Shakerag Workshops Opening in June
In June Shakerag Workshops will begin its 20th season of arts workshops for adults on the mountain. Taking place on the campus of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Shakerag will welcome artists from across the United States for in-person classes in a variety of arts media. The Knitting Getaway weekend will take place June 7-10, and the two Shakerag week-long sessions run June 11-17 and June 18-20.
Shakerag’s week-long classes in June include natural dyeing, pottery, painting and drawing, photography, sculpture, sewing, digital arts, book arts, jewelry, rug hooking, and woodwork.
“It has been fun to watch Shakerag Workshops grow over the years,” says director Claire Reishman, “and it is particularly exciting to be celebrating our 20th anniversary. We have over 250 participants coming from all over the country, and we are looking forward to introducing them to our life here on the mountain.”
Shakerag Workshops attracts a diverse group of artists who enjoy the gourmet meals and social gatherings surrounding the classes almost as much as they enjoy the workshops themselves. Most classes are open to a wide range of participants, and beginners and professionals take classes together. The inclusive atmosphere of Shakerag is one of the hallmarks of the program, and teachers over the years have commented on the vitality of classes which include students with a range of experience. “Though the program has grown over the years,” says Reishman, “we work to retain the sense of closeness among faculty and students that we had as a smaller program, and those who have attended classes say that they leave Shakerag feeling refreshed and energized to continue developing their artistic interests.”
The Shakerag Workshops website
Summer is a vibrant time at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, an independent day and boarding school in Sewanee, In addition to Shakerag Workshops, the school offers a variety of arts and sports day camps for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Information about these camps is available at <www.sasweb.org/summer>.