The Cure or Remedy for the "I'm Bored"!!!

Inventing Camp

Got an inventor in the family, an engineer, a thoughtful inspired kid?  This week we will engineer and invent using a variety of materials. We will create a machine that performs a most simple task.  We will learn about Rube Goldberg, an American
cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor.  Then get out a whole bunch of stuff, fire up the low fire glue guns, find the marbles, wood, dominoes, and duct tape to create a one-of-a-kind invention.

Monday July 15-Thursday July 18th 1-3pm every day

Ages 8-14 Years old a Bare Knuckle Arts t-shirt included.

$80 per participant

Painting for Children Mondays 4-5:30 Beginning Sept. 9th

Painting for Children-Mondays 4-5:30 Beginning Sept. 9th

Painting and not by the numbers is an after-school class for children who loved to paint but need a few more techniques and skills added to their ability. It is an 8 week class every Monday from 4-5:30 beginning Sept. 9th. The schedule is set up for 2 Mondays about color, light, and techniques, 2 Mondays of Watercolor and 4 Mondays of Acrylics. We will paint on paper, canvas board, and canvas of various sizes.

Sept. 9 & 16 Color and Techniques

Sept. 23 & 30 Watercolor

October 7, 14, 21 & 28 Acrylics

Ages 8-12 Welcome

$150 per participant

Tuesday Tween/Teen Art After-School Sept. 2019

Tuesdays After-School Art for tween/teens 11-14 years old.

Every session offers a different project ranging from drawing, painting to sculpture. This class is for the Tween/Teen that have a genuine love of making. Ages 11-14 recommended The projects are a bit more advanced. It meets every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm

Tuesday Sept. 10th Eye See You Color Wheels

Tuesday Sept. 17th Synesthesia art pastels

Tuesday Sept. 24th Pen and ink drawing with watercolor wash

Tuesday Oct. 1st Large Animal Faces-Mixed Media

Tuesday Oct. 8 Large Animal Faces-Mixed Media Finish

Tuesday Oct. 15th Cross Stitching Project

Tuesday Oct. 22nd Cross Stitching Project Finishing Day

Tuesday Oct. 29th Wood burning Spoons

$96 for full session

You can also purchase a punch card for $120 dollars and use it on the classes your child would be most interested BUT please email us and let us know when your child will be attending because some classes will be full

Coffee, Journals, and Inspiration

Coffee, Treats, Journals, Inspiration

Join us for some coffee, a bit of breakfast, and Journal Inspiration. To nourish your soul, your time, time that repeats every week for awhile. Sometimes that empty white page can be intimidating. We will have a cup and add delicious drawings, colors, thoughtful words, quotes, images, and even grocery lists to our reflective journal practice. All coffee, treats, and blank journals included. 6 Fridays beginning Friday Sept. 6th, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11th. 8:30am-10am $90 with everything provided. Adults Welcome

FREE Workshops at your Libraries starting Monday

Free Workshops at Your Libraries

Monroe Street Library Monday June 17th 10:30am Geometric Wood Sculptures

Hawthorne Library Tuesday June 18th 9:30-11:30am Paint Tube Inspiration-Painting

Hawthorne Library Tuesday June 25th 9:30am Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream

Hawthorne Library Tuesday July 16th 9:30am Stamp Printing

Monroe Street Library Friday July 19th 10:30am Stamp Printing

Lakeview Library Terrific Tuesday July 23rd 4pm Sew and Sculpt Giant Lollipops

Monroe Street Library Friday August 2nd Wire Sculpture 10:30am

People Call, People Email, People Want the Answer!

People call, people email, people want the answer but the real truth is you have to figure it out for yourself. You know you and you know what is best for your child or children. But here are some the amazing places Madison has to offer art classes this summer. Art classes that help you think, engage your children in creating or even just the opportunity to be in wonderful spaces that keep you grounded and calm. These are some of the my favorites in Madison starting on the east side heading central and then near west. Check them out for possibilities.

Bare Knuckle Arts 1949 Winnebago Street

Tap It/New Works 1957 Winnebago Street

Aldo Leopold Nature Center 330 Femrite Drive Monona

Midwest Clay 2040 Winnebago Street

Art Lit Lab 2021 Winnebago Street

MSCR East Classes for all in arts 4620 Cottage Grove Rd.

Heading central and then near west.

MMOCA 227 State Street

Madison’s Childrens Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street

Monroe Street Art Center 2526 Monroe Street

5 Days left for Madison Area Schools and It's Time to Hustle Your Summer Art Muscle!

5 Days left for Madison Area Schools and Summer Begins! If you are looking for some great summer enrichment classes we still have a few openings in Design a Skateboard Deck June 18-21, Crochet Camp June 24-28th, Inventing Camp July 15-18, Build Your Own Pinball Machine July 12th, Sewing Sweet Treats Workshop Saturday July 13th, Family Fun Week July 29th, and Painting Camp August 5-9th.

Register here

Silk Scarf Marbling Saturday October 5th 1-4pm

Silk Scarf Marbling-Saturday October 5th 1-4pm

Silky smooth to the touch, marvelous ripples of color, join us and learn to marble paper and then create 3 silk scarves for yourself or gifts for someone you love. No experience necessary just a willingness to experiment.

Ages 8-Adult Welcome $70 per participant


After-School Art Mondays for Elementary in September 2019

Sept. 2019

After-School Art Mondays for Elementary at Bare Knuckle Arts

After-School Art meets on the following Mondays from 2:15pm-3:30pm. An excellent hands on class for your elementary aged child from 6- 12 years old.

Sept. 9th 3D Butterflies, Bugs, and Dragonflies

Sept. 16 Koi Fish Drawing/Painting

Sept. 23 Floating Chalk Prints

Sept. 30 Stacked Pancake Sculptures

Oct. 7th Ojo de Dios

Oct. 14th Year of the Pig Paintings

Oct. 21st Sewing Clouds, Rain, Rainbows, Snow

Oct 28th Rattle Making

$120 for a full session

You can also purchase a punch card for $150 dollars and use it on the classes your child would be most interested BUT please email us and let us know when your child will be attending because some classes will be full.

Paint a Barn Quilt for your Porch, Garage, She-Shed! Saturday Sept. 14th

Paint a barn quilt is a one day workshop where we will paint a geometric barn quilt.  If you don't have a barn that's okay.  You can put it on your screen porch, garage or even right beside your front door.  

What's a Barn Quilt? A larger piece of wood painted to look like a quilt block. Typically they are very large and usually are placed on the exterior of a barn, house, garage or shed. Barn Quilts began in the early 2000's in Ohio and now many states have Barn Quilt Trails you can follow, including Shawano County in Wisconsin. Our barn quilts will be the size of 20 inch by 20 inch. Most barn quilts are painted with simple geometric shapes, like squares, rectangles and triangles. They usually are painted in solid colors. The simplicity in shape and the vibrancy of solid colors make these blocks easily seen from afar AND it makes they easy to create, Painter's Tape Baby!! No Experience is necessary for this workshop. All materials provided-you just need to get it home in your car. Saturday Sept. 14th 9am-2pm Bring or get some lunch.  $65 per person

12 days to the Official Start to Summer in Madison

Hey-there are about 12 days to the official start of summer in Madison. We still have room in several of our diverse summer classes if you are looking for programing for your children or family fun together. There are a few spaces left in Crochet Camp, Build Your Own Pinball Machine, Sewing Sweet Treats and a Taco, Family Fun Week, Dreamy Little World Mixed Media, and Painting, Painting, Painting week. Some of these are one time workshops, 4 days, and 5 day classes. Lots of options to choose from. Hope to see you in the studio this summer!

Summer Paper Marbling Workshop at River Arts, Inc in Prairie du Sac. Save the Date!!

Hey Friends I’m headed up to River Arts, Inc this summer in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin to do a Paper Marbling Workshop. River Arts, Inc is a great space that showcases art and artist offers classes, and enriches the downtown area of Prairie du Sac. Here is a description of the class as well as a link to sign up for the workshop.

Learn to marble paper for use in book making, writing letters, table/shelf decoration, wrapping paper, scrapbooking, or anything else you’d like to do with it! This is true suminagashi paper marbling: floating ink on water and dipping paper into it. Instructor Amy Mietzel of Bare Knuckle Arts will provide various sized vats and all the inks and paper, and guide students on adding color, mixing patterns, and dipping paper. Participants in this class can expect to make 3-5 sheets of marbled paper (maybe more depending on how fast you are!), ready to take home at the end of class.

No prior experience required; aprons are available but we suggest you wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting dirty.

Register Here

"Junkyards have all the best stuff!"

Friday is gallery night and I am so pleased to show the work of a man who has meant a great deal to me through my life.  30 years ago or so I chose and went to a liberal arts college here in Wisconsin called Ripon College.  Liberal Arts means you get a little bit of everything from philosophy to biology to leadership to art.  I found myself in art-specifically in the Ripon College Art Department.  Where I met a skinny, energetic Professor named Gene Kain(he also had a big bushy mustache at the time.)  He took me under his wing and dragged me all around the city of Ripon, it's outskirts and haunts to all the old junk yards.  "Junk yards have the all best stuff for making art," he said.  His influence, guidance, and friendship has spirited me through time and I am quite sure I would not be who I am without his presence during my years at Ripon and even now as a friend in my life.

It is my pleasure this Friday, at my studio to show some of his Polychrome relief sculptures and other work. 5-9pm with refreshments served and also a small project to create in the back of the studio.  All are welcome.

Hope to see you there.

Amy Mietzel

Bare Knuckle Arts

Learn to Crochet-this summer at Bare Knuckle Arts

Looking for a few more to join us at Crochet Camp this summer.

Crochet Camp June 24th-28th 1-3pm This fun camp for children is a great opportunity for kids to begin learning the lifelong skill of crochet, or to expand on their current crocheting abilities. This camp is for all levels of crochet experience, from beginner to advanced. Your child can expect to learn the basics of crochet while making item(s) from our project list, including: shoelaces, a potholder, dishcloth, bracelet, headband, cup cozy, small blanket, scarf, hacky sack, hat, small bag, or donut keychain. More advanced projects will also be available upon request. With so many options, there will be something for everyone! All level 8-14yr olds welcome $125 course fee with crotch needles, yarn needles provided and a Bare Knuckle Arts t-shirt included. There are additional materials list for this class, one skein of acrylic medium yarn #4 and one skein of cotton medium #4 yarn.

PINBALL Wizard Class Recently Added to our Summer Class Schedule


Have you got a Do-It-Yourself Teen or Tween? Do they think outside the box? Or Are they a Pinball Wizard?

This is short but fun summer class. We will make our own Pinball Machines with a pre-made kit from Pin Box 3000. Pin Box 3000 has been featured at many Comic-Cons. We can customize our pinball machines with our own obstacles and decoration.

No batteries necessary and we provide all you need.

Ages 10-15 Welcome $90 and a full kit is provided as well as a Bare Knuckle Arts t-shirt included

Friday July 12th 1-5pm

Gallery Night Friday May 3rd 5-9pm at Bare Knuckle Arts

"We are pleased to show the relief sculptures of retired Ripon College Art Professor Gene Kain.  These steel polychrome reliefs are his personal expression about seeing, curiosity and wonder.” Refreshments served. The studio will be open from 5-9pm come on in, say “Hi”, nosh, talk, and even create a small wood relief of your own.

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About Gallery Night

Gallery Night is a long-time Madison arts tradition that showcases the city’s vibrant arts community. Organized each May and October by MMoCA, Gallery Night offers art lovers and art novices alike an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, and demonstrations at venues throughout the city. During Gallery Night, dozens of venues open their doors to invite the public in to see and shop for original artwork.

Gallery Night takes place from 5-9 pm on the first Fridays of May and October, though some participating venues set their own hours. All venues participating in Gallery Night are open free of charge, unless otherwise noted.