Dating back centuries, artists have traveled from their home studios to rural artist communities in search of the time, space, and exchange needed to incubate new ideas and nurture their creative practice. PenArt is no stranger to this tradition. For over 50 years, beginning each June, hundreds of artists from across the country pack up their materials, travel to Door County, and join a group of similarly-minded creatives in one of our workshops. While many may cite building new technical or conceptual skills with the help of one of our established faculty members as their primary goal, there are many other benefits to joining and working in such a setting.
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Maybe we're biased, but we believe a summer filled with art making is a summer well spent. While our youth and teen curriculum encourages students to enjoy the creative process from start to finish, our lessons run deeper than that. Instructor-led group discussions, technical exercises, and innovative projects introduce the principles of art and design and how to use them successfully, tools and techniques specific to a variety of media, as well as a creative toolkit that serves students far beyond the art classroom. Below are just a few of the transferable skills walk away with from our workshops.
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PenArt provides a range of summer workshops designed for the youngest of artists to unleash their creativity, develop their skills, and pursue new ideas. From drawing to printmaking to ceramics, there's an experience for everyone! But aside from the materials used and techniques learned, what does a typical workshop day look like at PenArt?
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Over 100 instructors will pass through PenArt’s studios this summer; each one bringing a different approach to and perspective on art making. While this diversity creates an exciting and comprehensive curriculum, it can make answering the burning question of “Which workshop should I invest in this year?” even more challenging. We’re here to help!
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There is a saying that 80% of success is showing up. How difficult could that final push across the finish line be? Yet, inspiration and drive vanish upon entering the studio. You're showing up! Why isn't the work following? While each and every artist has their own unique way of working and setting up a studio, here are a few quick and easy adjustments that may make all the difference in your productivity, or at least 20%.
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Critiques are an indispensable component of every artist's education, growth, and individual path. Unfortunately, far too many see it as a setting to be feared. Rather, look at it as a rest stop along your studio practice's ongoing journey; a place to stop, check your direction, clear the trash out of the car, and refresh yourself for the next leg. Filled with practical information from a variety of perspectives, critiques provide you with the means to reflect on the purpose and progress of your artistic journey.
Peninsula School of Art's Critique Group aims to do just that! Made up of artists of all backgrounds and each a rich source of information, monthly critiques will provide feedback and dialogue specific to your goals and needs. One participant may help you to solve a technical issue; another may provide references of other artists tackling similar topics in their practices; and another may almost seem psychic, sharing thoughts about your work that you immediately resonate with, but are not yet sure why. See? Indispensable!
If you're still not sure if this experience is right for you, here are answers to a few commonly asked questions that might just convince you.
- How does PenArt's Critique Group work?
Our first convening on Friday, December 7th will serve as an introduction to each other and our work. Each artist will bring one piece, in-progress or finished, to share with the group. One-by-one artists will give a brief overview of their practice and chosen piece - a few sentences - and feedback will be delivered in written form using a fan favorite critique method called The Triple Threat. Artists will take their individualized feedback home and review at their own pace.
The following meetings will each focus on a select number of artists - approximately 4 - 6. Artists will reserve a 20-minute block to show and discuss their work with the group. The number of pieces and focus of the conversation are the artist's choice. Elysia Michaelsen, Director of Education, will act as a moderator to keep the discussion on track and on time.
- When and where do we meet?
Critique Group meets on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 5pm in the painting studio at Peninsula School of Art year-round.
- Who can participate?
Everyone! This program is designed as a safe space for artists to share their work and start a dialogue with peers. Everyone is welcome who is interested in participating in a constructive and creative community.
- How do I reserve a spot to share my work?
Email Elysia at workshop@PeninsulaSchoolofArt.org with your desired date. The only prerequisite for sharing your work is that you have attended once before. If you're visiting from out of town or have another reason you cannot attend a meeting before your critique, email Elysia.
We hope to see you and your work on Friday, December 7th! If you have any questions, call or email Elysia at 920.868.3455 or workshop@PeninsulaSchoolofArt.org.