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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.
“Jens Jensen Visitor Center Mural” Ram Rojas

2021 Summer Program Calendar

-click on class titles below for complete class descriptions and to register-
June 20 - 26, 2021

The Joy of Weaving: Open Studio #96   - LIMITED-
Geke de Vries

Landscape "Painting" With Fabric #97   - NEW -
Susan Hoffmann

Independent Study #98   - NEW -

June 27 - July 3, 2021

String Along #99   - LIMITED-
Judy Hasheider

Memoir, Creative Nonfiction & Personal Essay: Writing From your Life #100   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Margaret Hawkins

Wood Turning #101   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Robert Nelson

Independent Study #102   - NEW -

July 4 - 10, 2021

Chamber Music For Strings #1   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Katherine Decker & M. Brent Williams

Hand Caning: The Seven-Step Method #2   
Lynn Nulicek

Books By Hand: Introductory & Independent Study #3   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Florian Bieschke

Independent Study #4   

July 11 - 17, 2021

Journaling: In and Out of the Box #5   - LIMITED-
Nancy Akerly & Mary Dykstra

Drawing Nature In Colored Pencil #6   - LIMITED-
Kimberly Mullarkey

Hike, Bike & Paddle Door County #7   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Bob Bultman & Kelly King

Independent Study #8   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list

July 18 - 24, 2021

Watercolor Magic At The Clearing #9   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Kari Anderson

Edith Wharton: Myth-Maker For The American Soul? #10   - LIMITED-
Betsy Lovell Arsenault

The Joy Of Weaving: Open Studio #11   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Geke de Vries

Glass Fusing #12   - LIMITED-
Nance Tucker

Independent Study #13   

July 25 - 31, 2021

Recorder At The Clearing #14   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Pat Badger

Exploring the Writer’s Muse – Spirit and Duende #15   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Albert DeGenova

The Poetry Workshop #16   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Albert DeGenova

Entree: A Fine Pairing of Forging and Woodworking #17   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Curt Wessel & Jeremiah Backhaus

Independent Study #18   

August 1 - 7, 2021

Foundational Watercolor #19   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Dawn Flores

Jack & John #20   - LIMITED-
Jeff Doane

iPhone-ography: The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You #21   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Kim George

Making Glass Beads & Blowing Glass Ornaments #22   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Julie Lukosaitis

Independent Study #23   

August 8 - 14, 2021

The Art Quilt—Open Studio #24   - LIMITED-
Wendy Butler Berns

Cultivating Mindfulness #25   - LIMITED-
Beth Coleman

Glass Fusing #26   - LIMITED-
Nance Tucker

Independent Study #27   

August 15 - 21, 2021

Door County Landscapes In Watercolor #28   - LIMITED-
Chris Sommerfelt

Touch The Earth: Connect With Nature #29   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Deb Gille

Landscape “Painting” With Fabric #30   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Susan Hoffmann

Beginning & Intermediate Wood Turning #31   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Kelly Bresnahan

Independent Study #32   

August 22 - 28, 2021

Essential Somatic Movement Retreat #33   
Theresa Evans

Geology & Natural History Of Door County #34   - LIMITED-
Roger Kuhns

Small Space, Big Ideas: Painting In Acrylic #35   
Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Primitive Rug Hooking #36   - CANCELLED -
Cathy Tokheim

Independent Study #37   

August 29 - September 4, 2021

Watercolor Pure & Simple #38   
Judy Barnewolt-Jones

Landscape Design: Through The Eyes Of Jens Jensen #39   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Bob Grese

Introduction To Japanese Woodblock Printmaking #40   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Alfred Stark

A “Fire” Sampler: Raku Pottery, Glass Bead Making & Forging #41   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
John Dietrich, Julie Lukosaitis & James Viste

Independent Study #42   

September 5 - 11, 2021

Beginning & Intermediate Pastel #43   - CANCELLED -
Sandy Place

Fall Birds #44   - LIMITED-
Nancy Stevenson & Gerry Janz

Glass Fusing & Glass Mosaic #45   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Nance Tucker & Gary Chaudoir

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

Independent Study #47   

September 12 - 18, 2021

Watercolor Fresh & Loose: Paint With Confidence! #48   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Jane Barnard

Beginning Knitting Boot Camp #49   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Whitney Gross

The Craft Of Wood Carving: Open Studio #50   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Erik Rinkleff

Open Forge For Blacksmiths #51   
Dan Nauman

Independent Study #52   

September 19 - 25, 2021

String Along #53   
Judy Hasheider

Wood Carver’s Workshop #54   - LIMITED-
Ann Fawver

Social History Of America’s Underclasses From The Gilded Age To The 1920s: African Americans, Native Americans, Women, Children & Immigrants #55   - LIMITED-
Lou Covotsos

Independent Study #56   

September 26 - October 2, 2021

Landscapes, Water, Beaches & Skies In Watercolor & Pencil #57   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Lee Mothes

Women’s Writing Retreat #58   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Judy Bridges

Death Comes for the Archbishop #59   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Jim Severance

Sculptural Welding: Volumetric Fabrication #60   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Nathan Hatch

Independent Study #61   

October 3 - 9, 2021

Open Studio For Artists #62   - LIMITED-
Frankie Johnson

Knitting On The Cliff #63   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Joan Sheridan

Off the Beaten Path: Exploring Door County’s Natural Treasures #64   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Terrie Cooper & Mike Schneider

Independent Study #65   

October 10 - 16, 2021

Watercolor Studio #66   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Bridget Austin

The Art Of Nature & Outdoor Photography #67   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Hank Erdmann

Open Studio For Woodworkers #68   - LIMITED-
Curt Wessel

Independent Study #69   

October 17 - 23, 2021

Soft Pastel Landscape Adventure #70   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Creative Weaving From Nature #71   - LIMITED-
Carol Heil

Wood Turning #72   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Robert Nelson

Beginning Blacksmithing #73   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
James Viste

Independent Study #74   

October 24 - 30, 2021

String Along #75   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Judy Hasheider

Door County Photography Retreat #76   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Karen Alesch

Baskets & Blacksmithing: Make A Basket & A Forged Swing Handle For The Basket #77   - LIMITED-
Denise Arzberger & James Viste

Stained Glass: Lead Came & Copper Foil #78   - LIMITED-
Jill Wicke

Independent Study #79   

October 31 - November 6, 2021

Poetry Camp 2021: Writing New Work #80   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Robin Chapman

Tell Your Story: Writing About Experiences In Your Life (And Any Other Stories) #81   
Roger Kuhns

Beginning & Beyond Beginning Quilting #82   
Carol Hay

Making Leather Handbags #83   - LIMITED-
Molly Grant

Independent Study #84   

November 7 - 13, 2021

Watercolor Excitement #85   
Ed Fenendael

Paper Arts: Marbling, Bookbinding & Cartonnage #86   - LIMITED-
Nancy Akerly

Weave Krokbragd! #87   
Carol Heil

Reading Poetry: The What, The Why, The How #88   
John Angelos

Independent Study #89   

November 14 - 20, 2021

Spinners’ Boot Camp/Spinning For A Project #90   
Deb Jones

Traditional Quilting Open Studio #91   - FULL - Call to be added to wait list
Kathy Swanson

Write Your Life #92   
Marty McConnell

Beginning Blacksmithing #93   
James Viste

Independent Study #94   

Making Glass Beads & Blowing Glass Ornaments #103   - NEW -
Julie Lukosaitis