June 14-15

“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” –Aldo Leopold

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.

Alla Prima Painting: The Portrait Sketch

Instructor, Philip Salamone
This workshop will explore a simple, straightforward approach to oil painting through the execution of a portrait in the alla prima fashion. Although the class is grounded in the classical tradition, these principles will be employed in a loose, quick, sketchy approach.

Topics discussed will include paint handling, munsell color theory, block-in, accurate drawing, edge control, composition, understanding form, lighting, and good studio practice. Beginners through advanced are welcome to attend.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Philip Salamone received his bachelors of art from UW-Madison, and has also studied at the Art Students League in addition to studying classical/traditional drawing and painting at the Water Street Atelier / Grand Central Academy in New York City for 3 years. He has done several murals, including one in the former UW-Madison Union South, and a massive, 6400 square foot mural at Epic, in Verona, WI. He has won several awards including the Alfred Ross Award for outstanding achievement. Currently he teaches a number of classical drawing and painting classes with the UW-Madison Continuing Studies department, including a class devoted to master copying at the Chazen Museum of Art. See his work at philipsalamone.com»

Watercolor from the Center

Instructor, Helen Klebesadel
Explore the possibilities of a wide range of traditional and experimental techniques in transparent and opaque watercolors. Whether you enjoy painting from life or are ready to explore your own imagination, this workshop will give you the tools and direction you need to create strong statements in watercolor.

Advanced beginners through experienced painters 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.

Writing Inspiration: A Weekend of New Work

Instructor, Angela Voras-Hills
We often convince ourselves that inspiration needs to strike before we can start writing. But practiced writers know that inspiration doesn’t always present itself—we have to watch for it and seek it out. From free writing and observing to engaging in writing prompts, we’ll spend the weekend pulling inspiration from its hiding places.

By the end of the workshop, writers will have a good sense of where to find inspiration when they’re stuck or bored, and they’ll have a few solid first drafts of poems to work on.

We’ll devote approximately half of our time each day to reading and discussing poems, interviews, and essays by contemporary poets, as well as talking about our own writing processes. The remaining time will be spent drawing on our lovely surroundings for inspiration and writing in response to prompts that will engage us with different methods of writing poetry. We”ll talk about and write a variety of poems, including ekphrastic poems, imitation poems, and poems in traditional forms. Writers will have the opportunity to share what they’ve written, though our focus will be on generation of new work, not on revision or critique.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she taught creative writing and composition. She has served as fiction editor for Madison Review, managing editor of Breakwater Review, and reads poetry submissions for Ploughshares. She has been awarded the Martha Collins Prize in Poetry, a fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston, and a scholarship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Writers’ Workshop. Her work appears in MARY, Barnstorm, and Cimmaron Review among others. Learn more about Angela by visiting her blog»

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