Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Gold Leaf and Gilding"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Gold leaf is used in architectural ornamentation, book arts, framing and more. In this introduction to the traditional European method of oil gilding, students will work with precious and non-precious leaf on sample boards and carved samples. Surface preparations and traditional finishes will also be covered. Materials fee covers gold leaf.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan, www.clarissashanahan.com
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mold Making: The Plaster Waste Mold"
August 4-5, 2018
 

A waste mold is a single-use mold for casting a clay sculpture in plaster. Learn the complete process of transforming a clay model into a finished work of art, including plaster mold-making, casting, finishing, and mounting onto a suitable base for presentation. Bring your clay sculpture for casting! All levels welcome. The $60 fee covers all materials. Students enrolled in a summer clay modelling course at PAFA will receive a 10% discount.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummit, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $60
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Blacksmithing"
August 4, 2018
 

Learn the basics of lighting and tending the coal fire in the forge; handling hammers, tongs, and anvil; and working iron into points, hooks, and twists for useful objects such as drawer handles, plant hangers and a variety of hooks. This is a beginning class but intermediate students are welcome to review their skills and try more complex projects. Wear cotton clothing and leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Advanced Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 8-11, 2018
 

Develop a personal visual language and direction in this oil and cold wax medium workshop geared toward the advanced painter. Strengthen your technical skills, explore new approaches to art making, and consider the content of your work. Beginning with a brief review of basic painting concepts and techniques, you will work through a series of paintings illustrating your understanding of the elements of art, as well as investigating personal interests. The remainder of the workshop will alternate between working time and one-on-one feedback sessions with Janice to discuss the goals and challenges of your practice.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janice Mason Steeves, www.JaniceMasonSteeves.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
August 18-19, 2018
 

Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes - anything a magnet will stick to. You’ll learn how to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Start scrounging now to collect what you will want to work with and bring it to class with you. A limited amount of “junk” will be provided if needed. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Surface Design on Metal and Paper - for Bookmaking and Beyond"
August 23-24, 2018
 

Alter paper and metal to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal and embellishments. On day one, create surfaces for the pages of your book, experimenting with stencils, stamps and found objects to create yummy textures. Learn to use resists, glazes, gesso and ink to create depth, contrast and stunning color combinations. In the afternoon learn techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers and leaf printing. On day two, tie it all together in a 5x7 inch book. Learn to bind this book as well as how to work with metal – distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Upcycle a Chocolate Bar Into a Travel Notebook!"
August 23, 2018
 

Yes, you will take a lovely Ghirardelli chocolate bar and convert its slim cardboard casing into a useful Traveler's Notebook, very similar to expensive leather ones made by Midori and Faux-Midori craftsmen. You'll carefully line the chocolate bar box, neatly trim edges, poke holes with an awl, apply strategically strung elastics and then make several different types of insert booklets, all of which can be added magically with the elastic band bindings. These include writing paper inserts, sketch pad inserts, compartments for tickets and stamps and so forth, and any other inserts you can dream up. These are great gifts. You’ll be able to make more than one in the time alloted. Plus, you get to eat the chocolate.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Sutcliffe
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 24-25, 2018
 

Paper crafters, jewelry-makers, book arts aficionados and other creative tinkerers, will enjoy the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Prepare paper ephemera (think vintage cigar bands, postage stamps, match book covers, origami paper, etc.) for a crystal-clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes to construct a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Learn a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Utilize high contrast photocopies of your own, artwork, clip art, or photographs. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art Journal Play"
August 24, 2018
 

This class will be full of play and mixed media exploration. We will transform an ordinary book into a fun, personal journal using collage, background painting, lettering and many more techniques. You will have access to a variety of supplies and ephemera. There is only a very small list of tools you will need to bring (see website).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kim Geiser
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Literary Niche (Altered Books)"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Found object artist and former librarian Gary Niebuhr offers an in-depth exploration of altered books as you work on three projects. Learn niche-carving techniques, then alter each book using various mixed media practices. Along the way we will explore the history of assemblage and bookmaking as well as the study of visual literacy and its effect on creating a theme for each project. Complete three altered books to cherish that have strong emotional messages and/or thematic content. Optional extras: Friday evening, 7-8:30, "Nailing Crap Together and Calling It Art: The History of Assemblage", lecture and get-together; Saturday evening, Open Studio, 7:00, and overview of "The History of the Book and How It Has Been Altered Over Time."
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 9, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a painting and binding material. In this workshop, you will look at a range of methods of using encaustic, various papers, and found materials to create works with dynamic surfaces. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers, using wax, watercolors, rust printing, and mark making. These will be combined to create final works. Using encaustic medium as an adhesive for other materials and found objects will be discussed and demonstrated. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not required, general art making experience is helpful.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490, Plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"September in Southern France, Travel-Workshop"
September 11-18, 2018
 

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape of the Village of Durfort. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be at La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational.
 
Location: Durfort, France
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Hand-Forged Knives"
September 12-14, 2018
 

Hand forge and finish a knife of high carbon steel with handle of natural materials such as wood, bone, or antler. Knife fittings of guards, bolsters, and pommels will be forged or poured with non-ferrous casting. Techniques included in class will be fire maintenance; hot forging; filing; heat treatment of annealing, hardening, and tempering; applying handle materials; and sharpening. You will go home with your own custom knife! Class appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths. All materials supplied, but you may bring special handle materials such as hardwoods or antler, if you wish.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Schulz
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Table of Contents"
September 21-23, 2018
 

A table of contents is typically an abbreviated listing of chapters in a book, an overview of what can be found on the pages within. We will be visually documenting our own personal stories and creating one-of-a-kind Table of Contents that reflect the chapters of our lives. You will create a series of mixed media booklets that, when stacked together, express your story. The booklets can reflect different ages or stages in your life, people in your world, aspects of yourself, experiences you have had, etc. Or you can simply make an un-themed, kick-ass artist book! Techniques we will explore include painting in layers, surface design, book binding, creating patina on paper, free stitching, mark making, and more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Seth Apter
Cost: $465
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Mixed Media Encaustic: Surface Design and Layers"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This workshop focuses on the creation of expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, drawing with horse hair, pyrography (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools) as well as creating expressive personally designed fabrics and papers utilizing indigo, rust printing, and bleach discharge. The application of thin layers of encaustic for collage, covering a panel with fabric as well as the conceptual use of layers, pattern and repetition will also be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
Cost: $725 + Materials: $60
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world --without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. Each oil and cold wax piece is a result of a moment in time and space where elements converge in a one-time-only way.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $430-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art Journal Play"
September 29-30, 2018
 

Learn to make art journals by creating book covers and hand-binding them with a simple long stitch binding method. We’ll spend the rest of the time playing in our art journals! I’ll bring all my favorite supplies to share and demo the favorite techniques I use in my art journals. We’ll cover lettering, pen work, collage, colors, composition and more all on the pages of our art journals. We’ll use acrylic paints and inks, watercolors, markers, pencils, stamps and stencils etc. etc. Leave with your own handmade journal, endless ideas for working in it, and discover new tools and techniques that will inform and expand your creative expression in all your art pursuits!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Pam Garrison
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Luminous Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 30, 2018
 

Discover the translucent beauty of painting with oil and cold wax medium! Experiment with free and bold abstract landscapes with this delicious medium and Arches oil paper. Unlike with hot wax, you need no appliances to achieve maximum cold wax goodness. You can add and scrape off layers as you want to, so no need to be concerned about mistakes! You’ll work on several pieces at once, using tools such as squeegees, bamboo skewers, rubber jar openers, combs, and more. In addition to painting, we’ll explore incising, using paint sticks, painting knives, oil pastels, and adding collage elements. Join me in exploring this unusual and interactive medium. You’ll leave with several gorgeous pieces!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Botanical Contact Print"
September 30, 2018
 

Prepare your own handmade book filled with handmade paper and layered with fall foliage and fibers from the garden and fields like pods, seeds and items that can be used to create natural botanical contact prints engaging with the contact print process. Learn about plants, vats, steamers, natural dyes, paper, fabrics for bundling and steaming, iron blankets, iron water, along with natural dye processes with falls bounty of black walnut, chestnut, fresh indigo leaves, yellow root, acorns, pantry items and more. Learn technical terms and experience hands on techniques that will have you ready to enjoy the experience again and again on your own after the workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Design and Print your Holiday Cards on Vandercook Proof Presses"
September 30, 2018
 

In this introductory class participants learn the basics of letterpress printing while creating their own unique set of two-color holiday-themed greeting cards. Each participant will learn how to cast hot metal type, lock-up, register and use one of four Vandercook proof presses. You will have access to Mayday Press’s collection of Ludlow type, ornaments, and holiday-themed polymer plates. We’ll work together to bring your ideas to life, but the composition and content are up to you. Please come prepared with several simple concepts and short holiday-themed phrases. But above all else, let’s have fun while learning about letterpress printing. Each participant will leave with a set of twenty-five 3 1/2” x 4 7/8” greeting cards complete with envelopes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: May Sorum
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 30, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Blacksmithing 101"
October 5-7, 2018
 

If you're a beginner this blacksmithing workshop is for you! You'll start with the basics: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of the anvil and tongs. Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals, you'll move on to some hot iron forging projects, such as a variety of handy hooks, plant hangers, bottle openers, key chain fobs, and more. Bob will have samples of many projects for you to examine. You'll go home with some handsome ironwork you've forged yourself, and with a taste for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstract Landscape Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium"
October 5-6, 2018
 

Broaden your painting language by exploring new methods of working with oil and cold wax medium. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and add unique texture, mark-making, and layering to your process to create surfaces that are rich, complex, and engaging. While demonstrations will introduce a variety of techniques, the majority of class time will be reserved for hands-on experimentation through prompts and individually driven explorations. Mark will provide one-on-one critiques to help connect group exercises with each student’s unique goals and needs. Demonstrations and examples will be landscape-based, but artists with a focus on abstraction or other imagery are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mark Russell, www.MarkRussellStudio.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Make a Bent Willow Chair"
October 13-14, 2018
 

Bring a bit of nature into your home with a bent willow chair. Jim will bring plenty of green willow and lead you through the process of making a rustic, bent willow chair using only hand tools. At the end of the workshop you will have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of rustic furniture to take home. (Be sure you have room to carry it in your vehicle!) You’ll enjoy every minute of this two-day class as you learn about working with willow. This class is for everyone—no experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jim Arendt
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Forge Welding"
October 18-21, 2018
 

Have you already learned basic blacksmithing and now would like to add forge welding? It’s the art and skill of joining two pieces of steel with high heat and hammering. Bob will explain several types of forge welding methods (no Damascus). He will cover temperature, fluxes and scarfs. Once you gain confidence in your forge welding skills, you will proceed to the projects which include forge welding a towel bar, fire poker, forge roasting fork and chain links. Bob will have samples to view. Students should have basic blacksmithing skills and know how to tend the coal forge. Class size limited to 6; each student will have his/her own forge.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $355
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Torch Fired Glass Enamel on Copper"
November 3, 2018
 

Light up your life with a flame work glass enameling class. No experience necessary for this class. You'll learn torch fired glass enameling techniques including counter enameling, vertical surface enameling, and sgraffito. Julie will demo sheet metal fabrication, shaping and will have on hand several precut shapes of copper metal shapes for you to chose from. You'll be the artist choosing your colors and designs. Extra materials will be on hand to enhance your finished designs and then you will be ready to turn your enameled pieces into earrings or a pendant. Materials fee includes glass enamels, torch and fuel to use in class, tools for use during class, wire for earrings or head pins, four copper shapes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nihonga: Then And Now"
November 12-16, 2018
 

In this course students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics will be introduced for warmth and depth. These arcane processes have been employed for thousands of years on cave walls, screens and scrolls, and aboriginal works. A variety of drawing, painting and collage techniques will be covered to cultivate individualized expression. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Judith Kruger
Cost: $885 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Landscapes & Cold Wax ~ Studio"
February 22-24, 2019
 

Chris Groves will focus on Abstracting Landscapes & using Cold Wax in your paintings. This will be a 3-day studio class.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Chris Groves
Cost: $550.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"First ever Outlander Art Experience"
June 30 - July 9, 2019
 

Sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland. Join us on this 10-day, first ever Outlander-themed art tour and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders. With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much more. The artist-guided tour also includes a printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, some creative writing and a session with a Scottish herbalist. A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed.
 
Location: Various cities, incl. Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson & guest tutors
Cost: GBP 2390
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Website, email, +44(0)7784966165


"Mixed Media Botanical Sketchbook"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Over our five days of creative instruction and guided play we will create a lovely, one-of-a-kind botanical sketchbook to document your days spent on Madeline Island. We will be using different papers, mediums and mark makers to create the pages of our book and then we’ll bind it together by hand. During the week we will cover: simple book making, signatures and binding, lettering, drawing, simple sketching, water coloring, expressive florals, mono printing, inks & nibs, flower pressing, color study and the difference tools and specific media make to your own creative style. Our subject focus will be the beauty surrounding us on Madeline Island, specifically the landscapes, flora and fauna that abounds.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Garrison, www.pamgarrison.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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