Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

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


"Art for Kids 3½ to 5: Clay Creations"
July 23-26, 2018
 

Students will use basic hand building techniques to create a wide range of sculptural and functional ceramic pieces. Children will learn how to use pinch, coil, and slab construction to build imaginative creatures, small pots, sculptural masks, and more. Add texture, pattern, and color using a variety of tools and tempera paints.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Beginning Sculpting"
July 23-25, 2018
 

Never be afraid to sculpt again! Students will learn to build their own armature for the human body, attach clay, correct body proportions, and add action to their figures. Hal will provide step by step individual & class instruction as well as instructor demonstrations. Handouts will be provided. Students will leave class with a finished or nearly finished human sculpture in clay.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Hal Stewart, www.halstewartbronze.com
Cost: $300 + $35 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mold Making: The Plaster Waste Mold"
August 4-5, 2018
 

A waste mold is a single-use mold for casting a clay sculpture in plaster. Learn the complete process of transforming a clay model into a finished work of art, including plaster mold-making, casting, finishing, and mounting onto a suitable base for presentation. Bring your clay sculpture for casting! All levels welcome. The $60 fee covers all materials. Students enrolled in a summer clay modelling course at PAFA will receive a 10% discount.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummit, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $60
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Polymer Clay Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes"
August 4, 2018
 

Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes, Oh My! With polymer clay, a bit of wire, a strip of aluminum foil, a dab of paint, a found rock or two and your imagination, create a whimsical character that is sure to bring a smile, and, just perhaps, a story or two along with it! Maureen has been creating clay characters for 40 years, so knows lots of tips and tricks for making what looks like a difficult process become one that even beginners can accomplish. You will use molds to create the faces and hands, but you'll also learn how to tweak the molds so each creation is one-of-a-kind.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Polymer Clay Fairies"
August 5, 2018
 

Fairies Here, There and Everywhere! These sweet, whimsical fairies reflect the joy and humor that abounds in childhood tales. Bring this magic into reality with a bit of polymer clay using tips and tricks from Maureen. Polymer clay is a bit like firm play dough, but there the similarity ends. When baked, these polymer clay characters become strong enough to be permanent visitors to your bookshelf, kitchen cupboard, fairy garden or collector cabinet. Since sweet faces are harder to create than craggy ones, this class is after the Saturday Elves and Gnomes class. These classes complement each other, so sign up for both and build your skills.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art for Kids Ages 6-8: Clay Built for the Outdoors"
August 13-16, 2018
 

Using the summer landscape for inspiration, young artists will create a series of functional and sculptural ceramic pieces for the outdoors. Lanterns, toad houses, small animal sculptures, and flower pots are just a few of the possible projects. Hand building techniques will be used to create each piece and brightly colored underglazes will decorate the surface.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor:
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


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

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


"Box Full of Dreams: Mixed Media Assemblage Workshop"
August 23, 2018
 

Joseph Cornell is known for his special brand of visual poetry, brought to life in what he called the Box Construction. Cornell created little stories inside “shadow boxes” - voyages of the imagination forged by assembling seemingly disparate and random objects into dreamlike miniature tableaus. This class builds on the idea of the Cornell box. Build your own poetic little “theatre box” that evokes memories contained within. Use found objects you have been collecting in a unique work of art that speaks from your heart and elevates them to a place of reverence – of redemption. Learn basic assemblage techniques – how to collect, arrange, edit and attach found objects – and collage techniques using transparencies and photo transfers.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Guardians of the Discarded"
August 25, 2018
 

Make an eclectic free standing figurative assemblage, starting with only two pieces of wood and a few favorite treasures! Learn the nuts and bolts of assemblage, composition, and cold connecting, to unite found objects in a cohesive piece of art. Learn exciting new ways to distress wood and metal surfaces, how to make beautiful clay faces, and how to make a mold of just about anything. Make one paper clay face, (and use another, already dried) in class. We will drill, sand, carve, paint, sculpt, problem solve, punch and distress – but most importantly, we will have a blast! Breathe new life into your found treasures and join us for a fun day of constructing awesome, one-of-a-kind assemblages!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Birds Gone Wild"
August 26, 2018
 

Not quite sure what to do with the mounds of junk (oops … I mean treasures) that have been accumulating in your studio? Have you been afraid to use that vintage tin, saving it for the "perfect" project? Well dig it all up and bring it to class, where we'll create the wackiest flock of birds you've ever seen! Add to your cold connecting, assemblage and composition skills, but most of all, learn how to let go of perfection, let loose and have a blast! You will leave with at least 3 totally unique, one-of-a-kind birds. (The birds you make can be any size, depending upon the metal you bring. Most of mine are 8" x 5".)
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $165
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


"Literary Niche (Altered Books)"
September 7-9, 2018
 

Found object artist and former librarian Gary Niebuhr offers an in-depth exploration of altered books as you work on three projects. Learn niche-carving techniques, then alter each book using various mixed media practices. Along the way we will explore the history of assemblage and bookmaking as well as the study of visual literacy and its effect on creating a theme for each project. Complete three altered books to cherish that have strong emotional messages and/or thematic content. Optional extras: Friday evening, 7-8:30, "Nailing Crap Together and Calling It Art: The History of Assemblage", lecture and get-together; Saturday evening, Open Studio, 7:00, and overview of "The History of the Book and How It Has Been Altered Over Time."
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $250
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


"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


"Create a Figurative Sculpture Duo"
September 30-October 5, 2018
 

In this week-long intensive Kate will teach the techniques she uses to build her sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. Create two sculptures - a horse, bird, or rabbit approximately 15" tall - as your major piece. From a drawing, design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the form that will animate your piece. Use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work. In the second part of the class you will create a figure to ride, lead - maybe dance - with your fantasy critter. Kate will have patterns available if you feel you are not ready to design your own. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring ride!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Finding The Soul of Forgotten Materials"
October 4-7, 2018
 

Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. During this workshop students are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. We will look at alternative construction methods using wire, screws and basic woodworking techniques to assemble our forms and we will also learn how to sculpt and shape carving foam, which is the armature for each sculpture.
 
Location: Snow Hill, Maryland
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Cost: $675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"The Native American Portrait in Clay"
November 12-16, 2018
 

This workshop is designed to help students understand the Native American portrait in clay. Oreland will start by covering the skull, major tendons and muscles. Once the basics have been established, students will move to gesture and certain key areas to identify the clay study as Native American. The study will involve two live demonstrations which will include one male Native American model and one female Native American model. Monday and Tuesday mornings will begin with one gesture exercise working from live models. The goal of the workshop is to help students understand the Native American bone structure and facial surface.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Oreland C. Joe, Sr., www.orelandjoe.com
Cost: $765 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Birds in Sculpture"
December 5-9, 2018
 

The class begins with a discussion of bird anatomy, the principles of aerodynamics, and how to achieve the illusion of movement in sculptures of birds in flight. Students will learn how to construct an armature for blocking in birds in flight, and explore all aspects of modeling in oil based clay. Sandy will help students determine the difference between a sculpture that is technically adequate and one that has spirit and life. Students will learn the importance of assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the bird’s essence. Students will work from photography, drawings, field guides, and internet imagery of birds in flight. The focus will be on armature building, assembling references for a specific species, aerodynamics, anatomy, and creating art.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Sandy Scott, www.sandyscott.com
Cost: $680 + $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Vala Ola will take students through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contrapposto, and face. A full day will be devoted to the head with special focus on eyes, lips and hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms versus defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure that emotionally engages the viewer.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Vala Ola, www.valaola.com
Cost: $680 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"One-Way Trip to Composing Sculpture"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Composition is often mistaken for design. Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement- it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and certain elegance. Composing is none of the above. It’s transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process, whereas design is much more planned, logical, and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing – that is the art of sculpting. This workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly experience sculpting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $685 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait Sculpture: This Time with Feeling"
February 25 - March 1, 2019
 

There are many ways to approach the art of Portraiture, academically, structurally, or personally. But after many years the one thing that continues to fascinate and beguile Eugene is the psychological aspect of the portrait. The portrait must of course have a modicum of anatomical structure to give testament to the real players which are the muscles that typically create an asymmetric expression. It is possible to create a complex expression with a minimal knowledge of anatomy if you know what to look for. This is the goal, learning to see the subtle landmarks that create a psychological context in your portrait and raise it above the realm of likeness alone. This class is for beginners and professionals.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.eugenedaubsculpture.net
Cost: $760 + $55 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Functional Sculpture"
April 8-12, 2019
 

Art can be a multifaceted discipline. In fine art, the viewer relates to the art on an intellectual and emotional level, but art can also cross the boundaries from fine art to functional art, a utilitarian approach in which art is created to be used in addition to being viewed, bringing the beauty of art to everyday objects. In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to experience their ideas incarnated into a sculpture which will be part of everyday life at home. It can be a relief tile to look at or a doorknob to pull, shaped as a sphere, square or irregular shape. There is no limit to one’s imagination.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Cost: $685 + $55
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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