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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2019 Summer Program Calendar

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May 5 - 11

Quilting: Birds Of A Feather Gathering Together #1   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Judy Hasheider

Open Studio For Experienced Knitters #2   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Arnhild Hillesland

Wood Turning #3   - LIMITED-
Rob Nelson

Birding Basics #4   - LIMITED-
Paul Regnier

May 12 - 18

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

Door County Photography Retreat #6   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Karen Alesch

Beginning & Intermediate Wood Turning #7   
Kelly Bresnahan

May 19 - 25

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

Spring Wildflowers #9   
Larry Morrison

Exploring Paper Pulp & Cochineal Insects #10   
Wendy Carpenter

Reading Poetry: The What, The Why, The How #11   
John Angelos

May 26 - June 1

Watercolor Excitement #12   
Ed Fenendael

Poetry Camp 2019: Making Your Manuscript #13   - LIMITED-
Robin Chapman

Weave It, Don't Waste It: Creating Table Runners Or Placemats With Recycled Materials #14   
JoEl Logiudice

Making Polymer Clay Jewelry #15   
Lynne Bergschultz & Jenni Stultz

June 2 - 8

Watercolor Fresh & Loose: Paint With Confidence! #16   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Jane Barnard

Memoir, Creative Nonfiction & Personal Essay: Writing From Your Life #17   - LIMITED-
Margaret Hawkins

Beginning Forging #18   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Dan Nauman

Making Leather Handbags #19   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Molly Grant

June 9 - 15

Traditional Quilting Open Studio #20   - LIMITED-
Kathy Swanson

Spring Rambles #21   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Nancy Stevenson

Fine Woodworking: Build Custom Furniture Or A Small Table #22   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Curt Wessel

June 16 - 22

Spinners? Color Workshop #23   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Deb Jones

Tell Your Story: Writing About Experiences In Your Life (And Any Other Stories) #24   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Roger Kuhns

Drawing Nature In Colored Pencil #25   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Kimberly Mullarkey

Kitchen Projects: A Woodworking & Forging Combination #26   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Curt Wessel & Jeremiah Backhaus

June 23 - 29

Pencil Drawing #27   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Rebecca Venn

Women?s Writing Retreat #28   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Judy Bridges

Creative Photoshop Elements #29   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Bill Brown & Mark Southard

Making Pottery: Beginning & Beyond #30   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
John Hansen & John Dietrich

June 30 - July 6

Beginning & Intermediate Pastel #31   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Sandy Place

Summer Knitting #32   - LIMITED-
Joan Sheridan

Landscape Design: In The Spirit Of Jens Jensen #33   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Darrel Morrison

The Wonderful World Of Stained Glass #34   - LIMITED-
Gary Chaudoir

July 7 - 13

Chamber Music For Strings #35   
Katie Decker & Jacki Thering

Books By Hand: Introductory & Independent Study #36   - LIMITED-
Florian Bieschke

Hand Caning: The Seven-Step Method #37   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Lynn Nulicek

July 14 - 20

Soft Pastel Landscape Adventure #38   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Kay Brathol Hostvet

Hike, Bike & Paddle Door County #39   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Bob Bultman, Dave Bultman & Erin Tauscher

Forging With Intention #40   - LIMITED-
Chris Winterstein

Glass Fusing #41   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Nance Tucker

July 21 - 27

Recorder At The Clearing #42   - LIMITED-
Pat Badger & Muriel Anderson

Making Glass Beads & Blowing Glass Ornaments #43   - LIMITED-
Julie Lukosaitis

Bladesmithing: A Week On The Edge #44   - LIMITED-
Jeremiah Backhaus

Beginning & Beyond Beginning Quilting #45   - LIMITED-
Carol Hay

July 28 - August 3

The Illustrated Nature Journal #46   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Cynthia Quinn

The Writers Workshop: Writing the Journey Home #47   - LIMITED-
Al DeGenova

The Writers Workshop: The Workshop #48   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Al DeGenova

Geology & Natural History Of Door County & The Niagara Escarpment #49   - LIMITED-
Roger Kuhns

Beginning Blacksmithing #50   - LIMITED-
James Viste

August 4 - 10

Foundational Watercolor #51   - LIMITED-
Dawn Flores

Austen & Pym: Emma & Excellent Women #52   - LIMITED-
Marilyn Johnson

The Joy of Weaving: Open Studio #53   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Geke de Vries

Baskets & Blacksmithing: Make A Basket & A Forged Handle For The Basket #54   - LIMITED-
Denise Arzberger & James Viste

August 11 - 17

Awakening The Art Quilter Within #55   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Wendy Butler Berns

Cultivating Mindfulness: Growing A Lifelong Practice #56   - LIMITED-
Beth Coleman

Glass Fusing #57   - LIMITED-
Nance Tucker

August 18 - 24

Oil Painting: Create Painterly Impressions #58   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Frankie Johnson

Our Better Angels & An Elegy #59   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Jeff Doane

iPhone-ography: The Best Camera is The One That?s With You #60   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Jerry Hug

August 25 - 31

Essentially Somatic Yoga? #61   
Theresa Evans

Moku-Hanga: An Introduction To Japanese Woodblock Printmaking #62   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Alfred Stark

Painting Fog & Mist With Watercolors #63   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Gary Hanks

Sculptural Welding: Volumetric Fabrication #64   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Nate Hatch

September 8 - 14

A Journaling Tool Kit #65   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Nancy Akerly & Darlene Cole

Creative Weaving #66   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Carol Heil

The Death Of Ivan Ilych & Job: Reckoning With Life, Reckoning With God #67   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Jim Severance & Les Longden

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

September 15 - 21

Watercolor Pure & Simple #69   - LIMITED-
Judy Barnewolt-Jones

Writing Your Revised Life #70   
Marty McConnell

Open Forge #71   
Dan Nauman

Woodworking Bootcamp #72   - LIMITED-
Mike Stapleton

September 22 - 28

Quilting: Birds Of A Feather Gathering Together #73   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Judy Hasheider

Wood Carver?s Workshop #74   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Ann Fawver

Landmark Judgements Of The Supreme Court: How The Court Molded American History #75   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Lou Covotsos

September 29 - October 5

Open Studio For Artists #76   
Frankie Johnson

Open Studio For Experienced Knitters #77   
Arnhild Hillesland

Off The Beaten Path: Exploring Wild Door County #78   
Paul Regnier

October 6 - 12

Create Landscapes, Water, Beaches & Skies In Watercolor & Pencil #79   
Lee Mothes

Women?s Writing Retreat #80   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Judy Bridges

Making Rustic Furniture #81   
Sandy Lotto

Beginning & Intermediate Stained Glass #82   
Jill Wicke

October 13 - 19

Watercolor Studio #83   - LIMITED-
Bridget Austin

The Art Of Nature & Outdoor Photography #84   - LIMITED-
Hank Erdmann

Open Studio For Woodworkers #85   - LIMITED-
Curt Wessel

October 20 - 26

Watercolor Techniques #86   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Betty Delinck & Barb Farrell

Primitive Rug Hooking #87   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Patsy Weich

Wood Turning: Making Gifts For All Occasions #88   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
Robert Nelson

Beginning Blacksmithing #89   - FULL - Call or email to be added to wait list
James Viste