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Green creativity workshop open to all

Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Education Association and The Phipps, this workshop is for teachers, studio artists and others who want to stretch their ability to generate ideas, imagine solutions and collaborate on problem-solving.

Included are presentations, discussions and hands-on projects with area artists. Participants will leave the workshop with a list of resources and other practical tools to use in the classroom, home school, day care, senior housing facility, library, workplace or any other community setting.

The workshop will open at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Lynn M. Jermal, professor of art education at UW-River Falls, on the creative process and the state's recent Creativity Task Force guidelines. This will be followed by a presentation on scientific metaphors for art-making by Bonnie Ploger, associate professor of biology from Hamline University.

Group discussion facilitated by Jermal will complete the morning. After lunch, participants can select from a number of hands-on workshops by local artists who participated in a series of Phipps seminars on the arts and sustainability and whose work will be on view in the galleries.

Afternoon workshop leaders include Amy Klein (St. Croix Falls) on creative thinking and environmental consciousness for young readers, Vera Ming Wong (River Falls) on observation and interpretation in drawing: connections between art and science, and Barbara Riegel Bend (New Richmond) on fiber sculptures.

The workshop fee is $45, which includes coffee and pastries in the morning, a box lunch and a resource packet. The workshop is free to members of WAEA by contacting Jermal at Visit The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson WI 54016, call (715) 386-2305 to register with Visa or MasterCard, or go to; a $3 processing fee will be charged for all mail, phone and online registrations.