SEWANEE. One of Tennessee’s most respected artist workshops is held each June on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus. The event attracts instructors from around the world, and more than 150 participants whose work involves book arts, clay, digital arts, fiber, mixed-media and painting.

Shakerag Workshop Dates: June 11-17 and June 18-24
St. Andrews-Sewanee School

More than 150 participants gather in Sewanee from across the United States for workshops and evening meals that feature locally grown and raised foods. The workshops offer a unique immersion into the Cumberland Plateau setting next door to the campus of the University of the South at Sewanee. The area offers wonderful hikes and activities for participants, including the opportunity to explore pristine Shakerag Hollow.

For more information, contact Director Claire Reishman at, or visit

Public events are also offered. 

SHOP. They have a great pop-up art supply and book shop on campus that offers Shakerag branded art aprons, and hard to find art materials.

STUDIO VISITS. Each evening, faculty members show slides and talk about their work at 7:15 p.m. (EST) in McCrory Hall, and you can visit the studios and see the fine work in progress.

Shakerag Gallery 2016 – Shoko Teruyama

GALLERY. Instructors display artwork in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Art Gallery throughout the workshop season. Some items are available for purchase. 





ARTIST’S LIFE SERIES. On Wednesday evenings, a guest artist or writer discusses the relationship of their art to their life as part of the public Artist’s Life Series. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. (EST) in McCrory Hall, with a reception following in Simmonds Hall.

This year’s lectures:

Sculpture by John Henry

June 14, 2017: John Henry, founder and curator of ‘Sculpture Fields,’ a 33-acre internationally-recognized sculpture park in Chattanooga

June 21, 2017: Betsy McNamara Wills, art collector and director of Marketing and Branding at Diversified Trust. She has served on numerous boards in Nashville, including the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Chapter American Red Cross, Greenways for Nashville and the Nashville Ballet. Betsy received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Vanderbilt University.

WORKSHOPS. Two sessions of Shakerag Workshops are offered: June 11-17 and June 18-24. Registration is now open. The Human Marks: Drawing, Stitching, Batik and Bookmaking workshop taught by Dorothy Caldwell is already full and has a waiting list, so don’t delay to register.
Find out more about this year’s workshops.

Andee Rudloff’s goal is always to engage community through creative opportunities, and she does so frequently through murals, exhibitions, greenway planning and engagement activities.

Dorothy Caldwell, Bookmaking
Gretchen Hirsch, Vintage-inspired Dressmaking
Jack Kotz, ‘Photography: A Sense of Place’
Hiroki Morinoue, Mokuhanga, Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printing
Andee Rudloff, ‘From Street Art to Rural Barn Painting: Telling Our Big Stories’
Amy Sanders, ‘Clay: Handbuilding with Custom Texture’

Jennifer Jacob’s class will explore techniques and practices for blending drawing with code, and drawing by hand. Learn about coding software including Processing, NodeBox, and Para.

Jennifer Jacobs: ‘Blending Computational and Manual Drawing’
Terrell James: ‘Line in Painting and Drawing’
Matt Long: ‘Clay: Porcelain and Soda Fire’
Carole Frances Lung: ‘The T-Shirt: Rags, Rugs, and Baskets’
Joan Liftin: ‘Photography: Making the Interior Visible’
Hiroki Morinoue: ‘Mokuhanga with Monotype Techniques’
Elin Noble: ‘Natural Dyes, New Methods’
Connie Ulrich: ‘Jewelry: Telling a Story through Layers of Metal’

Connie Ulrich has exhibited in the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Craft Show. Her work has been selected for the Best in Tennessee Craft award.