Miniature Painting Workshop at The Woodson Museum!

Standing in front of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum

We left our home in the Smokies early Friday morning, headed for Wausau, WI, and were surprised to see blowing snow through windows at the Minneapolis airport while catching a connecting flight! I was even more surprised when I realized we could see our breath inside the airport while waiting to board the plane! Thankfully it was a bit warmer in Wausau, where we’re spending this next week at the beautiful Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, as artists in residence, while teaching, demonstrating and lecturing about miniature art.

Wes talking about miniature painting

Arriving at the museum, we were immediately met by several familiar friendly faces, and upon getting settled into our new home away from home at the museum guesthouse, we returned to the museum to get things set up and ready for the upcoming week. That evening we joined Catie from the museum, and her friend Dave for a delicious dinner at Red Eye, while enjoying great conversation about hiking, archeology and other delightfully interesting topics! Saturday morning 16 excited students joined us in the classroom, and after Wes talked about the unique charm of miniatures and answer general questions about our materials and working methods, they enjoyed their first attempt at painting a miniature tree.

Wes demonstrates during the workshop on Saturday
Me demonstrating painting zebra whiskers

Everyone did a good job, and the room was filled with informative talks, conversation and much laughter, as they all watched Wes and me demonstrating different painting techniques, while also continuing to paint on their own little gems. That evening Wes and I went for an invigorating walk to Angelos, located several blocks away, where we enjoyed a delicious pizza for supper! Walking the tree lined streets back at dusk, we were afforded glimpses into the gorgeous historic Victorian homes along the way, creating a most picturesque setting.

Wes lectures on the history of miniature art

Today brings the last two hours of the adult workshop, with Wes giving an informative lecture on the history of miniatures. The following two hours, I’ll be demonstrating miniature painting in the Birds in Art Gallery, sitting near my “Usual Suspects” painting which is part of the exhibition. This evening we’re excited to be joining friends Don and Linda for dinner, and anticipate a wonderful, fun time!  Join me next week for more about our exciting week here at The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum!
Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

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6 thoughts on “Miniature Painting Workshop at The Woodson Museum!

  1. Donald Weiser

    Welcome home! Nice – spreading the “gospel” about miniature art! D

    On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 5:20 PM, Under the Magnifying Glass wrote:

    > Wes and Rachelle Siegrist posted: “We left our home in the Smokies early > Friday morning, headed for Wausau, WI, and were surprised to see blowing > snow through windows at the Minneapolis airport while catching a connecting > flight! I was even more surprised when I realized we could see our ” >

  2. Hi Rachelle
    I think – with Claire’s help of course – I’m through to you without a password. Anyway just to say your blog was really good. I’m in hospital right now with a new hip – very painful. – but I hope next time we go to Honeymoon Island I can walk everywhere
    Bill x

    1. Hi Bill,
      I’m glad Claire helped you out, and that you enjoyed the blog!
      I’m so sorry that you’re experiencing pain, and hope you recover quickly and start feeling better soon!!
      Yes, we would love to enjoy another walk around Honeymoon Island with you both sometime!
      Love and hugs 😊
      Rachelle

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