a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

 September 2018





2018 Aug - Nov Workshop Listing PDF












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 Sept 8th, 10 - 4:30   $105.

Nature Journal Samples, Laura Anderton








Paired Needle Bindings

Paired Needle Binding



Paired Needle Binding    Sunday, Sept 9, 1 - 4:00 p.m. Held at Olbrich Gardens

Paired Needle Binding

An exposed stitching design on the book spine resembles a herringbone pattern. This beautiful book lies flat when open, which allows for ease in drawing or writing. Previous bookmaking is recommended, but not required. Minimal supplies are necessary to continue making at home. All materials are included, and suggestions for personal embellishments provided in a supply list. Each attendee in an adult/youth pair pays the registration fee.  Youth Ages: 15 years and up w/ an adult   Registration deadline: August 31    $87/$70 member  

Course Number:  21-19     http://www.olbrich.org/education/classes.cfm#workshops     608- 246-4550













poly litho

DRAW, PRINT, SMILE ! Pronto Plate Lithography with Barry Carlsen

Explore the artist-friendly process of polyester plate lithography.   Simply draw and paint on the provided printing plate with materials available, apply ink and print. Go home with a small edition. No processing. It's that easy! All materials supplied just bring an idea. Eliminating the chemicals, processing time, costs, and technical difficulties associated with traditional lithographic or intaglio printing. Beginning with some history of lithography and a short series of technical demonstrations, followed by the majority of time involved in creating a small black and white artist's edition.  (A follow up workshop, Creative Monoprints, Sat. Sept. 15, can be combined/utilized to add color to the edition by monoprinting, combining additional color plates and/or hand-coloring techniques.)  No past printmaking experience is necessary.   Materials and technical handouts will be provided. Students should come prepared with some ideas to pursue. Class size is limited, register early.   Fri Sept. 14  10-4:30   $125/20 supplies  (additional materials will be available for purchase on an individual as needed/interested basis)








A Moment in the Sun


Creative Monoprinting   Barry Roal Carlsen
Another artist-friendly process, Creative Monoprinting!   Use brushes, brayers, stencils and a printing press to create colorful unique artworks!  Explore manipulating inks/paint on the provided printing plate, drawing, painting, adding, subtracting, and print. You may combine additional color plates and/or hand-coloring techniques as desired.  It's that easy!   Included will be demonstrations, followed by the majority of time involved in creating your unique prints.  (The preceeding workshop, Pronto Plate Litho, Fri. Sept. 14,  can provide you with an edition of your black/white images that you may add color to by monoprinting processes.)  No past printmaking experience is necessary. All materials supplied just bring your ideas. Students should come prepared with some ideas to pursue.   Class size is limited, register early.  Sat. Sept. 15  10-4:30   $125/20 supplies  (additional materials will be available for purchase on an individual as needed/interested basis)  

Poly Litho

























Eco Print on Paper


Eco Prints on Paper

Eco Print on Paper

Eco Printing  Jacqueline Sullivan  

Eco Printing is all the rage!  As seen in several of the art periodicals, Eco printing is leaf printing on either cloth or paper. This class will focus on the art of printing on paper with fabric printing optional. Both utilize an assortment of leaves and similar techniques. Use the variety of paper choices you bring with you [see supply list]  large or small, and assorted leaves and mordants (provided) you will create the prints. Learn how to best prepare for printing and what items may be added to the cooking process (think dye bath) to create various effects. Cooking will take place in a communal roaster to create the unique, magical prints.   On the second day, we will keep the roasters going, as we use the printed papers from day one to create interactive and collaged artists book. (Flaps, folds, openings, etc.)     Tues Sept 18 & Wed Sept 19, 10 - 4:30   $325/$20 materials






Forged Metal Book Cover

 Foraged Metal Journal Jacqueline Sullivan

This great artist's book looks like it is forged from a piece of old steel, but in reality it is created using a fairly simple texturing technique done with metal tape, textural elements and acrylic paint. This technique could be applied to many book forms, but in this class we will concentrate on the Japanese Stab binding book form. Students will create "content" for their books with various media, including calligraphic marks, sumi ink and watercolor. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate book binders. Students will receive a set of instructive handouts with color photos for the various techniques that are covered in this workshop.   Thurs. Sept 20, 10 - 4:30  $160/$15 materials 

forged journal samples















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, additives, and commercial pouring mediums to create organic, unpredictable, and colorful compositions. Recommended for adults and supervised kids 10 and up. No art experience required.  Price includes paint and materials, including two 8x10 canvases and multiple other surfaces. May require pickup after the paintings are dry enough to transport.  Sat. Sept 22 , 10 - 4  $125/$30 materials   

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