Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, September 20 - December 13, 2018
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $595, Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, September 22 - December 15, 2018
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication, construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and specific techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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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