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Shake Rag Alley School of Arts & Crafts

18 Shakerag St, Mineral Point, WI 53565-1134
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"Shake Rag School Is Schooling For Personal Artistic Joy!"

The best part of our time here is the immense offerings that attract some talented and interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
Racine, Wisconsin
via mobile
Exceptional Experience

Shake Rag Alley is an absolutely charming gem in historic Mineral Point WI. Lovely room... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Tom M
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Shake Rag Alley is a lively arts education center set in a historic picturesque valley that was the heart of Mineral Point's early days. Students come from all over the country to join in the creative fun that takes place here. Several buildings are used as classrooms, and in the summer, you may find classes taking place under the trees or inside tents set up on the 2.5 acre oasis of gardens and tree lined paths. Additional classroom space is available in studios nearby in the artist community.Workshops at Shake Rag Alley are lively, and hard to find anywhere else. We enjoy offering workshops in just about every art and craft media you can imagine. Experimental concrete and mosaic sculpture. Traditional and offbeat bent willow and twig furniture. Jewelry making and beading. Blacksmithing. Vibrant and nonacademic classes in writing - fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting. Fiber arts. Book and paper arts. Plus a variety of fine arts. We're a bunch of arts enthusiasts who love to share what we know how to do with anyone who wants to learn. Our motto is "Inspire Creativity". And we do that well. Our creative faculty is drawn from a wealth of talented teachers, including nationally known artists from across the country and across the street.Kids love Shake Rag too. We offer a wide variety of youth programs taught by talented and creative instructors who bring out the amazing talents of kids.Alley Stage, an outdoor summer theater is tucked into the hillside at the end of a winding path. We invite you to enjoy a delightful evening as our company of actors performs original plays written by playwrights from near and far.The valley is always open for strolling the pathways, viewing the lush gardens and rustic buildings and savoring the peaceful ambiance. Shake Rag also offers on site lodging, so when the day is done, you can stay in one of several guest rooms.
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18 Shakerag St, Mineral Point, WI 53565-1134
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

The best part of our time here is the immense offerings that attract some talented and interesting people! The instructors are always very pleased to assist everyone and many times the other students will assist too. There's plenty of things that are available like Jewelry,...More

Thank legacyendeavors
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Shake Rag Alley is an absolutely charming gem in historic Mineral Point WI. Lovely room. Wonderful workshops in session to visit and chat with participants: black smiths, weavers, furniture makers. And best of all, the people. Carol and Kathy were wonderful hostesses. And the instructors...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I flew in to Madison from out of town to attend a 4-day wire working retreat at Shake Rag with Sarah Thompson. Everything about it was great! Easy to register, easy to find, easy to check in.... The studio was great and actually DID have...More

Thank ravenbraid
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A group of friends planned a last minute ladies get away to Mineral Point. A week before our departure, I spoke with Megan Kulick the director at Shake Rag and inquired about scheduling a craft type class. She arranged for Cheryl Smeja of Smeja Jewelry...More

Thank mhesterton
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The class in knife making was excellent. Learned the process and had a nice knife at the end. The instructor was knowledgeable and very helpful in the forging of and making the blade all the way to the finished knife

Thank James W
Reviewed 12 October 2016

With this being our first time to Mineral Point, we were a bit confused on what was going on. We went into the registration building to ask and they told us it was an art village. There was a pamphlet that was given to us...More

Thank sarahnicole691
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Have now taken five different classes at Shake Rag Alley, and have enjoyed each one. Each was unique and very enjoyable, all positive experiences. Not having been blessed with any natural artistic ability, I was at first concerned about trying any class. I soon learned...More

Thank KarenfromIL
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Just finished Introduction to Torch Welding this past Saturday and it was Awesome! I had great classmates and our instructor Dennis was patient, informative, down to earth and very affirming. Welding has always been a bucket list item for me and thanks to a great...More

Thank tc0dy
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Interesting collection of old buildings and grounds around the 1800's mining community. Free to just wander around. Office staff full of information and interesting tidbits. Offerings of many different art and crafting classes at various times on the grounds.

1  Thank 819marya
Reviewed 22 May 2016

I've taken several classes here over the years and keep coming back. The artists and artisans really know their media and the teaching is generally excellent. Classes offered have ranged from woodcrafting, metal forging, fine jewelry-making, collaging, painting, felting, repurposing....every year has more to offer....More

Thank Rupertgigi
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