Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Metal Clay Jewelry Workshop - Pendant"
June 1, 2019
 

From a lump of clay to a piece of jewelry! Lana Stamper is a Certified Artisan in Metal Clay since 2013 and a silver jewelry artist since 1999. This class uses fine silver clay, which is 99.9% pure silver. We will cover basic tools and techniques as you create a pendant to wear home at the end of the class. All tools, supplies, and clay will be provided. No experience necessary. Come and “Clay” Around!
 
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Instructor: Lana Stamper
Cost: $125.00
Sponsor: Crafted Gallery
Website, email, 601-653-5961


"Fifty Shades of Gray"
June 5-6, 2019
 

Discover a new approach to enameling in this intensive two-day workshop. Working from personal sketches and photo references, learn how to use chiaroscuro rendering techniques to create imagery in vitreous enamel. Using copper sheet and porcelain coated steel, demonstrations will be given on enamel sifting, stencils, blocking out with oils, and using underglazes and overglazes. Bring either preparatory sketches or reference images and plan to come away with a handful of working samples. Open to all levels, however basic enamel skills are preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jessica Calderwood, www.JessicaCalderwood.com
Cost: Members: $250, Non-Members: $275
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
June 7, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Steeling Nature"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Join Sabrina and have fun experimenting and playing with metal. Using nature as your inspiration, you will create playful and engaging sculptures from found metal and steel stock. Starting with the basics, Sabrina will cover a range of metal fabrication and forming techniques as well as provide you with many tips and tricks for working wisely with a variety of tools. Techniques will include fabrication, welding, plasma cutting, basic forging, and cold connections. No experience necessary. Materials fee includes a kit of 16-gauge and 8-gauge sheet steel, 3/8" round and 1/2” square stock.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sabrina Fadial
Cost: $665
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Object and Memory"
June 10-13, 2019
 

How can a wearable object tell a story? This workshop will explore the idea of creating jewelry as a signifier of experience. Using personal items of importance and materials of interest as a starting point, you will create a series of small-scale wearables. Though a focus will be on including alternative materials within the composition of a fabricated piece, demonstrations and discussions will address ideation techniques, image transfer processes, and a variety of found object setting solutions. Chain making, pinback mechanisms, and fabrication tips and tricks will be explored as well. Experiment with the techniques presented and produce samples as research leading up to more finished pieces with Sara and Kristina as your guides.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Brown & Kristina Smith
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fundamentals of Jewelry Design"
June 14-15, 2019
 

Gain an understanding of the basics of soldering and shaping metal to create jewelry as you envision it. Explore methods to texture, form, and fabricate sterling silver, copper, bronze, or brass sheet and wire in this two-day comprehensive workshop. Linda will demonstrate a variety of techniques, such as sawing, piercing, filing, roll printing, hammering, many soldering methods, and finishing options. Beginning students can expect to finish one piece of jewelry of their own design and several samples, while intermediate to advanced students might complete more than one piece of jewelry. Open to all skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Seebauer Hansen, www.lindaseebauerhansen.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat in France"
June 15-22, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bronze Casting"
June 17-21, 2019
 

Using contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing piece into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Lind, cowyardstudio.com
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fundamentals of Metalsmithing"
June 17 & 24, 2019
 

Explore the range and versatility of sheet metal and gain valuable skills for working with traditional metalworking tools and equipment. Several processes will be discussed, but emphasis will be on multiple fabrication techniques to construct three-dimensional forms. Demonstrations will address shaping, bending, patterning, and soldering for a small-scale project or jewelry design. Linda will share many bench top and technical tips to experiment with metal, in addition to options for final finishing. Open to all skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Seebauer Hansen, www.lindaseebauerhansen.com
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Cold Connecting Woven-Wire Bezels to Sheet Metal"
June 21-23, 2019
 

Students will combine skills and materials to form a wire bezel around a cabochon, creating depth and detail through weaves and coils, and pairing this with textured sheet metal to complete two projects. Students will create both a cuff and pendant, for a matching artisan set, using cold connecting techniques to bring together wire and sheet metal in harmony.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Hanna
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Donalee Kennedy: Bodacious Bangles"
June 21-23, 2019
 

Create your own personally textured bangle bracelet from start to finish in this unique two-day metal smithing retreat. Appropriate for the confident beginner to those with intermediate level experience. 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: Donalee Kennedy
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat in Gascony, France"
June 27 - July 4, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Unusual Settings: Stones and Found Objects"
June 28-29, 2019
 

Do you have stones or other found objects that you would like to incorporate into a piece of jewelry? Explore ways to integrate them into unique, personal creations in this hands-on workshop. Building bezels and cold connection methods will be emphasized. Move beyond the basic bezel to explore variations that can be used to capture unusually shaped objects. Demonstrations will address tab and modified prong settings, as well as using cold connections, such as tube and wire riveting. Some soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
July 5, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Jewelry Crafting Workshop in Gascony, France"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Riveting Enamels"
July 9, 2019
 

Enameling offers unlimited opportunities to develop rich surfaces of color. Learn enameling techniques and explore cold connections to complete your pieces in this half-day workshop. Through demonstrations, Kieu will share how to torch fire enamel on copper, as well as how to use transparent enamels on silver to create true, vibrant colors. After firing all of your components, you will rivet them together to create at least one finished pendant. No experience required, all levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Enamels in Flight: Separation Enamel"
July 9, 2019
 

Take enamels to new heights using separation enamel. Applied on top of pre-fired coats of transparent enamel, separation enamel changes the viscosity of the nearby enamels during firing, creating a flowing appearance that resembles the patterns of fine marble. Through a series of layers and firing, you will learn how to transform copper and transparent enamels with this material. Complete up to three enameled pendants using a variety of shared enamel colors. Open to all skill levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Fusing Dichroic Glass"
July 10, 2019
 

Brilliantly eye-catching, dichroic glass glimmers from every angle. This workshop will introduce you to the process of fusing, handling, and cutting glass to create unique elements for wearable pieces. Guided instruction will lead you through the process of creating dichroic glass from start to finish. A variety of glass will be provided for you to build your pieces and to be used as desired. Pieces will be fused in a kiln at the end of class and be ready for pick up the next day. Although you will have wearable pieces from this half-day workshop, consider taking the Voyager Pendant workshop to expand the use of your cabochon. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Double Cross Link Bracelet"
July 10, 2019
 

In this workshop, you will learn the basic concepts in silver soldering while creating a unique bracelet with a loop design. Jumpstart your metalsmithing practice with these techniques and best practices. Complete a fine silver bracelet from start to finish with Kieu as your guide. By the end of the workshop, you will have an understanding of the necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Geared toward beginners, but all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Intrepid Ring"
July 11, 2019
 

Can’t get enough rings? In this workshop, you will make two more and combine them to create an extravagant end result. Refine your ring-making skills as you work through this multi-faceted project. Topped with a 10mm pearl, this ring will be the showcase in your jewelry box. Silver soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Metal Sculpture"
Fridays, July 12 - August 9, 2019
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication, construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and specific techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Voyager Pendant"
July 12, 2019
 

Take a voyage in metal working to create a pendant that has texture, design, and a little sparkle. Using a variety of techniques, this experience is sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Solder, forge, and texture sterling silver to create this pendant, then bezel set a cabochon to add color. Consider adding on the Introduction to Fusing Dichroic Glass workshop to produce your own cabochon for this project. Silver soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 17, 2019
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Keeper of Secrets Silver Pendant"
July 19, 2019
 

Learn how to fabricate your own tubing on your way to creating this beautiful and functional secret compartment pendant. When completed it can serve as a container to hold a message, a memento, cremains, or other relic. There will be plenty of challenges and a few new skills aimed at the intermediate to advance metal-smith. Bring your own stone or found object to embellish your creation and make it even more personal.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beyond the Basic Silver Bezel"
July 20, 2019
 

f you feel you are proficient at setting stones with standard bezel wire (30-26 gauge), it’s time for you to step up to using heavier gauges (20-16 gauge) for your bezels. This will give your settings a more substantial appearance and superior protection for your stones. In this one-day class you will learn to make a “castle” bezel with 18-gauge sterling sheet. You will learn some tips, tools, and techniques for fabricating a heavy-wall bezel and how to set the stone. Add a hefty band to your creation and leave with a finished ring at the end of the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silver Shadowbox Bracelet"
July 21, 2019
 

A shadowbox setting is a great way to show off a special stone and at the same time provide maximum protection for the stone. This particular design has hinges for easy putting on and taking off. Also we will construct a sliding hinge pin with a safety to prevent if from getting lost. So grab one of your special stones and build this bracelet for a custom piece of wearable art.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"A Piece A Day"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Idea generation is essential to any artistic practice. This constant battle that artists of all levels engage in while in their studio can be isolating and even daunting. In this workshop, you will approach each day as a fresh, blank slate in which to work, re-work, and ultimately complete a piece within 24 hours. Each day will consist of something new, including starting points for exploration, daily demonstrations of basic metalsmithing techniques, experimentation with traditional and unusual materials, as well as short readings to help process ideas for the development of future work. This workshop is open to absolute beginners through experienced metalsmiths.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard, www.NicoleJacquard.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"What's the Catch?"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Use new and exciting techniques and materials to advance your jewelry-making skills to a new level. Day 1: Color titanium using a torch then layer and stack these vibrant colors using Robert's loosely guarded, top-secret coloring resist. Titanium can also be textured and patterned to give it depth and texture. Day 2: Fuse tarnish resistant Argentium Sterling Silver without messy and time-consuming solder. Day 3: Build a bezel setting, forming hinges, clasp, polishing, riveting, and assembling the piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Lopez
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Electro-etching Metals"
August 10, 2019
 

After briefly going over the lingo of etching and the process of electro-etching, we plunge right into salt water etching on copper or brass using paint pens and/or vinyl stickers as resists. In the afternoon, we will use laser-printed images as resists and cupric nitrate as the etching solution. Cupric nitrate will also etch silver. The studio, all the etching equipment, and Deb will be available on Sunday to help you with your etching explorations.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Put a Lid on It: Container Fabrication"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Everyone needs a place to hide those tiny, special objects. In this workshop, you will explore design concepts, construction techniques, and surface treatments related to small, lidded container fabrication. Demonstrations will address hinges, friction fit, box clasps, and solder setups. You will experiment with surface treatments and textures. You are encouraged to bring at least one special object to design a container for; we all have at least one, now you’ll have somewhere to keep it. A basic understanding of metalsmithing is required, including previous experience soldering, sawing, and filing.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Wells, jennwells.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Combine Metal Clay and Traditional Metal Work"
August 16, 2019
 

In the morning you will create your fine silver focal piece with Precious Metal Clay, forming, drying, and firing your piece to be ready to rivet it to copper sheet metal in the afternoon to create a pendant. After lunch you will be introduced to some basic metal-working techniques including texturing copper sheet with hammers, riveting, finishing edges and applying patina. You will then rivet your PMC piece or pieces to your textured copper sheet and take home a finished piece of jewelry!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora and Deb Donaghue
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silver Mental Clay Birdhouse or Fairy House"
August 17, 2019
 

In this intermediate class you will learn how to construct a small fine silver birdhouse or fairy house with fine silver metal clay. You will form separate parts of the house then put them together using dry construction techniques. This requires accurate sizing and refining, plus learning how to attach three-dimensional pieces. Sherry will show you different methods for decorating and attaching your miniature house to allow you to hang it from a cord or chain. After firing and finishing your house you can polish and patina it as desired.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Making Retreat in France"
August 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden"
August 18, 2019
 

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 and preparing and/or storing that material to completion of 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Necklaces: From Pendant to Chain to Clasp"
August 21-24, 2019
 

Discover new approaches to thoughtfully designing and fabricating jewelry in this intensive workshop focused on necklaces. Expand your skillset and take into consideration new techniques to challenge yourself and apply fresh thinking in creating a beautiful necklace from start to finish. To start, Sarah will guide you through the process of imagining and designing all elements of a necklace, including the pendant, chain, and clasp. As you begin to fabricate and assemble, you will be encouraged to explore new techniques and unexpected possibilities. Sarah will provide individualized feedback throughout. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished necklace. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forging through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Kitchen Utensils"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted kitchen utensils you made yourself? Pouring soup from a ladle that you created, or flipping pancakes with a spatula built to fit your hands? This workshop will focus on making beautiful, functional kitchen tools and objects made mostly of metal. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to raise sheet metal to make hollow forms, saw, texture, file, and finish and polish metal, as well as how to fabricate and rivet wood or stone for handles. Soldering will be included in the construction; however, the majority will be completed using cold connections. Copper and brass will be primarily used, however silver is also an option.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Danny Saathoff, DannySaathoff.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Workshop in Gascony, France"
September 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Metal Morphosis – Fusing Silver"
September 6, 2019
 

Create dramatically textured jewelry by fusing sterling silver scraps to a sterling silver base. Fusing is achieved, without the use of solder, by heating two pieces of metal that are touching to their melting point, resulting in the two pieces joining (fusing) into one piece. In addition, learning to fuse silver without melting is a huge cost and time saver. Students may create as many finished pieces as time allows, but concentration will be on mastering the technique and experimentation. Previous metal working experience recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating with Silver Castings"
September 7-8, 2019
 

Bring your own sterling silver scraps (or purchase from the instructor) and melt them to create unique design components. Using a crucible and a torch, plus some household materials, we will create several organic shapes. Students may create as many finished pieces as time allows, but concentration will be on mastering the technique and experimentation. Previous metal working experience recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $270
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Picture in Picture in Picture: Enamel and Photographic Transfers"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Fusing enamel to the surface of metal creates infinite opportunities to include imagery in your jewelry and small-metals work. This workshop will focus on digital image creation, manipulation, application, and resolution of enameled works featuring your own photography. A series of demonstrations and discussions will show how to combine traditional techniques of champlevé, cloisonné, and basse taille with contemporary approaches, including enamel decals and photographic image etching and plating. Working time will be prioritized to create striking enamel compositions that address the surface of the metal plate, the interior of the enamel, and the enamel’s surface. Expect to leave this workshop with at least one finished piece, and a series of metal plates that can be set later.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andrew Kuebeck, AndrewKuebeck.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forge, Cage, Fire, and Wire"
September 13-15, 2019
 

One of the most distinctive details in Susan’s current work is her construction of hand-hammered forged-wire forms that compliment her overall jewelry appearances. In this hands-on three-day workshop, explore this concept and other thought-provoking ideas in jewelry adornment shapes, forms, height, dimension, and detail to create extraordinary jewelry. Learn some of Susan’s confidential formulas and techniques for nailheads, paddle prongs, attachments with drawing a bead, unusual attachments by caging and industrial patinas. Annealing, hand-hammering, heat join, EZ solder are all reviewed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cost: $545
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Polymer Clay: Making Molds, Studs, and Pendants"
September 18-21, 2019
 

Polymer clay is an incredibly versatile medium that is safe and easy to work with. Discover its applications within jewelry making and learn the basics of how to work with polymer clay, including techniques in creating texture, simple mold making, adding wet clay onto cured clay, and finishing with color. Lindsay will begin the workshop with a brief presentation on the art of polymer clay to illustrate the wide range of possibilities inherent in the medium. She will introduce two-part molds, as you begin to make and recreate a series of stud earrings, followed by hand building and carving techniques to create a pendant. Experiment with adding texture, paint, and gold or silver leafing to the surfaces of your pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lindsay Locatelli, www.WazoDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Elegant Wire-Woven Jewelry"
September 19-22, 2019
 

Hammer, file, torch, and layer. The four cornerstones to creating elegant wire woven jewelry. Using basic wire-wrapping tools, explore how hammering, filing, creative torch work with a butane micro torch and layering can elevate your wire designs. Explore and practice as you build a beautiful hinged bracelet and layered silver necklace guided by renowned instructor Sarah Thompson. Build and interlock a multiple-component necklace with complexity and depth. Incorporate fused daggers into your work with options to vary the shape to match your style.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Recycled Surface - and More!"
September 20, 2019
 

Using old tins, copper and silver sheeting students will create jewelry. Cold connections, including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Patinas will be explored to achieve color and interest. Brooches, necklaces, and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hinges, Doors, Lockets"
September 21, 2019
 

Students will design and make 3 hinged lockets using copper sheeting. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, and all cold connections will also be covered. The focus of this class is to master the hinges, and cold connections. The class is packed with low-tech processes with fabulous results. Students will make all 3 hinges during the class time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Shadow Boxes with Torch Firing Enameling"
September 22, 2019
 

Using copper sheeting and silver sheeting for accents, students will create jewelry. Students will learn many ways to create a shadowbox necklace from copper. Patinas will enhance the surface and allow for unique results. Once several shadow boxes are made, students will create inserts for the box using torch fire enameled surfaces. Fold form techniques will be used to create depth and interest with some of the inserts. Cold connections including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Brooches, necklaces, and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Making Retreat"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Make it Yours: Unique Chain and Design"
October 2-5, 2019
 

Chains allow for endless design possibilities. Expand your personal aesthetic as you explore a myriad of chain-making techniques that will help you carry your design choices throughout an entire piece. By playing with what you have in the studio, moving beyond the basic jump ring, and sharing discoveries with your classmates, you will develop more visual interest and value in your work. Demonstrations and discussions will highlight methods for making jigs and variations of sheet, loop in loop, bar, and dimensional chains. Additionally, you will explore findings and clasps, as well as incorporating alternative materials. Leave this workshop with a trove of new chain samples to go home and expand upon, as well as a finished chain, if desired.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Heather Nuber, www.HeatherSNuber.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creative Arts: Jewelry Making Retreat in Gascony, France"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Layered Colored Pencil on Copper"
October 5-6, 2019
 

Using colored pencils, alcohol inks, markers, nail polish, and paint, students will learn the process of applying and retaining color on copper and brass. Emphasis will also be on forming and shaping metal to create multilayered dimensional jewelry that is beautiful, interesting, and unusual.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Karg
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Drops of Jupiter"
October 11, 2019
 

Create a sterling-silver statement pendant and earring set by cutting, shaping, and soldering. In this class you will learn how to make your silver shine like a professional. When finished we will add a little extra sparkle with a gemstone.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Cosmic Movement"
October 12, 2019
 

Creating to tantalize the eye, in this class students will make silver move and then add a glimmer of gold. Using multiple skills to bring it all together, students will set stones, shape and form metal, and learn techniques that will keep the pieces moving.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $198
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Enamel Playdate"
October 13, 2019
 

Learn torch-fire enameling and cold connections in one class. You will learn to torch-fire enamel on copper and sterling silver. Then we will use different techniques to add dimension. Students will finish several pieces.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $173
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Richard Salley: Moving forward: A Jewelry Making Series"
October 17-20, 2019
 

This unique metal-smithing retreat will give you the opportunity to learn several of Richard's distinctive approaches to jewelry making. You'll go home with a Secret Compartment Pendant, a ring or pendant with a stacked stone embellishment, and an Adjustable Hinged Bracelet. The retreat is open to advanced-beginner and above skill levels. Sawing and soldering experience required. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, health, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Crafting Retreat in France"
October 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Taste of Enamel"
October 26-27, 2019
 

Enamel is glass fused to a metal base using a kiln. It’s deeply colorful, it’s shiny, and it’s fun to make jewelry from this contemporary medium with an ancient past. Leslie will teach you how to apply the glass, fire it in the kiln, and show you several simple techniques that make a big impact on your enamels. You will learn many techniques in this workshop, and go home with several small pieces or one larger piece. But this just scratches the surface of what can be done with enamel.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Crafting Workshop in France"
October 26 - November 2, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Creative Arts: Jewelry Workshop in Gascony, France"
November 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Making Glass Beads"
November 9, 2019
 

Lampwork (glass bead making) is an ancient art. All beads are made in the small flame of a torch. Learn the basics of hot head torch set up and safety, heat control, and techniques for different design styles. Begin with round beads, pulling glass stringers for design and details; making dots, scrolls, and swirls on beads. Make different bead shapes, using metals, and make a head pin for bead assembly into wearable and functional items. Materials fee includes glass, fuel, silver foil, and copper wire. Extra materials for purchase to make your bead creations into jewelry and functional artistic gifts include chain, gemstones, findings, appetizer and bottle accessories, and wine bottle stoppers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $150
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


 

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