Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Coppersmithing 101"
April 9-11, 2021
 

Learn how to work with copper and take home four handsome finished pieces. Vickie “Doc” Schertz has been sharing her coppersmithing skills with students for several years and welcomes beginners as well as experienced students. You’ll learn how to move, manipulate, and reshape copper. The four projects include a 3” x 4” copper “coupon” to chase and texture; a 4” pencil caddie that will hone your chasing (embossing) and texturing skills plus introduces soldering; a 7” vase that stretches your talents just a little more; and a final 8” round plate that involves complex chasing to raise the design and sink the center. Materials fee includes all tools and materials. Additional copper will be available to purchase from the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Vickie Schertz
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


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

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


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
April 30, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet"
April 30, 2021
 

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


"Band Rings"
May 1, 2021
 

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


"Wire Jewelry Workshop"
May 1, 2021
 

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


"Four in Six Hours"
May 1, 2021
 

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


"Stacking Wire Bangles"
May 2, 2021
 

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


"Fused Fine Silver Earrings"
May 2, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


"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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