Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Youth Workshop: Fingerprint Painted Ornaments"
December 3, 2017
 

Join us for this fun kids’ workshop at River Arts! This class is meant for kids ages 5-10 to take along with a parent or guardian. Each team of artists will work together to create one ornament, using the fingerprints of the child and the steady hand of the parent/guardian to make painted snowmen! All materials are provided; please wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. Each team should be one child + one adult. For multiple children, please have another parent or adult come along.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristina Coopman
Cost: $40/team
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Design & Printing Workshop: Wrapping Paper"
December 19, 2017
 

Step up your holiday gift giving with something a litter more personal! With step-by-step guidance from our instructor, you’ll carve a linoleum printing block, ink it up, and make a one-of-a-kind design by printing it on sturdy craft paper. Once the ink dries, you’ve got a fantastic, personalized touch for your gifts this holiday season! The class fee covers all necessary materials and instruction, and students will walk away with two yards of printed paper. Please just wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, or bring a smock, as the ink stains.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristina Coopman
Cost: $40
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Creating Space on a Flat Surface with John Miller"
January 6, 2018
 

Spend a morning with artist and designer John Miller exploring how to create space in 2D artwork. In this class, you’ll discuss a variety of methods to create visual space regardless of media. For example, in drawing, you’ll discuss the difference between linear perspective and color contrast perspective, and how the two options change when painting or printing. Students will also discuss how to create a composition, how to use aerial perspective, study how light affects distance, and more. The class size is extremely limited, so John will work mostly one-on-one with students.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: John Miller
Cost: $20
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Coiled Basketry Weaving with Linda Conroy"
January 13, 2018
 

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn. In this class, students will learn to make a coiled basket using various materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. We will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. Bring a small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses if you need them. All other materials are supplied.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Business Skills for Artists"
February 10-11, 2018
 

Day 1: Portfolio Building and Promotions for Artists ~ Re-Presenting Yourself. Your portfolio is the core of your promotional material. Focus on the essential elements: sharpening your artist statement, tailoring your artistic résumés, and selecting and formatting your work samples. Day 2: Marketing and Social Media Basics for Artists ~ Visibility Tools and Strategies. Learn core functionality, best practices and exercises to help you build an online strategy for your artistic business as you consider using such tools as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, and Instagram.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching for Beginners"
March 22, 2018
 

Sashiko (literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko embroidery was used to strengthen the homespun clothes of olden times. Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery. Modern day sashiko stitching is not restricted to the traditional indigo colored fabric but uses a variety of color combinations, and it is considered a beautiful surface embellishment for fabrics.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $80
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
March 24, 2018
 

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken Lisa’s Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $110 ($80 class fee, $30 kit fee)
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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