Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Surface Design on Metal and Paper - for Bookmaking and Beyond"
August 23-24, 2018
 

Alter paper and metal to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal and embellishments. On day one, create surfaces for the pages of your book, experimenting with stencils, stamps and found objects to create yummy textures. Learn to use resists, glazes, gesso and ink to create depth, contrast and stunning color combinations. In the afternoon learn techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers and leaf printing. On day two, tie it all together in a 5x7 inch book. Learn to bind this book as well as how to work with metal – distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Box Full of Dreams: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 23, 2018
 

Joseph Cornell is known for his special brand of visual poetry, brought to life in what he called the Box Construction. Cornell created little stories inside “shadow boxes” - voyages of the imagination forged by assembling seemingly disparate and random objects into dreamlike miniature tableaus. This class builds on the idea of the Cornell box. Build your own poetic little “theatre box” that evokes memories contained within. Use found objects you have been collecting in a unique work of art that speaks from your heart and elevates them to a place of reverence – of redemption. Learn basic assemblage techniques – how to collect, arrange, edit and attach found objects – and collage techniques using transparencies and photo transfers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nesting Necklace"
August 23, 2018
 

If you like multiple wire and cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization then you will love this class! We will create a Wire Nest focal with wire, molding compound, Ice Resin, and my images or yours. Using ThermaClear sheeting we will “blow” the trinket dome, set our layers of metal-Ice Resin pages and our dome to create a trinket dome connector. Next we will make a nest connector component, set eyelets and create the rest of the necklace components with wire loops and beads. Finally, we will add Vintaj® Patinas to coordinate with our images and begin construction. It will be a jam-packed day of constant exploration, creativity and design concepts.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 23, 2018
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 24-25, 2018
 

Paper crafters, jewelry-makers, book arts aficionados and other creative tinkerers, will enjoy the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Prepare paper ephemera (think vintage cigar bands, postage stamps, match book covers, origami paper, etc.) for a crystal-clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes to construct a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Learn a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Utilize high contrast photocopies of your own, artwork, clip art, or photographs. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Black and White Collage Portrait"
August 24, 2018
 

In this workshop we’ll have fun translating a photo into a beautiful collage to make your new favorite portrait. Please bring a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself or the subject of your choice printed out in black and white on standard letter-size (8 ½ “ x 11”) paper. Selfie? Famous person? Favorite pet? Any of these could work! Participants will go home with a collage approximately 17 x 13 inches in size. Tools and materials provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Moninski
Cost: $118
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art Journal Play"
August 24, 2018
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform an ordinary book into a fun, personal journal using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera. There is only a very small list of tools you will need to bring (see website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Guardians of the Discarded"
August 25, 2018
 

Make an eclectic free standing figurative assemblage, starting with only two pieces of wood and a few favorite treasures! Learn the nuts and bolts of assemblage, composition, and cold connecting, to unite found objects in a cohesive piece of art. Learn exciting new ways to distress wood and metal surfaces, how to make beautiful clay faces, and how to make a mold of just about anything. Make one paper clay face, (and use another, already dried) in class. We will drill, sand, carve, paint, sculpt, problem solve, punch and distress – but most importantly, we will have a blast! Breathe new life into your found treasures and join us for a fun day of constructing awesome, one-of-a-kind assemblages!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Miss Mermaid Necklace"
August 25, 2018
 

Who doesn’t love anything Mermaid? This mixed media necklace is jam-packed with fun techniques to achieve a sea-weathered ancient look with Art Nouveau touches. Create an Ice Resin mermaid face and art nouveau components, then play with a patina color – a little alcohol ink and even some acrylic paint – to expose details. Working with copper sheeting you will create a shape you like for the back plate and then add some letter stamping, forging and patina work. The resin components will be wire riveted onto the back plate. Create a beaded simple looping chain for the necklace and wrapped loop dangles for the rest. This class is all about cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Journal Starters Sampler 1"
August 25, 2018
 

Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know where to start? Are you a seasoned journaler looking for more creative tools to expand your artistic journey? This class will focus on a method of journaling in which a photographic image is utilized as a starting point to spark an idea. You will learn skills to help you develop new ideas for your journaling. Students will be given the opportunity to explore different mixed media techniques to push their creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Birds Gone Wild"
August 26, 2018
 

Not quite sure what to do with the mounds of junk (oops … I mean treasures) that have been accumulating in your studio? Have you been afraid to use that vintage tin, saving it for the "perfect" project? Well dig it all up and bring it to class, where we'll create the wackiest flock of birds you've ever seen! Add to your cold connecting, assemblage and composition skills, but most of all, learn how to let go of perfection, let loose and have a blast! You will leave with at least 3 totally unique, one-of-a-kind birds. (The birds you make can be any size, depending upon the metal you bring. Most of mine are 8" x 5".)
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage - Collaborations With Nature"
August 26, 2018
 

You will start with photographic images from the workbook "Journal Starters: Nature Backgrounds, Textures & Collaborations™" and use them to create a collage of your choice. Images from the book include clouds, water, rocks, bark, driftwood, flowers and other plant matter. These images will be the jump-start to creating an object using their textures and colors. Different collage techniques will be taught including making your own see-through placing and tearing templates. Students will have the choice of working from their imagination or with the use of reference photos.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Rae Nugent
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beautiful Beaded Trees"
August 26, 2018
 

Enjoy the meditative process of creating a beautiful beaded tree from start to finish during this day-long workshop. We will journey together as we first paint the background, then the trunk and branches of our trees on hardboard. Then we will choose from a collection of vintage and contemporary beads to glue on the board to complete our one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece. No painting or art experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Bausch
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Literary Niche (Altered Books)"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Found object artist and former librarian Gary Niebuhr offers an in-depth exploration of altered books as you work on three projects. Learn niche-carving techniques, then alter each book using various mixed media practices. Along the way we will explore the history of assemblage and bookmaking as well as the study of visual literacy and its effect on creating a theme for each project. Complete three altered books to cherish that have strong emotional messages and/or thematic content. Optional extras: Friday evening, 7-8:30, "Nailing Crap Together and Calling It Art: The History of Assemblage", lecture and get-together; Saturday evening, Open Studio, 7:00, and overview of "The History of the Book and How It Has Been Altered Over Time."
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a painting and binding material. In this workshop, you will look at a range of methods of using encaustic, various papers, and found materials to create works with dynamic surfaces. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers, using wax, watercolors, rust printing, and mark making. These will be combined to create final works. Using encaustic medium as an adhesive for other materials and found objects will be discussed and demonstrated. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not required, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490, Plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Working Together: Methods in Combining Media"
September 17-18, 2018
 

Driven by exploration and materials, this workshop will present various methods for combining collage and painting. Discover how this approach can be applied to both abstract and representational work. This workshop will begin with a series of discussions, demonstrations, and exercises introducing basic collage techniques and how to combine media successfully. Learn how to work with your collection of images, including previously made drawings and paintings, found print material, and hand colored and textured papers, directly and quickly to develop new compositions. An informal group discussion will take place at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Willadsen, SaraWilladsen.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"A Clear Guide to Creative Studio Painting"
September 19-22, 2018
 

Expand your ability to translate and capture imagery on canvas as you strengthen your observation skills, build a reliable process for planning, and develop your unique voice. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, this workshop will help you to identify a focus in your painting practice through positive approaches to art making and a new pattern for success. Each morning, Tom will demonstrate a variety of topics, including planning compositions, handling and selecting materials, and paint application. Working from provided photo references, you will paint for the remainder of each day with Tom available for individualized instruction and feedback. This workshop is open to painters working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Nachreiner, www.TomNachreiner.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Table of Contents"
September 21-23, 2018
 

A table of contents is typically an abbreviated listing of chapters in a book, an overview of what can be found on the pages within. We will be visually documenting our own personal stories and creating one-of-a-kind Table of Contents that reflect the chapters of our lives. You will create a series of mixed media booklets that, when stacked together, express your story. The booklets can reflect different ages or stages in your life, people in your world, aspects of yourself, experiences you have had, etc. Or you can simply make an un-themed, kick-ass artist book! Techniques we will explore include painting in layers, surface design, book binding, creating patina on paper, free stitching, mark making, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Surface Design and Layers"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This workshop focuses on the creation of expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, drawing with horse hair, pyrography (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools) as well as creating expressive personally designed fabrics and papers utilizing indigo, rust printing, and bleach discharge. The application of thin layers of encaustic for collage, covering a panel with fabric as well as the conceptual use of layers, pattern and repetition will also be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $725 + Materials: $60
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Broaden your painting language by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations will introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time will be reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark will provide one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals and needs. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, but artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Floating Collage"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Working with variety of found and new collage papers, students will create a fresh palette to select from on the first day of this workshop. Altering the surfaces using acrylics, mediums and stamping materials, we will explore ways to self-express and loosen up. The sense of design threaded through the workshop creating a wonderful illusion of harmony within the layers. Small exercises will prepare students to assemble their collages onto the substrate of watercolor paper and mount them on mat board. Emphases on the outside edges of the papers as we build layers will create depth and dimension. Final touches with embellishments, beads, and threads expands possibilities and tactile experiences.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Elusive Image - Photo Plus Encaustic"
October 12-14, 2018
 

Combine photography with encaustic painting techniques as an alternative way to present your photographically based works give them a more painterly look and tactile feel. Explore different paper printing options for photographs - from fine art papers, Asian paper and anything in between. We will embed our photographic prints in an encaustic wax medium, which will allow us to overpaint them, apply image transfers, color glazes and hand color. Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered. No prior encaustic experience required, but general art making experience helpful. Instructor will supply paint, medium and all necessary equipment and brushes, as well as all printing equipment and paper.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Moving Paint: Working with Oil and Wax"
October 26-28, 2018
 

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced artists who have worked with oil and cold wax. Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises based on the various ways of learning, along with drawing and moving paint. We’ll revisit the language of art - composition, color, tension and space, and scale will be discussed. Demonstrations include using R&F Pigment sticks, pastels and other materials along with excavating, monoprinting, glazing, mark making and editing. We will focus on content, how to see, and on moving your work forward. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Professional practices will be addressed and activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $485
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"True Colors Five Day Workshop"
June 24-28, 2019
 

This five day workshop will open a floodgate of exciting new methods for creating acrylic and mixed media artwork. Join Kellee Wynne Conrad as she shares all the secrets to her luminous layered method of acrylic painting while at the same time digging deep into the creative process to help you discover your personal artistic style. From abstract florals to modern landscapes, Kellee hopes to ignite your passion for color while using the most versatile medium ever created: fluid acrylic paints. Watch paint drip, run and flow with a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol and high flow mediums. Play with graphite, charcoal and soft pastel to make your mark. Scrape, scratch, scumble and spray wet paint for altered effects.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kellee Wynne Conrad
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painted, Stitched Canvas"
July 8-12, 2019
 

This class combines painting and quilting. Using acrylic paint, the students will create layers of imagery onto thin canvas, applying fused fabrics and many layers of thin, fluid acrylic paint. A color scheme is chosen and two to three canvases are painted within that color scheme. Then these canvases are cut apart and combined to create a complex composition. The reconstructed canvas is then layered with batting and backing and stitched. These stitched pieces can then be stretched on a frame ready to hang or inserted into a quilt of the same design to create a many textured creation.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Body of Work: Freedom and Focus"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Many artists feel that their work is all over the map, they are pulled in too many different directions, and that their creative output lacks a cohesive voice. I believe that you can work in many styles, and still have a unique and recognizable voice as an artist. In this workshop we will explore the issue of style and voice in the context of the body of work. You will choose your own focus and work deeply into it for the whole five days. Learn how deep focus allows you more freedom to explore, not less. Leave the workshop with a body of work in progress, and a broader appreciation of your own creative capacity.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Mixed Media Botanical Sketchbook"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Over our five days of creative instruction and guided play we will create a lovely, one-of-a-kind botanical sketchbook to document your days spent on Madeline Island. We will be using different papers, mediums and mark makers to create the pages of our book and then we’ll bind it together by hand. During the week we will cover: simple book making, signatures and binding, lettering, drawing, simple sketching, water coloring, expressive florals, mono printing, inks & nibs, flower pressing, color study and the difference tools and specific media make to your own creative style. Our subject focus will be the beauty surrounding us on Madeline Island, specifically the landscapes, flora and fauna that abounds.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Garrison, www.pamgarrison.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Create History and Mystery with Mixed Media Layers"
September 16-20, 2019
 

We have the luxury of time to explore and develop our most amazing art. Join me on this 5-day adventure for creating history and mystery. Make history using layers of acrylic mediums, collage and color. Learn how to veil imagery to elicit mystery. Colors evoke mood, texture creates a place where the eye can jump right in and gesture and movement keep you engaged. During this course you will learn how to use acrylic pastes, gels and mediums to create texture, learn how to use color to evoke a mood and incorporate alternative art materials to enhance your finished mixed media art. Every day will involve demonstrations and plenty of time to experiment, along with guided encouragement.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson, sandraduranwilson.com
Cost: $770 + $30 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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