Are you a ripped denim and silver kind of person? This workshop is for you.

Fashion friendly and goes great with denim!!! Are you looking for a unique experience and the opportunity to create a your own piece of jewelry?  In this class we will take an old spoon, learn how to use a jewelry saw, cut a simple shape into the spoon then bend it into a pendent.  We will finish it by filling, sanding, and some polish.  No experience necessary.

$65 per participant Saturday Sept. 16th 1-4pm Ages 12-Adult Welcome

Summer Wonder Classes Begin Soon!

Summer wonder classes begin June 26th.  Join us for art making fun!!!

Sewing Camp-June 26th-June 30th

Architectures and Automatons July 17-21st

Cartooning and Illustration Week July 31-August 4th

Family Fun Week Glass Mosaics July 24th-28th

Exploring Contemporary Artists Week Aug 7th-11th

Open Studio is the week of August 14th, 16th, 17th.  Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Ages 3-16 Welcome.  Open Studio is a time when you children can come in and create or make.  It is a self-driven time, one in which they decide what materials to work with.  The majority of studio materials are available.  Ages 3-5 may need parental guidance older children can walk in or be dropped off for the time

Almost Full, Looking for Two or Three to Join Us. Sewing Class June 26th

Sewing Camp

This is a hands-on week where students learn how to hand sew buttons and re-purposed fabric into small birds or animals or people.  One day students will learn to marble fabric and use the fabric in a project. They will create a small messenger bag on a sewing machine. As well as some other small sewing projects such as a pillow making and key chains.

All equipment, basic fabrics and materials will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring in their own materials for experimentation and repurposing. No experience necessary — this class is designed for beginning makers.  Monday thru Friday 1-3pm every day June 26th-June 30th

$125 per participant Ages 7-12 years old

Summer Arcylic Painting Class on Thursdays beginning June 29th!

Offering Open Studio the week of August 14th-17th 9-11am Ages 3-16

Open Studio Monday-Thursday August 14-17th

Ages 3-16

Open Studio is the week of August 14th-18th.  Every day Monday thru Thursday, Ages 3-16 Welcome.  Open Studio is a time when you children can come in and create or make.  It is a self-driven time, one in which they decide what materials to work with.  The majority of studio materials are available.  Ages 3-5 may need parental guidance older children can walk in or be dropped off for the time.

9am-11am $20 per day per participant

Recently Added to our Summer Wonder Line-Up-Cartooning for Kids!

Cartooning and Illustration Week July 31-August 4th Comics are a great form of visual learning. In this week long class students learn how to create and develop their own cartoons! This drawing intensive class takes a deeper look into character development, background design, perspective and movement drawing. Budding cartoonists will develop a cast of characters and/or their own comic strip.  Ages 8-12 Welcome

Summer Mixed Media Collage Class

Summer Mixed Media and Adventures in Collage Class on Tuesdays-Looking for creative freedom?  Join us for a Mixed Media collage class, we paint paste papers, use collected things, recycle old paintings, fibers, sheet music, mementos, and more as we create collages while we learn about composition and technical skills.  No experience necessary.  All Levels welcome. Tuesdays beginning July 18th, 25th, Aug 1st, 8th.  6:30-8:30pm $80 per participant. Ages 12-Adult

Safety, Technology, Knowledge, Creating by Hand and on the Sewing Machine.

Sewing Camp

This is a hands-on week where students learn how to hand sew buttons and re-purposed fabric into small birds or animals or people.  One day students will learn to marble fabric and use the fabric in a project. They will create a small messenger bag on a sewing machine. As well as some other small sewing projects such as a pillow making and key chains.

All equipment, basic fabrics and materials will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring in their own materials for experimentation and repurposing. No experience necessary — this class is designed for beginning makers.  Monday thru Friday 1-3pm every day June 26th-June 30th

$125 per participant Ages 7-12 years old

Vote for the New Blue Crayon!

Crayon facts. In 1885 Binney and Smith formed the partnership that led to crayons.  In 1903 the first box of crayons was made and sold for 5 cents a box.  It contained 8 colors.  In 1958 the company introduced the largest Crayola crayon box-it had 64 in a box and a built in sharpener.  Since 1990 Crayola has retired colors.  When a new blue pigment called YInMn (yin-min) was discovered in 2009 by Mas Subramanian, a chemistry professor at Oregon State University, we were very excited. This discovery is the first new blue pigment in 200 years and is the inspiration for the new blue crayon color. We voted and you can too. The new blue crayon needs a name, so submit your Name Ideas and be entered for a chance to win! Create a name-http://www.crayola.com/splash/promos/newblue

MAKE Summer Fun!!!

When I was a kid hanging out in Columbus Wisconsin meant going to a place called Fireman's Park.  It had and still has a great old white pavilion, an outdoor swimming pool, some play equipment, baseball diamonds, and a little building called Resthaven.  Resthaven is an old brick building built in Prairie style, it was originally was used for people who traveled and camped at the park.  During my time in the 70's the was a building used for arts and crafts summer classes and it punctuated my summers of fun!  Like many strange things ingrained in our collective memories the smell of this place is tied to making god's eyes, gimp lanyards, and mod podge collages. It was all about making summer fun.  Bare Knuckle Arts is dedicated to making summer fun for your children.  Enrollment has begun and there are many classes for all different ages, learners, and makers.  Join us and MAKE summer fun!!!

I Meet People All the Time and They Ask?

I meet people all the time and they ask what kind of classes do you teach for adults?  This summer there are many opportunities but two in particular for you to try out.  Acrylic Painting Class for any level of beginner to expert begins June 29th and meets every Thursday 6:30-8:30pm till July 27th.  Come on in and either learn to paint or be inspired by others that are painting with you.  We love and welcome all different levels and styles of painting.  All materials are provided. 

The other unique class offering is-Summer Mixed Media and Adventures in Collage Class on Tuesdays-Looking for creative freedom?  Join us for a Mixed Media collage class, we paint paste papers, use collected things, recycle old paintings, fibers, sheet music, mementos, and more as we create collages while we learn about composition and technical skills.  No experience necessary.  All Levels welcome. Tuesdays beginning July 18th, 25th, Aug 1st, 8th.  6:30-8:30pm $80 per participant. Ages 12-Adult

"Down by the Rivers of Windfall Light" at Oakwood East

Fern Hill excerpt by Dylan Thomas, perfectly describes the landscapes we painted today at Oakwood East.  Simple landscapes perhaps of our youth.  Excellent watercolor painting for beginners.

Trail with daisies and barley

Down the rivers of the windfall light.

And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns

About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,

In the sun that is young once only,

Time let me play and be

Golden in the mercy of his means.

Making and Photographing Minature Worlds

Do you have a kid interested in creating whimsical adventures in a miniature-sized world. Using everyday materials as well as toy props we will create miniature worlds and learn how to photograph them.  The photographs will make you question is what is real and what is fake. Artists will become skilled at setting up miniature scenes and snap the perfect shot. We will look at artists Willard Wigan, Slinkachu, and Kurt Moses.

Monday July 31st till Friday August 4th 1-3pm

Ages 10-14 Welcome Students need to have their own camera or smart phone

The Best Summer Deal Ever!! Two for the Price of One!!! Family Fun Week!

#Funtacular, #Fantastic, #Exciting, #Amazing, #Cool=#Summer at Bare Knuckle Arts

Summer is right around the corner about 30 days or so.  There are many funtacular, fantastic, exciting, amazing, cool classes this summer at Bare Knuckle Arts. 

Sewing Camp-June 26th-June 30th
This is a hands-on week where students learn how to hand sew buttons and re-purposed fabric into small birds or animals or people.  One day students will learn to marble fabric and use the fabric in a project. They will create a small messenger bag on a sewing machine. As well as some other small sewing projects such as a pillow making and key chains.  No experience necessary — this class is designed for beginning makers Ages 7-12 years old

Design Your Own Skateboard Deck July 10-14th.  Students are provided with a blank maple deck, lots of images of contemporary skateboard deck designs.  Then they work to design, paint, and varnish the bottom of the deck.  No wheels or trucks are provided but when done you can add them on you own.  Ages 9-16

Architectures and Automatons July 17-21st
Using drawing and design students will design a building and then with a variety of materials they will build a model. Their sculptural project will explore shapes and forms and they will begin to understand how these forms, patterns and textures are expressed in architecture. In addition we will learn about gears and mechanisms and then they will build their own simple automaton. Ages 10-16 Welcome

Make and Photography Miniature Worlds July 31st-Aug 4thDo you have a kid interested in creating whimsical adventures in a miniature-sized world. Using everyday materials as well as toy props we will create miniature worlds and learn how to photograph them.  The photographs will make you question is what is real and what is fake. Artists will become skilled at setting up miniature scenes and snap the perfect shot. We will look at artists Willard Wigan, Slinkachu, and Kurt Moses.  Ages 10-14 Welcome Students need to have their own camera or smart phone

Family Fun Week Glass Mosaics July 24th-28th is a great week to spend quality time with a family member, a sibling or a friend.  Sign Up for this week and it is 2 people for the price of 1!  This week we are making small mosaics and large ones that look like stained glass when done.  No experience necessary.  Learn how to cut glass with nippers, glue, and grout to create an everlasting beautiful piece of art.  $125 for two people Ages 7--92 years Welcome

Exploring Contemporary Artists Week Aug 7th-11th
Great class for your elementary aged child ages 6-10 years old.  We will explore and learn about 5 different contemporary famous artists then create our own art based on their images.  Monday is the artist Yayoi Kasuma and the project is painting.  Tuesday is the artist El Anatsui and the project is metal sculpture construction.  Wednesday is the artist Willard Wigan and we will create small miniature worlds.  Thursday is the artist Shinique Smith and we will create a small soft sculpture.  Friday is the artist Anish Kapoor with a sculptural project.  Ages 5-9 welcome

Box-Making with Cecile Saturday May 20th 1-4pm

Cecile Webster is a Conservation Technician for the Libraries of The Art Institute of Chicago. She works in the basement!!! For 19 years, she has hand made portfolios, phase boxes, drop spine boxes for books and other objects.  She also mends books, conserves paper, makes book cradles and installs books in the museum exhibits.  MOST IMPORTANT, she is coming to Bare Knuckle Arts to teach us how to make boxes. 

Box-Making Saturday May 20th 1-4pm $45 per participant No Experience Necessary.  Ages 10-Adult Welcome

Still time to sign up for Acrylic Painting class on Tuesdays and Watercolor on Wednesdays