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Vacations for the brain

Go to a summer school, and you'll come home with a skill.

A mosaic class in Mineral Point.

© Beth Gauper

A student at the annual Mosaic Madness workshop in Mineral Point works on a birdhouse.

The ground is still frozen, but it's time to think about summer if you'd like to come away from vacation with more than a sunburn.

Yes, there's summer school for adults, and now is time to sign up. 

In Door County, The Clearing Folk School is taking registrations for summer and fall. Classes in watercolor, quilting and wood-carving fill up fastest. 

On Minnesota's North Shore, registration for summer classes at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais started this month. Bread-baking and boat-building classes are especially popular.

North House has inspired another outdoorsy town in Minnesota; in canoe country, the Ely Folk School hopes to begin classes in June.

These are just a few of the many arts and folk schools around the region (pictured, a  mosaic class at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wis.). All are in places you'd want to visit anyway, and in your time off from class, you can do some sightseeing.

For more, see Schools of know-how.

Last updated on March 12, 2015