About Us

OUR MISSION:

Peninsula School of Art provides enriching, educational experiences to participants of all ages and abilities that broaden individual perspectives, and fosters a community dedicated to the transformative power of the visual arts.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

We offer year-round workshops, lectures, exhibits and family-friendly events for students of all ages and abilities. 

WHAT TYPE OF WORKSHOPS DO YOU OFFER?

We offer workshops in all visual arts media. Most workshops are one to five days in length and adult workshops are open to students age 16 and up. Our workshop offerings include: 

  • Painting – watercolor, oils, acrylics, and water-based oils; studio and plein air
  • Drawing - charcoal, pencil, pen and ink' and colored pencil
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics – hand-building, wheel-thrown and glazing workshops
  • Jewelry – silversmithing, enameling, forging, etc.
  • Sculpture - bronze casting, stone carving, figure modeling, etc.
  • Photography – black and white, color and digital

DO YOU OFFER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS?

The Summer Studios for Young Artists, available from mid-June through mid-August, includes workshops for students age 3½ to 17. Most workshops are four days in length and two -and-a-half hours per day.  Workshops include cartooning, graphic storymaking, sculpture, printmaking, exploring clay,  metalsmithing, painting and drawing.

We also offer year-round Community Outreach Programs for youth and families including:

  • Family Art Days – Free to families with children ages 3½ to 17. They are held the third Saturday of the month September through May. Hands on art projects coincide with our gallery exhibitions.
  • Relate and Create Fridays – During the summer months, we offer Friday workshops for parent, grandparents, aunts and uncles to engage in hands on art activities with the kids in their lives that not only teach art skills but allow families to share stories and experiences
  • We LOVE Art – Held each year January through March, this participatory exhibition features artwork created by local youth at the Peninsula School of Art on a theme that brings together disciplines like math, history, literacy and art.
  • Soup Project - This is a community-wide project held in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Students and community members create over 500 ceramic bowls on site at Peninsula School of Art, at local schools and at community centers that are sold at the one-day benefit. Proceeds support Peninsula School of Art’s community outreach programs and Habitat for Humanity’s housing initiatives. 

WHO ARE YOUR CLASSES FOR?

Our students are from “all over.” Skill levels range from absolute beginner to master-level. Student ages range from three years to retiree. Classes range in size from six to fourteen students, ensuring lots of individual attention. 

WHERE DO YOUR TEACHERS COME FROM? 

Our faculty consists of more than one hundred professional artists and art educators from around the country. A typical faculty member may be an instructor from a renowned university or art college, a talented local artist who is committed to contributing to the community or a nationally recognized workshop instructor. 

HOW CAN I TEACH AT THE SCHOOL?

We are always looking for qualified workshop instructors to bring new media, techniques and insight to our students. If you would like to be considered as a workshop instructor, click here fop more information.

CAN ANYONE VISIT THE SCHOOL?

Yes, the gallery and grounds are free and open to the public. We only ask that you respect the work environment of our students during class hours. Our main campus is fully handicapped accessible.

WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?

We are open year-round. Our campus is open May to October, 8am-5pm, Monday through Saturday; and November through April, 8am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

HOW BIG IS YOUR CAMPUS?

The main campus is five acres with an additional five acres held for future expansion.

WHAT KIND OF STUDIO SPACES AND EQUIPMENT DO YOU HAVE?

Our current facilities include: 

  • Three painting and drawing studios
  • Ceramics studio
  • Metals and jewelry studio 
  • Children’s and youth arts studios
  • Meeting and lecture room
  • Art resource library
  • Gallery/exhibition space

HISTORY

WHEN WAS THE SCHOOL FOUNDED?

The Peninsula School of Art was founded in 1965.

WHO FOUNDED THE SCHOOL?

The School was founded by Madeline Tripp Tourtelot, a photographer, filmmaker, painter and jewelry artist from Chicago. 

WHEN WAS THE SCHOOL BUILT?

The original campus – barns and Tourtelot studio - were built around the School’s founding in 1965. The main year-round building and Guenzel Gallery were built in 1996.