September 13-14

“Happy we who can bask in this warm September sun.” –Henry David Thoreau

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.

Painting Plein Air

Instructor, Cynthia Quinn
This class will meet on location in the beautiful hills and valleys of Sauk County near Spring Green. Painting on site gives an artist many choices to capture the essence and spirit of a particular place.

We will begin with a demonstration about how to set up your equipment, discuss and develop compositional sketches in a sketch book to explore format possibilities, and learn about seasonal color mixing using oils and/or watercolors. You will create several small paintings guided by discussion and critique. Any level of painter is welcome to join this class.

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: none

Instructor Cynthia Quinn is an experienced plein air painter and teacher who exhibits widely in Wisconsin. She recently curated two shows of plein air paintings created at Taliesin in Spring Green for the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison and the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac. Cynthia paints in oils and watercolors and is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society Association. For more about Cynthia, visit her website at»

Traditional Portrait Drawing

Instructor, Philip Salamone
Drawing and painting from life presents a myriad of both benefits and challenges not present when working from photography. Additionally, drawing the portrait presents its own unique set of difficulties. This workshop will focus on a traditional, classical approach to portrait drawing from a live model over the course of 2 days.

Topics covered will include drawing in a linear mode, proportion, perspective, thinking sculpturally, anatomy and facial structure, and understanding light phenomena. Beginners through advanced are welcome to attend.

Materials Fee: $15

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»

Wild Life, Wild Mind: Spiritual Journaling

Instructor, Julie Tallard Johnson
Journaling is a wonderful way to navigate the inner and outer landscapes and to deepen our connection to our inner and outer natures. Unlock the innate wisdom, creativity and inspiration inside you through this popular Spiritual Journaling class.

Discover antidotes to difficulty while cultivating a connection to the creative source within you & in nature. No matter what your spiritual practices, this class will enhance your creative life and give you the tools to make meaning in any given situation. You will discover a deeper sense of your belonging and creativity through the writing prompts, meditations and nature explorations. This class is for anyone who wants to explore a deeper connection to self, your spiritual source and nature through spiritual journaling. For those who are writers (you don’t have to be) your creative voice will be enhanced.

Materials Fee: none

Instructor Julie Tallard Johnson (MSW, LCSW) is a licensed psychotherapist who has maintained a private counseling and consultation service—Healing Services on the River—in Prairie du Sac, WI since 1995. She is author of 10 psycho-spiritual books, which have received many positive reviews and awards including 3 Roundtable awards, Best Youth Book from the New York Library, and the Independent Book Award for Best Multicultural Book for Youth for The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens (His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a piece for this book). Teen Psychic: Developing Your Intuitive and Spiritual Powers received a Star Review in Publisher’s Weekly and remains one of her most popular books with young readers. Wheel of Initiation: Practices for Releasing Your Inner Light is based on her popular initiation course for adults, and The Zero Point Agreement: How to Be Who You Already Are is a practical guide to stop searching for meaning by creating meaning from within. Julie has a popular online newsletter, The Meaning Maker, offering readers inspiration and resources based on 3 decades of studies and exploration into the psychology of creativity and the link between creativity and spirituality. She is a gifted teacher and counselor who enjoys inspiring others to live the creative life. She is presently seeking publication for her first novel.

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