Twenty Paintings Workshop

Cedar Valley Retreat Center

Cedar Valley 5349 County Road D West Bend, WI 53090

Friday, May 18- Sunday may 20th (9am-4pm each day)

In this stimulating class you will paint the same subject “twenty” times. You will learn experimentation and will be challenged to find ways to rediscover the subject. The uses of acrylic paint will be covered as part of the journey. You will discuss topics such as color, value, style, method and more! It will force you to explore your technique. Overnighters $290 includes workshop, two nights lodging and all meals. Commuters $120 includes workshop and daily lunch. (Supply list will be provided at time of registration.)

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Painting without a Brush

Dates and Times: August 31-September 1 | 9am-4pm

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Supply List: Please look over your supply list and let me know if there is anything that needs to be changed. Students have access to your list online now. It is also emailed to them upon registration.

Registration: Member Registration will open January 16th, General Registration will open January 30th. I will keep you posted on enrollment.

School Information: 

With instruction in all fine art media, at all skill levels, Peninsula School of Art has brought excellence to art education for over 50 years. Nationally recognized art educators lead workshops in our light-filled, spacious studios nestled in the inspirational beauty of Door County, WI.

Drawing from Photos 

held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn how your favorite photos and images can translate into sensitive and powerful drawings.  We will cover a brief introduction on drawing and then focus on how to translate photographs using drawing techniques and tools.  Perfect for beginners or those looking for a new perspective.  Supply List available online.

$126 Members/ $158 Non-Members


Impressionist Pastels 

Held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Tuesdays, February 27, March 13, 20, 27 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn how to accentuate vibrant colors, interesting contrasts, and expressive palettes in pastel. This class is all about technique and how to create a strong piece of art. Focusing on the impressionistic tradition, we will discuss optical mixing, quick work habits, and color sensitivity. Beginners welcome.  Supply List available online.

$126 Members/$158 Non-Members



Held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield

Thursdays, April 26 – May 17
6:00 – 8:00pm

Abstraction is a fun and unique way to work with watercolors. Students will delve into experimental techniques that respond to the patterns, colors, and textures of the medium. We will discuss composition and expressing oneself through the flow of water. All levels of experience welcome! 


Includes four sessions. Supplies not included. 



Held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield

Saturday, February 24
10:00am – 2:30p

Discover tools, techniques, and methods needed for creating expressive and vibrant pastel drawings. Students will learn to blend and layer to achieve accurate volume and color, and use mark-making to express movement and feeling. Beginners welcome. 


Supplies not included. *Please bring a sack lunch to eat during a short class intermission. 




Held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield

Wednesdays, January 17 – February 14
6:00 – 8:00pm

A colorist is someone who uses intense colors in paintings, making it the dominant feature in the piece. Using this approach, we will cover both landscape painting and color theory. Using bright, expressive acrylic palettes, students will create their own paintings. 


Includes five sessions. Supplies not included. 


Ugly Stages

This image is from last Tuesday’s abstract painting class at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The image on the left was the quick expressive first layer. I was reacting to the colors and shapes from a random magazine ad. The image on the right is the second layer which incorporates different techniques such as masking, rollers, and dripping. I found the result particularly interesting because I like the first painting and then I “messed it up” for the sake of demonstrating techniques. However, I also found this to be a good opportunity to talk about the ugly stages in painting. Often there are moments when you will like a painting and moments when you will hate it. Of course the goal is to come out on the side of like. Yet, the more I look at the painting I ended up with the more I like it anyways!