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Michael Gaffney

Michael Gaffney; Illustration by David Wilson

Flower Design

Michael Gaffney

Milwaukee native Michael Gaffney runs the American School of Flower Design, with locations across the world, the newest one in Paris. But the famous floral design master still finds time to teach in Downtown Milwaukee, where he uses engineering and design techniques to help his students build perfect bouquets.

Class: Intro to Flower Design – Flower School 101
Cost: $495 for a three-day course

Judy Bridges

Judy Bridges; Illustration by David Wilson

Creative Writing

Judy Bridges

Judy Bridges literally wrote the no-nonsense guide to creative writing – Shut Up & Write! – and is here to help you do just that in her monthly master classes. Usually attracting a capped group of nine people, these sessions are held in Bridges’ Bay View abode and help with projects from poems to novels.

Class: Writing Master Class – Redbird Studio
Dates/times: Second Sunday every month
Cost: $90 for three classes

Jack Beyler

Jack Beyler; Illustration by David Wilson


Jack Beyler

Local master guitarist Jack Beyler – part of the local rock band Rocket Paloma, among others – has moved away from the bright lights to teach basic guitar practices to the public. You’ll learn plucking exercises, practice habits and various performance techniques that can get you on your way to Summerfest stages, just like Jack. 

Class: Guitar Master Class – Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Dates/times: Saturday, January 13th, at 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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