Summer Program

WEEK-LONG RESIDENTIAL CLASSES FROM MAY – OCTOBER

The Summer Program, which runs from May through October, is The Clearing’s oldest and the one that most closely resembles Jensen’s original folk school vision. The mainstay of the Summer Program is week-long classes, with 25 to 35 students and instructors living at The Clearing, eating family-style meals and renewing their spirit through close contact with the native landscape. The Clearing experience is made up of many special components. The classes, sense of community, forests, meadows, water, sunsets, home-cooked meals, traditions and history all blend to create a wonderful place to learn, relax, reflect and make new friends.

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“Along The Clearing Shoreline”
courtesy Dan Eggert

2018 Summer Program Calendar

May 6 - 12

Quilting Retreat: Color My World #1   - LIMITED-
Judy Hasheider

Knitting: A Trio Of Color Techniques #2   - LIMITED-
Arnhild Hillesland

Wood Turning: Having Fun With Wood On A Lathe #3   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Rob Nelson

Forging Your Own Mytho-Northern Knife #4   - LIMITED-
David DelaGardelle

May 13 - 19

Spring Birds Of Northern Woods & Waters #5   - LIMITED-
Nancy Stevenson & Gerry Janz

Photographing Door County In Spring #6   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Karen Alesch

Beginning Quilting #7   - LIMITED-
Carol Hay

May 20 - 26

Watercolor For Beginners & Beyond #8   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Chris Sommerfelt

Poetry Camp 2018: Metaphor, Music & Mystery #9   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Robin Chapman

Spring Wildflowers #10   - LIMITED-
Larry Morrison

Kitchen Projects: A Woodworking & Forging Combination #11   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Curt Wessel & Jeremiah Backhaus

May 27 - June 2

Watercolor Excitement & Beyond #12   - LIMITED-
Ed Fenendael

Creative Photoshop Elements #13   - LIMITED-
Bill Brown & Mark Southard

Memoir & Personal Essay: Writing From Your Life #14   - LIMITED-
Margaret Hawkins

A Door County Nature Sampler: Birds, Wildflowers, Trees & Geology #15   - LIMITED-
Woody Wheeler, Larry Morrison, Mike Schneider & Roger Kuhns

June 3 - 9

Pencil Drawing #16   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Rebecca Venn

iPhone-ography: The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You #17   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Jerry Hug

Paper Vessels & Natural Found Objects #18   - LIMITED-
Wendy Carpenter

Beginning Forging #19   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Dan Nauman

June 10 - 16

Traditional Quilting Open Studio #20   - LIMITED-
Kathy Swanson

Spring Rambles #21   - LIMITED-
Nancy Stevenson

The Wonderful World Of Stained Glass #22   - LIMITED-
Gary Chaudoir

Fine Woodworking: Build Custom Furniture Or A Small Table #23   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Curt Wessel

June 17 - 23

Watercolor: Going Beyond The Ordinary #24   
Gary Hanks

Landscape Design: Through The Eyes Of Jens Jensen #25   - CANCELLED -
Bob Grese

Sensational Silk Scarves: Weaving With Recycled Materials #26   
JoEl Logiudice

An Asian Arts Sampler: Raku Pottery, Bonsai, Origami & Kusamono #27   - LIMITED-
Michelle Zimmer, Jack Douthitt, John Dietrich & Nancy Akerly

June 24 - 30

Handspinning: Beginning & Beyond #28   - LIMITED-
Deb Jones

Drawing Nature Expressively #29   - LIMITED-
Kimberly Mullarkey

Tell Your Story: Writing About Experiences In Your Life (And Any Other Stories) #30   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Roger Kuhns

Making Glass Beads & Blowing Glass Ornaments #31   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Julie Lukosaitis

July 1 - 7

Beginning & Intermediate Pastel #32   
Sandy Place

Reading for a Sense of Place #33   
Kathleen Smythe

Paper Arts: Marbling, Boxes & Books #34   
Nancy Akerly

Making Pottery: Beginning & Beyond #35   
John Hansen & John Dietrich

July 8 - 14

Chamber Music For Strings #36   
Klara Fenyo Bahcall

Hand Caning: The Seven-Step Method #37   
Lynn Nulicek

Books By Hand: Introductory & Independent Study #38   - LIMITED-
Florian Bieschke

July 15 - 21

Watercolor Fresh and Loose: Inspired By The Masters! #39   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Jane Barnard

Middlemarch: A Study Of Marriage, Money, Morals & More! #40   - LIMITED-
Marilyn Johnson

Knitting For Beginners & Beyond #41   - LIMITED-
Joan Sheridan

Beginning & Intermediate Wood Turning #42   - LIMITED-
Kelly Bresnahan

July 22 - 28

Recorder at The Clearing #43   - LIMITED-
Pat Badger & Alyson Lewin

Geology & Natural History Of Door County & The Niagara Escarpment #44   - LIMITED-
Roger Kuhns

Beginning & Intermediate Stained Glass #45   - LIMITED-
Jill Wicke

Beginning Blacksmithing #46   - LIMITED-
James Viste

July 29 - August 4

Soft Pastel Landscape Adventure #47   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Hike, Bike & Paddle Door County #48   - LIMITED-
Bob Bultman & Dave Bultman

The Writers Workshop: Poetry in Prose #49   
Al DeGenova

The Writers Workshop: The Workshop #50   
Al DeGenova

August 5 - 11

Illustrated Nature Journal #51   
Cynthia Quinn

Reading Poetry: The What, The Why, The How #52   
John Angelos

The Joy of Weaving: Open Studio #53   
Geke de Vries

Moku-Hanga: An Introduction To Japanese Woodblock Printmaking #54   - LIMITED-
Alfred Stark

August 12 - 18

Awakening The Art Quilter Within #55   
Wendy Butler Berns

Cultivating Mindfulness: Growing A Lifelong Practice #56   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Beth Coleman

Glass Fusing #57   
Nance Tucker

August 19 - 25

Figures & Faces In Oil #58   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Frankie Johnson

Perspectives On Our Present Predicaments #59   - LIMITED-
Jeff Doane

Fun With Glass: Combining Mosaic & Fusing #60   
Gary Chaudoir

August 26 - September 1

SomaYoga: An Integrative Approach To Yoga #61   - LIMITED-
Theresa Evans

A Journaling Tool Kit: Making & Keeping A Creative Journal #62   - LIMITED-
Nancy Akerly & Darlene Cole

Weaving For The Non-Weaver #63   
Carol Heil

Making Rustic Furniture #64   
Sandy Lotto

September 9 - 15

Create Landscapes, Water, Beaches & Skies In Watercolor & Pencil #65   - LIMITED-
Lee Mothes

The Civil War #66   - LIMITED-
Pat Gardner

Tai Chi: The Circles Of Life #67   - LIMITED-
Carol Hoehn

The Craft Of Wood Carving: Open Studio #68   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Erik Rinkleff

September 16 - 22

Quilting Retreat: Color My World #69   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Judy Hasheider

Wood Carver’s Workshop #70   - LIMITED-
Ann Fawver

Hand Forged Tools For Your Fireplace #71   - LIMITED-
Dan Nauman

September 23 - 29

Watercolor Moods #72   - LIMITED-
Judy Barnewolt-Jones

Hopkins & Dickinson: Speaking Of, Seeking, The Transcendent #73   - LIMITED-
Jim Severance

Writing The Vital Poem #74   - LIMITED-
Marty McConnell

Glass Fusing #75   - LIMITED-
Nance Tucker

September 30 - October 6

Open Studio For Artists #76   - LIMITED-
Frankie Johnson

Knitting: A Trio Of Color Techniques #77   - LIMITED-
Arnhild Hillesland

Off the Beaten Path: Exploring Door County’s Natural Treasures #78   - LIMITED-
Terrie Cooper & Mike Schneider

Adventures In Polymer Clay #79   
Judy Yamamoto

October 7 - 13

Watercolor Studio #80   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Bridget Austin

The Art Of Nature & Outdoor Photography #81   - LIMITED-
Hank Erdmann

Open Studio For Woodworkers #82   - LIMITED-
Curt Wessel

October 14 - 20

Women’s Writing Retreat #83   - LIMITED-
Judy Bridges

Social History Of America’s Underclasses From The Gilded Age To The 1920s: African Americans, Native Americans, Women, Children & Immigrants #84   - LIMITED-
Lou Covotsos

Foundational Watercolor #85   - LIMITED-
Dawn Flores

A Basket & Blacksmithing Sampler: Make A Basket & The Metal Handle For The Basket #86   - LIMITED-
Denise Arzberger & James Viste

October 21 - 27

Watercolor Techniques #87   - LIMITED-
Betty Delinck & Barb Farrell

Primitive Rug Hooking #88   - LIMITED-
Patsy Weich

Wood Turning: Making Ornaments & Gifts #89   - LIMITED-
Rob Nelson

Beginning Blacksmithing #90   - LIMITED-
James Viste