Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Wire Links – Forging with Ancient Techniques; Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts"
September 24, 2017
 

In this hands on workshop learn the usefulness of this age old technique reminiscent of our ancestors long ago. Using 10-gauge bronze wire, explore the possibilities of how it relates to jewelry design, form and structure. Learn the correct methods for hand hammering and alternately annealing wire for malleability and compliance. This technique of rendering round wire, flat allows for a handmade rustic look and feel. Drawing a bead for closure. Use this link bracelet as the start of a Talismans charm bracelet or for housing amulets, fringe or personal mementos. Finish at least one piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Wearing Wonderland"
September 24, 2017
 

Come join me in taking shrink plastic to a new level. We will bend it, ruffle it, drill it and then turn it into beads. These will be used in creating wire-wrapped dangles along with metal findings and smaller glass beads. The result is a finished dangle that resembles a bell flower.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Decals on Liquid Enamel"
September 24, 2017
 

Picture this - decals on liquid enamel! Learn about the application of liquid form enamels and how to use waterslide decals. Students will use either teacher provided pictures or their own imagery to create fabulous wearable works of art. Images will be printed onto a special waterslide decal paper and then fired onto the enamel. Pre-fab settings will be provided for brooches, pendants, and more. Experiment or take home finished pieces.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hinges + Portholes, Books + Lockets"
September 24, 2017
 

Using copper sheeting, students will design a hinged locket. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Students will make one locket with a copper back and a sterling silver accent on front and will have material to make more books and lockets using just the copper. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, including cold connections will be covered. Learn to master the hinge using tabs to create a variety of movable doors. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results. Students will make several different designs.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Altered Surface – Talismans Jewelry"
September 25, 2017
 

Add color, layer and style to your metalwork. Learn personal methods, formulas and techniques for altering, patterning and coloring the surface of sheet metal. Work with handmade traditional and nontraditional formulas to create colorful patinas and emulate artifacts from a lost civilization. Build dimensional pieces by dapping, folding, forming and cold join manipulation. Use these altered metal pieces to build a unique charm bracelet.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Making Connections - Riveting II step in Talismans"
September 26, 2017
 

Combine layers of metal sheet, found objects and paper to create layers of negative and positive space to complete an unusual wearable charms, Talismans and pendants. Focus on cold joining techniques such as riveting traditional, nut and screw, bundled objects such as a small stack of paper. Also, learn to add height and dimension by incorporating a technique using tubing which creates a hollow form. Learn clean up and finish work. Attach to a charm bracelet or create a pendant. Multiple pieces will be finished in class. Use of jewelers saw will be helpful.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Pocket Full of Posies"
September 26, 2017
 

This class will use shrink plastic to create one-of-a-kind flower beads, leaves and a floral pocket. These will be formed using my unique molds created for this purpose and also hand-forming the plastic. Color will be added to our beads using paints and colored pencils. A hand cut and hammered brass base will be made for the floral pocket and all will be assembled using cold connections techniques. The chain is made by hammering and wrapping.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Julie Haymaker Thompson
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"No torch? No Problem! Creative Cold Connections"
September 26, 2017
 

Learn several ways to create creative settings for your enamel work or other types of found objects. In this workshop we will make enamel pieces, then learn how to make tab settings, rivets, and screws to set the enamel into pendants, bracelets, earrings and more. The techniques can also be used with a variety of materials and objects so you can continue to play at home with or without a torch!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Looping Over Stones, Beads Wire and More"
September 26, 2017
 

Using tumbled beach glass base, stones and other beautiful focal items, students will create a layer of knotless netting using a fine wire. A variety of colored wire along with copper and silver filled wire will be used in this weaving technique. Students will have an opportunity to layer items under the netting, leave areas open and exposed to create visual interest and add beads in the netting for embellishment and added texture. Students should finish a couple in the class time, but will be given, several items to loop over and the wire needed to complete all projects.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Metal Clay & Metalsmithing Master Class"
September 29 - October 1, 2017
 

This 3-day master class with Anne Mitchell will encompass the best techniques in metal clay and metalsmithing combined. Anne has become known for her clean designs that combine Silver Metal Clay and fine silver components. Projects will include: 1)Silver metal clay with semi-precious stone heavy gauge bezel pendant – Instruction will include constructing a silver metal clay base, firing, prongs, a heavy hand created bezel, bail, and chain. 2)PMC Hinged Locket - This precious metal clay construction will include hinges, pressure ball closure, and bail. 3)Forged Heart Pendant with Metal Clay Accents - Unlock the joy of working a piece of thick 8 gauge round wire to form this personalized heart pendant with rivet accents and bail.
 
Location: Bulverde, Texas
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Cost: $875.00
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Website, email, 210-887-6048


"Microfold Forming"
September 29-30, 2017
 

Learn how to use the microfold brake to produce repetitive folds in metal. Explore ways to manipulate metal to create variations in the corrugations. These pieces can be soldered into links or joined with other metal to create unique three-dimensional elements. These textures are enhanced when highlighted with patinas, and are also a great foundation for enamel or Keum-boo. Susan will guide you in creating an array of sample folds. These textures can be used as finished wearable forms or as decorative elements to integrate into larger pieces. She will also demonstrate several techniques in which to build three-dimensional hollow forms, including the hydraulic press and manual die forming.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $180, Non-Members: $200 (plus materials fee)
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Imprinting Metal Clay"
September 30, 2017
 

Fine silver metal clay imprinted with your small relief carving, leaves, grasses, lace, etc., when fired with a small butane torch will yield unique silver jewelry. Sherry will teach you to make molds and texture plates from silicone mold compound. You will dry, refine, and fire your piece(s) and leave class wearing your personalized silver jewelry. And you will know how to make more jewelry at home using metal clay. Materials fee includes one package PMC and mold compound.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $151
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Flame-Worked Glass Beads"
October 28, 2017
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you’ll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 28, 2017
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fusing Silver Metal Clay with Silver Sheet"
October 29, 2017
 

Combine two modern forms of silver to highlight the strengths of each. PMC allows you to create intricate patterns and textures easily and quickly. Using Argentium Sterling rather than PMC to create sheet and wire effects is less expensive and more less structurally sound. Combining the two metals expands your metal working world...and you get the best of both materials! In the morning create fine silver piece(s) with PMC, forming, drying and firing in a kiln or with a butane torch. After lunch, permanently connect the PMC to the Argentium sterling, then finish your edges, apply patina, and take your finished piece home! No previous experience required. Some familiarity with PMC or with traditional metal working skills helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
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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