Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Making a Mosaic Vase with Mary Dickey"
Sundays, April 8 & 15, 2018
 

Join artist Mary Dickey for this two-part class on making mosaic vases! Students should each bring their own glazed ceramic (i.e. not glass) vase they want to use, and Mary will show you how to add mosaic pieces to enhance and transform the original vase.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Dickey
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Secrets of Sculpture Realism Revealed!"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Learn how to transform basic geometric forms into realistic-looking sculptures. In this 2-day sculpture workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpting. Kelby will help each student individually create something that’s sure to surpass their expectations - especially if it’s a first attempt at sculpting! Students will learn how to get to the look they want fast, starting with sectioning and shaping basic forms. They will learn how to create true proportional relationships, overcome optical illusions and the best ways to merge forms for sculptural integrity. Lastly, they will learn how to use tools to create smooth details and special effects. Wire, Styrofoam, and Clay will be provided.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kelby Love
Cost: $200 + $10 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Putting the Horse in Action!"
April 16-20, 2018
 

Students will be given the tools to sculpt the horse with greater strength. Topics will include: proper proportion and how to achieve it, how to express the fleshy and bony parts of the horse; the way the rhythms of the horse’s body are made and how to keep them throughout the piece. Students will look at how the horse moves and expresses himself. Special attention will be paid to composition and how to make the piece come to life. Students will build on the fundamentals of mass, texture, light and design. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools to identify their own sense of design so they can move toward making unique statements in sculpture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Curt Mattson, www.curtmattson.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Carving Relief Scenes or Human Figures"
April 20-22, 2018
 

Learn the ins and outs of carving landscape relief scenes with Dylan Goodson, whose dynamic carvings have garnered many top awards in national competitions. Using Dylan's Lighthouse Farms design (14" x 8.5" x 2"), you will have the opportunity to learn about perspective, layering, textures and the illusion of depth. More experienced carvers can choose to carve the lighthouse seaside scene version of the design. For those interested in learning to carve the human face and body, Dylan will be offering a bust inspired by Rodin's The Thinker. The size of the bust is approximately 12” tall and will present the opportunity to learn about carving the head, face, and hands.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dylan Goodson
Cost: $285
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"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


"Understanding the Human Face"
April 30 - May 4, 2018
 

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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


"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


"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


"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


"The Figure in Clay"
July 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop investigates sculpting the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach. While hand building from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, gesture of the body, and human expression. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting technique, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565, includes clay and model fees
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Wire and Bead Sun Catchers"
August 26, 2018
 

If you love beads and tiny glass, what better way to view them than with the sun kissing them every day in your window! Create a sun catcher using several different gauges and colors of wire from Parawire®. Begin by creating a basic wire form. Choose a size that feels comfortable and we will build upon it, laying out ideas on where color, shape, size and sparkle would work best. We will talk about design and balance to get a structured piece that has a random flow and beautiful bead embellishment. Feel free to bring bead soup and charms to personalize your design. You will complete at least one full sun catcher and there may be time for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
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


"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


"Create a Figurative Sculpture Duo"
September 30-October 5, 2018
 

In this week-long intensive Kate will teach the techniques she uses to build her sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. Create two sculptures - a horse, bird, or rabbit approximately 15" tall - as your major piece. From a drawing, design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the form that will animate your piece. Use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work. In the second part of the class you will create a figure to ride, lead - maybe dance - with your fantasy critter. Kate will have patterns available if you feel you are not ready to design your own. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring ride!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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