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Class Information

Skill Levels

Shake Rag Alley’s 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 in class.

Beginner: Though previous art/craft experience in this medium or another medium is helpful, it is not required. Students may need to purchase a set of basic art supplies. You will likely complete a finished work in the medium during class.




Intermediate
: Students should have previous experience, basic skill with the techniques and tools of this particular medium, and should 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: Class requires experience, confidence, competency with 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 class. Hands-on activity will be balanced with critiques by self, instructor, and peers. You will develop your own goals for future work.

When You Come:

Minimum Age and Kids:

Adult workshops are designed for students age 14 and above unless otherwise noted. Our office staff is happy to discuss options for younger students, including our Summer Youth Program.

Class Locations:

We have a number of classrooms on campus from intimate spaces in historic buildings loaded with character to our spacious, recently renovated Lind Pavilion and our newly equipped Jewelry Studio in the Smeja Annex around the corner. We also occasionally utilize other studios within a few blocks from campus. You will receive your classroom assignment when you check in for class.

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to allow time to get to your classroom. See our Map and Directions.

Where to Check in for Class:

Check in at the Shake Rag office in the Coach House, 18 ShakeRag Street (the 2 story beige building in front). Use the side entrance, up the ramp from the brick patio.

Parking is available on the west side of ShakeRag St or in the grassy parking lot across the street.
What to Bring:

Please refer to the website class listing for supplies to bring. For some classes all class supplies are furnished, but if there are materials and/or tools for you to bring, or clothing recommendations, these are listed with the class description.

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

If you have questions about a supply list, please call the Shake Rag office.

Lodging and Meals:

Class fees do not include lodging or meals. 



We have 3 guest rooms on campus, plus an apartment a couple of blocks from campus. Registered students are eligible for a 20% discount on Shake Rag Lodging. Please see our Student Housing page for more information.

Mineral Point has a number of fine motels, B&B’s and guest rooms nearby, and there are ample restaurants within walking distance (see our Lodging and dining page). Pick up a detailed flyer on dining options when you check in for class. For more information about Mineral Point shops and services see the Mineral Point website.