ARTISTS

WORKSHOPS

Our Artist Workshops are designed to inform and inspire both aspiring and professional artists with focused, hands-on practice in the beautiful 100 year-old barn. These small groups become supportive communities that share conversation and progress long after the workshop is done. Prices and seating availability will be based on the individual workshops. Invites will be clear about the skill level needed for each event.

2021 Artist Workshop Season

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FORAGED FLORAL DESIGN

with Ann Mekala

Saturday, June 12, 2021

10:00AM – 2:30PM |  $80/Person

This workshop will begin with introductions and some basic tenets of floral design and foraging. Participants will then freely roam Everwood in search of inspired materials. After lunch, the group will learn how to prep vessels and then create unique arrangements from what was collected. Throughout, Ann will circulate and offer guidance. At the end of the day, the creative collective will stand back to appreciate each arrangement and discuss principles to take home for future exploration.

Ann grew up surrounded by flowers in a home beside a lake. She spent her summers in the garden and her winters buried in seed catalogs and old botanical books. Ann's work still tells the story of a tryst between garden and wild. Relying on materials that are often local and foraged, her colors, textures, and shapes reflect the beauty of the changing seasons. She has created designs for private dinners, lookbook shoots, restaurants, and weddings. And her Instagram account (@dearhyssop) is a must-follow.  

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PLEIN AIR OIL PAINTING

with Neil Sherman

Sunday, July 18, 2021

10:00AM – 4:30PM | $70/Person

This workshop will give participants an introduction to plein air painting using the prismatic palette—how color and light are filtered through layers of atmosphere. In the morning, Neil will discuss the prismatic palette and demonstrate the various methods, materials and equipment he uses to quickly capture this light effect. After lunch, participants will work on their own paintings while Neil circulates and offers guidance and suggestions.   

Neil strives to capture the feelings of a particular day in his paintings. His method of painting has roots that date back to the Impressionist era. American painter Frank Vincent DuMond studied painting in France in the late 1890s and early 1900s. He developed a palette that has become affectionately known as the prismatic palette which is geared toward allowing subtle control of color and value in a landscape.  This palette has been passed down through such painters as Arthur Maynard, John Phillip Osborne and Joe Paquet, who in turn taught it to Neil.

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WRITING ABOUT FAMILY: A LOOK AT THE MEMOIR

with Kao Kalia Yang

Saturday, September 25

10:00AM – 3:00PM | $70/Person

Join an in-depth conversation with award-winning memoirist Kao Kalia Yang to study how and why we write about our families. The workshop will consist of five parts: a tuning of our instruments (writing prompt), an overview of Yang's approach to writing about family (personal reflection), a writing assignment, then a workshopping/reading session (based on the assignment), followed by a question/answer segment. Please come prepared to engage your own work and that of others.  

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," "The Song Poet," and "Somewhere in the Unknown World." Yang is also the author of the childrens books, "A Map Into the World," "The Shared Room," "The Most Beautiful Thing," and "Yang Warriors." She co-edited the ground-breaking collection "What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color." Yangs work for adults have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, and the Daytons Literary Peace Prize. Her work for children have been recognized as Notable Books by the American Library Association, the Zolotow Honor, a Kirkus Best Books of the Year, a Star of the North Picture Book Award nominee, and won a Heartland Booksellers Award. Yang is the recipient of four Minnesota Book Awards and the Ordway Centers Sally Award for Social Impact.

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Previous Workshops

STAINED GLASS MOSAICS
FOR BEGINNERS

with Kristin Dieng

Saturday, June 15, 2019

"Thank you for having us! It was a lot of fun. I thought Kristin did a great job. She was friendly and helpful. Everwood always provides a cool atmosphere."

- Nancy

"I enjoyed the whole day! This was my first time trying glass mosaic art and I really enjoyed it. Kristin was very helpful. You all do a great job of making everyone feel welcome. Such a beautiful setting, too."

- Nancy

"Thank you for hosting such an awesome event and for introducing us to Kristin's talent! We love how our artwork turned out."

- Mary

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ANIMAL
ILLUSTRATION

with Sarah Nelson

August 03, 2019

"I loved being here, drawing and learning from Sarah. Such great hospitality (& chickens)!"

- Deb

"So so great! Sarah was wonderful. The space is beautiful and the class and people were lovely. Thank  you for a perfect day!"

- Maggie

"Thank you. Today was heaven and I learned SO much."

- Amy

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ZERO WASTE

INDIGO DYING

with Annabella Sardelis

Saturday, September 14, 2019

"You have cultivated a place that is nurturing, welcoming and generous. There is no scarcity here — it exudes abundance. The difference between teaching at an arts non-profit and here is that you are coming from an abundance mindset that is curating an experience that will last a lifetime."

- Annabella Sardelis

"What a peaceful, healing place. I feel so honored to be a part of this day. The art was about the techniques, the nature and beauty, the setting and those around me. It all truly is sacred."

- Tara

 

"Enchanted by the silence, the scenes. Couldn't have asked for a better place to learn and be."

- Lydia

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TAKE YOUR KNITTING

TO THE NEXT LEVEL

with Gretchen Funk

Saturday, September 08, 2018

"Thank you for having us for the wonderful knitting workshop. What an amazing setting and spectular hosts!"

- Gretchen Funk

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"Hard not to be inspired in such a beautiful space. Beautiful day! Wonderful teaching! Perfect kick off of fall."

- Katie

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INTRO TO THE

POTTERY WHEEL

with Jason Kaping

Saturday, August 25, 2018

"An absolutely solid weekend teaching and enjoying the farm. Hope to come back soon."

- Jason Kaping​

"This was my first pottery wheel experience and I loved it! I was more successful than I anticipated. The instruction was wonderful with no stress!. Love the setting here. I would love to do this again."

- Carol

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“DEAR DEAR” MASK MAKING

WITH THE FAMILY

with Sandy Spieler

Saturday, June 09, 2018

"Thank you!!! As it turns out, you guys are the quintessential beautiful dears. What a vision. Thanks for sharing your community with us."

- Sandy Spieler 

"We had a great time. We love this place!"

- Miles + Diogo

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
& VISUAL STORYTELLING

with Andy Richter & Selma Fernandez Richter

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“Thank you for inviting us to spend the day at the farm. We had a wonderful students and a great experience. We'd love to come back!"

- Andy + Selma

 

"Thank you for the very informative and fun class in such a beautiful location! This was a great opportunity and I appreciate all the work that went into today."

- Kayleigh

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NATURE
SKETCHBOOKS

with Pam Luer

Saturday, September 10, 2017

“Perfect September day @ nature sketchbook workshop — Lovely. Lovely. Lovely. Thank you!”

- Pam Luer

 

“Amazing time today! I love coming here and getting wrapped up in Everwood.”

- Lulu

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BUILDING A LASTING WARDROBE: TAILORING, ALTERATIONS, AND REPAIR

with Kathryn Sterner & Emily Bryngelson

Saturday, July 08, 2017

“Thank you for another unbelievably beautiful weekend at Everwood. I absolutely love being here.”

- Kathryn Sterner

 

​“Thank you so much for hosting us in such a beautiful and inspiring space. It was more than I could have hoped for. Hope to visit again someday.”

- Emily Bryngelson

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“What a beautiful day! New friends, learned a lot, I felt the 'I can!' Fantastic creative space. I'm excited to make a new dress from an old. Thank you ladies for the inspiration.”

- Mary

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HOLIDAY NATURE

DIY CREATIONS

with Lynn Tanaka

Saturday, October 08, 2016

“Thank you so much for an incredible experience at Everwood Farmstead! I had a great time, and am very thankful for this opportunity. Thank you to you both for the incredible hospitality - great food, great conversation, and a very cozy bed! To be a part of the Everwood Farmstead magic this weekend warmed my heart to the core.”

- Lynn Tanaka

 

​“Thank you so much for a fabulous day of fun, good food and the making of new friends on your beautiful property! We did appreciate the chance to experience it! Thanks again!”

- Nancy

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BUILDING STORYTELLERS:
A WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG WRITERS

with Amanda Zieba

Saturday, August 06, 2016

“Thank you so much for hosting me (and the young writers)! It was a perfect day filled with inspiration, fun and incredible talent. Everwood is truly a special place, one I will never forget.”

- Amanda Zieba

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THE ART OF
SONGWRITING

with John Mark Nelson

Saturday, July 09, 2016

“What an incredibly beautiful day! I so very much enjoyed leading this thoughtful, engaged group through a discussion on the craft and process of songwriting. All the best wishes, and long live Everwood Farmstead!”

- John Mark Nelson

 

“Thanks John Mark Nelson! It was a wonderful experience with you and the folks at Everwood. Beautiful place with Beautiful people. I was mentally writing lyrics for my next project as I was pulling away. So fired up!”

- Mark

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TELLING
YOUR STORY

with Oklahoma Poet Lareate Dr. Nathan Brown

September 12, 2015

“Spent a magical day at Everwood Farmstead Foundation with a gifted poet/song-writer/storyteller/teacher/artist Nathan Brown. He shared his palette of words and led us back to ourselves. Reminding us to take the time to create our art one word at a time.”

- Jay

 

 “The place that is Everwood is a gift. You guys are generous and forward thinking and I love it!”

- Wade

 

 “What a lovely, inspiring and profoundly joyous way to spend a September day. I’m so glad I came to the writing workshop. Thank you so much!”

- Kris

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WATERCOLOR

FOR BEGINNERS

with Coco Connolly

August 01, 2015

“A heartfelt thank you to Chris and Bill at Everwood Farmstead Foundation for giving me the opportunity to teach a class for beginning watercolor artists! Everyone was inspiring! Truly. Fascinating that 10 out the 14 students were absolute beginners. People from the world of finance, lawyers, IT software... goes to show we all have art in us.”

- Coco Connolly

 

“Many thanks to Bill and Chris for being outstanding hosts! And special thanks to Coco Connolly for sharing her artistic talents with us! Look ma, I can paint!!!”

- Jude

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