Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Coppersmithing 101"
April 9-11, 2021
 

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


"Mixed Media Art: Junk Mail Journaling"
May 14-15, 2021
 

In this two-day workshop, you will explore how to transform discarded mail, magazines and catalogs into a visual art journal. An art journal is a combination of visual and written imagery that captures thoughts, ideas and images in a visual way. In this class, we will create humorous monsterly pages that capture both your imagination and your recorded thoughts. Her recent solo exhibitions include Dreams and Reality: The Artwork of Leslie Wood at Carnegie Visual Arts Center and Evelyn Burrows Museum, and The Red Clay Survey: 2020 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art at the Huntsville Museum of Art. For more information, visit lesliewoodarts.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Leslie Wood
Cost: $300 Museum members/ $325 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat"
June 3-6, 2021
 

Spend four days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to be hosting this annual non-instructional retreat. Previous attendees found that it is an exciting way to share your approach, knowledge, and aesthetic — and to learn from others. Bring your own materials and tools. There is plenty of space in the Lind Pavilion, so plan to work on a number of paintings during this time. Participation in group meals is optional. Previous experience with this medium is recommended.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Non-Instructional Retreat
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
June 7-8, 2021
 

Designed for students new to the encaustic medium, this workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the materials, working methods, and safety of encaustic painting. Gain a solid technical foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $225 / Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920-868-3455


"Woodlands & Botanical Couture"
June 13-17, 2021
 

During this retreat, students will learn lots of mechanics to design a variety of woodland and botanical couture designs. Demos by Françoise will include different techniques and mechanics, which students will then interpret in their own designs using a plethora of flowers and textures foraged from nearby woodlands. These techniques are also applicable for any type of wedding or event work. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, inspired onsite lodging, and retreat amenities all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Francoise Weeks
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,467
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Rust, Dye, Stitch, Wax: Encaustic Collage"
July 21-25, 2021
 

We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and eco-dyeing, then combine our papers into final works. Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth, luminosity, and a painterly quality. Basics of studio safety, substrate options, painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Turning the Physical World into a Story: Generative Prose Writing"
August 1-5, 2021
 

Join internationally recognized author Pam Houston for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and how to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally sourced meals, inspired lodging, and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Houston
Cost: Tuition + meals from $1,075
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen Bookmaking"
August 8-12, 2021
 

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book. In this retreat, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists' books that balance form and content in provocative ways. Enjoy Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan kae Grant
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate"
September 27-30, 2021
 

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic and photography. Explore a range of subject matter, as well as a variety of surfaces on which to create work.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $510 / Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920-868-3455


"Stop Motion Animation"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)
 

The Stop Motion Animation workshop guides you through the process to achieve a short stop motion animation film. This 4-session workshop held via Zoom is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY, since 1984. This unique and professional workshop will enable you to learn or improve your directing and story development skills from the super talented and experienced instructor, Bridget Johnson, while interacting & connecting with art lovers from all over the world! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy-to-use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bridget Johnson
Cost: $199
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, 212-226-4151


"Basics of Encaustic"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Raised and Inset line work, and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, ?(708) 680-6759?


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Using various types of paper, Mounting Paper to a panel and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, ?(708) 680-6759?


"Manuscript Consultations: Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction"
Online, Ongoing
 

Writers of all ages and levels of experience benefit from close reading and feedback on their work. Looking for support for your creative writing? Award-winning author Jacquelyn Thomas to the rescue! Short-form manuscripts – up to 25 pages of prose or 5 poems – will be returned to you in 7-10 days with: • written feedback in the form of an editorial/critique letter • in-manuscript comments with line edits • contact information for at least five publications seeking manuscripts similar to your work. Jacquelyn also will schedule a phone or virtual meeting with you to review and discuss feedback. Book-length manuscripts are welcome but will take longer to process. Consultation cost is $4/page. See our website for more information.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jacquelyn Thomas
Cost: $4/page
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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