Workshops

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.

(See agenda and special events page» for an at a glance look at the whole 5 days)

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

What the letters in your workshop codes mean: The letters refer to the specific session (timeslot). The shorter morning workshops are labeled as Sessions A or B. The longer morning workshops, which include the timeslots for A & B combined, are labeled as Session C. Same for the shorter afternoon workshops (D & E), and the longer ones (F). Gs are all-day workshops.


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Visual Arts  |  Culinary Arts and Nutrition  |  Mind/Body/Spirit  |   Performing Arts  |   Writing

Visual Arts

NEW Advanced Design in Watermedia

Instructor, Mary Ann Inman. Click for bio»

Explore abstract and representational art based on design theory using watercolor and other water-based media. Or, continue with self-directed design projects. This workshop and open studio will give you an opportunity to embrace freedom by exploring abstraction, explore another angle on realism, and learn how to apply basic design principles to compose using only line, color, value, shape, or texture. Expect to make multiple smaller works quickly, then review your grouping of designs produced to select the most successful. Learn to evaluate your own work using contrast-and-compare principles like movement, vibration, harmony, scale, variety, unity, and emotional content. Intermediate.

12C407 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $120 • Materials fee $7 • or
15C407 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee $10

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NEW Art as Story – Putting the Pieces Together

Instructor, Janice Theberge. Click for bio»

Are you a collector of objects? Do you accumulate memorabilia from trips? Give voice to those cherished objects and tell your story in 2D and 3D Assemblage. You'll spend 2 days combining mixed media objects into frames, and adding embellishments of tissue paper, words, paint, and other materials. Expand to 3D work by forming an armature or skeleton from wire and cardboard, covered with papier-mâché, and finished with a personalized mosaic of mixed media. Assemblage art is an experimental and transformative process that will enhance your creative thinking and expand your perception of design and personal story. Beginning.

12F415 • Sat-Sun, 1:30-4:45pm • $120 • Materials fee $3 • (Limited to 2D projects)or
15F415 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $300 • Materials fee $5

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Encaustics 101: The Art of Painting with Beeswax

Instructor, Ashley Gordon. Click for bio»

painting with waxEncaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated wax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, although other materials are often used. Encaustic art has seen a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s. This exciting class explains the history of encaustic painting, the basics of how to apply encaustic medium, encaustic paint, and proper fusing techniques. This is truly an exciting medium that will leave you wanting more. Beginning.

12C405 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $120 • Materials fee $25

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NEW Encaustics: Going Beyond the Basics

Instructor, Ashley Gordon. Click for bio»

Expand your basic knowledge of encaustics and allow your artistic side to flourish within the layers of luminosity. Learn how to transfer graphite, pastels, texture, and photos onto a surface, learn a metallic foil technique, and learn the use of pigment powders and pigment sticks. Tell your artistic tale in layers of encaustic paint, images, and different textured surface treatments with techniques that translate to other mixed media. There are truly no rules when it comes to art, especially mixed media art involving encaustics. This class will inspire your creativity and expression. Intermediate.

15F406 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $300 • Materials fee $25

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Fabric MachA© Soul Bowls (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis. Click for bio»

Connect with your authentic self by creating a 9-inch soul bowl. Explore the easy-to-learn technique of fabric MachA© and discover how to express your unique inner landscape abstractly, metaphorically, or literally through fabric selection as well as embellishments such as charms, items from nature, and more. This workshop experience will include guided meditation, preparatory exercises, and writing. Beginning.

35F204 • Mon-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $180 • Materials fee $2-5

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CANCELLED: Fantastic Color for Painters

Instructor, Pat Dobrinska. Click for bio»

Color is one of the elements of art that can make or break a painting. Through the creative use of color, you can achieve an uplifting, serene, exciting, sad, compelling, or interesting painting. Learn how to do this by learning how to mix colors to achieve the right mood. We'll also study color combinations and color organization to produce unique and wonderful expression in our paintings. Whether you use oil, acrylic, or watercolor, you’ll come away understanding color a whole lot better! Beginning/Intermediate.

15F404 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $300 • Materials fee NA

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NEW For the Love of Books: A Bookmaking Sampler — SOLD OUT

Instructor, Nancy Akerly. Click for bio»

Beginning with a book made from a single page of paper, you'll make a Japanese Stab Bound journal, a small book using classic blizzard binding, and a hand-sewn pamphlet. Learn how to use Bookboard, Tyvek, French papers, archival glues, and decorative papers. Add your own decorative touches and embellishments to create a unique journal, diary, notebook, or storybook. Beginning/Intermediate.

35C402 • Mon-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $180 • Materials fee $15

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CANCELLED: Getting the Most Out of Your Digital SLR Camera

Instructor, Dennis McGill. Click for bio»

The film camera has gone the way of the typewriter, but like typing, the rules of good camera use and good photography are still the same. We'll explore the many features of your digital SLR camera, and discuss why so many of the features are holdovers from the old 35mm cameras. We'll also compare digital histograms to the "old" film camera light meters, and white balance to the different types of film that were available in the "old days." Let's talk about file size, and when you should photograph in raw, tiff, or just record your images as jpegs. Study the basics of good photography and learn how to handle any photographic subject including wildlife, sports, scenic, and close-up photography. I’ll show you how to “see the light,” and explain the Rule of Thirds, the “S” curve, leading lines, and symmetry. We’ll spend half of our time on location using what you’ve learned in the classroom. Digital SLR Camera required. Beginning/Intermediate.

15C409 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee NA

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CANCELLED: Happily Pounding Flowers: An Old Craft with New Flair

Instructor, Judy Miller. Click for bio»

Have you ever been in a garden and wished you could keep those bright blossoms with you when summer wanes? Flower Pounding is my favorite way to keep flowers for all seasons. In this class you will create beautiful botanical impressions by hammering flowers onto treated fabric and paper. Keeping the elements of design in mind, we will plan our projects, transfer the pigment, and enhance colors to preserve each masterpiece. Gentle guidance is available every step of the way. Enter armed with your creativity and enthusiasm to explore foliage and flowers. I encourage you to join us as we share our ideas and learn together. Final projects can include several styles of wall hangings, matted or canvas backed; wearable art, or a pillowtop. Paper projects could include unique notecards or journal decorations. Come join us! Beginning/Intermediate.

15C411 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee $10-20

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CANCELLED: iShoot: Taking Better Photographs with Smart Phones and Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Instructor, Dennis McGill. Click for bio»

More photos today are taken on the camera that is already in your pocket. But are they good? Explore the hidden features on your device and apply the elements of good photography to candid family moments, travel shots, and celebrations. Learn to unleash the capability of the camera that is handy to capture those in-the-moment documentaries using your iPhone, Android phone, or point-and-shoot camera. Improve your skills with both forward- and backward-facing cameras to capture the people and scenery in photos that you are proud to share. Beginning/Intermediate.

12F410 • Sat-Sun, 1:30-4:45pm • $120 • Materials fee NA • or
15F410 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $300 • Materials fee NA

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CANCELLED: A Journey with Art and Self (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Janice Theberge. Click for bio»

Expect to develop greater awareness of your own creativity, find relaxation or enhanced focus, and unleash your creative potential through this journey. Explore design from the art of China, the Middle East, Indonesia, India, Africa, Australia, and America, and create a "medley of projects" that elicit personal meaning. Let your design efforts evolve naturally from the content of your work. We'll tangle and doodle with line, dye and print cloth, etch glass with calligraphic symbols, and paint a personal totem. Beginning.

15C414 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee $10

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NEW Magical Marbling: Hand Marbling on Paper

Instructor, Nancy Akerly. Click for bio»

marbled paperCreating the fascinating intricate designs of this ancient art provides an opportunity to not only learn a traditional art form, but also to go home with 15 completed papers to use in your paper arts—card making, scrapbooking, bookbinding, and box making. Experiment with a range of papers, colors, and patterns to create your own unique designs. You'll also learn how to prepare paper for marbling, mix carrageenan, use acrylic paints and gall, and to make classic designs such as Stone Marbling, The Peacock, the French Curl, and the Spanish Wave. Beginning/Intermediate.

12C401 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $120 • Materials fee $30

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NEW Norwegian Rosemaling

Instructor, Jan Norsetter. Click for bio»

Rosemaling literally means "flower painting" in Norwegian. Learn the basic strokes, techniques, traditional oil paint handling, and design principles for the Valdres style of rosemaling, as well as safety in materials handling and basic color schemes for painted designs. We'll use practice boards that will help you develop your skills and serve as take-home references; you'll also work on a 10" basswood plate to take home. We'll even include a brief history of this Norwegian folk art. Learning rosemaling is a journey. Start yours with this workshop. Beginning.

12G412 • Sat-Sun, 8:30am-4:45pm • $240 • Materials fee $12 for project; optional $10 for oil paint

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CANCELLED: Paint Like a Pro and Eat It Too: Hand Painted Cookies (also see Culinary Arts and Nutrition)

Instructor, Dottie Reeder. Click for bio»

Move over TV food shows. Discover your inner sugar artist and express yourself through cookies. In this hands-on class, dessert meets design as we combine our paintbrushes with a serious sweet tooth. Think: hand painted flowers; a quiet country scene; a lovely peacock; a whimsical picture or elegant scrolls ... ON A COOKIE! No experience necessary to create amazing artistry—almost too lovely to eat. Put a smile on your face and tell your story in sugar. We do the baking, you do the painting. Beginning/Intermediate.

15F101 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $300 • Materials fee $15

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NEW Pastel Painting: Moods and Drama of Landscape

Instructor, Diana Randolph. Click for bio»

man creating with pastelsCapture various moods and drama of landscapes using your own photos as inspiration. Whether the scene is misty, foggy, or contains contrasting brilliant sunlight with mysterious, deep shadows, learn to exaggerate these features to communicate the essence. The first 2 days are an introduction to planning a composition and layering pastel (not oil pastel) sticks of pigment on paper using side and linear strokes. We’ll practice creating value study sketches and glazing/feathering techniques to soften the background to create the illusion of spatial depth. We’ll use the next 3 days to explore landscapes further, emphasizing color and texture. Beginning/Intermediate.

12C412 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $120 • Materials fee NA • or
15C413 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee NA

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CANCELLED: Playing in the Dirt, or Mud Pies and So Much More

Instructor, Torrey Youngstrum. Click for bio»

Have fun with clay! Learn the basics of coiling, pinching, slab-building, and wheel-throwing. Explore texturing devices like wall coverings, spools, chopsticks, kitchen utensils, and more. Indulge your creativity and come away from the class with several pieces and a love of this art form. Beginning.

15C416 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee $35

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Plein Air Drawing and Painting: Landscapes and Buildings

Instructor, Pat Dobrinska. Click for bio»

Pack your materials, grab a portable chair, and explore the elements and techniques to help you achieve your personal expression of the landscapes. We combine Northwoods beauty with painting—using oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, or graphite. Study perspective in landscapes and buildings, and learn the techniques, theories, and methods in creating a believable and compelling painting. We'll head outdoors to paint at different beautiful sites. Intermediate/Advanced.

12C403 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $120 • Materials fee NA • or
15C403 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Photography: Exploring Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Panoramas

Instructor, Philip Ziesemer. Click for bio»

There is so much territory to explore in photography! This advanced level, 3-day class will focus on making artwork that uses our environment—rather than people—as our subject. Using our cameras as brushes and canvas and light as our paint, we will explore undeveloped environments—containing man-made objects or not—known as the landscape. Then, we will turn our attention to the beauty found in developed areas to apply similar techniques and make images of our “normal” surroundings. Finally, we will learn to use special techniques to make panoramic portraits of our world. No special equipment is required for this class other than your camera and a tripod. Intermediate/Advanced.

35C417 • Mon-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $180 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Watercolor: Getting Started, Sketching, and Journaling

Instructor, Mary Ann Inman. Click for bio»

Spend the weekend with basic brush and wash techniques, color mixing, understanding watercolor papers, how, when and why to stretch paper, and a variety of painting application techniques. You'll experiment with and appreciate the magic of watercolor and its transparency, flow, and granulating capabilities. Then spend the next 3 days increasing skills in realism and impressionism by sketching and journaling in watercolor. Analyze those sketches, make value studies, and begin planning paintings you wish to develop. Beginning/Intermediate.

12F408 • Getting Started • Sat-Sun, 1:30-4:45pm • Beginning • $120 • Materials fee $5 • or
35F408 • Sketching and Journaling • Mon-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • Intermediate • $180 • Materials fee $5 • or
15F408 • Getting Started, Sketching, and Journaling • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • Beginning/Intermediate • $300 • Materials fee $10

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Culinary Arts and Nutrition

CANCELLED: From Head to Toe: What Your Body is Telling You (also see Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

Your body is constantly sending you signals about your health. Some of these signs are quite evident to you: your nails, spots on the skin, even the quality and color of your stool! Some signs are more subtle: quality of sleep, quality of digestion, sex drive. Gain an increased understanding of anatomy and physiology as we walk through the body from head to toe and explore some of these signs so you better understand what they mean and what potential actions you can take. Beginning.

22C104 • Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $60 • Materials fee NA

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CANCELLED: Paint Like a Pro and Eat It Too: Hand Painted Cookies (also see Visual Arts)

Instructor, Dottie Reeder. Click for bio»

hand painted cookiesMove over TV food shows. Discover your inner sugar artist and express yourself through cookies. In this hands-on class, dessert meets design as we combine our paintbrushes with a serious sweet tooth. Think: hand painted flowers; a quiet country scene; a lovely peacock; a whimsical picture or elegant scrolls ... ON A COOKIE! No experience necessary to create amazing artistry—almost too lovely to eat. Put a smile on your face and tell your story in sugar. We do the baking, you do the painting. Beginning/Intermediate.

15F101 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $300 • Materials fee $15

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NEW Regional Italian Cooking

Instructor, Dottie Reeder. Click for bio»

We no longer just think of spaghetti and meatballs when someone mentions Italian cuisine; now foods like "Antipasto" and "Insalada" are understood and enjoyed by many. Travel the regions of Italy through this class, as we become familiar with such delicious offerings as polenta, risotto, Italian Country Lasagna, Homemade Pasta, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken, delicious Short Ribs with Red Wine, and Italian Apple Cake, to name a few. The elegance of this cuisine can offer some truly memorable meals. This hands-on class includes several recipes from various regions of Italy with clear instruction on preparation. We'll also enjoy a light lunch presented from the foods prepared. Beginning/Intermediate.

15C102 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee $35

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Strategies for Successful and Permanent Weight Loss (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

Many of us want to know—what is going on? I watch what I eat, I exercise regularly, but I am not losing weight. Others of us have tried a variety of diet programs with varying degrees of success, but often once the diet is over, we gain the weight back. There are many factors that influence our ability to lose weight. Among these are certainly the foods we eat and what we drink, how often and how long we exercise, and—often overlooked—how we manage the stress in our daily life. Beginning.

11F106• Sat, 1:30-4:45pm • $60 • Materials fee $NA

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CANCELLED: What the Heck Should I Eat and Why? (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

man cookingWe'll review the basics of nutrition—proteins, carbohydrates, and fat, and what they do in the body. Through this class you'll better understand the biological processes of the body and learn how to start—and maintain—a healthy diet. We will also take a “virtual field trip” to a health food store; an actual field trip may be possible. Beginning/Intermediate.

11C103 • Sat, 8:30-11:45am • $60 • Materials fee $NA

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CANCELLED: Why Am I So Tired and Crabby? Meet Your Hormones (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

What’s controlling all aspects of your life and you may not even know it? Your hormones! They control, manage, direct, and define every aspect of your daily life. Are you tired, lacking the “get up and go” that you used to have, struggling with emotions, or gaining weight? These are just a few of the signs that your hormones may be out of balance. In this workshop you’ll learn about all the major endocrine glands, the hormones they produce, the effects of these hormones on your body, and ways to better balance and improve hormone function. Beginning.

22F105 • Sun, 1:30-4:45pm • $60 • Materials fee $NA

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Mind/Body/Spirit

Fabric MachA© Soul Bowls (see also Visual Arts)

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis. Click for bio»

Connect with your authentic self by creating a 9-inch soul bowl. Explore the easy-to-learn technique of fabric MachA© and discover how to express your unique inner landscape abstractly, metaphorically, or literally through fabric selection as well as embellishments such as charms, items from nature, and more. This workshop experience will include guided meditation, preparatory exercises, and writing. Beginning.

35F204 • Mon-Wed, 1:30-4:45pm • $180 • Materials fee $2-5

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CANCELLED: From Head to Toe: What Your Body is Telling You (also see Culinary Arts and Nutrition)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

Your body is constantly sending you signals about your health. Some of these signs are quite evident to you: your nails, spots on the skin, even the quality and color of your stool! Some signs are more subtle: quality of sleep, quality of digestion, sex drive. Gain an increased understanding of anatomy and physiology as we walk through the body from head to toe and explore some of these signs so you better understand what they mean and what potential actions you can take. Beginning.

22C104 • Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $60 • Materials fee NA

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I Drum, You Drum: A Drum Circle (see also Performing Arts)

Instructor, Judy Miller. Click for bio»

Gather and experience the ancient musical tradition of drumming. Experience rhythm and become reenergized! Returning drummers from last year will find new material and new friends. Come find your place in the circle. Beginning/Intermediate.

15D305 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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CANCELLED: A Journey with Art and Self (see also Visual Arts)

Instructor, Janice Theberge. Click for bio»

Expect to develop greater awareness of your own creativity, find relaxation and enhanced focus, and unleash your creative potential through this journey. Explore design from the art of China, the Middle East, Indonesia, India, Africa, Australia, and America, and create a "medley of projects" that elicit personal meaning. Let your design efforts evolve naturally from the content of your work. We'll tangle and doodle with line, dye and print cloth, etch glass with calligraphic symbols, and paint a personal totem. Beginning.

15C414 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $300 • Materials fee $10

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Mindful Poetry—Attentiveness to Creative and Spiritual Life (see also Writing)

Instructor, Mary Sue Koeppel. Click for bio»

Cultivate inner listening and use what rises up as a source for creativity. We will explore stillness, solitude, silence, and sanctuary, and how these qualities connect to our writing and spiritual consciousness. We will view landscapes on the computer screen with meditative poetry. We will reflect on the poetry of minimal language to move from the natural world to metaphorical layers of the inner life, as do many contemporary writers. We will do simple mind/body exercises to enhance our creativity. We will read and contemplate work by Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Jane Hirshfield, Rumi, Wislawa Szymborska, Basho, and others. All levels.

15E508 • Sat-Wed, 3:15-4:45pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Reflective Meditation: Purposefully Cultivating the Illusive "Aha!"

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis. Click for bio»

The “Aha!” moment is a defining moment of insight. In a flash, something that had previously been beyond your understanding is now surprisingly clear; you’ve gained sudden but real wisdom that can be used to positively change your life. But where did it come from? How did it happen? And why? Come explore how to purposefully cultivate the elusive “aha” through the practice of reflective meditation. You'll learn how to switch smoothly between analysis and quiet introspection to enhance creativity, problem-solve, let go of non-productive thought patterns, strengthen your intuition, and more. Beginning.

11F202 • Sat, 1:30-4:45pm • $60 • Materials fee NA

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NEW The Spiritual Bucket List

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis. Click for bio»

1. See Italy. 2. Go skydiving. Things to do before dying are the focus of a typical bucket list. But once you’ve been there, done that, and still feel unfulfilled, then what? Perhaps it’s time to start a new kind of list! Come create a spiritual bucket list that charts a self-determined course for how you want to be. Learn how you can fully inhabit qualities of soul most important to you—such as love, peace, and balance—not only during good times but also during times of stress, pain, trauma, and loss. This class will feature guided meditation, writing, hands-on practices, and more. Beginning.

12C201 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-11:45am • $120 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Stop the Noise! Tools for Quieting Mind Chatter

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis. Click for bio»

Does your mind drive you crazy with its continual chatter, its constant blah, blah, blah? This on-going inner conversation is unrelieved tension or worry caught in the mind, looking for resolution or a way out. Come learn how you can reclaim the present moment, let go of stress, and enhance your mental clarity and focus through tools and techniques designed to stop mental noise. “Foot breathing," Mantra meditation, thought-stopping, non-judgmental noting, and more will be explored in this class. Beginning.

22F203 • Sun, 1:30-4:45pm • $60 • Materials fee NA

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Strategies for Successful and Permanent Weight Loss (see also Culinary Arts and Nutrition)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

Many of us want to know—what is going on? I watch what I eat, I exercise regularly, but I am not losing weight. Others of us have tried a variety of diet programs with varying degrees of success, but often once the diet is over, we gain the weight back. There are many factors that influence our ability to lose weight. Among these are certainly the foods we eat and what we drink, how often and how long we exercise, and—often overlooked—how we manage the stress in our daily life. Beginning.

11F106• Sat, 1:30-4:45pm • $60 • Materials fee $NA

Supply list & welcome letter»

CANCELLED: What the Heck Should I Eat and Why? (see also Culinary Arts and Nutrition)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

We'll review the basics of nutrition—proteins, carbohydrates, and fat, and what they do in the body. Through this class you'll better understand the biological processes of the body and learn how to start—and maintain—a healthy diet. We will also take a “virtual field trip” to a health food store; an actual field trip may be possible. Beginning/Intermediate.

11C103 • Sat, 8:30-11:45am • $60 • Materials fee $NA

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CANCELLED: Why Am I So Tired and Crabby? Meet Your Hormones (see also Culinary Arts and Nutrition)

Instructor, Bernard Rosen. Click for bio»

What’s controlling all aspects of your life and you may not even know it? Your hormones! They control, manage, direct, and define every aspect of your daily life. Are you tired, lacking the “get up and go” that you used to have, struggling with emotions, or gaining weight? These are just a few of the signs that your hormones may be out of balance. In this workshop you’ll learn about all the major endocrine glands, the hormones they produce, the effects of these hormones on your body, and ways to better balance and improve hormone function. Beginning.

22F105 • Sun, 1:30-4:45pm • $60 • Materials fee $NA

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Yoga For Every Body

Instructor, Jane Banning. Click for bio»

Yoga is for every body. In this workshop, you'll learn fundamental yoga poses and strengthening, balance, and stretching exercises. We'll also spend some time at the end of each class in guided relaxation. Rejuvenate at the end of your day. Emphasis will be on non-mystical, accessible yoga for everyday use. Each class format will be very similar, but within each class, new poses and stretches will be incorporated at a gradual pace. All levels.

12Y205 • Sat-Sun, 5-6pm • $20 • Materials fee NA • or
15Y205 • Sat-Wed, 5-6pm • $50 • Materials fee NA

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Performing Arts

CANCELLED: Acting: Take Your Confidence to the Next Level

Instructor, Bob Curry. Click for bio»

group on stageWith very short rehearsal time, actors must create dynamic, 3-dimensional characters engaged in genuine, intimate emotional relationships. Using scene-work and focused improvisation, we will explore the emotional life, psychology, behavior, and history of characters and their relationships within the play. The work will flesh out your understanding of a character’s life—and inner life—and the seminal events that brought these people to this conflict. The course will break down scenes and work with character/scene improvisation to get deeper into the role in a shorter time. The main takeaway is a reliable process for exploring the inner lives of characters, which should boost the confidence of both novice and experienced actors who want to move into lead roles. Beginning/Intermediate.

15B302 • Sat-Wed, 10:15-11:45am • $150 • Materials fee NA

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Finding Your Voice Through Native Flute: First Experience

Instructor, Wade Fernandez. Click for bio»

As an instrument, the Native American style flute helps one to get in touch with their heart and unleash their creative selves. Learn to play and improvise on an instrument that not only reflects your own heart but also that of the ancient Northwoods of Wisconsin. It doesn't matter whether you've never played a musical instrument before or you majored in music, all are welcome to join us for a journey beyond technique to find your own musical voice and improvise on this significant instrument. Flutes are available for rental or purchase. You may use your own flute if it is in the key of A minor and tuned to concert pitch A440. Beginning.

15A303 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-10am • $150 • Flute rental $25 • Flute purchase $50

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NEW Finding Your Voice Through Native Flute: The Journey Continues

Instructor, Wade Fernandez. Click for bio»

Expand your musical voice and share the spirit within your heart as you continue developing skills, improvising, and composing on the Native American style flute. This workshop is best suited for musicians with some experience with this significant instrument. If you have taken Finding Your Voice Through Native Flute, or have played the flute on your own, this class is for you. Flutes are available for rental or purchase. You may use your own flute if it is in the key of A minor and tuned to concert pitch A440. Intermediate.

15B304 • Sat-Wed, 10:15-11:45am • $150 • Flute rental $25 • Flute purchase $50

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I Drum, You Drum: A Drum Circle (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Judy Miller. Click for bio»

man drummingGather and experience the ancient musical tradition of drumming. Experience rhythm and become reenergized! Returning drummers from last year will find new material and new friends. Come find your place in the circle. Beginning/Intermediate.

15D305 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Writing Out Loud: Improvising a One-Act Play (see also Writing)

Instructor, Bob Curry. Click for bio»

This group playmaking workshop will check all judgment and censorship at the door and greet every participant with a license to follow crazy impulses. The ensemble will improvise the creation of a play—sketching out a story and characters and through on-our-feet improvisation, bringing it to life scene-by-scene through the week. If we invest in the process and not the end product, we cannot be disappointed. The end result will be a play on paper, and if we have time, a trial reading. This session is for theater people/educators who are willing to experiment in the creation of plays through improvisation between characters that we invent or draw from history. This process of spontaneous creation will give participants a new set of tools for theatre, classroom activities, human resource training strategies, etc. Intermediate.

15E301 • Sat-Wed, 3:15-4:45pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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Writing

NEW All for One and One for All! An Everything Workshop

Instructor, Kathie Giorgio. Click for bio»

You’ve probably heard about football players who take ballet in order to increase their flexibility. Or surgeons who knit to increase their fine motor movement. The same type of exposure is good for writers! The fiction writer can learn about lyricism from the poet, the poet can learn about pacing from a memoirist, and a memoirist can learn about character development from a fiction writer. In this workshop, we will have it all! If you write, you’re welcome. Each day, different writers will share their work and we will discuss it in class. You will also have the opportunity to hand your work in to me for a line-by-line edit and an overall critique. By the end of the week, you'll find your writing enhanced and fine-tuned by the influence of other genres, and your mind will be opened to new possibilities. Intermediate/Advanced.

15D506 • Sat-Wed,1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Bringing Your World to Life

Instructor, Emily Bright. Click for bio»

Whether your fiction is set in the historical past or the imagined future—or in another world altogether—you have the additional challenge of introducing your reader to the rules of an unfamiliar environment. How do you bridge the knowledge gap between your reader and the page? In this hands-on workshop, filled with writing exercises and plenty of examples, you will learn how to bring your settings to life and populate them with unique, fully realized characters. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to receive class feedback on their writing. Leave the workshop with the tools you need to conduct thoughtful research, and map out and write engaging worlds that readers will not soon forget. Intermediate.

11G501 • Sat, 8:30-4:45pm • $120 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Instructor, Kathie Giorgio. Click for bio»

So, where are you in your desire to write? Just starting out? Unsure exactly how to put words to paper or to the screen of your computer? Or are you further along, with finished manuscripts, and you're wondering just what to do next? Whether you need a coach or a consultant, a hand to hold or a firm push down your path, you'll find it all at these 30-minute 1-on-1s. If you'd like an opinion on a finished piece, you can submit up to 10 pages ahead of time and the instructor will talk to you about it and, if it's ready for submission, suggest markets. If it's not ready, you'll leave the consultation knowing exactly what you need to do to get it there. Or if you want to use your 30 minutes to get advice on what to do next, how to submit, what does a platform mean, agent vs. publisher, and so on, she'll be happy to talk to you about that as well. All levels.

By appointment only; must register online or by phone • $60 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Exploiting Your Character’s Inner Life

Instructor, Bob Curry. Click for bio»

Good characters are complex, idiosyncratic, and flawed, with colorful, memorable voices. They also must operate within the context of your story. We will approach character from 2 angles: answering the demands made by your plot upon your protagonist, and exploring the mysterious individual subtext that is at the root of all your characters' actions and behavior. We’ll do a lot of short, challenging in-class and overnight writing exercises to map out the vast inner lives of your characters, and talk about how these discoveries function within your plot. The week's goals include: determining what the plot demands of the protagonist; exploring the behavior and speech that is the logical manifestation of your protagonist’s inner life; and examining and revising your choices to favor action and conflict within the situations you have set up. All levels.

15D504 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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Five Days, Ten Poems

Instructor, Angela Voras-Hills. Click for bio»

Whether you’re stuck in a rut, find the blank page daunting, or simply want to jumpstart your writing, this workshop provides a friendly space to create new work and develop fresh poetic insights. With a focus on creativity and play, we’ll explore tools and techniques that will encourage us to break out of our comfort zone in order to foster new work. Each day will begin with discussions of contemporary poems followed by relevant prompts and exercises to get you thinking in new ways and moving a little deeper into your work. By the end of the workshop, you will have 10 drafts of new poems to work on. Intermediate/Advanced.

15B513 • Sat-Wed, 10:15-11:45am • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW From Cover to Cover: An Advanced Novel Writing Workshop

Instructor, Kathie Giorgio. Click for bio»

author book signingIf you are an advanced student, then you already know how important it is to have your novel entirely polished to a high shine before sending it out. In this workshop, you will have the chance to share and work on a difficult chapter in your book. Maybe there is one chapter that is still keeping you awake at night, or one chapter that isn’t quite written yet, or one chapter that just won’t let you go. Bring it in! Whether it is from the beginning, middle, or end, we will tackle it. The first day in class will be spent talking about the novel and novel techniques. From there, students will be assigned a day to present their chapter. Chapters will be handed out the night before, and students will be expected to read and critique them, then bring them back in for discussion the next day. This is not a class for the faint of heart—you will be handing in chapters that you know have problems, and you will be hearing how to solve them! Advanced.

15B507 • Sat-Wed, 10:15-11:45am • $150 • Materials fee NA

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Getting Mona Lisa to Talk: Art Inspires Writing

Instructor, Mary Sue Koeppel. Click for bio»

We will look at real and virtual art—paintings, photos, sculptures, etc.—and then write, using the art as inspiration for poetry or short (flash) fiction. We will explore 20 or more examples of famous collaborations, like Sexton’s “The Starry Night” inspired by Van Gogh’s painting of the same name. Our class may also respond to art created during School of the Arts. Because arts often inspire each other, this workshop will encourage and enrich that experience for writers. All levels.

15D509 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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The Life of a Poem: Resuscitation and Publication

Instructor, Angela Voras-Hills. Click for bio»

Do you have a stack of poems waiting to be polished and published? Or perhaps you’ve revised the life out of a poem you once loved? In this workshop, we’ll discuss what we expect from a “good” poem and learn how to revise our poems based on those criteria. Each day, we’ll read contemporary poetry, and participants will share drafts with the group for encouragement, feedback, and guidance for revision. On the last day, we’ll discuss submitting poems for publication in literary magazines and other publication options. Bring your poems for revision and sharing. Intermediate/Advanced.

15D512 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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Mindful Poetry—Attentiveness to Creative and Spiritual Life (see also Mind/Body/Spirit)

Instructor, Mary Sue Koeppel. Click for bio»

Cultivate inner listening and use what rises up as a source for creativity. We will explore stillness, solitude, silence, and sanctuary, and how these qualities connect to our writing and spiritual consciousness. We will view landscapes on the computer screen with meditative poetry. We will reflect on the poetry of minimal language to move from the natural world to metaphorical layers of the inner life, as do many contemporary writers. We will do simple mind/body exercises to enhance our creativity. We will read and contemplate work by Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Jane Hirshfield, Rumi, Wislawa Szymborska, Basho, and others. All levels.

15E508 • Sat-Wed, 3:15-4:45pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Mini Memoirs: Writing Memoir Essays

Instructor, Emily Bright. Click for bio»

Do you have stories in your life that you would love to write, but you don't want (or feel ready) to write a whole memoir? In this hands-on workshop, we will explore and write the popular form of memoir essays, sometimes called mini memoirs. Through reading, discussions, and plenty of in-class exercises, you will learn to identify, structure, and write a memoir essay that you can share with family and friends, and even potentially publish. You'll complete this 1-day course having made significant progress on writing a mini memoir—and have ideas for several more. Beginning/Intermediate.

22G502 • Sun, 8:30-4:45pm • $120 • Materials fee NA

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NEW PROMPT STOMP!

Instructor, Gail Sterkel. Click for bio»

PROMPT STOMP! is an enjoyable and lively way to keep your writing moving. Every day a collection of new prompts will be offered to participants, who will respond in their genre of choice, or use my suggested genre(s). This workshop is based on different styles of learning and responding and includes writers of any skill level who like variety, flexibility, and the freedom to react creatively to prompts such as pictures, word themes, quotations, newspaper articles, and tangible items. The goal is to come to class and “write, for the joy of writing.” Whether you’re working on a memoir, short play, novel, short story, or flash fiction, responding to prompts opens the door to spontaneity. Sharing responses with classmates will be a part of the fun. No homework involved. Let’s get stompin’! Beginning/Intermediate.

15A510 • Sat-Wed, 8:30-10am • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Sharing Your Story: Traditional Memoir Writing

Instructor, Emily Bright. Click for bio»

You’ve got stories. Funny, sad, poignant; you’ve had experiences that are worth sharing with others. In this workshop, we will explore the art of memoir writing. We’ll discuss finding the right story to tell, where to begin, how to end, and how to structure what goes in between. This discussion-based class will feature plenty of hands-on exercises, examples, and an opportunity to get class feedback on your writing. Whether you’ve been working on a memoir or have simply dreamed of doing so, this class will give you the tools to share your story in a way that will capture a reader’s attention. Beginning/Intermediate.

35C503 • Mon-Wed, 8:30-11:45am • $180 • Materials fee NA

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NEW Weekend with a Poet Laureate

Instructor, Bruce Dethlefsen. Click for bio»

Improve your poetry writing skills in a weekend poetry workshop with former Wisconsin poet laureate, Bruce Dethlefsen. Learn what makes a good poem and take turns sharing your poems with the group to give and receive supportive and encouraging criticism. You'll learn criticism techniques, discuss poetry writing craft, do assigned exercises, and write poetry. Advanced.

12G505 • Sat-Sun, 8:30-4:45pm • $240 • Materials fee NA

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Writing Out Loud: Improvising a One-Act Play (see also Performing Arts)

Instructor, Bob Curry. Click for bio»

This group playmaking class will check all judgment and censorship at the door and greet every participant with a license to follow crazy impulses. The ensemble will improvise the creation of a play—sketching out a story and characters and through on-our-feet improvisation, bringing it to life scene-by-scene through the week. If we invest in the process and not the end product, we cannot be disappointed. The end result will be a play on paper, and if we have time, a trial reading. This session is for theater people/educators who are willing to experiment in the creation of plays through improvisation between characters that we invent or draw from history. This process of spontaneous creation will give participants a new set of tools for theatre, classroom activities, human resource training strategies, etc. Intermediate.

15E303 • Sat-Wed, 3:15-4:45pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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NEW You Can Write a Ten-Minute Play

Instructor, Gail Sterkel. Click for bio»

The 10-minute play is sweeping the nation as an accepted art form that provides an evening of theatre that promotes variety for playwrights, audience members, and actors. This workshop is designed for writers who have an interest in writing a 10-minute play or skit, have written a 10-minute play, or would like to spend time working on an idea for a short play. We will cover the basic short play structure, its components, and share our discoveries! As children, we often lived in the world of our imaginations—writing a play is similar in that it offers characters, a basic plot, sometimes a twist, comedy, and / or revelation. Let's put the "play" in playwright! Beginning/Intermediate.

15B511 • Sat-Wed, 1:30-3pm • $150 • Materials fee NA

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