Located on the cusp of Wisconsin's beautiful Door Peninsula, The Academy of Fine Art is dedicated to the highest level of instruction in classical methods of drawing and direct painting for students wishing to pursue careers as professional Representational artists. The objective of the Academy is to teach observation skills and sharpen hand/eye coordination.
The philosophy of the Academy demands the return to discipline in art, to timeless classical canons of beauty and to the study of nature as the foundation for great painting. Study at the Academy centers on the importance of drawing (particularly from the human figure) as a means to perfection in painting or sculpture.
The curriculum includes drawing from nineteenth century Bargue lithographs, figure drawing, cast drawing, figure painting in oil and watercolor, sculpture, plein air landscape, still life and portraiture.
Students of the Academy undertake a concentrated and individually structured curriculum. Individual objectives for each session will be clearly stated before the period begins. Students will be assigned to an appropriate curriculum and move to progressively more difficult and challenging assignments upon satisfactory completion of the preceding assignments.
The Academy is held in four eight-week periods with a three-month summer break. Models are provided Tuesday through Friday afternoons.
Molly Johnson, Executive Director, Instructor
Molly Johnson has been a professional artist for over 30 years receiving her education from The American Academy of Fine Art, Chicago and The Academy of Fine Art, Denmark Wisconsin. Molly has taught for colleges, high schools and elementary schools with her concentration now focused on instructing as the owner and director of The Academy of Fine Art, Wisconsin's only Art Renewal Center approved atelier. Her genre is oil, watercolor and charcoal including figurative, still life and landscape. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions and can be found in private collections across the United States.
Lori Beringer, Instructor
An impressionist, known for her landscapes, still-lifes and portraits that capture a joyous celebration and a deep reverence for the blessings of each day. Her oils express a sense of excitement and energy that come from the intimate exchange of her surroundings.
Although largely a self-taught artist, Lori credits Russian, European and American artists such as Joaquin Sorolla, Nicolai Fechin and John Singer Sargent as influence for her bold vibrant style. She has studied with Daniel Gerhartz, Albert Handell, Ann Templeton, among others.
Lori paints plein air (from life) throughout the year, primarily in Wisconsin where she was born in 1958. Her travels have taken her to various painting locations within the states along with Mexico and France. Painting on site and experiencing the culture create a timeless sense of place in her work.
Lori is a founding member of the Plymouth Art Center, which was formed in 1993 and currently has over 500 members. She is also a member of Oil Painters of America.
David Carpenter, Instructor
David Carpenter is from New Haven, IN. He received his BA in Studio Art concentrating in painting and drawing from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. David then attended The New York Academy of Art where he received his MFA concentrating in Painting. After returning to the University of Saint Francis where he taught as a guest lecturer for three years, he and his wife moved to Manitowoc, WI where he currently lives and works. While he focuses primarily on works done with oil paint on panel, he also enjoys working with linoleum cuts and wood engraving, as well as most drawing media.
Ken DeWaard, Instructor
After receiving his BA with honors, Ken worked in commercial art in Chicago while continuing his studies at the American Academy of Art with Irving Shapiro. He studied with Scott Burdick at the Palette and Chisel and with Dan Gerhartz. It was there that he adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting from life.
Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Nicolai Fechin, and other Russian Impressionists, he paints an array of subject matter from every day life. Ken is a member of Oil Painters of America and teaches at Peninsula Art School and Barnsite Art Studio in Wisconsin.
Jeff Hargreaves, Instructor
Jeff Hargreaves is a native of southeast Wisconsin. He graduated from Layton School of Art and Design in 1972 married shortly afterward and in 1978 settled in northeastern Wisconsin. He raised his family while working in the advertising industry as an art director, creative director and ultimately as a freelance illustrator. Jeff began his training through a series of workshops, and in 2005 he pursued formalized training at The Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art.
Jeff is a full time representational fine artist, who teaches painting and drawing and runs a life drawing group he founded in 2009.
Jeff has won many regional and national awards including an Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Award and many awards from the Richeson 75 Shows. He has been juried into many regional, national and international exhibitions, including the 18th, 19th, 20th and recently the 21st Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition.
Jeff has had his work published and he's had interviews with several magazines, most recently American Art Collector Magazine.
Patrick Burke, Instructor
Patrick Burke is a working full time professional artisan. Growing up in a family of tradesmen instilled a love of making things and working with his hands from a young age. Patrick was trained in Northern Italy, in the apprenticeship program, known for their tradition of figurative sculpture. He can work in many styles and subject matters from figurative and animal sculpture, high and low relief to ornamental. Patrick is able to work in both additive and subtractive methods in a variety of different materials including clay, wood, stone, plaster and bronze. He has worked on projects throughout the United States and in other countries from historical restoration jobs, mega yachts, and mansions to cathedrals.
Marcia Brice, Composition and Design Instructor
Marcia Brice was raised in northeastern Wisconsin, lived for 40 years in Chicago and is now back in the area. She attended the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc, the Chicago Academy of Art and Columbia College in Chicago.
Her field of study at the Chicago Academy and Columbia was graphic design. She has also studied printmaking and photo-screen printing at the Evanston Art Center, photography with Barbara Crane at The Darkroom in Chicago and metal work and fabric design at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan. After her schooling she became a designer and art director with various Chicago studios for print and multi-media presentations.
Marcia started teaching at The American Academy of Art in Chicago and Columbia College in 1999. She has taught classes in Black and White Photography, Advertising Production and Methods, Typography and Letterforms, 2-D Design and Beginning Illustration.
Her work has been shown at many American Academy and Columbia faculty shows, the Art Center and Lighthouse Row Galleries in South Haven, Michigan, Mindscape Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, The Darkroom Gallery and Pallas Gallery in Chicago, Chicago Photography Gallery and at many art fairs.
Film has always been a love and her work in that area has covered many areas from work in black and white and color darkrooms to multi-image projections, black and white portraiture, photo etching, photo screening and photo series though the year of images showing seasonal changes.
She started attending life drawing sessions at The Academy of Fine Art and found that after 50 years out of the school she still loved drawing from the model. Her interests now are watercolor and pencil work of the wildlife and nature that surround her. She is also close to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers.
Mark Zelten, Instructor
For Mark Zelten, artistic expression has always been a major factor in his life, but in recent years, it has become an obsession. Starting with extensive workshops with nationally renowned painters such as David Leffel and Everett Raymond Kinstler, and culminating in his formal training and 2008 graduation from the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art. There, he studied under the masterful vision of Door County painter and artistic director Craig Blietz. Since then, this Northeastern Wisconsin native has become an instructor at the Academy, while his paintings have appeared in numerous juried exhibitions, including the Miller Museum in Sturgeon Bay, the annual Arts Unlimited show in Green Bay, where he received a First Place award for portraiture, the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts in Ephraim, where he garnered a Juror's choice award, the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival Quick Paint event, earning an Honorable Mention and most recently, acceptance in the Oil Painter's of America Eastern Regional Exhibit in Wilmington North Carolina. Mark has quickly forged a remarkable retinue of portrait and landscape painting and has continued his study with workshops from Tony Pro and Wisconsin master painter Dan Gerhartz.