Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Intro to Torch Welding"
April 29, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Blacksmithing"
May 5, 2018
 

Learn the basics of lighting and tending the coal fire in the forge; handling hammers, tongs, and anvil; and working iron into points, hooks, and twists for useful objects such as drawer handles, plant hangers and a variety of hooks. This is a beginning class but intermediate students are welcome to review their skills and try more complex projects. Wear cotton clothing and leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Wins
Cost: $110
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


"Make a Tin Can Forge and a Knife"
May 19-20, 2018
 

A forge for the minimalist! Set up a soup can with judicious cuts and holes, then add quick-setting insulation around a central channel, plus a steel pipe insert. You’ll soon have a mini-forge ready for action. The fire comes from a torch directed into the pipe, creating a hot spot in the center just right for forging a steel drill bit held with tongs into a knife blade up to 3” long. You’ll hammer the glowing steel on an anvil to forge a keen knife blade, sharpen it, then add a cholla cactus handle and make a leather belt sheath for your nearly 7” knife. The small blade is excellent for whittling, woodcarving, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denny Neubauer
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wondrous Wax: Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Mixed Media Meets Melted Wax!"
May 25-28, 2018
 

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with melted beeswax on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. No acrylic media. All Imagery applicable. Use mediums of choice. Appropriate for continuing painters and collagists. Beginners in Encaustics are welcome! Instructor supplies the wax medium, wax paint, heating tools (griddles, heat guns, torches), practice surfaces and two panels per student.
 
Location: Mendocino, California
Instructor: Mira M. White
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Mendocino Art Center
Website, email, 800-653-3328


"Blacksmithing for Home and Garden"
June 1-3, 2018
 

Forge some magic with railroad spikes! Bob will start with forging fundamentals: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of anvil and tongs. Once you're okay with basic skills, on to the fun projects! You will make All the projects in this class from heavy iron railroad spikes. And that means garden trowels, bottle openers, steak turners, weeding tools, and much more. Bob will have samples of the variety of useful tools you can make with hot iron and a hammer. This class is geared to beginning and intermediate students.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Introduction to Art Journaling: Things Remembered"
Thursdays, June 7-28, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor and watercolor pencil. With guidance from the instructor, draw from your life memories to create a unique depiction of your personal history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Make a Bent Willow Chair"
June 9-10, 2018
 

Bring a bit of nature into your home with a bent willow chair. Jim will bring plenty of green willow and lead you through the process of making a rustic, bent willow chair using only hand tools. At the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of rustic furniture to take home. (Be sure you have room to carry it in your vehicle!) You’ll enjoy every minute of this two-day class as you learn about working with willow. This class is for everyone—no experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Arendt
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Preparing Supports for Painting"
June 16, 2018
 

Learn the correct methods to prepare stable, archival supports for painting in oil or acrylics. Stretching canvas, preparing wood panels, and applying size and ground layers will be demonstrated. Alternative supports such a metal and plastics will be explored. Useful information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
Mondays, June 18 - July 23, 2018
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods – will be used to enhance finished work. Tenkoku, or personal stamp making, will also be covered.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Cost: $225 + Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"R&F Encaustic Comprehensive"
June 20-23, 2018
 

Sarah Rehmer presents this comprehensive workshop designed by R&F Handmade Paints to provide education in fundamental encaustic methods, as well as illustrate best studio practices. Artists from all backgrounds will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. Sarah will begin by presenting the history of the medium from ancient through contemporary times, giving context to the myriad of ways artists use encaustic. This workshop will alternate between demonstrations and individual work time. Demonstrations will cover health and safety, selecting proper grounds and supports, basic painting and layering techniques, and transition into more dynamic methods. This workshop is excellent for beginning and seasoned artists. All paints and raw materials will be supplied.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $500, Non-Members: $540
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Intro to Torch Welding"
June 24, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bronze Casting"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind, www.CowyardStudio.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $550, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Toolmaking for Blacksmiths"
June 30, 2018
 

Join Greg Winz for a one-day class that focuses on tool making for blacksmiths. You’ll work on forging punches and chisels. Greg, a technician at UW Madison, will teach you about alloy selection, proper forging techniques for these materials, plus how to heat treat them. You’ll go home with some handy tools for both blacksmithing and general use.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Introduction to Art Journaling: In Search of My Mother's Garden"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 2, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor and watercolor pencil. With guidance from the instructor, draw from your life memories to create a unique depiction of your personal history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
July 21-22, 2018
 

If you aren’t sure what this class is about, Google “welded yard art” and you will see. Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes – anything a magnet will stick to – you’ll learn to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Gather up your craziest ideas and what you want to work with; a limited amount of “junk” will be provided. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Gold Leaf and Gilding"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Gold leaf is used in architectural ornamentation, book arts, framing and more. In this introduction to the traditional European method of oil gilding, students will work with precious and non-precious leaf on sample boards and carved samples. Surface preparations and traditional finishes will also be covered. Materials fee covers gold leaf.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan, www.clarissashanahan.com
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Blacksmithing"
August 4, 2018
 

Learn the basics of lighting and tending the coal fire in the forge; handling hammers, tongs, and anvil; and working iron into points, hooks, and twists for useful objects such as drawer handles, plant hangers and a variety of hooks. This is a beginning class but intermediate students are welcome to review their skills and try more complex projects. Wear cotton clothing and leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
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


"Mold Making: The Plaster Waste Mold"
August 11-12, 2018
 

A waste mold is a single-use mold for casting a clay sculpture in plaster. Learn the complete process of transforming a clay model into a finished work of art, including plaster mold-making, casting, finishing, and mounting onto a suitable base for presentation. Bring your clay sculpture for casting! All levels welcome. The $60 fee covers all materials. Students enrolled in a summer clay modelling course at PAFA will receive a 10% discount.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummit, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $60
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
August 18-19, 2018
 

Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes - anything a magnet will stick to. You’ll learn how to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Start scrounging now to collect what you will want to work with and bring it to class with you. A limited amount of “junk” will be provided if needed. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Egg Tempera and the Early Renaissance Method of Developing Fleshtones"
August 20-24, 2018
 

This course will teach the technique of painting flesh tones in egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy. This painting technique requires discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is actually applied in cross-hatch strokes. The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent. The paints are made by mixing powdered pigments with the yolk of an egg. This color mixture is applied over a detailed under-drawing thus allowing the artist to separate the painting process into distinct tasks. The artist first composes, draws and establishes the values of the painting in black and white. The painter can now give his or her full attention to issues of color.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Fred Wessel, www.fredwessel.com
Cost: $875 + a lab fee of $25
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"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


"Upcycle a Chocolate Bar Into a Travel Notebook!"
August 23, 2018
 

Yes, you will take a lovely Ghirardelli chocolate bar and convert its slim cardboard casing into a useful Traveler's Notebook, very similar to expensive leather ones made by Midori and Faux-Midori craftsmen. You'll carefully line the chocolate bar box, neatly trim edges, poke holes with an awl, apply strategically strung elastics and then make several different types of insert booklets, all of which can be added magically with the elastic band bindings. These include writing paper inserts, sketch pad inserts, compartments for tickets and stamps and so forth, and any other inserts you can dream up. These are great gifts. You’ll be able to make more than one in the time alloted. Plus, you get to eat the chocolate.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $105
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


"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


"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


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 9, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
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


"September in Southern France, Travel-Workshop"
September 11-18, 2018
 

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape of the Village of Durfort. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be at La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational.
 
Location: Durfort, France
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Hand-Forged Knives"
September 12-14, 2018
 

Hand forge and finish a knife of high carbon steel with handle of natural materials such as wood, bone, or antler. Knife fittings of guards, bolsters, and pommels will be forged or poured with non-ferrous casting. Techniques included in class will be fire maintenance; hot forging; filing; heat treatment of annealing, hardening, and tempering; applying handle materials; and sharpening. You will go home with your own custom knife! Class appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths. All materials supplied, but you may bring special handle materials such as hardwoods or antler, if you wish.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Schulz
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Surface Design and Layers"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This workshop focuses on the creation of expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, drawing with horse hair, pyrography (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools) as well as creating expressive personally designed fabrics and papers utilizing indigo, rust printing, and bleach discharge. The application of thin layers of encaustic for collage, covering a panel with fabric as well as the conceptual use of layers, pattern and repetition will also be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $725 + Materials: $60
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world --without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. Each oil and cold wax piece is a result of a moment in time and space where elements converge in a one-time-only way.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art Journal Play"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Learn to make art journals by creating book covers and hand-binding them with a simple long stitch binding method. We’ll spend the rest of the time playing in our art journals! I’ll bring all my favorite supplies to share and demo the favorite techniques I use in my art journals. We’ll cover lettering, pen work, collage, colors, composition and more all on the pages of our art journals. We’ll use acrylic paints and inks, watercolors, markers, pencils, stamps and stencils etc. etc. Leave with your own handmade journal, endless ideas for working in it, and discover new tools and techniques that will inform and expand your creative expression in all your art pursuits!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Botanical Contact Print"
September 30, 2018
 

Prepare your own handmade book filled with handmade paper and layered with fall foliage and fibers from the garden and fields like pods, seeds and items that can be used to create natural botanical contact prints engaging with the contact print process. Learn about plants, vats, steamers, natural dyes, paper, fabrics for bundling and steaming, iron blankets, iron water, along with natural dye processes with falls bounty of black walnut, chestnut, fresh indigo leaves, yellow root, acorns, pantry items and more. Learn technical terms and experience hands on techniques that will have you ready to enjoy the experience again and again on your own after the workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Luminous Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 30, 2018
 

Discover the translucent beauty of painting with oil and cold wax medium! Experiment with free and bold abstract landscapes with this delicious medium and Arches oil paper. Unlike with hot wax, you need no appliances to achieve maximum cold wax goodness. You can add and scrape off layers as you want to, so no need to be concerned about mistakes! You’ll work on several pieces at once, using tools such as squeegees, bamboo skewers, rubber jar openers, combs, and more. In addition to painting, we’ll explore incising, using paint sticks, painting knives, oil pastels, and adding collage elements. Join me in exploring this unusual and interactive medium. You’ll leave with several gorgeous pieces!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Design and Print your Holiday Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2018
 

In this introductory class participants learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color holiday-themed greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press’s collection of Ludlow type, ornaments, and holiday-themed polymer plates. We’ll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short holiday-themed phrases. But above all else, let’s have fun while learning about letterpress printing. Each participant will leave with a set of twenty-five 3 1/2” x 4 7/8” greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 30, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Blacksmithing 101"
October 5-7, 2018
 

If you're a beginner this blacksmithing workshop is for you! You'll start with the basics: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of the anvil and tongs. Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals, you'll move on to some hot iron forging projects, such as a variety of handy hooks, plant hangers, bottle openers, key chain fobs, and more. Bob will have samples of many projects for you to examine. You'll go home with some handsome ironwork you've forged yourself, and with a taste for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
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


"Make a Bent Willow Chair"
October 13-14, 2018
 

Bring a bit of nature into your home with a bent willow chair. Jim will bring plenty of green willow and lead you through the process of making a rustic, bent willow chair using only hand tools. At the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of rustic furniture to take home. (Be sure you have room to carry it in your vehicle!) You’ll enjoy every minute of this two-day class as you learn about working with willow. This class is for everyone—no experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Arendt
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Forge Welding"
October 18-21, 2018
 

Have you already learned basic blacksmithing and now would like to add forge welding? It’s the art and skill of joining two pieces of steel with high heat and hammering. Bob will explain several types of forge welding methods (no Damascus). He will cover temperature, fluxes and scarfs. Once you gain confidence in your forge welding skills, you will proceed to the projects which include forge welding a towel bar, fire poker, forge roasting fork and chain links. Bob will have samples to view. Students should have basic blacksmithing skills and know how to tend the coal forge. Class size limited to 6; each student will have his/her own forge.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $355
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Torch Fired Glass Enamel on Copper"
November 3, 2018
 

Light up your life with a flame work glass enameling class. No experience necessary for this class. You'll learn torch fired glass enameling techniques including counter enameling, vertical surface enameling, and sgraffito. Julie will demo sheet metal fabrication, shaping and will have on hand several precut shapes of copper metal shapes for you to chose from. You'll be the artist choosing your colors and designs. Extra materials will be on hand to enhance your finished designs and then you will be ready to turn your enameled pieces into earrings or a pendant. Materials fee includes glass enamels, torch and fuel to use in class, tools for use during class, wire for earrings or head pins, four copper shapes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"How to prepare a panel with rabbit skin glue and real gesso.... for oil or egg tempera"
November 10, 2018
 

Making your panels from scratch may seem time consuming and esoteric, but it is the best way to get exactly the panels you want. By making a batch of panels all at the same time, you can make a year’s worth of panels in a couple days. This class will cover materials, sources, and methods for making a plain real gesso panel for egg tempera or a linen/canvas covered one for oils. Those who want to make their own panels during class can pay a supply fee of $15. I will also have a small supply of “starter kits” for sale at the class, to make some panels of your own.
 
Location: Langley, Washington
Instructor: Anne Belov
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Website, email, 360.637.4690


"Nihonga: Then And Now"
November 12-16, 2018
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, screens and scrolls, and aboriginal works. A variety of drawing, painting and collage techniques will be covered to cultivate individualized expression. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $885 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


 

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