New Season, New Saturday Programs at PenArt

Saturdays are made for making, viewing and learning about art at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt). Beginning in September at its campus at 3900 Cty F in Fish Creek, PenArt will offer 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 monthly on the third Saturday throughout the 2019-20 school year. They provide an opportunity for parents and kids to spend time together in a creative atmosphere. Projects are most appropriate for children ages three to 12, but family members of all ages may join in the art-making. No registration is required, and families may drop in anytime between 9 am and 12 pm.

This year’s projects feature a variety of two- and three-dimensional art forms, with plenty of chances to learn from the art on exhibit in the school’s 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.”

Upcoming Family Art Days include:

• Sept. 21: Where Memories Are Made: Collaged Places and Spaces

• Oct. 26: Mask Making 

• 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

• March 21: Joyful Beings: Plaster Sculptures

• April 18: Portraits to Share: Drypoint Printmaking

• May 16: Art Naturally: Environmental Art

Teen Workshops

Whether teens are 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 throughout the school year, 9 am to 3 pm, with no prerequisites. Tuition is $30 per day; all materials are provided. 

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

• March 14: Painting with Watercolor: Become a Wildlife Artist

• April 18: Metalsmithing Basics

Lecture Series

PenArt’s year-round calendar of exhibitions is always free and open to the public, but this year the school is adding opportunities for art appreciators to meet exhibiting artists. On select Saturdays, visiting artists will demonstrate and work with participants during Family Art Days, then present a lecture on their work and process, 12:15-1 pm.

The first in the new series takes place Sept. 21 and features Chicagoan 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. She’s best known for creating meticulously designed collages that depict the interiors of domestic life. Toebbe will demonstrate her collage techniques and present a slide lecture.

Future lectures will be announced throughout the winter. Learn more about this series and other programs at


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