Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Donalee Kennedy: Meditative Stitching"
June 28, 2019
 

Quiet your mind while you use a variety of materials to create own personal story in fabric. Beginner to advanced levels welcomed. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Donalee Kennedy
Cost: $165
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
July 5, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Weave a Cozy Cotton Scarf from Start to Finish"
July 20-21, 2019
 

Through hands-on experience, acquire the skills to set up a four-harness tabletop loom and get weaving! On the first day you will wind the three-yard warp on a warping board and dress the loom (threading the heddles and winding the warp onto the loom). We will need to focus and complete this step during the first day. Then you’ll learn to read a draft (pattern) and weave a sampler of plain (tabby) weave and an assortment of twill weaves. On day two, you’ll weave a full-length scarf of perle cotton, size 3/2 yarns. Finishing options will be demonstrated and discussed. Bring your own loom or use one of ours! Yarn will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Needle Felting Animals"
August 1, 2019
 

Learn to make three-dimensional felt sculptures of animals using the needle-felting technique, working with barbed needles to turn wool fibers into a more condensed material. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felt piece. All materials (wool and wool accents, felting needles, foam pads and wires for creating the skeleton) will be provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Stitch Journaling"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Merriam-Webster defines journaling as "a record of experiences, ideas or reflections for private use." In this class, we will delve into a variety of ways fabric and stitching can be used to record those experiences, ideas, or reflections. We will look at a variety of formats, from traditional to non-traditional, that your journal might take. Through exercises and experiments you will stitch and embellish using thread, beads, and paint to create a way of journaling that will be unique.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Knot Now – Making Macramé"
August 10, 2019
 

Knot now … I’m making macramé! Is it 1970? Or maybe you’re still asking yourself, “Is there any way I could learn to do this?” This workshop is just for you! With easy to follow, simple steps you can easily leave with several beautiful, affordable, finished projects and be able to add macramé to your list of skills. In this workshop we will practice the four basic knots: Square Knot, Half-knot Twist, Lark’s Head, and Half-hitch. Then we’ll use those knots to create plant hangers and wall hangings with a modern flair. Join us for some knot-tying fun!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Evy Thuli
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dynamic Duo! Nature Printing on Colored Backgrounds"
August 10-11, 2019
 

Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. We’ll begin by exploring different natural dyes, mordants, and color modifiers, learning what they are and how to work with them to color several silk scarves. The following day, we will harness those tannins and learn how they can be utilized to affect the outcome of an eco-print. Using your dyed scarves from the day before, you’ll bundle up plant material foraged from Shake Rag Alley’s campus and be surprised by what you unwrap at the end of the day! You will leave with three finished scarves, test swatches, and the ability to work with local plants, wherever you might live!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Necktie-Printed Scarves"
August 25, 2019
 

Ever wonder what to do with old silk neckties worn by the men in your life? They will live on through Cathy’s mystery process of color transfer from silk ties to a blank silk scarf. You’ll enjoy wearing a memory-rich scarf or giving one to someone who’ll treasure necktie imprints. You may bring 100% silk ties from your favorite person’s closet or purchase several at second-hand shops. Bring a minimum of three ties or purchase ties from Cathy in class for $3 each. Deep colors work best. (Ties will not survive the process.) You will complete two scarves during class and prepare one to take home and finish later.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Kitto
Cost: $70
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Elizabeth Buckley: Landscape in Tapestry"
August 25-29, 2019
 

Incorporate the pristine setting along the South Shore of Lake Superior in your tapestry weavings at this multi-day retreat. All levels are welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Rug Hooking Retreat"
September 13-15, 2019
 

Students will work on the rug-hooking pattern of their choice. We will cover color planning to make it look old and creating great backgrounds, and we’ll explore tips and techniques gleaned from antique rugs. This annual three-day workshop/retreat is open to students from intermediate to advanced. You will receive individualized instruction. Bring your own pattern, frame, hooks, and wool, but some materials (patterns, wool) will be available for purchase from the instructor. Open studio time is available Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Stephan
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dani Ives: Painting with Wool"
September 15-19, 2019
 

Explore the possibilities of using wool fibers to create needle felted paintings. In this workshop, students will explore the diversity of using wool fibers as a "painting" medium by diving into the world of two- dimensional needle felting. All levels are welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dani Ives
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Embroidery for Crazy Quilts"
September 20-22, 2019
 

If you've been enchanted by vintage crazy quilts, this class will get you started on creating your own heirloom. You will begin by learning basic embroidery stitches and then add flourishes to create unique embellishments. The basics of constructing a crazy quilt block and how to work with challenging fabrics will be covered. You will then construct a block and work the embroidery. Design and using color will also be discussed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $318
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"France Austin Miller: Silk Painting: Let it Flow"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Enjoy this introduction to painting on silk with France Austin Miller's unique techniques! Painting on silk is very forgiving and thoroughly enjoyable. Its gentle nature will offer your creativity an open door. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in the peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: France Austin Miller
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Carol Soderlund: Layers Upon Layers"
July 5-9, 2020
 

Develop experimental approaches to the layering of visual color and texture on cloth. This retreat is suitable for advanced-beginner to advanced level fiber artists. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Graham Keegan: Indigo + Shibori Exploration: From Seed to Dye"
July 19-23, 2020
 

During this retreat, you'll learn how to extract pigment from indigo leaves and transfer its rich color onto cloth, from the palest blue to deep indigo. This retreat is recommended for those of all experience levels. The dye process will be explored from start to finish in a way that is exciting for novices and offers insight to even the most experienced dyers. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Graham Keegan
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


 

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