Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Encaustic Effects with Acrylics"
March 23-25, 2018
 

Learn to create the wax-like look of encaustic painting with the durability of acrylics. Mimic the soft, luminous effects of beeswax by applying acrylic paints and gels, layer upon layer. Cut and bury paper images and stenciled patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft translucent layers atop them. Become familiar with encaustic-like wax formulas, explore a variety of applications and create a whole new feeling in your artwork. Open to all levels of painting experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bonnie Cutts
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
April 19-22, 2018
 

This workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. Gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unconventional color, and unique mark-making. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your personal experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Go Make a Kite and Fly It!"
April 21, 2018
 

Spend a day with your inner child making a beautiful Japanese-style Suruga kite ... then fly it! Alfred Stark, known for his Japanese-style woodcuts, will teach you to split and plane a piece of bamboo to get delicate spars for gluing and tying to the back of light, but strong, paper. Alfred will help you paint your kite using sumi ink and a mix of watercolor and rice paste on beautiful, Japanese, Sekishu paper. He will bring images from actual Japanese kites for inspiration. Your completed kite will be perfectly weighted and balanced for flying. It's fun, educational, and you'll take home a lovely kite to fly the skies or grace your living room wall.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Prospero’s Books"
May 17-20, 2018
 

Imagine you stumble across a beautiful box and open it to discover a treasure trove of unusual and otherworldly books - Book of Mirrors (for self-reflection), Book of Utopias (travel guide to idyllic lands) - and so many others. In this book making extravaganza we’ll create our own Mystical Box to house books we’ve altered, bound, painted and assemblaged. We’ll use several distinct book binding techniques - the Mixed Coptic Binding, the Long Stitch and my very own “the Canadian”. Mixed Coptic bookbinding allows us to sew together page-like objects - wood, mica, paper, plastic, metal, fabric and much more. A mixed media artist’s dream come true!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn"
May 19-20, 2018
 

Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Tiny Shriney Sideshows"
May 31, 2018
 

I have to admit I’ve made my share of shriney structures in my day, and I have created them from a variety of unusual items ranging from license plates to stoves to shoes. This class will involve some serious downsizing. In this class you’ll be creating a tiny sideshow stage featuring an unusual character of your own invention. It all starts with small discarded toys, dolls, figurines and other found objects of your choosing. Using the process of assemblage, painting and collage, you’ll bring your fantastic freaks to life. Of course, these extraordinary performers will need a place to show off their unusual talents, so you will also construct a stage or shrine to house your little oddity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Baba Yaga Birdhouse - With Flapping Wind Action!"
June 1-3, 2018
 

In Slavic legend, Baba Yaga, a troublesome old witch, rides a flying mortar with a pestle rudder. It is said she lives in a strange cabin in the forest, surrounded by a fence made of bones and capped by skulls. The house itself is also grimly unusual -- perched upon giant chicken legs (sometimes one, sometimes two)! In this folktale inspired class, we will create fantastical birdhouses perched on legs -- doll legs, rubber chicken legs, or a mere pedestal -- playing with found objects and the process of assemblage. Painting brings the disparate objects magically together. For folks who want to play with a bit of puppetry, Michael will demonstrate how to add flapping wings to the haggish home!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Experiments with Pigment Sticks, Oil and Cold Wax"
June 7-10, 2018
 

Draw, paint and print with oil pigment sticks as a primary medium or as added to cold wax, oil paint, and solvents. Richly pigmented oil sticks allow artists to draw and layer marks retaining intensity of color and integrity of line. Application of color may range from thin shims to densely textured layers using fingertips, brushes, brayers and palette knives. Stick-based monotype techniques will be used in printmaking and to transfer marks to prepared surfaces. The flexibility of these materials will underscore exploration of themes based in both culture and nature central to contemporary abstract painting. We’ll work on a variety of surfaces, paying attention to what artist and printmaker Kathan Brown calls “strategies to create miracles.”
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wisconsin Artistic Sampler"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Close to Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the inspiring Driftless Area as your backdrop, join us at Durward's Glen nestled in the Baraboo Range to sample the arts of painting, clay, photography, and gourds gaining hands on experience along side our professional artists. Enjoy evening entertainment as a group including a boat tour of the Dells of the Wisconsin River, or take advantage of free studio time. The sessions are great for artists of all skill levels and are a wonderful way to refresh your love for creating art while interacting with fellow artists from near and far.
 
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin
Instructor: see the web site
Cost: $750 (all inclusive)
Sponsor: Sauk County Art Association
Website, email, 608-448-6693


"Process, Purpose, Passion: Authentic Abstraction in Oil and Cold Wax"
June 11-14, 2018
 

This workshop explores the versatility and limitless possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color. Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series. Utilize various tools and techniques to push the limits of the medium.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Mixed Media Collage"
June 16, 2018
 

Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will demonstrate various techniques and provide workshop handouts. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes the prepared board on which you will mount your collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstracts on Yupo"
June 22, 2018
 

Grunge Ink is a wildly popular and unique style of painting taught by mixed media author and instructor, Jodi Ohl. In this follow up workshop, Abstracts on Yupo, students travel new paths of abstract discovery with new projects, new challenges and even more depth of color and composition. Immerse yourself in a wild adventure of painting on an extraordinary surface: Yupo Paper! Using inks, acrylics, textured objects, drawing mediums, stencils and more, you will learn all of the basics and complete several full size abstract compositions over the course of the day. If you enjoy abstract painting, love texture, are intrigued by unique surfaces and just want to let loose and explore possibilities, this is the class for you!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Zen Houses"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Be a part of a hot new contemporary acrylic painting workshop with author, instructor, and mixed media artist, Jodi Ohl. Zen Houses merges two of Jodi's most popular classes: "Zen Painting" and "Funky Little City Scapes" with new twists and turns sure to please artists at every level. Learn contemporary painting techniques on a unique surface, how to draw whimsical illustrations, and water media approaches using specialty acrylic paint. Work on 3-4 full size projects plus several warm up exercises and discover how to add depth and character to your painting through tried and true techniques that will enhance your overall painting skills. Most supplies included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Memories Resin Paper Necklace"
June 23, 2018
 

If you have never played with resin you are in for some fun. Resin itself is completely versatile, but resin paper is transformative. A seemingly simple piece of tissue paper can be altered in so many ways. We will make resin paper from many different types of sheeting to create a wearable story book pendant. We will cut copper sheet to make a name plate, stamp words into copper, insert eyelets into our paper, weave ribbons and memorabilia into layers of paper and then construct a necklace with Vintaj chain and findings. Materials provided. Project will be completed in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flight Necklace"
June 24, 2018
 

Resin is a very fun and versatile material. Create wing charms with Parawire®, shipping tape and Ice Resin! Once your wings are set, enhance them with stamping, patinas and alcohol inks. Pam will have lots of stamps and colors to play with. A Vintaj® Medallion will be created with Vintaj® Patinas. You will then use wire to create wire looped charms, dangles and your own custom loop chain with simple loops and beads. Once all of the components are made, you will construct your flight necklace!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Object Lessons: Adventures in Assemblage"
July 6-10, 2018
 

There's a giddy, world-at-your-fingertips satisfaction in making art with found materials. With some deliberate and thoughtful choices alongside some easy to learn techniques, an assembly of objects can grow and coalesce into a meaningful and profound work of art. Join international found object artist and 'stuffsmith' Keith Lo Bue in a comprehensive how-to on conceiving of and building thought-provoking and unusual artwork. Object Lessons will focus on the process by which assortments of unlike materials can join up in the same space to work both physically, visually and conceptually. Using your own collection of bits and pieces and aided by innovative use of wire, rivets and adhesives, you'll create personal assemblages of intense beauty, humor, poetry and mystery.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Experimental Landscape: From Outside to Inside"
July 9-10, 2018
 

This multimedia workshop will focus on ways that artists can engage with the landscape and outdoor environment. Explore methods to examine, document, and translate your experiences from outside to the studio. The first day of this workshop will emphasize observation – walking, sitting, listening, touching, looking - in various locations and from various vantages within Peninsula State Park, followed by time to record and document. On the second day, meet in the studio to share, organize, and construct artworks using your documentation as the raw material. Be prepared to spend a day outside, no matter the conditions. Various kinds of ability can be accommodated. Please let the school know if your situation might require an accommodation.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Collage Tactics"
July 11-14, 2018
 

This four-day workshop will present basic collage methods and ideas. Collage is a medium that bridges aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, and print. It is as much a way of thinking as of making. This workshop will present methods of cutting apart and connecting, collecting and arranging, gluing, attaching, and building materials into pictorial images and designs. Issues of continuity and discontinuity will be considered, as within the fragmented space of pictures, materials, identities, and information in contemporary life. Class time will include lectures that present work by modern and contemporary artists, technical demonstrations, and time to work on projects that explore technical processes and concepts presented. You will work with images and materials collected prior to the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Oresky, www.MelissaOresky.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Under the Influence …. of Your Art Journal"
July 21-22, 2018
 

The last several years I have focused my artistic efforts into my art journal. This has awakened my voice in a new direction and I now find tons of inspiration within its pages. Let your Art Journal be your guide in this 2-day class as we develop numerous mixed media paintings using our art journals as a springboard. I have several exercises that will help you explore multiple ideas based on one journal spread – hence leading to a body of work of larger pieces. Join me in an exploration of color, composition and style as we push our artistic limits to the next level.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Pictures from Paper"
August 3-4, 2018
 

Enhance your creativity, invention, and self-expression in this process-based exploration of collage. You will utilize a variety of dry and wet media, including water-based paint and ink, drawing materials, acrylic mediums, printed media, and other found 2D materials, to develop technical skills and to discover the specific expressive potential inherent in collage. Learn and gain hands-on experience through demonstrations, slide presentations, project prompts, personal projects, discussions, and critiques. You will work on multiple small projects over the course of two days, providing many opportunities to develop both aesthetics and expressive content.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leah Schreiber Johnson, www.LeahSchreiber.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Polymer Clay Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes"
August 4, 2018
 

Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes, Oh My! With polymer clay, a bit of wire, a strip of aluminum foil, a dab of paint, a found rock or two and your imagination, create a whimsical character that is sure to bring a smile, and, just perhaps, a story or two along with it! Maureen has been creating clay characters for 40 years, so knows lots of tips and tricks for making what looks like a difficult process become one that even beginners can accomplish. You will use molds to create the faces and hands, but you'll also learn how to tweak the molds so each creation is one-of-a-kind.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Polymer Clay Fairies"
August 5, 2018
 

Fairies Here, There and Everywhere! These sweet, whimsical fairies reflect the joy and humor that abounds in childhood tales. Bring this magic into reality with a bit of polymer clay using tips and tricks from Maureen. Polymer clay is a bit like firm play dough, but there the similarity ends. When baked, these polymer clay characters become strong enough to be permanent visitors to your bookshelf, kitchen cupboard, fairy garden or collector cabinet. Since sweet faces are harder to create than craggy ones, this class is after the Saturday Elves and Gnomes class. These classes complement each other, so sign up for both and build your skills.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Advanced Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Develop a personal visual language and direction in this oil and cold wax medium workshop geared toward the advanced painter. Strengthen your technical skills, explore new approaches to art making, and consider the content of your work. Beginning with a brief review of basic painting concepts and techniques, you will work through a series of paintings illustrating your understanding of the elements of art, as well as investigating personal interests. The remainder of the workshop will alternate between working time and one-on-one feedback sessions with Janice to discuss the goals and challenges of your practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Design on Metal and Paper - for Bookmaking and Beyond"
August 23-24, 2018
 

Alter paper and metal to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal and embellishments. On day one, create surfaces for the pages of your book, experimenting with stencils, stamps and found objects to create yummy textures. Learn to use resists, glazes, gesso and ink to create depth, contrast and stunning color combinations. In the afternoon learn techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers and leaf printing. On day two, tie it all together in a 5x7 inch book. Learn to bind this book as well as how to work with metal – distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Box Full of Dreams: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 23, 2018
 

Joseph Cornell is known for his special brand of visual poetry, brought to life in what he called the Box Construction. Cornell created little stories inside “shadow boxes” - voyages of the imagination forged by assembling seemingly disparate and random objects into dreamlike miniature tableaus. This class builds on the idea of the Cornell box. Build your own poetic little “theatre box” that evokes memories contained within. Use found objects you have been collecting in a unique work of art that speaks from your heart and elevates them to a place of reverence – of redemption. Learn basic assemblage techniques – how to collect, arrange, edit and attach found objects – and collage techniques using transparencies and photo transfers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nesting Necklace"
August 23, 2018
 

If you like multiple wire and cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization then you will love this class! We will create a Wire Nest focal with wire, molding compound, Ice Resin, and my images or yours. Using ThermaClear sheeting we will “blow” the trinket dome, set our layers of metal-Ice Resin pages and our dome to create a trinket dome connector. Next we will make a nest connector component, set eyelets and create the rest of the necklace components with wire loops and beads. Finally, we will add Vintaj® Patinas to coordinate with our images and begin construction. It will be a jam-packed day of constant exploration, creativity and design concepts.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 23, 2018
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 24-25, 2018
 

Paper crafters, jewelry-makers, book arts aficionados and other creative tinkerers, will enjoy the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Prepare paper ephemera (think vintage cigar bands, postage stamps, match book covers, origami paper, etc.) for a crystal-clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes to construct a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Learn a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Utilize high contrast photocopies of your own, artwork, clip art, or photographs. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Black and White Collage Portrait"
August 24, 2018
 

In this workshop we’ll have fun translating a photo into a beautiful collage to make your new favorite portrait. Please bring a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself or the subject of your choice printed out in black and white on standard letter-size (8 ½ “ x 11”) paper. Selfie? Famous person? Favorite pet? Any of these could work! Participants will go home with a collage approximately 17 x 13 inches in size. Tools and materials provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $118
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art Journal Play"
August 24, 2018
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform an ordinary book into a fun, personal journal using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera. There is only a very small list of tools you will need to bring (see website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Guardians of the Discarded"
August 25, 2018
 

Make an eclectic free standing figurative assemblage, starting with only two pieces of wood and a few favorite treasures! Learn the nuts and bolts of assemblage, composition, and cold connecting, to unite found objects in a cohesive piece of art. Learn exciting new ways to distress wood and metal surfaces, how to make beautiful clay faces, and how to make a mold of just about anything. Make one paper clay face, (and use another, already dried) in class. We will drill, sand, carve, paint, sculpt, problem solve, punch and distress – but most importantly, we will have a blast! Breathe new life into your found treasures and join us for a fun day of constructing awesome, one-of-a-kind assemblages!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Miss Mermaid Necklace"
August 25, 2018
 

Who doesn’t love anything Mermaid? This mixed media necklace is jam-packed with fun techniques to achieve a sea-weathered ancient look with Art Nouveau touches. Create an Ice Resin mermaid face and art nouveau components, then play with a patina color – a little alcohol ink and even some acrylic paint – to expose details. Working with copper sheeting you will create a shape you like for the back plate and then add some letter stamping, forging and patina work. The resin components will be wire riveted onto the back plate. Create a beaded simple looping chain for the necklace and wrapped loop dangles for the rest. This class is all about cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Journal Starters Sampler 1"
August 25, 2018
 

Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know where to start? Are you a seasoned journaler looking for more creative tools to expand your artistic journey? This class will focus on a method of journaling in which a photographic image is utilized as a starting point to spark an idea. You will learn skills to help you develop new ideas for your journaling. Students will be given the opportunity to explore different mixed media techniques to push their creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Birds Gone Wild"
August 26, 2018
 

Not quite sure what to do with the mounds of junk (oops … I mean treasures) that have been accumulating in your studio? Have you been afraid to use that vintage tin, saving it for the "perfect" project? Well dig it all up and bring it to class, where we'll create the wackiest flock of birds you've ever seen! Add to your cold connecting, assemblage and composition skills, but most of all, learn how to let go of perfection, let loose and have a blast! You will leave with at least 3 totally unique, one-of-a-kind birds. (The birds you make can be any size, depending upon the metal you bring. Most of mine are 8" x 5".)
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage - Collaborations With Nature"
August 26, 2018
 

You will start with photographic images from the workbook "Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations™" and use them to create a collage of your choice. Images from the book include clouds, water, rocks, bark, driftwood, flowers and other plant matter. These images will be the jump-start to creating an object using their textures and colors. Different collage techniques will be taught including making your own see-through placing and tearing templates. Students will have the choice of working from their imagination or with the use of reference photos.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beautiful Beaded Trees"
August 26, 2018
 

Enjoy the meditative process of creating a beautiful beaded tree from start to finish during this day-long workshop. We will journey together as we first paint the background, then the trunk and branches of our trees on hardboard. Then we will choose from a collection of vintage and contemporary beads to glue on the board to complete our one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. No painting or art experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Literary Niche (Altered Books)"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Found object artist and former librarian Gary Niebuhr offers an in-depth exploration of altered books as you work on three projects. Learn niche-carving techniques, then alter each book using various mixed media practices. Along the way we will explore the history of assemblage and bookmaking as well as the study of visual literacy and its effect on creating a theme for each project. Complete three altered books to cherish that have strong emotional messages and/or thematic content. Optional extras: Friday evening, 7-8:30, "Nailing Crap Together and Calling It Art: The History of Assemblage", lecture and get-together; Saturday evening, Open Studio, 7:00, and overview of "The History of the Book and How It Has Been Altered Over Time."
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a painting and binding material. In this workshop, you will look at a range of methods of using encaustic, various papers, and found materials to create works with dynamic surfaces. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers, using wax, watercolors, rust printing, and mark making. These will be combined to create final works. Using encaustic medium as an adhesive for other materials and found objects will be discussed and demonstrated. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not required, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490, Plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Working Together: Methods in Combining Media"
September 17-18, 2018
 

Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will present various methods for combining collage and painting. Discover how this approach can be applied to both abstract and representational work. This workshop will begin with a series of discussions, demonstrations, and exercises introducing basic collage techniques and how to combine media successfully. Learn how to work with your collection of images, including previously made drawings and paintings, found print material, and hand colored and textured papers, directly and quickly to develop new compositions. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Clear Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 19-22, 2018
 

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observation skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized instruction and feedback. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Table of Contents"
September 21-23, 2018
 

A table of contents is typically an abbreviated listing of chapters in a book, an overview of what can be found on the pages within. We will be visually documenting our own personal stories and creating one-of-a-kind Table of Contents that reflect the chapters of our lives. You will create a series of mixed media booklets that, when stacked together, express your story. The booklets can reflect different ages or stages in your life, people in your world, aspects of yourself, experiences you have had, etc. Or you can simply make an un-themed, kick-ass artist book! Techniques we will explore include painting in layers, surface design, book binding, creating patina on paper, free stitching, mark making, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Floating Collage"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Working with variety of found and new collage papers, students will create a fresh palette to select from on the first day of this workshop. Altering the surfaces using acrylics, mediums and stamping materials, we will explore ways to self-express and loosen up. The sense of design threaded through the workshop creating a wonderful illusion of harmony within the layers. Small exercises will prepare students to assemble their collages onto the substrate of watercolor paper and mount them on mat board. Emphases on the outside edges of the papers as we build layers will create depth and dimension. Final touches with embellishments, beads, and threads expands possibilities and tactile experiences.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Broaden your painting language by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations will introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time will be reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark will provide one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals and needs. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, but artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Elusive Image - Photo Plus Encaustic"
October 12-14, 2018
 

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Explore different paper printing options for photographs - from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. We will embed our photographic prints in an encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to overpaint them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand color. Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered. No prior encaustic experience required, but general art making experience helpful. Instructor will supply paint, medium and all necessary equipment and brushes, as well as all printing equipment and paper.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Moving Paint: Working with Oil and Wax"
October 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced artists who have worked with oil and cold wax. Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises based on the various ways of learning, along with drawing and moving paint. We’ll revisit the language of art - composition, color, tension and space, and scale will be discussed. Demonstrations include using R&F Pigment sticks, pastels and other materials along with excavating, monoprinting, glazing, mark making and editing. We will focus on content, how to see, and on moving your work forward. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Professional practices will be addressed and activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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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