Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Mosaic Landscapes"
May 31, June 14, 21, 28, 2022
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting 4-week class where students will learn the ins and outs of glass mosaics creating a landscape from start to finish! Using a variety of glass and mixed media, students will explore the techniques for making a mosaic landscape. Students are encouraged to bring sample photos of landscapes that interest them to the first class - bonus points if they're photographs you took yourself! Students will learn about basic tool use, materials, adhesives and grouping in this course! Students should bring $60 cash to pay the instructor for all materials.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Frankenbook: The Art of Altered Journals"
June 4-5, 2022
 

I love finding old books and blank journals and transforming them into something that speaks to my creative heart! In this class, we’ll take an old book and a Moleskine-type journal and alter them to our heart’s content, filling them with our favorite colors, patterns, images, and textures! We will also create a recycled portfolio-style cover to keep our extra collage papers and altered Moleskine journal. It will be a feast for the eyes and reflect the things we hold dear. You will walk away with an altered book and journal filled to the brim with collage and mixed media techniques that you can use on other projects. Materials fee includes shared materials.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Dafford Murals Master Workshop"
June 6-18, 2022
 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) announces the Dafford Murals Master Workshop, an intensive introduction to the materials, processes, and techniques of renowned muralist Robert Dafford. During this twelve-day hands-on workshop, June 6-18, 2022, Dafford will share his process from start to finish, with students applying these lessons on interior wall panels before moving onsite to the riverfront. Dafford’s team will complete the murals in the following weeks. Artists may apply to participate through submission of works samples through CaFÉ, an online application and jurying site at bit.ly/3m1AoTs. Submissions must be received by January 31, 2022. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 18, 2022.
 
Location: Paducah, Kentucky
Instructor: Robert Dafford
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Paducah School of Art and Design
Website, email, 270-534-3902


"Egg Tempera Techniques: Painting a Plum"
June 11-12, 2022
 

This is an introductory workshop that will focus on egg tempera materials and technique. A plum will be the subject. The objective will be to impart the instructor’s technique so students can explore the medium on their own. We will not be looking for a finished painting but will use the time to practice and understand the technique. The class will include demonstrations, such as making the binder, mixing it with dried pigment, and painting the plum.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Carrie Di Costanzo
Cost: $165
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Encaustic Painting: Basics, Methods, and Materials"
June 17-18, 2022
 

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 foundation and the confidence to continue exploring encaustic beyond the workshop. Experience: Alternating between demonstrations and working time, learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore basic painting techniques and fusing methods. If you have current pieces made in another medium, please bring for a discussion on how to translate or enhance the work with encaustic paints. All paints and tools are supplied.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $230 | Non-Members: $255
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Edible Art Series - Beach Themed Cookies for Summer"
June 22, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Discovering Cyanotype Photography"
June 25, 2022
 

This half-day, partially outdoor workshop will explore the history of cyanotypes (a camera-less photography process) as well as offer lots of time for hands-on exploration of this media. We will work with pretreated fabric and pretreated watercolor paper to create dual sided imagery and wet cyanotypes. We’ll be using a variety of materials for inspiration including leaves, flowers, stencils, kitchen spices, bubbles and more! All materials are included for this workshop. Feel free to bring inspirational items from home to use (lace doily, pressed flowers, or other flat materials work well). As part of this class will be outside, please bring a hat or sunscreen as appropriate.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Angela Johnson
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Saturdays, July 9 - August 13, 2022
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome. Tuition includes $65 lab fee. Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credit for $815.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $660
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting & Poetry Workshop"
July 9, 2022
 

Do you jot down writings as you paint? Or maybe you have an ongoing writing practice. Join award winning poet and watercolor artist Cathleen Cohen and explore the link between painting and poetry. Deepen and expand your creative process even if you've never written a poem before! Make your artist statement more engaging! Draw and paint with watercolor and write in response to helpful prompts in a supportive environment. Examine how artists like Jean Arp, Kenneth Patchen and Wassily Kandinsky linked the written word and visual art. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cathleen Cohen
Cost: $80
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Tensile Fabric Sails"
July 16, 2022
 

Learn the art of creating fabric sails based on the hyberbolic-paraboloid principle, a 3-D geometry that generates strong curves that soar in space! Instructor Aris Georges will demonstrate basic principles of shapes, simple knots and anchoring methods. The group will create an installation at Shake Rag Alley, with each participant on the team stretching a shape in space. Fabrics for the installation will be provided. Students can transfer the skills to home and garden projects of their own later, i.e., garden shades/sculptures or interior space decor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aris Georges
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Mosaic Pendants Workshop"
July 19, 2022
 

Join local mosaics artist Ryan McGivern for this exciting workshop where students will create their very own beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaic pendant! Students will learn to use the proper tools and materials to construct a small stainless steel and glass pendant. Whether you have experience with mosaics or not, this class, for students of all levels, is sure to be one for the books! Students should bring $25 for all materials, which will be provided for you. Just bring yourself, no additional materials will be required.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Ryan McGivern
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Green Woodworking Workshop - Wilderness Artist Residency"
July 20 - August 6, 2022
 

Visitor Center Artist Camp is an Artist Residency site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, nestled between rural townships, abandoned mines, and the vast wilderness of the Ottawa National Forest. We hold one residency session each summer, hosting artists from around the country for two weeks of camping, exploring, learning, making, and sharing. Choose a workshop in Green Woodworking with Alo Osberg to explore the techniques for shaping fresh-cut, undried timber for uses big and small, using locally harvested materials and working mostly with hand tools. Whether you’re interested in making furniture, carving a spoon, chiseling a sculpture or constructing a cabin— it all begins with building a relationship to place and material.
 
Location: Ewen, Michigan
Instructor: Alo Osberg, Mel Seeger
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Visitor Center Artist Camp
Website, email, 612-385-2835


"Edible Art Series - Birthday Cookies for Anyone Special"
July 26, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Oil Pastels: Surrealistic Landscapes"
July 29, 2022
 

Join 25+ year professional educator Debi West for this exciting half-day workshop! Students of all ages and levels are welcome to dive into the exhilarating medium of oil pastels. Explore the various techniques you can use to bring your landscapes to life! Debi will provide you with tips and different approaches you can take to escalate your artwork to the next level!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Debi West
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Paper Marbling & Traditional Book Binding Structures"
August 21-22, 2022
 

This workshop focuses on the timeless crafts of bookbinding and paper marbling. Learn how to create interesting and unpredictable patterns on paper, several book binding styles, and basic skills in paper and book arts. Discover opportunities for experimentation within each process. Open to all experience levels.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carey Watters
Cost: $160 + $30 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Peetie’s Book: Metal Transfers and Canvas Surface Design"
August 25-26, 2022
 

With the intention of focusing on gratitude, I spent a good part of 2020 creating special handmade books to honor the places, people, and memories that have been a such an important part of my life. I would love to teach you how to create this lovely keepsake, a substantial canvas book, using a theme close to your heart. I will teach you how to create stunning metal transfers and how to connect them to pages without glue. You’ll learn simple bookbinding skills while creating a book out of painted and collaged canvas. I will also share with you my favorite collage and surface design techniques. Please bring your materials fee in cash to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax"
August 27-28, 2022
 

Come and explore a new medium! In this class, you will learn about building multiple layers with cold wax and oil paints. The wax and paint will be brushed, smeared, and spread into a pleasing composition of layered, translucent color. Once the layers are built, you can work back into them, making marks and patterns. When layering paint, understanding color theory is very important, particularly with translucent paint. You will spend some time mixing colors and see how far you can “push” the paint colors that are provided. The end result of this time spent emerged in wax and paint will be several abstract paintings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $305
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Little Black Book"
August 28, 2022
 

Create your own decorated papers and then turn them into a hand-bound book. The interior pages of the book will be created with sumi ink and white gouache. The spine will be stitched with beads. Once the book is bound, fun begins as each page becomes a canvas full of creative techniques including embossing, folding, cutting windows, adding tags and embellishments, and collage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Roann Mathias
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Painting Impressionistic Landscapes in Cold Wax & Oil"
August 29-31, 2022
 

Cold wax is an "alternative" to encaustic painting. If you love encaustic, but are afraid of fusing, heat, fumes, etc.... then this workshop is for you! Linda Benton McCloskey has designed this workshop for the beginner to the more advanced artist. Students will learn everything about using this luscious medium, including harmonious color mixing and all the many techniques of painting with cold wax. We will touch on the use of abstract composition and also, impressionistic landscapes/seascapes. No matter what your artistic experience is, you will learn! Expect lots of demonstrations and personal instruction!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Edible Art Series - So Long Summer Themed Cookies"
August 31, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Exploring Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
September 23-25, 2022
 

When I discovered oil and cold wax painting five years ago, I was instantly hooked! I’m here to make your learning a little less intimidating by sharing with you everything I know about this genre, so that you can grow as an artist no matter what your experience. We will discover how to use cold wax with oil paint by creating abstract samplers and full-sized paintings on wood and paper. We’ll cover preparing surfaces, favorite techniques, layering, revealing, concealing, shifting, editing and working with colors. Trying something new can be scary, but it can also be an investment. Aren’t you worth it? If growth as an artist is a priority, let’s take the mystery out of this medium together!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jodi Ohl
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Wax, Paper, Scissors: Encaustic Collage and Mixed"
September 26-29, 2022
 

This workshop is designed for students who enjoy seeing how far they can push materials. The versatile materials of encaustic medium and paints act as glue in collage and assemblage, but with the added characteristics of transparency, texture, and layering capabilities when applied to paper. Dive deep into the exploration of working with encaustic paints, pigment sticks, collage applications, and other forms of mixed media. Experience: Begin by creating a few of your own papers with rust and inks to use alongside vintage, found, and other handmade and decorative papers. Demonstrations introduce you to the basics of setting up your workspace and using the equipment safely, encaustic painting, and various techniques for applying paper to other surfaces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: Members: $510 | Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, 920.868.3455


"Edible Art Series - Halloween Themed Cookies, A Spooktacular Time"
September 29, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Photo Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome Workshop"
October 21-23, 2022
 

This workshop will explore ways to further alter our photographic images through a series of markings and underpainting combined with monochromatic imagery. We will focus on incorporating embedded photo prints on thin papers such as tissue and Japanese papers, as well as image transfers to create final work that is both ethereal and richly detailed in its layers. We will start off utilizing various methods of underdrawings to bring in pattern and additional detail to our work – with wood burning tools, inks, oil paints, and encaustic. Students must have a working knowledge of encaustic, as this is an intermediate level class and basics will not be covered. See website for full details.
 
Location: La Grange, Illinois
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $450 M / $480 NM
Sponsor: La Grange Art League
Website, email, 708-352-3101


"Edible Art Series - Thanksgiving Cookies, Gobble Gobble"
October 31, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Edible Art Series - Christmas Cookies You'll Be Proud to Gift"
November 29, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Edible Art Series - Winter Wonderland Themed Cookies"
December 28, 2022
 

Pastry Chef, Jami Wright, will share tips and techniques that will give you insider secrets to professional cookie decorating! We'll incorporate the fundamentals of art... shape, line, color, and texture using fondant and royal icing to make tiny pieces of edible art. Sweet! All supplies are included in the cost. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jami Wright
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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