Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Blacksmithing for Home and Garden"
June 1-3, 2018
 

Forge some magic with railroad spikes! Bob will start with forging fundamentals: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of anvil and tongs. Once you're okay with basic skills, on to the fun projects! You will make All the projects in this class from heavy iron railroad spikes. And that means garden trowels, bottle openers, steak turners, weeding tools, and much more. Bob will have samples of the variety of useful tools you can make with hot iron and a hammer. This class is geared to beginning and intermediate students.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Asymmetrical Roll Printed Earrings"
June 12, 2018
 

Learn a variety of metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through this comprehensive project. This technique-driven experience will help you build the confidence you need to work independently. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, you will learn how to use the hydraulic press and rolling mill to achieve desired textures and forms for earrings of your own design. Beginning soldering techniques, finding making, and stone setting will also be taught. No previous experience required. More advanced students can progress at their own speed with Joy available for individualized feedback.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joy Kruse, www.JoyKruse.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stacked Woven Bezel"
June 15-17, 2018
 

Learn to wire weave a bezel setting to capture two or more gemstone cabochons in a single project, embellished with a large bead and waves of woven wire accents. These techniques may be utilized in a variety of projects, with any number of cabochons, creating a versatile set of skills to further your jewelry-making adventures. While this workshop showcases a specific design, students will be encouraged to explore and experiment for some truly one-of-a-kind creations. Students will leave with a completed project, ready to wear! Materials fee covers all wire, chains, stones and beads. It is recommended students have prior experience with wire wrapping, utilizing multiple wires in a single project.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Hanna
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Tassel Necklaces"
June 22, 2018
 

Pam will show you how to make a stunning Tassel Necklace using art threads, fibers, hand dyed silks and French ribbons. Create your tassel, then assemble a beautiful bead stack with a Vintaj® Tulip bead cap. Holes will be punched into the cap to create delicate dangles on the outer edges. You will also create the simple wire loop, bead and jump ring necklace from scratch! Note: The necklace construction techniques can be used to make basic necklaces, Rosary style necklaces and bracelets. This Friday evening class precedes Pam's full-day workshops on Saturday and Sunday: Memories Resin Paper Necklace and Flight Necklace.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Memories Resin Paper Necklace"
June 23, 2018
 

If you have never played with resin you are in for some fun. Resin itself is completely versatile, but resin paper is transformative. A seemingly simple piece of tissue paper can be altered in so many ways. We will make resin paper from many different types of sheeting to create a wearable story book pendant. We will cut copper sheet to make a name plate, stamp words into copper, insert eyelets into our paper, weave ribbons and memorabilia into layers of paper and then construct a necklace with Vintaj chain and findings. Materials provided. Project will be completed in class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Flight Necklace"
June 24, 2018
 

Resin is a very fun and versatile material. Create wing charms with Parawire®, shipping tape and Ice Resin! Once your wings are set, enhance them with stamping, patinas and alcohol inks. Pam will have lots of stamps and colors to play with. A Vintaj® Medallion will be created with Vintaj® Patinas. You will then use wire to create wire looped charms, dangles and your own custom loop chain with simple loops and beads. Once all of the components are made, you will construct your flight necklace!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
June 24, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Toolmaking for Blacksmiths"
June 30, 2018
 

Join Greg Winz for a one-day class that focuses on tool making for blacksmiths. You’ll work on forging punches and chisels. Greg, a technician at UW Madison, will teach you about alloy selection, proper forging techniques for these materials, plus how to heat treat them. You’ll go home with some handy tools for both blacksmithing and general use.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Surface Exploration in Stamped Metal, Texturing, and Silver Dust Fusing"
July 6-7, 2018
 

Create beautiful jewelry that shows contrast in texture and design using stamps, hand texturing, and silver dust fusing. This workshop will address not only surface design, but also ring and cuff bracelet construction and stone setting. We will begin with tips and tricks to stamp successfully every time. Texturing with hammers and found objects, such as concrete and old steel wire, will also be used to make cuff bracelets and a handful of stacking rings. Sizing, forming, and soldering will be demonstrated and discussed. Building off these techniques, we will focus on silver dust fusing to add surface interest through two intermediate level projects, including a spinner ring and a pair of earrings with set stones.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aisha Formanski, www.EverthineJewelry.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Enameling on Silver"
July 11, 2018
 

Take the next step in your metalsmithing practice with this enameling workshop. Replace the conventional copper surface with sterling silver and discover how the enamel shines and interacts with such a radiant material. Through demonstrations and guided work time, learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling. You will create a series of components on silver using transparent enamel colors. Each piece will be finished with a bit of soldering. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Introduction to Basic Soldering: Fancy Connections"
July 12, 2018
 

In this workshop, you will develop your basic soldering skills while creating a piece that is anything but basic. Jumpstart your metalsmithing experience with these techniques and best practices. Gain confidence and refine your soldering skills as you create a bracelet using sterling silver sheet and wire. Some experience with wire is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Pearl Statements: Ring"
July 12, 2018
 

This fabrication workshop will touch on a variety of skills that can be used to enhance any future jewelry project. Design and produce a contemporary ring using freshwater pearls and sterling silver while refining your metalsmithing skills. Combining soldering, forging, and shaping, this ring strikes a harmonious balance that is sure to make a statement. Previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Silver Lining"
July 13, 2018
 

Texture and surface are a great way to add distinct design elements to any jewelry piece. However, textured sterling silver sheet can be extremely cost-prohibitive. This workshop will focus on texturizing your own metal for a variety of applications. Using the rolling mill, metal stamps, hammers, and more, explore methods for creating interesting marks and textures in sterling silver. Transform your hand-textured sheets into components for a necklace, bracelet, or earrings.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Kickstarter: Idea to Form"
July 14, 2018
 

Ideas come and go, but some stick in our minds with a burning desire to come to life. The question is how to bring them to fruition. Join Kieu and a group of your peers in this workshop to share ideas and problem solve in an open forum. The first half of the workshop will be spent discussing each student’s ideas and the best techniques to accomplish the project. This setting will provide you with a variety of perspectives on the challenges of your design. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to kick starting fabrication. You will likely not finish your project, but this experience will provide you with the tools you need to finish at home.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Cost: Members: $115, Non-Members: $125
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Clasp Class"
July 20, 2018
 

So, what’s the catch? The catch (or clasp) with be the focus of this full day class. We will look at a variety of clasps that you can make to add a truly handcrafted closure to your pendants, necklaces and bracelets. No longer will you be limited by commercial catches for your creations. In this class you will fabricate three types of clasps: the box clasp; the threaded tube clasp; and the spring clasp (but not the bracelet shown).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Poison Ring"
July 21, 2018
 

Discreet and fashionable rings with hidden containers under bezels or gemstones – poison rings have inspired countless stories of assassins and jealous vengeful lovers, though it has never been proven that they were used as suggested. They came from India and the Far East by way of the Holy Relic trade in the Middle ages and really, the containers were used as – containers! People treated them as lockets. In a time when robbery was prevalent, these rings provided the ultimate safe for cherished keepsakes. Learn to make one of these fabulous rings and see what kind of uses you can find for it, whether nefarious or benign!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
July 21-22, 2018
 

If you aren’t sure what this class is about, Google “welded yard art” and you will see. Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes – anything a magnet will stick to – you’ll learn to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Gather up your craziest ideas and what you want to work with; a limited amount of “junk” will be provided. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Adjustable Hinged Bracelet"
July 22, 2018
 

If you are intrigued with clasps, hinges and mechanisms, you’re sure to enjoy fabricating this handsome adjustable bracelet. Bring your soldering and sawing A-game to this Workshop and pick up a few new techniques to add to your jewelry making skills. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase that special stone you’ve been saving for just the right piece.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Richard Salley
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Precious Metal Clay: Silver Impression Pendants"
July 28, 2018
 

This class is perfect for the beginner jewelry maker! Instructor Pam Ryan will walk you through how to mold, shape, fire, burnish, and polish silver from it’s raw state into a finished piece of jewelry. Each student will receive a sterling silver chain and will be able to wear the piece home at the end of the class. All materials and tools provided, no experience necessary! This class sold out last year – sign up early!
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Ryan
Cost: $95
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"A Piece A Day"
July 30 - August 2, 2018
 

Idea generation is essential to any artistic practice. The constant battle that artists engage in while in their studio can be isolating and even daunting. In this workshop, you will approach the studio each day as a fresh, blank slate in which to work, re-work, and ultimately complete a piece within 24 hours. Each day will consist of something new, including starting points for exploration, daily demonstrations of basic metalsmithing techniques, exploration of traditional and unusual materials, as well as short readings to help process ideas for the development of future work. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Jacquard, www.NicoleJacquard.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beginning Blacksmithing"
August 4, 2018
 

Learn the basics of lighting and tending the coal fire in the forge; handling hammers, tongs, and anvil; and working iron into points, hooks, and twists for useful objects such as drawer handles, plant hangers and a variety of hooks. This is a beginning class but intermediate students are welcome to review their skills and try more complex projects. Wear cotton clothing and leather shoes. Bring safety glasses if you have them.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Greg Winz
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Rivets for Metal Jewelry"
August 11, 2018
 

Rivet. Rivet. Rivets are the most widely used and versatile of all cold connections (joining items without soldering). Spend the day learning how to rivet using standard rivets, tube rivets and ball rivets. We will use them for their function as well as for their decorative possibilities. You will leave with one or two finished pieces of jewelry. It could be a cuff, a pair of earrings or a pendant. Let your creative juices flow! The Shake Rag Alley Studio is fully equipped with tools and equipment. Copper and brass wire and sheet are provided. You may purchase silver wire and sheet from the instructor if desired.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Deb Donaghue
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Sterling Silver Sentiment Bracelet"
August 13, 2018
 

Design and fabricate a sterling silver sentiment cuff bracelet with a bezel set stone from start to finish in this one-day workshop. Learn techniques in basic metalsmithing and how to use metal stamps successfully in a fun and supportive setting. Through discussions and demonstrations, Chris will share how to cut, shape, and polish silver. Provided metal stamps will be used for the sentiment of your choosing and the day will be completed after setting the stone and polishing the entire bracelet. No previous metals experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $165, Non-Members: $175, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Level With Me: Bezel Set Ring"
August 14, 2018
 

This workshop explores the process of bezel setting through the creation of a ring using a natural stone or unique object as the focal point. Using a variety of techniques, this experience is sure to expand your metalsmithing vocabulary. Chris will demonstrate methods for measuring and sizing rings, as well as cutting, polishing, and oxidizing sterling silver. Choose your own stone or compass and learn the basics in bezel setting. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $165, Non-Members: $175, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bump Your Heart Out Earrings and More"
August 15-16, 2018
 

Explore the importance of texture and surface design as you conceptualize and complete a variety of pieces. Using handmade metal stamps created by five generations of the Navajo Tribal Nation, you will have the opportunity to add unique dimension to sterling silver earrings and pendants. With plenty of time to experiment and practice using metal stamps before creating a variety of final pieces, you will discover that no two pieces are alike with this process. Chris will work with students individually, from concept to finished piece. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Welding Wild Yard Art"
August 18-19, 2018
 

Let your imagination run wild for two days and turn your visions into unique pieces of welded yard art. Bring junk tools, wrenches, rakes - anything a magnet will stick to. You’ll learn how to cut, grind, heat, bend, and weld it all together to make a classic “critter.” Start scrounging now to collect what you will want to work with and bring it to class with you. A limited amount of “junk” will be provided if needed. Re-rod for legs and feet will be available for purchase by the foot. No welding experience necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dick Anderson
Cost: $205
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Fine Silver Leaves from the Garden"
August 18, 2018
 

Transform leaves into fine silver jewelry using Precious Metal Clay in this exciting one day class. Sherry will demonstrate the process from collecting appropriate organic material, preparing and/or storing that material, to completion of a fine silver piece of jewelry. Learn to make bails and embellish your jewelry with fire-in-place stones, syringe, and extruder. You will go home with one or more beautiful pieces of pure silver jewelry, and the knowledge to create more. You will also learn how to torch fire PMC with a small butane torch, so you can fire your work without a kiln. Materials fee includes 18gm PMC clay, a fire-in-place stone, and use of tools. More PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Silver Metal Clay Link Bracelet"
August 19, 2018
 

In this class you will form both the links and toggle attachment from fine silver metal clay using your choice of design and shape. After shaping, drilling holes and refining, you will attach them with sterling jump rings and polish, then patina if desired. You will be able to wear your beautiful bracelet home. Material fee includes 28 grams of Precious Metal Clay and sterling silver jump rings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $159
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Connections and Kinetics"
August 22-25, 2018
 

Discover new approaches to designing and fabricating jewelry in this intensive workshop focused on mechanics, connections, and kinetics. Transform basic links and materials into dynamic hinges, rivets, and wraps resulting in jewelry that is unique and full of movement. Beginning with a simple connection, Sarah will guide you through the process of reimagining its design and function. Explore possibilities of your own creation through a series of hand-fabricated links using tube, wire, and sheet metal before moving on to more in-depth, final jewelry pieces that incorporate elements that turn, spin, slide, and dangle. Leave this experience with a new set of skills, design concepts, and at least two finished pieces. Previous soldering experience is required for this workshop.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Surface Design on Metal and Paper - for Bookmaking and Beyond"
August 23-24, 2018
 

Alter paper and metal to make a sweet chunky book using only watercolor paper, canvas, metal and embellishments. On day one, create surfaces for the pages of your book, experimenting with stencils, stamps and found objects to create yummy textures. Learn to use resists, glazes, gesso and ink to create depth, contrast and stunning color combinations. In the afternoon learn techniques for creating interesting surfaces on metal, including metal transfers and leaf printing. On day two, tie it all together in a 5x7 inch book. Learn to bind this book as well as how to work with metal – distressing, punching, altering, and cold connecting.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Nesting Necklace"
August 23, 2018
 

If you like multiple wire and cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization then you will love this class! We will create a Wire Nest focal with wire, molding compound, Ice Resin, and my images or yours. Using ThermaClear sheeting we will “blow” the trinket dome, set our layers of metal-Ice Resin pages and our dome to create a trinket dome connector. Next we will make a nest connector component, set eyelets and create the rest of the necklace components with wire loops and beads. Finally, we will add Vintaj® Patinas to coordinate with our images and begin construction. It will be a jam-packed day of constant exploration, creativity and design concepts.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Boho Dangle Necklace"
August 23, 2018
 

Create a dangle necklace with a “boho” vibe. Learn to make a couple of mixed media components using unusual jewelry materials like craft foam and vinyl tubing, then combine these with beads, wire, waxed linen and found objects to make dangles that are hung on a ball chain. Keep it simple with just a few dangles…or, for a real statement look, jazz it up with as many dangles as you can complete. Dangles can also be used to make earrings. A good beginner project (no previous jewelry experience required) that can be just as much fun for a more experienced jewelry maker. This half-day class is part of our 4-day Art Adventure Retreat. Check out other offerings at our website.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharon Stauffer
Cost: $60
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"UV Resin, Epoxy and Polymer for the Mixed Media Enthusiast"
August 24-25, 2018
 

Paper crafters, jewelry-makers, book arts aficionados and other creative tinkerers, will enjoy the unique properties of UV resin, epoxy modeling compound, and polymer. Prepare paper ephemera (think vintage cigar bands, postage stamps, match book covers, origami paper, etc.) for a crystal-clear coating of UV-curing resin, then mix 2-part epoxy compound and embed images under flat or glass domes to construct a bezel charm or pendant. Designs are embellished (or not!) with ball chain and beads. Learn a slick direct transfer technique (no decals!) with black-and-white photocopies and polymer clay. Utilize high contrast photocopies of your own, artwork, clip art, or photographs. Unlike traditional transfer methods, this process yields a crisp, smudge-free image. Optionally add color with pencils or alcohol inks.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jill Erickson
Cost: $235
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Miss Mermaid Necklace"
August 25, 2018
 

Who doesn’t love anything Mermaid? This mixed media necklace is jam-packed with fun techniques to achieve a sea-weathered ancient look with Art Nouveau touches. Create an Ice Resin mermaid face and art nouveau components, then play with a patina color – a little alcohol ink and even some acrylic paint – to expose details. Working with copper sheeting you will create a shape you like for the back plate and then add some letter stamping, forging and patina work. The resin components will be wire riveted onto the back plate. Create a beaded simple looping chain for the necklace and wrapped loop dangles for the rest. This class is all about cold connection techniques, playing with Ice Resin and personalization.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wire and Bead Sun Catchers"
August 26, 2018
 

If you love beads and tiny glass, what better way to view them than with the sun kissing them every day in your window! Create a sun catcher using several different gauges and colors of wire from Parawire®. Begin by creating a basic wire form. Choose a size that feels comfortable and we will build upon it, laying out ideas on where color, shape, size and sparkle would work best. We will talk about design and balance to get a structured piece that has a random flow and beautiful bead embellishment. Feel free to bring bead soup and charms to personalize your design. You will complete at least one full sun catcher and there may be time for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Polymer and Resin Jewelry"
August 26, 2018
 

These pendants begin with making your own bezel with heavy copper wire and simple forging and wrapping techniques. Then the bezel is filled with textured polymer clay and thin wire shapes to create areas to color with mica powders. After baking, the bezel is topped with UV Resin for a faux cloisonné effect.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 9, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Hand-Forged Knives"
September 12-14, 2018
 

Hand forge and finish a knife of high carbon steel with handle of natural materials such as wood, bone, or antler. Knife fittings of guards, bolsters, and pommels will be forged or poured with non-ferrous casting. Techniques included in class will be fire maintenance; hot forging; filing; heat treatment of annealing, hardening, and tempering; applying handle materials; and sharpening. You will go home with your own custom knife! Class appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths. All materials supplied, but you may bring special handle materials such as hardwoods or antler, if you wish.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robert Schulz
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Woven Dimensions- Weave, Forge, Design"
September 21-24, 2018
 

Take your wire skills to the next level. Through a series of three projects Sarah will guide you from the foundation of wire weaving to the complexity in creating dimension using wire weaving techniques as you build a layered shadowbox pendant. You will explore how to achieve professional results and have an opportunity to dabble in designing as you create your own inspired designs within your shadowbox pendant.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sarah Thompson
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Torch Enameling 101: A Basic Guide"
September 24, 2018
 

Discover the art of torch enameling in this introductory one-day workshop. Learn the fundamental techniques in metal preparation, enamel application, and torch firing. With Sara as your guide, you will practice using a Hot Head Torch and learn how to safely add colorful enamel powders to copper sheet to make a variety of components, including beads, pendants, and headpins. No previous experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Lukkonen, www.CKoopBeads.com
Cost: Members: $200, Non-Members: $210, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Trio: Torch Enameling Techniques"
September 25-26, 2018
 

In this multifaceted workshop, explore three different applications for torch enameling. With an emphasis on versatility, you will have the opportunity to create a series of components, as well as finished jewelry pieces. Beginning with copper components, including beads and pendants, Sara will demonstrate an etching technique using black paint to render imagery and text on enameled objects. From there, you will enamel a series of thin mosaic tiles and learn how to apply them to create a finished metal cuff. Finally, using copper sheeting and wire, you will design and fabricate sculptural flowers and leaves, creating a unique surface to add enamel color to. These pieces will be wire wrapped and connected to a chain to create a hanging bouquet.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sara Lukkonen, www.CKoopBeads.com
Cost: Members: $310, Non-Members: $335, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hollow Form Tube Beads"
September 28-29, 2018
 

Learn how to transform seamless copper and brass tubing from your local hardware store into a variety of unique hollow form beads. These components can stand alone as the focal point of a piece of jewelry or be incorporated into larger designs, such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Susan will guide you through the process of hollow form bead construction, including cutting and soldering methods. From there, learn a myriad of ways to individualize and embellish each bead, including forming different shapes, creating textures using files, drills, and stamps, as well as adding spinning elements. Complete each bead by designing and building decorative end caps.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Cost: Members: $255, Non-Members: $280, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Chain Making – Intro to Metal Working"
September 28, 2018
 

Introduction to basic soldering and fusing silver. By the end of this class students will have an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder and fuse simple joints. Students will complete one spiral bracelet and one ball and loop bracelet.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Enamel Portraits: Memories Captured"
September 28, 2018
 

Memories play such an important role in who we are. Do you have a memory of a place, person, pet, or time in your life you would like to honor and turn into a keepsake? Using liquid enamel, photography, and enamel decals and paints we will create a wearable work of art to honor your memories. Settings will be provided and there is no metalsmithing experience required. If you prefer to make our own setting, tools and materials will be provided for that, too! This workshop can be combined with day two and/or three to create one memory necklace with a sterling silver chain and charm accents.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Precious Metal Clay and Gemstone Charm Necklace"
September 29, 2018
 

Precious Metal Clay is made of very small particles of metal with a binder that allows you to use it like clay. We will roll, stamp, cut, and mold the clay into charms that we will kiln fire. Use these charms alongside gemstone beads for a colorful accent in your jewelry! Letter and image stamps will be available for you to stamp your favorite quote or image for a truly meaningful one of a kind piece. This workshop can be combined with day one and/or three to create one memory necklace with a sterling silver chain and charm accents.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Geometric (Morning session – Necklace; Afternoon session – Earrings)"
September 29, 2018
 

So, you know how to solder, but sometimes you just can’t get it right? Learn some highly irregular tricks to fix messy soldering. You will get a chance to put it to the test and by the end of the class, have geometric pieces to use on a modern bracelet or necklace. You will finish one or more pendants; however, beading will be finished on your own after the class. (Bead stringing will not be taught.) In the second half of the day we will utilize skills learned in the morning to make earring jackets but with an extra challenge, soldering pins. Soldering fine points is a technique in itself. Students will be challenged to stretch their experience.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Intro to Torch Welding"
September 30, 2018
 

Want to give welding a try? Learn the process of cutting and welding mild steel that will give you the basics for working on steel sculptural assemblages. There are three types of welding equipment: oxyacetylene torch, arc welder and electric wire feed. In this class Denny will teach you the use of oxyacetylene for cutting and welding steel. You'll draw shapes on metal and cut them out, then weld pieces together into three dimensional small sculptures. Denny can answer all your questions about welding including the kinds and costs of equipment for your own studio. Wear cotton clothes and leather shoes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dennis McKernan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Boxed Up! – Hollow Forms"
September 30, 2018
 

This fabricating class will touch on multiple skills that can be used to enhance any smithing project. Create a contemporary ring while refining your sawing, shaping and soldering techniques. Students will be encouraged to create their own designs. If you are looking to challenge this class will surely impress. Every step will refine your skills and give you experience with that tool (saw) you have been avoiding.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Fused, Hammered & Connected Argentium Silver Chains"
September 30, 2018
 

Argentium silver is an alloy of sterling silver that can be fused and resists tarnish. It makes beautiful handmade chains! The fact that it can be fused means you can easily make a wide range of chains without soldering! This workshop will show you several designs that can be made in Argenitum wire. You can make a stand-alone chain or combine it with your artwork from day one and/or two for a fabulous, meaningful, one of a kind statement piece!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kirsten Denbow
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Blacksmithing 101"
October 5-7, 2018
 

If you're a beginner this blacksmithing workshop is for you! You'll start with the basics: tending the coal fire, hammer control, use of the anvil and tongs. Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals, you'll move on to some hot iron forging projects, such as a variety of handy hooks, plant hangers, bottle openers, key chain fobs, and more. Bob will have samples of many projects for you to examine. You'll go home with some handsome ironwork you've forged yourself, and with a taste for more.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Wrapped Rings"
October 8-9, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the world of wrapped ring fabrication in this intensive two-day workshop. Explore the hydraulic press, pancake dies, and applied textures as you work to complete at least two pieces. All rings will be hand-fabricated using a variety of studio tools. Day one will focus on a wrapped feather ring using the hydraulic press, pancake dies, and solder-applied textured veining. Expand on these techniques to fabricate a wrapped ring of your own design on day two with Kristi available to help you through the process from start to finish. Leave this workshop with new skills and finished pieces.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristi Evenson, www.ColieBugAndCompany.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hinged Hide-Away Pendant"
October 15-16, 2018
 

Produce a fun, interactive pendant in this hands-on workshop. Hinged to allow access to its interior, this pendant is perfect for carrying a coin, note, or small token. Over the course of two days, cutting, piercing, polishing, and oxidizing will be demonstrated and discussed. You will learn how to design and construct both a hinge and box-like pendant. No previous metalsmithing experience is required.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Cost: Members: $275, Non-Members: $300, includes materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Forge Welding"
October 18-21, 2018
 

Have you already learned basic blacksmithing and now would like to add forge welding? It’s the art and skill of joining two pieces of steel with high heat and hammering. Bob will explain several types of forge welding methods (no Damascus). He will cover temperature, fluxes and scarfs. Once you gain confidence in your forge welding skills, you will proceed to the projects which include forge welding a towel bar, fire poker, forge roasting fork and chain links. Bob will have samples to view. Students should have basic blacksmithing skills and know how to tend the coal forge. Class size limited to 6; each student will have his/her own forge.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Bob Tuftee
Cost: $355
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Talismans: A Jewelry Workshop in Antigua, Guatemala"
October 21-29, 2018
 

Susan is an internationally-recognized mixed-media jewelry artist and silversmith; her work has been included in collections from Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, and Nordstrom, as well as various national galleries and museum exhibits; it has also graced magazines including Elle, Ornament, Bead Design, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Susan has authored several books, including Resin Alchemy, which made the Amazon bestseller list. She is also an experienced and sought-after teacher, and has led dozens of workshops to explore beadwork, mosaic art, and mixed media, but also to discover (and uncover) the artistic soul. We’ll learn innovative techniques and mix materials – resin and metal, wire and fiber, glass and organic materials. We’ll even work with a local jade jeweler, to carve a piece of jade.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer, www.susanlenartkazmer.com
Cost: $3,545 Shared, $4,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Fine Silver Rings In A Day"
October 27, 2018
 

Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $144
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Combine Metal Clay and Traditional Metal Work"
October 28, 2018
 

In the morning you will create your fine silver focal piece with Precious Metal Clay, forming, drying and firing your piece to be ready to rivet it to copper sheet metal in the afternoon to create a pendant. After lunch you will be introduced to some basic metalworking techniques including texturing copper sheet with hammers, riveting, finishing edges and applying patina. You will then rivet your PMC piece or pieces to your textured copper sheet and take home a finished piece of jewelry! Materials fee includes 9 grams of fine silver clay, copper sheet metal, rivets, and any disposables necessary. Chain, ear wires and hooks may be purchased directly from the instructors.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Cost: $138
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Torch Fired Glass Enamel on Copper"
November 3, 2018
 

Light up your life with a flame work glass enameling class. No experience necessary for this class. You'll learn torch fired glass enameling techniques including counter enameling, vertical surface enameling, and sgraffito. Julie will demo sheet metal fabrication, shaping and will have on hand several precut shapes of copper metal shapes for you to chose from. You'll be the artist choosing your colors and designs. Extra materials will be on hand to enhance your finished designs and then you will be ready to turn your enameled pieces into earrings or a pendant. Materials fee includes glass enamels, torch and fuel to use in class, tools for use during class, wire for earrings or head pins, four copper shapes.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Open Studios"
November thru April
 

Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


 

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