Sharon Reilly

Becoming Bamboo The Japanese Philosophy to Live a Creative and Healthy Life

September 6-11, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)

Becoming Bamboo is a philosophy which embraces resiliency, flexibility and humility, all intrinsic qualities of the bamboo. In this workshop, participants will experience Art as a Creative and Meditative Process, exemplifying and emphasizing the virtues of Bamboo.

This is a spontaneous painting workshop. Participants will develop a deeper connection with nature and will explore how practicing specific Asian Watercolor Painting techniques will encourage self-expression, reduce stress, and enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat Center is conveniently located in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, making it an ideal place to relax, reenergize, destress, and create.

This a new variation on the workshop Sharon has be teaching for 6 years. It will be an immersive experience in Art and Nature. The inspiration for this workshop is from Sharon’s Japanese Sumi-e sensei, Koho Yamato who was first introduced to sumi-e while she was a child in a Japanese Internment camp. Through the discipline of sumi-e and being immersed in the philosophy of Becoming Bamboo, Koho survived this traumatic experience and grew into a world-renown artist and teacher.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges requiring reflection and changes on how we live, work, teach and create. This new workshop is designed to help participants recharge, heal, and discover new creative energy through Asian Watercolor painting exercises. Sharon will guide participants to help them build their resiliency and flexibility, and ultimately opening their hearts to allow in new healing and creative energy.

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Growing up in southeast Louisiana, Sharon has been inspired by nature since her childhood. This close connection inspired her to pursue a career as a Conservation Biologist. She worked professionally over 30 years spending much of her time immersed in Nature, creating a close connection with the creative and healing power of forests and other natural places. In addition, Sharon has 28 years of experience studying and painting Asian watercolor, teaching nature sketching and workshops on natural history. She started study Japanese Sumi-e in New York City, under Sensei Koho Yamamoto, and then continued pursuing Asian Watercolor studying at the Honolulu Art Academy Linekona School for the Arts. She has exhibited works and held Art workshops in Honolulu, Hawaii, Baraboo, Wisconsin, Prairie du Sac, WI, Minocqua, Wisconsin, Onamia, Minnesota. She is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America and has taught Asian Watercolor painting to both adults and children. She is currently a part-time instructor at Nicolet College and teaches workshops on Asian Watercolor, Bird Sketching, Digiscope Photography, and Natural History topics.

This is a Studio Only Workshop - but students are encouraged to work outside if they want and if the weather permits.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $490
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $545
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $630
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $770

Workshop fees above include a $30 material fee to be collected by Sharon during class.
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $450
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Monday, September 6 (Please note this week is different with a Monday arrval compared to our normal weeks)
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - September 7-10
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Friday, September 10
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Saturday, September 11
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Tuesday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Thursday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Thursday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Friday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.



2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...