Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Character and Conflict in Creative Writing

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, March 23 & 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Carolyn Youngbauer
This class is designed for teens (grades 9-12) to explore the foundations of narrative fiction in a two-part workshop series. In the first session, you will create a compelling, realistic, and well-developed character. In the second session, you’ll focus on the importance of having a conflict and building tension in a story to keep your reader engaged. Both sessions will cover descriptive writing and dialogue to enhance your narrative, and students can sign up for one or both classes.

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The Techniques Behind the Images: A Photography Workshop with Craig Blacklock

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM *DATE CHANGE

Craig Blacklock’s photographs immerse you within his images. You feel as if you are flying along side of eagles, standing mere feet from deer, and could reach out and touch the foregrounds of most of his landscapes. Craig will discuss the making of his most recent book, video and traveling museum exhibition, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift, from planning his trips, to his daily routine, to specific techniques he uses to achieve that “immersive” quality to his images. Craig will offer tips and tutorials on stacked focus; panos; stacked focus panos; drone images; done panos; and drone video, as well as wildlife photography, including blending in different skies to create optical illusions that trick the viewer into believing they are closer and higher than they otherwise would. Participants should bring 3 of their own images (highest quality file you have of the image, such as a layered Photoshop document) on a USB stick to the workshop for a critique.

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Painted, Wrapped, Bundled & Bound Workshop

Date/Time: Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Jeanne Larson
In this mixed media workshop, you will paint small works of art on paper that will be bound together into beautiful bundles of personal expression. Along with collected bits of your favorite poetry, drawings, your own paintings and writing, you will build layers of stories to be bound with fibers, textured and handmade papers, found materials from nature and wire. We will focus on creating wonderful textures with molding paste, collage, acrylic paint and many other mixed media techniques, as well as several methods of cold connection to assemble these art bundles into your own story.

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Paint Your Own Dala Horse

Date/Time: Sunday, April 14, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wooden Dala horses started out centuries ago as childhood toys and have now become the iconic symbol of Sweden. In this class you will unleash your creativity to paint a personalized 2 dimensional 24” plywood Dala horse. Ideal for hanging on a door, over a fireplace or on a garage/barn or boathouse. Whether you are an art novice, home crafter or skilled painter, all levels are welcome. The best part of this experience is there is no one style or right way to paint our Dala horses. Horses are sanded and painted in your choice of background color and ready to decorate. Choose from traditional orange, Falun red, Swedish blue, yellow, white, black or green. Please note the color you plan on using at time of registration. Students are encouraged to research and think about possible patterns and color combinations (online resources abound) prior to class. You will also enjoy a traditional Swedish fika (coffee and sweets) during class. Please register for this class by Sunday, April 7.

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The Art of Intuition and Vision Boards

Date/Time: Friday, April 5, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Rachel Bonin & Anne Meyer
In this class you will rediscover intuition and how to further develop it with practical tools. We will utilize intuition to create a vision board which will illustrate patterns of conditioning, beliefs, struggle, and limitation. You will connect to your soul’s desires, goals, and purpose. Join us to see what your soul has to say! Bring from home: favorite scissors and magazines/images or phrases

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Aluminum Casting Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM: CREATE SCULPTURE
Sunday, March 17, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (staggered schedule, students will be assigned designated time slot): CREATE SANDBLOCK MOLD
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: POURING ALUMINUM/CLEANUP

Kelly Ludeking
Create a 3-D sculpture in aluminum using an oil-based clay process. Using oil-based clay, you will carve and create your sculpture. The next day, the class will divide up to meet at staggered times and make a sandblock mold for their piece. The next Saturday the aluminum will be poured into the molds and when it cools, the sculpture will be cleaned up and ready to take home.

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Getting Out There: A Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, May 28 – 30, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Joshua Cunningham
Painting a landscape from life is an immersive experience. All of our senses flow with the shifting seasons, marching sun, and drifting shadows. It is as inspiring, as it is challenging. Bringing that scene to life with oil painting begins with developing a composition that serves your subject. Holding on to it through all the tumult around you demands a deep and protracted focus. My goal is to help you improve your paintings through a deliberate process, that develops an understanding of how the light and air conspire to reveal a scene. Plein air painting informs your intuition, improves your memory, and deepens your connection to a place, offering a path for personal growth through your practice. While you are painting, I will provide assistance with questions, suggestions, and examples. You can get a feel for my work at www.JoshuaCunningham.com.

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Taking It All In: A Studio Landscape Oil Painting Workshop

Date/Time: Monday – Wednesday, March 25 – 27, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Painting a landscape in the studio is a contemplative experience. At its best, we are stretching a moment, reflecting more deeply upon a place, and expanding a mood. We will be taking our original inspiration through the process of making drawings and studies in preparation for the final painting. This process will improve our compositions, enrich our understanding of the scene, and clarify why we’ve chosen our subject. By bringing that work inside, we can sort through what is working and what is in the way. This can offer lessons for your next outdoor experience to gather reference material. While you are painting, I will provide assistance with questions, suggestions, and examples. You can get a feel for my work at www.JoshuaCunningham.com.

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Silverpoint Drawing: The Delicate Line

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Favored in the Renaissance before the invention of the graphite pencil, silverpoint steps into the 21st century with improved tools, materials and techniques. Trail a fine line of real sterling silver on paper you have prepared yourself in class. Silverpoint is an elegant choice for small, detailed work, realistic or abstract. Learn how to apply the surface ground, along with stroke techniques. Trace provided images, or draw your own to create a suite of small drawings which fit into your own hand-painted origami portfolio.

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