Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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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