Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
March 6, 2020
 

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


"Flame-Working: Glass Bead Making"
Saturdays, March 7 & 14, 2020
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: member $140; non-member $150 (Materials included.)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
April 3, 2020
 

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


"Coppersmithing 101"
April 3-5, 2020
 

Learn how to work with copper and take home four handsome finished pieces. Vickie “Doc” Scherz has been sharing her coppersmithing skills with students for several years and welcomes beginners as well as those with some experience. 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 more complex chasing to raise the design and sink the center.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Vickie Scherz
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Cloisonné on Fine Silver"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Learn how to create a beautiful cloisonné enamel, fired in a kiln on fine silver, using transparent vitreous enamel. Also learn the application of 24k gold and silver foils to accent your design. I will help you design earrings or a necklace during the two day class. Beginners to intermediate to advanced are welcome. Materials fee covers Fine silver, cloisonné wire, enamels, and precious metal foils.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Little: Poetics of the Found-Object"
April 22-26, 2020
 

A workshop of exploration and construction. The materials we use for creative expression can be found ”literally” at our feet. Join noted found-object artist Keith Lo Bue on an energetic exploration of unusual and unexpected materials in jewelry and object making. Through hands-on projects and thought-provoking instruction, students will learn the varied methods of selection and assembly this limitless palette demands. No previous metalworking experience is required; all that's needed is enthusiasm and the desire to work with your hands. Whatever your present focus, you will come away with new insights into the possibilities of your surroundings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Keith Lo Bue
Cost: $720
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Open Studios"
Thursdays, November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter! On Thursday evenings, Peninsula School of Art opens its studios to artists of all levels interested in the self-directed creation of work. Explore life drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and metals in a communal setting that fosters creative conversation, knowledge sharing, and offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique community. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: $10/night per person
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

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


"Intro to Precious Metal Clay"
May 1, 2020
 

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


"Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet"
May 1, 2020
 

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


"Simplified Locket for Pendant or Ornament"
May 1, 2020
 

In this class you will saw copper into 4 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. Materials fee- $25
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: JoEllen and David Wollangk
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Band Rings"
May 2, 2020
 

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


"Making Glass Beads"
May 2, 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: $155
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Working with Wire"
May 2, 2020
 

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 clasps and ear wires. Add some beads and you will have created some finished pieces of jewelry.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stacking Wire Bangles"
May 3, 2020
 

Create a trio (or more) of stacking bangles. Working with multiple gauges of copper wire, learn to size a bangle, flatten wire with a rolling mill or 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.
 
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 3, 2020
 

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 3, 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.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Champlevé Enameling with Fine Silver"
May 16-17, 2020
 

Explore the technique of champlevé enameling using fine silver metal. Champlevé has many forms, but in this class we will fuse two layers of fine silver and create a recessed area to receive transparent enamel, accenting with cloisonné wires and precious metal foils.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maya Madden
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Trade Pins: Learn the Basics of Lost-Wax Casting"
June 10-13, 2020
 

Lost-wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years. Learn the basics of creating original metal forms using lost-wax casting in this fast-paced workshop open to all levels. Create small brooches of your own design using wax and reductive carving techniques. Lectures, demonstrations, and handouts lead you step-by-step through the entire process. Cast your first form and create multiples using rubber mold techniques. After casting multiple brooches, trade your original works for those of your classmates’. Lauren provides individualized instruction throughout the four days. Open to all levels, however those with previous experience are encouraged to push their designs further.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lauren Selden, SeldenArt.com
Cost: Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forging Through the Kitchen: Making Handcrafted Utensils"
June 24-27, 2020
 

Have you ever thought about cooking with handcrafted utensils you made yourself? This workshop focuses on beautiful, functional kitchen tools made mostly of metal. Possible items include spoons, forks, cheese knives, scoops, strainers, bowls, spatulas, and more. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, 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 is included in the construction; however, the majority is completed using cold connections. Copper and brass are primarily used, but silver is also an option. Open to all levels; some metalsmithing experience is helpful.
 
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


"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


"Setting it Up: Creative Settings in Jewelry"
July 8-11, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop interesting, fun compositions that explore a variety of settings to showcase alternative materials, found objects, cabochons, and faceted gemstones in rings or pendants. Learn how to use basic jewelry making techniques to design and fabricate rivets, as well as an assortment of bezel, reverse tab, prong, and tube settings. Daily demonstrations, handouts, and plenty of hands-on practice introduce you to a variety of setting techniques, as well as fabrication fundamentals, including soldering, sawing, filing, surface textures, and finishing methods using polishing compounds or patinas. Expect to leave this workshop with at least one completed piece. Open to all skill levels. Bring in a special object from home or alternative material you’re looking to transform into jewelry.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Johnson, LisaJohnsonStudio.com
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $495
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Riveting Enamels"
July 13, 2020
 

Enameling offers unlimited opportunities to develop rich surfaces of color. Learn enameling techniques and explore cold connections as you work toward a completed piece in this half-day workshop. Through demonstrations, Kieu shares 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 pieces, rivet them together to complete at least one finished pendant. 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


"Silver on Enamel"
July 13, 2020
 

Do you like the look of enameled silver, but not the expense? Learn how to create a metallic effect on copper using silver foil and transparent enamels that won’t break the bank. Through demonstrations and guided work time, gain an understanding of basic enameling techniques using transparent and opaque enamels and how to elevate the materials to achieve a vibrant effect. Leave this workshop with three enameled pendants. 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


"Shapely Links: Introduction to Basic Soldering"
July 14, 2020
 

In this workshop, develop your silver soldering skills while creating a unique loop design. Jumpstart your metalsmithing knowledge with these techniques and best practices. Gain confidence and refine your skills in the handling of tools and materials as you successfully solder simple joints using fine silver stock and sterling silver jump rings. You can expect to complete a bracelet by the end of this half-day workshop. Open to absolute beginners and those who are more advanced interested in a refresher of the basics.
 
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


"Multiplicity"
July 14, 2020
 

This ring may look simple, but the challenge lies in the soldering. Work through the difficulties of soldering one part of the ring, while managing not to melt another in this half-day workshop. Refine your soldering and ring making skills through demonstrations and guided working time using fine and sterling silver stock. Previous silver soldering and simple ring making experience is required for this workshop.
 
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


"Key to Success"
July 15, 2020
 

The key to success is in the planning. In this workshop, discover methods for planning your fabrication projects while fine tuning your soldering skills. Discuss the many considerations needed when fabricating pieces with multiple components of different sizes. Using basic silver stock, including wire, tubes, jump rings, and sheet metal, create your base key and added decorative silver pieces. Put all of these components together to create your key to success. Previous 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


"Bespoke Bezels and Bails"
July 16, 2020
 

Regardless of which direction you view this piece, there is something special to tantalize the eye. Design and fabricate a pendant using a variety of techniques that are sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Starting from sterling silver stock, make twists and turns to create an open back setting and unique bezel to hold a cabochon in place. Add a custom bail as a final touch to push this pendant over the top. Previous soldering and wire working 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


"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


"Playful Enamels"
July 27-30, 2020
 

Investigate the world of possibilities for surface color and design in this workshop where enameling techniques are mixed and layered. Learn how to work with liquid, powder, transparent, and opaque enamels, as well as watercolor and china paints. Demonstrations and discussions introduce you to the fundamentals and proper application techniques of each material. From there, break the rules in as many ways as you can and develop your own visual library. Work from your sketchbook, favorite photographs, or imagination. Open to all levels; no previous experience with enamels required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Wells, JennWells.com
Cost: Members: $525, Non-Members: $565
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Powder Coating for Jewelry"
July 31 - August 1, 2020
 

Traditionally an industrial process, powder coating offers a weatherproof and chip and scratch resistant finish. When used on jewelry, it offers an inexpensive, versatile, and colorful way to make your jewelry “Pop!” Learn how to quickly and easily apply this durable finish to your pieces in a wide array of colors. Demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice introduce you to various home setup options, powder coating equipment, and effective cleaning, spraying, and sifting methods. The majority of class is dedicated to time to experiment, make samples, and finish already-made pieces. You are encouraged to bring finished, bare metal works that you would like to transform with color. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melis Agabigum, www.MelisBanu.com
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $265
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Adornment"
August 5-8, 2020
 

Learn the basics of working with metal as you create four pieces of jewelry, including a ring, pendant, earrings, and a brooch, from start to finish. With emphasis placed on the building blocks of making work, leave this workshop with confidence in using a variety of cold and heat joining processes, as well as techniques for creating mechanisms. Each day focuses on one of the four pieces of adornment. With Nicole as your guide, follow a step-by-step approach to make each finished piece using metal wire and sheet. Open to students of all levels, no previous experience is necessary.
 
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


"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


"Object and Memory: Narrative Jewelry"
August 10-13, 2020
 

How can a wearable object tell a story? In this workshop, explore the idea of creating jewelry as a signifier of experience, memory, or story. Using personal items of importance and materials of interest as a starting point, design and fabricate a series of small-scale wearables using both traditional and non-traditional techniques. Demonstrations and discussions address technical processes and conceptual concerns, including making chains and pinback mechanisms, incorporating alternative materials, using image transfer processes, general fabrication tips and tricks, as well as techniques for researching and troubleshooting new ideas. Experiment with the techniques presented and leave this workshop with a collection of samples as research, as well as the start of several pieces. Previous metalsmithing experience, including sawing, filing, and soldering, is preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Brown and Kristina Smith
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pendant Making Using Cold Connections"
August 14-15, 2020
 

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or more experienced metalsmith interested in a refresher, this workshop explores cold connection techniques to make a tab set object pendant. Expand your skillset as you design and fashion your own original pendant. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, Sarah introduces and guides you through the process of creating a tab set object pendant. Learn how to texturize, layer, and saw metals to create a base on which to set a unique found object, stone, or fabricated metal dome using wire and tube rivets. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Unique Chain Making"
August 17-18, 2020
 

In this workshop, focus 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 as you create a unique chain from start to finish. Using wire and sheet metal, design and fabricate inspired links and clasps that encourage you to consider connecting elements in a whole new way. Sarah provides individualized feedback throughout the process. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and a finished chain. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Concreation"
August 19-22, 2020
 

Explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into your jewelry and small-object making. Combine concrete with colored dyes to create unique, colorful pieces using traditional and advanced mold-making techniques. A presentation of Michael’s work and series of demonstrations introduce you to not only the limitless opportunities for incorporating concrete into your practice, but also the techniques involved in making molds, working with concrete as a raw material, and coloring and treating the surface. Work hands-on with Michael for individualized instruction, feedback, and troubleshooting in the completion of your new pieces. If time allows, see how Michael utilizes 3D printed materials in the creation and problem solving of his work. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $460, Non-Members: $500
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Introduction to Jewelry Repair"
August 24-27, 2020
 

Add the basics of jewelry repair to your metalsmithing toolkit in this hands-on workshop. Explore the first level of this skillset as you learn about common tools and how to use them, repair styles, soldering, different metals, and more. Alternating between demonstrations and guided exercises, Michael emphasizes hands-on working time throughout the four days. Practice sizing a ring up and down, soldering and repairing a chain, and cleaning, polishing, and achieving a mirror finish on the surfaces of your pieces. Your tuition includes chains, rings, and other materials for practice. In addition, please bring broken jewelry of your own. Open to all levels, however some previous jewelry making experience is preferred.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael Nashef, www.NashefDesigns.com
Cost: Members: $515, Non-Members: $555
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Finding Forms in Forged Sheet and Wire"
August 31 - September 1, 2020
 

Move metal, push it to new limits, bend it to your will, and, maybe, even bend yourself to its will in this two-day workshop. Learn how to create texture, volume, and movement in new forms for jewelry or sculpture. Guided exploration introduces you to a variety of hammers and different surfaces, while discussions help you to see how these experiments can be put into practice to create jewelry or sculptural forms. Expect to leave this workshop with a trove of samples, at least one finished piece, and the start of many more. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Heather Nuber, www.HeatherSNuber.com
Cost: Members: $235, Non-Members: $260
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Creating Connections"
September 2-5, 2020
 

Are you tired of making the same old clasp? Working with alternative materials and not sure how to join them together? Or, looking for more intentional transitions? Discover the endless possibilities of making connections in this four-day jewelry workshop. Beginning with an overview of many examples brought by Heather, see how you can put twists on old standards and challenge yourself to imagine and innovate. Through demonstrations and plenty of hands-on practice, learn new techniques unique to your and your classmates’ challenges and design and fabricate new mechanisms. Leave this workshop with a sketchbook full of ideas, tons of samples, and freshly finished pieces. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Heather Nuber, www.HeatherSNuber.com
Cost: Members: $465, Non-Members: $505
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Hollow Forms for Jewelry"
September 18-19, 2020
 

Create volume without weight! In this two-day workshop, take your construction skills to a new level and learn how to build three-dimensional, multi-walled, hollow forms with Susan as your guide. Starting with sheet metal, use the rolling mill and hand tools to create texture, as well as a variety of cutting tools to create unique shapes. Explore multiple soldering techniques and finishing methods to clean and patina your hollow forms. Susan provides guidance throughout the process. Choose to create one individual piece or several smaller elements. 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


"Beginning Metalsmithing"
September 21-22, 2020
 

Have you always wondered how a piece of jewelry is constructed? This workshop is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of metalsmithing. Begin with a blank piece of metal and learn the construction skills needed to design and build a finished piece of jewelry. The first day begins with an exploration of techniques to help you find your unique design voice, followed by an introduction to the hand tools used to cut, texture, and shape metal sheet and wire. Learn how to use the soldering torch to join your metal elements and gain confidence through guided practice. Finish your completed piece of jewelry with your choice of patina and polishing techniques. Susan provides individualized instruction throughout the process. No previous experience necessary.
 
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


"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


"Try It: Metalsmithing"
October 10, 2020
 

Designed for those interested in trying their hand at metalsmithing for the first time, this workshop teaches you how to saw, form, and texturize metal, as well as use cold connections to join pieces together. Walk away with new skills and the motivation to continue exploring your creative interests. PenArt provides all of the tools and materials needed.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"Flame-Working: Glass Bead Making"
Saturdays, October 24 & November 7, 2020
 

In this introductory session, you’ll be exposed to the basics and various styling methods to melt colorful glass rods in the traditional lampworking technique. You’ll experience all the fun of working with glass in molten form as you’re introduced to lampworking safety procedures and a bit of the history of this storied art form. You’ll understand how to distinguish quality glass from inexpensive imitations. Note: Each participant will be working with a hot torch and molten glass, so please wear old cotton clothes, closed-toe shoes, and tie back long hair. No experience necessary. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Kari Chittenden
Cost: member $140; non-member $150 (Materials included.)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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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