The Collector

Oct 28-29, 2023

Schedule: 9am-4pm Sat-Sun

Instructor: Michael & Kelly Bird

Registration Deadline: Oct 16

Description

Have you ever been walking in nature and seen something you thought was interesting and/or spoke to you? In this class we will be making a mask to showcase those finds. This art piece can be hung on your wall and added to over the years with all the special pieces that you collect in nature. We will start with discussing ideas and design, and then move on to sculpting the main face forms out of the paper clay. On the second day, after your mask has dried, we will assist you adding materials, character, and your “collections.” We will supply natural materials for you, but we encourage you to bring anything that you would like to add.

Materials fee includes face forms, tools, glue, paper clay, paper, and various dried natural materials

Class size 10

Level Novice and above

Student Supply ListĀ We encourage students to bring dried natural materials that can include but not limited to bark pieces, dried grasses, or small rocks.

  • Tuition $250
  • Materials Fee $25

Instructor

Photo of Kelly and Michael Bird

Kelly and Michael Bird

Michael and Kelly Bird are the married art team and the parents to four children and two grandchildren. Being in nature and exploring the outdoors has always been a favorite activity for the family to do together. From the Mississippi River to the drift-less areas of northern Iowa and Wisconsin, we discovered inspiring objects and landscapes that motivated us to create pieces of art that pay tribute to the many faces of nature we would see.…Read More

Michael and Kelly Bird are the married art team and the parents to four children and two grandchildren. Being in nature and exploring the outdoors has always been a favorite activity for the family to do together. From the Mississippi River to the drift-less areas of northern Iowa and Wisconsin, we discovered inspiring objects and landscapes that motivated us to create pieces of art that pay tribute to the many faces of nature we would see. We have dedicated years using the natural materials and combining them with elements we grow. The natural materials we use are sustainable, renewable, and can be acquired without destroying or negatively altering the environment where they are found.

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Face of Nature

The Collector

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging one year from the date of cancellation.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refundĀ or transferable gift certificate.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.