Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Portrait Sculpture from Photo Reference"
February 7-11, 2022
 

This is the portrait class where you choose who to portray. I believe that we bring more energy and commitment to sculpting a loved one or inspirational character. We will also have live models for those who wish to work from life. Students of this class may wish to do a relief portrait, instead of, or in addition to a 3-D portrait in the round. One of the most critical factors is selecting suitable photos that show structural information. I will provide a guide in advance of the class to describe what to look for in a photo. We will still cover the same basic structural and anatomical information needed to give the head integrity.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaub.com
Cost: $760 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Kogan Method"
February 28 - March 10, 2022
 

This three-part course explores Simon Kogan’s process of creating 2D and 3D works of art that have form, structure, mass, energy, mood, and movement. Students will use composition and design to create art that has presence, expression and emotion. Join Simon on this artistic exploration of anatomy and drawing, sculpture, and painting and how the Kogan Method gives you the skills and freedom to take your art to the next level! In this three-part course students will start with the understanding and use of line, then advance to form and space, and finish with the final workshop culminating in application of color. $1075 for the three-workshop program…which is a $200 savings or $425 per workshop if taken independently.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $1075 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
March 4-6, 2022
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $425 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mending Hearts: Stitching Recycled Fibers Into Sculpture"
March 19, 2022
 

This intensive workshop explores trauma, loss, hopes, and dreams. Participants will create 3-D fiber sculptures through wrapping and meditative stitches. Thread, needle, and fabric become vehicles that aid the repair of our lost and broken hearts. Learn to transform personal grief and longing into powerful pieces of art. Students are encouraged to bring broken objects, keepsakes, or souvenirs they would like to place inside the heart. This could take the form of shells, rocks, jewelry, small household/domestic items, etc. Material fee includes, fabric, needle, embroidery floss, thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Create and Cast Your Own Bronze Sculpture"
Saturdays, March 19 - April 9, 2022
 

Jerry will be teaching an exciting sculpture class in which students will create their own small sculpture in wax and watch it cast in bronze at a foundry. In the first two sessions, students will learn the history and mysteries of bronze casting and create a small 6” sculpture to later be cast in bronze. For the third session, students will meet at the foundry where they will experience the bronze casting process, including a bronze pour and the divestment of their own sculptures. The final session will meet back at the School where the class will finish and photograph their bronze sculptures. Students may bring their own small sculpture tools or borrow ones from the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jerry Cox
Cost: $250 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting Faces"
March 26, 2022
 

This class will be a fun one-day exploration of faces, human or animal and as representational or whimsical as you like. Using hand building and modeling techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy, proportion and expression. She will demonstrate how to establish structure, model features and apply ceramic underglazes. Students may wish to bring sketches or images as inspiration but be prepared to work intuitively and have fun with the clay.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Jane Kelsey-Mapel, www.janekelseymapel.com
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Modeling the Horse and Other Animals"
April 18-21, 2022
 

Students will have the option of choosing the animal they would like to sculpt from dogs and cats to horses and wildlife. Students will learn fast, effective armature building, and Rod’s techniques for modeling heart and souls into their animals. Rod’s known for his expressive animal sculptures, based on solid proportions, but not derived from extensive math or measuring. All reference will be from photos, models, and studying other art. Students can expect to finish a medium sized clay model, suitable for bronze casting. Rod Zullo, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, has years of experience teaching sculpture. Many of Rod’s students have advanced in their careers because of his mentoring and enthusiastic approach to living as an artist.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Rod Zullo, www.rodzullo.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Essentials of Classic Italian Sculpting: A Portrait Study"
May 5-7, 2022
 

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, www.alexmanzanares.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
May 14-20, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Desert Animals in Sculpture"
May 19-21, 2022
 

In this workshop Paolo will share with you the process and techniques used in sculpting desert animals. In addition to the basic sculpting fundamentals, such as finding forms, basic block ins, anatomy and proportions, we will take time to study the animals we are sculpting. Discussing their environment, behaviorism, and life span. These things can play a huge role in the shape and character of an animal. Understanding them can give personality to the sculpture and help bring it to life. Students are encouraged to bring reference material if they want to sculpt a particular animal. Paolo will also have references available. All clay and tools will be provided in the workshop and students will be able to keep the tools.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Paolo Acuna, www.paoloacuna.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Crazed Anatomy"
June 23-26, 2022
 

If you’re like me you have plenty of spare body parts lying around your studio ... (hmmmmm, perhaps I should rephrase this) … If you’re like me you have plenty of mannequin and toy doll parts lying around your studio (much better). If so, it’s time to bring out your inner Dr. Frankenstein and reimagine these parts in strange and wild ways using the process of assemblage and my special paint techniques. Students can pick a singular body part, i.e., head, hand, torso, etc., and adorn it with other found objects, texture and paint ... or mix and match the body parts to create wild and freaky beasties. I suspect this will be unlike any class you’ve ever taken.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"If the Shoe Fits"
August 27, 2022
 

The saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” If it doesn’t fit … well … I say, make art with it. Shoes are very intimate accessories that are so close to us every day, yet are generally taken for granted. They separate us from the ground. They protect us from the elements. They are a part of our daily lives. If they could talk, they would have rich histories to tell. The shoe, then, is our starting point to create visual stories. Their deep recesses have the potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This class is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 27-28, 2022
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. You will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques and leave with a unique, beautifully embellished art deck that can be bound by decorative wire or transformed into a book or sculpture. Materials fee includes 10 pieces of pre-cut metal, wire, images, sandpaper, a nice package of ephemera, and use of instructor’s tools, stamps, paints, paper, and consumables. Please bring your 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


"Serenity Stones"
August 27, 2022
 

Stones talk to me. While beach combing, walking, hiking, I cannot pass up a good-looking stone! If you loves stones and fill your pockets like me, this class is for you! You'll learn a few simple knots to wrap stones with leather cord. The first knot will bind a twig or bamboo stick around a stone. The second stone will be wrapped using a Japanese knot technique. You will learn how to add trinkets and feathers and stone rings to enhance your designs. There will be time in the class to experiment with assorted sized stones and other Japanese-inspired knots to make each creation truly your own. Bring your own favorite stones, or select from a variety of stones provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gary’s Flea Market: Some Assemblage May Be Required"
September 9-11, 2022
 

Gary will be teaching the history of assemblage, the basics of assemblage construction, and some focus points to keep your project on track. Have you ever wanted to do assemblage but feel like you do not have enough stuff? That has never been a problem for Gary, so he is offering an assemblage workshop where everything you will need is going to be provided. Gary hopes you will walk into this workshop with nothing and allow the materials he provides to inspire you. Throughout the class there will be time built in to share ideas, review our work, and learn from fellow participants.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
September 10-16, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
October 2-7, 2022
 

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
October 8-14, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


 

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