It's Summertime at UW-BC - Art & Nature Classes Offered

By Barb Lang

Now that it’s summertime, art and nature classes abound at UW-Barron County. 

Plants and Paddling will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.  Explorers will experience the plentiful plant life of the glacial Ice Age Trail lakes of NW Wisconsin.  Participants should bring a camera, sketchbook, plant journal and will learn about medicinal and cultural aspects of wild, wetland plants while paddling shoreline edges.  This is the original kayak ecotour in the Upper Midwest with guide and Master Herbalist Gigi Stafne. Registration fee is $59.

Tales from the Medicine Trail will meet on Sunday, June 1 from 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. in room 227 Ritzinger Hall.  Participants will meander along a beautiful trail in NW Wisconsin and listen to stories about the diverse plants of this exceptional ecosystem.  Hiking and stories will span from medicine and magical to Nordic and Native uses.  Registration fee is $29.

Three Ways of Seeing-Engaging Nature through Biology, Creative Writing, and Visual Art is a four session course that will meet in room 227 Ritzinger Hall on May 31, June 7 and 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and the evening of June 17.  Introduction to Abstract Painting is a four session class that will meet June 3, 5, 10 and 12 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts art room.

Three Ways of Seeing is a unique course that will allow participants, from 8th graders to adults, to take an in-depth look at a variety of natural environments and species then transforming these scientific observations into creative writings and drawings.  The first third of each class will be the ecosystem exploration portion led by biology professor Tracy White.  The second third will be led by creative writing professor Joel Friederich who will help participants in writing short prose or poetry based on the nature observations.  Art professor Ginnie Baer will then help students portray their observations of nature through drawings and sketches.  Course registration fee is $49.

Introduction to Abstract Painting will introduce students to various ideas and techniques associated with abstract painting.  Students may pull inspiration from personal experience, nature and the visible world, dreams, and the history of abstract painting.  Basics of design will be utilized to create expressive and successful compositions.  No previous art experience is needed.  Course instructor is UW-BC art professor Ginnie Baer.  A list of art supplies needed for the course will be provided upon enrollment.  Course registration fee is $49.

Participants can register and pay online by going to and clicking on ‘Community Outreach;’ or by calling Samantha Heathman at 715-234-8176 ext. 5403; or emailing to


Samantha Heathman