Nancy Akerly

Marbling Outside the Box

June 18-23, 2017 (Four Teaching Days)

Marbling today, while based on an art dating back to the 12 century, is alive with vivid color, texture, and movement. Come learn how to set up a marbling studio, use alum, a carrageenan bath, Ox Gall, Combs and Rakes and acrylic paints to create the intricate, traditional marbling patterns like Italian Vein, The Peacock, Spanish Wave, and Birdwing, as well as more modern and inventive patterns such as Fantasy Marbling, giving you a chance to play with texture, rich color and design. While beginning marblers can create breathtaking papers, experienced marblers can experiment and tweak their work to create their own signature styles. We will spend the first two days marbling papers of all kinds, colors, and textures, then spend the next two days exploring several ways to use these marvelous papers, including creating and embellishing boxes with your marbled papers and other handmade papers from Japan, Thailand, and Nepal, as well as inventive collage and bookbinding. The sky is the limit!

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Instructor Nancy Akerly is an experienced and innovative teacher, a former public school instructor from Sister Bay, Wisconsin, and a life long student of Paper Arts.  Paper Arts were a part of every classroom during her teaching career, using origami to teach creativity and math skills, bookbinding to enrich Social Studies, English and Language Arts classes, and, as a Gifted and Talented coordinator for many years she taught creativity, thinking skills, logic, and problem solving using multiple intelligences with her students. She has a Bachelors Degree from Carroll College, and a Masters Degree from Viterbo University. She began her business, Liberty Grove Paper Arts, about ten years ago, teaching classes at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, Peninsula Art School, Sievers School of Fiber Arts, and the Miller Art Museum, as well as numerous private classes and workshops throughout the Midwest, Taiwan, and Germany. For the past year she has taught Home Studio classes in Sister Bay as well.  Her work has been shown by many galleries, including the Miller Art Museum, The Link Gallery at Gibraltar, The Meadows Gallery, and The Hardy Gallery, as well as being available at The Clearing Book Store. In her classes she emphasizes the importance of play for adults as well as children, because “if we are not having fun, we are doing it wrong!” Paper Arts can unlock the creativity and beauty inside every person. whether beginner or experienced artist: all levels of skill are welcome!

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $325
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $335
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $370
Plus $65 Material Fee - payable to Nancy.
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 6/18
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6/19-6/22
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 6/22
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/23
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.