofward.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"A Lively Partnership: Artist and Watercolor"
July 8-9, 2019
 

Painting in watercolor is a partnership between the artist and the medium. This workshop will help you to become comfortable with the medium that is best known for its lively spontaneity. Create fresh, dynamic paintings as you learn how to give up control and allow watercolor to be its best self – fluid and loose. Dan will demonstrate how to take a big brush approach to painting and leave the details behind, as well as key techniques of the medium and lesser known, unique methods. Many photo references will be provided, although you are very welcome to bring your own. Plenty of individual guidance will be provided, as well as a casual group critique to close the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Daniel Danielson, www.DanDanielson.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Painting Nature's Wonders"
July 10-13, 2019
 

The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a painter’s paradise. Explore the beauty of nature as you conquer the medium of transparent watercolor and gain a deeper understanding of its unique properties, techniques, and tools. Step-by-step instruction will lead you through the creation of a series of paintings. How to block in a painting, interpret color, value, and temperatures, use different watercolor-specific processes, and create sound compositions will be emphasized. Dale will provide individualized feedback throughout each exercise and painting. Photo references of various types of landscapes will be supplied by the instructor.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dale Popovich, www.DalePopovich.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"An Introduction to Gouache: The Painting Medium You Didn't Know You Needed"
July 15-18, 2019
 

Discover the unique characteristics of gouache and how to use it with confidence in the creation of studies and finished works. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the medium, including the properties of gouache and the tools and techniques specific to it. The second day will focus on using gouache as a tool for studies, while the remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to working on a series of paintings. The school’s surroundings will be used as inspiration for assignments. Beginners getting their start and experienced painters interested in learning about this medium are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
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


"Using Gouache Color Studies to Improve Your Paintings"
July 22-24, 2019
 

Designed for experienced painters, this workshop will focus on the preliminary planning stages of the painting process. Using gouache, a quick-drying, opaque medium, create color and composition studies to proceed with more confidence and, ultimately, strengthen your final paintings. Demonstrations and discussions will provide you with an overview of the medium and its unique characteristics, while hands-on lessons in color interaction will help you look at your existing and future work with a more analytical eye. Working from photo references, you will create multiple color and value studies for a single composition and complete studies with flat patches of color to explore abstract structural concepts without worrying about the details. This process allows you to explore several options relatively quickly.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kyle McKenzie, www.KyleJMcKenzie.com
Cost: Members: $340, Non-Members: $370
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Be Brave and Have Fun with Watercolour"
July 22-26, 2019
 

In this workshop, students will work with Herman to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention of this class is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step-by-step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes, focusing on various techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 31, 2019
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors; learn how to do basic washes; and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 1, 2019
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
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


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks, and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 3, 2019
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Andy Evansen: Painting Bolder Watercolors"
August 4-8, 2019
 

Create beautiful, impressionistic watercolor paintings using Andy Evansen's popular techniques. Class level is intermediate to advanced though beginners are welcome and encouraged to contact Andy for information about attending. 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: Andy Evansen
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"Mastering the Watercolor Mindset"
September 4-7, 2019
 

Success in watercolor has deep roots in mindset. When you are in the midst of a wash, whether controlled, free, or anything in between, the key ingredient is managing your mindset by redefining results as opportunities to be enhanced and any issues as puzzles to be solved. Explore watercolor’s full potential by using a photograph’s essence as a reference to be captured, rather than copied. Each day you will work toward completing a series of remarkable scenes with Steve as your guide. More importantly, you’ll build skills at mastering a watercolor mindset that will serve you well for a lifetime of painting. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Poetic Dialogue Project"
September 5-6, 2019
 

Create art in response to poetry and bind it into an accordion book. Students should have some watercolor experience and can either bring in a favorite poem or work with poetry supplied by the instructor from various contemporary poets. Students may work in watercolor or mix watercolor with other water-based media (pen and ink, watercolor pencils). The instructor will present her Poetic Dialogue Project – a series of exhibitions of artists interpreting poetry or collaborating with poets – for inspiration, as well as her own works that have been created in partnership with her poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. Individualized instruction in watercolor technique will be offered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Shadur
Cost: $260
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


"Flowing Color: Waterscapes"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Using Door County and Lake Michigan as inspiration, learn how to paint water that is convincing and filled with a sense of texture and movement. Adopt a three-step watercolor process for value and color studies, while learning to simplify the landscape down to its most basic shapes. Each morning will begin with a short studio demonstration addressing the challenges in painting this particular subject. Spend the rest of the day gaining hands-on practice painting water reflections, moving water, river and wave action, and color solutions. Individualized instruction will be provided throughout each day. A plein air demonstration will be included to show the process in action.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Uma Kelkar: Elegance in Watercolors"
September 22-26, 2019
 

Make your watercolors sing by studying the right balance of shapes, colors, and strokes in your scenes. This retreat features a mixture of studio and plein air painting. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Uma Kelkar
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Capture the Fundamental Essence in Watercolor"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Fabio Cembranelli will guide you in developing loose and spontaneous watercolor techniques enhancing your own personal intuitive approach. Specific attention will be devoted to the following techniques: Wet on wet, Watercolor painting on damp paper, The importance of the white of the paper and how to save or restore it, How to enhance the focal point, How to work fast, Light and shadow effects, and more. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques followed by individual attention for students.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Fábio Cembranelli
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Portable Sketching Techniques for Capturing Structures and Street Scenes"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Walk away with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann will share techniques in using pen and ink and watercolor, zooming in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and achieving convincing yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of time for one-on-one assistance will be emphasized. An enjoyable critique will close each day. Weather permitting, the class will work outside.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Exploring the Magic of Watercolor"
October 2-5, 2019
 

Immerse yourself in the unique qualities of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students looking to strengthen their skills in composition, expand their visual language, and develop their artistic voice. Create more interest in your paintings as you exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of watercolor with Mick as your guide. Discussions and demonstrations will emphasize the importance of developing dynamic shapes, value contrast, and edge quality to produce sound compositions. Working with a limited palette, simplifying scenes, atmospheric perspective, and color theory will also be addressed. Less experienced students will follow along in step-by-step group paintings, while more experiences painters will work from their own reference materials with Mick available for individual guidance.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mick McAndrews, MickMcAndrewsFineArt.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


"Watercolor: The Perfect Plein Air Medium"
October 11-12, 2019
 

Learning to paint on location is not only fun, it can help you to make strides in your studio work as well. Bring excitement to your paintings with the use of strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes in this two-day workshop. Each day will begin with a meeting in the studio to discuss the day’s plan and key concepts with time split between painting indoors and out. Brienne will demonstrate and explain her process for plein air painting, including where to start, what to paint, and how to deal with the elements, as well as share great exercises and practices that will help you become a better painter in and out of the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brienne Brown, BrienneMBrown.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
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


"Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: From Flowers to Figures"
June 21-25, 2020
 

Develop a loose and natural approach to painting flowers, faces, and figures with nationally recognized artist Janet Rogers. All levels of painter welcome. 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: Janet Rogers
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-559-0178


 

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