October 11-12

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup.” –Rainbow Rowell

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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.

Exploring Clouds and Water in Watercolor

Instructor, Amy Arntson
Want to discover how to create beautiful sky and water effects? Learning to see and understand what you're looking at is the first step. The next step is how to translate this visual information into a painting using watercolor. This class will explore ways of looking and capturing what you see using transparent watercolor.

Students will meet outside when weather permits. The first day will include discussion and demonstration in the morning, and sitting by the Wisconsin River and sketching with watercolors using wet on dry watercolor techniques. Day two will focus on clouds either indoor (with instructor's photos) or outdoor (weather permitting). Wet on wet watercolor techniques will be introduced. Some experience in watercolor. Students should have some experience in watercolor. This will be a highly enjoyable and informative two days!

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Amy Arntson is an emerita professor of art at UW-Whitewater. She earned a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an MFA from UW-Milwaukee. She has taught at School of the Arts at Rhinelander since 2003. Her work hangs in galleries in Italy, China, Finland, England, and all across the United States. Of her paintings of water surfaces, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel critic James Auer wrote: “Arntson in my eyes, is a phenomenon. Her watercolor paintings of wave patterns are at once expressionistic and photo-realistic. You’d swear they were color slides but they aren’t. Simultaneously abstract and precise, they testify to water’s regenerative role in the life cycle. They play wonderfully on the differences and similarities of photography and painting." She has also served as an art/design consultant to the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and is the author of national art and design textbooks. Visit her website at amyarntson.net»

From Old Objects to New Art

Instructor, Liese Pfeifer
Do you collect things on every trip, every walk? Are your objects full of memory and meaning to you? Now you can create a mixed media sculpture from the sticks, stones and relics from your travels. Reawaken your creativity, incorporate solid design principles and learn the technical aspects to bring it all together as new art.

This hands-on workshop covers connecting mixed media objects using adhesives, binding, joining, and fastening. Learn how to bring chaos into harmony using a variety of treasures, papers, recycled materials and more. Emphasis will be on playing as a means to creation. Bring your collections and your curiosity. Some adhesives and materials will be provided.

If weather is an issue during the two days, we will cover the same material as above but work indoors at the School of the Arts in Spring Green, using photos of landscapes as our subject.

Materials Fee: $5

Instructor Liese Pfeifer believes art enhances our lives and that the process of creating nurtures our self. She has been creating and working in the arts in the Madison area for more than 20 years and is currently Academic Curator of the UW Design Gallery and Collections Manager at the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, located in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology. Liese’s art, like her teaching, encourages a spiritual connection through self-acceptance in art play. See more at liesepfeifer.blogspot.com»

Writing Beyond the Self

Instructor, Angela Voras-Hills
Writers are taught early on to “write what you know,” but writing beyond what we know encourages us to discover new insights and ways of thinking about world. In this workshop, we’ll write poems based on current events, familiar stories, history, and in the voices of other people.

With a focus on how to balance research, detail, fact, and fiction, we’ll engage in conversations and writing exercises to master the art of writing beyond our own experiences. Since we each bring a unique perspective to a conversation, we’ll talk about how to incorporate our views and ideas into a story in order avoid simply retelling it. By the end of this workshop, writers will be familiar with a variety of new poetry and have a better understanding of how to “write what you don’t know.”

Materials Fee: $15

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 angelavorashills.com»

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