Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Polymer Clay Beads"
February 3, 2022
 

Learn to make polymer beads! Once you learn a few techniques you will be able to create custom beads and other polymer creations that you can cure at home. Use them to make jewelry, bottle stoppers, tiny characters/animals/sculptures, buttons, doll house accessories...etc. All supplies are included in the cost! Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making: Forged Bangle"
February 5, 2022
 

Join us for this brand new 1-Day class and learn how to forge your own Bangle out of 100% sterling silver. Award-Winning Jeweler and Art League Instructor, Jo Ann Graham, will teach you how to solder and forge sterling silver to end up with a gorgeous finished product! All materials are included in the cost, just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jo Ann Graham
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Mosaic Pendants"
February 24, 2022
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting half-day workshop where students will create their very own beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaic pendant! Students will learn to use the proper tools and materials to construct a small stainless steel and glass pendant. Whether you have experience with mosaics or not, this class, for students of all levels, is sure to be one for the books!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $40
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Polymer Clay Beads"
March 3, 2022
 

Learn to make polymer beads! Once you learn a few techniques you will be able to create custom beads and other polymer creations that you can cure at home. Use them to make jewelry, bottle stoppers, tiny characters/animals/sculptures, buttons, doll house accessories...etc. All supplies are included in the cost! Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making: Hoop Earrings"
March 5, 2022
 

Join us for this brand new 1-Day class and learn how to forge your own hoop earrings out of 100% sterling silver. Award-Winning Jeweler and Art League Instructor, Jo Ann Graham, will teach you how to saw and form sterling silver metal to end up with a gorgeous finished pair of hoop earrings! All materials are included in the cost, just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jo Ann Graham
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Polymer Clay Beads"
March 31, 2022
 

Learn to make polymer beads! Once you learn a few techniques you will be able to create custom beads and other polymer creations that you can cure at home. Use them to make jewelry, bottle stoppers, tiny characters/animals/sculptures, buttons, doll house accessories...etc. All supplies are included in the cost! Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making: Sterling Silver Chain Link Bracelet"
April 3, 2022
 

Join us for this brand new 1-Day class and learn how to make your own chain link bracelet out of 100% sterling silver. Award-Winning Jeweler and Art League Instructor, Jo Ann Graham, will teach you how to saw and solder sterling silver metal to end up with a gorgeous finished chain link bracelet! All materials are included in the cost, just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jo Ann Graham
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Simple Fold Formed Jewelry"
April 9, 2022
 

Try your hand at hammering metal into sculptural forms and turning it into distinctive jewelry. All skill levels will enjoy this class. We will begin with malleable copper, and progress into aluminum, brass, and possibly silver. Optionally add texture, holes, beads, patina, jump rings, and wire to your creations. Expect to create mostly earrings and pendants. No experience needed. This is a beginner-friendly workshop!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Stamped Band Rings"
April 10, 2022
 

Make a one-of-a-kind textured sterling silver ring. In this half-day workshop you will learn to size, stamp, form, solder, and polish a sterling ring (or two). It’s the perfect introduction to jewelry making for beginners, a great way to get back into jewelry making after a break, and a fun exercise for the advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fabulous Fibulas"
April 29, 2022
 

Learn to make fibulas! First used by the Greeks for fastening garments, spread throughout Europe by the Romans and brought to an elaborate decorative peak by the Etruscans, fibulas are essentially based on the safety pin design. In other words, a fastener where the spring, pin stem, and catch are fashioned from a single wire. In between, well ... that’s where the fun starts. In this workshop you will learn the basics of fibulas: springs, pin stems, and catches. Then, you will be free to work with what’s in between. Hang objects or beads, set stones, create elaborate patterns from the wires, make them tiny, make them big. Whatever.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $68
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Power Pendant & Chain Making"
April 29, 2022
 

Create a necklace infused with the power found in setting an intention. Using techniques such as cutting, filing, making a bezel, soldering, and texturing, you will begin this intermediate project by making a pendant with a crystal of your choice (multiple options will be available). Next, you will hand fabricate your own fused chain. Upon completion, you will have a piece of jewelry that not only is beautiful, but that you can wear as a reminder of your own internal beauty. Materials fee includes 2" x 2" piece of 20 gauge sterling silver, 8mm cabachon, and 18 gauge sterling silver wire for the chain.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ali Kauss
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Broken China Pendants"
April 29, 2022
 

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, and china shards (but feel free to bring your own!)
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie White
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Riveting"
April 30, 2022
 

Rivets are part of a large family of cold connections that join pieces together without heat. You can rivet virtually any type of material together, from paper to metal and everything in between. Rivets can be large or small, basic or elaborate, invisible or highly decorative. In all cases the concept is the same and is a basic metalworking skill: Connect layers of material together, generally using round wire or tubing. The ends are enlarged to form a secure connection, all without using heat. After practicing, we’ll concentrate on creating a pendant or pair of earrings. Techniques covered include annealing, texturing metal using a variety of tools, creating shapes, refining edges, patina, and riveting using both wire and tubing.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
April 30, 2022
 

Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in the 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 the glass rod to use for decorative details such as 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. Materials fee includes glass and silver foil.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $170
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fused Loop Earrings"
April 30, 2022
 

In this workshop you will discover how to fuse fine silver wire using a small butane torch to make shining beautiful loops. In addition, you will create head pins for beads, and craft ear wires. Once you master earrings, try your hand at making pendants or bracelets. You will learn everything you need to make a dazzling variety of handmade jewelry to keep or give.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
April 30, 2022
 

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. In this one-day class, you will learn all about PMC — how to form, refine, fire, and finish jewelry 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Art Jewelry With Glass Beads"
May 1, 2022
 

This half-day class will transform your handmade glass beads from Jewelry Boot Camp or beads from home into art jewelry! Julie will have sterling silver and copper metal findings, chains, and beads available for purchase. This class is open to everyone.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Embossed Enameling"
May 1, 2022
 

Learn how to use embossing folders to create a deep pattern on thin metal to create lightweight, colorful, and dramatic pendants. Learn how to apply liquid and powdered glass enamel for contrast and color.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
May 1, 2022
 

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 of $45 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


"Jewelry Making: Cold Connection Ring"
May 7, 2022
 

Join us for this brand new 1-Day class and learn how to make your own cold connection ring out of 100% sterling silver. Award-Winning Jeweler and Art League Instructor, Jo Ann Graham, will teach you how to saw and use pins for cold connection. You will create a gorgeous cold connection ring out of 100% sterling silver! All materials are included in the cost, just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jo Ann Graham
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making: 2 Sets of Fabricated Earrings"
June 4, 2022
 

Join us for this brand new 1-Day class and learn how to make two sets of earrings out of 100% sterling silver. Award-Winning Jeweler and Art League Instructor, Jo Ann Graham, will teach you how to saw and fabricate individual earrings out of sterling silver to end up with 2 gorgeous pair of your own! All materials are included in the cost, just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jo Ann Graham
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Jewelry Making: Fold Form Earrings"
July 2, 2022
 

Join us for this brand new 1-Day class and learn how to make a set of earrings out of 100% sterling silver. Award-Winning Jeweler and Art League Instructor, Jo Ann Graham, will teach you how to saw and form fold sterling silver to create your own pair of Fold Form earrings out of 100% sterling silver! All materials are included in the cost, just bring yourself!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jo Ann Graham
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Turquoise and Silver Inlay Ring"
July 15, 2022
 

In this intermediate class, you will learn the classic technique of inlay using small turquoise fragments. You will also learn how to properly size a ring for any given metal thickness. The inlay technique can be applied to other projects like bracelets, pendants, and earrings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Braided Bracelet"
July 16-17, 2022
 

This class is for intermediate through advanced jewelry artists. We will learn how to incorporate braided silver wire in a bracelet band. We will also be fabricating a thick wall bezel and prong setting to complete the look. The resulting bracelet will be a stunning treasure.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $460
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Hot Wired Rings"
July 29, 2022
 

Create dramatic textures by fusing multiple layers of silver wire to a silver base. Embellish the piece with tube set cubic zircona 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: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Metal Clay Alchemy"
July 30, 2022
 

If you prefer a bit of rough in your designs, creating rings with metal clay may be right up your alley! In this class students will create three rings using a PMC3 syringe, while adding faceted stones, and tube bezels. Students will also learn to allow for shrinkage to be sure their rings are the right size. No prerequisites required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Beach Glass Rings or Pendant"
July 31, 2022
 

Create a beach glass ring or pendant to wear year round as souvenir of golden summer days! In this class students will learn to make a bezel that will hold the glass securely in place and give the jewelry a polished, professional look, while practicing and perfecting soldering skills. This is an intermediate class and previous soldering experience is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezels"
August 6-7, 2022
 

Learn to create a bezel setting and bail in silver for a round or oval cabochon stone. Fitting, soldering, and setting skills will be covered. By day 2, your cemented skills will produce a second, elegant piece. This is a great workshop for people who have had a little soldering experience, experienced jewelers who need a refresher, or those who are very confident beginners.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden"
August 20, 2022
 

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. Materials fee of $45 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: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
August 21, 2022
 

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 of $45 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: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Fine Silver and Dichroic Glass Pendants"
September 10, 2022
 

In this fun class you will combine dichroic glass, which has an ethereal, sparkly, and opal-like quality with precious metal clay to make amazing fine silver and glass pendants. Although our studio kiln is necessary to work with PMC and glass, Sherry will demonstrate torch firing so you can continue to work with PMC at home if you wish. Materials fee of $65 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


"Link Bracelet"
September 11, 2022
 

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 and out on the town! Material fee of $70 includes: 28 grams of precious metal clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Chandelier Earrings"
September 16, 2022
 

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. Some experience with wire will be helpful but not required. Weave instructions available upon request for those who wish to practice before class. Materials fee includes color step-by-step handout, copper wire, copper chain, copper jump rings, copper ear wires, choice of pearl, stone or crystal drop beads, two bobbins. Upgrade to silver will be available in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $99
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Bead Ring"
September 16, 2022
 

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. Students will need basic skills in over-over weave. Class is appropriate for advanced beginners through advanced students. Weave instructions available upon request for those who wish to practice before class. Materials fee 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Free-Form Bracelet"
September 17, 2022
 

Take your weaving skills up a notch as you work to create this unique cuff. Intermediate through advanced 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. Students need to be proficient in several weaving methods. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class. Materials fee include 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Carbochon Pendant: Beaded Ribbon Design"
September 18, 2022
 

Explore several intermediate to advanced wire-weaving techniques as you craft this unique pendant. Students will learn how to construct a woven bezel to securely hold the cabochon and a large bail to accommodate various chain sizes. Next comes the elegant embellishments, including a woven ribbon with beads woven into it. Discussion and demonstrations will include design process, various weaving techniques, and ways to customize the design to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Must be familiar with basic weaving methods in order to complete this project in class. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class. Materials fee includes step-by-step handout, copper wire, choice of a cabochon, copper beads, 2 bobbins (upgrade to silver will be available in class).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kaska Firor
Cost: $187
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Tube Set Stones"
November 5, 2022
 

Tube setting is a versatile and surprisingly easy way to set round faceted stones — it just takes a little practice. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn and practice. Techniques covered include how to measure faceted stones, how to cut tubing to the right size, how to cut seats for stones in tubes, how to solder tubes to metal, and finally how to set the stones themselves. At the end of the workshop, walk away with a pendant sporting a tube set sparkly stone.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Batiked Copper and Glass Enameled Necklace"
November 12, 2022
 

This beginning copper and glass enameling class will teach you a unique batik technique for the signature Javanese, batiked look. The necklace will be hand cut from copper sheet metal and forged, and you’ll be able to choose from a variety of colored enamel. Embellish your one-of-a-kind art piece with gemstones if you wish. A wonderful skill to add to your jewelry making repertoire!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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