Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Fiber Sculpting"
July 31 - August 2, 2020
 

I want to challenge you to see fabric and soft sculpture in a new way, to step outside our preconceived ideas of what is textile art. Using hand stitching and alternative techniques, we will be creating organic shapes inspired by creative exercises and our natural environment. We will explore combining found objects with fiber to create unique textures and embellishments. After we have generated lots of shapes and components to choose from we will approach the process like an assemblage, combining the individual pieces to create a larger abstract sculpture on top of a rigid armature. Intuition and spontaneity will be our companions. This class is completely accessible to the beginner and yet can also challenge the more advanced student.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Clarissa Callesen
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Animal Sculpture – Realistic and Abstract Techniques in Clay"
August 8-9, 2020
 

Join Jennifer Mally for a two-day workshop exploring techniques to create two different ceramic animal sculptures. The first day we will explore how to make a realistic animal sculpture by building an armature and accurately forming an animal from its bone and muscle structure. The second day we play with abstraction by cutting out representational animal shapes from plywood. We will slump-form a left and a right side of an animal and put the sides together to create a free-standing 3-D animal that can be altered and embellished. Included in the class are 25 lbs. of high-fire stoneware clay for each student along with all tools and materials. Jennifer will offer demos and bring handouts and reference books.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Mally
Cost: $245
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Spirit Protectors: A Metal Figurative Assemblage"
August 27-28, 2020
 

I created my first Spirit Protectors during a particularly difficult time in my life and I can't seem to stop. I will teach you my favorite surface design techniques on metal. Next, I will share my favorite tips and tricks to achieve balance, contrast, and a powerful composition. You will learn simple cold connection techniques – no glue here. Finally we will put it all together to create two figurative assemblages attached to a wooden base.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 27, 2020
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way to work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment of the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Soul Houses"
August 30, 2020
 

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies, birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth, and metaphor. You will take away powerful new ideas about process and art making.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Extraordinary Objects"
November 13-15, 2020
 

Over the course of three intensive days, we will delve into the meanings found objects bring to assemblages. We will discuss the process of collection and the power of the souvenir as we go out in the field to scout out fantastic objects to use in our work at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. In the classroom we will cover basic assemblage techniques and students will build box assemblages from objects they bring to the classroom and/or unearth in the field. Attendees will work on finding their own voice in art making and what drives the sculptures they create. Some basic experience in creating assemblages is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $430
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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