a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

 April 2020



Bleeding Heart

Taken At Whispering Woodlands

Welcome Spring!!!
Welcome Migrators!

Just the beginning . . . 

Mark your calendar or reserve your spot today. 



New Terminology we need to come to grips with


     Social Distancing     Self Quarantine     Lockdown     Schools Closed     Pandemic     Temporarily Closed   


COVID - 19


 With all due respect and concern for the health & well-being of

Students/Participants/Instructors alike 

Whispering Woodlands will be cancelling March and April programs at this time.


Individuals that have registered will be given the choice of a refund or credit to a rescheduled program date or another program entirely.

We will be working to reschedule those that can be based on instructors availability.  



We are ever hopeful for late May or the beginning of June and beyond.  Planning with some of out visiting instructors for June, July, and August have been added but of course this may change over time. Additional program options will be added as this pandemic, Covid 19 allows. Decisions will be made on an ever evolving basis.

It is hoped that you and yours are well and able to steer clear of infection with best practices that are known at this time. 







Click below for the most recent Whispering Woodlands PDF program listing.

Late May - Aug Program PDF Listing as of 3/23



 Off Site Program - held at Olbrich Gardens - register with Olbrich Gardens



Olbrich Gardens is also cancelling classes in March and April. 

Fabric Paper Student Work

Fabric Paper sample

Fabric Paper Sample


A little bit of this, a little bit of that. A little bit here, a little bit there...and voila! Explore this enjoyable collage technique by working on light weight muslin using a large selection of papers, wrapping papers, napkins, and more. Embellish your papers with beads and buttons for a unique touch. Some supplies included; supply list provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Tuesday, April 14, 6-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 6

Cost: $78 per person | Course Number: 20-24



















More Pastel Interpretations

More Pastel Interpretations!  Kay Brathol-Hostvet  

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. You'll do three different interpretations from the same photograph. What will Kay come up with this time? Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop is for beginner to advanced levels. All paper will be provided. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills.  Sunday, April 19, 10-4  $160   Please note correction to program times. Cancelled


More Pastel Interpretations Supply List 2020










Assorted Paste Papers

Paste Paper sample

 Paste Papers    Jackie Hefty

A personal favorite, explore the freedom of expressing yourself making creative papers for collage, scrapbooking or as decorative papers for the book arts. Fun decorative techniques, few limitations, follow up with more at home. Paper recommendations on supply list. (Just a little messy, bring a smock, it's akin to finger painting!) No experience required, may be repeated. Fri April 24,  1 - 4:30    $65/$15 materials  Cancelled


Paste Paper Supply List






Suminagashi, Bookmaking & Letterpress sample






Woven Accordion Design

non adheasive meandering book

Accordion Folds & Meandering Books (Using your Paste Papers and/or other decorative papers)  Jackie Hefty

One sheet of paper can become a book with the correct folding, creasing and cutting. (Think paper dolls.) We will explore the possibilities of meandering books, accordion books with folded paper covers and a pocket accordion. Bring some of your own decorative papers that you made in a previous class or those commercially available.  Versatile and adaptable, concertina or accordion style book structures lend themselves to so much.  We will 'play' with and investigate variations using these structures. Paper choices/options will be provided upon registration. Previous bookmaking not required. No specialized tools required to continue your 'play' at home.   Sat. April 25,  1 - 4 p.m.    $60/$5 materials  Cancelled






Click below for the most recent Whispering Woodlands PDF program listing.

Late May - Aug Program PDF Listing as of 3/23








Registration Form
For those who prefer, click below for a registration form to send with a check payment in the mail. 

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