Still Young at Art

STILL YOUNG AT ART--art classes for adults, had its inaugural run at our 2017 festival. The images below, show the four artists featured teaching three different classes. The response from the adult student participants was overwhelmingly positive. Look for updates in May or June for the new list of classes or the 2018 Festival of Arts.

Registration is FREE! Click to assure your place in the session(s) of your choice.

Session 1

Saturday, September 8, 2018 (10:00-12:30) 

Watercolor and Encaustic Techniques

Artist: Diana Budde

Students will learn some Chinese brush painting and watercolor techniques.  Students will be able to layer transparent encaustic onto the watercolor and print on top of the transparent layer using stencils and/or incise lines into the transparent wax to “float” a linear drawing or pattern above the watercolor painting.

Session 2

Sunday, September 8, 2018 (1:30-4:00)

Textile Surface Design on a Silk Scarf

Artist: Krista Botsford

This class is a hands-on workshop to print a scarf pre-dyed by the instructor. With textile paints and stamps and stencils, sponges and brushes, each technique will be demonstrated and applied. Dye discharge (removal of dye in patterned areas) may also be used. These methods can easily be used at home to design fabric for quilts or unique clothing. No experience necessary and you will take a scarf home ready to heat set the colors with an iron, wash and wear. If you have stamps or stencils you would like to use please bring them along.

Session 3

Sunday, September 9, 2018 (10:00-12:30)

Altered Books

Artist: Mary Robinson

Old books will be transformed into personal expressions with paint, collage, weaving and other simple techniques. We will alter the book cover and then create a few pages to get you started. Your book may become an art journal used to record thoughts, travel, perhaps a family scrapbook, or even a guestbook for a special event.  The books will be provided and you are welcome to bring a few items you would like to include in your journal.

Session 4

Sunday, September 9, 2018 (1:30-2:30)

Fall ThemedMixed Media Acrylic

Artist: Gretchen Kluz

Using Autumn themes as inspiration, students will create a canvas using acrylics and decorative papers for accent.


Diana Budde

MFA in Painting, University of Cincinnati, has taught painting since 1999 at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County, has an undergraduate degree in Art Education and was awarded the Lucia Mysch Award overall studios in painting at Ball State University when an undergraduate.  Awarded Best Graduate Student Teacher at the University of Cincinnati.  Has taught every level including higher education at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and K-12 and community art education classes in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  Has exhibited in National Juried shows across the United States.


Krista Botsford

A retired physician's assistant, Krista balanced her medical life by cultivating her many artistic interests. Her weavings and pottery work have been on display in boutiques in the Wausau area. She has her own artist studio, a log cabin dismantled and reassembled on her property, where painting and now textile printing are her latest artistic adventures. Since retirement, Krista journeys with her husband to Mexico a few months out of the year where she takes advantage of learning from the local artisans. Krista was tie-dyeing and batiking before they became popular in the 60's. She loves applying tools, designs, and techniques that crossover for use in many materials.


Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson was an art educator with the Wausau School District for 35 years. She is a volunteer at the Woodson Art Museum and has worked with the Center for the Visual Arts as a board member, committee member, and volunteer. Her work has been featured in juried, invitational, and solo shows. Mary's art is a reflection of her experiences as her roles and emotions continue to change throughout life.  She enjoys using varying media and styles.


Gretchen Kluz

Gretchen Kluz owns the Clay House Art Studio in Weston and loves teaching people all types of art classes. A Wausau native, Gretchen has been an artist her entire life, spending much of it in the area of Graphic Design, and now focusing on her business in Weston. Gretchen has experience in all types of mixed media. There is no art project she will not attempt to try. Her greatest joy to see how happy and surprised her customers are when they realize that they have an artistic side. Gretchen is married, has three grown daughters and two grandsons.