This seminar is for novice through experienced artists. Drawing skills are useful but not required. Participants will be a part of a creative community that invites them to experiment with a wide-range of traditional and non-traditional watercolor techniques and learn to create strong individualized artistic statements. Participants from previous summers are welcome to repeat this class and are welcome to focus on independent projects or work with the instructor to figure out next steps. A list of suggested materials to bring to this seminar will be sent to participants at a later date and can also be found on Björklunden’s website.

There is a $35 materials fee for this course added upon registration.

Helen Klebesadel was a tenured member of the Lawrence University faculty, teaching studio art and gender studies from 1990 to 2000. She has continued to offer her summer Björklunden watercolor seminars annually since that time. Helen served as director of the University of Wisconsin System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium (2000–2018) and as director of the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (2013–2017). She is known as an engaging teacher and for her evocative and highly detailed narrative watercolors. Klebesadel maintains an art studio in Madison, Wis. and exhibits her paintings nationally and internationally. She has been invited to teach watercolor and creativity workshops from Texas to Alaska. Klebesadel is proud to be a past member of the Wisconsin Arts Board and a past-president of the national Women’s Caucus for Art. Learn more about her artwork and exhibition schedule at


Sunday, August 14, 2022 to Saturday, August 20, 2022