Post Farm Print Retreats

Post Farm Printshop Artists’ Retreats
Printmaking Classes with instructors Liz Born and Gabe Hoare
SUMMER 2019:
Etching, June 20-23

Learn printmaking over a long weekend at the Post Farm Printshop! Housed in the barn of an idyllic farm near Albany Wisconsin, two hours northwest of Chicago. Accommodations, meals, and materials included.

These courses are intended for artists of all ages (15+) and skill levels. We’ll cover the basics as well as advanced techniques in morning demos, and then meet with artists individually in the afternoon, so you’ll receive instruction and feedback to meet your individual goals. Class size is VERY small. This is a great way to launch your printmaking practice, or to re-equip yourself with new tools.  We’ll draw inspiration (and source material) from the beautiful Wisconsin prairie that surrounds us. 

All meals and materials will be provided. Each evening after dinner there will be open studio time with an instructor present, so artists can work on their projects into the night.

Traditional copper etching topics include: line etching, soft ground, aquatint, and sugar-lift techniques. This versatile process is great not only for capturing delicate linework, but also for producing rich, painterly tones. Gabe will also cover plexi drypoint, and combining etching/drypoint with a monotype color plate. 

Schedule of events:
7-10pm Optional (but encouraged!) meet & greet BBQ*

9:30am-12:30pm workshops
12:30pm Lunch
2pm-6pm workshops
6pm dinner
7pm-10pm open studio

9:30am-12:30pm workshops
after lunch: open studio

8am Closing breakfast
Optional: Open studio time 9am-6pm

*if it’s easier for you to drive up late Thursday or early on Friday that’s fine—just notify us so we know when to expect you!

What is included?
-Printmaking course
-All materials and tools

Cost and payment information
$300 base price (for campers) includes all materials and meals.
-additional $50/night for a private room in the farmhouse. 

*50% non-refundable deposit holds a place in the program; balance due upon arrival at the Post Farm. Reserve your spot!

What should participants bring?
-ideas and sketches; photograph references
-any cloth or fancy paper to print on (we will provide white paper)
-carving tools (relief) or paintbrushes (monotype) if you have them.
The world is your oyster as far as camping spots! Choose a secluded glade, or a convenient patch of grass near the farmhouse. There is a lovely outdoor shower, and we will light a nightly campfire near the farmhouse. Bring your camping gear–tent, sleeping bag, foam pad, etc. It’s not terribly rustic–think “car camping.”
Are there meal options for Vegetarians/Vegans?
Absolutely. Home-cooked meals will sustain your printing efforts! Artists are also welcome, but not required, to bring additional snacks.
What if it rains?
We will proceed, rain or shine. The printshop is housed in the barn, which stays warm and dry.
Directions to The Post Farm: N 7098 County Hwy E
Farm Phone: 608-862-3456
From Chicago:
Take Rte 90 West out of the city towards Rockford
Stay on 90 till Janesville
Take Rte 11 West at Janesville to Rte B at Footville 12-13 miles including a sharp left turn at a T-junction (?)
Take Rte B through Footville and on till a T junction with Route 104 (8-9 miles?)
Right onto Rte 104 and go 2 miles (?)
Left onto Rte 59 go about 3 miles
Right onto Rte E go about 3 miles
We are on the right hand side N7098.
There is a ranch style arch marked “Post Farm”

About the Post Farm
notes from Marina Post

The Post Farm lies in the hilly terrain of southcentral Wisconsin (130 miles NW of near north Chicago) in Albany Township.  Theproperty is approximately 25 miles south of Madison and 25 miles west of Janesville. Featuring a 1/2 mile driveway, when you arrive at the farm you will truly feel apart from the world. There are cell towers relatively close, so although we don’t have wifi, you can get cell service. 

Originally the property was part of a much larger farm belonging to two Welshmen, the Trow brothers, who settled in the 1840s. The building of the structures on the Post Farm began in 1915.  The brick house was built in the 1920s.  Tribute to the Trow inventiveness, a church was being demolished at the time they built the house and much of the lumber and trim came from that church.  It is said that during the Prohibition the house was a speakeasy featuring female company.

The property was divided and sold in the mid to late 1990s.  Our parcel—62 acres—was the last to sell.  We bought it “lock, stock, and barrel”—plates, sheets, everything, even a tractor!  We have restored 18.5 acres of this land to its original state of at least 5 prairie grasses and 40 wildflower species. There aremany walking trails spanning the farm and adjoining protected state owned land.

There are abundant birds of all sizes.  Chicakadees, Cardinals, Juncos, Finches (various), Tufted Titmice, Woodpeckers (various), Rose Breasted Grosbeaks and Bluejays visit the feeders.  Some birds are seasonal visitors.  Robins and Flickers peck at the lawn.  Bluebirds dart for bugs.  If one is lucky, one may see a Hummingbird.  In the spring you will hear and sometimes see Sand Hill Cranes.  We have been visited by Wild Turkeys.  Walking the land you may encounter Red Tailed Hawks, Pheasants, and Great Horned Owls.

The brick farm house can accommodate 12 people in bedrooms and another 8 or so in the attic “dormitory.” There are 2 full bathrooms and an outdoor shower for the adventurous in warmer months. The land has many good camping spots both close and far from the house.  

If you’d like more information about this program, don’t hesitate to call Liz at 773.896.4326 or email

You can also reserve your spot online  HERE

We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

Liz, Gabe, and Marina