General information

We are already looking forward to next year — save the date for July 18-23, 2015!

We leave the 2014 information here for your reference.

Dates and times

Saturday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 23. Depending on what you sign up for, your day could last from 8am to 6pm. See agenda and special events» for an at a glance view of the whole 5 days.


Workshops are 1.5, 3, or 6 hours long, and meet for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days each.

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 $20 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»

Most workhops will be held at the middle school. Some may be held at Rhinelander High School. The high school is a quick car ride away and even close enough to walk to. We will provide the address and directions at registration.

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

The School of the Arts Canteen, located in the Commons, has coffee and homemade apple fritters every morning and is a great place to start your day. It also offers a variety of beverages and a la carte soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. There's even dessert! Buy your lunch here or feel free to bring one. The Canteen is open until 1:30; the Commons is open all day and is a wonderful place to relax, connect with fellow students, and share your thoughts with posterity through our tablecloth project.

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


Check-in and onsite registration will take place on Saturday, Jul 19 beginning at 7am at James Williams Middle School.


Contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce for information on the many area resorts and campgrounds. Mention School of the Arts at Days Inn & Suites (715) 362-7100; a corporate rate may be available.

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 offered to students by request. Complete an application on site. Educators: CEUs may be applicable toward your professional development plan; check with your school district.

Contact information

General questions:
Registration information: 608-262-2451

Lynn Tarnoff, Director

PLUS! UW-Madison Continuing Studies also hosts School of the Arts at Spring Green on select weekends throughout spring, summer, and fall of 2014. Click to learn more»