Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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