Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Batik Essentials"
January 31, 2022
 

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. Please contact Judy Lyons at lyon5028@verizon.net if you have any questions. All art materials provided, supply fee $15.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Judy Lyon
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Weaving with Four Harnesses"
February 12-13, 2022
 

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. Students are encouraged to bring favorite yarns, fabric strips, and special objects that can be woven into a wall hanging if desired. Weft yarns are available in class, too.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Batik Essentials 2"
March 10, 2022
 

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. Please contact Judy Lyons at lyon5028@verizon.net if you have any questions. All art materials provided, supply fee $15.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Judy Lyon
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Mending Hearts: Stitching Recycled Fibers Into Sculpture"
March 19, 2022
 

This intensive workshop explores trauma, loss, hopes, and dreams. Participants will create 3-D fiber sculptures through wrapping and meditative stitches. Thread, needle, and fabric become vehicles that aid the repair of our lost and broken hearts. Learn to transform personal grief and longing into powerful pieces of art. Students are encouraged to bring broken objects, keepsakes, or souvenirs they would like to place inside the heart. This could take the form of shells, rocks, jewelry, small household/domestic items, etc. Material fee includes, fabric, needle, embroidery floss, thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
April 10, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held June 11, July 16, August 14, October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Building Community Through Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork"
April 23-24, 2022
 

2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow Karen Ann Hoffman has been beading peace, beauty, and meaning through her Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork since the 1990s. Also known as Iroquois Raised Beadwork, the style is unique to the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, characterized by lines of beads that arch above the textile surface for a three-dimensional effect, typically sewn onto velvet. In this two-day class, you will make an approximate 6" x 4" intermediate-level “whimsy,” enjoy a Native 3 Sisters Soup, and leave with a group of new found friends. Participants will gain appreciation for the meditative and patient process of beading, learn more about the Iroquois world view, and learn the way culture is represented through needle and thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Karen Ann Hoffman
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
June 11, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held July 16, August 14, October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Tensile Fabric Sails"
July 16, 2022
 

Learn the art of creating fabric sails based on the hyberbolic-paraboloid principle, a 3-D geometry that generates strong curves that soar in space! Instructor Aris Georges will demonstrate basic principles of shapes, simple knots and anchoring methods. The group will create an installation at Shake Rag Alley, with each participant on the team stretching a shape in space. Fabrics for the installation will be provided. Students can transfer the skills to home and garden projects of their own later, i.e., garden shades/sculptures or interior space decor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aris Georges
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
July 16, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held August 14, October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Needle Felted Animal Sculptures"
July 28, 2022
 

In this fauna-inspired workshop, we will learn how to make incredibly realistic 3-dimensional felt sculptures of our beloved animals. 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 felted animal. All materials will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Hand Stitching Design for Art Quilts"
August 13-14, 2022
 

Hand stitching is often associated with “active meditation,” because while your hands are busy, your mind is free to relax and wander. This class will focus on hand stitching a small and elegant fabric art quilt. Students will quickly compose a simple abstract design from a kit supplied by the instructor. The majority of class time will focus on enhancing the composition with simple embroidery stitches. Although the stitches are quickly learned, the opportunity for creativity is endless.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
August 14, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Contemporary Boro Scarf"
September 17, 2022
 

With an emphasis on the Japanese Boro aesthetics, we will use improvisation to create a wearable scarf, or surface design panel to use in another project if you choose, using a sewing machine. The scarf panel will be adorned with the rich textures of improv Sashiko hand-stitching using colorful threads to give your work textural elegance. The big stitch look invigorates the maker's creation for an unparalleled, textural, bespoke piece. These techniques will accent your current sewing projects beautifully, ranging from quilts to garments. Beginners are welcome, but confidence in setting up and using a sewing machine is necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Primitive Rug Hooking Retreat With Wide Cut Wool"
September 30 - October 2, 2022
 

Explore primitive rug hooking using soft muted colors and wool textures such as plaids, stripes, herringbones, checks, etc. Kris teaches primitive rug hooking, which encompasses wide cuts of at least #8 and above. All the color planning will be done in class and we will build the colors as we go to ensure a lovely rug. As time allows, different techniques and tips will be discussed to make your rug hooking journey easier and more creative. You may hook any primitive/wide cut rug hooking pattern of your choice. You may bring textured wool from your own stash, or you may select and purchase from the wide variety of exciting wool that the teacher will bring to the workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kris Miller
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
October 8, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
November 6, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Quilting Made Easy"
November 19-20, 2022
 

Interested in making a few quilt tops but don’t want to purchase fabric yardage? This class is for you! Have a stash of loved fabric and want something new to do with it? This class is for you! Come join Dierdra for a low-stress, fun weekend using pre-cuts to make lap-size quilts. Learn different patterns and new ways to sew and cut the pre-cut fabric. Bring your own pre-cuts, or Dierdra will have some available in class for $60.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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