Have you ever wished you could capture the beauty of nature in a drawing? This online class offers you a chance to learn!
Turning a single line into something beautiful is easier than you think! Whether you are interested in creating beautiful nature drawings, whimsical doodles, or sketches for plant identification this class offers tools to get you there. Learn the basics of line, shape, pattern, design and layout to construct a drawing in your own personal style.
The line drawings you create can be just the beginning of a endless creative process. Add color, shading, collage, or printing to make a simple drawing into a captivating new image. Keep an eye out for future classes on these skills!
Class instructor, Anna Geyer, was raised on a farm in a home full of art. For this class she combines her passion for nature and her love of drawing. She is also the founder of Land Alliance Folk School.
How do you process life’s beauty & struggle? Join us for an online poetry writing class with nationally acclaimed poet Mary Swander.
In this workshop, Mary Swander will explore two core components of poetry: imagery and metaphor. We’ll ask: How do these figures of speech engage the reader from the beginning, hold her attention throughout, and transform the meaning of the poem? We’ll write short individual poems in class to practice precision and control. Come prepared to be inspired to have better control in your poetry and at the same time, enjoy the fun of projecting your imagination onto the page.
Sponsored by AgArts and Land Alliance Folk School. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS
Swander Woman Productions
August 2019 – July 2020 touring schedule. No touring currently due to safety guidelines related to covid 19. For a presentation for your virtual event, contact touringSWP@gmail.com.
- Thurs, August 22 at 7:00pm: Okoboji, Iowa. Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US-71, Okoboji IA. FREE. Lindsay Bauer, actor. Talkback/ panel discussion with Jorgen Rose of Practical Farmers of Iowa; Gary Wright, Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension/ Outreach; and Tom Thaden of the Iowa Farm Business Association. Sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Northwest Bank, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Friends of Lakeside Lab, Northwest Wealth Management, ISU Extension and Pearson Lakes Art Center. More more info, call 712.337.3669, Ext 7.
- Fri, August 23 at 9:00am: Rochester, Minnesota. Gondo Building, Geffen Auditorium, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN. FREE. Erika Kuhn, actor, and Mary Swander, playwright.
- Sun, August 25 from noon to 4:00pm: Ames, Iowa. AgArts Field Day with Dean and Denise Biechler, Loya’s Little House B & B, 56676 160th Street, Ames IA. FREE. Stories, food, art, beautiful location. Erika Kuhn, actor; Tina Bakehouse, Dean Biechler, Joe Lynch and Mary Swander, storytellers. Sponsored by Greater Iowa Credit Union, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Key Cooperative, Brekke’s Town and Country, Wild Birds Unlimited, Joe and Molly McGovern, Loya’s Little House Bed and Breakfast, DonnaLonna Kitchen Radio and KHOI Radio. Click here for more information. Or call 515.733.4701.
- Sun, September 22 from 2:00 to 4:00pm: Sharon Center, Iowa. Sharon Center’s historic Fellowship Lodge, 2765 500th Street SW, Iowa City IA. Lindsay Bauer, actor; Mary Swander, playwright. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations appreciated.
- Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm: Paonia, Colorado. North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, Paradise Theatre, 215 Grand Ave, Paonia CO. Erika Kuhn, actor, and Janine Calsbeek, talkback. Tickets: $10, general admission. Order tickets here. Sponsored by North Fork Valley Creative Coalition and Orton Family Foundation.
- Friday, January 24 at 7:30pm: Fargo, North Dakota. Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society Food & Farming Conference, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave South, Fargo, ND. Erika Kuhn, actor; Mary Swander, playwright. More information here.
- Sunday, February 9 at 2:00pm: Alma, Kansas. The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS. Lindsay Bauer, actor; Janine Calsbeek, talkback. Open to the public, donations appreciated. More information here.
- Thursday, February 13 at 8:30am: Manhattan, Kansas. Women Managing the Farm Conference, Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, Manhattan, KS. Lindsay Bauer, actor. Also: workshop on the story behind the play and discussion of farmland transition. More information here.
- POSTPONED: Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm: Brush, Colorado. Brush High School Auditorium, 400 West Street, Brush CO. Lindsay Bauer, actor. FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by Morgan Community College and Brush Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from Downtown Colorado, Inc. POSTPONED.
- POSTPONED: Thursday, June 4: Springdale, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. The Jones Center, Springdale AR. Erika Kuhn, actor. Mary Swander, playwright.
- Sun, September 22 from 2:00 to 4:00pm: Sharon Center, Iowa. Sharon Center’s historic Fellowship Lodge, 2765 500th Street SW, Iowa City IA. Lindsay Bauer and Jordan Dornbierer, actors; Mary Swander, playwright. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations appreciated.
- Sun, August 25 from noon to 4:00pm: Ames, Iowa. AgArts Field Day with Dean and Denise Biechler, Loya’s Little House B & B, 56676 160th Street, Ames IA. FREE. Stories, food, art, beautiful location. Erika Kuhn, actor; Tina Bakehouse, Dean Biechler, Joe Lynch and Mary Swander, storytellers. Sponsored by Greater Iowa Credit Union, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Key Cooperative, Brekke’s Town and Country, Wild Birds Unlimited, Joe and Molly McGovern, Loya’s Little House Bed and Breakfast, DonnaLonna Kitchen Radio and KHOI Radio.
Click here for more information. Or call 515.733.4701.
- Thurs, September 5 from 1:00 to 7:30pm: Storm Lake, Iowa. Homegrown: Local Responses to Food Insecurity, Chautauqua Park, Storm Lake, IA. Tina Bakehouse, storytelling coach, and Mary Swander, talkback. Garden tours at 1pm, Taste of Storm Lake at 5pm, then at 5:30pm, music by Ann Zimmerman and stories told by immigrant residents from Storm Lake. To register for full day of events, call Stacie at 712.732.5056. For more info, click here.
- Sun, November 10 at 2:00pm: Maquoketa, Iowa. A Harvest of Memories and Hope. Maquoketa Art Experience, 124 South Main, Maquoketa IA. Open to the public. Suggested donation $5. Rip Russell, storytelling coach, and Mary Swander, talkback. Storytellers include Heather Moore, Lori Schnoor, Skott Gent, Cale Gent, Roger Stewart and Steven Tubbs. Plus food from local vendors and music by the Black Velvet Band. For more info, click here.
Wed, January 29 at 12:30pm: Muscatine, Iowa. FuFu and Other International Culinary Delights: Weird foods I’ve eaten. Theatre in Strahan Hall, Muscatine Community College, 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine, IA. Free and open to the public. Mary Swander, storytelling coach. Storytellers are MCC international students with roots in China, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, Sicily, Côte d’Ivoire, Ukraine, Brazil, Togo, Cameroon and the Netherlands. They’ve eaten rattlesnake and earthworms… and armadillos! Plus international music.
- Sat, February 22 from 2:00 to 4:00pm: Grinnell, Iowa. Food and farming stories from around the world, Grinnell College, Humanities and Social Studies Complex, N1164, Grinnell, IA. The public is invited for stories, music and international food. Sponsor: Center for Prairie Studies. Mary Swander, emcee; storytellers from Storm Lake and Muscatine communities. For more information, contact Prof. Jonathan Andelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Center for Prairie Studies.