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D442W20 Beginning Botanicals [NEW!]
Mary Anne O’Malley
Skill level: B, AB

Interested in botanical art? Want to see if it is right for you? This workshop will introduce you to the world of creating accurate and artistically beautiful representations of plants. You will learn to observe and creatively transfer what you see to paper as you explore the values and texture of a botanical subject. Lots of samples, demos, and encouragement. Some drawing or watercolor experience recommended. A materials list is on the website. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/15/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

D472W20 Intro to Colored Pencils
Bonnie Lauber-Westover
Skill level: B, AB

Explore drawing techniques that lead to deep, luminous color! You'll spend the morning learning how to create brilliant effects with colored pencils. Then after lunch, you'll use these skills to create a still life with bold hues and a sense of atmosphere. Café is open for the hour break. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/17/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 74.00 ea.

D347L20 Preparing Your Art for Exhibition
Robert Bowman
Skill level: ALL

You've finished your masterpiece! What's next? Join Exhibits Director Bob Bowman to discuss showing your artwork and preparing your artwork for display. We'll discuss both the visual and functional aspects of framing and matting selection for 2-D work and base design for sculpture. We'll discuss the differences between a domestic presentation and a gallery or other public presentation of artwork. We'll also spend some time discussing the process of assembling a portfolio of your work and applying for exhibit or sale opportunities.

Enrollment limited to 25; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/18/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 23.00 ea.

E737W20 Origami Florals [NEW!]
Kathleen Sheridan
Skill level: ALL

Origami flowers are a pleasure to make and a joy to receive. Almost every flower in nature is possible to fold. We’ll begin with a basic posy and a tulip, move on to a lily and end with some intermediate-level roses. Students will leave with a long-lasting bouquet. Some folding experience helpful, but beginners are welcome.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/20/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 53.00 ea.

E735W20 Spring Hooked Mug Mat
Laurie Lausen
Skill level: ALL

Tulips, bumblebees, butterflies... In this workshop, you'll choose a favorite image and learn the basic techniques of rug hooking while creating a small mug mat. You'll enjoy this early method of making rugs by pulling loops of wool fabric through a linen backing. All materials included. Bring simple design ideas or choose a template. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/22/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 96.00 ea.

E463W20 Portrait Painting in Oils, An Introduction [NEW!]
Dan Petrov
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Portraits can be quite intimidating for those who have never painted a human form or aimed for the likeness of a sitter. In this workshop you will focus on portrait exercises and practical application rather than creating a portrait of a specific person. You will learn about facial anatomy, its effects on facial planes and how to create facial perspective through foreshortening of features. You'll learn practical techniques for creating a composition, mixing skin tones, hair color and creating a palette, softening edges and creating highlights and shadows. Lots of demonstration and time for painting practice. Some experience with oil painting is recommended. A materials list is on the website. Café is open on Friday. Bring lunch for the hour break on Saturday.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday and Saturday starting 4/24/2020 and ending 4/25/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.

E639W20 Capturing Captivating Landscapes [NEW!]
Donald Tredinnick
Skill level: ALL

Landscape photography may seem easy. Yet, when we try to capture a picturesque scene with our camera, we often come away disappointed with the results. You will learn why that amazing scene in front of you can be so hard to capture and techniques for showing depth and scale, working with light and shadow, adding context and some more advanced techniques such as long exposures and panorama. Bring a camera with spare batteries, set of lenses with varying focal lengths (wide-angle to short telephoto), wired or wireless remote shutter release, and a tripod. After the lecture, we will head over to the Wood-rill Scientific and Nature Center to put some of these techniques to use. The weather this time of year can vary greatly, so please be sure to dress accordingly. Bring snacks if you wish.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/25/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.

E483W20 Artistic Aviary: How to Paint Birds [NEW!]
Tracie Thompson
Skill level: ALL

Create realistic bird paintings with oils or acrylic paints. You'll learn basic bird anatomy from wing positions and bird feet to head tilts and beak placement. You'll learn how to model the form, depict the texture of feathers and create a background that puts the bird into its environment. Work from your own photos or instructor photos provided. A materials list is available on the website. Café open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 10; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 4/27/2020 and ending 5/4/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.

E725W20 Bead Embroidery: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird [NEW!]
Nancy Eha
Skill level: ALL

Capture the beauty of the ruby-throated hummingbird and make this beautiful four-inch bird with small glass beads. You will learn easy bead embroidery techniques for making imagery on fabric and be inspired to use your new skills to create other beaded motifs on future projects. No prior beading experience necessary. Bring a six-inch embroidery hoop, small sharp scissors, straight pins, needle and thread for basting, soft-lead colored pencils such as Crayola Twistables, and glasses if needed for handwork. Beading materials included.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/29/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 79.00 ea.

E429W20 Capturing Transparent Glass with Watercolor
Julie Allen
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Also known as the marble workshop, you'll learn simple techniques to capture the translucent and iridescent nature of glass with watercolor paints. You'll have fun adding bouncing, brilliant light and color into your paintings and discover the joy of painting transparent and luminous glass subjects. A materials list is on the website. Café open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 14; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/1/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

E479W20-A Watercolor Pet Portraits: Dogs [NEW!]
MarySue Krueger
Skill level: AB, I

Transparent watercolors are the perfect medium to capture the soft fur, expressive eyes, and spontaneous nature of dogs and cats. Through demos as well as time for painting with individual coaching, you will learn tricks for creating the texture of fur and capturing the sparkle of eyes. You'll get tips on how to bring out your furry family member's unique personality You'll learn how to mix the colors that create warm highlights and cool shadows which give animal portraits a realistic look. Bring photos of your favorite pet, or use instructor provided photos. Bring lunch for the half-hour break. A materials list is on the website.
[DOGS! - 5/2/20]
[CATS! - 5/9/20]

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/2/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

E912W20 Artist Studio Tour: Linda Christianson [NEW!]
Linda Christianson
Skill level: ALL

Linda Christianson has become a legend in the robust Minnesota pottery world. Her artworks have been displayed in exhibits both nationally and internationally. Her aesthetic of simplicity, finding beauty in everyday objects and making things she would want to use is combined with a constant curiosity and desire to follow her "what if?" path of experimentation.

Join MCFTA for a very special up close and personal day getting to know Linda in her rural studio, an hour's drive north of the Twin Cities. Starting with a tour of her wood-burning kiln and historic home, you will see wheel demonstrations, altering techniques, and handbuilding methods. The day will include a short creekside hike to find inspiration in the spring ephemeral plants and nature's beauty. Lunch will be potluck.

Enrollment limited to 14; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/17/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 166.00 ea.

E315W20 Artist Development: Instagram and Facebook
Nikki Lindberg
Skill level: ALL

Learn how to engage your friends and fans through social media, specifically Instagram and Facebook. You'll learn time-saving tricks and how to expand your online artistic presence. The first half of the workshop will be a discussion with examples. The second half will focus on a demonstration of Instagram. Bring a laptop and follow along or simply watch to get a better understanding of the process.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/8/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 10.00 ea.

E423W20 Organic Texture in Watercolor [NEW!]
Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Add a new dimension to your watercolor paintings with the beautiful effects of a charcoal wash. This spontaneous start to your paintings will provide unique tonal contrasts and build visual excitement in your work. With step-by-step demonstrations, you will experiment with a variety of applications, then develop your results into a completed painting. This workshop is ideal for those wanting to bring new energy to their watercolors. A materials list is on the website. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/8/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

E320W20-B Kokedama: Hanging Garden
Kathleen Monson
Skill level: ALL

Kokedama literally translates as "moss ball," which is an ancient Japanese technique of binding a plant's root system in moss and string. In this workshop, you will learn step-by-step how to create your own Kokedama hanging garden and the Japanese Wabi-Sabi principle of embracing imperfection. This is a wonderfully meditative process. All materials included.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/8/2020 at 12:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.

E479W20-B Watercolor Pet Portraits: Cats [NEW!]
MarySue Krueger
Skill level: AB, I

Transparent watercolors are the perfect medium to capture the soft fur, expressive eyes, and spontaneous nature of dogs and cats. Through demos as well as time for painting with individual coaching, you will learn tricks for creating the texture of fur and capturing the sparkle of eyes. You'll get tips on how to bring out your furry family member's unique personality You'll learn how to mix the colors that create warm highlights and cool shadows which give animal portraits a realistic look. Bring photos of your favorite pet, or use instructor provided photos. Bring lunch for the half-hour break. A materials list is on the website.
[DOGS! - 5/2/20]
[CATS! - 5/9/20]

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/9/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

E860W20 Metal Clay Lentil Beads [NEW!]
Sarah Bober
Skill level: ALL

Lentil beads are a cornerstone of metal clay jewelry design. Learn how to construct a basic bead to create custom earrings, necklaces, and charms. Metal Clay is a flexible medium that can be rolled, stamped, cut, and manipulated like traditional clay. Finished pieces are kiln-fired to become pure silver. Class price includes 20g of Art Clay Silver for the first class and gemstones and Silver Syringe clay for both classes.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 5/11/2020 and ending 5/18/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

E436W20 Trees and Water in Watercolor [NEW!]
Catherine Hearding
Skill level: I

Majestic trees and stunning lakes are two of the most popular subjects to paint. This watercolor workshop will explore landscapes that have both elements. You'll explore painting trees both as background and close-up and capturing the look of water from smooth and reflective to stormy and dark. Lots of exercises, value and color studies, demonstrations, and step-by-step painting instruction. Bring regular watercolor supplies and Arches 140# cold press paper or use Catherine's general list on the website. Café is open on Friday. Bring lunch for the half-hour break on Saturday.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday and Saturday starting 5/15/2020 and ending 5/16/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.

E765W20 Nature Printed Scarves [NEW!]
Traudi Bestler
Skill level: ALL

Learn two techniques for dyeing artful silk scarves imprinted with the natural patterns of flowers and leaves. You'll try steaming and/or using a fiber-reactive non-toxic dye bath to create beautiful botanical-printed scarves you will love to wear or be proud to give as a gift. A fun way to use the flowers and leaves from your garden to create your own fashion statement. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 10; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/29/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 59.00 ea.

E407W20 Watercolor Illustration [NEW!]
William Reynolds
Skill level: ALL

Use your drawing and watercolor skills to illustrate an idea, story or concept. You'll learn a process for creating a concept and image from an idea and then how to use watercolor paints to bring it to life. The first day will be developing initial concepts and drawings. During the second class, you'll learn illustrator techniques for watercolor painting, such as ways to paint objects, create stylized imagery, and add creative lettering. Drawing experience is recommended. A materials list is on the website.  Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 5/29/2020 and ending 6/5/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.

E640W20 Looking at the Details: Macro & Close-up Photos [N
Donald Tredinnick
Skill level: ALL

When we capture images up close, we see the world in a new and interesting way. You will explore macro/close-up photography and learn how to overcome challenges such as backgrounds, depth of field, focusing, and movement. You'll learn composition tips, lighting techniques, and image stacking. After the lecture, we will head outside to practice on some natural subjects. Bring a camera with spare batteries, wired or wireless remote shutter release, tripod, and either a macro lens, extension tubes, or a long lens (at least 200mm).

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 5/30/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.

E739W20 Origami Paper Quilts [NEW!]
Kathleen Sheridan
Skill level: ALL

Create "folded forms of beauty" as Friedrich Fröbel an originator of the windmill base once called them. You'll start with Fröbel's basic form and then learn variations created by Japanese origami master, Kunihiko Kasahara. Kasahara believed it is possible to make infinite variations from this basic windmill fold with only slight changes. Learn several of his versions and have time to experiment with making your own. Finally, learn to connect your pieces to make a unique origami quilt. Perfect for beginner and experienced folders.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 6/1/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 56.00 ea.

E408W20 Pathways to Abstraction
Jon Neuse
Skill level: ALL

This fun and dynamic workshop will teach you how to construct abstract work that best reflects your visual voice, personality, and artistic intuition. Working with a variety of media and subject matter, you will be led through a process of visual movement to turn your beginning images into deeper abstractions. You will also learn meaningful ways to read and critique abstract art. A materials list is on the website. Bring lunch for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 6/6/2020 and ending 6/13/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.

E643W20 Printmaking Sampler: Monoprint
Sam Dahl
Skill level: ALL

Learn the basics of monotype printmaking as you create single-print compositions by rolling, painting, and wiping ink on sheets of Plexiglas. You will explore subtractive and additive inking techniques, creating images with just a brayer, as well as with brushes and other tools, and adapting "ghost" prints on printed plates to become new compositions. You will leave with a good understanding of the process, some prints on paper and a desire to do more work with monotype. Most materials provided, but a list of things to bring is on the website. Bring lunch for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 8; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 6/13/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 79.00 ea.

E332L20 Standing Out in a Juried Show
Robert Bowman
Skill level: ALL

What works in a juried show and why? Join Exhibits Director Bob Bowman for a group discussion on selecting and submitting work for shows. He'll share insights gleaned from years of watching jurors select artworks, as well as his own curating experiences. We'll tour the Members' Juried Show and discuss how different pieces function in the context of an exhibit. Please note: we will not be critiquing individual work in the Members' Show; we will use the show as a departure point for our discussion. It is recommended to have viewed the show independently before the class date.

Enrollment limited to 30; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 6/13/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 23.00 ea.

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Monday          9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday         9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Saturday        9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(mid-June through August, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Sunday          closed


The building is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year's Day*, Memorial Day and the last week in August through Labor Day.* There is no open studio when the building is closed. 

 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
   
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