a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

 June 2018






What can I say, I like ferns... and tall grass... and flowers....






















Current Listing of Programs 3/26/18

Nature Journal Samples, Laura Anderton

Nature Journal Samples, Laura Anderton





Nature Journaling  Laura Anderton

 Join WI Master naturalist, artist, and instructor Laura Anderton for a relaxing day of nature journaling workshop. After a presentation and demonstrations on the basics of nature journaling Laura will provide you with an overview of the local ecology. Workshop participants will make individualized and personal nature journals including some of the flora and fauna found surrounding Whispering Woodlands.  A variety of materials and supplies will be provided, pastels, watercolors and colored pencils. If you have any of these of your own you'd like to bring, you are encouraged to do so.  Sat June 2nd, 10 - 4:30   $105.






Paint Pouring_Edna Kunkel

Make a Splash - Paint Pouring

Paint Pouring - Instructor work

Making a Splash - Acrylic Paint Pouring   Edna Kunkel

Learn how to create abstract paintings with fluid acrylic paints. We'll use heavy or soft body acrylic paints, a paint additive, and commercial pouring mediums to create organic, unpredictable, and colorful compositions.  Intergenerational fun - appropriate for young adults 10 yrs and older accompanied by an adult.  No art experience required.  Sun. June 3rd, 1 - 4  $85/$15 materials   







Think Like a Master - Degas

Think Like a Master - Matisse

Paint Like a Master - Modigliano

Think Like a Master  Edna Kunkel

In this class, you'll evaluate your choice of a master work and use your style to create a similar piece or portion of the piece in oil pastel, soft pastel, pastel pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, and PanPastels. We'll look at how to use digital and traditional methods to evaluate the master work and render it in loose, fun method that requires no previous art experience or takes your existing experience in a different direction.  Sat. June 9,  9-noon   $85/ $15 materials  


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Pine Needle Basket


Pine Needle Basketry  Roberta Condon    

Begin your endeavor into Pine Needle Basketry in this full day course. Learn how to attach 14" long pine needles onto a small pre-drilled wooden basket base and use a darning needle with synthetic waxed sinew, all provided for your use. A handout with resources and websites will be provided. Individuals will be encouraged to work at their own pace with hands on assistance as needed. Students will need to bring a pair of sharp scissors and a needle-nose pliers. Optional:  those who wish to go to a more advanced level will be given the option of making a basket using traditional split walnut design. Walnuts provided.   Sat June 16, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  $150

















Paste Paper

Untitled, Pam Paulsrud 1

Wabi Sabi - Paste Paper & Suminagashi

Pam Paulsrud Untitled 2

Rosie Kelly 2

Rosie Kelly

 Wabi Sabi   Rosie Kelly & Pamela Paulsrud

This spring and fall, the focus at Whispering Woodlands with Rosie Kelly and Pamela Paulsrud will be on Wabi-Sabi, the Eastern aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. What better place and time than the northern woodlands to entrain our bodies to the healing frequencies and harmonies of nature? What better place to immerse yourself in the early summer beauty or autumn's glory, while sharing in an appreciation of cosmic order?

Meditative exercises and the observance of new and old growth will inspire journaling and painting. Observation of sound and silence, color and form will inform pages as they layer with a variety of materials and processes.

Without preconceived ideas, we will explore the kind of beauty we are most deeply drawn to.

Author Leonard Koren says: "Beauty is a complex of exciting, pleasurable sensations primarily emanating from things that make us feel more alive and connected to the world.  Often these feelings are accompanied by a compelling sense of truth, goodness and love."

Two projects/structures will be developed incorporating Wabi-Sabi elements.  

Suggested reading: Leonard Koren's book, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers  and Wabi-Sabi: Further Thoughts by Leonard Koren (Mar 17, 2015)   







Fri. June 22nd, Sat. June 23rd, and Sun. June 24th 

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.   $450/$10 materials fee



Pam -n- Rosie Team

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Plein Air with Soft Pastels










Plein Air Painting in Soft Pastel Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Pastel is perfect for depicting the various textures and colors of the landscape and is a very portable medium so it is ideal for plein air painting-working directly from nature. You'll complete two or three small works on different papers, provided by the instructor. Previous experience in soft pastel is highly recommended, but beginners with good drawing skills are welcome. For a two-day plein air experience, consider taking "Finish It" the next day. Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Note: Earlier start time)  $130/$5 materials

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Plein Air Pastels

Spring Plein Air Pastels

For those of you that can, make it a two day weekend with Kay. She is also teaching on Sunday which is July (!), but I have added it here too.














Finish It!



Finish It - Studio Work or Plein Air in Any Medium   Kay Brathol-Hostvet

We all have those unfinished projects--paintings, collage, drawings. Whether you just need the time, new ideas, or fresh eyes to view your work, this workshop should help generate some completed projects. This loosely-structured workshop will include beginning and ending group critiques, handouts and "ideas" examples, and uninterrupted work time with as much or as little personal attention from the instructor as you request. Those taking Saturday's plein air workshop, or who have experience in painting outdoors, may choose to continue in plein air on the grounds of Whispering Woodlands. (Those with no or little experience in plein air should sign up for Saturday's plein air class instead.)   Sun, July 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.   $125/$5 materials


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