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Summer Program

WEEK-LONG RESIDENTIAL CLASSES FROM MAY – OCTOBER
-click on class titles below for complete class descriptions and to register-

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.

2023 Summer Program Calendar

- Check back in late January for a preview of 2023 Summer Program classes! -
WHEN TO REGISTER

In an effort to reduce the amount of time participants are on the phone, class registration is divided into the four 'start dates' listed below.

Please note: Online registrations will be available beginning February 28, 2022.

GENERAL REGISTRATION
Registration Start Date #1: February 22, 2022
Registration for classes held between May 1 and July 30 begins Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

Registration Start Date #2: February 24, 2022
Registration for classes held between July 31 and October 29 begins Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

On General Registration Start Dates #1 and #2 (see above), an individual may register for him/herself and one other person.

LIFE MEMBER REGISTRATION
Life Member Registration Start Date #1: February 15, 2022
Friends of The Clearing Life Members may register for classes held between May 1 and July 30 beginning on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

Life Member Registration Start Date #2: February 17, 2022
Friends of The Clearing Life Members may register for classes held between July 31 and October 29 beginning on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.

On Life Member Registration Start Dates #1 and #2 (see above), a life member may register for him/herself and one other person who is also a life member.

See our Registration Information Page for complete details.

May 1 - 7, 2022

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Quilting: SmorgusBorders   â€‚ LIMITED  
Judy Hasheider
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Get Help With Your Knitting   
Joan Sheridan

May 8 - 14, 2022

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Watercolor Fresh & Loose: Paint With Confidence   â€‚ LIMITED  
Jane Barnard
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Learn To Weave     LIMITED  
Joan Sheridan
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Beginning Blacksmithing   
James Viste

May 15 - 21, 2022

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Spring Birds Of Northern Woods & Waters   
Nancy Stevenson & Gerry Janz
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A Box Of Wonders: Paper Arts & Journaling   - CANCELLED -
Nancy Akerly & Mary Dykstra

May 22 - 28, 2022

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Watercolor Magic In May At The Clearing   
Kari Anderson
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Spring Wildflowers   
Larry Morrison

May 29 - June 4, 2022

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Watercolor Excitement   â€‚ LIMITED  
Ed Fenendael
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Photography: Creative Composition   
Hank Erdmann
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Basket Making & Blacksmithing     LIMITED  
Denise Arzberger & James Viste

June 5 - 11, 2022

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How To Create Great Images Using Adobe Photoshop Elements   
Mark Southard & Bill Brown
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Stained Glass: Lead Came & Copper Foil     LIMITED  
Jill Wicke

June 12 - 18, 2022

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Landscape Design: Through The Eyes Of Jens Jensen   â€‚ LIMITED  
Bob Grese
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Entrée: A Fine Pairing Of Forging & Woodworking   - CANCELLED -
Curt Wessel & Jeremiah Backhaus

June 19 - 25, 2022

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Fiber Blending For Spinners   
Deb Jones

June 26 - July 2, 2022

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Get Your Axe Together   
Jeremiah Backhaus
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A Woodcraft Sampler: Turning, Carving & Fine Woodworking   - CANCELLED -
Mike Stapleton, Don Johnston & Erik Rinkleff

July 3 - 9, 2022

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Chamber Music For Strings   
Katherine Decker & M. Brent Williams

July 10 - 16, 2022

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Basket Making & Gourd Art     LIMITED  
Denise Arzberger & Annelies Gebert

July 17 - 23, 2022

July 24 - 30, 2022

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Hike, Bike & Paddle Door County   â€‚ LIMITED  
Kelly King

July 31 - August 6, 2022

August 7 - 13, 2022

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Foundational Watercolor   
Dawn Flores
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Watercolor & Batik Enameling On Copper   
Julie Lukosaitis
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I Forged A Carving Knife & I Know How To Use It   
Jeremiah Backhaus & Erik Rinkleff

August 14 - 20, 2022

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The Art Quilt: Open Studio   
Wendy Butler Berns
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Glass Fusing   
Nance Tucker
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Brush Up On Your Shakespeare   
John Angelos

August 21 - 27, 2022

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Everyday Yoga For Ease & Joy   
Don Wenig

August 28 - September 3, 2022

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Watercolor Escapades   
Ed Fenendael

September 11 - 17, 2022

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Fall Rambles: Bird Migration & More   
Nancy Stevenson & Gerry Janz
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The Craft Of Wood Carving: Open Studio   
Erik Rinkleff

September 18 - 24, 2022

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Quilting: SmorgusBorders   
Judy Hasheider
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Wood Carver's Workshop   
Ann Fawver
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Small Space, Big Ideas: Painting In Acrylic   
Kay Brathol-Hostvet

September 25 - October 1, 2022

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Watercolor Pure & Simple   
Judy Barnewolt-Jones
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Women Writer's Retreat   â€‚ LIMITED  
Sharon Davis

October 2 - 8, 2022

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Open Studio For Artists   â€‚ LIMITED  
Frankie Johnson
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Fair Isle Knitting Color Exploration   
Joan Sheridan

October 9 - 15, 2022

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Watercolor Studio   - CANCELLED -
Bridget Austin
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The Art Of Nature & Outdoor Photography   
Hank Erdmann
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Open Studio For Woodworkers   
Curt Wessel

October 16 - 22, 2022

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Watercolor Techniques   
Barbara Farrell
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Writing The Body: An All Levels Poetry Workshop   â€‚ LIMITED  
Marty McConnell

October 23 - 29, 2022

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Traditional Quilting Open Studio   
Kathy Swanson
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Knit Your First Sweater!   
Whitney Gross
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Beginning Blacksmithing   â€‚ LIMITED  
James Viste