Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Free Arts Camp - AM

July 19-22, 2021

Schedule: 9-11:30 am Mon-Thu

Instructor: Elizabeth Johanna

Registration Deadline: July 18

Description

There will be art to create, stories to tell, music, movement, and nature to enjoy. Come for a good time in the middle of summer. Grades 1-5.

Class size 6

  • Tuition $0

Instructor

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Hal Aavang

After retirement as an architect, Hal Aavang was looking for a way to combine a practical skill with his lifelong love of working with metal, and to also use this skill as an art form. He found the blacksmithing program at Shake Rag Alley, and started with a basic blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee using the traditional coal forge.…Read More

After retirement as an architect, Hal Aavang was looking for a way to combine a practical skill with his lifelong love of working with metal, and to also use this skill as an art form. He found the blacksmithing program at Shake Rag Alley, and started with a basic blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee using the traditional coal forge. In order to continue blacksmithing at home, the propane gas forge provided a clean and readily available forging heat for his projects. A MIG welder and oxy-acetylene torch added additional support for his home blacksmithing shop where he works on many pieces such as traditional hooks, fire pokers, flowers, other art projects, and an expanding list of future works. Hal is a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association. He keeps, sells, donates to charitable causes, displays his work, and accepts commissions.

Workshops

Blacksmithing a Garden Gate

Explore Gas Forge Blacksmithing – June

Explore Gas Forge Blacksmithing – September

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Dick Anderson

Dick Anderson is a retired high school shop instructor with a passion for learning and building things. Having often taken the path less traveled has made all the difference and led him from building timber-framed covered bridges and log cabins to chainsaw wood carving, shoe making, and welded yard art, to name a few. Dick believes learning should be serious fun.…Read More

Dick Anderson is a retired high school shop instructor with a passion for learning and building things. Having often taken the path less traveled has made all the difference and led him from building timber-framed covered bridges and log cabins to chainsaw wood carving, shoe making, and welded yard art, to name a few. Dick believes learning should be serious fun. “Believe me when I say, crossing a bridge in your future will be a bit easier after you have built one or two.”

Workshops

Welding Wild Yard Art – July

Welding Wild Yard Art – August

Intro to Torch Welding – Oct. 8

Intro to Torch Welding – Oct. 9

Log Cabin Restoration

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Jim Arendt

Jim Arendt retired from a long career as a teacher and YMCA director. “I became interested in willow furniture watching John Schakel, the master willow bender, give a demonstration at Woodlanders many years ago. Shortly after that I registered for Shake Rag Alley’s bent willow chair class with John. As fate would have it, I was John’s only student and through that class we developed a lasting friendship.…Read More

Jim Arendt retired from a long career as a teacher and YMCA director. “I became interested in willow furniture watching John Schakel, the master willow bender, give a demonstration at Woodlanders many years ago. Shortly after that I registered for Shake Rag Alley’s bent willow chair class with John. As fate would have it, I was John’s only student and through that class we developed a lasting friendship. Over the years I helped John gather the willow needed for a class and assisted him. I have built many chairs on my own, but some of my most cherished undertakings are the three youth willow chairs I have made for my three grandchildren. I was deeply honored when Shake Rag Alley contacted me to teach the Make a Bent Willow Chair class. I am looking forward to working with everyone in lovely Mineral Point.”

Workshops

Make a Bent Willow Chair – June

Make a Bent Willow Chair – September

 

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Kanndie Basting

I'm married and I have two young daughters. I've lived in Mineral Point all of my life. I love camping, crafting and cooking. I enjoy spending time with children and thought teaching a class at Shake Rag would be fun. My kids have always loved participating in the summer programs. Youth Program Workshops Fairy JarsRead More

I’m married and I have two young daughters. I’ve lived in Mineral Point all of my life. I love camping, crafting and cooking. I enjoy spending time with children and thought teaching a class at Shake Rag would be fun. My kids have always loved participating in the summer programs.

Youth Program Workshops

Fairy Jars

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Marianne Biagi

Marianne Biagi is an artist living in Morrison, Illinois. Her award-winning beadwork has been shown throughout the United States, and featured in magazines and other publications. Her beadwork was included in the book The Best of Beadwork 2000. She has been teaching beadwork and bead embroidery for over 25 years. Marianne is a creative maker and always seeking new techniques to express her ideas.…Read More

Marianne Biagi is an artist living in Morrison, Illinois. Her award-winning beadwork has been shown throughout the United States, and featured in magazines and other publications. Her beadwork was included in the book The Best of Beadwork 2000. She has been teaching beadwork and bead embroidery for over 25 years.

Marianne is a creative maker and always seeking new techniques to express her ideas. In addition to beadwork, she is a skillful artist, working with metals, fabrics, dyes and textiles.

Workshops

Serenity Stones

Printing Botanicals on Paper

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Deirdre Birmingham

Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi started The Cider Farm in 2003 near Mineral Point. They may be the only orchard in the United States started for the purpose of making fermented (hard) ciders. Since cider is made like a wine, they wanted to grow English and French apple varieties that were developed for fermenting, like a wine grape is for wine.…Read More

Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi started The Cider Farm in 2003 near Mineral Point. They may be the only orchard in the United States started for the purpose of making fermented (hard) ciders. Since cider is made like a wine, they wanted to grow English and French apple varieties that were developed for fermenting, like a wine grape is for wine. They had to make these trees themselves to get started. They now have approximately 16,000 certified organic apple trees and are still growing. They produce not just ciders but apple brandies sold throughout Wisconsin, Chicago and at their Cidery and Tasting Room on Madison’s West Side.

Instructor Website

Workshops

Cider Styles and Tasting

DIY Cider: Fermenting Cider at Home

 

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Kate Olsen Birner

I live in Mineral Point, the best small town in America!  This is my 32nd year teaching elementary art; I am a practicing artist with work in a few galleries and have parcitipated in many shows over the years. Unless it is a commission from a client, most of my artwork starts out as a dream, so I work in a variety of media, depending on the dream.…Read More

I live in Mineral Point, the best small town in America!  This is my 32nd year teaching elementary art; I am a practicing artist with work in a few galleries and have parcitipated in many shows over the years. Unless it is a commission from a client, most of my artwork starts out as a dream, so I work in a variety of media, depending on the dream.

Instructor Website: wwwkateolsenbirner.art

YouTube Channel and Instagram Feed

Kits:

Go Crazy with Collage

Explore Colored Pencils

Drawing and Painting with Crayon Bundle One

Drawing and Painting with Crayon Bundle Two

Let’s Put the Magic in Magic Marker Bundle One

Let’s Put the Magic in Magic Marker Bundle Two

Watercolor Paint and Peter H. Reynolds’ Books

Versatility of Craypas

 

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Nicole Bujewski

Nicole Bujewski and her husband, Steven, are the 10th owners of Spensley Farm, a property with a history so rich that it has earned a spot on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. Nicole is trained in the L’Art de la Pâtisserie program at the French Pastry School in Chicago.…Read More

Nicole Bujewski and her husband, Steven, are the 10th owners of Spensley Farm, a property with a history so rich that it has earned a spot on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. Nicole is trained in the L’Art de la Pâtisserie program at the French Pastry School in Chicago. After earning her certificate, Nicole opened a small neighborhood bakery for five years, then joined the French Pastry School as a chef instructor teaching in both the L’Art de la Pâtisserie and L’Art du Gâteau programs. The Bujewskis envision Spensley Farm becoming the setting for small social gatherings, pop-up dinners, and extraordinary culinary events. Their goal is to educate and inspire others to achieve cooking excellence while making an important contribution to the Driftless Area’s land and community.

Instructor Website

 

Workshops

Cake Decorating With Royal Icing

Knife Skills

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Tom Cabezas

Tom Cabezas is a Mineral Point wood-worker and mixed media artist. He has been designing and building unique quality furniture since 1991. With a background in sculpture and a deep respect for craftsmanship and detail Tom strives to create work that does not attempt to place form over function or function over form. His work has been shown nation-wide and has won numerous awards.…Read More

Tom Cabezas is a Mineral Point wood-worker and mixed media artist. He has been designing and building unique quality furniture since 1991. With a background in sculpture and a deep respect for craftsmanship and detail Tom strives to create work that does not attempt to place form over function or function over form. His work has been shown nation-wide and has won numerous awards. Tom earned an MFA in sculpture from UW-Madison.

Instructor Website

Workshops

Textured Mixed Media

Bent Willow Wall Shelf

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Loren Calleri

I am a student based in Chicago. I took my first classes in blacksmithing at Shake Rag Alley five years ago. In addition to making many of my own forging tools, I produce work for sale and have taken on unique commissions such as producing early replica artists’ tools. I have given public demonstrations, and am a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association.…Read More

I am a student based in Chicago. I took my first classes in blacksmithing at Shake Rag Alley five years ago. In addition to making many of my own forging tools, I produce work for sale and have taken on unique commissions such as producing early replica artists’ tools. I have given public demonstrations, and am a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association. I enjoy sharing my passion for blacksmithing with others. Some of my work can be seen at my Instagram site: @driftlessmetalworks

Author Website

Workshops

Blacksmithing a Washroom Set

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Nate Chambers

Nate Chambers has owned and operated his own stone mason business in Mineral Point for several years. With many stone and brick homes in this area, Nate is never without work. His skills include tuckpointing, landscaping, laying stone pathways, and creating beautiful fireplaces and other new construction projects in stone. An entrepreneur, veteran, school board member, and family man, Nate is a strong supporter of Shake Rag Alley and its mission for historic preservation.…Read More

Nate Chambers has owned and operated his own stone mason business in Mineral Point for several years. With many stone and brick homes in this area, Nate is never without work. His skills include tuckpointing, landscaping, laying stone pathways, and creating beautiful fireplaces and other new construction projects in stone. An entrepreneur, veteran, school board member, and family man, Nate is a strong supporter of Shake Rag Alley and its mission for historic preservation.

Workshops

Hands-On Masonry

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Mike Christensen

Mike led his first Shake Rag class at the age of fifteen during the second Woodlanders Gathering in 2003. Now a board member since 2012, Mike still enjoys helping with classes when needed, and he still comes to Woodlanders every year. You can find Mike on several of Shake Rag’s committees, such as Buildings and Grounds, Finance, and Development.…Read More

Mike led his first Shake Rag class at the age of fifteen during the second Woodlanders Gathering in 2003. Now a board member since 2012, Mike still enjoys helping with classes when needed, and he still comes to Woodlanders every year. You can find Mike on several of Shake Rag’s committees, such as Buildings and Grounds, Finance, and Development.

Kit: Yarn Dolls

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Audrey Christie

"I fell in love with woodcuts as a student at Northwestern. When I moved to Iowa County I began to concentrate exclusively on woodblock carving and printing. I discovered that hand painting added a wonderful dimension. My prints support me and my menagerie of subjects. I have work in galleries in Wisconsin and Iowa." Instructor Website Workshops Classic Woodblock Prints Plus PaintRead More

“I fell in love with woodcuts as a student at Northwestern. When I moved to Iowa County I began to concentrate exclusively on woodblock carving and printing. I discovered that hand painting added a wonderful dimension. My prints support me and my menagerie of subjects. I have work in galleries in Wisconsin and Iowa.”

Instructor Website

Workshops

Classic Woodblock Prints Plus Paint

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Kate Church

"Combining the line and form of sculpture with the playful animation of puppetry has been my primary work for more than twenty years. I stumbled into it while working with the renowned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, an international children's puppetry company. During a quiet winter of refurbishing shows, a friend and colleague decided we needed to be doing something creative and proposed we all make an art doll.…Read More

“Combining the line and form of sculpture with the playful animation of puppetry has been my primary work for more than twenty years. I stumbled into it while working with the renowned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, an international children’s puppetry company. During a quiet winter of refurbishing shows, a friend and colleague decided we needed to be doing something creative and proposed we all make an art doll. Enchanted from the first moment, that little figure sits in my studio charming me to this day. I spend my creative time in both Nova Scotia and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In Mexico, I have studied and developed work in multiple disciplines including life drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and painting. It has been my way of evolving and challenging the figurative work. I am proud to have created figures for P’lovers stores throughout the Maritimes. I created a cast of character dolls for Cirque du Soleil and they have sold my original figures and reproductions at their retail shops and shows around the world. Presently, a considerable amount of my time is spent traveling and teaching where I share the techniques I have developed over the past twenty years and which I use in creating my signature work. My work has appeared in chosen fine art galleries, national magazines, and special exhibits.”

Instructor Website

Workshops

Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture

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Joe Cole

Joe began making pottery in 1999 at Cornell College. He went on to make pots at Haystack School of Crafts and the Rochester Folk Art Guild before being accepted for a two-year apprenticeship with internationally renowned wood-fired potter Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, NC. After his apprenticeship, Joe was a journeyman potter for Dover Pottery and King's Pottery in the historic pottery community of Seagrove, NC.…Read More

Joe began making pottery in 1999 at Cornell College. He went on to make pots at Haystack School of Crafts and the Rochester Folk Art Guild before being accepted for a two-year apprenticeship with internationally renowned wood-fired potter Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, NC. After his apprenticeship, Joe was a journeyman potter for Dover Pottery and King’s Pottery in the historic pottery community of Seagrove, NC. He also worked with local ceramic materials development at STARworks Ceramics, and taught wood-firing and kiln building at Central Carolina Community College. In 2008, Joe and his wife, Christy, moved to Wisconsin and established Windy Ridge Pottery. Along with wood kiln design, building, and firing, Joe is also known for his experience in green glazing and utilizing local and regional materials in glazes. The pots he creates are notable for their classic functional forms and rich surfaces. Joe is also a talented finish carpenter and dad to three-year-old Cleo.

Instructor Website

Workshops

Refining and Expanding Wheel Throwing Techniques 

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Maday Delgado

As an art educator living in the Midwest, I’m passionate about sustainability and urban gardening and committed to maintaining a public garden space in the downtown area where I reside with my family. I spent my formative years living in Cuba where I was born, and migrated to the United States as a teen, settling in NYC in the ’90s.…Read More

As an art educator living in the Midwest, I’m passionate about sustainability and urban gardening and committed to maintaining a public garden space in the downtown area where I reside with my family.

I spent my formative years living in Cuba where I was born, and migrated to the United States as a teen, settling in NYC in the ’90s. My professional background is in the banking industry. I switched careers over five years ago and now lead workshops in a variety of mediums such as textiles and paints while working full time.

In all workshops, I encourage sustainability as a way to build confidence and community, with a back-to-basics approach and consciousness about resource use/waste. I have led workshops in Wisconsin and Minnesota on a variety of subjects, led Accuquilt club at Nancy’s Notions for two years ending in 2017, and was an instructor at Blue Bar Quilts in Middleton, WI, from May 2017 to November 2019. I have been teaching at Ardyth’s Sew-n-Vac Shoppe since 2014. I also joined Janome America as part of their Artisan team in June 2020. My work has appeared in Uppercase magazine issues 46 and 47, Summer and Winter, respectively.

I focus on the perfectly imperfect aspects of discovery by exploring new tools and techniques to expand on experimentation as a means to living a satisfying, creative life. I’m a firm believer that creating with purpose and intention and cultivating creativity and whimsy in others can be the beginning of a transformative and healing future.

Instructor Website

Workshops

Contemporary Boro Scarf

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Michael deMeng

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist based in Vancouver, Canada, who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.…Read More

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist based in Vancouver, Canada, who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience. In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Instructor Website

Workshops

Crazed Anatomy

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Suzi Dillinger

Suzi Dillinger is a quilt artist and instructor focusing on surface design techniques and hand stitching. She enjoys creating one-of-a-kind fabrics and art cloth. Bright colors are a favorite, regardless of the subject matter. A Wisconsin native, Suzi creates and lives in Northern California. Workshops Hand Stitching Design for Art QuiltsRead More

Suzi Dillinger is a quilt artist and instructor focusing on surface design techniques and hand stitching. She enjoys creating one-of-a-kind fabrics and art cloth. Bright colors are a favorite, regardless of the subject matter. A Wisconsin native, Suzi creates and lives in Northern California.

Workshops

Hand Stitching Design for Art Quilts

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Deb Donaghue

Deb Donaghue took her first metal class in her early 20s. Study and research took her and her husband, Jeff, to India. While her intention was to continue working with metal, when she returned, life, jobs, a child, and then their own business intervened. Deb and Jeff moved to Mineral Point from the Twin Cities in 1996 and opened The Brewery Creek Inn and Brewpub in 1998.…Read More

Deb Donaghue took her first metal class in her early 20s. Study and research took her and her husband, Jeff, to India. While her intention was to continue working with metal, when she returned, life, jobs, a child, and then their own business intervened. Deb and Jeff moved to Mineral Point from the Twin Cities in 1996 and opened The Brewery Creek Inn and Brewpub in 1998. In 2007 her daughter introduced her to chain maille and from there her long-buried interest in working with metal grew. Deb continues her studies independently as well as weekly at Madison Area Technical College. She has jewelry for sale at Longbranch Gallery here in Mineral Point and teaches several basic metalworking classes each year at Shake Rag Alley.

Workshops

Tube Set Stones

Fabulous Fibulas

Riveting

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Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan, as both artisan and artist, divides his time between innovative carpentry and far out sculptural assemblages, often featuring detritus of old houses he has worked on. He also enjoys working in found object mosaic concrete sculpture and collage. He brings a solid knowledge of tools and construction to the creative possibilities of assemblage sculpture.…Read More

Michael Donovan, as both artisan and artist, divides his time between innovative carpentry and far out sculptural assemblages, often featuring detritus of old houses he has worked on. He also enjoys working in found object mosaic concrete sculpture and collage. He brings a solid knowledge of tools and construction to the creative possibilities of assemblage sculpture.

Workshops

Found-Object Sculpture

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

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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 through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> 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 refund.

> 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.