Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Revolutionary Pendant"
July 29-30, 2021
 

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


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 30, 2021
 

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


"Leather Playdate"
July 31, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 8 - Pumped Up Mix"
August 2-6, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. A dab here and a floss there…campers will dance into this mixed-up week, chock full of projects that have motion and emotion; a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Mixed media, assemblage and collage are some of the techniques that will help us get into an artistic groove! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 8 - Pumped Up Mix"
August 2-6, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. A dab here and a floss there…campers will dance into this mixed-up week, chock full of projects that have motion and emotion; a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Mixed media, assemblage and collage are some of the techniques that will help us get into an artistic groove! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Still Life Oil Painting"
August 5-8, 2021
 

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her currently skill level and personal goals in art. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. For more information, visit qh-art.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Santa Fe, NM – Introductory Encaustic Monotype Workshop"
August 6, 2021
 

This Introductory and Intensive class provides an overview of the encaustic monotype techniques for artists at all skill levels. We start with Health and Safety, cover the equipment, tools, the paper types and absorbency. In addition, the importance of managing the plate temperature, drawing with encaustic color sticks and pencils, the additive and subtractive process plus masking. We will also demonstrate the monotype gluing process to a wood cradle, the medium application and the encaustic medium fusing techniques. If you’re familiar with encaustic monotypes and desire a refresher or want to learn new skills or creative approach, this is a great option to work with an instructor to answer your questions and provide direction.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


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

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


"Expressive Watercolors - Flowers, Faces and Figures"
August 9-12, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop - progressing to faces and figures. Janet paints in a direct, intuitive and impressionistic manner. She will bring photos of hers - and/or you can work with your own. Focus will be on exploring color with flowers and how to express translucent flesh tones, while emphasizing movement and gesture. The setting for this energetic workshop is the charming Landgrove Inn, where we can relax and learn in this lovely setting in Vermont. The home-made meals are amazing and the inn has old-world charm with modern conveniences!!! Janet Rogers, AWS is an experienced national instructor - for all levels - studio open always.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: The Landgrove Inn
Website, email, 1-800-669-8466


"The Art of Cookie Decorating: 3D Flowers"
August 10, 2021
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! Students should bring $15 cash for supplies including pre-baked sugar cookies, fondant, royal icing, and tools!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting"
August 12-15, 2021
 

Learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (spontaneous style, half-detail-half-spontaneous style). Explore Zhen’s techniques “Color Pouring and Blending”, as well as learning basic techniques such as composition and coloring. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between that allow students to learn easier. There are critique sessions in which Zhen helps students by touching up their paintings. Skill Level: Open to all level students. Visit his website lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $475 Museum members/$525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

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


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

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


"Resin Collage Pendants"
August 14, 2021
 

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


"Spinner Ring"
August 15, 2021
 

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


"Expressive Flowers, Faces and Figures in Watercolor"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be our inspiration in this intensive watercolor workshop held in the historical, charming, and picturesque town of Rockland, Maine. In our studio, you will have views of a fabulous harbor as well as the comfort of our studio - best of all worlds!!! We will progress to the head and figure - working from photos and a possible model will enable us to work intuitively, spontaneously and directly. Our goals throughout the workshop will be to capture the "life" in our paintings. Janet is a very popular professional painter and instructor with many workshops throughout the United States and abroad.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Website, email, 207-594-4813


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, and hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose. Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Derek Penix, www.derekpenix.com
Cost: $725 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Absurd Sculpture"
August 26, 2021
 

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


"Mixed Media Wingding"
August 26, 2021
 

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


"Stacked Found Object Lamp"
August 26, 2021
 

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


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 26-29, 2021
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Introduction to Zentangle®"
August 27, 2021
 

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


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 27, 2021
 

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


"Three Letter Words"
August 27, 2021
 

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


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

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


"Zentangle® on Dark Paper"
August 27, 2021
 

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


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 28-29, 2021
 

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


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 28, 2021
 

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


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 28, 2021
 

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


"Soul Houses"
August 28, 2021
 

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


"Delicollage"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Mystical Pyramid Treasure Box"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Serenity Stones"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Learning From the Masters"
Tuesdays, September 7-28, 2021
 

Join Art League Instructor Debi West for this exciting 4-week class offered in conjunction with the 4-week virtual Art History series. Each week students will follow Debi in a hands-on lesson inspired by one of History's great artists! This month's class will cover Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol! Join us virtually, or, in person at Art League Academy, Debi's making this class flexible so that everyone can join!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


"Bead Ring"
September 10, 2021
 

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


"Chandelier Earrings"
September 10, 2021
 

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


"Free-Form Bracelet"
September 11, 2021
 

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


"Strata Botanica"
September 11, 2021
 

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


"Maia Pendant"
September 12, 2021
 

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


"Encaustic Mixed Media: marks and patterns"
September 13 - November 8, 2021
 

In this class we explore working with encaustic paints, pigment (oil) sticks, collage applications, and other forms of mixed media with encaustic. Taking cues from the natural world around us, we will draw inspiration from patterns appearing from everything from leaves to rust. Each class will build upon the skills from the prior week – so students should be prepared to work on paintings over multiple sessions. We will have one class making our own rusted and dyed papers to include in our works. Each class will include an informal group critique, as well as one on one time to talk about layout, composition, and color.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $180M/ $199NM
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-325-3101


"The Art of Cookie Decorating, , an Edible Art Workshop"
September 14, 2021
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! Students should bring $15 cash for supplies including pre-baked sugar cookies, fondant, royal icing, and tools!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pet Portrait Painting"
September 16-18, 2021
 

In this three-day workshop, students will complete a beautiful, fun portrait of their favorite fur baby! Working from your own photos, you will be guided every step of the way from the drawing stage, to the painting stage, and finishing off with the perfect background. Students will learn how to make a drawing from their photos, oil painting techniques that include textures and colors for fur, capturing expression and a likeness, being bolder with color, and adding a unique background to tie it all in. Stephanie Weaver is based out of Huntsville, AL. She paints realistic landscapes, still life, pet and children’s portraits with a preference of oils. Visit stephanieweaverartist.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Stephanie Weaver
Cost: $400 Museum members/ $425 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Mix It Up On Canvas"
September 16-18, 2021
 

Participants in the Mix it up on Canvas workshop will create mixed media/collage paintings on canvas using an intuitive process, starting with no preconceived notions or outcome. Process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with semi-arbitrary application of collage materials in combination with acrylic, gesso, acrylic mediums and assorted mark-making tools. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist’s personal aesthetic. The workshop is open to students of all levels of experience.
 
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $416
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email


"Stix n Stonz"
September 17, 2021
 

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


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 18, 2021
 

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


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 19, 2021
 

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


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 20-23, 2021
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"The Pillars of Watercolor!"
September 20-22, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This plein air workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Rockland, Maine
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Watercolor Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. For more information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those. Included materials fee paid to instructor in class includes silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $172.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Link Bracelet"
October 10, 2021
 

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


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 20-23, 2021
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


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

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


"Charcoal: Expressive Mark-Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing"
November 5-6, 2021
 

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions. For more information, visit garychapmanart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Cost: $295 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


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

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


 

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