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About Us

  • What is Peninsula School of Art?

    For over half a century Peninsula School of Art has been dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves access to the arts—and each of us has the potential for artistic expression. We offer exceptional education programs, exhibits, and events that open doors for curious minds of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn, discover and explore through the visual arts. We host over 200 workshops annually - for adults, children and teens, with nationally-recognized artist-educators. We celebrate creativity together during the Door County Plein Air Festival.  We bring arts to the local Door County community through Family Art Days and school programs and artists from around the country share their works and process with the community in our Guenzel Gallery

    PenArt is a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of Wisconsin and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Can I visit the campus?

    Absolutely. Our campus is accessible and open to the public. Pick up a campus map in the Guenzel Gallery and do a self-guided tour of our sculptures, gardens, grounds and gallery. We are open May-October, Monday to Saturday 8am-5pm and April-November, Tuesday to Saturday, 8am-5pm.

  • What is PenArt's 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.



  • Where do the instructor 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, or a nationally recognized workshop instructor.

  • 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, visit the Who We Are | Employment page for more information.


  • What type of workshops do you offer?

    We offer workshops in all visual arts media. Most workshops are two to four 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, digital and videography
  • 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. 

  • Do you offer workshops for children?

    The Summer Studios for Young Artists, available from mid-June through mid-August, includes workshops for students age 4 to 17. Most workshops are four days in length and three hours per day. Workshops include cartooning, graphic storymaking, sculpture, printmaking, exploring clay, metalsmithing, painting and drawing.

    We also offer family drop-in programs most Fridays during the summer. These workshops are 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.

  • Can I ship my supplies?

    Air Travel: Please call your airline if you have questions regarding art supplies in carry on or checked luggage.

    Shipping: Students are welcome to ship art supplies to PenArt, however, supplies may only arrive one week prior to your workshop. Packages must be clearly labeled with your name and the instructors name and class date.

    PenArt stocks a limited supply of Gamsol for your convenience.

  • Is lunch available during a workshop?

    Yes. We offer a lunch program through a local restaurant for $10 per day. Orders may be placed for salads and sandwiches before 9:30am on the morning of your workshop. PenArt staff will facilitate payment and your order will be delivered before your workshop breaks for lunch.

    We also provide a microwave and refrigerator for your convenience, if you choose to bring a sack lunch with you. Space is limited and we ask that students be respectful of others.

    Peninsula School of Art takes food allergies very seriously and is not equipped to handle allergic reactions. If you have specific dietary needs or allergies, bringing your own lunches is your best option. We are not able to accommodate particular food preferences, dietary restrictions or food allergies. Please be advised Peninsula School of Art is not a nut free zone.

  • Do you offer housing?

    At this time we are unable to offer student housing. We have in the past, and hope to again soon! In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our offices for recommendations, or view the Student and Visitor Resources Section of our website.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    Please leave your pets at home. Pets, other than licensed therapy/service animals such as Seeing Eye Dogs, are not allowed on the grounds, in cars in the parking lot or in PenArt buildings. There are few housing accommodations in Door County that allow pets. If you must bring your pet, ask us about an appropriate local kennel.

    Peninsula School of Art complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any student who plans to bring a service animal must notify the Registrar at the time of registration, at which time we may ask if the service animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the service animal has been trained to do. A service animal must be under the handler’s control at all times, and the handler is expected to clean up after the service animal.

  • Can I leave my supplies in the studio overnight?

    Yes, you can leave your work area set up.  PenArt is locked and secure overnight.

  • How late can I stay and work in the studios?

    We are open until 5pm Monday through Saturdays and closed Sundays. Student are invited to stay until 5pm each day of their workshop EXCEPT the last day. On the final day of your workshop, we ask you to have your belongings packed by 4pm, so that we can prepare the studio for the next workshop.

Exhibits & Events

  • When is the gallery open?

    The Guenzel Gallery of Peninsula School of Art is free and open to the public May-October, Monday through Saturday 8am-5pm and November-April, Tuesday through Saturday, 8am-5pm.

  • How can I be part of the Door County Plein Air Festival?

    The Door County Plein Air Festival is an invitational event. Our Featured Artist selection process begins the year prior to the Festival. A committee comprised of both notable, professional artists and collectors invites the field of approximately 40 Featured Artists. 

    The Dockside Quickpaint is open to artists of all media and levels. The Artists' Choice winner receives and automatic entry to the following year's Door County Plein Air Festival as a featured artist.


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