Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Crazed Anatomy"
June 11-14, 2020
 

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. Rebuild 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. Bwahahaha.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Crinkly Ink Book"
June 18, 2020
 

Create an extraordinary multi-signature end-band hand-bound book with inked and painted Masa papers. You'll learn at least five techniques in this workshop including dropped-in color, ink batik lines, Masa paper process, and book-binding techniques to stitch signatures with end bands. We will explore a special batik-like technique with Masa rice paper to create the folios and cover papers with stamps, acrylic inks, and watercolor washes. The paper quality is ever so soft in the finished book ... a book you'll love to pick up again and again.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $157
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Woven Stitch Collagraph Book"
July 17, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on a unique combination of collagraph printmaking – a form of collage – and book structures. Printing plates will be produced with collage and hot glue to create free-flowing designs. There are tremendous opportunities to experiment with textures with this unpredictable, in a good way, method. The plate design is very versatile and durable for continued print runs, providing enough prints for two or more books. The multi-signature book structures will be constructed with open-spine woven stitches, creating a color block effect on the spine. The content will include multiple image repeats from the colllagraph process. These will be manipulated with water media and color pencil to individualize the pages.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Surface History: Layered Collage Paintings"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this three-day workshop, we'll create papers by drawing, painting, and handprinting. These artist papers with the addition of house paint, mark-making materials, and varnish will combine to make exciting abstract mixed media layered paintings. Students learn exciting additive and subtractive techniques for working with layers in order to build a surface history with depth, interest, and mystery. We'll look at images of contemporary collage and mixed media works to find inspiration for interesting color, composition, shapes and lines. Instruction focuses on helping each student pursue their own direction while adding to their art-making skills and to their knowledge of contemporary abstract mixed media work. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Delicollage"
August 17, 2020
 

Deli paper – we've all tried it! But you've probably never done the things with it that we will do in this class. Students will learn to shave pastels, and to add metallic powders and thin Asian papers to their collages. High-flow acrylic paint will be used to add abstract writing as well as Pollock-like drips and splashes. We will create a huge pile of collage papers! We will then choose our favorites and build an abstract collage suitable for framing. You'll learn a lot about acrylic paints and mediums in the process and go home with a lot of papers for future use!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
August 19-23, 2020
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way to work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 27, 2020
 

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: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Birds and the Beeswax Book"
August 28, 2020
 

Let's create a beautiful mixed media collage on the cover of our gorgeous, handmade journal and embellish with metal doo-dads, ribbon, and various collage paper and found items. We'll use one of my favorite mediums: Beeswax! Not only is it a yummy-smelling, awesome medium to work with, it's also great for creating translucent and opaque layers and adhering lightweight collage items to create a unique, textured look (both physically and visually)! The insides of our pages will be watercolor paper and we'll embellish them with lace, ribbons, trims, fabric, and more to create a book bursting with color, texture, and layers!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Three Letter Words"
August 28, 2020
 

Some words are mighty though only three letters: sky, all, now, you. They call up imagery the second you hear them. In this class, we will transfer (or you can make your own) letterforms to small canvas, and add imagery that calls to us. The technique we will use is dry brush, and involves painting the negatives instead of the positives. It is a silhouetting of sorts, an illustration technique that is handy because it is a fast and easy way to work, and a good exercise in seeing shapes. Our palette will be limited, as will our vocabulary of images, so you can easily do this in one day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 28, 2020
 

Students in this class will do some simple metal etching on small squares of copper or brass. These completed metal pieces will then be embedded in a textural surface. Molding paste on cradled panel with stencils will be used to create the textured surface. This surface will be painted with the student's choice of colors. Color theory and composition will be discussed to help students create a beautiful and unusual art piece!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Organics Plus Abstracts: Working in a Series"
August 29, 2020
 

I have a love of combining organic shapes/images (flowers, birds, leaves, etc) with abstract backgrounds. I even like to throw some geometrics and patterns in there for fun! I'll show you how to create abstract backgrounds and add organic images and geometric patterns to form something lovely and unique. We'll learn how to use all my favorite materials and techniques as we create, grow and just have a good time! You'll explore acrylic paint, texture paste, paint pens, stamps, stencils and more. We'll talk about what colors to use and how to create a pleasing composition.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
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 29-30, 2020
 

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. And you will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 29, 2020
 

In this class we will use an antique porcelain doll to make a mermaid. It is embellished with vintage rhinestones and special wash painting techniques. A frame will be painted and embellished to hold our mermaid. Everything is supplied to make the mermaid and the frame including the rhinestones. You only need to bring items to embellish your frame (possible items include shells, plastic undersea animal toys, jewels).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Humans have been making maps for thousands of years: It is an urge some of us can't resist. Using collage, illustration, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media, we will create "maps" of our life experience that can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. We will make varied maps and a book to contain them, and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. Making maps of your life leads to both wonderful art and self-discovery. We'll explore our journeys with color, curiosity, poetry, and permission to illustrate your own path in your own way.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 29, 2020
 

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


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 29, 2020
 

Acrylic molding paste can be used to make beautiful textures and designs. The unique book covers created by these processes are quite striking! In this class students will learn and experiment with several molding paste techniques including stenciling, stamping, and scraping. Book covers are created by painting the molding paste and mounting on another piece of book board to form a cover. These covers will then be bound using a long stitch binding with a leather spine. This class will be appropriate for beginner and intermediate book binders. Students will receive personalized instruction and critique throughout the workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flower Child"
August 30, 2020
 

Let's create luscious, layered mixed media portraits but with a little twist. We'll combine floral still life with portraiture with various mixed media materials, tools, and techniques. I'll show you how I like to create a layered portrait full of life and texture. We'll start by creating our own mixed media collage papers and build up each layer step by step. Then we'll build up the background using acrylic paint, oil pastels, spray inks, oil paint sticks, and more. No drawing experience necessary. This class is also great for more advanced students looking to try a new style and get out of their comfort zone. I like to finger paint as well, so prepare to get a little bit messy!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bold and Uninhibited: Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 25-27, 2020
 

Paint abstract pieces adventurously and intuitively in this three-day workshop! We'll work on oil paper and wood panels to create with joy and abandon. I'll show you all the basics as well as many of my favorite techniques. You'll explore the layering process to create richly colored and textured pieces. You'll also create quick and daring works on paper. We'll use a variety of tools to experiment with texture and layers. We'll cover preparing your panels, including with Venetian plaster for added texture. You'll learn ways to present your pieces and will leave with some finished pieces and with work in progress. Whether you're new to the medium or experienced, you'll find something in this workshop to inspire you.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
October 9-11, 2020
 

Gather to create a book that is dedicated to the birds, insects, and the winged creatures that we all love. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will scratch and scrape and mark our surfaces in unique ways. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages, using all my favorite techniques and my nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add our focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a very simple technique to bind our pages into a single artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Believing Art, Process and Series - Collage"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Students will explore surface techniques building their own collage palette that will stretch new awareness and growth. Everyone will be working with harmony, values, differences, and the relationships of design elements, each pulling from their own feelings, experiences of inter-connectedness to mind, body, spirit. Emphasis will be on working in a series. As we get older, we grow self-conscious and judgmental, believing that art is not good unless it's realistically recognizable. Collage, design, and mixed media offer up a playful experimental atmosphere that is safe for all to find a deeper meaning to the art-making process. Students' collage works will emerge and evolve on watercolor paper and wood panel, fused with heat and tack-iron method.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
November 5-8, 2020
 

This 3 1/2 day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends demos with guided exercises and personal experimentation and exploration. You will gain hands-on experience using new techniques, materials, and tools. Demos will include work on paper, wood panel, and stretched linen. Individual and group discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual and unique interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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