Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Introduction to the Art of Silk Painting"
June 21-23, 2019
 

Colors on silk are breathtaking. This is an exciting workshop in which you will have the opportunity to explore easy-to-apply design principles, color theory, and the special techniques for painting on silk. Painting florals is perfect for this art form. This class is taught in an open, relaxed manner and is geared for the beginner or the seasoned artist intrigued by exploring silk painting. I invite all who are interested to a delightful three-day workshop … it’s great fun, stimulating work, and a new and easy way to design fabric. Working and sharing with others is a joy. We will have completed three scarves by the end of the third day.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jamie Kirkell
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Make It, Take It! Weaving Mug Rugs (Coasters)"
June 22, 2019
 

Discover the fun of weaving your own fabric on a multi-harness loom in this hands-on experience, and take home your own mug rug creations. After a short orientation, you choose the color palate and threads to create the cloth on one of several looms already set up for your use. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Donalee Kennedy: Thoughtful Improv Piecing"
June 24-27, 2019
 

Loosen up and explore the magic of combining colors and textures in your pieced quilts without the need for templates or patterns. This is a beginner to intermediate level retreat. 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: $495
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"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


"English Paper Piecing"
July 13, 2019
 

Learn how to make English Paper Pieced hexagon rosettes, fussy cut to make patterns pop, applique them to a base fabric, and hand quilt to showcase your rosette. Participants will make a small needlebook or pincushion. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Cost: Member $30; Non-member $35
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Fabric Printing Workshop"
July 13-14, 2019
 

Textile art and printmaking often go hand in hand. Explore methods of developing and imposing images and patterns on fabric through press printing and screen printing to create singular works and composite images. Experimentation is encouraged and all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Megan Webb
Cost: $175; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Book It! Create a Book"
July 27, 2019
 

An experience to introduce or rediscover basic book-binding skills. Participants create a cover design, choose the types and number of pages to include, then bind them with a traditional stitching technique. You are welcome to incorporate your own handmade paper in your project. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Caning a Chair Seat: Doing the 7-Step Process"
July 27, 2019
 

Participants weave each of the 7-steps to hand cane a wooden frame using the most common pattern found in woven seats of chairs and rockers. When completed the sample serves as a reference tool for future caning projects. Participants need to bring small hand clippers, old washcloth, small spray bottle, awl, pencil, and plastic bag to keep instructions dry. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Phil Coffey
Cost: Member $50; Non-member $55
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
August 2-4, 2019
 

In this workshop, we will "play" with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. You will make at least two 12" square flat panels of thick quilting each day. (This is the basic technique I developed that I use in all of my work. I quilt first - before stitching any imagery or patterns. It is the opposite of traditional quilting.) These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and, although in this class we'll be working in two dimensions, we'll start to add three-dimensional elements. Discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Intro to Tunisian Crochet"
August 10, 2019
 

This is a half day experience and follows an Introduction to Crochet. What looks like knitting or weaving but isn’t either one--Tunisian crochet. In this experience, we will start from the beginning, including making samples of various stitches, learning to increase and decrease and read written patterns. Chain stitch and single crochet stitch is necessary. Intermediate participants.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $35; Non-member $40 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Intro to Crochet"
August 10, 2019
 

Start from the beginning, making samples of various stitches, learning to increase and decrease, to work in the round and to read written patterns.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $35; Non-member $40 (Materials Included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Weaving a Pine Needle Basket"
August 24, 2019
 

You’ll start the morning with a pile of long pine needles and sinew. And you’ll finish with a unique natural basket of your own design and making. You’ll experience the basket weaving technique and the joys of choosing and caring for natural basket-making materials. No experience necessary. Please bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $60; Non-member $65 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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


"Tunisian Crochet Cowl"
August 31, 2019
 

Using the Tunisian Crochet technique, create your own cowl which can serve as a head cover or scarf in cooler weather. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $40; Non-member $45 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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


"L'Atelier des Styles: Quilted Handbag Sewing Vacation"
September 8-13, 2019
 

What better way to define your style than building your fashion items yourself? Travel to England and learn how to create your own iconic Classic Quilted Handbag under the professional guidance of Kathryn Brenne, Vogue Pattern designer and contributing editor. L'Atelier des Styles workshop, focuses on working with leather and will take you through all the phases of creating the Classic Quilted Handbag. UpTrek Quilted Handbag Sewing Vacation 2019 includes: 5 nights of accommodation in a serene English country house, all meals, dessert breaks and alluring tea before studio sessions, all workshops with instructor Kathryn Brenne, all studio facilities and needed materials for creating your stylish item.
 
Location: Hampshire, England
Instructor: Kathryn Brenne
Cost: $2,100
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Layers, Lines and Image"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We'll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course. (This is a 3-day workshop)
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Felted Hat"
September 21, 2019
 

Make your own unique felted hat using wool with both wet and dry felting techniques. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $75; Non-member $80 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Weaving a Pine Needle Basket with Gourd"
September 28, 2019
 

You’ll start the morning with a pile of long pine needles and sinew. And you’ll finish with a unique natural basket of your own design and making. You’ll experience the basket weaving technique and the joys of choosing and caring for natural basket-making materials.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Jo Hoffacker
Cost: Member $60; Non-member $65 (Materials included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"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


"Beginning Weaving: Place Mat/Table Runner"
November 1-3, 2019
 

For those with no weaving experience (or as a review) to understand how the weaving process takes place and how equipment is used. Each person will plan, measure, and thread a loom to weave your choice of project. Direction and instructions are given every step of the way to accomplish your goal. Skills learned easily transfer to use of a floor loom. Handouts, all tools, supplies, and loom rental is included. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a sack lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peggy Coffey
Cost: Member $180; Non-member $195 (includes materials)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Create a Gratitude Journal"
November 23, 2019
 

Make your one-of-a-kind book to record feelings, thoughts, ideas, and wishes from a grateful heart. Basic bookmaking techniques and unique fasteners will be included in the process and you may add your own handmade papers or choose from those produced by Twin Rocker Paper Studio in Brookston. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $45; Non-member $55 (Materials are included)
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Begin to Spin Yarn on a Wheel"
December 7, 2019
 

For the novice or returning spinner, this experience covers what makes a thread a yarn, how a spinning wheel works, as well as the way to use and care for the wheel. You'll begin by drafting fibers and spin enough to ply it on the wheel, then wind it into a skein on a niddy-noddy for a "wash and set." Several types of ready-to-spin wools and blends are provided with enough to continue spinning once home. Bring your own spinning wheel or rent one for the day from MoonTree for an additional $10. All participants under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a bag lunch.
 
Location: Donaldson, Indiana
Instructor: Peg Coffey
Cost: Member $55; Non-member $60
Sponsor: MoonTree Studios
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


"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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