Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Batik Essentials"
February 18, 2020
 

Students will learn how to create a traditional batik artwork, using a step by step process, as well as how this art-form originated. Students will create two batik artworks on muslin fabric, which can later be made into hangings, pillows, scarves, or framed. Judy will start the workshop with a full demonstration of the process, along with step by step instructions. Students should arrive with an idea or two in mind for their work. Perhaps a flower, an animal, a bird, or a tree or just a pattern. Keep in mind designs need to be bold and relatively simple.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Judy Lyon
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, February 21 - March 27, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Seasons & Phases: Quilting a MoonTree Wall-Hanging"
Saturdays, February 22 & 29, 2020
 

Join Janet Meyers and Laura Ricketts as we explore quilted triangles and circles in this two-part class. During each four hour session we will sample different ways of sewing triangles and curved pieces, all with the goal of creating a beautiful "Tree of Life" wall hanging with flying geese and phases of the moon in the corners. Participants should be intermediate (have some quilting experience, such as accurate cutting, measuring, 1/4" seams and matching of points). Please bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Laura Ricketts & Janet Meyers
Cost: member $60; non-member $65
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Nuno Felting - Scarf"
March 4, 2020
 

Explore the texture and adventure of nuno felting in this all day workshop. Students will learn to create a scarf a one-of-a-kind work of art with dimension and interest through nuno felting wool and other fibers onto silk. Small class size will give each student the attention and time they need to perfect their project. Bring additional fibers if desired (such as locks, silks and yarns) and get ready for a fun day of felting, work, rolling, and play!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Irene Dizes
Cost: $150 for Members | $170 for Non-Members | $40 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Eco-Printing on Paper & Fabric"
March 4, 2020
 

Students will learn basic eco printing on paper and wool. While the student materials are cooking, we will work with prepared eco prints to make a piece that will be suitable for framing. Students are welcome to bring additional plant material to use and papers.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
March 6, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Crochet"
March 14, 2020
 

Crochet is arguably easier to learn, faster, more versatile, more portable, and less expensive than any other textile handcraft. Once you learn the basic chain and single crochet stitch, the possibilities are endless! We’ll look at lots of traditional and contemporary examples. By the end of this half-day workshop you will complete a sampler of stitches including lace, and learn to increase and decrease. You will leave with a handout that will encourage further exploration. All materials will be provided.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Briony Jean Foy
Cost: $65 + $6 supply fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Exploring Embellishment with Lisa Binkley"
March 28-29, 2020
 

Have you ever wanted to embellish fabric but weren’t sure where to start? Here’s your chance to give it a try in this two-day workshop. Begin with a small printed fabric panel that is just begging to be embellished. Explore a variety of bead embroidery stitches, thread embroidery stitches, and approaches to design while developing unique embellishment plans for a mini quilt or embellished panel. The finished panel can be completed as a small wall quilt, made into a decorative pillow, or incorporated into an embellished handbag or jacket. Students receive group instruction as well as one-on-one assistance learning new stitches and developing their own original embellishment design. Suitable for experienced beginners through advanced stitchers.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $205/person + $40 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
April 3, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, April 10 - May 1, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Weaving Perspectives"
April 25, 2020
 

Weaving as a sustainable practice can be rewarding and fun. It also connects us to the generations that came before us and a craft that endures the test of time. We will explore weaving with traditional and non-traditional textiles and textures beyond the use of yarn, color play and most importantly, the meditative aspect of this timeless art. You will be rewarded with a fabric swatch completed entirely by you, using a loom and your hands. All supplies will be provided for your convenience during class and you will have a loom and some yarn to continue your work at home as well.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $125/person
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Chaos of Perfection"
May 2, 2020
 

Create a running-stitch journal! We use improvisation and raw edge hand-stitching with a variety of threads to make a product that is true to the maker's style, and compliments sustainable living. This workshop aligns with the Japanese philosophies of wabi-sabi and Mottainai: embracing the idea that perfection is unattainable, accepting the work that our hands produce, and respecting the life of the materials that we work with. Textures and colors will emerge to inspire makers to take these techniques and apply them to uplift or mend wardrobes and home décor. We will use batting as your canvas to explore techniques such as: quilt as you go, raw edge appliqué, foundation piecing, Sashiko stitching and Boro.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Weaving with Four Harnesses"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Learn to set up and weave on a four-harness loom. We will wind a 10"-wide 3-yard warp, thread it onto the loom and explore some basic weave structures and techniques. You will be introduced to reading a pattern draft and after some sampling can use the remaining warp and time for a project of your choice. It can be a wall hanging, a runner, mug rugs, or a scarf. It can be loose and experimental, structured and predictable, or somewhere in between. Warp yarn is provided in a few color options. Looms are also available for rent.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Walk a Mile in Your Moccasins"
May 30, 2020
 

Join with the tribe at MoonTree and make your own soft leather moccasins. You'll make a paper pattern for your feet and learn how to cut the leather so that the soft shoes will fit you when assembled. You'll punch holes at the appropriate points to join the moccassin tops and soles, and go home with your own comfortable, hand-made pair of moccasins. Bring a sack lunch!
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Rachel Hansen
Cost: member $60; non-member $65
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Color Alchemy with Shibori"
May 30-31, 2020
 

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 over dye. Create lovely designs on silk in this two-day workshop. You will learn contemporary variations of traditional techniques of Shibori. The 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 over-dye. Students will create three 1 1/2-yard pieces of silk fabric, and have the option of switching to scarves.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Mendla
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"SAORI Weaving"
June 6, 2020
 

Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old again! SAORI is a weaving style with no rules and restrictions. There are no samples to follow and there are no mistakes. Just weave what you want to with complete freedom and creativity. Every cloth woven by people with different personalities is lovely in a unique way. The irregular edges and accidental skips of thread add un-programmed beauty to each weaving. In SAORI, we do not weave only a cloth. We weave our true selves. The warp is already set up for you to start weaving right away! Your finished product will make a lively wall hanging, throw, or pillow cover.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kaleidoscope Design Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth) with Bengala Mud Dye"
June 7, 2020
 

Bengala dyes are made from soil and are "environmentally safe" and fun to use. You will love the subtle nature of the colors. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. We begin with a process of pre-fixing a yard square cloth. Then we fold the material in certain ways. Design with it however you like by knotting, twisting, clamping ... and dye with as many mud dye colors as you like. There will be 14 colors to choose from. You will have a big circle design just like a kaleidoscope! Sorry, this is not a good class for people who have a latex allergy as dyes contain latex rubber.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chiaki O'Brien
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"T-Shirt/Memory Quilt Class"
June 12-14, 2020
 

Want to make a cuddly memory quilt for yourself or someone special? This is the class to learn the technique. Take old clothes, T-shirts, and the like to make a quilt that reveals and records that person's life. It's a bit of a walk down memory lane, and it gives the fabrics a second life. You can expect to fully finish your quilt during this three-day session. Materials fee covers the batting we will use to complete the quilt. No sewing experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Collage, Fiber, and Encaustic"
June 14-19, 2020
 

Whether you have a story to tell or want to dig deeper into your own artistic motivations, we will look at how the pieces of our histories come together to influence how we work and what we create. Using fabric and paper, we will make our own collage materials to embed into encaustic. Techniques will include many fabric, paper and encaustic processes such as gestural mark-making, batik, sun printing, image transfer, staining and stenciling. Topics of discussion and slide presentations will include working with modules and in a series, layering and depth, transparency and opacity, repetition and pattern, display and finishing options. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating your own visual language. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Susan Stover
Cost: $800 + $50 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Bookbinding and Paper Marbling Sampler"
June 15-18, 2020
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless crafts of bookbinding and paper marbling. Learn how to create interesting and unpredictable patterns on paper, several binding styles, and basic skills in paper and book arts. Discover opportunities for experimentation within each process. This workshop begins with a day spent marbling a variety of papers that are used to make five different book structures. The remaining three days explore saddle stitch, Japanese stab, coptic, case bound, and secret Belgium binding structures. Use a variety of materials and techniques to put a twist on these standard book structures. Finally, design and construct a slip case that holds all five book structures and a mini sampler of traditional paper marbling patterns. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters, www.CareyWatters.com
Cost: Members: $495, Non-Members: $535
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Papermaking Possibilites – for the Artist or Craftsperson"
June 21-26, 2020
 

This workshop will cover a wide range of techniques in making handmade paper, from learning to beat fiber in a Hollander beater, pigmenting pulps, sheet formation on moulds and deckles, as well as experimenting with pulp painting and pulp transfer methods. We will also make paper that have dried plants, flowers and other fibers and inclusions added into sheets for stationary, or a variety of artmaking applications. Students will work with cotton, abaca and sisal fibers to experience a range of qualities in handmade paper, which can ultimately be used for printmaking, drawing, book arts, or other purposes in the studio. All levels welcomed!
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Georgia Deal
Cost: $675 + $45 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Mixed Media and Encaustic: Fiber & Structure"
June 28 - July 2, 2020
 

With an emphasis on mixed-media, this workshop is specially created to address the interests of artists working in fiber and fiber related techniques such as quilting, weaving and surface design. The basics of working in encaustic will be covered and expanded. Lorraine will demonstrate encaustic application techniques that can be used to enhance or create; structure, texture, color mixing, layers, surface manipulation, and the creation of pattern using stencils, candy molds and tjaps. Working two or three dimensionally, participants will be encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary and explore their individual interests. By combining the infinite possibilities of encaustic in combination with fiber structures, surfaces and stitch, each student’s interest can be explored.
 
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $650 + $65 lab fee
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"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


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Creativity is a constant cycle. You'll experiment with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. We'll start each day by making 12" square flat panels of thick 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 start to add three-dimensional elements. Directed exercises will constantly transform the artwork & challenge you! You will discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent. Please note: You will be learning the techniques necessary for building a three-dimensional vessel, but you will not be building one in this class.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Wearing You Art on Your Sleeves and Everywhere Else"
July 25, 2020
 

Have you been thinking about printing your artwork on fabric? It seems complicated, but Helen will guide you through the process of using Spoonflower, a custom printer that gives artists the ability to design their own fabrics. She'll show you how to do a simple replication of images for projects on cloth, how to put your image in repeat (called tiling and endless other project possibilities like making large-scale wall works, patterns for dolls or stuffed toys, and placement of images for apparel design. This isn't just a lecture; you will actually be doing the work with your own images during class and leave ready to place your Spoonflower order!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Klebesadel
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Fiber Sculpting"
July 31 - August 2, 2020
 

I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside our preconceived ideas of what is textile art. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combining found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage, combining the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clarissa Callesen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Small Stitched Landscape"
August 7, 2020
 

Create a simple landscape using recycled fabrics sourced from designers' showrooms. We will be helping the environment by keeping great fabrics out of our landfills while creating unique decor and gifts. Hand stitching grasses, trees, and flowers will personalize our creations. Materials fee includes threads, heavy fusible, edge sealant, and fabulous fabrics.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Creating Art Cloth with Resists"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Design and create the perfect fabric for your quilt project, home decor, or clothing. We will use several products to create marks that will resist dyes or paints. Techniques will include stencils, stamps, and free-hand drawing or brushing. No fabric-dyeing experience is required. Materials fee includes 2 yards fabric, all dyes, paints, and chemicals, use of instructor's stencils and stamps.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $1255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

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


"Rug Hooking Retreat: Using Swatches and Color Planning Your Rugs"
September 18-20, 2020
 

Come join us for three days of hooking fun with your friends. This class will enlighten your color-planning skills through assistance on the project of your choice and several mini lessons throughout the weekend. Learn more about color and value using the gray scale, hooking with swatches, feathering technique from 3-8 cut, choosing the wool for your project, and wool dyeing information. Also available will be a large selection of wool, hand-dyed wool, 6-8 value dyed swatches and rug hooking supplies. On Sunday morning, we will have a rug throw-down to view all the workshop rug results and take a class picture. Teresa will also have an optional evening presentation on the Guatemalan Rug Hooking Trip/Experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Steele
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Boundweave: Weaving a Flower Garden"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Weave floral images in Boundweave, using beautiful colored wool on a cotton warp. Learn about the history of this fascinating weft-faced weave, how the structure of the warp is organized to allow the creation of pattern, and how to draw your own designs. Boundweave motifs are traditionally used to make striking wall hangings and rugs. Since the looms will be already warped, you'll be ready to weave right away when you arrive. In the two-day workshop you will complete a small project that includes several woven flowers! This workshop is perfect for beginners and still exciting for more advanced weavers wanting to learn a new technique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennie Hawkey
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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