Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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