Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Art of the Buckle"
July 17, 2020
 

Belt buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this full-day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments ... beyond that, the design choices are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin, or other object. Find examples of non-Western buckles with a simple Google search. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Woven Stitch Collagraph Book"
July 17, 2020
 

This workshop will focus on a unique combination of collagraph printmaking – a form of collage – and book structures. Printing plates will be produced with collage and hot glue to create free-flowing designs. There are tremendous opportunities to experiment with textures with this unpredictable, in a good way, method. The plate design is very versatile and durable for continued print runs, providing enough prints for two or more books. The multi-signature book structures will be constructed with open-spine woven stitches, creating a color block effect on the spine. The content will include multiple image repeats from the colllagraph process. These will be manipulated with water media and color pencil to individualize the pages.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques"
July 17-19, 2020
 

Do you have some experience throwing pottery, but want to ratchet up your skill set – centering more efficiently, working larger, or mastering new shapes? Join Joe in Shake Rag Alley's Sardeson Pottery Studio 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Bolo Tie"
July 18, 2020
 

The Bolo Tie lies somewhere between necklace and necktie with a definite Southwestern flair to it. The bolo is popping up in fashion shows around the world and is worn by women nearly as much as men. In this class you will learn to make a bolo with all hand-fabricated elements including sterling silver slide and custom tips – no store-bought components! Join the fun and create a new fashion accessory you can enjoy everywhere! Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: Barbed Wire Cuff"
July 19, 2020
 

This barbed wire setting is a great way to show off a special stone and at the same time provide lots of visual interest to the band. This particular design uses triangle wire for strength and comfort. There will be plenty of challenge to your design and fabrication skills. So grab one of your special stones and build this cuff for a custom piece of wearable art. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Poured Painted Surfaces"
July 19, 2020
 

Putting paint on paper can be a mixed bag of unexpected surprises with unknown endings. Pouring paint onto paper will certainly give you combos of astonishingly intense and luminescent colors. This process will also allow you to discover ways to define the space around shapes with contrast and glazed colors. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery of shapes in selected spots. Imagine and paint the space around objects with watercolors and gouache – opaque water-based paint. Work with some very contemporary, good-vibe iridescent, interference, and opaque watercolor techniques to further enhance and embellish the surface. Discover that painting is about discovery and expression at all levels of creativity.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Helen Shafer Garcia
Cost: $153
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Surface History: Layered Collage Paintings"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this three-day workshop, we'll create papers by drawing, painting, and handprinting. These artist papers with the addition of house paint, mark-making materials, and varnish will combine to make exciting abstract mixed media layered paintings. Students learn exciting additive and subtractive techniques for working with layers in order to build a surface history with depth, interest, and mystery. We'll look at images of contemporary collage and mixed media works to find inspiration for interesting color, composition, shapes and lines. Instruction focuses on helping each student pursue their own direction while adding to their art-making skills and to their knowledge of contemporary abstract mixed media work. All experience levels welcome.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Post
Cost: $410
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 29, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
July 30, 2020
 

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


"Abstract Watercolor Exploration"
July 31, 2020
 

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


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

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


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 1, 2020
 

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


"Basics of Ceramics"
Thursdays, August 6 - September 10, 2020
 

Learn the essentials of working with clay! Start from the very beginning in this series of six sessions. You’ll progress through a wide variety of processes, from making pinch pots through coil techniques, and finish up with throwing experience on the potter’s wheel. The nature of various clay bodies will be addressed in addition to a discussion of the chemistry of glazes. Materials fee includes clay, use of tools, glazes and firings. Plan to go home with a number of fun, finished, and functional items!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Revolutionary Pendant"
August 6-7, 2020
 

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: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Small Stitched Landscape"
August 7, 2020
 

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


"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


"Leather Playdate"
August 8, 2020
 

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


"Separation Anxiety"
August 9, 2020
 

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


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezel Setting"
August 15, 2020
 

Learn to make a simple bezel-set pendant for an oval or round cabochon (domed/non-faceted) stone in sterling silver. We will cover how to make a full bezel cup and attach a wire bail. Measuring, fitting, soldering, filing, and finishing will be covered. Materials fee includes all supplies to make the pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Embossed Enameled Pendants"
August 16, 2020
 

Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Kami Mendlik: Color Relativity and Mentorship Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

This unique retreat is four days of painting, designed to develop YOU creatively, practically, spiritually, and personally. All levels of painters are welcome, however intermediate to advanced-level artists will gain the most from this retreat. 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: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

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 less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Delicollage"
August 17, 2020
 

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


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
August 19-23, 2020
 

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. All base mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use. No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Reversible Fine Silver Lentil or Pebble Bead"
August 22, 2020
 

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. Sherry will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Natural Stones Set in Silver Metal Clay"
August 23, 2020
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon that you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor, who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Students must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience. Materials fee paid to instructor includes 25g metal clay, bezel wire.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

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


"Textured Mixed Media"
August 27, 2020
 

Create a unique painted art piece rich in texture, with deep layers of color, and sophisticated design. Tom will share some great ideas and techniques for using acrylic paints along with unusual textured compounds, a variety of papers, and some offbeat found objects. As a design teacher, Tom will share his composition principles, design ideas, and new ways to use your art materials to add heightened impact to your mixed media creations. Bring your own acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes along with any special handmade papers, photos, plant materials, and odds and ends you might like to incorporate in your art piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tom Cabezas
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Birds and the Beeswax Book"
August 28, 2020
 

Let's create a beautiful mixed media collage on the cover of our gorgeous, handmade journal and embellish with metal doo-dads, ribbon, and various collage paper and found items. We'll use one of my favorite mediums: Beeswax! Not only is it a yummy-smelling, awesome medium to work with, it's also great for creating translucent and opaque layers and adhering lightweight collage items to create a unique, textured look (both physically and visually)! The insides of our pages will be watercolor paper and we'll embellish them with lace, ribbons, trims, fabric, and more to create a book bursting with color, texture, and layers!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Three Letter Words"
August 28, 2020
 

Some words are mighty though only three letters: sky, all, now, you. They call up imagery the second you hear them. In this class, we will transfer (or you can make your own) letterforms to small canvas, and add imagery that calls to us. The technique we will use is dry brush, and involves painting the negatives instead of the positives. It is a silhouetting of sorts, an illustration technique that is handy because it is a fast and easy way to work, and a good exercise in seeing shapes. Our palette will be limited, as will our vocabulary of images, so you can easily do this in one day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 28, 2020
 

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 be used to 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!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Organics Plus Abstracts: Working in a Series"
August 29, 2020
 

I have a love of combining organic shapes/images (flowers, birds, leaves, etc) with abstract backgrounds. I even like to throw some geometrics and patterns in there for fun! I'll show you how to create abstract backgrounds and add organic images and geometric patterns to form something lovely and unique. We'll learn how to use all my favorite materials and techniques as we create, grow and just have a good time! You'll explore acrylic paint, texture paste, paint pens, stamps, stencils and more. We'll talk about what colors to use and how to create a pleasing composition.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. And you will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mermaid Assemblage"
August 29, 2020
 

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).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"An Intimate Atlas"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Humans have been making maps for thousands of years: It is an urge some of us can't resist. Using collage, illustration, journaling, paint, paper, and other mixed media, we will create "maps" of our life experience that 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. We'll explore our journeys with color, curiosity, poetry, and permission to illustrate your own path in your own way.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Berry
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycled Mixed-Media Collage Cards"
August 29, 2020
 

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


"Molding Paste and the Book"
August 29, 2020
 

Acrylic molding paste can be used to 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flower Child"
August 30, 2020
 

Let's create luscious, layered mixed media portraits but with a little twist. We'll combine floral still life with portraiture with various mixed media materials, tools, and techniques. I'll show you how I like to create a layered portrait full of life and texture. We'll start by creating our own mixed media collage papers and build up each layer step by step. Then we'll build up the background using acrylic paint, oil pastels, spray inks, oil paint sticks, and more. No drawing experience necessary. This class is also great for more advanced students looking to try a new style and get out of their comfort zone. I like to finger paint as well, so prepare to get a little bit messy!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 30, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stix n Stonz"
September 11, 2020
 

Create dramatic textures by fusing multiple layers of silver wire to a silver base. Embellish the piece with tube sets 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 12, 2020
 

Create two faux channel-set rings by encasing a strand of semi-precious stones and a strand of soldered tube-sets 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Oil Pastels"
September 12-13, 2020
 

Oil pastels have a soft, buttery feel and are fun to work with. The color effects and textures that can be achieved are stunningly beautiful. Learn to prepare the substrate and under painting, to blend pastels for three-dimensional effects, and to layer with Holbein and Sennelier oil pastels. Scrape away oil pastel to reveal previous layers. Add oil pastel to build up the painting surface and color quality. We'll cover use of line and mark making, color theory as it relates to layering with oil pastels, and composition, negative and positive space, shapes, and the placement of objects. Learn the dialog of self-critique and how to unleash your imagination. Must have some art experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jane Wilcoxson
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sandra Duran Wilson: Awakening Your Creative Soul"
September 13-17, 2020
 

Learn about acrylic painting mediums and how to use them to enhance you vision, extend your paints, and create amazing texture while developing your own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Participants will have four wonderful days of digging deep into purpose and creating with intention, while learning new techniques to shape and fit your own vision and release whatever is holding you back from realizing your artistic dreams and desires. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings of being in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 13, 2020
 

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


"Capturing Small Cabochons through Wire Weaving"
September 17-20, 2020
 

This four-day class is a melding of several techniques that will enhance your woven designs. The first day will be devoted to learning the modified soumak weave and having fun experimenting with fusing on top of the weave. The next three days we will learn two ways to capture small 6mm cabochons. The first method is my take on channel setting and the second is making a custom woven bezel. When you are done you will have a lovely gem-encrusted bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


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

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


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

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


"Colored Pencil: The Drama of Realism and Abstraction in One"
September 19-20, 2020
 

Contrast has always been an effective tool to engage viewers. In this two-day workshop we'll focus on a realistic drawing style using a unique layering technique to produce meticulous detail and color accuracy, then gradually transform to an abstract style. The paper will be dark in color with subject choices emerging in increasing light and color from the dark abstracted background. The technique is easy to learn, easy to do ... just takes time. We'll begin with a sample of colored pencil artists' works, then you'll complete a sampler experimenting with application techniques. You'll then begin an individualized artwork using your chosen subject matter, design and composition, and leave the workshop confident to complete the drawing on your own.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass
Cost: $208
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Robert Sturman: Mastering the Art of Yoga Photography"
September 20-24, 2020
 

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beautiful art of yoga with acclaimed photographer Robert Sturman. 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: Robert Sturman
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Bold and Uninhibited: Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 25-27, 2020
 

Paint abstract pieces adventurously and intuitively in this three-day workshop! We'll work on oil paper and wood panels to create with joy and abandon. I'll show you all the basics as well as many of my favorite techniques. You'll explore the layering process to create richly colored and textured pieces. You'll also create quick and daring works on paper. We'll use a variety of tools to experiment with texture and layers. We'll cover preparing your panels, including with Venetian plaster for added texture. You'll learn ways to present your pieces and will leave with some finished pieces and with work in progress. Whether you're new to the medium or experienced, you'll find something in this workshop to inspire you.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Moku Hanga: An Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printing"
October 2-4, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Alfred Stark
Cost: $385
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hidden Settings for Colored Pencil on Copper"
October 3-4, 2020
 

In this class the student will first learn to apply colored pencil on copper to create their own work of art. We will then construct a frame with embellishments out of sterling silver and small stones that allows us to set the piece from the back. This frame and setting technique secures and protects the drawing while appearing to float with no visible attachments.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Karg
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fly Away Home: Creating a Mixed Media Artist Book"
October 9-11, 2020
 

Gather to create a book that is dedicated to the birds, insects, and the winged creatures that we all love. We will begin with texturing our pages, using gesso and modeling paste. Then we will scratch and scrape and mark our surfaces in unique ways. Next, we will add color and collage to our pages, using all my favorite techniques and my nature-based stencil designs, and make our own stamps. Lastly, we will add our focal points and details that will make our pages sing, including hand stitching and some more detailed mark making. We will use a very simple technique to bind our pages into a single artist book that tells your own unique story.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout
Cost: $440
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 10, 2020
 

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: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Metal Clay and Dichroic Glass"
October 11, 2020
 

In this fun class you will combine dichroic glass with its ethereal opal-like quality with PMC to make amazing fine silver and glass pendants or earrings. Although a kiln is necessary to work with PMC and glass, Sherry will give you lots of information on torch firing so you can continue to create with PMC at home if you wish. A materials fee (to be determined depending on fluctuating silver prices) will be payable to the instructor in class and will provide everything you need: precious metal clay, paste and syringe, glass cabs, and printed instructions.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Michael Sturlin: Forged Bracelets"
October 11-15, 2020
 

Refine your metalsmithing skills and create an expressive series of hand wrought stacking cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets. In this retreat, students will refine their hammer skills as they forge, bend, shape planish, and texture metal, creating a vocabulary of sculptural forms as a visual reference library. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Sturlin
Cost: $985
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Believing Art, Process and Series - Collage"
October 22-25, 2020
 

Students will explore surface techniques building their own collage palette that will stretch new awareness and growth. Everyone will be working with harmony, values, differences, and the relationships of design elements, each pulling from their own feelings, experiences of inter-connectedness to mind, body, spirit. Emphasis will be on working in a series. As we get older, we grow self-conscious and judgmental, believing that art is not good unless it's realistically recognizable. Collage, design, and mixed media offer up a playful experimental atmosphere that is safe for all to find a deeper meaning to the art-making process. Students' collage works will emerge and evolve on watercolor paper and wood panel, fused with heat and tack-iron method.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Laura Lein-Svencner
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
November 5-8, 2020
 

This 3 1/2 day workshop introduces mediums including Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Cold Wax. The workshop blends 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 discussions focus on composition, seeing and reacting, abstracted and simplified shapes, using unique and unconventional color, and unique and unconventional mark-making. Group and individual critiques offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. Painting the landscape in abstract allows for individual and unique interpretation of what you see in a scene. Through distilling and simplifying the elements, your paintings become a translation of your experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell
Cost: $435
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stone Capturing Setting Stones Without Solder"
November 7, 2020
 

Capture setting stones – no solder involved. Beginning with basic materials – two sheets of copper and a cabochon stone – texture the front piece of your pendant and cut an opening for the stone. Learn about micro fasteners, drilling proper sized holes, using spacers and, most importantly, how to attach the front piece to the back piece with your stone trapped between. Create a second pendant using either another a cabochon or a faceted stone. Create depth by recessing the stone and using rivets to complete the capture.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
November 7, 2020
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up, and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you'll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
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


"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


"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


"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


"Pottery Open Studio"
by appointment
 

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? The Sardeson Pottery Studio is available to anyone who would like to use our space and equipment. The $50 day fee includes access to the wheels, tools and handbuilding gear. Joelle and Katie White will be on hand to give assistance if needed, but you will primarily be working independently. Clay can be purchased at the studio. Firing and glazing may be done by arrangement. Call the Shake Rag Alley office at (608) 987-3292 to make arrangements.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joelle White and Katie White
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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