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 this artist community.
Workshops at Shake Rag Alley are lively, rambunctious, 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; blacksmithing; non-academic classes in writing fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry; fiber arts and jewelry; book and paper arts; plus a variety of fine arts. We’re an ambitious 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. They are innovative craftsmen who enjoy trying new techniques and exploring the unusual.
Kids love Shake Rag too. We offer a youth program for Kindergarten through high school, taught by talented and creative instructors who bring out the amazing talent of kids. Preschool and home school programs are held every week and once each month the whole family is invited to come and participate in activities.
The valley is always open for strolling the pathways, viewing the lush gardens and rustic buildings and savoring the peaceful ambiance. Shake Rag also offer onsite lodging, so when the day is done, you can stay in one of several charming guest rooms.