Events Calendar

Saturday, October 19 2019

October 19, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Free to members and dogs, or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also welcome, and in the warmer months, we encourage picnicking.

October 19, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm


Fee: $85/ $75 members (all materials included)
Registration: Registration is closed. For info on future workshops, sign up for our e-list.

Gourds are believed to be the earliest plant cultivated by man and have been in use for thousands of years. Many cultures have used gourds for functional as well as decorative purposes. Gourds were used primarily as vessels for containing food and water, but have also been used as bowls, utensils, musical instruments, jewelry, toys, boats, rafts, hats, and body wear. In addition, gourds have been decorated with spiritual images and used in worship.

In this workshop, you will use a prepared hard-shelled gourd (when dried, these gourds take on the characteristics of wood and can last forever) to create your own work of gourd art by embellishing it with Danish cord and beads. Kate Shoemaker will take you through all the steps of the process and will provide the necessary tools and materials.

Please bring a bag lunch and beverages.

About Kate Shoemaker
After more than 30 years as an elementary teacher, Kate Shoemaker is now able to devote more time to creating gourd art. She continues to experiment with new forms, techniques, and finishes. For Shoemaker, the most exciting element of creating gourd art is the unique characteristics of each gourd: “I'm never quite sure what a piece will become, until it is complete. I love to use deep, rich colors to enhance the natural beauty of each gourd.”

October 19, 2019 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

In Collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center

Language as a Playground: A Workshop with Peter Markus, 10/19/19

Fee: $50/ $45 members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern. For special pricing for educators, click here.
Registration: Advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

In this three-hour workshop, writer and longtime arts educator Peter Markus will pull from twenty-five years of teaching creative writing in the public schools of Detroit to offer teachers and artist educators a variety of methods and model poems to bring back into their own classrooms. Markus believes there is a poet in every child and is coming to Milwaukee to share that belief. 

Join Peter Markus for a reading and Q&A on Sunday, October 20, from 2-3:30 pm at the Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, WI 53212. This reading is free and open to the public.

About Peter Markus
Peter Markus is the author of Inside My Pencil: Teaching Poetry in Detroit Public Schools, as well as six other books of fiction, among them The Fish and the Not Fish and We Make Mud, both from Dzanc Books. His fiction has appeared in such places as Chicago Review, Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, and BOMB, and his essays on teaching poetry to youth have appeared frequently in Teachers & Writers Magazine. He is the Senior Writer with InsideOut Literary Arts of Detroit and is a special lecturer in Creative Writing at Oakland University.

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