Saturdays are made for art making, viewing and learning at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt). Beginning in September at its campus at 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek, Wisconsin, PenArt will be offering free and low cost programs focused on local families, children, teens and art appreciators, including monthly Family Art Days, monthly teen workshops and a new artist lecture series.
FAMILY ART DAYS
Kids and families are invited to free Family Art Days every third Saturday of the month throughout the 2019-20 school year. Family Art Days are a great opportunity for parents and kids spend time together in a creative atmosphere. Projects are most appropriate for children ages 3 to 12, although family members of all ages can join in the art-making. No registration is required and families can drop in anytime between 9am and noon,
This year’s projects feature a variety of two and three- dimensional art forms, and plenty of opportunities to learn from the art on exhibit in the Guenzel Gallery. According to Catherine Hoke, PenArt’s Executive Director, “It’s amazing to watch different generations – parents, grandparents, and kids, slow down, put away their devices and work alongside each other, learn from one another, and get excited about creating together.” Family Days are supported in part with a grant through the Wisconsin Arts Board. Upcoming Family Art Days include:
- Sept 21: Where Memories Are Made: Collaged Places and Spaces
- Oct 26: Mask Making in conjunction with Fish Creek’s Jack O’Lantern Days
- Nov 16: Wonders of Wax: Encaustic Landscapes
- Dec 14: Animals on the Loose: Drawing and Painting
- Jan 18: Now You See Me: Paper and Pattern
- Feb 15: Creativity Carnival: Surrealist Art and Artists
- Mar 2: Joyful Beings: Plaster Sculptures
- Apr 18: Portraits to Share: Drypoint Printmaking
- May 16: Art Naturally: Environmental Art
Whether your teen is testing their creative interests or preparing a college portfolio, PenArt offers opportunities to expand their creative potential. The 2019-20 Teen Workshop Program connects local teens with working artists through a series of hands-on experiences, each focused on a different medium. Artist mentorship, peer feedback, and technical and conceptual skill building are all part of the program. Workshops are held on select Saturdays through the school year from 9am to 3pm. There are no prerequisites – just an interest in learning new techniques. Tuition is $30 per day and all materials are provided. Teen Workshops are supported in part by the the Kathryn A. Doerr Young Artists Fund of Peninsula School of Art. Upcoming Teen Workshops include:
- Oct 19: Breaking Down Images into Abstract Expression – Painting
- Nov 16 and 17: Ceramics: On the Wheel
- Dec 7: Introduction to Oil Painting
- Jan 11: Screen Printing Fundamentals
- Feb 22: Creative Expression through DSLR Photography
- Mar 14: Painting with Watercolor: Become a Wildlife Artist
- Apr 18: Metalsmithing Basics
Peninsula School of Art’s year-round calendar of exhibitions is always free and open to the public, but this year PenArt is adding additional opportunities for art appreciators to meet and connect with exhibiting artists. On select Saturdays, visiting artists will demonstrate and work with participants during Family Art Days and then present a short lecture on their work and process from 12:15 – 1pm.
The first in the new series will take place on September 21 and feature Anne Toebbe whose work is on display in PenArt’s latest exhibition The Future of Collage. Toebbe is an American contemporary artist who has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and at the Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City. Based in Chicago, she is best known for creating meticulously designed collages that depict the interiors of domestic life. Anne will demonstrate her collage techniques and then give a slide lecture following.
Lectures will be announced throughout the winter and additional information on this and other programs can be found at www.PeninsulaSchoolofArt.org.
Peninsula School of Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts through education, exhibitions and accessible public programs. PenArt is located at 3900 County Hwy F, in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Summer and Fall hours (May-Oct) are Monday through Saturday, 8am-5pm. For more information about Peninsula School of Art workshops, exhibitions, and community programs, call 920-868-3455 or email info@PeninsulaSchoolofArt.org.