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North Woods Art Retreat

September 20, 10:00 amSeptember 22, 3:00 pm

Northland College lifelong learning artists retreat class.

Join professional artists Diana Randolph and Jan Wise for this art retreat nestled among the old-growth trees at Forest Lodge on Lake Namekagon in Cable, Wisconsin.You’ll observe, explore and interpret the pristine lake and forest environment of this unique north woods retreat using various drawing materials. We’ll work outdoors and in the upstairs level of a beautiful boathouse that juts out onto the lake.

With Diana, you’ll practice observational drawing using the art elements of line, value, and color on the morning and early afternoon of the first day. Later in the afternoon you’ll “draw with light,” to create glowing, luminous effects using color pencil on dark paper. On the second morning you’ll explore and draw mandalas—circular designs that become outer expressions of the inner self.

In Jan’s section of the retreat, she will introduce some playful art experiences and explore the idea of your unique voice and art expression. You’ll learn about design, composition, and personal expression. She hopes to share some of the themes that she has explored to give you some ideas of creating from your passion.

This workshop will include individual projects, guided exercises, on site field instruction and personal work time.

Items to Bring
pen & notebook, #2 pencils or drawing pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, 12-inch ruler, any size heavyweight all-purpose smooth paper sketchbook, 2 ultra-thin permanent drawing pens that won’t bleed on paper (such as the micron brand), camera (optional), water-soluble (gray) drawing pencils (such as pro-art brand), a set of watercolor pencils (at least 24 colors), a small watercolor brush and a cup for water, paper towels, drawing compass (for making a circle), a set of 24 soft color pencils (such as the prismacolor brand), several sheets of black drawing paper – 9” x 12” or larger (such as the canson mi-teintes brand), a pair of scissors, a view finder (a piece of cardboard 8 x 10 inches with an opening cut to 1 ¼ x 1 5/8 inches), a tote bag to haul your art supplies upstairs in the boathouse and outdoors, a campstool or portable chair for working outside, reference photos of wildflowers, birds or animals of the north (could be from magazine or calendar images), mosquito repellent.

The following will be available for purchase: drawing pens, water soluble gray pencils, black drawing paper, drawing compasses, view finders, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. If you have any questions, please contact Diana at oiabms@cheqnet.net or 715-798-3619.

Jan will have some materials available for you to use in class. Please contact her at j.i.wise@icloud.com if you have any questions.

Meet Your Instructors
Diana Randolph writes and paints in her northern Wisconsin home studio surrounded by Chequamegon National Forest. She has been a professional artist for thirty-eight years since graduating from Northland College as an art major. She is the author of Beacons of the Earth and Sky, Paintings and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World (Savage Press).  Much her art and writings are published.  Her paintings are displayed at Stone’s Throw Gallery in Bayfield, WI; and her note cards are in several shops. Her pastel paintings have been included in many regional and national exhibits. Her home studio, Once in a Blue Moon Studio, is open by appointment and during the Cable Hayward Area Arts Council Art Crawl.

Jan Wise has spent a lifetime in the arts. She began her formal art studies at the University of Kansas where she graduated with a BA and MA in art and education. After teaching in public schools for ten years, she began an art business where she collaborated with architects and designers to create art for public spaces through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 1980 she has been studio painting from her home in Washburn, Wisconsin, and has exhibited in major galleries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her work focuses on environmental and spiritual themes.

  • Dates: September 20-22, 2019
  • Duration: 10 a.m. Friday – 3 p.m. Sunday; 2 nights
  • Location: Forest Lodge, Cable, WI
  • Program: Art, pen and ink, pastels, pencil drawing, mixed media
  • Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner, snacks; Please specify dietary needs at registration.
  • Price: $275 residential // $250 commuter

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Registration closes September 6 or when the session fills.

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  • Cancellations made prior to fourteen (14) days before the event will result in a full refund.

    Cancellations after fourteen (14) days receive no refund. However, at the discretion of the program coordinator, a refund may be offered in the following circumstance:

    • Short term illness or injury: If a short term illness or injury prevents the participant from attending the scheduled session, the participant may reschedule to another session of equal or lesser value, during the same year only, provided space is available. If the new session has a higher value than the original session, the participant must pay the difference in tuition. Refunds will not be provided for transferring into a session of lesser value.

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