Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

Bay View Resident to teach at Irish Fest Summer School

July 21, 2009

Anyone who can hold a pen can learn to do Celtic calligraphy, according to Linda Lubner of Bay View. Lubner will be teaching this beautiful form of writing Tuesday, Aug. 11, through Thursday, Aug. 13, during the Irish Fest Summer School held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1025 N. Broadway. The school begins on Monday evening, Aug. 10, and ends with a sampler of adult and children’s classes on Friday morning, Aug. 14. Now in its 23rd year, the summer school classes complement the 29th annual Irish Fest, which takes place Aug. 13-16 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The fest is the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture.

 

Lubner, who holds a BA degree in arts education and is also a watercolor artist, has taught calligraphy and art throughout the Milwaukee area for the past 21 years and has presented the popular calligraphy class at the summer school many times. Lubner explained that the Celtic style, with its wide and distinctive letters, originated with monks in the 5th -7th centuries in order that the Gospels of the New Testament would be readable in dimly lit churches. She will talk about this history as well as present examples of illuminated letters in documents such as the Book of Kells. In hands-on teaching, students will learn how to hold the pen, use the line sheet and do basic letters with a flat-tipped felt pen. She will also teach page layout. Lubner will provide all materials for a small fee.

 

The summer school has developed a nationwide reputation for presenting classes by world-renowned musicians, dancers, artists, writers and lecturers. “Participants have a rare opportunity to learn from experts from all over,” said Jane Walrath, coordinator of the summer school. “Whether students are new learners or advanced, they will gain an appreciation of Irish and Irish-American culture and have fun doing it.” Walrath noted that families can enjoy the school together, as children starting at age 11 may take adult classes with permission of the instructor and the beginning fiddle class is open to students as young as 6.

 

In response to requests for a longer class time, both day and evening classes as well as one-day lectures and craft workshops will be two hours long. One-day, two-hour master music workshops will also be held, including a percussion class taught by Ryan Lacey, drummer with one of Irish Fest audiences’ favorite bands, Gaelic Storm. Lacey will also teach a percussion workshop open to all levels.

 

One of many highlights this year is “Peace and the Artist’s Influence” taught by Tommy Sands from Northern Ireland. Sands has achieved almost legendary status both as a singer-songwriter and ambassador for peace. The very popular Irish language classes will again be taught by Ray MacManais, speechwriter and Irish language advisor to Ireland’s president, Mary McAleese.

 

Dance and music classes have been a mainstay of the summer school since its inception. A wide assortment of classes in Irish social, set and sean nos dance as well as beginning, intermediate and advanced music classes on bodhran, fiddle, flute, guitar and tin whistle are offered.

 

Nightly sessions at a local Irish pub are another highlight of the week. Music students have the opportunity to sit in with a “ who’s who” of the musicians teaching at the school and everyone is welcome to enjoy the music, songs and poetry. On Wednesday, Aug. 12, a whiskey tasting class sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey will be conducted at the session pub.

 

The complete class schedule, registration, costs, and other information is available online at www.irishfest.com or by calling (262) 227-6538.

 

 

 

 

Community Watch

» Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country 5/27

» Festival Foods proposal advances in Hales Corners with panel's support Updated:  5/26

» Warrior Dash obstacle course coming to The Rock Aug. 13 5/26

» 2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek 5/25

» Classes resume at Franklin High School following evacuation Updated:  5/25

» Franklin High School wins awards for "Fiddler on the Roof" 5/25

» View some Art in the Park in Oak Creek May 28 5/25

» Boerner Botanical Gardens hosting Herb Fair May 28 5/24

» Greendale's Canterbury Elementary enters recycling contest to win new playground 5/24

» Oak Creek boys track team stays on task, win sixth SEC outdoor title 5/24

» Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes Updated:  5/24

» Franklin boys tennis team dominates SEC tourney 5/24

» Big bats land Oak Creek softball team SEC title 5/24

» Steady Franklin golfers claim Southeast Conference title 5/23

» Grease fire damages oven at Franklin bakery 5/20

» Five places to go to let your dog off the leash this summer 5/19

» Reptile Day returns June 12 at Wehr Nature Center 5/19

» Oak Creek stuns Whitnall, 12-2, in battle of softball powers 5/19

» Crash closes portion of Highway 100 in Hales Corners May 18 5/18

» Oak Creek approves $13 million financing help for Ikea store 5/18

» Franklin girls soccer team finishes second at Kiel tournament 5/17

» Why did IKEA choose Oak Creek? Location 5/17

» Oak Creek to honor veterans May 30 5/17

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause Updated:  5/17

» Oak Creek's Marwin Evans signs with Green Bay Packers 5/14

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT