April 12-13

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” –William Shakespeare

Thank you for taking part in April's School of the Arts at Spring Green. The workshop information remains here for your reference and to whet your appetite for next year!

At a glance



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Supply lists & welcome letters

Please be sure to view/download the “Supply list & welcome letter” listed above for the workshop you plan to attend. These documents contain important information regarding necessary supplies, plus tips from the instructor.

A Painting A Day

Instructor, Mary Diman
The frequent painting of a small still life is a powerful and proven way to quickly improve your painting skills and stretch your creativity. Now an exciting national trend, "daily painters" do small paintings every day and post images of their paintings on a blog. Take the challenge!

We will first consider the basic principles of design–composition, value, color and shape–and how to apply them to small still life set-ups. There will be demos and frequent one-on-one critiques. Our goal is to finish at least one painting each day. Paintings done in the class can be posted on the web (optional), since the instructor has set up a blog specifically for this workshop.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Mary Diman (MFA, UW-Madison) has taught studio painting for UW-Madison Continuing Studies, School of the Arts at Rhinelander, and other settings for 30 years. Her paintings are in invitational and juried shows, museums, and collections around the U.S. Learn more at marydiman.wordpress.com»

Body, Mind, and Spirit Practices from Around the World

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis
Explore practical, easy-to-learn body, mind, and spirit practices from cultures around the world. Learn to balance and strengthen your body's energy flow through a variety of techniques that promote insight, healing, stress relief, relaxation and more.

Come experience your body's wisdom and the wisdom of the ages. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring a blanket or mat, and crayons and paper.

Materials Fee: $2

Instructor Elizabeth Lewis holds a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, MA, is certified in stress management training (CHt) through FeelYourBest Horizons Stress Management Program, and is licensed as a one-on-one HeartMath Provider through the HeartMath Institute, San Jose, CA. She has advanced training in trauma healing and body-mind-spirit practices from around the world as taught by Capacitar International. Additionally, she is certified in Franciscan Studies through Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and is currently receiving training as a forgiveness facilitator through the nine-month Self-Mastery, Wholistic Psychology, and Spiritual Healing Program at the Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training in Minneapolis. Elizabeth's art works have been exhibited nationally. She is co-author of Interruptio; her other published writings include poetry, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. A motivational speaker, Elizabeth travels internationally presenting lectures and workshops on healing art, healing writing, stress management, and more. She is a wellness instructor for Alverno College’s Telesis Program and leads yearly healing and meditation tours to Pieve International School in the Umbria region of italy. Visit www.elewishealingarts.com to learn more.

Composition, the Structure of Watercolor Painting

Instructor, Barbara Mathews
All art forms have the need for composition or structure. Strong composition does not miraculously appear at the end of a painting. Strong compositions must be built into a painting from the very beginning of the art process.

In this class, you will learn what goes into making a good composition, what excites you, how to establish a direction of movement, how to incorporate good design principals, and how to use large shapes to create a strong composition. The decisions you make as an artist will be based on the elements and principals of design.

This workshop is perfect for the artist that wants to take their painting to the next level, whether you are a beginner or an advanced watercolorist. Warm up exercises will show you how to arrange and adjust shapes to create the backbone of your painting. This will help you define the proportions of the major shapes and lead the viewer’s eye into and through your painting. You will paint subjects that interest you, whether it’s still life, landscapes, or abstracts, using your new skills of composition.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Barbara Mathews, an award winning artist and educator, describes herself as “basically self-taught.” She is a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society and many different art leagues. Barbara has taught classes and seminars regionally at L'Ateliar, Galena School of Art, Raven Wish, Atrium Gallery, Washington Island Art League, and Janesville. She has also traveled to teach in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Greece, Italy, Maine, Canada, Alaska, and Ireland. She has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education and was recently inducted into the United Art Alliance Hall of Fame.

PLUS! UW-Madison Continuing Studies also hosts School of the Arts at Rhinelander, July 19-23, 2014. Click to learn more»