August 16-17

“Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen, The hey-day of the year. With robes that gleam with sunny sheen, Sweet August doth appear.” –R. Combe Miller

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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.

Art from the Center: Mixed Media and Watercolor Workshop

Instructor, Helen Klebesadel
Would you like to expand and personalize the subject matter in your art? Through a series of guided exercises using mixed media and/or watercolor, explore your authentic voice as a creative and develop broader and more personal subject matter.

Perfect for artists with some art-making experience in any media. Advanced beginner to advanced artists welcome.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Helen Klebesadel is an artist, educator, and activist. Best known for her environmental and women centered watercolors, she is particularly interested in how myths and stories socialize us to have different expectations for some people than from others. Helen exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She earned her BS, a certificate in Women’s Studies, and a MFA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught courses and workshops on creativity, studio art, and the contemporary women’s art movement for two decades. Helen taught studio art at Lawrence University for 10 years, and chaired the Art Department before leaving to become Director of the University of Wisconsin System’s Women’s Studies Consortium in 2000. In January 2013 Helen moved with the Women’s Studies Consortium to the UW-Madison where the WSC is now hosted by the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Now, with an additional appointment in the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Helen teaches non-credit on-line and face-to-face art classes to adults. She also Directs the Wisconsin Regional Artist Program, offering exhibition opportunities for Wisconsin artists. Helen’s watercolors and prose have been published in Frontiers, Feminist Studies, Interweave, CALYX and Femspec. Her work was included in 100 Artists of the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, published in June 2012 by E.Ashley Rooney, and her art and activism will be included in the forthcoming book, Vision, Passion & Purpose: ARTISTS As World Changers, by Renee Phillips. She is a past national president of the national Women’s Caucus for Art and served on the Wisconsin Arts Board as a citizen member from 2006-2013.

Awakening the Heart: Gestural Painting and More

Instructor, Elizabeth Lewis
Our heart's energy forms the center of our humanity and feelings for others. Gestural painting combines the versatility of doodling with the freedom of whole body movement. By encouraging you to work with paint on a large scale in an uninhibited way, this workshop provides an opportunity to open up the energy of your heart center on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

In addition to gestural painting, this workshop experience will include visual journaling, Chakra Tai Chi , moving meditation, sound exploration and more. This workshop is for artists and non-artists alike. Please wear your play clothes. Bring a blanket or mat, and crayons and paper.

Materials Fee: $20

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 to learn more.

Writing Poetic Memoirs

Instructor, Angela Voras-Hills
In this workshop, we’ll explore the intersection between poetry and memoir, with an emphasis on drafting new poems based on memories. We’ll look for themes in our poems, such as a certain place, moment in time, or perception of the world, around which we can organize our poems.

Through readings, discussion, and writing exercises, we’ll explore elements of self—memory, home, and identity, for example—and participate in writing exercises to shape our stories and memories into new work and help revise poems we’ve started. We’ll also learn which language and details are best able to bring our past experiences to life for readers.

Each day, we’ll spend approximately half of our time reading and discussing the merits and mechanics of poems based on memories, as well as the challenges of writing our own poetic memoirs. The rest of our time will be devoted to writing. While prompts will be provided to revive old memories and jumpstart writing, writers are welcome to spend the time revising drafts of old work if they prefer.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at The University of Massachusetts-Boston and was a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets 2013, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Linebreak, among other journals, and her first full-length manuscript was a finalist for Milkweed Editions' Lindquist & Vennum Prize in Poetry. She was recently awarded the Spring Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. More information can be found on her website at»

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