General information

Dates and times

Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19. All workshops run all 3 days and are either 2 or 4 hours long each day. Morning workshops start at 8am or 10:15am; afternoon workshops at 1:30pm or 3:45pm. Yoga for Every Body meets twice a day—6:45am and 6pm—and costs $10 per session (register in advance). See agenda and special events» for an at a glance view of the entire weekend.


See the workshops page for information on specific workshops.

Some workshops have required supplies and/or a materials fee payable on site to the instructor.

Please be sure to click on the “Supply list & welcome letter” link for each workshop you plan to attend. These documents contain important information regarding these necessary supplies and equipment, as well as any pre-class deadlines.

School of the Arts workshops are open to all adults who want to develop their skills in or explore the arts. High school juniors and seniors also may attend.

Walk-in registration

All workshops have enrollment limits; enrollment is first-come, first-served. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Walk-in registration is accepted, depending on space availability.

Fees and tuition

Instructional fees are based on the total hours of weekly instruction. Specific information on fees and tuition are available in individual workshop descriptions. Each workshop is purchased separately; build your own schedule!

Some workshops may require participants to bring purchased supplies or pay additional materials fees which are not included in the instructional fees. Fees for materials supplied by the instructor are payable on site and are included in workshop descriptions.

Cancellation/refund policy

If you are unable to attend, you may obtain a refund minus a $25 administrative fee by contacting the registration department at least 3 business days prior to the program. If you cancel 3 business days or fewer before the program, or do not attend, you are responsible for the entire fee. To cancel, please call 608-262-2451.


James Williams Middle School
915 Acacia Lane
Rhinelander, WI  map»


Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC)
4321 South Shore Dr
Rhinelander, WI map»

Computers and Internet access

There will be a computer lab with email and internet access. There is Wi-Fi, but it is limited.

Food and beverage

Lunches: We offer gourmet boxed lunches every day, catered by Holiday Acres. Pre-order your lunch when you register for SOA, either online or by phone. All boxed lunch choices are $10 each.

Friday July 17

  • Choice of Turkey & Gouda Sandwich, BLT Salad, or Vegetarian Caprese Wrap.
  • All 3 Friday choices come with a fruit kabob, brownie, and beverage.

Saturday July 18

  • Choice of Ham & Swiss Sandwich, Vegetarian Sun-dried Tomato & Hummus Wrap, or Greek Salad.
  • All 3 Saturday choices come with a broccoli side salad, cookie, and beverage.

Sunday July 19

  • Choice of Chicken Salad Sandwich, Vegetarian Thai Lettuce Wrap, or Spinach Salad.
  • All 3 Sunday choices come with a potato side salad, cranberry cake, and beverage.

SOA Coffee Shop: Open daily and operated by Rhinelander favorite Coffee Beans Etc, this gathering place will offer assorted coffees, teas, cold beverages, and pastries.

For those of you who wish to purchase lunch elsewhere, there are many choices in the town of Rhinelander.

Friday Night BBQFest

Join us on Friday night, July 17 for a chicken and ribs barbeque. Meet and mingle with other SOA participants at the beautiful Holiday Acres. $29 per person, plus a cash bar. Order tickets when you register.

SOA T-Shirts

Commemorate your SOA experience with a high-quality T-shirt sporting the School of the Arts logo. Order as many as you would like when you register.

SOA Marketplace

Do you have artwork—of any kind—to sell? You’ll have your chance every day over the lunch hour. The SOA Marketplace offers SOA instructors, students, and the general public a chance to sell their wares. If you have art, literature, jewelry, or anything else you’d like to sell, find registration and more information here»

Shoppers, give yourself plenty of time to browse and indulge by eating on site with your pre-purchased gourmet box lunch! (see above)


Check-in and onsite registration will take place on Friday, July 17, beginning at 6:45am at James Williams Middle School, 915 Acacia Lane. Check-in is open all day; you do not need to check in in the morning if you are only attending afternoon workshops. Onsite registration is accepted, depending on space availability.


Contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce for information on the many area resorts and campgrounds.

Financial aid

The School of the Arts offers a Financial Aid Program to participants who demonstrate financial need. Click for details on how to apply»

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs are earned automatically; a record of CEUs earned is available by request. Complete an application on site. Educators: CEUs may be applicable toward your professional development plan; check with your school district.

Contact information

For comments or general questions about SOA, like workshop or location information, please contact:

Program Coordinator Jennifer Hawkins / 608-262-7389


Director Lynn Tarnoff / 608-890-1424

School of the Arts at Rhinelander
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N Park St, 7th Floor
Madison WI 53715

For questions specific to registration, contact registration services: