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  Sculpture Workshop: Organic Architecture for Insects

with Kathryn E. Martin-Meurer
August 4-5, 2018

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 4pm
Adults (Ages 16+)
$250 per person (includes all materials, tour of exterior of Taliesin and lunches)

This two-day adult workshop integrates artmaking and conservation, and how we might serve our creepy crawly “clients” — BUGS. Participants will learn about the vital role insects play in our world, why their population is declining, and the importance of rehabilitating their natural environments. With insects in mind, participants will conceptualize and build an abstract environment made from reclaimed objects, wood, and natural materials. While these sculptures won’t save our insects, they can serve as beautiful visuals that build awareness. All participants will explore the restored prairies and pollinator-friendly gardens on the Taliesin estate.

The workshop will be taught by artist and lecturer, Kathryn Martin-Meurer. Also included, a landscape walking tour of the Taliesin estate and outdoor segments to gather natural materials for the project. Day 1 will include time for ideation and sketching. On Day 2, participants will build, from wood and found materials, their sculptures. Workshop includes all materials, an exterior tour of Taliesin, and lunches.

This is a hands-on workshop. Participants do not need to be experienced woodworkers, but must be comfortable using basic power and hand tools. (A tool demo and safety tutorial will be conducted during the workshop.)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn E. Martin-Meurer works as Lecturer at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), serving as the Coordinator of 3D Design and Recruitment for The Peck School of Art. She received a BFA in Sculpture from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 2001, and an MA and MFA from UWM in InterMedia Studies in 2005 and 2007. She has exhibited extensively, in solo and group shows throughout the United States and is proud to be the recipient of three public art commissions in the state of Wisconsin.


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with Andrew Pielage 
August 10-12, 2018
Friday, 5-7 pm | Saturday, 6 am - 8 pm | Sunday, 6 am - 1 pm
Adults (Ages 16+)
$275 per person (includes tour of Taliesin and lunches)

The Taliesin buildings and rolling hills of the 800-acre estate will be the backdrop for a weekend of iconic architecture and photography. The workshop will begin with an evening tour of Wright’s home, including a meet and greet with the instructor. Begin your artistic exploration at sunrise, with time built in to take sunset photos as well.

Dive deeper into understanding changing light, how to properly scout a location and how to shoot architecture with any lens. The workshop will also include an introduction to the powerful editing software of Adobe Lightroom, and peer photo critiques.

You don’t have to be a pro, but participants must be familiar with using aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Participants must have a fully-manual camera, tripod and a laptop with Adobe Lightroom preinstalled.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Pielage specializes in architecture and travel photography, and has photographed more than fifty Frank Lloyd Wright sites throughout the United States. His work is published in newspapers, websites, and magazines, including Vanity Fair.

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September  16-22


with Yueh-mei Cheng
Saturday and Sunday, TBA

This course, designed for both beginning and experienced painters, leads you to explore the spirit of nature by observation, meditation, and imagination. Participants learn the fundamentals of the spontaneous style of Chinese painting with simple strokes of ink and subtle color washes.


 Coming soon: ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Yueh-mei Cheng

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Caroline Hamblen
(608) 588-7900, Ext. 230

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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