Planning Your Workshop Experience

We’re delighted you’re planning to join us!

After purchasing a workshop, you will receive a confirmation email that may contain supply lists, clothing recommendations, and safety information. Unless otherwise stated, workshops do not include meals. Half the fun of creative pursuits is meeting and spending time with fellow artisans! The Shake Rag Alley campus is within easy walking distance of downtown Mineral Point, where a vibrant dining and gallery experience await. If you have any questions or needs, please let us know. We want to ensure you have the best experience possible while visiting Shake Rag Alley!

Online – Register online and pay by credit card or PayPal using our secure server.

By phone – We are happy to take reservations over the phone. Call us at (608) 987-3292.

In person – Drop by our office during regular office hours to register in person. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card.

Office Hours
9am to 5pm weekdays and weekends when workshops are in session April through mid-November

9am to 2pm weekdays mid-November through March

Our office is located in the red Coach House, at 18 Shake Rag St. Follow the sign to Registration at the side entrance.

Minimum Age for Participation

Adult workshops are designed for students age 14 and above unless otherwise noted. We are happy to discuss options for younger students, including our summer Youth Program.

A registration deadline is published for each class. In some cases registration after this date may still be possible if a class has openings. Check with the office at (608) 987-3292.

Class sizes are limited so early registration is recommended. If a class is full, you may fill out this form to be placed on the waiting list.

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 material fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time, usually to take advantage of bulk purchasing prices. These in-class costs are noted in the workshop description.

Shake Rag Alley workshops range from introductory workshops to those requiring previous 
experience and skills. There are offerings for novice, beginning, intermediate, and advanced 
students, with the bulk of the workshops welcoming all levels. 
All workshops are listed at the minimum level of experience required.

Novice: No prior art or craft experience required. All tools and materials are normally supplied but if students are asked to bring supplies they are minimal. You will make a simple artwork project featuring the medium and are likely to complete the project during the workshop.

Beginner: Previous experience in this medium is helpful, but it is not required. Students may need to purchase basic tool sets or art supplies. You will likely complete a finished work in the medium during the workshop.

Intermediate: Students should have previous experience, possess basic skills with the techniques and tools of the particular medium, and be able to work independently. You may need to supplement your existing set of tools and materials with new artist-grade purchases. Concentration will be on new techniques, experimentation and implementation. You may produce finished works or begin a number of new pieces.

Advanced: Workshop requires experience, confidence, competency within a medium, and quality artist-grade materials. The main goal is artistic growth and creative challenge. Students improve their knowledge of techniques and design, and a finished work may or may not be produced during workshop. Hands-on activity will be balanced with critiques by self, instructor, and peers. You will develop your own goals for future work.

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.

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, which is available for a reasonable fee.

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

If you have booked a Shake Rag Alley lodging reservation in conjunction with your workshop, please refer to our lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

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

If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a workshop, you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

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

Workshop Locations

We have a number of classrooms on campus – from intimate spaces in historic buildings loaded with character to the spacious Lind Pavilion, and our fully equipped jewelry studio in the Smejas’ Studio and pottery studio in The Sardeson around the corner. We also occasionally utilize other studio space within a few blocks of campus. You will receive instructions on space assignments and directions when you check in for your workshop.

Please plan to arrive with plenty of time to get to your classroom. See our campus map.

Where to Check in Before Workshops

Check in at the Shake Rag Alley office, at 18 Shake Rag St. The office is located in the two-story red Coach House. Follow the sign to Registration at the side entrance, up the ramp from the brick patio.

Parking is available on the campus side of Shake Rag Street or in the grassy parking lot across the street. For additional parking recommendations, please refer to our campus map.

What to Bring

Please refer to the workshop listing on our website and your registration confirmation. Some workshops use only supplied materials. Others ask that you bring materials or tools, and offer clothing recommendations. These are listed in workshop descriptions and in your registration confirmation.

Please DO NOT bring pets, young children or other observers. In general we do not allow non-registered observers or student assistants. Exceptions may apply, but please check first.

If you have questions about a supply list, please call the Shake Rag office at (608) 987-3292.

Lodging and Meals

Workshop fees do not include lodging or meals.

Shake Rag Alley offers lodging at three on-campus guest rooms in the Coach House, and in two apartments within easy walking distance. Registered students are eligible for a 10% discount on Shake Rag Alley Lodging.

Mineral Point has a number of fine motels, B&B’s and guest rooms nearby, and there are ample restaurants within walking distance. Pick up a Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce guide and map when you check in for your workshop. For more information about local shops and services, see the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce website.

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A new catalog of workshops is available on our website December 1 of each year and is mailed in January. To see what you missed in 2020, please  visit our archives.

Mineral Point WI is located in Iowa County on Highway 151 in the beautiful Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. We’re about one hour west of Madison and less than an hour northeast of Dubuque.
We’re a bit over two hours west of Milwaukee and about three hours northwest of Chicago.

Getting to Shake Rag Alley
Driving – Mineral Point is on Interstate 151, which runs between Madison, Dubuque, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. WI State Hwy 23 runs north-south through town. Shake Rag Alley is located one block from the intersection of Rte 23/39 and Commerce Street in downtown Mineral Point at 18 Shake Rag St.

Nearest airports
Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, WI)
4000 International Lane, Madison, WI 53704
58 miles (1 hr 15 min)

Chicago Rockford International Airport (Rockford, IL)
60 Airport Road, Rockford, IL 61109
92 miles (1 hr 45 min)

Dubuque Regional Airport
11000 Airport Road, Dubuque, IA 52003
50 miles (55 min)

Transportation to/from Airports
Rental cars are available at all airports. Unfortunately, there are no airport shuttles to our neck of the woods.

If you book at least three days in advance, Southwest Wisconsin LIFT may be able to help using their network of volunteers throughout southwestern Wisconsin.

Call 1-877-SWT-LIFT (1-877-798-5438) or (608) 930-2191 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am-1 pm Friday.

Do I need a car while I’m taking a class or attending an event at Shake Rag Alley?

Most services (other than the grocery store) are within a few blocks’ walk of Shake Rag Alley – restaurants, shops and galleries, bank, pharmacy, post office, and so on. So if you will be lodging at Shake Rag Alley or at one of the nearby lodging sites, you do not need a car. Call the Shake Rag Alley office and we will be happy to help you select a lodging option that will work for your needs.

But without a car, how can I get to Shake Rag Alley?

If you book at least three days in advance, Southwest Wisconsin LIFT may be able to help using their network of volunteers throughout southwestern Wisconsin.

Call 1-877-SWT-LIFT (1-877-798-5438) or (608) 930-2191 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am-1 pm Friday.

If you have further questions regarding transportation, please give our office a call at 608-987-3292.

Please visit our Local Dining Directory and feel free to stop by the office to ask for general or seasonal recommendations.

If you decide to try Mineral Point’s famous pasty, the Cornish meat pie miners carried to work in the early 1800s, it’s pronounced PASS-tee. (There, now you’ll sound like a local!)

Stroll down High Street and Commerce Street to visit the many art galleries and specialty shops. You won’t be disappointed!

Local history begins right on the Shake Rag Alley campus. Our self-guided walking tour will tell you more about our buildings. Paper copies are available in the office or at the information kiosk near the main entrance. Just down the street, traveling down Shake Rag Street away from town, you’ll find Pendarvis, Merry Christmas Mine Hill, and Soldiers Park playgrounds and public pool. The Mineral Point Historical Society offers tours of the Gundry House at Orchard Lawn and outdoor music events in the summer, as well as indoor lyceums in winter. You can also explore local history at the Mineral Point Public Library, where archive materials are available for viewing.

Be sure to check our News page for upcoming events or follow us on Facebook. Better yet, subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

Before or during your visit, you may wish to consult the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar or visit the Mineral Point Opera House website for upcoming performances, events, and tickets. Mineral Point also offers excellent bicycling and hiking trails.

It’s sometimes surprising, but the astonishing four-season views are absolutely worth it! Umbrellas are available at the office.

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Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
18 Shake Rag St.
Mineral Point, WI 53565

(608) 987-3292

info@shakeragalley.com

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Campus Map: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Coach House
18 Shake Rag Street

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Art Café

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Ellery House

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restrooms

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restrooms

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Open Air Parking

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Lind Pavilion Parking

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Roadside Parking
allowed on Commerce Street

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Smejas’ Studio parking

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Smejas’ Studio
30 Doty Street

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Curbside Parking
as indicated

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Accessible Parking
with curb cut

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Alley Stage

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Cabinet Shop

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French Cabin

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1830 Log Cabin

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Potter’s House

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Blacksmith Barn

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Federal Spring

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Monarch Garden

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Lind Pavilion
411 Commerce Street

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two blocks to

High Street & Commerce Street
Restaurants, Shops & Galleries

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To Grocery Store
Point Foods
622 Dodge Street

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Street Parking with Additional Parking behind Smejas’ Studio

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The Green
open air park

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Stair Steps
between
Cabinet Shop & Lind Pavilion

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Stair Steps
to Alley Stage

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Stone Bridge
over
Federal Spring

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The Sardeson
223 Commerce St.
The Sardeson is home to the
Sardeson Pottery Studio,
Roland’s Loft,
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Weaving & Fiber Arts Studio

Cannery Row Arts Incubator
121 Water St.

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Footbridge

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ADA accessible buildings: Lind Pavilion, Coach House, Smejas’ Studio