Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Tissue Paper Box Ornaments"
December 10, 2022
 

In this workshop, instructor Rhonda Nass will guide students through the process of ripping and layering tissue paper in order to create a topographic-looking surface. The pieces will be folded into a box shape, and can be made into ornaments or kept as a sculptural box. Students will choose their own colors, with guidance from Rhonda, as well as adding pen details to add depth and definition. Create miniature landscapes or keep it fully abstract – up to you! No prior experience is necessary. Most materials provided; students should bring along one Micron pen, tip size 0.2 or close to it. Avoid brush-tip pens.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $35
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Intro to Drop Spindle Yarn"
January 14-15, 2023
 

In this workshop, students will learn how to spin their own yarn using the ancient technology of drop spindle. With hand dyed wool, students will spin two singles using hand tools, and ply them together to create a functional piece of art that can then be used in knitting, crochet, or weaving projects. Please bring, if you can, an old shoebox, and two empty bathroom tissue rolls. No prior experience necessary.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mother of Purl
Cost: $65 + $45 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Intro to Acrylic Pours"
January 28, 2023
 

Acrylic Pouring is a fun way to create abstract art to enrich your life and enhance your home. Each student will learn how to select and mix colors with pouring medium, choose one of several methods, and complete 1-3 paintings. Students will have the opportunity to try 3 of these different pouring techniques: Dirty Pour, Open cup, Dutch Pour, Flip cup, and Smashes. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work. Canvases need to dry for at least three days after pouring, and will have to be picked up at the gallery the following week.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $115
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Create & Collaborate: Oil & Cold Wax Retreat"
February 18-19, 2023
 

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa. Join with other artists for two days of working with cold wax medium. This open exploration is for anyone that has taken previous cold wax classes and wants to come together and share ideas, tips, tricks, and community. This is not a guided, instructional workshop; instead it is a gathering time and space for artists to connect. Students may start new paintings or work on pieces already under way. No materials provided, so bring your own. While this is not an instructional session, Rick will be available to share ideas and techniques and answer questions.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rick Ross
Cost: $120
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Intermediate Acrylic Pour Painting"
February 25, 2023
 

This workshop is meant for students who have some experience in acrylic pour painting, or those who attended the January 2023 introductory course. Instructor Mary Ringelstetter will guide students through more advanced pour techniques and color mixing options. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work. All materials included. Students should bring a smock or wear clothing that can get paint on it. Class size is extremely limited and early registration is recommended! Canvases need to dry for at least three days after pouring, and will have to be picked up at the gallery the following week.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $135
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Paper Marbling 101"
March 4, 2023
 

Paper marbling is an easy and fun way of creating beautiful artwork. Pigments are floated on a viscous water-based solution and then transferred to prepared paper. The result is a one of a kind creation of color, swirls and unique organic patterns. In this session, participants will learn about how marbling works including a discussion on prep work (which will have already been done), supplies (provided) and the tools used (also provided). Students will choose the pigments, design and create seven pieces of marbled paper! *Paper will need time to dry. Students will have to return to the studio to pick up finished pieces later in the day or the following week*
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jo MacDonald
Cost: $30
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Color Mixing, Color Balance, and Color Charts"
March 11, 2023
 

In this class geared towards artists or those looking to take their art to the next level, we will explore mixing oils. We’ll mix as many colors as we can using the fewest number of “mother” colors. We’ll explore using basic colors and then add some additional colors for comparison. We will make color charts to keep track of our mixes and we’ll do all of this without dirtying a brush. Color mixing is also a good time to practice wielding a palette knife! Beginners are welcome. Supplies to bring along: Pencil or pen for labeling your color charts. Ruler if you’re using tape to make the squares.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Norsetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Value Does the Work, Color Gets the Credit"
March 12, 2023
 

In this oil painting class we will explore the role of value vs color. We’ll start by doing some very basic value studies and progress to using color. The aim of this class is to give you some experience in seeing the value relationships of a scene. We’ll use color photos as references, mine or bring your own. For substrates you can use canvas paper, gessoed paper, or gessoed panels. We can do the value studies in black/white mixes or any other single darker color plus white. Beginners are welcome. There will be a lunch break, so please either bring a lunch (fridge and microwave available) or be prepared to purchase food nearby.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jan Norsetter
Cost: $85
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Boro-Inspired Wearable Art"
March 23-25, 2023
 

Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Each of these evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose. In this workshop we explore the traditions that created these garments and then look to them for inspiration in creating new works of wearable fiber art. Beginning with pieces of old and/or beloved fabrics—vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments—we select, curate, layer, and hand stitch them into new life as a work of wearable art. This workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, repurposing, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists, but some hand stitching experience is required.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $415 + $10 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Power of Black and White: Intro to Scratchboard"
April 1-2, 2023
 

The process of scratchboard is as basic as drawing with a pencil. The artist uses a knife instead of a pencil and applies the strokes to a panel coated with black india ink over white clay instead of applying to white paper. With each stroke of the knife blade, a scratch removes the black ink revealing the white beneath. We’ll be initially inspired by viewing contemporary scratchboard artists’ works, then do an exercise to gain confidence in removing a wide range of black and creating those grey tones, and finally on the second day we’ll do a quick review of composition and be starting our own artworks using our chosen subject matter and an excellent composition.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


 

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