Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Beginning Macrame"
August 18, 2018
 

It’s back! From its mysterious origins (Ancient China? Medieval Arabia?) to the hippie era, the knotting of rope for function, fashion, and decoration has persisted. Learn the basics of macramé in this one-day workshop. We’ll cover knotting terminology and strategies for rope management as you master the lark’s head, the square knot, and the many variations of the half hitch. You’ll come away with an attractive sampler, suitable for hanging. No previous experience is needed – but be careful, macramé can be addictive!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"More Macramé"
August 19, 2018
 

In this more advanced workshop, students will explore their own ideas for a sizeable macramé wall hanging. With guidance and inspiration from the instructor, students will develop their own design and address the challenges of creating with rope on the large scale. Bring your layout concepts – do you like repetitive and symmetrical or dynamic and unpredictable? In every case, the final product will be a powerful piece of wall décor – bold, trendy, and entirely original. Knowledge of basic knots required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 24, 2018
 

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


"Folk-tails: A Small Study Workshop"
August 27-31, 2018
 

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


"Rug Hooking Retreat"
September 14-16, 2018
 

This class will be an open class. Our focus will be on texture: What is texture? How to create texture. How to use texture. How to create texture on the edge of our rugs. Choose from a vast array of patterns on the instructor’s website, bring your own pattern, or design your own. Nola loves all color - bright to muted! Any size cut is fine. Creativity is taught and encouraged in her class. This annual 3-day Rug Hooking workshop/retreat is open to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Bring your own pattern, frame, hooks and wools and receive individualized instruction. Open studio time is available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nola Heidbreder
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bold Interpretations of Traditional Quilt Blocks"
September 17-21, 2018
 

Each quilt reflects the personality of its maker. By the shapes we prefer or colors and patterns we choose, how we finish a quilt ultimately puts our fingerprints on a quilt. In this class you will study Indian folk art quilts and American antique scrap quilts. Sujata will discuss bold and abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks as well as the process of making do. From the examples provided, each participant will choose one or two traditional quilt blocks or geometric shapes as design elements for a quilt top. The focus will be on template-free shapes and organic-piecing methods. Sujata will demonstrate traditional Indian Kantha stitching; discuss organic hand quilting and bias binding for students to finish the quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Shibori and Alternative Resist Methods: Low tech and High tech, organic and man-made"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This 5-Day workshop will explore the fundamentals of shibori resist, traditional techniques to contemporary variations such as sewing machine stitch on a wide range of fabric surfaces and combinations of opposite fibers including cotton, wool, silk, organza, and polyester. Yoshiko will be available to guide you through this exploration process. She will use easy to follow Michel Garcia’s organic indigo vat 1-2-3; fiber reactive dye to enhance the degumming effect on silk organza; disperse dye to venture into heat transfer printing. Participants are asked to bring small fabric in various fiber or other dye-able materials in different texture, pattern, and opacity/ transparency to gain own visual vocabulary.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoshiko I. Wada
Cost: $915
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Create a Figurative Sculpture Duo"
September 30-October 5, 2018
 

In this week-long intensive Kate will teach the techniques she uses to build her sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. Create two sculptures - a horse, bird, or rabbit approximately 15" tall - as your major piece. From a drawing, design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the form that will animate your piece. Use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work. In the second part of the class you will create a figure to ride, lead - maybe dance - with your fantasy critter. Kate will have patterns available if you feel you are not ready to design your own. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring ride!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Studio Hand Quilting"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Improvisation is key to successful design and developing your style in stitches. Hand quilting offers a look at the handwork of the artist. It sculpts the quilt top enhancing the visual and textural presentation of the quilt. A rich textile tradition offers a starting place to inform our contemporary ideas. We will address the fundamentals and beyond so you can enjoy slow stitching in a hoop, a frame, or without either. Your designs will be your own freeform wanderings, engaging you from start to finish. No marking or templates are necessary. Our primary focus is the design and process of quilting by hand in which you will create original quilting lines and themes making a whole cloth wall quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Double Vision and/or Fractured Curves"
October 8-12, 2018
 

This is a design class for beginners through intermediate quilters with colorful goals in mind! You will have the chance to design a Double Vision quilt by simply layering Shapes and Color for richly complex designs. Or if you prefer you can design a Fractured Curves quilt by fracturing quilts for easy, curvy and colorful results. Either design is available; make one, make both or a combination of the two - it's your choice! At the start of the class we will discuss and show you the many designs available to you, students will then determine their own direction for the week with lots of one-on-one direction from Louisa.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Louisa L. Smith
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Story Quilts: Creative Piecing Borders and Backgrounds"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Combine creative piecing with traditional techniques to design a quilt inspired by the ones you love! This workshop will take you out of the box with new takes on composition, interesting backgrounds, story creativity, color theory and more. Mary Lou’s approachable nature and teaching style make it easy to understand and apply these techniques into your own quilt. Techniques such as drawing, lettering, embellishing with old linens, jewelry and rick rack will all be integrated into this fun workshop.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Lou Weidman
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
January 7-11, 2019
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Fabric Images"
January 14-18, 2019
 

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
Cost: $870
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
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


"Painted, Stitched Canvas"
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: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"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


 

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