The pristine beauty of Wisconsin continues to serve as inspiration and muse to over 3,000 Wisconsin artists. Whether it’s the rustic environment of the Northwoods or the rolling hills of southern Dane County, Wisconsin’s landscape captivates an artist’s eye. Should a desire to experience the artistic process first-hand awaken in you, one of the many schools found in Wisconsin can answer this call. Retreat and immerse yourself in the creative spirit with one of these options.
Dillman’s three state-of-the-art studios host internationally known instructors. Expansive programs range from painting in encaustic, oil, or acrylic, pastel, to photography, quilting, and writing.
Bequeathed to Lawrence University in 1963, Björklunden vid Sjön (Birch Forest by the Water), a 425 acre estate on Lake Michigan, offers extensive adult-education seminars from Shakespeare’s poetry to watercolor to music.
Peninsula School of Art – Fish Creek
For 45 years, Peninsula School of Art has been a year-round destination for artists and art enthusiasts of all ages and levels. Programs include painting, drawing, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture and photography.
Believing that one’s own regional ecology and culture is fundamental, Jens Jensen founded the Clearing as a place where instruction is non-competitive. Their folk school is a unique place where adults who share an interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.
A 1904 schoolhouse serves as the Art & Nature Center (ANC). Whether its’ lectures on nature, children’s workshops in origami, ANC is devoted to the preservation and promotion of the creative arts and natural history of Washington Island.
A restored dairy farm surrounded by Lake Superior is home to one of the country’s premier art and craft schools, Madeline Island School of the Arts. Accessible only by ferry, boat, plane, wind sled or car (when the lake is frozen), classes in painting, quilting, writing, photography are offered for college credit.
Shake Rag Alley’s list of classes entices youth and adult of all skill levels. With over 200 offerings, this school is always busy. Whether it’s a half-day class or full week retreat, spots fill up fast so advanced planning is encouraged.
One woman’s vision and dream became a school hosting local professional artists as instructors. View their work then learn their techniques in workshops ranging from fiber arts to encaustic.
For more information on Art Schools in Wisconsin check this statewide directory.