Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
July 15-17, 2022
 

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: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 15-17, 2022
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set — centering more efficiently, working larger, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe from Windy Ridge Pottery 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: $335
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Turquoise and Silver Inlay Ring"
July 15, 2022
 

In this intermediate class, you will learn the classic technique of inlay using small turquoise fragments. You will also learn how to properly size a ring for any given metal thickness. The inlay technique can be applied to other projects like bracelets, pendants, and earrings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Braided Bracelet"
July 16-17, 2022
 

This class is for intermediate through advanced jewelry artists. We will learn how to incorporate braided silver wire in a bracelet band. We will also be fabricating a thick wall bezel and prong setting to complete the look. The resulting bracelet will be a stunning treasure.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Tensile Fabric Sails"
July 16, 2022
 

Learn the art of creating fabric sails based on the hyberbolic-paraboloid principle, a 3-D geometry that generates strong curves that soar in space! Instructor Aris Georges will demonstrate basic principles of shapes, simple knots and anchoring methods. The group will create an installation at Shake Rag Alley, with each participant on the team stretching a shape in space. Fabrics for the installation will be provided. Students can transfer the skills to home and garden projects of their own later, i.e., garden shades/sculptures or interior space decor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aris Georges
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
July 16, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held August 14, October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Paper Printing Alchemy: Botanical and Rusting Methods"
July 22-24, 2022
 

This workshop is for the artist who loves the unexpected alchemy that can happen when a little time and some heat are applied to plants, flowers, and papers to make a unique eco-dyed print. We will explore the use of various prep methods for printing, as well modifiers to change the colors of our final prints. Rust printing will be explored and even combined with our botanical prints to create an additional level of colors, textures, and details to a print. Students will come away from the workshop with a treasure trove of papers that can be used in collage, book making, or even stand on their own as a beautiful finished botanical print.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Needle Felted Animal Sculptures"
July 28, 2022
 

In this fauna-inspired workshop, we will learn how to make incredibly realistic 3-dimensional felt sculptures of our beloved animals. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felted animal. All materials will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Hot Wired Rings"
July 29, 2022
 

Create dramatic textures by fusing multiple layers of silver wire to a silver base. Embellish the piece with tube set cubic zircona 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: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Metal Clay Alchemy"
July 30, 2022
 

If you prefer a bit of rough in your designs, creating rings with metal clay may be right up your alley! In this class students will create three rings using a PMC3 syringe, while adding faceted stones, and tube bezels. Students will also learn to allow for shrinkage to be sure their rings are the right size. No prerequisites required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beach Glass Rings or Pendant"
July 31, 2022
 

Create a beach glass ring or pendant to wear year round as souvenir of golden summer days! In this class students will learn to make a bezel that will hold the glass securely in place and give the jewelry a polished, professional look, while practicing and perfecting soldering skills. This is an intermediate class and previous soldering experience is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor From the Beginning"
August 1, 2022
 

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 is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 2, 2022
 

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. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Landscapes"
August 3, 2022
 

Translate the beauty of nature into watercolor paintings by learning to paint skies, trees, water, mountains, and rocks. This intermediate class will help you learn how to develop a strategy for building depth in your work and how to focus the center of interest using color and value. Lessons on technique for building texture, and how to use masking to pressure the white of the page, will be covered. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
August 4, 2022
 

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. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
August 5, 2022
 

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. This is one in a series of five classes designed to be taken in sequence or individually.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezels"
August 6-7, 2022
 

Learn to create a bezel setting and bail in silver for a round or oval cabochon stone. Fitting, soldering, and setting skills will be covered. By day 2, your cemented skills will produce a second, elegant piece. This is a great workshop for people who have had a little soldering experience, experienced jewelers who need a refresher, or those who are very confident beginners.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Hand Stitching Design for Art Quilts"
August 13-14, 2022
 

Hand stitching is often associated with “active meditation,” because while your hands are busy, your mind is free to relax and wander. This class will focus on hand stitching a small and elegant fabric art quilt. Students will quickly compose a simple abstract design from a kit supplied by the instructor. The majority of class time will focus on enhancing the composition with simple embroidery stitches. Although the stitches are quickly learned, the opportunity for creativity is endless.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint"
August 13-14, 2022
 

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 and 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
August 14, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers and Surface"
August 18-21, 2022
 

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 and create richly layered and textured images that will push the viewer to question if they are looking at the photo, a painting, or both! Demonstrations introduce you to the basics of encaustic painting and digital printing, while ample working time and one-on-one conversations with Sarah provide hands-on practice and time to discuss thematic and aesthetic concepts. All paints, tools, and some printing is included with the supply fee.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Storytelling Through Illustration"
August 19-21, 2022
 

Draw: The best advice you’ve ever received. Mannerisms of our pet or someone we love. A very special day. In this workshop, students will develop their own set of images and characters via pen, colored pencil, watercolor, and crayon. We will develop and explore our own personal styles of drawing by completing exercises designed to inspire, play, and share. Participants will spend the weekend creating stories from these characters in addition to discussing the work of contemporary illustrators and their practices.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Williams
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden"
August 20, 2022
 

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. Materials fee of $45 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: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
August 21, 2022
 

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. Materials fee of $45 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: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Printing Botanicals on Paper"
August 25, 2022
 

Have you even wanted to capture the beautiful shape of a leaf to preserve it, so you could marvel at it again and again? In this class you will learn a natural process of direct printing of leaves onto paper to create a lasting image. We will forage on the Shake Rag Alley grounds for perfect leaves to print. In the studio, we will learn how to prepare the leaves and paper for a custom leaf image. Students will have to time to explore and experiment with an assortment of leaves and papers for additional images.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Raku Painting"
August 25, 2022
 

Raku is a Japanese form of pottery that often results in a coppery metallic finish with blue, green, and purple highlights. In this class, Jacqueline will use her experience as a Golden Artist Educator to guide you in working with aluminum foil and other metallic media to form these glistening little paintings that are like jewels that resemble the colors of the ancient art of Raku and its colorful metallic finish.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Peetie’s Book: Metal Transfers and Canvas Surface Design"
August 25-26, 2022
 

With the intention of focusing on gratitude, I spent a good part of 2020 creating special handmade books to honor the places, people, and memories that have been a such an important part of my life. I would love to teach you how to create this lovely keepsake, a substantial canvas book, using a theme close to your heart. I will teach you how to create stunning metal transfers and how to connect them to pages without glue. You’ll learn simple bookbinding skills while creating a book out of painted and collaged canvas. I will also share with you my favorite collage and surface design techniques. Please bring your materials fee in cash to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beyond Collage"
August 25, 2022
 

If you love to collage or are even entirely new to it, this welcoming class will enhance your creativity by allowing you to add depth and texture to your colorful designs. Working within cradled panels, we will collage and paint the background, adding embossed ceramic elements to our compositions to create our own unique works. The ceramic tiles, of varied sizes and shapes, have already been fired, allowing you to stain, paint, or antique them as you like to enhance the depth of your creation. Materials fee includes a cradled board and a generous assortment of unique ceramic pieces.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gail Willert
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Acrylic Textures & Layers"
August 26, 2022
 

The best thing about working with acrylic paint is the versatility of the medium. Jacqueline is a certified teacher for Golden Paints and will use her experience to guide you in exploring making various textures to be used in their painting practice. We’ll work with textural elements like tissue and cheesecloth and other household items. You’ll learn about acrylic pastes and mediums as they build their textured painting. The result will be richly textured surfaces and very interesting abstract paintings. You’ll develop an understanding of how to make many different acrylic mediums work better for you in your art work. Using the principles of design in creating an abstract painting is an integral part of the class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Family Reliquary"
August 26, 2022
 

In this class we will create a family keepsake in the style of a religious reliquary. Reliquaries are small, shrine-like, sometimes highly decorated receptacles for a relic of a saint. The relic is sealed with a wax seal and that seal should never be broken. In our case, we will create a family tree inside the reliquary and then seal a memento or even a prayer on the back. We will create a holder or monstrance to display our reliquary. Using found objects, textiles, and your mementoes, you can create a family treasure.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Textures and Transfers"
August 26, 2022
 

Image transfers are one of the best ways to add photos to your work. Transfers create luscious, transparent layers that can be painted over and altered with different acrylic media, adding stunning dimensions to the page. In reverse, transfers can be applied over textured surfaces, adding more depth. Both inkjet and Xerox transfer techniques will be taught. Explore new and unusual techniques using joint compound, crackle paste, gesso, and molding paste to create irresistible textures and raised areas. This will be so much fun that you won’t want to stop adding layers and textures!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roann Mathias
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 26, 2022
 

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. 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 27-28, 2022
 

Come and explore a new medium! In this class, you will learn about building multiple layers with cold wax and oil paints. The wax and paint will be brushed, smeared, and spread into a pleasing composition of layered, translucent color. Once the layers are built, you can work back into them, making marks and patterns. When layering paint, understanding color theory is very important, particularly with translucent paint. You will spend some time mixing colors and see how far you can “push” the paint colors that are provided. The end result of this time spent emerged in wax and paint will be several abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 27-28, 2022
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. You will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques and leave with a unique, beautifully embellished art deck that can be bound by decorative wire or transformed into a book or sculpture. Materials fee includes 10 pieces of pre-cut metal, wire, images, sandpaper, a nice package of ephemera, and use of instructor’s tools, stamps, paints, paper, and consumables. Please bring your fee in cash to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Serenity Stones"
August 27, 2022
 

Stones talk to me. While beach combing, walking, hiking, I cannot pass up a good-looking stone! If you loves stones and fill your pockets like me, this class is for you! You'll 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. You will learn how to add trinkets and feathers and stone rings to enhance your designs. 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"If the Shoe Fits"
August 27, 2022
 

The saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” If it doesn’t fit … well … I say, make art with it. Shoes are very intimate accessories that are so close to us every day, yet are generally taken for granted. They separate us from the ground. They protect us from the elements. They are a part of our daily lives. If they could talk, they would have rich histories to tell. The shoe, then, is our starting point to create visual stories. Their deep recesses have the potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This class is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Collage Exploration"
August 27, 2022
 

Explore the endless possibilities of collage. Create a collage by applying a variety of approaches to materials that have meaning to you such as photographs, fabric scraps, letters, drawings, and decorative papers. Rita will also demonstrate some mixed media techniques that are compatible with collage. Artists of all skill levels are welcome. Materials fee includes handouts, some adhesives and mediums to try, and the prepared board on which you will mount your collage. Rita will bring birch wood panels that students can choose from, ranging in size from 7” x 7” to 13” x 13”. Please see the supply list for additional tools and materials to bring.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rita Yanny
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Little Black Book"
August 28, 2022
 

Create your own decorated papers and then turn them into a hand-bound book. The interior pages of the book will be created with sumi ink and white gouache. The spine will be stitched with beads. Once the book is bound, fun begins as each page becomes a canvas full of creative techniques including embossing, folding, cutting windows, adding tags and embellishments, and collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roann Mathias
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"My Meander Map"
August 28, 2022
 

I’m blown away by Harold Fisk’s 1944 folio of illustrations that document changes to the course of the Mississippi River over thousands of years. Come explore Fisk’s techniques that express space and time in a single image. We’ll start by selecting pages from vintage sources – encyclopedias, sheet music, ledgers, and maps! Reference the twists and turns of today’s Mississippi and create your own river on one sheet by drawing and cutting it out. Then, start imagining where that river flowed before. We’ll be painting with only four colors of watercolor and/or gouache, and drawing with Micron pens and graphite pencils. When your painted page is complete, you’ll glue your river on top for a unique mixed media piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $152
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Local Color: Botanical Printing & Dyeing"
September 8-10, 2022
 

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of mordants and plant materials. We begin by gathering our printing and dyeing plants from the area surrounding the workshop (and at home). Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together. These fabrics will all have a distinct connection to the place and time of the workshop.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $350 + $30 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Gary’s Flea Market: Some Assemblage May Be Required"
September 9-11, 2022
 

Gary will be teaching the history of assemblage, the basics of assemblage construction, and some focus points to keep your project on track. Have you ever wanted to do assemblage but feel like you do not have enough stuff? That has never been a problem for Gary, so he is offering an assemblage workshop where everything you will need is going to be provided. Gary hopes you will walk into this workshop with nothing and allow the materials he provides to inspire you. Throughout the class there will be time built in to share ideas, review our work, and learn from fellow participants.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver and Dichroic Glass Pendants"
September 10, 2022
 

In this fun class you will combine dichroic glass, which has an ethereal, sparkly, and opal-like quality with precious metal clay to make amazing fine silver and glass pendants. Although our studio kiln is necessary to work with PMC and glass, Sherry will demonstrate torch firing so you can continue to work with PMC at home if you wish. Materials fee of $65 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: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Link Bracelet"
September 11, 2022
 

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 and out on the town! Material fee of $70 includes: 28 grams of precious metal clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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


"Bead Ring"
September 16, 2022
 

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. Students will need basic skills in over-over weave. Class is appropriate for advanced beginners through advanced students. Weave instructions available upon request for those who wish to practice before class. Materials fee 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Chandelier Earrings"
September 16, 2022
 

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. Some experience with wire will be helpful but not required. Weave instructions available upon request for those who wish to practice before class. Materials fee includes color step-by-step handout, copper wire, copper chain, copper jump rings, copper ear wires, choice of pearl, stone or crystal drop beads, two bobbins. Upgrade to silver will be available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Free-Form Bracelet"
September 17, 2022
 

Take your weaving skills up a notch as you work to create this unique cuff. Intermediate through advanced 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. Students need to be proficient in several weaving methods. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class. Materials fee include 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Contemporary Boro Scarf"
September 17, 2022
 

With an emphasis on the Japanese Boro aesthetics, we will use improvisation to create a wearable scarf, or surface design panel to use in another project if you choose, using a sewing machine. The scarf panel will be adorned with the rich textures of improv Sashiko hand-stitching using colorful threads to give your work textural elegance. The big stitch look invigorates the maker's creation for an unparalleled, textural, bespoke piece. These techniques will accent your current sewing projects beautifully, ranging from quilts to garments. Beginners are welcome, but confidence in setting up and using a sewing machine is necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Painting: Landscapes, Skies, and Water"
September 17-18, 2022
 

Treat yourself to two days of painting with Lee Mothes! Beginners and returning students are welcome, as well as anyone who wants to try new techniques. Lee will start by demonstrating watercolor techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water, landforms, foliage, and the sense of distance in hills or mountains. 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. Lee will provide a list of drawing and watercolor supplies.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lee Mothes
Cost: $165
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Carbochon Pendant: Beaded Ribbon Design"
September 18, 2022
 

Explore several intermediate to advanced wire-weaving techniques as you craft this unique pendant. Students will learn how to construct a woven bezel to securely hold the cabochon and a large bail to accommodate various chain sizes. Next comes the elegant embellishments, including a woven ribbon with beads woven into it. Discussion and demonstrations will include design process, various weaving techniques, and ways to customize the design to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Must be familiar with basic weaving methods in order to complete this project in class. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class. Materials fee includes step-by-step handout, copper wire, choice of a cabochon, copper beads, 2 bobbins (upgrade to silver will be available in class).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $187
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Exploring Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 23-25, 2022
 

When I discovered oil and cold wax painting five years ago, I was instantly hooked! I’m here to make your learning a little less intimidating by sharing with you everything I know about this genre, so that you can grow as an artist no matter what your experience. We will discover how to use cold wax with oil paint by creating abstract samplers and full-sized paintings on wood and paper. We’ll cover preparing surfaces, favorite techniques, layering, revealing, concealing, shifting, editing and working with colors. Trying something new can be scary, but it can also be an investment. Aren’t you worth it? If growth as an artist is a priority, let’s take the mystery out of this medium together!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Autumn Adornments: Leaf Pins"
September 24, 2022
 

Spend a fun day learning to make unique pins celebrating autumn leaves. Bring a sharp scissors, pencil and paper to class. Cynde will provide supplies to get you started. We will learn two embroidery stitches, plus how to sew on beads. An assortment of embroidery floss, naturally dyed wool and beads will be available to customize your design. If you have special floss or beads you’d like to use bring them to class. Once you get started, make more on your own for gifts. Some sewing experience a plus. Materials provided: Hand-dyed wool, sewing needles, embroidery floss, beading thread, beads, batting, templates for leaves, glue, white and black charcoal pencils, pin backs.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $70 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Wax, Paper, Scissors: Encaustic Collage and Mixed"
September 26-29, 2022
 

This workshop is designed for students who enjoy seeing how far they can push materials. The versatile materials of encaustic medium and paints act as glue in collage and assemblage, but with the added characteristics of transparency, texture, and layering capabilities when applied to paper. Dive deep into the exploration of working with encaustic paints, pigment sticks, collage applications, and other forms of mixed media. Experience: Begin by creating a few of your own papers with rust and inks to use alongside vintage, found, and other handmade and decorative papers. Demonstrations introduce you to the basics of setting up your workspace and using the equipment safely, encaustic painting, and various techniques for applying paper to other surfaces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $510 | Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Primitive Rug Hooking Retreat With Wide Cut Wool"
September 30 - October 2, 2022
 

Explore primitive rug hooking using soft muted colors and wool textures such as plaids, stripes, herringbones, checks, etc. Kris teaches primitive rug hooking, which encompasses wide cuts of at least #8 and above. All the color planning will be done in class and we will build the colors as we go to ensure a lovely rug. As time allows, different techniques and tips will be discussed to make your rug hooking journey easier and more creative. You may hook any primitive/wide cut rug hooking pattern of your choice. You may bring textured wool from your own stash, or you may select and purchase from the wide variety of exciting wool that the teacher will bring to the workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kris Miller
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
October 2-7, 2022
 

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Drawing to Painting"
Tuesdays, October 4 - November 22, 2022
 

Do you enjoy drawing, but are intimidated by paint? In this eight-week course, we'll explore diverse techniques and media that will give you the confidence you need to enable a smooth transition from drawing to painting. Find out why many common painting problems have their roots, and their solutions, in drawing. Topics include drawing with ink, the roles of value, understanding color, paint sticks and pastels, the expressive use of mark-making and more. This course is for people with some experience of drawing fundamentals, though beginners are also welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
October 8, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Black-and-White Woodcut"
October 28-30, 2022
 

Join Alfred to learn the principles of design that make a black-and-white image successful. You will design, carve, and print your own composition using a mix of European and Japanese techniques. Working in black-and-white expands the artist's visual vocabulary by reducing subject matter to its essential nature. Through this distillation, the artist discovers new ways of describing form and movement in what they see. Materials fee covers papers and other supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Oil Pastels"
November 4-5, 2022
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We’ll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Tube Set Stones"
November 5, 2022
 

Tube setting is a versatile and surprisingly easy way to set round faceted stones — it just takes a little practice. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn and practice. Techniques covered include how to measure faceted stones, how to cut tubing to the right size, how to cut seats for stones in tubes, how to solder tubes to metal, and finally how to set the stones themselves. At the end of the workshop, walk away with a pendant sporting a tube set sparkly stone.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
November 6, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Batiked Copper and Glass Enameled Necklace"
November 12, 2022
 

This beginning copper and glass enameling class will teach you a unique batik technique for the signature Javanese, batiked look. The necklace will be hand cut from copper sheet metal and forged, and you’ll be able to choose from a variety of colored enamel. Embellish your one-of-a-kind art piece with gemstones if you wish. A wonderful skill to add to your jewelry making repertoire!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Quilting Made Easy"
November 19-20, 2022
 

Interested in making a few quilt tops but don’t want to purchase fabric yardage? This class is for you! Have a stash of loved fabric and want something new to do with it? This class is for you! Come join Dierdra for a low-stress, fun weekend using pre-cuts to make lap-size quilts. Learn different patterns and new ways to sew and cut the pre-cut fabric. Bring your own pre-cuts, or Dierdra will have some available in class for $60.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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