I just spent a wonderful week at Madeline Island School of the Arts on Madeline Island in Wisconsin. This is one of my favorite places to teach here in North America. The art school has been very thoughtfully planned out on this small island surrounded by wonderful vegetation and animal life. The classroom is so spacious and we spent to the week overlooking the meadow where many deer and birds visited. The island is so easy to get to. I flew into Duluth then drove a couple of hours caught a 20 minute ferry and then drove one mile to the school. It is like being at our own private retreat.
I had wonderful students who created fun pieces that incorporate memories of their own lives and homes. Some returned from last year and continued on pieces that they had already started. We made textured backgrounds, layered appliqué using textural fabrics and then spent two days stitching to add diminution to the pieces.
We also took a side trip to a wavering gallery as well as a couple of pottery galleries. Of course I added a few wonderful pieces of pottery to my collection. The weather was perfect all week and it was so nice to see all the wild lupines in bloom.
Many thanks to all my students as well as Charles, Jenna and Ann at MISA for such a fun week.
I will be returning to teach at MISA June 23-28 2013. Hope to see some of you there. www.madelineartschool.com