Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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