Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pottery Wheel Throwing Boot Camp"
April 22-25, 2021
 

Make your own ceramic tableware — no experience needed! Learn to throw mugs, bowls, plates, vases, and more on the electric potter's wheel. Joelle will teach you the basics of throwing, trimming, and surface decorating in this four-day boot camp. After the conclusion of the workshop, Joelle will bisque-fire your pieces. You can arrange to return to glaze them at a later time, and once the work has been fired again, you may pick up your finished product. Materials fee includes use of classroom equipment, tools, glazes, firing, and 25 lbs of clay.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3293


"Spoon Carving Fundamentals"
April 24, 2021
 

Let the wood guide you! In this workshop, you’ll learn basic spoon-carving techniques. Using fresh-felled greenwood and only three tools (axe, straight knife, and hook knife), you’ll work to complete the class and go home with a hand-carved spoon, a few blisters on your hands, and an appreciation for the therapeutic nature and addictive qualities of spoon carving. Materials fee includes greenwood logs for carving, carving block/log, the use of carving tools, course materials, coaching, and encouragement — all will be provided by the instructor. The three-piece tool set may be purchased for an additional $60 with two weeks’ advance notice. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paul Pendola
Cost: $155.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Developing the Figure through Drawing and Painting"
April 26-29, 2021
 

Learn how to paint the human figure starting with a drawing and progressing to painting from the live model. Students will learn a systematic technique via painting models holding short and long poses. The great paintings throughout history always have a beautiful balance of proportion, value, color, and edge. These aspects are what give power and presence to one’s work. Figure painting is deeply rewarding, engaging, and bound to take one’s appreciation and skill to the next level. Aristides provides frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, www.aristidesarts.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety"
April 26-30, 2021
 

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Somewhat different and more advanced than the workshop “Suggesting Reality” (April 19-23), students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used. Students will be shown multiple ways of starting and building a painting (both direct and indirect procedures such as Alla Prima and glazing) and ways of simplifying their palette preparation. This workshop inspires a more experimental approach, discovering new tools, methods, materials, as well as adjusting elements of the painting, such as the value key/color palette, shapes and edges.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Douglas Fryer, www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Dynamic Still Life"
April 27-30, 2021
 

Paint looser, and more confidently during this four-day workshop with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to Alla Prima oil painting, from black-and- white studies to brilliant color. Build a beautiful composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice. Students will cover the basics of value and composition design, and do quick, fun exercises to focus on loose, energetic brushwork before creating a finished piece. Sarah will demonstrate and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome. Instruction will be in oils.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick, www.sarahsedwick.com
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"2-Day Spring Plein Air Workshop"
April 29-30, 2021
 

Brushwork and the painterly plein air study. Understanding the qualities of light and color.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Cost: $250
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Simplified Locket for Pendant or Ornament"
April 30, 2021
 

In this class you will saw copper into four matching forms, stamp a saying on the back piece, rivet three of them together to form the portion of the locket that holds the picture, and enamel the last piece to create the cover. This makes a fun "first grandmother locket" or can be used as a holiday ornament. It will be a full day of learning new techniques and making a special piece to hold a special picture. We will extend the workshop into the evening if you need more time to complete your project.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: JoEllen and David Wollangk
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
April 30, 2021
 

Learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry from soft, workable “clay-like” silver. Precious metal clay is a safe, non-toxic material made of tiny silver particles embedded in an organic clay/water base. You will learn all about PMC – how to form, refine, fire, and finish pieces using the clay, paste, and a syringe. You will make a pendant with a rollover bail and either a stone or dichroic glass cabochon and gain the knowledge to continue creating beautiful jewelry at home with just a few basic tools and a small hand-held butane torch. Your pieces will be fired in a kiln in class, but Sherry will teach you how to torch-fire your pieces at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Broken China Pendants - AM Session"
April 30, 2021
 

Turn broken china shards into beautiful pendants using stained-glass soldering techniques. The china is broken into the desired size before grinding the edges. We use a copper foil that is burnished before soldering. A jump ring is added to produce a functional pendant. Materials fee includes copper foil, solder, flux, jump rings, waxed cotton cord, china shards (student may bring their own).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie White
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Broken China Pendants - PM Session"
April 30, 2021
 

Turn broken china shards into beautiful pendants using stained-glass soldering techniques. The china is broken into the desired size before grinding the edges. We use a copper foil that is burnished before soldering. A jump ring is added to produce a functional pendant. Materials fee includes copper foil, solder, flux, jump rings, waxed cotton cord, china shards (student may bring their own).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie White
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet"
April 30, 2021
 

The Byzantine chain is one of the loveliest of all chain maille patterns and although it looks complicated, it is actually easy to learn. By the end of class, you will either have completed, or be well on your way to completing, your own Byzantine chain bracelet. You’ll also learn about the basic building block of chain maille, the humble and highly versatile jump ring. You will learn how to open and close them properly, how to hold them efficiently as you weave, how you might make them for yourself and how to size them for whatever project you wish to undertake. Materials fee includes sufficient copper jump rings for a Byzantine chain bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $65
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
April 30 - May 2, 2021
 

Sculptor Alex Manzanares brings back from Italy the sculpting methods acquired from his years of study in Florence and Rome. In this three-day workshop, students will be sculpting a 3/4-life portrait using water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will learn how to measure accurately, establish and maintain symmetry, identify conceptual planes, and develop a working process of larger to smaller forms. Lectures in this workshop will include information on sculpting tools, key landmarks of the skull, major planes and structures, as well as nuances of the features. Alex will guide you through the entire portrait sculpting process, from the initial clay application, to composition and final finishing techniques to achieve a likeness of the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alex Manzanares, www.alexmanzanares.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Mixing"
May 1-2, 2021
 

The ability to understand color can easily be broken down into logical methodical elements. First, we will learn how to mix what we see by defining a color in terms of hue, saturation, and value. With this method, students will gain the capability to match any color with ease. Next, we will discuss the use for a split primary palette, and the effects of transparent color. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of every color on and off their palette. Students will then see how to choose their palette for each painting to support their specific color goal.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jessica Garrett Lawrence
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Band Rings"
May 1, 2021
 

Love rings? Learn to make a sterling silver textured band ring. Leslie will introduce you to a few basic metalwork skills, including sawing, texturing, soldering, and finishing and you will leave with a lovely ring to wear or give as a gift. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Wire Jewelry Workshop"
May 1, 2021
 

Nearly every jeweler will need to, or wish to work with wire at some point, whether wire is the main material in the piece or is used to make connections, clasps, or ear wires. Wire work can be accomplished with very few tools, so it is the least expensive way to create metal jewelry. Spend the day learning to properly cut and finish wire ends, make coils and jump rings, simple and wrapped loops, and a variety of links for chain. You may also add some beads and you will leave with some finished pieces of jewelry.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Four in Six Hours"
May 1, 2021
 

Yes! You can create four pair of earrings in six hours! To start, we will explore the different types of metals, size and gauge, hardness and usage. Then we’ll learn how to use our tools and to begin work with copper wire. We’ll move on to the four earring designs and you will use your new skills to forge and texture metal, wrap and spiral metal wire, attach a design element by using rivets, attach jump rings and ear wires, and complete each pair. Handouts and reference books will be provided. Materials fee includes silver wire, copper wire, jump rings, ear wires, shell disks, beads.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Stacking Wire Bangles"
May 2, 2021
 

Create a trio (or more) of stacking bangles. Working with multiple gauges of copper wire you will learn how to: size a bangle, flatten wire with the rolling mill or with hammers, anneal, texture, form bangles, and make hooks, loops, and closures for three different styles of bangle. Working with a plethora of beads you will also learn how to make head pins, how to make simple bead dangles and how to cut discs for charms. Patinas as well. After learning these three basic bangles you can make as many stacking bangles as you choose, leaving in the afternoon with a wrist full. Materials fee includes various gauges of copper wire, copper sheet, and beads.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fused Fine Silver Earrings"
May 2, 2021
 

Learn to shape and fuse fine silver wire and add beads or other objects to make your own earrings. Start with a small hand-held butane torch to fuse wire rings. These silvery rings can then be reshaped in many ways, using pliers, hammers, etc., to make elements to combine into your own unique jewelry designs. Materials fee includes all materials and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
May 2, 2021
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those. Materials fee paid to instructor in class includes silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Jewelry With Your New Glass Beads"
May 2, 2021
 

You made spectacular, one-of-a-kind glass beads Saturday, and now you’re ready to turn them into wearable items! Take this optional half-day session to turn those fabulous beads into art jewelry and gift items – right away. Julie will provide hands-on directions for assembling a variety of different pieces, and she'll have tools to use during class time. Many jewelry findings and gemstones will be made available for an additional fee. If you bring your own chains, clasps, earring wires, finials, etc., make sure to label that stash with your name. Participation in the Saturday Making Glass Beads workshop is a prerequisite.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Oil Painting from Sketch to Studio"
May 3-5, 2021
 

This class will teach you my favorite tricks for turning small studies into large studio works. You will learn how to choose a good subject and how to turn it into a compelling composition. Class will begin with a simple demonstration of creating a sketch and color study. Students will then be able to make their own studies to prepare them to work larger. The following days of the workshop will be your opportunity to work on your studio piece. Amery will walk you through transferring your idea onto the large canvas and then how to color match from your study. Please bring multiple reference images for this class.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Amery Bohling, www.amerybohling.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tapping into your Inner Voice"
May 3-7, 2021
 

Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing in your work as an artist is truly what you’re supposed to be doing? This workshop is intended to serve as a vehicle to aid in finding your path. We will open up dialogue and explore creative ways to meet this challenge. The purpose of this workshop is not about the utilization of tools or learning specific painting techniques. It’s more about finding out who we are as artists and allowing that discovery to play a dominant role in what we intuitively express in our artwork. It’s about feeding our souls. This class is designed for the intermediate to advanced student, but is open to all levels of experience and learning.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ron Hicks, www.ronhicks.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Capturing the Atmosphere"
May 3-7, 2021
 

This five-day workshop is for all levels and will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies and/or photos. Artists will learn to analyze the information they gathered in the field interpreting color and value relationships in order to create depth in a landscape painting. Many outdoor painting principles will be discussed – including how to design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges – but with a greater focus on composing a finished piece. There will be slide presentations, demonstrations, critiques and lots of one-on-one instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Dave Santillanes, www.davesantillanes.com
Cost: $750 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Plein Air in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
May 4-6, 2021
 

Come paint amidst the stunning Low Country vistas of Hilton Head Island! This is a 3-day outdoor painting workshop for intermediate to advanced artists working in oils, pastels, or acrylics. Marc will demonstrate in oils but is proficient in all three mediums. We will paint in the field, incorporating instruction and practice to help you move forward in your approach to the challenges that Plein Air painting presents. We will cover the critical elements of Drawing, Value, Color, Composition, and Edges...all put into a package called "Concept," the basis for any painting that you paint. Marc will work with each student at their own level, spending a lot of time at their easel giving individual instruction.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Marc Hanson
Cost: $390
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Composition and Design: Field to Studio"
May 6-8, 2021
 

Participants in this dynamic workshop will have the opportunity of working with and learning from celebrated landscape painter and teacher David Dibble. This course will focus on composition and strong design using the foundational principles of drawing, value, and color. Landscape will be the primary focus but artists of all subject matter will find this three-day intensive workshop to be an exciting and enlightening step forward.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Dibble, www.dibbleart.com
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Monochrome Portrait"
May 8, 2021
 

This beginner’s course will teach students how to build a portrait with basic but foundational techniques. First, the course will cover the appropriate uses of dots, lines, and simple shapes in creating portrait outlines. Students will then build on those outlines with tones and values. Finally, students will learn how to look at each portrait in its full composition to unify the painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: James Jiang, www.instagram.com/jamesjiangart
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Paint the Town! Cityscape Painting Fundamentals for Day and Night City Scenes"
May 10-13, 2021
 

Award-winning artist, Rob Adamson, will teach this four-day workshop. This workshop will provide students the painting fundamentals needed to create stunning, vibrant cityscapes. Students will work from photo reference (provided by instructor, but are also welcome to bring their own cityscape reference) to paint day and night city scenes. Students will be taught a simplified 1 and 2-point perspective to create memorable paintings. Other topics covered are design, drawing, value, color, edges, and lighting and glazing techniques. The instructor will provide lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction. Beginners through advanced artists are welcome.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rob Adamson, www.robadamsonstudio.blogspot.com
Cost: $550 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Creating Poetry in the Commissioned Portrait"
May 10-13, 2021
 

A strong likeness is foundational for a portrait, but finding poetry in identity should be a portrait artist’s goal. This four-day workshop will inspire portrait painters to reach for the next level in their painting journey. Louis will break down the elements of a portrait into digestible blocks which progressively build on each other. Likeness, composition, gesture, and emotion will kick off day one. Creating dimension with the properties of paint such as value, color, transparency and opacity will continue the next two days. Developing character through edges, texture, and glazing will close out the final day. Louis will demonstrate these concepts each morning and students will apply what they learn in the afternoon with individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Louis Carr, www.lcarr.faso.com
Cost: $650 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Still Lifes, Floral or Landscapes in Watercolor"
Mondays, May 10-24, 2021
 

This class will focus on watercolor instruction and techniques for realistic and vibrant paintings. The instructor will give short demos and one on one critiques to students and discuss the various types of paints, papers, and surfaces as well as give students step-by-step approaches to the medium.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Interpreting Your Photographic Reference"
May 11-12, 2021
 

Painters often use photographic references when creating works of art. During this two-day class, students will paint the subject of their choice using their photographic reference. The painter must understand that photography often misrepresents the true relationships of the value, color and perspective. With guidance, the student will learn to consider the photographic reference as raw material, to be interpreted rather than slavishly copied. Let’s make “art” from photographic reference! This class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums! Please bring several photos of interest to each class. Students may choose to paint still life arrangements.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Figure and Color"
May 12-15, 2021
 

This workshop will focus on an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Alla Prima technique, which involves both scumbling and glazing. Steven will guide you with techniques for dealing with the changes that occur as a model poses, learning to hold and interpret what you see with a selective eye. Each day will consist of lectures, demos and one-on-one critiques. Students will benefit from Steven’s representational style and extensive knowledge of the human figure.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Steven Assael, www.stevenassael.com
Cost: $850 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Loosen Up: Seeing, Simplifying and Expression"
May 13-16, 2021
 

This workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. There will be a strong emphasis on making your paintings more three-dimensional. Students will use oils (other mediums are welcome) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, birds, hanging fruit and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Derek Penix, derekpenix.com
Cost: $595
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Why Still Life?"
May 13-15, 2021
 

Because you can always have a living model...and with it you can explore and learn all aspects of painting. From mark making to surface texture and even emotional connections. Three days of beautiful set-ups to inspire you. There will be demonstrations, critiques and individual instruction.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Nancy Chaboun, www.nancychabounfineart.com
Cost: $350 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mixed Media Art: Junk Mail Journaling"
May 14-15, 2021
 

In this two-day workshop, you will explore how to transform discarded mail, magazines and catalogs into a visual art journal. An art journal is a combination of visual and written imagery that captures thoughts, ideas and images in a visual way. In this class, we will create humorous monsterly pages that capture both your imagination and your recorded thoughts. Her recent solo exhibitions include Dreams and Reality: The Artwork of Leslie Wood at Carnegie Visual Arts Center and Evelyn Burrows Museum, and The Red Clay Survey: 2020 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art at the Huntsville Museum of Art. For more information, visit lesliewoodarts.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Leslie Wood
Cost: $300 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Mending Hearts: Stitching Recycled Fibers Into Sculpture"
May 15, 2021
 

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. Students should bring small scissors, a thimble, and fabric scraps from old bedding, clothing, etc. Material fee includes, fabric, needle, embroidery floss, thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects"
May 16-20, 2021
 

Reconsider how you create images, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. This retreat will help you discover how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation, and connection. Open to all levels. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired onsite lodging and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aline Smithson
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"The Desert Landscape in Pastel"
May 17-19, 2021
 

The pure pigment of pastel is an ideal medium to create the light and drama of the Southwest landscape. The delicate glazing and layering of pastel create a vibration of color not possible in other mediums. In this workshop you will learn the basics of landscape painting and the tools to create depth, light and atmosphere of the desert southwest using pastel. In this studio class, Kathy will demonstrate her process and provide photo reference for students, or they may work from their own appropriate photos, sketches or plein air reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kathy Howard, www.kathyfallahoward.com
Cost: $330 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"An Approach to Figure Painting"
May 17-20, 2021
 

In this workshop, students will paint a figure from life over the course of four days, and discuss choices for setting up the pose, composition, color harmony, lighting, pacing, and bringing the painting to a decent level of resolve. Joseph will discuss the language of describing paint in order to better understand mixtures. Joseph will explain his approach to figure painting and demonstrate by painting along and illustrating his ideas about the approach. Previous drawing experience is highly recommended.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Joseph Todorovitch, www.todorovitch.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Fun with Faces with Joyce Nagel"
Mondays, May 17 & 24, 2021
 

In this class, the instructor will do a demonstration for you and then will have you start with warm-up gesture drawings of each other by taking turns posing and drawing each other's facial profiles and adding appropriate characterizations of the figure. Week two will start with a demo, and then will finish with you working on a selfie in the medium of your choice (drawing or painting).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Painting Portraits of People or Pets"
Wednesdays, May 19 - June 23, 2021
 

Whether you have always wanted to try portraiture or have years of experience drawing/painting people or animals this class will help you discover more of your own style while learning some time-tested techniques for simplifying and expressing yourself as a portrait artist. All of us have been looking at people’s faces our whole lives. Yet, rendering them as an artist involves seeing faces in a new way. Going beyond line drawing to shapes and shadows, use of chiaroscuro, color accuracy, and overall design composition this class will help you on your journey to creating truly 3-dimensional portraits that are alive and vibrant.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jana Stiles
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May (Outdoor)"
May 20-23, 2021
 

Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Instruction includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Principles of Abstraction and the voice of the artist"
May 20-23, 2021
 

This class, taught by Larry Moore, will push you into new territory. With a focus on the principles of design and abstraction, you will be shown a system for developing your voice as an artist. The emphasis is on creative process, exploring new ways to develop a painting, inventive compositions, and new ways to think and build intent in your work. Many of the exercises are found in Larry’s book on creativity, “Fishing for elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity”. Larry’s intent is to help each artist find a way that works for them, whether they wish to interpret more, push their process or go fully abstract. We will be working in gouache on watercolor paper.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Larry Moore, www.larrymoorestudios.com
Cost: $625
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Desert Animals in Sculpture"
May 20-22, 2021
 

In this workshop Paolo will share with you the process and techniques used in sculpting desert animals. In addition to the basic sculpting fundamentals, such as finding forms, basic block ins, anatomy and proportions, we will take time to study the animals we are sculpting. Discussing their environment, behaviors, and life span. All of these things can play a huge role in the shape and character of an animal. Understanding these things can give personality to the sculpture and help bring it to life. Students are encouraged to bring reference material if they want to sculpt a particular animal. Paolo will also have references available. All clay and tools will be provided and students will be able to keep the tools.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paolo Acuna, www.paoloacuna.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Carve Your House Numbers in Stone"
May 21-23, 2021
 

Looking for a unique way for visitors to identify your home? Take this workshop and carve your house number — or your last name — in stone! Amy will provide a block of Indiana limestone, around 16” x 18” x 2” thick, for each student. She’ll show you a carving technique that results in crisply defined letters and numbers, and you’ll go home with a slab that will look great in your garden or on your lawn or porch. You’ll focus on proper carving form to prevent getting burned out, but be prepared — carving is done standing up, and the stone may weigh up to 20 lbs. Tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Amy Brier
Cost: $320.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Skyscapes in Watercolor"
May 22, 2021
 

The clouds and sky present ever-changing and beautiful challenges for painters. In this class, we will capture the joy of a sunny day, the dynamics of the rolling clouds on a stormy or snowy day, and morning and evening myriads of colors.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Discovering Form Through Pinching Clay"
June 2-6, 2021
 

This workshop is an introduction to beginning through advanced pinching techniques — the title of the class tells it all. Instructor Michael Imes has said, “Sometimes I start out by opening a ball of clay with little or no preconception of what it might become. In this situation I respond to what forms suggest in their process of becoming.” Let your intuition and the clay itself guide you in making sculptural or functional objects. Materials fee includes clay, tool use, and bisque firing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Imes
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat"
June 3-6, 2021
 

Spend four days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to be hosting this annual non-instructional retreat. Previous attendees found that it is an exciting way to share your approach, knowledge, and aesthetic — and to learn from others. Bring your own materials and tools. There is plenty of space in the Lind Pavilion, so plan to work on a number of paintings during this time. Participation in group meals is optional. Previous experience with this medium is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Non-Instructional Retreat
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
June 7-8, 2021
 

Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid technical foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $225 / Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920-868-3455


"Painting for Illustration"
June 7-9, 2021
 

This course provides an introduction to figure painting and composition for beginning and advanced students who want to develop their painting and observational skills. Students will learn storytelling skills as used in illustration, animations, or toward the Fine Arts field. There will be an emphasis on color, light, design, and composition. Students will develop their ability to visually communicate, conceptualize, and express their creative ideas. Through exploration of materials, colors and applications, students will consider and apply the aesthetic and conceptual developments. This course emphasizes drawing, painting techniques, and exploration of the subject for accuracy, understanding, and point of view.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Cost: $380 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Painterly Plein Air Sketch"
June 10-12, 2021
 

Brushwork and the painterly plein air study. Understanding the qualities of light and color.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Pam Padgett, www.pamelabpadgett.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Scroll Sketching"
June 11-13, 2021
 

A different style of sketching organically brings more awareness of process and aesthetics. Creating and joining a series of mixed media sections into a scroll format will result in one long drawing that honors the journey of its making. The scrolls will be made from watercolor paper, which can handle the variety of techniques that creative inspiration brings to the paper’s surface. Students will explore a session of mark making and combine the resulting papers with objects gathered from nature on a walk. Sections will be connected using hand sewing and/or machine stitching and embellished with strings, threads, fabric, and fun buttons. By altering the piece with gesso, acrylic paints and mixed mediums, a beautiful sculptural scroll is created.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"3-D Sewing Class: Pincushion & Stuffed Animal Fun"
June 12-13, 2021
 

Join me in this two -day exploration of 3-D fiber art. We will make several shapes, learn stuffing techniques, and have a menagerie when we are done! Everything from pumpkins to whales to patchwork dogs will be created. These are adorable items that anyone can make. Kits will be provided, but you can bring your own fabric, if you'd like. Beginner sewers are welcome. Materials fee covers your patterns, kits, and stuffing used in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Slab Built Flower Planters"
June 12, 2021
 

Make your own ceramic flower planter! No experience needed. In this easy workshop, you will learn to use the slab roller, texture molds, and how to attach cut-out pieces of clay to build ceramic boxes and trays. At the conclusion of this session, you may leave your product to dry and be bisque fired. The instructor will arrange a time for you to return to glaze work and then to collect the finished product. Materials fee includes clay, glazes, and all firings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie White
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Woodlands & Botanical Couture"
June 13-17, 2021
 

During this retreat, students will learn lots of mechanics to design a variety of woodland and botanical couture designs. Demos by Françoise will include different techniques and mechanics, which students will then interpret in their own designs using a plethora of flowers and textures foraged from nearby woodlands. These techniques are also applicable for any type of wedding or event work. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired onsite lodging, and retreat amenities all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Francoise Weeks
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,467
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 1 - All the Animals"
June 14-18, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. This week is all about animals in art through the ages. Campers will learn about and take inspiration from the earliest animal drawings found in caves, animals found in Renaissance paintings, modern art animal sculptures and everything in-between. We will make 2D and 3D works with a variety of materials and techniques. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 1 - All the Animals"
June 14-18, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. This week is all about animals in art through the ages. Campers will learn about and take inspiration from the earliest animal drawings found in caves, animals found in Renaissance paintings, modern art animal sculptures and everything in-between. We will make 2D and 3D works with a variety of materials and techniques. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Importance of Tone"
June 16-20, 2021
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Small Stitched Landscape"
June 18, 2021
 

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"
June 19-20, 2021
 

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: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Emotional Landscape"
June 20-24, 2021
 

Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome. This retreat is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat center amenities. All in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $975 tuition + meals (lodging packages available)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Come experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve 's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 2 - Put Me in the Mix"
June 21-25, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. Experimenting with new mediums and techniques with a goal of stretching the limits of their creativity and artistic ability. They will create large and small works of art, including some unique “self-portraits” and will use methods such as collage, painting and mixed media. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 2 - Put Me in the Mix"
June 21-25, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. Experimenting with new mediums and techniques with a goal of stretching the limits of their creativity and artistic ability. They will create large and small works of art, including some unique “self-portraits” and will use methods such as collage, painting and mixed media. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Notes on Plein Air: New England"
June 22-24, 2021
 

This immersive plein air workshop is an opportunity for painters of all skill levels to join me in beautiful Haverhill, New Hampshire for three solid days of painting on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and along the grounds of the historic Gibson House B&B. Like all my workshops, this one will focus on balancing the development of technical skills with the aspects of painting that transcend technique and get us to higher levels of ourselves as artists and creators. Students will have the option of working from my guidebook, ‘Notes on Plein Air’, to build their painting process by learning to use Notan sketches, three-grey value sketches, monochromatic block-ins, line drawings, and a limited palette to compose paintings.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Adriano Farinella, adrianofarinella.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor"
June 23-25, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop at Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama. Using live clothed models, Whyte will demonstrate daily and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Whyte's work is in many corporate and museum collections and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine and American Art Collector magazines. We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America exhibition will be on display from June 27 through September 26, 2021 at the Huntsville Museum of Art. For more information, visit marywhyte.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $775 Museum members/ $825 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"SAORI Weaving — Discover Yourself!"
June 26, 2021
 

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: $140.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
June 27 - July 1, 2021
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself focused less on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and the essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: Meals and tuition from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Kaleidoscope Design Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth) With Bengala Mud Dye"
June 27, 2021
 

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: $80.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
June 28 - July 1, 2021
 

Come to the majestic north shore of Lake Superior! This course focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic, vividly-drawn paintings. Products used include: watercolor pencils, waxy/oily colored pencils, and wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, and even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with personal attention, demonstrations, and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Some drawing experience preferred. Kristy Kutch is an experienced workshop instructor, the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil. She is the featured artist on four instructional DVDs. Kristy is also the author of the book The New Colored Pencil.
 
Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Website, email, 218-387-2737


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 3 - This Art of Mine"
June 28 - July 2, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. Who is your favorite artist, and why? If you could make art like any famous artist, who would it be? After learning about several well-known artists and how they create (or created) their work, campers will try their hand at making art inspired by these artists. An assortment of techniques and materials will be used. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 3 - This Art of Mine"
June 28 - July 2, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. Who is your favorite artist, and why? If you could make art like any famous artist, who would it be? After learning about several well-known artists and how they create (or created) their work, campers will try their hand at making art inspired by these artists. An assortment of techniques and materials will be used. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Composing the Landscape"
June 29 - July 1, 2021
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Intuitive Painting, Transcending the Subject"
June 30 - July 3, 2021
 

Learn to take advantage of transparent watercolor to create loose, intuitive, free and spontaneous effects in your paintings. Join Fabio Cembranelli and explore wet-on-wet techniques, practicing how to paint with no preliminary drawing. You will learn how to take advantage of your own mistakes and capture the essentials of each subject. Participants will be encouraged use their personal view, moving through the bridges that connect unexpected effects, shapes, colors, tones, lines and textures. Fabio is a regular contributor to several art magazines in South America, US, UK, Norway, France, Japan and Australia.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fabio Cembranelli
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 5-7, 2021
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 4 - Walking on Sunshine"
July 5-9, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. Here in the Sunshine State we have amazing parks, wildlife and plant life to “draw” artistic inspiration from. By having these inspirations as their muse, camper’s imaginations will run wild! A variety of techniques will incorporate materials such as 3D construction, paint and mixed media. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 4 - Walking on Sunshine"
July 5-9, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. Here in the Sunshine State we have amazing parks, wildlife and plant life to “draw” artistic inspiration from. By having these inspirations as their muse, camper’s imaginations will run wild! A variety of techniques will incorporate materials such as 3D construction, paint and mixed media. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Find The Essence: Plein Air Painting In Watercolor"
July 6-8, 2021
 

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging. Light, shade, and shadows can change rapidly and dramatically over the course of just a few hours. Learning to simplify the scene and fixing it at a point in time are the most important factors in creating successful en Plein air landscape paintings. We’ll work from about 9 am to 4 pm each day. The instructor will do short demos each morning and we’ll end each day with a gentle review and critique of the day’s work. We’ll also stay late one evening to work on the particular challenge of capturing the evening sky and shady landscape.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tony Conner, tonyconnor.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting the Head from Life"
July 8-10, 2021
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Koi Joy"
July 9-11, 2021
 

Are you mezmerized and joyed by the incredibly beaurtiful, ballet-like motion, fluidity and grace of Koi? Come truly express yourself with David Lobenberg's bright colors and new and exciting paint application techniques You will use everything from stencils and pipettes to conte crayon and chalk markers to bring your Koi to life with curving and bending motions which convey these graceful creatures. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Metalsmithing Techniques: Lost Wax Casting"
July 11-15, 2021
 

Delve into learning the lost wax method of casting metal jewelry – a method that has been in continuous use for thousands of years! Take home at least one piece of jewelry at the retreat's conclusion, along with the satisfaction that you created it from start to finish. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peace surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff
Cost: Tuition + meals from, $1,081
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Lorraine Glessner: Exploring Landscape Through Encaustic"
July 11-15, 2021
 

Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land. Daily journaling, meditation, readings and expressive mark-making exercises along with leisurely walks exploring the outdoors provide the inspiration from which to develop ideas for series-based work while also developing your personal artistic voice. Participants will experiment with a wide variety of innovative processes and materials such as encaustic monoprinting, suminagashi, powdered graphite/charcoal, graphite bars, horsehair, pyrography, stitch and alternative bookbinding. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: From $1,004 per person
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Portraits in Watercolor"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 5 - Just Eat It"
July 12-16, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. This week’s focus is on food – food as it appears in art and making art from food. Campers will take inspiration from Warhol’ s “Campbells Soup Cans”, Thiebaud’s “Cakes” and Arcimboldo’s “Reversible Head With Basket of Fruit”. They will also explore ways of using food to make art, such as using fruit and veggies as printmaking tools. It promises to be a ful-“filling” week! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 5 - Just Eat It"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. This week’s focus is on food – food as it appears in art and making art from food. Campers will take inspiration from Warhol’ s “Campbells Soup Cans”, Thiebaud’s “Cakes” and Arcimboldo’s “Reversible Head With Basket of Fruit”. They will also explore ways of using food to make art, such as using fruit and veggies as printmaking tools. It promises to be a ful-“filling” week! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 16-18, 2021
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set — centering more efficiently, working larger, pulling up walls of consistent thickness, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe to refine and expand your throwing techniques during this highly personalized process-oriented workshop. Along with working on the wheel, we will spend the weekend exploring spouts, lids and handles, and looking at examples of outstanding ancient and contemporary pots. Clay is provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Cole
Cost: $290.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Metalwork Jewelry Bootcamp"
July 18-22, 2021
 

Metalwork Jewelry Boot Camp is a self-paced, instructor guided workshop in which students challenge themselves to step out of their ‘metal working skills’ comfort zone. Learning a variety of techniques to create jewelry projects of your own design or with the incentive of instructor projects. Come prepared to experiment with a variety of metalsmithing skills to suit your own individuality and interests. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kay Rashka
Cost: From $808
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"tran·scend·ence: The Female Form in the Lake Superior Landscape"
July 18-22, 2021
 

Photographing in the Lake Superior Landscape is perfect for infrared, back and white or color capture. Incredible models and beautiful surreal landscapes, immerse yourself in your creativity and a spirit of adventure. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laurie Klein and Nicole Cudzilo
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,400
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 6 - Rockin’ Robin"
July 19-23, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s “Super Camper”! This week, campers will take off to reach new creative heights and make art with “wings”. Anything that can fly - birds, planes, dragons, super heroes, space ships, etc – will be our muses for art projects that will include painting, drawing and 3D construction! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 6 - Rockin’ Robin"
July 19-23, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s “Super Camper”! This week, campers will take off to reach new creative heights and make art with “wings”. Anything that can fly - birds, planes, dragons, super heroes, space ships, etc – will be our muses for art projects that will include painting, drawing and 3D construction! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 20-22, 2021
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook, georgevanhookfineartist.com
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Methods in Abstractions"
July 21-25, 2021
 

What does it mean to work in an abstract manner? How does it feel? What does it look like? Amanda will help you find your unique way of translating your gestures into an abstract composition. Using traditional art principles, you will take risks and make informed decisions on the canvas, both in the workshop and long after. We will focus on composition, value, and color, but more importantly, your intuitions will guide the painting to completion. Amanda's work is in private collections worldwide and she blog's, sharing her studio practice, with over 25,000 people worldwide.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
July 21-25, 2021
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Tracking Wonder: The Art and Science of Creative Living"
July 25-29, 2021
 

In this Tracking Wonder Immersive, you will learn how to approach surprising challenges with more flexibility and creativity, measure the real value and beauty in your life, and take home a personalized plan to integrate tracking wonder into your life. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, onsite lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeffrey Davis
Cost: From $1,004
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Creative Kids Art Camp: Week 7 - Dream On"
July 26-30, 2021
 

This camp is for younger campers, ages 6-10, of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with variety of skill levels and dexterities. The world of dreams… a somewhat surreal place our minds take us to when we go to sleep. This week we will tap into that “dream state” as we create art work that is surreal, abstract, playful and straight out of our wildest imaginations! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Emerging Artists Art Camp: Week 7 - Dream On"
July 26-30, 2021
 

Emerging Artists is a program for older campers (ages 11-15) to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. The world of dreams… a somewhat surreal place our minds take us to when we go to sleep. This week we will tap into that “dream state” as we create art work that is surreal, abstract, playful and straight out of our wildest imaginations! All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $250/week for Members | $300/week for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Cake Decorating With Royal Icing"
July 27, 2021
 

There is a charming story that royal icing was so named when it decorated Queen Victoria’s wedding cake in 1840. Not true, but today, royal icing continues to be a common medium for cake decorating and piping. In this hands-on class, learn the art of brush embroidery, border piping and basic string work — all using royal icing. The class will begin with a demonstration on how to make royal icing, followed by a discussion of the different types of royal icing and their applications. All tools and ingredients will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Bujewski
Cost: $40.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

How can you capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on canvas? Amanda will help you transform your reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. She will teach the traditional rules of landscape painting and encourage you to break the rules. We will build unconventional color palettes and create marks and brushstrokes that will surprise ourselves. Come explore abstraction, color and mark-making through the lens of landscape painting. Artists will complete several mini-series of paintings on paper and 5-6 larger paintings on canvas over the course of this workshop.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Landscape Painting"
July 27-29, 2021
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 28, 2021
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors, learn how to do basic washes, and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor. This class is excellent preparation for the Color Theory Through Watercolor class on Thursday. Sign up for both classes to fully immerse yourself in this wonderful medium. Beginners welcome!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Color Theory through Watercolor"
July 29, 2021
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Revolutionary Pendant"
July 29-30, 2021
 

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


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 30, 2021
 

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


"Watercolor Still Life With Flowers"
July 31, 2021
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Leather Playdate"
July 31, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Poetry of Perception Photography Retreat"
August 1-5, 2021
 

This retreat is designed to help you discover, or renew your creative spirit, and to broaden the way you think about your individual photographic practice. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Carter
Cost: Tuition + meals from 1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Turning the Physical World into a Story: Generative Prose Writing"
August 1-5, 2021
 

Join internationally recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and how to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Houston
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


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

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


"The Long Term Personal Project, From Concept to Audience"
August 8-12, 2021
 

This retreat will lead participants through the essential steps of thorough research and wise decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic in both its creation and presentation with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Taking Your Painting To The Next Level"
August 12-14, 2021
 

Artists who are interested in improving their work often get stalled in their progress and just need a kick-start to get back on the path for excellence. This workshop is a chance to take a good honest look at your current work and consider what exactly needs improvement. The class will be divided into three parts: identification of the one area that most needs improvement, individualized exercises to address the problem, studio painting to put new ideas in to practice. Six weeks of online mentoring is included with the class to maximize the class work. Class size is limited to 12 to maximize individual help.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $525
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


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

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


"Watercolors from A-Z with Sterling Edwards, TWSA"
August 12-15, 2021
 

This is a watercolor workshop for all skill levels, however, previous watercolor and drawing experience is very beneficial to gain the most from this workshop. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. We will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that the student will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. See website for more information.
 
Location: Manhasset, New York
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Cost: $675 (members), $710 (non members)
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington/Manhasset
Website, email, 516-304-5797


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

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


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

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


"Resin Collage Pendants"
August 14, 2021
 

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


"Spinner Ring"
August 15, 2021
 

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


"Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 15-19, 2021
 

This unique retreat is four transformational days of painting, designed to develop you creatively, practically, spiritually and personally. All levels are welcome, however intermediate-advanced level artists will gain the most from this retreat. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,210
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Intuitive Explorations with Acrylic and Collage"
August 16-20, 2021
 

Come discover your own unique artistic voice with Joan Fullerton. Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, how to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and how to suggest rather than delineate. Come explore working intuitively, responding to what shows up, working in a series, and utilizing neutrals for more ethereal abstracts! Unconventional methods of instruction will open new avenues of creativity and encourage genuine expression. Join us for inspiring demonstrations, lectures, encouragement and practice. Joan's work has been in galleries, juried shows and museums since the early 70’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Joan Fullerton
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 17-19, 2021
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White, stewartwhitestudios.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting the Day"
August 20-22, 2021
 

We do not see things as they are, but rather as light, shadow, and air reveal them. The light of each day is unique and specific to the time, place, and weather. During this two day retreat scheduled over a moonrise, we will examine how with some foundational principles of the prismatic palette, the grammar of light and air can ground us in our work by helping us see the gift of each day. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joshua Cunningham
Cost: Tuition + meals from $640
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
August 21-26, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Absurd Sculpture"
August 26, 2021
 

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


"Mixed Media Wingding"
August 26, 2021
 

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


"Stacked Found Object Lamp"
August 26, 2021
 

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


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

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


"Introduction to Zentangle®"
August 27, 2021
 

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


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 27, 2021
 

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


"Three Letter Words"
August 27, 2021
 

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


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

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


"Zentangle® on Dark Paper"
August 27, 2021
 

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


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 28-29, 2021
 

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


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 28, 2021
 

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


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 28, 2021
 

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


"Soul Houses"
August 28, 2021
 

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


"The Narrative Figure"
August 28-29, 2021
 

The Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques to create figurative ceramic relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how they create and discuss how the figure can be the perfect vehicle to communicate topics like social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial idea generation, inspiration from music, pictorial documentation, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, hollowing, drying, and firing techniques, and final presentation will be revealed.
 
Location: Carbondale, Colorado
Instructor: Kyle & Kelly Phelps
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Carbondale Clay Center
Website, email, 970-963-2529


"Serenity Stones"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Delicollage"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Mystical Pyramid Treasure Box"
August 29, 2021
 

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


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 29, 2021
 

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


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

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


"Bead Ring"
September 10, 2021
 

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


"Chandelier Earrings"
September 10, 2021
 

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


"Free-Form Bracelet"
September 11, 2021
 

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


"Strata Botanica"
September 11, 2021
 

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


"Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits"
September 12, 2021
 

In this workshop we will create in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed. Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Toward the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Maia Pendant"
September 12, 2021
 

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


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 13-16, 2021
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in historic, picturesque Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive, upbeat teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests enjoy rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $295, including a class dinner and light snacks, drinks
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
September 15-17, 2021
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Shibori & Indigo Dyeing on Cotton & Silk Fabric"
September 16-21, 2021
 

Immerse yourself and fully engage in the multifaceted art form that is ‘shibori’. Learn how to plan for and create resist dyed patterns and designs using itajime, cylinder wrapping, bound and stitch resists. Different types and strengths of vat ensure you will have an authentic indigo dyeing experience. You will be working samples on silk and cotton fabrics of a size that can be used later for personal craft projects. A few natural dyes will add additional colour to the range. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Callender
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,195
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Pet Portrait Painting"
September 16-18, 2021
 

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


"Stix n Stonz"
September 17, 2021
 

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


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 18, 2021
 

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


"Boundweave: Weaving a Flower Garden"
September 18-19, 2021
 

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: $220.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 19, 2021
 

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


"Weaving a Walk in the Woods"
September 19-23, 2021
 

During this Autumn Equinox, we will weave a tapestry in response to walking in the woods that surround Wild Rice Retreat. We will explore techniques that lend themselves to describing trees and forest, sunlight on leaves, water droplets on ferns, texture of bark. The response in tapestry can be representational, abstract or somewhere in between. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the wood and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,105
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 20-23, 2021
 

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


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 23-25, 2021
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will also teach you the design fundamentals of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover: • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint • How to paint from your heart, not your head • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud” • Art business information • And much more!
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Drawing for Painters"
September 23-25, 2021
 

Most drawing classes focus on making a beautiful drawing. This class is designed for painters and is structured to address the specific drawing skills that are needed for painting. The students will be shown techniques of seeing proportion, angles, relative size and edge. The emphasis will be on helping each student find which approach to drawing will be most effective for them to use.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $280
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


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

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


"Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography – The Yoga of Seeing"
September 26-30, 2021
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer, Robert Sturman. This retreat is scheduled in conjunction with yoga instructor Liz Corwin's retreat, with the ability to participate in pieces of both retreat experiences. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Sturman
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Metalsmith Essentials: Foundational Processes & Toolmaking"
October 3-7, 2021
 

As modern day metalsmiths, we have access to almost unlimited tools and materials. Because of this we fail to appreciate the fundamental processes that were used in the past, and those still used in less developed areas of the world today. This workshop will put you in touch with the fundamentals of metal work and tool making. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,205
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Watercolor Painting"
October 4-7, 2021
 

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


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

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


"Link Bracelet"
October 10, 2021
 

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


"Expressive Portraits From Life and Photos"
October 11-14, 2021
 

Every professional artist says, “Work from life!” But sometimes we have no choice. Unfortunately, photos lie to us. There are four elements to realistic painting: shape (drawing), value, color, and edges; the problem is that even in the best of photo references three of the four are always wrong! So, we become very adept at copying wrong information…and it shows in our paintings! While there is no substitute for plenty of life-work, in this workshop you will learn how to spot the errors in the photo reference, and more importantly, compensate for them. William will demonstrate in both oil and pastel - a complete head study as well as several “mini-demos” (painting eyes, mouth, etc).
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.com
Cost: $575 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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

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


"Mary Whyte Watercolor Workshop"
October 21-22, 2021
 

Join Mary Whyte for an inspiring and educational two days of painting the figure from life in watercolor, suitable for students of all levels. Mary will guide students in color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works, as well as offer tips on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Each day will start with a painting demonstration, then the students will paint alongside Mary as she offers one-on-one assistance and encouragement. Learn how to capture your subject in a watercolor portrait with expert, Mary Whyte. Sponsored by Philadelphia Water Color Society.
 
Location: Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Philadelphia Water Color Society
Website, email


"Santa Barbara Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 22-27, 2021
 

Join us in Santa Barbara and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. Learn how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. We’ll sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Santa Barbara. With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Source to Studio"
November 8-12, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Still Life and Floral in Oil with Robert Johnson"
November 13-15, 2021
 

A rare opportunity to take a workshop with Robert Johnson in New York! What makes a painting compelling and memorable? What imparts enduring beauty to a painting? What are the time tested principles underlying the creation of a successful painting? The answers to these persistent questions will be explored in depth in this still life and floral workshop. These fundamental principles taught will be applicable to other genres of painting. The workshop includes a demonstration which will illustrate and discuss the principles underlying a successful still life arrangement, the design of the painting in the beginning stage, and effectively and artistically carrying the painting forward to its conclusion. Students will receive individual critiques and assistance throughout. See website for details.
 
Location: Manhasset, New York
Instructor: Robert Johnson
Cost: $550 (members), $585 (non members)
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington/Manhasset
Website, email, 516-304-5797


"Source to Studio"
November 15-19, 2021
 

This workshop is aimed at the more experienced landscape oil painter who wishes to explore the ideas, techniques and issues involved with expanding upon studies successfully in the studio. Jill Carver will discuss concepts and techniques aimed to resolve and strengthen motifs and improve overall design, from initial ‘thought boards’ to actual techniques. She will discuss the science of how we see and how we can control and excite eye movement. Moving on from advanced design concepts, Jill will tackle the practical techniques of scaling up a design through ‘surface quality’ issues of working larger, working wet-over-dry, re-working passages that need correction, and the use of mediums, glazing techniques and varnishes. Students will work from their own visual material.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jill Carver, www.jillcarver.com
Cost: $685 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 15-19, 2021
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall will demonstrate the techniques, and instill the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he will share his personal approach to painting. Plus, he will introduce the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on- one instruction in an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive – regardless of skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting The Poetic Landscape"
January 21-23, 2022
 

This workshop is a broad overview of my approach to painting and covers value, color temperature, chroma, composition, editing, and mark making (how to make every stroke of pigment count). All my workshops begin each day with a demonstration followed by plenty of individual help at the easel. Most students who attend my workshops have some painting experience, but all levels are welcome, and I'm happy to give individual attention to beginners.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, www.BarbaraJaenicke.com
Cost: $450
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Capturing the Light"
January 31 - February 4, 2022
 

In this workshop, most of the time will be spent indoors, with some painting time spent outdoors as well, weather permitting. Tim is best known for the light in his paintings coupled with strong composition. The primary focus will be how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in a painting by identifying, clarifying, and pushing the values. Exercises will be used to help simplify these concepts. Students will also work on achieving clean color in their paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork. Tim will create a demonstration painting each day and work with students individually on their paintings throughout the day.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Timothy Horn, www.timhornart.com
Cost: $715 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 3-8, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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