Monday, July 29, 2013

Busy Summer Workshops

Summer is sure a busy time for workshops at Shake Rag Alley. Two of our longest standing workshop events are summer highlights - Mosaic Madness in June and Woodlanders Rustic and Nature Arts in July. But there are workshops going on every weekend. Classes this summer have ranged from creative writing to fiber arts to jewelry classes and more.

And summer's not over...there are great classes in August that still have openings.
Click here to check out the August workshop line-up.



Now in its 8th year, Mosaic Madness is just that...two and a half days of creative craziness immersed in a sea of cement, broken crockery and ceramics, glass shards, pebbles and what-have-you. (Read Lisa Hay's charming account of her experience at Mosaic Madness a couple of years ago.)

With expert guidance and encouragement from mosaic artists Judy Sutcliffe and Heidi Dyas-McBeth, students create everything from mosaic birdbaths to whimsical mosaic/cement garden sculptures.

If you missed Mosaic Madness you can still sign up for other upcoming cement/mosaic classes here.









Woodlanders is our annual flagship workshop event held in early July. To get a flavor for this fun event exploring rustic arts, see our previous post about this year's Woodlanders and our post on the 2012 Woodlanders...and mark your calendar now for next year's Woodlanders!

Or, try your hand at bending willow or one of the other rustic arts such as basketry at one of our weekend rustic arts workshops held throughout the year. For example, the Willow Chair, Bench or Stool class was held in June.






Summer, of course, means the forges at the barn are going strong for our Blacksmithing and Welding Workshops. June offerings were Into to Wire Feed Welding and Blacksmithing for Home and Garden. 

Upcoming classes include Torch Welding, Forge Welding, and a four day Blacksmithing 101 Plus.

See the full metal arts schedule here. But don't delay signing up...metal arts classes fill fast! 









Some projects focus on practical, utilitarian items such as knives or garden tools. Others...not so much.














Seems the blacksmith barn isn't the only place on campus where things have been on fire lately. In Sherry Viktora's recent PMC jewelry classes students could torch fire their pieces (or use a kiln).

Students learned to mold and texture PMC clay to make rings and pendants (which Sherry calls "lentil beads"). Once fired the clay binder burns off leaving pure silver which polishes up into beautiful jewelry pieces.



In addition to PMC, Shake Rag offers a full range of jewelry classes including polymer clay, metalsmithing, enameling, resin, and more. See the full line-up here.








In the fiber and mixed media departments, there wasn't fire, but there was quite a lot of bubbling and churning.

Looking more like a chemistry lab than an art workshop, Sharon Stauffer's Rusty Stuff workshop introduced all sorts of strange looking (but non-toxic) concoctions to hasten Mother Nature in making things age or rust (or appear to be rusty)...even potato chips.



Shake Rag's mixed media workshops cover a wide range of 2D and 3D explorations, including an Altered Art Attack weekend in November.  You'll find the Mixed Media listings here and Altered Art Attack here.



In the Yarn Painting workshop led by fiber artist Sandy Jones students had WAY too much fun painting wool fibers that were then steamed to set the dyes.




















Also in the fiber arena, we were very excited to offer two Shuttle Tatting workshops for the first time this summer, taught by pro tatting artist and author, Marilee Rockley. Read Marilee's blog post about her classes at Shake Rag Alley.

Our fiber arts workshops cover a wide range of topics from fabric surface design to rug hooking to felting and more. Fiber Arts class listings here.


Workshops at Shake Rag Alley will be running every weekend through mid November. Come join the fun!


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