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Alcona Arts Retreat classes are held in northeast Michigan

Inspiration Alcona is always interested in qualified art teachers of adults for several years into the future. The most likely event we might hire you for would be our annual Alcona Arts Retreat, held the Thursday through Sunday after Labor Day. You may apply at any time. Arrangements to teach are usually made more than a year in advance.

We look especially for established artists who sell their work regularly, love teaching and have significant experience with adults of all skill levels. We are interested in any art form for which a great lesson can fit into our three-day format.

Previously we have held classes in, for example, plein air painting, basic watercolor, acrylics, experimental watercolor, art journaling, portraits, quilting, photography, jewelry-making, and printmaking. We'd love to offer something new, but we also know that many students want to learn about the standards. Proposals for either type of class are welcome.

In most cases, our classes are limited to 12 students. The weekend begins with a mixer at which you would meet your students and give any preliminary instructions. Classes are nominally 9-noon and 1:30-4:30 both Friday and Saturday, plus a 9-1 session on Sunday. Teachers may adjust the hours as appropriate.

We are currently paying $1,000 for a class of eight students or more (we fill almost all classes) plus a private room at the Lost Lake Woods Club lodge and all meals during the weekend. The lodge, part of a private gated community, is a full-service hotel and restaurant overlooking a small lake at the edge of more than 10,000 acres of forest. Our students come mostly from Michigan, with a few from other states and Canada. Most students are at intermediate levels of experience.

The class site is just north of the village of Lincoln in the middle of Alcona County, which is just south of Alpena. It's about four hours drive from the Detroit area, two hours from Bay City and two hours south of the Mackinac Bridge. We have three classroom spaces inside the lodge, a large pavilion next to the lodge that is suitable for plein air work on a drizzly day, and one or two other classrooms about 20 minutes from the lodge itself.

Initial application is easy. Just send your name and contact information, a summary of your teaching experience, several images of your artistic work (a reference to a website is fine) and a few lines about the class you'd like to lead. Use email or snail mail, as you like. We'll acknowledge your application quickly, but we may take a few weeks to fully evaluate your and other proposals.

Email: info@InspirationAlcona.org
Snail Mail: Inspiration Alcona, PO Box 506, Lincoln, MI 48742
Questions? Use email as above or call 989-736-3000.
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