Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Weaving with Four Harnesses"
February 12-13, 2022
 

Learn to set up and weave on a four-harness loom. We will wind a 10”-wide 3-yard warp, thread it onto the loom, and explore some basic weave structures and techniques. You will be introduced to reading a pattern draft and, after some sampling, can use the remaining warp and time for a project of your choice. It can be a wall hanging, a runner, mug rugs, or a scarf. It can be loose and experimental, structured and predictable, or somewhere in between. Warp yarn is provided in a few color options. Students are encouraged to bring favorite yarns, fabric strips, and special objects that can be woven into a wall hanging if desired. Weft yarns are available in class, too.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intermediate Acrylic Pour Painting"
February 19, 2022
 

This workshop is meant for students who have some experience in acrylic pour painting, or those who attended the January 2022 introductory course. Instructor Mary Ringelstetter will guide students through more advanced pour techniques and color mixing options. Each student will create up to 3 canvases during class, depending on the speed with which you work. Class size is extremely limited and early registration is recommended!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Ringelstetter
Cost: $115
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Mending Hearts: Stitching Recycled Fibers Into Sculpture"
March 19, 2022
 

This intensive workshop explores trauma, loss, hopes, and dreams. Participants will create 3-D fiber sculptures through wrapping and meditative stitches. Thread, needle, and fabric become vehicles that aid the repair of our lost and broken hearts. Learn to transform personal grief and longing into powerful pieces of art. Students are encouraged to bring broken objects, keepsakes, or souvenirs they would like to place inside the heart. This could take the form of shells, rocks, jewelry, small household/domestic items, etc. Material fee includes, fabric, needle, embroidery floss, thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Geometry and Nature Patterns"
April 2, 2022
 

Learn the art of geometric abstraction with flowers and plants developed by Frank Lloyd Wright and subsequent apprentices at Taliesin. Instructor Aris Georges will present the background of the exercise, share examples of the diverse results, and show the process step by step. Students will work individually to generate a pattern in class that they will briefly present to the group at the end. Students can transfer skills to any applications that can use organizing visual space (graphic design, illustration, quilt-making, signs, page layouts, etc).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aris Georges
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Simple Fold Formed Jewelry"
April 9, 2022
 

Try your hand at hammering metal into sculptural forms and turning it into distinctive jewelry. All skill levels will enjoy this class. We will begin with malleable copper, and progress into aluminum, brass, and possibly silver. Optionally add texture, holes, beads, patina, jump rings, and wire to your creations. Expect to create mostly earrings and pendants. No experience needed. This is a beginner-friendly workshop!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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


"Stamped Band Rings"
April 10, 2022
 

Make a one-of-a-kind textured sterling silver ring. In this half-day workshop you will learn to size, stamp, form, solder, and polish a sterling ring (or two). It’s the perfect introduction to jewelry making for beginners, a great way to get back into jewelry making after a break, and a fun exercise for the advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
April 10, 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 June 11, July 16, 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


"Drawing the Head: An Introduction"
Tuesdays, April 12 - May 31, 2022
 

Interested in drawing the human head, but challenged by the idea? This stepwise approach starts with examining simple forms like the cube, cylinder, and sphere and applies those lessons toward a range of drawing issues culminating in drawings of actual people. Students become familiar with multiple media and techniques. Beginners welcome, though some drawing experience is helpful. Have fun, gain confidence and expand your powers of expression! Materials fee includes papers, drawing implements, and live model fee.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Building Community Through Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork"
April 23-24, 2022
 

2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow Karen Ann Hoffman has been beading peace, beauty, and meaning through her Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork since the 1990s. Also known as Iroquois Raised Beadwork, the style is unique to the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, characterized by lines of beads that arch above the textile surface for a three-dimensional effect, typically sewn onto velvet. In this two-day class, you will make an approximate 6" x 4" intermediate-level “whimsy,” enjoy a Native 3 Sisters Soup, and leave with a group of new found friends. Participants will gain appreciation for the meditative and patient process of beading, learn more about the Iroquois world view, and learn the way culture is represented through needle and thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Karen Ann Hoffman
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fabulous Fibulas"
April 29, 2022
 

Learn to make fibulas! First used by the Greeks for fastening garments, spread throughout Europe by the Romans and brought to an elaborate decorative peak by the Etruscans, fibulas are essentially based on the safety pin design. In other words, a fastener where the spring, pin stem, and catch are fashioned from a single wire. In between, well ... that’s where the fun starts. In this workshop you will learn the basics of fibulas: springs, pin stems, and catches. Then, you will be free to work with what’s in between. Hang objects or beads, set stones, create elaborate patterns from the wires, make them tiny, make them big. Whatever.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $68
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Power Pendant & Chain Making"
April 29, 2022
 

Create a necklace infused with the power found in setting an intention. Using techniques such as cutting, filing, making a bezel, soldering, and texturing, you will begin this intermediate project by making a pendant with a crystal of your choice (multiple options will be available). Next, you will hand fabricate your own fused chain. Upon completion, you will have a piece of jewelry that not only is beautiful, but that you can wear as a reminder of your own internal beauty. Materials fee includes 2" x 2" piece of 20 gauge sterling silver, 8mm cabachon, and 18 gauge sterling silver wire for the chain.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ali Kauss
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Broken China Pendants"
April 29, 2022
 

Turn broken china shards into beautiful pendants using stained-glass soldering techniques. The china is broken into the desired size before grinding the edges. We use a copper foil that is burnished before soldering. A jump ring is added to produce a functional pendant. Materials fee includes copper foil, solder, flux, jump rings, waxed cotton cord, and china shards (but feel free to bring your own!)
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie White
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Riveting"
April 30, 2022
 

Rivets are part of a large family of cold connections that join pieces together without heat. You can rivet virtually any type of material together, from paper to metal and everything in between. Rivets can be large or small, basic or elaborate, invisible or highly decorative. In all cases the concept is the same and is a basic metalworking skill: Connect layers of material together, generally using round wire or tubing. The ends are enlarged to form a secure connection, all without using heat. After practicing, we’ll concentrate on creating a pendant or pair of earrings. Techniques covered include annealing, texturing metal using a variety of tools, creating shapes, refining edges, patina, and riveting using both wire and tubing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
April 30, 2022
 

Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in the small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next, you’ll pull glass stringers from the glass rod to use for decorative details such as dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day. Materials fee includes glass and silver foil.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $170
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fused Loop Earrings"
April 30, 2022
 

In this workshop you will discover how to fuse fine silver wire using a small butane torch to make shining beautiful loops. In addition, you will create head pins for beads, and craft ear wires. Once you master earrings, try your hand at making pendants or bracelets. You will learn everything you need to make a dazzling variety of handmade jewelry to keep or give.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
April 30, 2022
 

Learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry from soft, workable “clay-like” silver. Precious metal clay is a safe, non-toxic material made of tiny silver particles embedded in an organic clay/water base. In this one-day class, you will learn all about PMC — how to form, refine, fire, and finish jewelry pieces using the clay, paste, and a syringe. You will make a pendant with a rollover bail and either a stone or dichroic glass cabochon and gain the knowledge to continue creating beautiful jewelry at home with just a few basic tools and a small hand-held butane torch.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Art Jewelry With Glass Beads"
May 1, 2022
 

This half-day class will transform your handmade glass beads from Jewelry Boot Camp or beads from home into art jewelry! Julie will have sterling silver and copper metal findings, chains, and beads available for purchase. This class is open to everyone.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Embossed Enameling"
May 1, 2022
 

Learn how to use embossing folders to create a deep pattern on thin metal to create lightweight, colorful, and dramatic pendants. Learn how to apply liquid and powdered glass enamel for contrast and color.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
May 1, 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: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Altered Grid Journaling"
May 12, 2022
 

Imagine, draw, and paint with pathways and grids on paper in your journal. Divide and intersect lines with interesting botanical shapes that tie the compositions together. We will draw the shapes with easy prompts and methods that will help you overcome those “I can’t draw” thoughts. Stencils, gesso mark making, and dropped in watercolor will give textures and depth to the flora and backgrounds. Watercolor techniques are very diverse. The methods I’ll teach you will create color fusion with beautiful interlocking values and hues that flow together on their own. Crisscross, laugh, plot, and paint the day away!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Painted Paper Quilts"
May 13, 2022
 

This paper quilt is loaded with colorful crinkly textures. Paint and ink will flow into the crevices giving the papers a wonderful aged look. Explore this special watermedia batik-like technique on Masa rice paper. We’ll use an acrylic ink technique to make marks and paint with watercolor, letting the colors blend and fuse together naturally. We’ll also make lines with water-soluble oil pastels and add translucent paper layers and fabric raw edges. Dive into detail with colored pencils, ink lines, adornments, and collage elements to embellish the shapes. And to complete the remnant look, we’ll add sari ribbons to embellish the edges, giving the quilt a delightful aged look.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
May 14, 2022
 

Watermedia pours provide harmonious glowing washes of color on paper. Paint will literally be poured on wet paper surfaces with a “let it go” attitude! Incredible fusions of color will appear with hardly any effort at all. This is a great way to build up colorful backgrounds for collage and extended layers for stenciling and stamping. Be prepared to loosen up and experiment with different resists and textures to build up the surfaces, paint translucent layers, and create extraordinary shapes. Explore mark making with alcohol inks, gesso, and other risk-taking strokes that will break that “tight grip on the brush” approach.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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


"Transparent Stitched Color Pencil Book"
May 15, 2022
 

Working with color pencil on vellum is a beautiful combination of showing extraordinary botanical and animal shapes in a book form. This simple book structure is a perfect way to create, draw, stitch, blend color, ink, collage, and paint on two different but compatible surfaces. The combinations of color will harmonize with each other, shimmering through the translucent surfaces. This book structure is a multi-signature simple bound book that can be easily constructed. You’ll learn at least six different techniques including color pencil techniques on vellum, drawing flora and fauna shapes, color mixing, acrylic painting with abandonment, and book binding to stitch signatures in place. It’s a book that will continue to change and become more beautiful in time.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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


"The Figure and the Landscape"
May 30 - June 4, 2022
 

Have you been struggling with adding a figure into a scene…or been curious about painting from life en plein air? Come join Randall Sexton for this unique workshop experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at the natural serene world of Dillman’s Bay Resort. The class will focus on the fundamentals of plein air for two days and then experience the joy of working on location from life with a model(s). Open to all levels the demonstrations will be done in oil, but the workshop is open to other mediums as well. Beginning students must have some experience with plein air (mainly to insure that you have proper equipment and experience working outside. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Luc du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Dillman's Bay Resort
Website, email, 715-588-3143


"Stories Beneath the Skin"
June 3, 2022
 

My portraits all begin with a story that’s built, layer by layer, with each new technique and feeling. First, let's conquer the fear of the blank page as we play with various media, focusing on colors, textures, and the present moment. Then, we'll work on drawing simple and satisfying faces. The last layers will be drawing the face and shading with a variety of techniques to create character and dimension. This is where we will play with transparency as we allow some previous layers to "peek" through and make our portraits come alive. You’ll come away with several portraits showing the exact steps of the process so you can easily recreate these. Materials fee includes shared use of class supplies.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $170
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Frankenbook: The Art of Altered Journals"
June 4-5, 2022
 

I love finding old books and blank journals and transforming them into something that speaks to my creative heart! In this class, we’ll take an old book and a Moleskine-type journal and alter them to our heart’s content, filling them with our favorite colors, patterns, images, and textures! We will also create a recycled portfolio-style cover to keep our extra collage papers and altered Moleskine journal. It will be a feast for the eyes and reflect the things we hold dear. You will walk away with an altered book and journal filled to the brim with collage and mixed media techniques that you can use on other projects. Materials fee includes shared materials.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The New Nouveau"
June 9-12, 2022
 

In our new approach to the now classic art form of Art Nouveau, we are going to spend four glorious days collaging and winding botanicals and whiplash curves around a central figure. We’ll focus on creating rich layered backgrounds, color mixing, transparent glazes, mesmerizing collage constructs, and adding the perfect accents. I will walk you through the process of creating your own nouveau-inspired stencil, botanical shapes, and undulating curves with the use of several tools to simplify the process and introduce you to some stunningly creative uses for paint skins. We’ll honor the old traditions and pay homage to Gustav Klimt with our skillful use of gold leaf, but we’ll bring this art form into the the 21st century.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
June 11, 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 July 16, 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


"Ceramic Flower Planters"
June 11, 2022
 

Make your own ceramic flower planter! No experience needed. In this easy workshop, you will learn to use the slab roller, texture molds, and how to attach cut-out pieces of clay to build ceramic boxes and trays. At the conclusion of this session, you may leave your product to dry and be bisque fired. The instructor will arrange a time for you to return to glaze work and then to collect the finished product. Materials fee includes clay, glazes, and all firings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie White
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Vertical Storytelling in Collage"
June 16-19, 2022
 

Telling a visual story in a vertical format is a tall tale to carry out. The collage artwork created in this workshop leans on layers much like a landscape with interest and details. Students will work with magazines and glue sticks as a form of collage sketching to begin the process of design. The next step is to create a collage palette in reference to collage sketches. The fusion technique with a tack iron allows for the adherent of the collage papers on a long vertical wood panel. Storytelling with images, symbols, and design elements allow for unique creative segments to emerge.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Pinching & Coiling: Explore Functional Pottery"
June 17-19, 2022
 

Join Chicago artist Laura Williams to create charming cups, bowls, plates, lidded jars, spoons, vases and teapots using the handbuilding methods of pinching and coiling. This course is ideal for those with a bit of handbuilding experience, but it’s an option for newcomers to practice simpler forms. Using commercial underglazes and slips, we will decorate the outside of our functional wares. Favorite wares will be clear glazed, fired and, if needed, shipped. If local, you can arrange for pick up at the studio. $5 per piece for both firings (bisque and glaze) paid directly to Globe Clay Center. Shipping is an additional fee. Instagram: @lauramakesthingz Materials fee includes clay and studio tool use.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Williams
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Crazed Anatomy"
June 23-26, 2022
 

If you’re like me you have plenty of spare body parts lying around your studio ... (hmmmmm, perhaps I should rephrase this) … If you’re like me you have plenty of mannequin and toy doll parts lying around your studio (much better). If so, it’s time to bring out your inner Dr. Frankenstein and reimagine these parts in strange and wild ways using the process of assemblage and my special paint techniques. Students can pick a singular body part, i.e., head, hand, torso, etc., and adorn it with other found objects, texture and paint ... or mix and match the body parts to create wild and freaky beasties. I suspect this will be unlike any class you’ve ever taken.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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