Nature Made: Place as Source and Sustenance


Friday, October 8 - Sunday, October 10, 2021

Participants in this on-site weekend workshop will be have the opportunity to work at artist/educator Kathleen Maltese's gorgeous 80 acre farm located in the scenic Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin. About a 4-hour drive from Chicago, the property includes a rustic farmhouse, several unique outbuildings, wooded and cultivated areas, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The focus of this earth-friendly workshop will be to explore the landscape, engage with nature directly (both as inspiration and material), and experiment with both 2d and 3d processes while in the company of art friends. Participants will research the visual terrain through drawing, painting, and photography, experiment with natural materials found on the property, and collaborate with the group in the making of "imaginaries" - special mixed-media objects - that will become part of a larger group project.

The workshop, hosted by Kathleen and taught by artist/educator Kaye Buchman, will begin on Friday, October 8th at 6:00pm with dinner, a workshop overview, and a bookmaking project. Saturday's schedule includes studio projects from 9:00am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm followed by dinner and a night sketching project. On Sunday we will work on studio projects from 10:00am-12:00pm and finish up with a group review of everyone's work.

Additional Info:

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021

Covid-19 protocols will be followed for the safety of all guests.

There are single and double rooms available on a first come first served basis. Participants must supply their own sheets but towels will be provided.

For those wishing to stay in a hotel or inn, there are several options available in Dodgeville (about a 15 minute drive).

Lunches and dinners will be provided (with dietary concerns factored in) but students must bring their own breakfast foods and snacks. Coffee, tea, and water will also be available. 

Art supplies for the bookmaking and imaginaries project will be provided but students must bring their own drawing and painting materials along with sketchbooks, paper, and other supports. 

A full itinerary, directions, planning list, and other important details will be provided in advance of the workshop.