Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
July 8-10, 2021

Sculptor Alex Manzanares brings back from Italy the sculpting methods acquired from his years of study in Florence and Rome. In this three-day workshop, students will be sculpting a 3/4-life portrait using water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will learn how to measure accurately, establish and maintain symmetry, identify conceptual planes, and develop a working process of larger to smaller forms. Lectures in this workshop will include information on sculpting tools, key landmarks of the skull, major planes and structures, as well as nuances of the features. Alex will guide you through the entire portrait sculpting process, from the initial clay application, to composition and final finishing techniques to achieve a likeness of the subject.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alex Manzanares,
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Absurd Sculpture"
August 26, 2021

Can we all agree that the world is crazy these days? Perhaps it’s best to take a cue from the Dada movement and have that reflected in our artwork. Join Carole in creating absurd sculptures! Put disparate objects together in unexpected ways, with a sense of humor and playfulness. This isn’t about fine technique – it’s a chance to use simple tools and materials to craft irrational structures (large or small) that amuse yourself, your classmates, and your audience at home. Carole will provide a bunch of silly things, as well as tools, but you are invited to bring items you may wish to incorporate into ridiculous 3-D forms.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $65.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Stacked Found Object Lamp"
August 26, 2021

Learn how to build a table lamp using stacked found objects starting with the basics of lamp construction and wiring and then customizing using stackable found objects such as toys, hardware, and other items. To top off each creation, instruction will be given on how to turn common items such as colanders and baskets into lamp shades, or how to embellish ready-made shades. Basic lamp components will be provided and some found objects will be available. Students may bring items they wish to use; be sure found objects you bring have a 3/8” or larger hole.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dee Hooks
Cost: $145.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"The Narrative Figure"
August 28-29, 2021

The Phelps will demonstrate a variety of techniques to create figurative ceramic relief work with an emphasis on storytelling. The twins will share their process from start to finish on how they create and discuss how the figure can be the perfect vehicle to communicate topics like social/political, environmental issues, race, religion, class, sexuality, gender, poverty, war, and other issues of our time. Sequential topics that range from initial idea generation, inspiration from music, pictorial documentation, personal interviews, site visits, material meaning, and other related topics that inspires and informs their work will be explained. Formal aspects of armature/relief board construction, composition, scale/proportion, figure sculpting, surface treatment, hollowing, drying, and firing techniques, and final presentation will be revealed.
Location: Carbondale, Colorado
Instructor: Kyle & Kelly Phelps
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Carbondale Clay Center
Website, email, 970-963-2529

"Mystical Pyramid Treasure Box"
August 29, 2021

Conjure up the powers of the pyramid to create a distinctive treasure/spirit box. You will learn how to construct a four-sided pyramid using stabilized mulberry paper, embellishing the exterior with keishi pearls or shell bits. You may wish to add any charms and trinkets from your personal stash. And finally, you’ll finish off your one-of-a-kind creation with a lining and tie off with silk ribbons. Materials fee includes written instructions, stabilized mulberry paper, template, assorted pearls, shell bits for embellishment, charms, silk ribbons, glue stick, paper creaser, needle and thread. Marianne will have extra charms, trinkets, embellishments, and ribbons for additional purchase.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $80.00
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Anatomy for Figurative Artists"
September 13 - November 1, 2021

Alicia N. Ponzio is an experienced figurative sculptor and instructor, as well as the former director of Anatomy and Ecorche Programs at the Florence Academy of Art. She has taught artistic anatomy extensively to 2D and 3D artists as well as at Pixar Studios and The University of Calgary Medical School. This course is designed to offer students information that applies directly to their artistic practice and furthers their understanding of the landmarks we often discuss in figurative art classes. Alicia will provide a lecture and demo each week, using pencil sketching and clay and delve deeper into the structure with slides. Students may engage in discussions related to the class and Alicia will offer critiques.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alicia Ponzio
Cost: $600 (not including fees); $300 without critiques
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Wet Felted Vessels"
November 13, 2021

Create a beautiful wool and silk felt vessel for yourself or someone on your gift-giving list! In this workshop you will learn the magical process of wet felting. Using only soapy water and your hands, in a few hours you will transform a handful of loose wool fibers into a solid and seamless three-dimensional felt object. You will take home a gorgeous felt vessel of your own design, along with the knowledge needed to create more on your own. No previous experience needed. We recommend you wear clothes that can get wet.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janis Merkle
Cost: $35 class fee + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


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