Lapham Citizen Scientists

Lapham Citizen Scientists are hard at work this week.  Learning about artists that study nature through observation and then creating what they see.  Looking at shells, feathers, turtle shells as well as heading into the garden as the weather allows.  Lapham Citizen Scientists is an on going project at Lapham Elementary that began Jan. 2018 with students in all grades. Students learned about the schools name sake Increase A. Lapham.  They learned about how instrumental he was in mapping Wisconsin, identifying weather patterns, observing, writing, and drawing all the native flora, fauna, and wildlife of Wisconsin.  Then based on Lapham's own journals and sketchbooks each student created their own paste paper book.

Summer is Almost Here-Check out some of the Classes At Bare Knuckle Arts.

STEAM Art/Science Camp is Monday June 25th -Friday June 29th 1-3pm everyday.  Science, technology, engineering, art, math all rolled into one.  Using straws, duct tape, glue, pipe cleaners, sticks, dowels, duct tape and more we will create a variety of things. Catapults, rubber band powered mini-boats, compasses for drawing large circles, and much more.  Ages 7-11 $125 per participant

Drawing and Painting for the Young Artist  A week long of just that: drawing and painting.  We will draw with pencil, oil pastels, pen, and ink.  Painting with tempera, watercolor, acrylic.  All done on paper, canvas, canvas board.  Great imaginations need apply!!! Ages 5-7 please come draw and paint with us.  July 9th-13th Monday to Friday 1-3pm  $125 per participant

Family Fun Week Making Automata July 23rd-26th

Family Fun Week is an opportunity for family members or friends to create side by side in the studio.  It is two for the price of one which is an amazing deal.  Summer 2018 we are offering Make your own Automaton Class.  We will learn about gears and mechanisms. We will work with cranks, shafts, cams in wood and cardboard to create our own simple machine.  1-3pm daily from July 23rd-26th $150 for two people Ages 7-Adult Note: this is a 4 day class only

Imaginarium Week-Blibbering Humdingers Welcome

Imaginarium Week is designed for the very imaginative child.  We will create our own made up board game with game pieces, cards, and directions.  Unicorns, Mermaids, Panadroo, Blibbering Humdinger's all welcome this week as we make them into puppets.  Moon Frog's and Phoenix's will be collaged into Salvador Dali type landscapes. Sure to be an energetic fun thinking adventure.  Monday July 30th-Friday August 3rd 1-3pm every day Ages 6-10 years old  $125 per participant

Ozobot Summer Camp

Ozobots are pocket sized robots.  In this summer camp children will learn what an Ozobot is, they will learn how to code an Ozobot, they will learn about lines, create codes, mazes, costumes, and collaborate with others as they program their Ozobots.  Every student will at the end of camp get to take home their very own Ozobot.   Ages 6-12 $165 per participant but Ozobot and charger included August 6-10th 1-3pm every day

Carved Stamps and Exploring Henna

Our friend Sudha brought back these lovely hand carved stamps from India.  India is a beautiful  country that not many of us get to experience.  It is brimming full of culture, many groups of people with many different beliefs.  Come experience only one small part of India and explore the tradition of Henna on hands at Bare Knuckle Arts. 

Exploring Henna  Sunday June 24th 1-3pm Learn about the 5,000-year-old cultural practice of Henna tattooing! The art of applying henna to the hands and feet is known as Mehndi, and is traditionally used for celebrations and rites of passage.  We will practice on paper, come up with a design and apply it with a Henna cone to our hands and arms.  The design can last up to 6 weeks but will eventually disappear.

$25 per particpant 10 years to Adult Welcome

Reminder it's Spring Gallery night this Friday from 5-9pm!

Join us for Spring Gallery night sponsored by MMoCA.  Bare Knuckle Arts is pleased to show the exquisitely crafted letterpress broadsides of Kerri Cushman.  Spring it is and the weather should be perfect.  Tonight's exhibit is all about type. 
Refreshments served. 5-9pm Friday May 4th Kids welcome with an activity to make your own type broadside. 

Have You Reached the End of the Slime Trend Yet?

Send the kids to STEAM/Art camp and learn how to make magnetic slime in our studio-not your kitchen. 

STEAM Art/Science Camp is Monday June 25th -Friday June 29th 1-3pm everyday. Science, technology, engineering, art, math all rolled into one. Using straws, duct tape, glue, pipe cleaners, sticks, dowels, duct tape and more we will create a variety of things. Catapults, rubber band powered mini-boats, compasses for drawing large circles, and much more. Ages 7-11

$125 per participant

Type Hype and Why Letterpress Matters-Gallery Night May 4th 5-9pm

Perhaps it is partly a reaction to our ever evolving digital world but a few years back one might say that Letterpress printing was a dying craft.  It has had a revival and validation in the art world.  There is something so beautiful about taking old wood or metal type, methodically setting it, inking it, and printing it on a machine that was made before your Grandma was born. 

Join us, Bare Knuckle Arts on May 4th MMoCA Spring Gallery night to celebrate the handmade paper and letterpress prints created by Professor Kerri Cushman.  Cushman is an artist and educator at Longwood University in Virginia, who specializes in handmade paper, artist books, and printmaking. 

Come check out the type hype with refreshments and an art activity for the kids from 5-9pm at Bare Knuckle Arts, 1949 Winnebago St. Madison WI

OZO What?

Robotics for kids, Bare Knuckle Arts is very excited to offer this summer coding and robotic opportunity for children this summer.  Ozobot Summer Club---Ozobots are pocket sized robots.  In this summer camp children will learn what an Ozobot is, they will learn how to code an Ozobot, they will learn about lines, create codes, mazes, costumes, and collaborate with others as they program their Ozobots.  Big benefit---every student will at the end of camp get to take home their very own Ozobot.   Ages 6-12 $165 per participant but Ozobot and charger included

August 6-10th 1-3pm every day

Looking for a Few More to Join us in the Peace Pole Workshop Saturday April 21st.

Create a Peace Pole for your garden or home.    A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the words, May Peace Prevail on Earth written in many different languages on each side of the pole.  Join us as we paint our own creative peace pole on Earth Day Saturday April 21st 1-4pm We will use acrylic paint and paint markers.  Easily installed in your garden.

$75 per project Ages 8-Adult

Family groups can work on one project together.

Solstice Saturday Family Yoga/Art Workshop with Jessica Becker

This is Jessica Becker and we are so excited to have her teaching a Solstice Saturday Family Yoga/Art Workshop.  June 23rd, please join us at Bare Knuckle Arts and here is a bit more about our friend.


Jessica’s mother introduced her to yoga with a video over twenty years ago. She didn’t think too much about it, but knew it felt good, and found herself practicing every day. Now a mother of two young children, she still practices daily. Yoga has served her through the changes and challenges of life, helping her heal from a spinal injury and evolve into her role as a mother. She has learned from many great teachers, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), and received 200-hour Alignment Yoga Teacher Certification with Scott Anderson in 2003. Her studies in the past two years have been with Amie Heeter in the Para Yoga tradition. She is grounded, patient, and genuinely committed to the inherent wisdom and brilliance of the practice. Her classes include laughter and exploration within a dependable framework that encourages students to release anxieties and competitiveness. Jessica teaches Mother/ Daughter Yoga Course classes regularly at Main Street Yoga.

Solstice Saturday Family Yoga/Art Workshop June 23rd 10am-12pm

 

Junkyard Portraits at Adams Elementary in Janesville WI.

Adams Elementary in Janesville, WI hosted Bare Knuckle Arts in a 2 week artist residency this March 2018.  Students created a collaborative art project with STEAM emphasis.  Each student worked to develop their skills as they were using new tools.  The residency began by introducing the artists Dr. Evermore, El Anatsui, and Shinque Smith.  Artists from around the world that use upcycled materials to create art.  Students were very engaged in arts exploration as they thought deeply about what happens to the plastic we produce, the metal we use or can re-use and the best way to re-create with unusual materials.  Led by Amy Mietzel and Adams Art Educator Mandy Zdrale they did some creative thinking and problem solving as well as learning how to use tools.  It was a super positive experience for all involved.  Click here for more great photos of their work. 

Float Like a Butterfly Over the Waves and into the Studio this Summer!

Float Like a Butterfly Over the Waves and into the Bare Knuckle Arts Studio this Summer.

Family Fun week is an opportunity for family members or friends to create side by side in the studio.  It is two for the price of one which is an amazing deal.  Summer 2018 we are offering Make your own Automaton class.  We will learn about gears and mechanisms.  We will work with cranks, shafts, and cams in wood and cardboard to create our own simple machine.  1-3pm every day from July 23rd-July 27th

$150 for two people Ages 7 to Adult

Bullet Journals are the New Mindfulness Inspired Method-They Begin with Blank Pages and Transform into the Perfect Planner. Join us for a BUJO Workshop

Make Your Own Bullet Journal Workshop

Bullet journaling, or BuJo as it is commonly called, is all the rage right now. If you like to stay organized, without having multiple notebooks, post-its, lists, planners, then a bullet journal is perfect for you. In this workshop, we will start from scratch, create paste paper covers, bind a journal and then begin to set up layouts and spreads.  Colored pens, collaged images, washi tape will help us create a mighty mash-up of a running to-do list, a planner, or a life log. The best part is that bullet journaling can be used to make you feel productive for doing virtually anything, no matter how important—or unimportant—it might seem to other people. It is made for people who like old-fashioned paper and pens.  Sunday May 20th 1-4pm

$50 per participant  Ages 12-Adult Welcome

Summer Planning Under Way?

Bare Knuckle Arts has received lots of questions recently about Summer of 2018 classes.  Check our some of our awesome summer opportunities on our current Summer Muscle page. From STEM activities, to sewing, drawing, painting, Rube Goldberg machine building, to family fun week with an awesome 2 for the price of 1 deal--there is something there for everyone. Reserve your spot now.  Come Hustle your Art Muscle with us!

Drawing for Beginners Wednesdays in May

Drawing for Beginners is a 4 week class that meets every Wednesday from 6-7:30pm in May. The first three classes you will learn the basics of shading, volume, composition,  pen/ink as well as color pencil techniques.  The last class we will draw from still life.  No experience necessary just a willingness to try.  May 2nd, 9, 16, 23rd.  6-7:30pm Ages 14-Adult welcome $80 per participant

Peace Pole Workshop Saturday April 21st 1-4pm

Create a Peace Pole for your garden or home.    A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the words, May Peace Prevail on Earth written in many different languages on each side of the pole.  Join us as we paint our own creative peace pole on Earth Day Saturday April 21st 1-4pm We will use acrylic paint and paint markers.  Easily installed in your garden.

$75 per project Ages 8-Adult

Family groups can work on one project together.

Time to Pulp It Up!!! Introduction to Papermaking for All Ages. Saturday May 5th

Time to Pulp It Up!  Introduction to Papermaking, is for all ages.  We will learn the basics of making recycled handmade paper by using old envelopes, magazines, letters, anything you can recycle.  First we will create papers of various colors then add lovely things like the niggly wiggly from a Hershey Kiss, flowers, ribbons, yarn, fortunes.  You can take the paper as is or turn it into a lovely card for the Mom, Grandma, or the mentor in your life.  Families welcome. Ages 3-96

$40 per person