Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Introduction to Ice/Snow Dyeing"
March 23-24, 2019
 

Snow/ice dyeing is a fun technique using Procion fiber reactive dyes and snow or ice, resulting in colorful fabric that has a lot of depth and beauty. The randomness of the result is part of the intrigue. Learn about the properties of reactive dyes and try different resist methods for use with this dyeing technique. The brilliant dyes need to cure overnight, and anticipation of the “reveal” of fabrics on the second day is a thrill. The results are serendipitous and gorgeous. Materials fee includes 2 yards of PFD cotton fabric, Procion dyes, masks, gloves, and use of class materials – dye bins, soda ash, and other materials.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tess Imobersteg
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: The Textured Landscape in Santa Fe"
March 25-29, 2019
 

Design and construct your own landscape quilt, learning the key elements of design and experimenting with colour. The first project, a colour exercise, will be a small scene where the pattern will be provided. Focal point, perspective and other basic design principles will be discussed then you will begin to design your own wall hanging working from a photo, sketch or picture. Your design can be abstract or as realistic or anywhere in between. Consider piecing, stripping and mosaic options for different areas then using an overlay technique, construct your quilt. Fabric painting, fusing, invisible machine appliqué, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Awaken Your True Creativity Retreat"
April 25-28, 2019
 

A weekend experience located in the beautiful central coast of California geared towards nourishing and uncovering your inner artist. Through the art of mixed media you will learn how to trust your creative intuition. I take you step-by-step in the process of learning how to combine collage, fabric, acrylic painting, layering, and found objects. I also coach you through the creative process so you don’t feel intimidated when exploring your own creativity. Mixed media art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. We invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in imperfections. Also included: yoga sessions, lunches and henna tattoos.
 
Location: Cambria, California
Instructor: Lisa Agaran
Cost: Early Bird $525 | Regular $625
Sponsor: True Creativity Within
Website, email, 626-470-7278


"Introduction to Rug Weaving"
April 30 - May 2, 2019
 

An ideal course for first time rug weavers, with enough “tricks” to suit experienced weavers. Make a strong serviceable rug using plain weave, an excellent structure for rug, working in two color stripes and spots while learning to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each design. Clasped wefts, crossed wefts, and compensated inlay will be covered, as well as: loom set-up; twining at the beginning and end of rug; darning in loose ends; use of the temple; and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving. Class concludes with a look at rug finishes – a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated. Bring your own four shaft loom or call Shake Rag Alley to inquire about renting one.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jason Collingwood
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Animal Artistry Through Appliqué: Fine Feathered Friends"
May 13-17, 2019
 

David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. During this workshop, David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A simple subject with a nice detail works best for his method. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options. This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: David Taylor, www.davidtaylorquilts.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Color Alchemy with Japanese Shibori"
May 17-19, 2019
 

Shibori is the Japanese art of creating pattern on fabric through binding, stitching, folding, and twisting during the dyeing process. Intricate patterns, texture, and color blending takes place as color is layered through multiple dye applications. Color is further enhanced through the use of discharge (color removal) and overdye. Create lovely designs on silk in this three-day workshop and learn basic traditional techniques as well as contemporary variations of Shibori. The three-day schedule offers the opportunity to learn the basics and expand on those with deeper, more complex color blending and patterning through multiple dye applications, discharge, and overdye.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $370
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Map Play in Santa Fe"
May 20-24, 2019
 

An art quilter’s most valuable asset is his or her creativity. In this workshop you’ll find creative thinking exercises. Beginning with an exercise related to the seven principles of design --work instinctively with color – explore creativity through experimentation. All works are small, enabling you to develop ideas quickly and freely. You will create paper map-like collage compositions through a series of quick "hands-on" exercises and subsequently make fabric constructions. The goal of this class is to allow you to create little spontaneous works that can become the basis for a final small quilted art map. You will develop these pieces using freehand scissor cutting, layering of varied fabrics, and other techniques to create an interesting work of art.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Valerie Goodwin
Cost: $870 + $10 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk-tails: A Small Study Workshop"
June 3-7, 2019
 

We will be creating a small piece using the images from my book Folk-Tails. Choose your favorite animals, trees or flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured background. Then add the appliqué incorporating hand-dyed fabrics, threads and beads. You can either plan to do the whole quilt or make a smaller version for the center of a cushion or bag.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Designing From Nature"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Our most memorable quilts are often those that speak to special times, places, things, and people in our lives. Using your photographs as the place to begin the design process offers a personalized and memorable look to your quilts. Based on the design methods developed by Ruth McDowell, this class takes you through the design process – from photo to pictorial quilt. This style of quilt emphasizes the use of patterned cotton fabrics in unique ways yet is grounded in traditional piecing methods. The result is a quilt design with a somewhat abstract quality that is uniquely your own. This course is best suited for the confident beginner to advanced student.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann P Shaw
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Introduction to the Art of Silk Painting"
June 21-23, 2019
 

Colors on silk are breathtaking. This is an exciting workshop in which you will have the opportunity to explore easy-to-apply design principles, color theory, and the special techniques for painting on silk. Painting florals is perfect for this art form. This class is taught in an open, relaxed manner and is geared for the beginner or the seasoned artist intrigued by exploring silk painting. I invite all who are interested to a delightful three-day workshop … it’s great fun, stimulating work, and a new and easy way to design fabric. Working and sharing with others is a joy. We will have completed three scarves by the end of the third day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jamie Kirkell
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: Winter Villages"
June 24-28, 2019
 

You will love creating these charming house blocks in the Winter Villages workshop! Edyta will teach cutting, piecing and finishing touches for your quilts. Each student will make three houses in class and learn all the techniques necessary to finish an entire village. This quilt is perfect in any color combination. The kits provided will feature a beautiful selection of blue and light fabric.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Edyta Sitar, laundrybasketquilts.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Donalee Kennedy: Thoughtful Improv Piecing"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Loosen up and explore the magic of combining colors and textures in your pieced quilts without the need for templates or patterns. This is a beginner to intermediate level retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Donalee Kennedy
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Donalee Kennedy: Meditative Stitching"
June 28, 2019
 

Quiet your mind while you use a variety of materials to create own personal story in fabric. Beginner to advanced levels welcomed. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Donalee Kennedy
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Stitched Paintings"
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: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Dye-Paint Your Images: Bring Them to Life with Quilting"
July 15-19, 2019
 

In this workshop, you will first learn how to paint images with Procion dyes on cotton. Among other things, we will cover blending, layering, special effects and painting without bleeding. These techniques can be used to create images as complex as portraits or as simple as a line. Each student is asked to bring two or three 18" x 20" designs or drawings that they will transfer onto cloth and then paint. Then, we will explore how to use quilting to enhance the look of your painted cloth. The main objective is to use quilting lines to create depth, texture, tension, or shadowing which will give a new dimension and add visual interest to your quilt. Quilting experience required.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Hollis Chatelain, hollisart.com
Cost: $870 + Materials: $50
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Best of Both Worlds: A New Approach to Botanical Printing"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Botanical printing– also known as eco-printing– has a large and dedicated following. The sustainability of materials and inherent organic beauty of the imagery is deliciously appealing. But consider a new twist on beloved printing methods. This workshop explores ten additions to botanical printing on paper/fabric substrates to create a series of collages suitable for framing, stitch, or other distinctive and personal use. Techniques include adding color or collage elements prior to printing, the use of a variety of mordants and chemical applications to enhance and shift color. Dunnewold’s unique methods for adding new and unexpected additions to the eco-printing repertoire are not for the faint hearted. It’s just too exciting!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold, janedunnewold.com
Cost: $865 + Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Weave a Cozy Cotton Scarf from Start to Finish"
July 20-21, 2019
 

Through hands-on experience, acquire the skills to set up a four-harness tabletop loom and get weaving! On the first day you will wind the three-yard warp on a warping board and dress the loom (threading the heddles and winding the warp onto the loom). We will need to focus and complete this step during the first day. Then you’ll learn to read a draft (pattern) and weave a sampler of plain (tabby) weave and an assortment of twill weaves. On day two, you’ll weave a full-length scarf of perle cotton, size 3/2 yarns. Finishing options will be demonstrated and discussed. Bring your own loom or use one of ours! Yarn will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Indigo Flower Pot: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Create a pieced and layered indigo wool and fabric background. Add a Flower Pot appliqué drawing inspiration from a choice of flower and pot designs creating the elements by machine or hand appliqué techniques using textural silks, velvets and wools. Finish with a unique border and embellish with stitching to bring your design to life.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Needle Felting Animals"
August 1, 2019
 

Learn to make three-dimensional felt sculptures of animals using the needle-felting technique, working with barbed needles to turn wool fibers into a more condensed material. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felt piece. All materials (wool and wool accents, felting needles, foam pads and wires for creating the skeleton) will be provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
August 2-4, 2019
 

In this workshop, we will "play" with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. You will make at least two 12" square flat panels of thick quilting each day. (This is the basic technique I developed that I use in all of my work. I quilt first - before stitching any imagery or patterns. It is the opposite of traditional quilting.) These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and, although in this class we'll be working in two dimensions, we'll start to add three-dimensional elements. Discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Stitch Journaling"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Merriam-Webster defines journaling as "a record of experiences, ideas or reflections for private use." In this class, we will delve into a variety of ways fabric and stitching can be used to record those experiences, ideas, or reflections. We will look at a variety of formats, from traditional to non-traditional, that your journal might take. Through exercises and experiments you will stitch and embellish using thread, beads, and paint to create a way of journaling that will be unique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sand Dollar: Creative Wool Embellishment"
August 5-9, 2019
 

In this hands-on embellishment class, you will study numerous ways to create texture using neutral-colored threads. Please arrive in class with your base block already appliquéd with 20 circles. We will then spend the week embellishing a one-of-a-kind piece. You will learn many variations of stitches as well as techniques including shadowing, beading, dimensional embroidery, ribbon play, and dimensional art using different stitches and textural threads.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Knot Now – Making Macramé"
August 10, 2019
 

Knot now … I’m making macramé! Is it 1970? Or maybe you’re still asking yourself, “Is there any way I could learn to do this?” This workshop is just for you! With easy to follow, simple steps you can easily leave with several beautiful, affordable, finished projects and be able to add macramé to your list of skills. In this workshop we will practice the four basic knots: Square Knot, Half-knot Twist, Lark’s Head, and Half-hitch. Then we’ll use those knots to create plant hangers and wall hangings with a modern flair. Join us for some knot-tying fun!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Evy Thuli
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dynamic Duo! Nature Printing on Colored Backgrounds"
August 10-11, 2019
 

Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. We’ll begin by exploring different natural dyes, mordants, and color modifiers, learning what they are and how to work with them to color several silk scarves. The following day, we will harness those tannins and learn how they can be utilized to affect the outcome of an eco-print. Using your dyed scarves from the day before, you’ll bundle up plant material foraged from Shake Rag Alley’s campus and be surprised by what you unwrap at the end of the day! You will leave with three finished scarves, test swatches, and the ability to work with local plants, wherever you might live!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Perfect Points And Stars With Paper Piecing"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Enjoy five full days of quilting bliss with designer and master quilter, Jacqueline de Jonge while working on the design of your choice! Learn Jacqueline’s unique approach to paper piecing that will have you creating unbelievable work with show-stopping color and movement! Enjoy personal daily instruction, demonstrations, laughter, fun and plenty of time to sew. Each student works at their own eight foot table in a studio that was built from the ground up with quilters in mind. The studio is open 24/7 throughout the week and is flooded with natural light, comfortable chairs, bottomless cookie jars and plenty of room to spread out make this a true quilter’s dream get-away! Treat yourself to the best!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline de Jonge
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Elizabeth Buckley: Landscape in Tapestry"
August 25-29, 2019
 

Incorporate the pristine setting along the South Shore of Lake Superior in your tapestry weavings at this multi-day retreat. All levels are welcome. Enjoy the beauty of 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: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Necktie-Printed Scarves"
August 25, 2019
 

Ever wonder what to do with old silk neckties worn by the men in your life? They will live on through Cathy’s mystery process of color transfer from silk ties to a blank silk scarf. You’ll enjoy wearing a memory-rich scarf or giving one to someone who’ll treasure necktie imprints. You may bring 100% silk ties from your favorite person’s closet or purchase several at second-hand shops. Bring a minimum of three ties or purchase ties from Cathy in class for $3 each. Deep colors work best. (Ties will not survive the process.) You will complete two scarves during class and prepare one to take home and finish later.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Ultimate Shibori"
August 26-30, 2019
 

In this one-of-a-kind workshop co-taught by Yoshiko Wada and Hiroshi Murase, you will learn a variety of traditional Shibori techniques and tools to create your own, hand dyed textile masterpieces. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the two most highly acclaimed Shibori masters teaching together. This workshop will teach you how to make Shibori dye and then how to use traditional stencil tools and patterns to create your own masterpiece designs. Modern techniques beyond natural indigo dyeing will include: fulling wool substrates, selective degumming of sericin on to silk, and discretionary melting of metallic fabric. Students will also experiment with polyester heat-settings to emulate a variety of Issey Miyake fashion design.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoshiko Wada and Hiroshi Murase
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Connections in Cloth"
September 9-13, 2019
 

Students will endeavor to communicate their ideas, stories and personal experiences through stitches and personal mark making. We will use machine, and hand stitching, embroidery, painting/marking directly on cloth, and other methods for conveying our artistic voices. Create exciting and interesting pieces of art from clothing, recycled textiles and various fibers. Let’s explore all the uses for different media, fabrics and ephemera. Let’s tell a story with cloth. We will cover fabric ideas, incorporating mixed media, and various stitching and embroidery techniques. Feel free to bring any interesting fabrics or textiles you would like to incorporate into your work. Think out of the box. Handkerchiefs, t-shirts, whatever... just remember, we will be cutting, marking and stitching on them.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorie McCown, www.loriemccown.com
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Rug Hooking Retreat"
September 13-15, 2019
 

Students will work on the rug-hooking pattern of their choice. We will cover color planning to make it look old and creating great backgrounds, and we’ll explore tips and techniques gleaned from antique rugs. This annual three-day workshop/retreat is open to students from intermediate to advanced. You will receive individualized instruction. Bring your own pattern, frame, hooks, and wool, but some materials (patterns, wool) will be available for purchase from the instructor. Open studio time is available Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Stephan
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dani Ives: Painting with Wool"
September 15-19, 2019
 

Explore the possibilities of using wool fibers to create needle felted paintings. In this workshop, students will explore the diversity of using wool fibers as a "painting" medium by diving into the world of two- dimensional needle felting. All levels are welcome. Enjoy the beauty of 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: Dani Ives
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"France Austin Miller: Silk Painting: Let it Flow"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Enjoy this introduction to painting on silk with France Austin Miller's unique techniques! Painting on silk is very forgiving and thoroughly enjoyable. Its gentle nature will offer your creativity an open door. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: France Austin Miller
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Embroidery for Crazy Quilts"
September 20-22, 2019
 

If you've been enchanted by vintage crazy quilts, this class will get you started on creating your own heirloom. You will begin by learning basic embroidery stitches and then add flourishes to create unique embellishments. The basics of constructing a crazy quilt block and how to work with challenging fabrics will be covered. You will then construct a block and work the embroidery. Design and using color will also be discussed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $318
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Layers, Lines and Image"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We'll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course. (This is a 3-day workshop)
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Quilting: Creative Design Workshop"
September 23-27, 2019
 

“Where do you get your ideas?” is a question I am often asked. This class has some of the answers. I designed it to teach some of my techniques along with some of my ways of finding and using source material in my own work. I think about it as my Ways and Means class. My idea is to create assignments that will be fun and straightforward, yet can lead to infinitely complex and artistic statements if students want to pursue them further. Using my clear, simple exercises, quilters will learn techniques they can apply as they wish to any quilt project they undertake.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cunningham, www.joethequilter.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Shape Shifting"
October 7-11, 2019
 

We all have innate preferences for certain colors, shapes and proportions, as well as natural attractions to certain symbols, images and icons. In this class we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. For example, you may be drawn to Buddhist mandalas or Mexican milagros. You may be attracted to the design of an Inuit mask or the pattern from an Art Nouveau vase. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes and images which they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilts: Piecing Abstraction"
October 7-11, 2019
 

Explore a process of free form piercing and improvisational design to realize your ideas in cloth. Study color and composition through an abstract image. Experience the satisfaction of creating an original quilt. All quilters are welcome in this class! No one is too much of a novice.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal, pambealartquilts.blogspot.com
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sewing the Land I and II: fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes"
January 6-10, 2020
 

Each participant will create one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class will explore different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue will then show students how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued. Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she has gone on to add other techniques and develop a large series of work inspired by wetlands and prairies.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Sue Benner, www.suebenner.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sand Dollar: Creative Wool Embellishment"
February 3-7, 2020
 

In this hands-on embellishment class, you will study numerous ways to create texture using neutral-colored threads. Please arrive in class with your base block already appliquéd with 20 circles. We will then spend the week embellishing a one-of-a-kind piece. You will learn many variations of stitches as well as techniques including shadowing, beading, dimensional embroidery, ribbon play, and dimensional art using different stitches and textural threads.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Painting with Wool at Tanque Verde Ranch"
February 10-14, 2020
 

In this workshop students will explore the diversity of using wool fibers as a “painting” medium by diving into the world of two-dimensional needle felting. Needle felting is a process that uses barbed needles to attach fibers to a base textile, often wool felt or linen. Dani will introduce techniques to help students learn how to create different effects with wool fibers, including how to blend, layer, and create different textures to compose beautiful fiber art. Students will also explore how to use color in impactful ways. Other topics will include useful tools for felting, exploring different materials and textiles, the forgiving nature and breadth of the medium, and framing and presentation techniques for wool paintings.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Dani Ives, www.daniives.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Perfect Points and Stars with Paper Piecing"
February 10-14, 2020
 

After a very successful retreat at Madeline Island in 2018, Jacqueline is back in the West! Teaching a Masterclass for 5 whole days at a stunning location: Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Treat yourself to the best! Jacqueline de Jonge loves color, movement, and teaching. Jacqueline will be joining us from the Netherlands to share her unique approach to paper piecing gorgeous quilts. The quilts looks complicated but Jacqueline's unique way of teaching will show you how to make these quilt with confidence. Learn from the best and get all the tips and tricks from Jacqueline herself.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Jacqueline de Jonge, www.becolourful.com
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk-Art in Santa Fe: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
March 1-6, 2020
 

Join me in Santa Fe for six days of Folk-art bliss. We will spend our first day getting acquainted with the beautiful surroundings and culture of Santa Fe and spend the afternoon at the Museum of International Folk-Art, home to over 130,000 folk-art inspired objects from over 100 countries. During our visit to the Folk-Art museum we will gather ideas and become inspired to continue on the journey to creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art. For the next five days, I will guide you through the design process, specifically, how to choose color, layering and embellishing so you learn how to make an idea come to life, so you will have the confidence to finish your folk-art original.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Rock On"
March 9-13, 2020
 

From tiny pebbles to mighty mountains, from smooth and round to sharp, faceted and jagged, rocks surround our world and make up much of the raw material of our planet. In this class we will look at images and actual stones to discover the rich variety of this extraordinary element, and using these as a basic design source, you will build a richly colored and patterned quilt top. Your design may be based on small multiple pebbles, soaring monoliths, ancient symbolic monoliths, or exquisite gemstones. Emphasis will be on shape, color, texture and line. You may choose to piece, applique, fuse and stitch in a variety of fabrics of your choice to create an individual quilt top.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Rosalie Dace, www.rosaliedace.net
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Qulting: Jumpstart Design and Creativity"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

Each day starts with a different exercise in color and composition. You will work mostly in a 12 inch square format. These exercises can then be a start of a larger piece, if desired. Composition with Line and shape will be explored as well as addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, abstraction of realistic inspirations, etc. Critiques of work will be held each evening.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Fabric Images in Santa Fe"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Susan Carlson, www.susancarlson.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Fabric Images"
June 15-19, 2020
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Carlson, www.susancarlson.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
July 5-9, 2020
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of 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: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Graham Keegan: Indigo + Shibori Exploration: From Seed to Dye"
July 19-23, 2020
 

During this retreat, you'll learn how to extract pigment from indigo leaves and transfer its rich color onto cloth, from the palest blue to deep indigo. This retreat is recommended for those of all experience levels. The dye process will be explored from start to finish in a way that is exciting for novices and offers insight to even the most experienced dyers. Enjoy the beauty of 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: Graham Keegan
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Botanical Printing and Dyeing"
July 20-24, 2020
 

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric/fiber for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of plant materials. We begin by gathering as many of our printing and dyeing plants as possible from the area surrounding the workshop. Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together; and using some simple shibori techniques in conjunction with eco-printing and dyeing.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley, lisabinkley.typepad.com
Cost: $775
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Masterclass in Stitchology"
July 27-31, 2020
 

This is an in depth one-of-a-kind workshop in the advanced study of stitchery with Folk-Art Quilting Queen Sue Spargo and her daughters Aimee and Kelly. Elevate your embroidery techniques and learn to think beyond Sue’s 50 stitches. In this workshop you will explore the next level of Creative Stitching by studying the composition of individual stitches and how to manipulate them to create something brand new. You will take an in-depth look at specific stitches, learn how to build on them, how to combine them, then break into groups for individual studies. Explore the vast world of threads and fibers to learn how weights and blends matter. Leave the island with confidence in the art of free-form stitching.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $1,350
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Monoprint the Quilt"
August 17-21, 2020
 

Monoprinting with textile paints can dramatically change the surface of your work, pushing your ideas into new creative territory. Using her fusible collage methods, Sue will demonstrate how to paint and print at different levels of construction, from manipulating a single piece of fabric to the entire surface of the quilt. Through experimentation with opaque and metallic paints, each participant will have the opportunity to create two works: one abstract and open-ended, the other more realistic and image-based.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner, www.suebenner.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Qulting: Making Prints Out of Solids"
August 31 - September 4, 2020
 

Pattern is everywhere especially in good art. During the course of this five day workshop instructor Maria Shell will lead students on a journey through pattern—how to create it and use it in original quilt compositions. Using solid colored quilters cottons, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, dots, lattices, plaids, and tracks. While learning these new techniques, students will also be given information about working with solids colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maria Shell, mariashell.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Five-Day Art Quilt Design Intensive"
September 13-19, 2020
 

Denise’s workshops are highly interactive and very hands-on, and are focused more on the development of participant creativity, confidence, and experiential exploration and learning than on rigid, one-size-fits-all lesson plans or patterns – her goal is to teach re-useable and replicable techniques. The first two days are dedicated to fabric painting – how best to mix, use, and layer (Seta sun-reactive transparent) paint; how to create and use resists; and how to cause (and control) layer-by-layer paint absorption, diffusion, blending, patterning, and mottling. The following three days focus on construction techniques and “best practices” re: turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, reverse appliqué, insetting, free-form strip piecing, couching, and quilt finishing – all thematically integrated within a project-focused “working from photographs” framework.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Denise Labadie, www.labadiefiberart.com
Cost: $800
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Quiltworx University"
September 21-25, 2020
 

During this unique retreat, you will work with Judy, Judel (Judy’s daughter), a team of Certified Instructors, and a Certified Shop to create a customized design unique to you! Plan to attend trunk shows, special technique demonstrations and presentations showcasing the latest that Quiltworx will have to offer, including but not limited to the future of Quiltster, Judy’s answer to fabric auditioning and project planning for the Quilting Community.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer, www.quiltworx.com
Cost: $1,299
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Improvisational Exercises: Part I at Tanque Verde Ranch"
November 30 - December 4, 2020
 

This brand new 5-day class has been specifically developed for students desirous of being far more experimental using machine-piecing techniques. Students will be expected to work spontaneously and intuitively with nontraditional quilt-making techniques as they explore design exercises that promote improvisational approaches to composition without benefit of “pre-planning” and “intellectualizing.” The workshop will be used as a basis for flexing muscle memory in developing a more fluid approach to cutting improvisationally all sorts of shapes and lines. Emphasis will be placed on forming new configurations that could be used as the motif or subject matter of a figure/ground composition. Color, and the values of color, from light to dark, will be emphasized in all exercises.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Crow, www.nancycrow.com
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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