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Animal Maquette Sculpture
April 29-30, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Sculptors use maquettes to describe essence and action in fast-paced, three-dimensional sketches in clay, similar to croquis in drawing. Learn to capture the unique character of animal movement and form by rapidly identifying key anatomical landmarks. Work from live animal models, both in-studio and at the Philadelphia Zoo. Van transportation available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Understanding the Human Face
May 1-5, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level

Make a Tin Can Forge, Carving Knife, and Carve Miniatures
May 2-4, 2017 (9am–5pm) — This is a jam-packed 3 days with Denny Neubauer, famous for his brand of woodcarving knives. Day 1: You will create your own tin-can forge and Denny will demonstrate how to use it to forge a woodcarving knife blade from a drill bit. Then you will forge your own blade. Day 2: You will finish your carving knife, hardening, tempering, and adding a handle made of cholla cactus, and Denny will show you how to sharpen your knife. Day 3: You will use your new knife to carve a miniature caricature, the kind Denny is well known for. You will take home a tin can forge, a carving knife, and your carving. Beginners are welcome. Limited enrollment. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Denny Neubauer
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $305
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Carve Two American Goldfinches
May 2-4, 2017 (9am–5pm) — You will carve and color two beautiful American Goldfinches, a male and a female. You can choose to mount your goldfinch couple together on a single driftwood or natural wood base or mount each separately. The bases can be either wall mounted or seated. Nick has been carving a wide array of charming songbirds for nearly 30 years, and teaching how to carve them for 8 years. He generally features carved eyes on his birds, but if you wish to use glass eyes, you will need to bring them. Nick will provide blanks, paint, brushes, and lots of carving tips. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Nick Scheuer
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $295
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Whittle-Carving 101
May 2-4, 2017 (9am–5pm) — “Whittle-Carving” is shaping a hand-held piece of wood using only a knife. This class is for folks who have never picked up a knife and carvers who want to sharpen their knife handling skills. We will talk about wood, knives and tools, safety, and sharpening, before making basic knife cuts on practice sticks. These cuts will then be used to whittle a simple Snowman from a blank. Face carving will be introduced with students creating a face-carving stick. As skills develop and time permits, carvers will have a choice of whittling a “Skinny Santa” or another figure (painting will be discussed.) Materials include practice sticks and Snowman blank. Additional blanks may be purchased in class for $5. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jim Hecker
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $280
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Carving Relief Scenes or Human Figures
May 2-4, 2017 (9am–5pm) — Carve a landscape relief scene or realistic human figure in the round. Best of Show award-winner in several major competitions, Dylan will guide you through the process of carving a country relief scene... a mountain cabin, a fish camp, or a country lane, the rough out will enable you to customize the scene to your tastes and skill level. You’ll learn about perspective, compression of depth, layering, and textures plus carving the intricate details that Dylan is known for. If human figures are your interest, Dylan will offer a 12” sea captain. You will learn to carve a realistic face, hands, wrinkles and folds in clothing. Safe efficient carving methods and how to sharpen carving tools will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Dylan Goodson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $270
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Portrait Study: Two & Three Dimensional
May 22-26, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Enrich your understanding of portraiture through through drawing and sculpture. Mornings session will focus on creating a portrait head in clay, developing it from deep geometric structure to surface form. Afternoons will be devoted to drawing the portrait, informed by the exploration of its three-dimensional form. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Sculpture workshops and stone carving in Italian Riviera
May 25-28, 2017 (10am to 4pm) — For beginners and advanced. Sculpt in a little paradise in a seaview art studio right at the border of the famous French Riviera and the beautiful Italian Riviera. For teen agers and adults, artists residencies on site. You can choose from wood or stone carving or sculpting in clay. Visit website


Location: Ventimiglia, Italy
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: Accademia
Cost: 260 euros
Email: Nicole durand
Phone: 33 608177897

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture - Session 1
May 31 - June 28, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12-4pm) — Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $5
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Metal Sculpture
May 31 - August 2, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication and construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and specific techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395, Lab Fee: $65
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Drawing and Sculpture
June 1-29, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — The combination of sculpture and drawing are ideal for understanding and capturing the gesture of the human figure. Investigate movement, rhythm and form through studies in charcoal, ink, paint, and collage, as well as in clay and plaster. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Figure and Portrait Modeling
June 1-29, 2017 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Learn to sculpt the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Stone Carving - Session 1
June 3 - July 1, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-1pm) — Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Portrait Sculpture
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Have you ever looked at a sculpture and wondered, “How did the artist do that?” In this three-day workshop, students will learn how to create a likeness in clay using a portrait model as the subject. As you sculpt, you will explore ways of creating a variety of moods. There will be instructor demonstrations throughout the workshop, including a demo of how to capture facial expressions. There will also be discussions on finishing your sculpture, applying cold patinas on fired clay, and simple mold making techniques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Susan Henningsen
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Junkyard Robots
June 16-18, 2017 (9am–4pm) — In this workshop, you are going to have a bit of fun with your inner mad scientist. In this class you are going to create your very own robot made from flotsam and jetsam, various doodads, rusty bits, and other sorts of debris. Perhaps a Swiss Army arm...or pocket watch monocle. Let your imagination run wild. Don't worry we can rebuild him...better, stronger, faster. Using the processes of assemblage, distressing, and painting you will create your very own junkyard buddy. Not sure if it will do chores…but it will look mighty cool. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Michael deMeng
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $435
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level

Bronze Casting
June 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Utilizing contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing sculpture into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, physical hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $540 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Intermediate Level

Drawing the Head: Landmark and Anatomy Tools
June 28 - July 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop embraces a cross-disciplinary approach to drawing the head. Using methods classical artists have relied on for centuries, you will alternate between drawing and sculpting from life. This approach to visualizing, understanding, and representing the human head will accelerate your learning process. A portion of each day will be spent working from a live model to create finished drawings. In addition, you will also spend time working on a 3D clay head study, which will focus on understanding proportions, generalizing shapes, and identifying plane changes. These exercises will help you draw anatomically correct and proportional features. At the end of this workshop, you will have new tools to analyze and perfect your future work. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kate Borcherding
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $475, Non-Members: $510
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture - Session 2
July 5 - August 2, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12-4pm) — Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $5
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Écorché
July 7 - August 11, 2017 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin. Working from the skeleton, students will model the underlying forms in clay on an armature. Excellent for both draftspersons and sculptors interested in a detailed study of human anatomy. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Stone Carving - Session 2
July 8 - August 5, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-1pm) — Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level
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Animal Sculpture
July 11 - August 8, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-1pm) — Learn to sculpt a variety of live animals in clay, capturing the anatomy, gesture and unique character of each subject. Work both in the studio and on site at the Philadelphia Zoo and other locations. Topics will include live animal study, using secondary references, comparative anatomy, and creating a sense of movement. Van transportation available from PAFA. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intermediate Level

Stone Carving
July 17-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Using the philosophy of Michelangelo, that every stone has a form and it is the role of the artist to find and release it, you will explore the process of stone carving. Learn the fundamentals of carving techniques, reductive art-making, and three-dimensional thinking in this labor-intensive workshop. Using Indiana limestone, you will have the opportunity to create a work from a drawing, maquette, or using the stone’s unique properties as inspiration. Amy will introduce you to best practices in stone carving, including proper tool use and handling, roughing out the form, and finishing techniques. Additional material costs will vary based on the size stone you work with. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Amy Brier, www.AmyBrier.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $540 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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The Figure in Clay
July 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop investigates the human figure through a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpture. Through handbuilding from observation, you will gain an understanding of the planes of the figure, human expression, and body gesture. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics relating to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportions, pose, and gesture. Hands-on practice will provide experience and understanding in building internal armatures, observational skills, sculpturing techniques, and problem-solving. From clothed and nude models you will use a self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $375, Non-Members: $410
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Figure Sculpture Workshop
July 29-30, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Learn the techniques and tools of figure sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and personal expression through the versatility of terra cotta clay. Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
August 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Stackables: A Mixed Media Figurative Sculpture
August 10-11, 2017 (9am–5pm, plus optional Thur evening studio time) — This class is a take-off on a popular children’s stacking toy, but this version is sophisticated enough for your office desk or a favorite bookcase shelf. It’s fun and interactive, too, as the pieces can be rearranged and turned to create different moods and to view different impressed messages. It’s sculpture, a puzzle and message board, all in one creatively playful work of art. You’ll create the individual pieces from polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire and found items, such as spools or wooden blocks. The pieces will all be drilled so that they can stack on a threaded rod and are then topped with a threaded bead for stability. Leave with a very personal work of art. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $233
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Sculpted-Character Walking Stick
August 12-13, 2017 (9am–5pm, plus optional Sat evening studio time) — Character walking sticks are usually carved from wood, but this one uses polymer clay. The hardened clay character pieces are attached to the wooden walking stick using Apoxie Sculpt. Learn the basics of sculpting a face, then how to alter the face to create character and how to add patterned and textured embellishments, using polymer clay, Apoxie Sculpt, wire and found items. The finished walking stick can be painted, polished or left as it is. Display it as a work of art or use it as a functional walking stick. For new or experienced sculptors - Maureen’s step-by-step process makes sculpting a face easier than imagined, while experienced sculptors may enjoy combining polymer clay and Apoxie Sculpt. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $230
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Deep Dive Journal; Collage, Color and Resin Casting
August 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this process-oriented workshop, students will learn new resin techniques such as casting found objects and transforming them into tromp l’oeil artifacts; substrate surface design with texture, acrylic paint and water soluble crayons; and journal construction by deconstructing a hardback book. Three-dimensional objects shown in art sample are made from cast resin and are indicative of the types of pieces we will create and alter during the workshop. Techniques taught have many applications for mixed-media collage and assemblage work. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Lunch and a Lecture: Historical and Contemporary Practices in Ceramics
August 18, 2017 (12pm-1pm) — Ceramic traditions span the globe and encompass a world of artistic endeavor that continues today. This lecture will connect ceramic works from the ancient world to contemporary approaches to materials, decoration, and processes in the ceramic arts. This history explores the human impulse to create, decorate, and express cultural values visually and it remains as a record of a creative continuum. For many ceramic artists working today, the language of surface design and the history of material culture plays a role in meaning, as artists engage with contemporary culture, values, and ideas. Debbie Kupinsky is an artist and educator. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture at St. Norbert College and maintains a studio in Appleton, WI. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Debbie Kupinsky, www.DebbieKupinsky.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: $25
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Understanding the Figure through Clay
August 21-23, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists alike will learn simple and engaging techniques to quickly assess, interpret, and create expressive sculpture in this figure-based workshop. Through this process, you will expand your observational skills and improve your proficiency in capturing the figure in any media. Observing a live, nude model, you will work quickly through multiple sculptures focused on proportion, composition, and design. Demonstrations and exercises will fill each day with one-on-one discussions attuned to skill level, personal goals, and individual expectations. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $455, Non-Members: $490
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Portrait Sculpture
August 24-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Gain invaluable insight and hone skills in observation, improving your understanding in identifying and capturing volume, form, and planes. These fundamentals of representing the human head will be emphasized and practiced before the refining of expression and gesture, resulting in portraits that are full of life. Working from a live model, you will focus on basic concepts of structure and anatomy. Discussions and demonstrations will address the use of specific tools and approaches to achieve accurate features and expressive gestures. You will create many quick sculptures, providing you with opportunities to practice these concepts. You can expect one-on-one feedback, tailored to your skill level, with the goal of advancing your proficiency in design and sculpting techniques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Audry Cramblit, www.AudryC.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $355, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Soul Houses
August 24, 2017 (10am–5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

If The Shoe Fits: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop
August 25, 2017 (10am–5pm) — 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 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 potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage. You will learn basic construction techniques as well as how to develop themes and narrative.


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $140
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Books Unbound Deluxe Edition: 2 Day Intensive Altered Book Workshop
August 26-27, 2017 (10am–5pm) — This extended, more intensive version of my Altered Book class will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3D works of art. We will break all rules set by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. You will not only be exposed to specific techniques such as making pockets, building niches, using transparencies, creating images through various kinds of transfer techniques, aging and distressing, you will also have space to freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects. Transform ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound and bravely enter into new creative territories. If you are into Altered Books, this class is for you! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $270
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”
September 1-16, 2017 — Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: $1,900
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 30 24240 24143

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Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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3D Sculpture Workshop
September 5-10, 2017 — Shannon Weber has been a self-educated, working studio artist and educator for 30 years working in 3D fiber sculpture. She is known as a tenacious maker and designer of "one-of-a-kind" woven objects and mixed media sculpture. Her avant-garde style of using obscure materials such as sea kelp, burnt wood, rocks, and vintage game board pieces along with other local finds such as rusted metal found along the side of the road set her sculptures apart. Learn to apply ancient techniques to achieve contemporary designs, using a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, and cold connections along with painting and encaustic. Open yourself to experimenting with almost any material to see what becomes of it. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Shannon Weber, shannonweber.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,625 Shared, $3,125-3,395 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level

Building Sculptural Character
September 24-29, 2017 (Welcome Dinner, Sun 6pm; Class Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm) — Kate’s characters look as if they could fly. They enchant your eye, they draw you in and they make you smile. She has made her signature sculptures especially for Cirque de Soleil, and her work has appeared in national magazines. She will show you how to have fun building unique character, sculpting with polymer clay and cloth over lively wire armatures, producing a figure with a unique life of its own. Learn her method of placing energy into a figure and focusing on the sculptural form and how to get inside it. Following her method you will be able to enrich and direct your own style and inventiveness. You will create two interacting figures in this 5 day workshop. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kate Church
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $700
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Encaustic Collage and Assemblage
September 26-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Encaustic paints and medium are incredibly versatile as both a binder and sculpture material. In this workshop, you will look at various methods of using encaustic and other materials to create wall-based works with sculptural elements and dynamic surfaces. You will be encouraged to repurpose other materials and found objects in your works, pushing beyond just painting and into constructed narratives. This workshop will start with creating some of your own altered papers using wax and inks/watercolor, rust printing, and mark-making that you will combine in final works. You will be guided in ways to display works of this type, as well as shipping and packing tips for these surfaces. While experience with encaustic is not needed, general art making experience is helpful. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer, www.Rehmer-Studio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $445, Non-Members: $480 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Light Sculpture or Illuminated Paper
October 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures. Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $55 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Felted Form : Taking It To The Next Level
October 9-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced felters who want to push their skills and creativity to a new level of three-dimensional felting. Discussion will be held on vessels, sculptures and sculpted wall hangings as well as surface designs and final presentation of your work. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas and sketches along with an open readiness to begin. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $60 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
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Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels
October 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms
October 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Mysteries of Translucence
November 10-12, 2017 (9am–4pm) — You walk past that bizarre ghostly window; it’s darkened but you see a small flicker of something lurking inside – but what? Mystery. The seen, the unseen… that’s what this class is all about. We’re going to create something magnificent, magical, and very very mysterious. The secret is in the multiple layers, but not just any layers: layers of semi-transparent and transparent materials. Incorporating brand new methods of using transfers, resins, transparencies and acrylic sheets, create multi-tiered compositions of layered collage. Create effects mimicing the look of printed glass, stained glass, glass etchings and encaustics. We’ll push the boundaries with lots of play, then assimilate the best experiments into our project, creating a multitude of incredible layers. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Andrea Matus deMeng
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $435
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop
November 16, 2017 (4-6pm) — Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Layl McDill
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $40
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Sculpting in Florence Italy
choose your own dates (Mornings or afternoons) — Create Your Own Workshop. Explore the secrets of the Old Masters in a beautiful studio in the heart of historic Florence with classically trained professional artists. Discover your potential while also experiencing the master works of the Renaissance, wonderful food and wine, and the magic of Florence. Individual instruction and small classes allows for all levels of artists -from the very beginner to the more advanced. All workshops are available for your choice of 3 days, 5 days or 10 days at 3 hours/day (you may choose your own dates at any time subject to availability) leaving the remainder of the day free to explore Florence on your own. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Frank Rekrut
Sponsor: The Florence Studio
Cost: €95 intro - €865 for 10 days
Email: Laura Thompson
Phone: (39)389 157 0276

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Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy (Self-Study)
Ongoing — A class created by Rey Bustos to augment entertainment and character designers, by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the thought process of character design. This course is designed for those who want to invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping the same logic of human and animal anatomy. With Rey’s excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to know how and why we are different from other animals, and how species evolve. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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