Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Rings: Sculptures for Your Fingers!"
June 25-26, 2020
 

We will be exploring the components of making a beautiful ring: proportion, size, balance, design, materials, and comfort. Add your creativity and inspiration to fashion a piece of art for your finger! All rings will be hand-fabricated/smithed using studio tools including hammers, drills, saws, soldering torch, and rolling mill. We will focus on process from concept to construction to aesthetic details. Students will complete one or more rings during the workshop. Soldering experience required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Chain: Expand Your Horizons"
June 27-28, 2020
 

Discover new approaches to making jewelry during this intensive workshop. In this class, students will be focusing on designing and creating a distinctive necklace or bracelet that is a dramatic departure from the average cable chain. Challenge yourself and apply fresh thinking! We will be manipulating wire and sheet metal to fabricate inspired links and clasps that will have you considering jewelry connecting elements in a whole new way! Sarah will provide individualized feedback throughout. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished piece. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Art of the Buckle"
July 17, 2020
 

Belt buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this full-day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments ... beyond that, the design choices are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin, or other object. Find examples of non-Western buckles with a simple Google search. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: The Bolo Tie"
July 18, 2020
 

The Bolo Tie lies somewhere between necklace and necktie with a definite Southwestern flair to it. The bolo is popping up in fashion shows around the world and is worn by women nearly as much as men. In this class you will learn to make a bolo with all hand-fabricated elements including sterling silver slide and custom tips – no store-bought components! Join the fun and create a new fashion accessory you can enjoy everywhere! Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Buckles, Bolos and Barbed Wire: Barbed Wire Cuff"
July 19, 2020
 

This barbed wire setting is a great way to show off a special stone and at the same time provide lots of visual interest to the band. This particular design uses triangle wire for strength and comfort. There will be plenty of challenge to your design and fabrication skills. So grab one of your special stones and build this cuff for a custom piece of wearable art. Sawing and soldering skills required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Twist and Turn Chain and Revolutionary Pendant"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Day One will be an introduction to basic silver soldering. By the end of this class, students will have an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Students will complete one 22" necklace. Days Two & Three will 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.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Shadow Boxes with Torch Fire Enameling"
July 24, 2020
 

Using copper sheeting, students will create unique torch fired enameled pieces of 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


"Woven Accents"
July 25, 2020
 

Using copper and silver sheeting, and wires, students will learn to connect and design using weaving, tying, and wire techniques. Unique patinas and applications will be used to create and design in unexpected and innovative ways. Several will be made during the class time and materials to do more at home.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Copper and Alternative Book Covers"
July 26, 2020
 

Using canvases as the base for books, boxes and wall art, students will create several wall art pieces incorporating copper sheeting, wire, screen, foil and other interesting materials. Students will collage using papers and woven elements. Several book styles will be options using papers, mica and canvas and creating a metal door and hinge. Patinas, texturing and metal applications will also be covered. The focus of this class is to create interesting wall collages and learn to utilize copper for book covers. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results! Students should be able to make several during class.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Revolutionary Pendant"
August 6-7, 2020
 

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: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Leather Playdate"
August 8, 2020
 

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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Separation Anxiety"
August 9, 2020
 

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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Beautiful Basics of Bezel Setting"
August 15, 2020
 

Learn to make a simple bezel-set pendant for an oval or round cabochon (domed/non-faceted) stone in sterling silver. We will cover how to make a full bezel cup and attach a wire bail. Measuring, fitting, soldering, filing, and finishing will be covered. Materials fee includes all supplies to make the pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Embossed Enameled Pendants"
August 16, 2020
 

Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill. All materials and tools provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Reversible Fine Silver Lentil or Pebble Bead"
August 22, 2020
 

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. Sherry will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Natural Stones Set in Silver Metal Clay"
August 23, 2020
 

Create a fine silver bezel setting for a natural, non-firable stone cabochon that you will add to your textured silver metal clay pendant. Sherry will teach you how to use fine silver bezel wire and metal clay to create your bezel, how to account for shrinkage, how to fire your pendant, how to set your stone and polish and patina (optional) your own beautiful pendant. Bring your own natural cabochon or purchase one from the instructor, who will have a variety of sizes and prices available. Students must have taken a previous class with Sherry or get her approval for other experience. Materials fee paid to instructor includes 25g metal clay, bezel wire.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Texture Meets Metal"
August 28, 2020
 

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 be used to 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!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 29-30, 2020
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. And you will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Assemblage Necklaces"
August 30, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Petronio
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stix n Stonz"
September 11, 2020
 

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


"Faux Channel Setting"
September 12, 2020
 

Create two faux channel-set rings by encasing a strand of semi-precious stones and a strand of soldered tube-sets 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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Open Box Bezel Pendant"
September 13, 2020
 

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
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Capturing Small Cabochons through Wire Weaving"
September 17-20, 2020
 

This four-day class is a melding of several techniques that will enhance your woven designs. The first day will be devoted to learning the modified soumak weave and having fun experimenting with fusing on top of the weave. The next three days we will learn two ways to capture small 6mm cabochons. The first method is my take on channel setting and the second is making a custom woven bezel. When you are done you will have a lovely gem-encrusted bracelet.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hidden Settings for Colored Pencil on Copper"
October 3-4, 2020
 

In this class the student will first learn to apply colored pencil on copper to create their own work of art. We will then construct a frame with embellishments out of sterling silver and small stones that allows us to set the piece from the back. This frame and setting technique secures and protects the drawing while appearing to float with no visible attachments.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Karg
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Rings in a Day"
October 10, 2020
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using precious metal clay silver and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it's fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You'll also learn to torch-fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch-fire those. Materials fee paid to instructor in class includes silver metal clay, use of silver paste and syringe, appropriate stone, disposables, and use of tools.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Metal Clay and Dichroic Glass"
October 11, 2020
 

In this fun class you will combine dichroic glass with its ethereal opal-like quality with PMC to make amazing fine silver and glass pendants or earrings. Although a kiln is necessary to work with PMC and glass, Sherry will give you lots of information on torch firing so you can continue to create with PMC at home if you wish. A materials fee (to be determined depending on fluctuating silver prices) will be payable to the instructor in class and will provide everything you need: precious metal clay, paste and syringe, glass cabs, and printed instructions.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Michael Sturlin: Forged Bracelets"
October 11-15, 2020
 

Refine your metalsmithing skills and create an expressive series of hand wrought stacking cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets. In this retreat, students will refine their hammer skills as they forge, bend, shape planish, and texture metal, creating a vocabulary of sculptural forms as a visual reference library. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Sturlin
Cost: $985
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Stone Capturing Setting Stones Without Solder"
November 7, 2020
 

Capture setting stones – no solder involved. Beginning with basic materials – two sheets of copper and a cabochon stone – texture the front piece of your pendant and cut an opening for the stone. Learn about micro fasteners, drilling proper sized holes, using spacers and, most importantly, how to attach the front piece to the back piece with your stone trapped between. Create a second pendant using either another a cabochon or a faceted stone. Create depth by recessing the stone and using rivets to complete the capture.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deborah Donaghue
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Making Glass Beads"
November 7, 2020
 

Whether a beginner or an advanced glass bead artist, this class is for you. Step by step, Julie will demonstrate how to make glass beads in a small flame of a torch. You will learn heat control and techniques of different styles, the basics of hot head torch set up, and safety. Round beads will be made first. Next you'll pull glass stringers from glass rod to use for decorations and details, making dots, scrolls, and swirls on your own beads. Other shapes and techniques using additional glass inclusions and metals will be included as well as making copper head pins for bead assembly. A discussion of common problems associated with bead making will be covered early in the day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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