Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Woodlands & Botanical Couture"
June 13-17, 2021
 

During this retreat, students will learn lots of mechanics to design a variety of woodland and botanical couture designs. Demos by Françoise will include different techniques and mechanics, which students will then interpret in their own designs using a plethora of flowers and textures foraged from nearby woodlands. These techniques are also applicable for any type of wedding or event work. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired onsite lodging, and retreat amenities all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Francoise Weeks
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,467
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Small Stitched Landscape"
June 18, 2021
 

Create a simple landscape using recycled fabrics sourced from designers’ showrooms. We will be helping the environment by keeping great fabrics out of our landfills while creating unique decor and gifts. Hand stitching grasses, trees, and flowers will personalize our creations. Materials fee includes threads, heavy fusible, edge sealant, and fabulous fabrics.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Creating Art Cloth With Resists"
June 19-20, 2021
 

Design and create the perfect fabric for your quilt project, home decor, or clothing. We will use several products to create marks that will resist dyes or paints. Techniques will include stencils, stamps, and free-hand drawing or brushing. No fabric-dyeing experience is required. Materials fee includes 2 yards fabric, all dyes, paints, and chemicals, use of instructor's stencils and stamps.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"SAORI Weaving — Discover Yourself!"
June 26, 2021
 

Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old again! SAORI is a weaving style with no rules and restrictions. There are no samples to follow and there are no mistakes. Just weave what you want to with complete freedom and creativity. Every cloth woven by people with different personalities is lovely in a unique way. The irregular edges and accidental skips of thread add un-programmed beauty to each weaving. In SAORI, we do not weave only a cloth. We weave our true selves. The warp is already set up for you to start weaving right away! Your finished product will make a lively wall hanging, throw, or pillow cover.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $140.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Kaleidoscope Design Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth) With Bengala Mud Dye"
June 27, 2021
 

Bengala dyes are made from soil and are “environmentally safe” and fun to use. You will love the subtle nature of the colors. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. We begin with a process of pre-fixing a yard square cloth. Then we fold the material in certain ways. Design with it however you like by knotting, twisting, clamping … and dye with as many mud dye colors as you like. There will be 14 colors to choose from. You will have a big circle design just like a kaleidoscope! Sorry, this is not a good class for people who have a latex allergy as dyes contain latex rubber.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $80.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
June 27 - July 1, 2021
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself focused less on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and the essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: Meals and tuition from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Metalsmithing Techniques: Lost Wax Casting"
July 11-15, 2021
 

Delve into learning the lost wax method of casting metal jewelry – a method that has been in continuous use for thousands of years! Take home at least one piece of jewelry at the retreat's conclusion, along with the satisfaction that you created it from start to finish. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peace surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff
Cost: Tuition + meals from, $1,081
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic"
July 11-15, 2021
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land. Daily journaling, meditation, readings and expressive mark-making exercises along with leisurely walks exploring the outdoors provide the inspiration from which to develop ideas for series-based work while also developing your personal artistic voice. Participants will experiment with a wide variety of innovative processes and materials such as encaustic monoprinting, suminagashi, powdered graphite/charcoal, graphite bars, horsehair, pyrography, stitch and alternative bookbinding. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: From $1,004 per person
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 16-18, 2021
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set — centering more efficiently, working larger, pulling up walls of consistent thickness, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe to refine and expand your throwing techniques during this highly personalized process-oriented workshop. Along with working on the wheel, we will spend the weekend exploring spouts, lids and handles, and looking at examples of outstanding ancient and contemporary pots. Clay is provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cole
Cost: $290.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"tran·scend·ence: The Female Form in the Lake Superior Landscape"
July 18-22, 2021
 

Photographing in the Lake Superior Landscape is perfect for infrared, back and white or color capture. Incredible models and beautiful surreal landscapes, immerse yourself in your creativity and a spirit of adventure. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laurie Klein and Nicole Cudzilo
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,400
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Metalwork Jewelry Bootcamp"
July 18-22, 2021
 

Metalwork Jewelry Boot Camp is a self-paced, instructor guided workshop in which students challenge themselves to step out of their ‘metal working skills’ comfort zone. Learning a variety of techniques to create jewelry projects of your own design or with the incentive of instructor projects. Come prepared to experiment with a variety of metalsmithing skills to suit your own individuality and interests. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kay Rashka
Cost: From $808
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
July 21-25, 2021
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Tracking Wonder: The Art and Science of Creative Living"
July 25-29, 2021
 

In this Tracking Wonder Immersive, you will learn how to approach surprising challenges with more flexibility and creativity, measure the real value and beauty in your life, and take home a personalized plan to integrate tracking wonder into your life. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeffrey Davis
Cost: From $1,004
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Cake Decorating With Royal Icing"
July 27, 2021
 

There is a charming story that royal icing was so named when it decorated Queen Victoria’s wedding cake in 1840. Not true, but today, royal icing continues to be a common medium for cake decorating and piping. In this hands-on class, learn the art of brush embroidery, border piping and basic string work — all using royal icing. The class will begin with a demonstration on how to make royal icing, followed by a discussion of the different types of royal icing and their applications. All tools and ingredients will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Bujewski
Cost: $40.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 28, 2021
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium. Beginners welcome!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory through Watercolor"
July 29, 2021
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Revolutionary Pendant"
July 29-30, 2021
 

Take your ring-making skills to another dimension by creating a dynamic piece with independently moving parts. Students will learn the tricks that will make this seemingly impossible soldering job easier. We will finish off the piece by adding interest with a double-sided semi-precious stone bead. Soldering and ring-making experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $386.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 30, 2021
 

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make it intimidating. Through exercises participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating a series of abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
July 31, 2021
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Leather Playdate"
July 31, 2021
 

Explore leather working while creating custom, leather cuff bracelets. Students will learn to cut, dye, braid, and finish leather for a professional look. Then we will add a little metal stamping to the leather. Projects may be customized by each student to suit their taste. There will be enough time to finish 3-4 bracelets depending on designs chosen by the student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $150.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Separation Anxiety - An Exploration in Enamel"
August 1, 2021
 

Learn two enamel techniques in one class! This all-day class will allow students the opportunity to experiment with the differences between the two techniques (separation enamel and crackle enamel) to create a kaleidoscope of colors and designs. We will use several layers of enamel and several torch firings to achieve these effects. An understanding of basic torch-fired enamel techniques is required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $197.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Poetry of Perception Photography Retreat"
August 1-5, 2021
 

This retreat is designed to help you discover, or renew your creative spirit, and to broaden the way you think about your individual photographic practice. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Carter
Cost: Tuition + meals from 1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Turning the Physical World into a Story: Generative Prose Writing"
August 1-5, 2021
 

Join internationally recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and how to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Houston
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"A Study in the Big Stitch"
August 1, 2021
 

We will use improvisation to create a panel using raw applique with assorted fabrics. With an emphasis on Japanese Boro aesthetics, we pay homage to the use, reuse, and upcycle culture best explained by the term mottainai. Once the panel is created, it will be adorned with the rich textures of Sashiko and Kantha hand-stitching, using colorful threads to provide dimension and elegance. These techniques can be a wonderful addition to your current sewing projects. But more importantly, they add a sense of meditation and intention to your current work practice. Supplies provided: needles, thread, denim scraps, and a piece of batting size 18” x 24”.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $125.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Long Term Personal Project, From Concept to Audience"
August 8-12, 2021
 

This retreat will lead participants through the essential steps of thorough research and wise decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic in both its creation and presentation with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
August 8-12, 2021
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Introduction to Indigo Dyeing and Locally Foraged Color"
August 13-15, 2021
 

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown in the Great Lakes Region as well as the ancient practice of creating and dyeing with an organic Indigo dye vat, using both the fructose and iron vat methods which are compostable and organic. You will learn the basics of creating, maintaining, and dyeing with an organic indigo vat using the 1-2-3 indigo vat method. You’ll also learn how to process plants/flowers from the forest and your own gardens to create beautiful hues. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Libby London
Cost: From $659
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
August 14-15, 2021
 

Team up with Audrey to create a woodblock print and explore how to hand color and use your prints. She will discuss the history and strengths of woodcut art, good subjects for woodcuts, and how to use and care for woodcut tools. You’ll practice strokes and techniques then create and carve your original composition. You’ll ink and hand-print your work, then explore ways to add color with paints. Block sizes will be 5” x 7” or 8” x 10.” Bring sketches for your woodcut. Audrey will supply blocks, ink, paper, and tools, as well as paint and brushes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Audrey Christie
Cost: $235.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Resin Collage Pendants"
August 14, 2021
 

Join Leslie in creating unique mixed media pendants with a smooth, glossy surface. Learn best practices for preparing and arranging them into a fascinating mini-collage in a pendant tray. Then pour the clear resin to preserve the moment. Learn how to avoid bubbles and paper staining. Develop techniques for incorporating glitter and colorants into your projects. No experience needed. This workshop is beginner-friendly! Leslie will bring a large variety of items, but you are welcome to bring (1.5? and smaller) pictures or paper art, dried foliage, plastic or metal trinkets, beads, glitter, etc., to try in your collages. The resin will not have fully cured in class time, so bring a shoebox-size lidded container to carry your pieces home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Spinner Ring"
August 15, 2021
 

Are you on board with the popular kinetic spinner rings? Learn to make a sterling silver or multi-metal ring with two bands: The inner one hugs your finger while the moveable outer one lets you fidget to your heart’s content. Leslie will work with you to advance your metalwork skills, including sawing, texturing, soldering, and finishing. You will leave with a lovely ring to wear or give as a gift. All materials and tools provided. Some jewelry making experience is best, but advanced beginners may consider this class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 15-19, 2021
 

This unique retreat is four transformational days of painting, designed to develop you creatively, practically, spiritually and personally. All levels are welcome, however intermediate-advanced level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Painting the Day"
August 20-22, 2021
 

We do not see things as they are, but rather as light, shadow, and air reveal them. The light of each day is unique and specific to the time, place, and weather. During this two day retreat scheduled over a moonrise, we will examine how with some foundational principles of the prismatic palette, the grammar of light and air can ground us in our work by helping us see the gift of each day. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joshua Cunningham
Cost: Tuition + meals from $640
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
August 21-26, 2021
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Reversible Fine Silver Lentil or Pebble Bead"
August 21, 2021
 

Make your own unique, fine-silver, reversible lentil or pebble bead pendant and wear it home. Sherry will show you the basics of working with precious metal clay silver and how to combine two parts to make a seamless bead using “dry construction.” You can choose to add one or two fire-in-place stones, add texture, or leave it plain like a small river stone. You will work with the clay, syringe, and paste. Although Sherry will fire pendants in a small kiln, she will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home. Included materials fee covers silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $190.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mini Masterpieces: Collage Panels"
August 21-22, 2021
 

Make a mini masterpiece in this fun, anything-goes class. We’ll start with a 5 x 5” wooden panel and collage various materials onto it such as; stained tea bag papers, tea bag strings and labels, fabric scraps, paints and beads, etc. You bring it, we will use it! Each person will create a unique art piece suitable for hanging and or gift giving.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $145 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden"
August 22, 2021
 

Transform leaves into fine silver jewelry using precious metal clay in this exciting one-day class. Sherry will demonstrate the process, from collecting appropriate organic material, then preparing and/or storing that material, all the way to completing a fine silver piece of jewelry. Learn to make bails and embellish your jewelry with fire-in-place stones, syringe, and extruder. You will go home with one or more beautiful pieces of pure silver jewelry, and the knowledge to create more. You will also learn how to torch fire PMC with a small butane torch so you can fire your work without a kiln. Included materials fee includes 18gm PMC clay, a fire-in-place stone, and use of tools. More PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $172.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Absurd Sculpture"
August 26, 2021
 

Can we all agree that the world is crazy these days? Perhaps it’s best to take a cue from the Dada movement and have that reflected in our artwork. Join Carole in creating absurd sculptures! Put disparate objects together in unexpected ways, with a sense of humor and playfulness. This isn’t about fine technique – it’s a chance to use simple tools and materials to craft irrational structures (large or small) that amuse yourself, your classmates, and your audience at home. Carole will provide a bunch of silly things, as well as tools, but you are invited to bring items you may wish to incorporate into ridiculous 3-D forms.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mixed Media Wingding"
August 26, 2021
 

Come indulge your adventurous side with this celebration of diverse 2-D materials. We’ll use paint, collage, stamping, and multiple drawing implements in a stepwise approach to produce richly layered works that combine structure and improvisation. Lots of examples of contemporary and historical artworks will be shown, but bring along your imagination to this free-wheeling daylong session. While some experience with drawing, painting, or design is helpful, beginners are absolutely welcome. Materials fee includes paper and multiple materials used onsite.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $135.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Stacked Found Object Lamp"
August 26, 2021
 

Learn how to build a table lamp using stacked found objects starting with the basics of lamp construction and wiring and then customizing using stackable found objects such as toys, hardware, and other items. To top off each creation, instruction will be given on how to turn common items such as colanders and baskets into lamp shades, or how to embellish ready-made shades. Basic lamp components will be provided and some found objects will be available. Students may bring items they wish to use; be sure found objects you bring have a 3/8” or larger hole.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dee Hooks
Cost: $145.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Introduction to Zentangle®"
August 27, 2021
 

“The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns,” according to www.zentangle.com. No prior artistic training or ability is necessary to enjoy this workshop. If you can hold a pen and draw simple shapes, you can learn the patterns used. The process of drawing the repetitive patterns encourages a feeling of relaxed focus, which is beneficial in many ways. Students learn and practice the steps of the Zentangle Method®. Materials fee includes drawing materials for the class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 27, 2021
 

Students in this class will do some simple metal etching on small squares of copper or brass. These completed metal pieces will then be embedded in a textural surface. Molding paste on cradled panel with stencils will create the textured surface. This surface will be painted with the student’s choice of colors. Color theory and composition will be discussed to help students create a beautiful and unusual art piece! Materials fee includes two 2” x 2” pieces of brass, two 2” x 2” pieces of copper, cradled panel, latex gloves, sandpaper, steel wool, styrofoam. Instructor-provided supplies for sharing include etching solution, containers for etching, Sta-Zon stamp pads, stencils, molding paste, fluid acrylic paints, plastic tongs, packing tape, glue, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Three Letter Words"
August 27, 2021
 

In this class, we will transfer letterforms (or you can make your own) to small canvas, and add imagery that calls to us. We will use a dry brush technique, which is a silhouetting technique that involves painting the negatives instead of the positives. Dry brushing is a helpful illustration technique to know, and a good exercise in seeing shapes. This project can easily be done in one day. We suggest picking a set of letters that offers more than one word: such as now, won, or own. Let the instructor know the word you pick ahead of time so the letters can be ready for you, or jump in and design your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $140.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 27, 2021
 

Create one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched cards that mix “old-timey” photos with whimsical verse. We will start by creating our own collage background papers using old paper, inks, paint, and mark making. Then we will learn how to assemble the mini-little portraits that are mounted onto 4” x 5” note cards. Use them to send an extra special message to someone you love or as a portable work of art. Included materials fee includes everything needed to make 10 cards. You may bring additional paper, digital images or ephemera to use to personalize your work. Basic sewing machine knowledge is helpful but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Zentangle® on Dark Paper"
August 27, 2021
 

Don’t be afraid of the dark! Extending the Zentangle® experience, which uses structured patterns to create beautiful images, the student will be using various media to draw on dark papers and exploring some new and different Zentangle patterns. The process of drawing the repetitive patterns encourages a feeling of relaxed focus, which is beneficial in many ways. Students receive all materials necessary for this class with enough to take with them to continue at home. Experience level: While it is helpful to have created some Zentangle® drawings, it is not a requirement. Beginners are welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 28-29, 2021
 

Using collage, illustration, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media, we will create “maps” of our life experience. These maps of the imagination can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. We will make varied maps and a book to contain them, and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. Making maps of your life leads to both wonderful art and self-discovery. This class is about making a small book to contain six pop-up maps of your life experiences, and exploring our journeys with color, curiosity, poetry, and permission to illustrate your own path in your own way. Included materials fee includes kit for book, paints, inks, mark making tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $315.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 28, 2021
 

In this class we will use an antique porcelain doll to make a mermaid. It is embellished with vintage rhinestones and special wash painting techniques. A frame will be painted and embellished to hold our mermaid. Everything is supplied to make the mermaid and the frame including the rhinestones. You only need to bring items to embellish your frame (possible items include shells, plastic undersea animal toys, jewels…). Materials fee includes antique porcelain doll body, Apoxie Clay, paint, vintage rhinestones, frame, and use of class tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $165.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 28, 2021
 

Acrylic molding paste can make beautiful textures and designs. The unique book covers created by these processes are quite striking! In this class students will learn and experiment with several molding paste techniques including stenciling, stamping, and scraping. Book covers are created by painting the molding paste and mounting on another piece of book board to form a cover. These covers will then be bound using a long stitch binding with a leather spine. This class will be appropriate for beginner and intermediate book binders. Students will receive personalized instruction and critique throughout the workshop. Instructor-provided supplies include: handouts describing techniques, molding paste, waxed linen thread in black or brown, awl, metal corners, stencils, acrylic paints, leather for spines.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 28, 2021
 

This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making. Don’t be afraid of the supply list: Really what you need is an old (or new) birdhouse that you are willing to screw, glue, paint, etc. and stuff to put on it. Clean out your junk drawer and/or gather up the bits and pieces that you have been collecting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Delicollage"
August 29, 2021
 

Deli paper — we’ve all tried it! But you’ve probably never done the things with it that we will do in this class. Students will learn to shave pastels, and to add metallic powders and thin Asian papers to their collages. High-flow acrylic paint will be used to add abstract writing as well as Pollock-like drips and splashes. We will create a huge pile of collage papers! We will then choose our favorites and build an abstract collage suitable for framing. You’ll learn a lot about acrylic paints and mediums in the process and go home with a lot of papers for future use!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mystical Pyramid Treasure Box"
August 29, 2021
 

Conjure up the powers of the pyramid to create a distinctive treasure/spirit box. You will learn how to construct a four-sided pyramid using stabilized mulberry paper, embellishing the exterior with keishi pearls or shell bits. You may wish to add any charms and trinkets from your personal stash. And finally, you’ll finish off your one-of-a-kind creation with a lining and tie off with silk ribbons. Materials fee includes written instructions, stabilized mulberry paper, template, assorted pearls, shell bits for embellishment, charms, silk ribbons, glue stick, paper creaser, needle and thread. Marianne will have extra charms, trinkets, embellishments, and ribbons for additional purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $80.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 29, 2021
 

In this class we will make necklaces out of found objects. We will learn several cold connection techniques. That means no soldering required. We will learn how to make our pieces look antique no matter what they started out as. I will supply ball chain, Apoxie Clay, and paint. I will also bring a selection of parts for sale in class. Beginners welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Serenity Stones"
August 29, 2021
 

Stones talk to me. While beachcombing, walking, hiking, I cannot pass up a good-looking stone! If you love stones and fill your pockets like me, this class is for you! You will learn a few simple knots to wrap stones with leather cord. The first knot will bind a twig or bamboo stick around a stone. The second stone will be wrapped using a Japanese knot technique. There will be time in the class to experiment with assorted sized stones and other Japanese-inspired knots to make each creation truly your own. Bring your own favorite stones, or select from a variety of stones provided. Marianne will provide written instructional handouts.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $80.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Planed and Folded Wooden Book"
September 9-10, 2021
 

You’ll create an extraordinary multi-signature hand-bound long-stitch wooden book with painted and textured papers. At least five techniques will be taught in this workshop including color pencil on wood, dropped-in watercolor, monotype printing with open acrylics, and book-binding techniques to stitch signatures sewn onto a canvas binding. Materials fee includes wood, Masa paper, gesso, PVA glue, acrylics, waxed linen thread, adornments, and ribbon. I will provide awls, book-binding cradle, stencils, and other tools to use while we work.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Bead Ring"
September 10, 2021
 

Expand your wire skills as you discover the art of making wire-woven rings. The class will focus on understanding the basic construction and design and will explore techniques for proper ring sizing. Ideas for customizing the design will be discussed. Prerequisites: Basic skills in over-over weave. Weave instructions available upon request for those who wish to practice before class. Kit includes color step-by-step handout, copper wire, choice of pearl, stone or crystal 10mm bead, 2 bobbins. Upgrade to silver will be available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $98.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Chandelier Earrings"
September 10, 2021
 

Learn several wire techniques as you create these beautiful earrings. The class will introduce the basic over-over weave and wire shaping methods. Students will also learn how to bead the ends of wires with a torch. Most students will complete at least one earring. Prerequisites: Some experience with wire will be helpful but not required. Weave instructions available upon request for those who wish to practice before class. Kit includes color step-by-step handout, copper wire, copper chain, copper jump rings, copper ear wires, choice of pearl, stone or crystal drop beads, 2 bobbins. Upgrade to silver will be available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $99.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Free-Form Bracelet"
September 11, 2021
 

Take your weaving skills up a notch as you work to create this unique cuff. Students will learn how to merge different weaving techniques to create exciting new patterns. The class will focus on improving weaving skills and learning more advanced techniques including weaving with beads. Prerequisites: Students need to be proficient in several weaving methods. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class. Kit includes color step-by-step handout, templates, copper wire, copper beads, 2 bobbins. Upgrade to silver will be available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $178.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Strata Botanica"
September 11, 2021
 

Imagine a world of layered abstracted botanical shapes on paper. This workshop is a perfect way to spend the day discovering ways to create with monotypes, resist tools, water-soluble pencils, and transparent and opaque watercolors on paper. Based on biomorphic shape making, this process will allow you to discover ways to define the space around abstracted botanical shapes with deep values and colors. Pattern and texture will be the main ingredients for our compositions. We’ll start the process with monotype printmaking to build up a foundation of textures and images. Watercolors will be glazed on top, adding luminosity and brilliant color. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery in selected spots.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits"
September 12, 2021
 

In this workshop we will create in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed. Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Toward the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Maia Pendant"
September 12, 2021
 

While crafting this graceful pendant, students will explore several wire weaving and layering techniques, methods for improving symmetry, as well as a unique way for setting a cabochon. Students will follow precise step-by-step instructions for the entire project, but will also be encouraged to modify some elements for a more one-of-a-kind design. Prerequisites: Students need to be proficient in several weaving methods. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class. Kit includes color step-by-step handout, copper wire, choice of a stone or lampwork cabochon, matching accent beads, 2 bobbins. Upgrade to silver will be available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $196.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Shibori & Indigo Dyeing on Cotton & Silk Fabric"
September 16-21, 2021
 

Immerse yourself and fully engage in the multifaceted art form that is ‘shibori’. Learn how to plan for and create resist dyed patterns and designs using itajime, cylinder wrapping, bound and stitch resists. Different types and strengths of vat ensure you will have an authentic indigo dyeing experience. You will be working samples on silk and cotton fabrics of a size that can be used later for personal craft projects. A few natural dyes will add additional colour to the range. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Callender
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,195
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Stix n Stonz"
September 17, 2021
 

Create dramatic textures by fusing multiple layers of silver wire to a silver base. Embellish the piece with tube set cubic zirconia gems for added glamour. Students will create a pendant and a ring while learning to fuse silver without melting, a huge cost and time saver!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 18, 2021
 

Create two faux channel-set rings by encasing a strand of semi-precious stones and a strand of soldered tube-set cubic zircona gems in an inside-out sheet of textured metal. Students will learn roll printing, soldering, fabrication, stone setting, and finishing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Create Landscapes, Skies, and Water in Watercolor and Pencil"
September 18-19, 2021
 

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners are welcome, as well as those who want to try new techniques. Each student will walk out on Sunday with at least one finished painting. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, trees and capturing the feel of distant hills. Then the class will start painting. Lee will help each student with setting up colors on a palette, how to use brushes, create washes with colors, plus offer tips on perspective and composition. You may choose to work in graphite pencil, color pencils or ink along with watercolor. You may also bring pastels, color pencils, or ink pens to explore and play with.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Boundweave: Weaving a Flower Garden"
September 18-19, 2021
 

Weave floral images in Boundweave, using beautiful colored wool on a cotton warp. Learn about the history of this fascinating weft-faced weave, how the structure of the warp is organized to allow the creation of pattern, and how to draw your own designs. Boundweave motifs are traditionally used to make striking wall hangings and rugs. Since the looms will be already warped, you’ll be ready to weave right away when you arrive. In the two-day workshop you will complete a small project that includes several woven flowers! This workshop is perfect for beginners and still exciting for more advanced weavers wanting to learn a new technique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennie Hawkey
Cost: $220.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 19, 2021
 

This class offers students the opportunity to create a variation on the traditional box pendant by building an open frame. Students will learn roll printing, hollow form construction, bezel sizing, stone setting, and multiple-step soldering while creating a one-of-a-kind statement pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $195.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Weaving a Walk in the Woods"
September 19-23, 2021
 

During this Autumn Equinox, we will weave a tapestry in response to walking in the woods that surround Wild Rice Retreat. We will explore techniques that lend themselves to describing trees and forest, sunlight on leaves, water droplets on ferns, texture of bark. The response in tapestry can be representational, abstract or somewhere in between. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the wood and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,105
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
September 24-26, 2021
 

Create a book dedicated to the winged creatures that we all love by diving into the concepts of nests and what home means to us in our hearts. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will mark up our surfaces in unique ways, adding texture to our backgrounds. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages using instructor favorite techniques, nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a simple technique to bind our pages into an artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography – The Yoga of Seeing"
September 26-30, 2021
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer, Robert Sturman. This retreat is scheduled in conjunction with yoga instructor Liz Corwin's retreat, with the ability to participate in pieces of both retreat experiences. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Sturman
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate"
September 27-30, 2021
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic and photography. Explore a range of subject matter, as well as a variety of surfaces on which to create work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $510 / Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920-868-3455


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
October 1-3, 2021
 

Moku Hanga, meaning “wood print,” is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Moku Hanga utilizes only a few simple tools, a small work space, and is entirely water-based. Alfred will teach you to hand-carve and print your unique drawing from fine-grained Shina Plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper, a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years. No experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring photos or drawings you can use in creating your print. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $385.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Cochineal Dyeing & Zapotec Weaving"
October 3-8, 2021
 

During this unique 5 day experience, delve into the fascinating techniques of traditional Zapotec weaving practices, along with an introduction to the art of natural dyeing with cochineal – one of the oldest pigments used in Mexico. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Porfirio Gutierrez
Cost: From $1,149
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Metalsmith Essentials: Foundational Processes & Toolmaking"
October 3-7, 2021
 

As modern day metalsmiths, we have access to almost unlimited tools and materials. Because of this we fail to appreciate the fundamental processes that were used in the past, and those still used in less developed areas of the world today. This workshop will put you in touch with the fundamentals of metal work and tool making. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,205
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 9, 2021
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver 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. Included materials fee paid to instructor in class includes silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $172.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Impactful Pencil: Transforming Simple Graphite Works to More"
October 9-10, 2021
 

We’ve all worked with a graphite pencil, even if it’s just signing our names or writing lists. In this workshop we’ll be training our hands and minds to have a sensitivity to the amount of pressure we use to apply that graphite mark so that we can produce impactful drawings that include the full range from white to black. We’ll initially be inspired by seeing other artists’ graphite drawings. We’ll then do an exercise that stretches your comfort zone to practice applying an almost invisible layer of graphite to white paper moving to almost black coverage. We’ll refine this use of a full polarized value range through fairly fast tiny drawings, and on the second day we’ll review composition.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Link Bracelet"
October 10, 2021
 

In this class you will form both the links and toggle attachment from fine silver metal clay using your choice of design and shape. After shaping, drilling holes and refining, you will attach them with sterling jump rings and polish, then patina if desired. You will be able to wear your beautiful bracelet home. Included material fee covers: 28 grams of precious metal clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $194.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Layers: Intro to Oil & Cold Wax"
October 16-17, 2021
 

Painting with Cold Wax Medium is a popular artistic expression all over the world. In this class, you will explore the basic principles of using Cold Wax Medium through instructor-led demonstrations, individual guidance, and exploration of individual pieces. The techniques are fun, creative, and only limited by your imagination. We will explore the process of building layers using printmaking methods, mark making, and adding textures. What is added and hidden under layers will be uncovered by reduction including scraping, scratching, gouging and the use of solvents. There are no mistakes in this class, only results that are yet discovered. You will leave with basic knowledge of the medium, a finished painting, and some works in progress.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rick Ross of Summit Art Studio
Cost: $125 class fee + $125 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting With Oil and Cold Wax"
November 4-7, 2021
 

This 3.5-day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax as an addition to your current oil painting practice. The workshop blends instructor demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussion focuses on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques throughout the workshop offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Class size is limited to ensure personal attention and ample one-on-one discussion time with the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Electro-Etching Steel Jewelry"
November 6-7, 2021
 

Mild steel is a wonderful metal for jewelry. It is inexpensive, easy to work, lightweight, and tough. Electro-etching is a safe and inexpensive way to add texture and pattern to metal. Day One: Learn the basics of using mild steel. We’ll go over three types of “resists” to apply patterns: hand-drawn designs directly on the metal, laser-printed patterns, and adhesive backed vinyl. You’ll electro-etch your pieces in a salt water solution using batteries or a bench-top power supply. Day Two: Create jewelry from your etched steel with Deb available to help, or etch more pieces. We also introduce etching steel texture plates for a rolling mill. Finally, explore patinas and methods to seal your pieces.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $255.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Painting Horizons: Approaches to Landscape"
November 6-7, 2021
 

Join Wisconsin artist Danica Oudeans and learn the art of painting landscape. This introductory class will give detailed instruction on how to create inspirational landscapes with acrylic paints. Demonstrations will be given on how to plan your painting, mix colors, select your brush, and focus on a variety of brushwork techniques. All materials are provided to you as part of your registration fee.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danica Oudeans
Cost: $185 (includes all supplies)
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Wet Felted Vessels"
November 13, 2021
 

Create a beautiful wool and silk felt vessel for yourself or someone on your gift-giving list! In this workshop you will learn the magical process of wet felting. Using only soapy water and your hands, in a few hours you will transform a handful of loose wool fibers into a solid and seamless three-dimensional felt object. You will take home a gorgeous felt vessel of your own design, along with the knowledge needed to create more on your own. No previous experience needed. We recommend you wear clothes that can get wet.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janis Merkle
Cost: $35 class fee + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Nature Journaling: Artist Books"
April 9-10, 2022
 

Learn to make an accordion folded, standing booklet with your nature illustrations on both sides. We’ll start with a 4×6?, 4-panel prefolded accordion style booklet made from watercolor paper. Cynthia will do several demonstrations to show how to draw, use ink pens, paint in watercolor or use watercolor pens, make collage, and add calligraphy. Each person will create a unique nature art booklet that will stand vertically for display. No previous experience needed.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $150 + $10 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard"
May 14-15, 2022
 

Scratchboard, as in black and white photography, draws its drama by including the widest range of light to dark in each “painting.” The process itself 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. The challenge is to remember you are creating various grey tones all the way to white (depending on the amount of scratching you do to remove the black). It is a thrill mid-process because your imagery emerges with each stroke.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $175 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Photography Basics and Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing"
May 21-22, 2022
 

Day 1: Field Day at Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. In the field, we’ll cover how to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focusing to perfect your compositions and exposures. Day 2: Post-Processing and Adobe Lightroom at River Arts Studio. In the studio, we’ll spend time learning to process the photos you took on Day 1 using Adobe Lightroom. Students should bring their cameras and any necessary cords, laptop and charger, and a notepad.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mike Murray
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 12-15, 2022
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in historic, picturesque Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, upbeat teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $295, including a class dinner and light snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


 

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