2019 Alcona Arts Retreat

September 5 - 8, 2019
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

The Alcona Arts Retreat opens each year with a party so that students can meet each other and their instructors, and catch up with friends from earlier years.
Instructor Laura Whitesides Host led a class in experimental watercolor last year.
In 2018 Colleen Wilson, left, taught how to make silver jewelry by carving, molding and otherwise manipulating metal clay that fires overnight in a kiln.
Joan Schwartz (not shown) led a 2018 class in mosaics in which each student created an individual plaque.
Student Carol Preuss shows her partially completed still life from Helen Kleczynski's 2018 pastels class.
Richard Jordan's all-media plein air class painted Beaver Lake, on the Lost Lake Woods Club property.
The 2018 retreat concluded with another party, this time a cookout by the lake down the hill from the lodge where lessons are held.

7 p.m. Thursday: Wine and hors d'oeuvres party
9 a.m.- noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Classes meet
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: Classes meet
1:15 p.m. Sunday: Farewell cookout by the lake


Four prominent Michigan artists and teachers will lead students in three-day art workshops held simultaneously in beautiful Alcona County in northeast Michigan. This retreat offers not only the teacher’s instruction, but also a chance to make new creative friends among the participants and the opportunity to celebrate the end of summer with a nearby mini-vacation.

The setting is pure Up North: a lakeside lodge with views of the forest, deer and other wildlife wandering by, a quiet and calm atmosphere perfect for creative work.

Each of the workshops you may choose among runs for five sessions, two 3-hour sessions on both Friday and Saturday, and a final 4-hour session on Sunday morning. Other events during the weekend include the opening wine, beer and hors d’ oeuvres party on Thursday night, and a farewell lakeside cookout on Sunday afternoon before it’s time to head home and into autumn.

In 2019, Ted Fines will teach digital landscape photography, Autumn Bildson will teach easy sculpture, Cindy Evans will teach experimental watercolor and Richard Jordan will teach parking lot plein air painting (no tramping through wilderness).

Click the buttons below to learn about each individual workshop, as well as to find out more about the venue, the price and how to enroll in one of the workshops, and how to get to the venue.

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