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C446W20-A Watercolor Flowers: Awesome African Violets [NEW!] Sat 1/18
Georgia Kandiko
Skill level: ALL

Create beautiful watercolor florals in these Saturday morning workshops each featuring different techniques to capture a different floral subject. In Awesome African Violets, you'll explore wet-into-wet, etching, and negative painting techniques and learn to create delicate petal edges. In Pretty Primrose, you’ll experiment with techniques to suggest the texture of the distinct primrose leaves and play with paint to achieve the brilliant primrose petal colors. All levels welcome. Bring regular watercolor supplies and Arches 140# cold press paper. Take one or both.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 1/18/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 41.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 37.00 ea.

C320W20-A Kokedama: Living Sculptures (Sold Out) (Sold Out)
Kathleen Monson
Skill level: ALL

Kokedama, literally translates as "moss ball," is an ancient Japanese technique of binding a plant's root sytem in moss and string. In this workshop you will learn step by step how to create your own living kokedama sculpture 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 1/18/2020 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 57.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.

C452W20 Winter Scenes in Watercolor [NEW!] Fri 1/24
Georgia Kandiko
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Learn to paint a winter scene in watercolor! Starting with a dreamy wet-into-wet underpainting, you'll add a barn, distant tree line, nearby shrubs, evergreens and dried grasses peeking out of the snow. You'll work in a loose manner and learn a variety of techniques for capturing winter light. Bring a quarter sheet 11" x 15" of Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper and your regular watercolor supplies. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 1/24/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

C408W20 Pathways to Abstraction [NEW!] Sat 1/25 & 2/1
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. Please bring a lunch for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/25/2020 and ending 2/1/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 146.00 ea.

C444W20 Antique Patina Effects in Watercolor [NEW!] Sat 2/8
Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: I

Learn techniques to create beautiful weathered patinas through a combination of wet-into-wet paint application, carved out lights, molded edges and glazing finishes. The earthy effects you'll create will make paintings come alive and inspire new approaches for painting rocky scenes, sculptures, figures and buildings. Reference materials will be supplied. Bring regular watercolor supplies, one to two quarter sheets of Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper (11"x15") and raw umber paint. Please bring a lunch for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/8/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

C636W20 Winter Nature Photography [New Instructor] Sat 2/8
Donald Tredinnick
Skill level: ALL

Winter is a great time to get out and take photos. With the low sun angle and lack of humidity, you can capture some spectacular images. Getting a properly exposed photo can prove to be a challenge. All that white snow can really throw off your camera. In this workshop you will learn techniques for: winter exposure; winter compositions; finding and accessing winter photography locations; and protecting yourself and your gear in cold temps. The workshop will start at MCFTA and then go to a nearby location for outside shooting. Please bring your DSLR or mirrorless camera with fully charged batteries, camera manual, lunch for the half-hour break and dress for the weather.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/8/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 49.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.

C320W20-B Kokedama: Hanging Garden, Mon 2/10
Kathleen Monson
Skill level: ALL

Kokedama, literally translates as "moss ball," is an ancient Japanese technique of binding a plant's root sytem 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 meditiative process. All materials included.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/10/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 57.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.

C428W20 Color Mixing 101, Mon 2/10 & 2/17
Tracie Thompson
Skill level: ALL

Do you keep mixing mud instead of the colors you want? This beginner-friendly workshop is a great foundation for better color control. You’ll use water-soluble oils to explore the fundamentals of color in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. You'll explore the essential techniques of color mixing and then go deeper to understand the practical applications. Materials included. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 2/10/2020 and ending 2/17/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 123.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 136.00 ea.

C421W20 Jump Into Watercolor! [CORE][NEW!] Tue 2/11 & 2/18
Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: B

Interested in watercolor, but not sure if it is right for you? Give this two-day beginning watercolor immersion class a test drive. These sessions are designed for students with no watercolor experience. You will get hands-on experience with basic materials and learn how to play with this fluid medium. Materials will be supplied, just bring your enthusiasm to try something new! Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/11/2020 and ending 2/18/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 164.00 ea.

C418W20 The Art of the Picture Book [NEW!] Thur 2/13
Leo Winstead
Skill level: ALL

Learn to transform a written work into the amazing entity known as the picture book. The workshop will cover (in brief) all of the steps of illustrating your own picture book. You'll explore how to visually create original characters, thumbnail sketches, dummy books, and finished illustrations in picture book format. You will learn about cover art, end pages, layouts, pacing, and page turns. We will generate a thumbnail and finished illustration of a scene from a fairytale or fable. Café is open for the half-hour break. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/13/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

C316W20 Mn Artists Informational Workshop [NEW!] Thur 2/13
mnartists.org
Skill level: ALL

This workshop will introduce you to Mn Artists' digital platforms and public programs. Find out how to register an account and create a profile on mnartists.org and learn how this website can benefit you as an artist through networking, collaborations, sharing artwork, creating events and more! Please bring a device (laptop, iPad), digital copies of your artwork, and your CV (optional). The workshop is free, but please register in advance.

Enrollment limited to 20; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/13/2020 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 No Charge
Attendees: 1 No Charge

C399W20-A Watercolor on Yupo: Abstract to Intentional [NEW!] Fri-Sat 2/14-15
James Turner
Skill level: ALL

Explore the unique characteristics of Yupo--a smooth inorganic surface that doesn't absorb paint like regular paper and gives a more intense and liquid look to watercolor washes and colors. Fun to play with, this surface makes lifting easy and offers creative ways to add texture. The first workshop, Abstract to Intentional, will introduce you to Yupo paper from the abstract flowing liquid look of wet-into-wet applications to creating representational art while taking advantage of Yupo properties. The second workshop, Next Steps in Yupo, will help you find your own artistic vision using this unique surface. Café is open on Friday. Please bring a lunch for the half-hour break on Saturday. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday and Saturday starting 2/14/2020 and ending 2/15/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 146.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.

C446W20-B Watercolor Flowers: Pretty Primrose [NEW!] Sat 2/15
Georgia Kandiko
Skill level: ALL

Create beautiful watercolor florals in these Saturday morning workshops each featuring different techniques to capture a different floral subject. In Awesome African Violets, you'll explore wet-into-wet, etching, and negative painting techniques and learn to create delicate petal edges. In Pretty Primrose, you’ll experiment with techniques to suggest the texture of the distinct primrose leaves and play with paint to achieve the brilliant primrose petal colors. All levels welcome. Bring regular watercolor supplies and Arches 140# cold press paper. Take one or both.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/15/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 41.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 37.00 ea.

C399W20-B Next Steps Watercolor on Yupo [NEW!] Fri-Sat 2/21-2/22
James Turner
Skill level: ALL

Explore the unique characteristics of Yupo--a smooth inorganic surface that doesn't absorb paint like regular paper and gives a more intense and liquid look to watercolor washes and colors. Fun to play with, this surface makes lifting easy and offers creative ways to add texture. The first workshop, Abstract to Intentional, will introduce you to Yupo paper from the abstract flowing liquid look of wet-into-wet applications to creating representational art while taking advantage of Yupo properties. The second workshop, Next Steps in Yupo, will help you find your own artistic vision using this unique surface. Café is open on Friday. Please bring a lunch for the half-hour break on Saturday. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday and Saturday starting 2/21/2020 and ending 2/22/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 146.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 162.00 ea.

C637W20 Focus on Lightroom [NEW!] Sat 2/22
Donald Tredinnick
Skill level: A, AB, I

Learn how to edit and organize your photos using Adobe Lightroom. This one-day intensive workshop will introduce you to the program's features and tools including: organization techniques; exposure adjustments; improve contrast and color saturation; use the brush tool to make localized adjustments; image sharpening and noise reduction; and spot removal. You will leave this class with the confidence and ability to take your imagery to a higher level. Bring your laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed and a lunch for the half-hour break. If you don't have Lightroom CC Classic, you can install a 7-day evaluation license.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/22/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

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SPRING Classes

Registration opens at NOON on Monday, January 13.

NOTE: Spring I classes start with "D"   Spring II classes start with "E"

Please add each session's classes separately to your cart if registering for classes in more than one session.

 

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D433W20-A Watercolor Wednesday: Color Mixing [NEW!]
Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB

Designed for the advanced beginner watercolor student and those wanting to brush up on their skills, these workshops will focus on techniques essential to watercolor painting. Café is open for the half-hour break.

In Color Mixing, you'll practice mixing clean colors and discover tips for keeping it simple, avoiding mud, creating neutral values and optical mixing.

Don't miss the other Watercolor Wednesday Technique Building Workshops: Wet-into-Wet, Glazing & Reflective Light, Pouring, Creative Compositions, and City & Landscape Perspectives. Take one or all to improve your watercolor skills! Registration is separate for each workshop.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 2/26/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 78.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

D648W20 Printmaking Sampler: Solar Plate Intaglio
Sam Dahl
Skill level: ALL

Learn an easy, non-toxic alternative to traditional intaglio printmaking. Using a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing (provided), sun or UV light, and ordinary tap water, you will create etched plates with which you will learn introductory printmaking techniques. All you'll need is inspiration and a selection of your photos and/or drawings. 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
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 2/29/2020 and ending 2/29/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 92.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 99.00 ea.

D736W20 Origami Chinese Threadbook
Kathleen Sheridan
Skill level: ALL

Learn to make a Northern Chinese style of threadbook using gorgeous specialty papers. Chinese threadbooks were traditionally used to store thread, needles and other embroidery materials. You can use your finished threadbook as originally intended, to store small treasured items, or to give as a gift with treats in each pocket. Students will leave with a completed seven-pocket threadbook and the know-how to make more at home. Folding experience helpful, but not necessary.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/2/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 56.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.

D446W20 Watercolor Travel Journal [NEW!]
James Turner
Skill level: ALL

This workshop is for painters of all levels who want to try or improve their travel journaling. We all know how much better a painting is than a photo for remembering a place or experience, but we often don’t have the time or ambition to capture each event in a painting. This course will help take away some of the anxiety of journaling, and give some practical hints for capturing a travel experience in a memorable way, incorporating drawing, painting, and writing. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/2/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

D433W20-B Watercolor Wednesday: Wet-into-Wet
Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB

Designed for the advanced beginner watercolor student and those wanting to brush up on their skills, these workshops will focus on techniques essential to watercolor painting. Café is open for the half-hour break.

In Wet-into-Wet, you'll discover the spontaneous nature of watercolor by working wet-into-wet. You'll increase your awareness of paper saturation and pigment density and explore the unique rhythms of watercolor.

Don't miss the other Watercolor Wednesday Technique Building Workshops: Color Mixing, Glazing & Reflective Light, Pouring, Creative Compositions, and City & Landscape Perspectives. Take one or all to improve your watercolor skills! Registration is separate for each workshop.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/4/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 78.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

D437W20 Creating Collage with Artistic Voice [NEW!]
Jon Neuse
Skill level: ALL

This exciting workshop will teach you how to design and construct collages that reflect your visual voice and message. Starting with recycled papers, newspapers, and magazines, and perhaps ending with non-traditional collage materials, you will enjoy making expressive, artistic collages that represent your important ideas. This will be a hands-on workshop focusing on your individual needs with lots of art making, demonstrations, and friendly critiques. A materials list is on the website. Bring lunch for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/7/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

D433W20-C Watercolor Wednesday: Land & Cityscape Perspective [NEW!]
James Turner
Skill level: AB

Designed for the advanced beginner watercolor student and those wanting to brush up on their skills, these workshops will focus on techniques essential to watercolor painting. Café is open for the half-hour break.

In Land & Cityscape Perspective, you'll learn about perspective and how to add depth and dimension to your paintings.

Don't miss the other Watercolor Wednesday Technique Building Workshops: Color Mixing, Wet-into-Wet, Glazing & Reflective Light, Pouring, and Creative Compositions. Take one or all to improve your watercolor skills! Registration is separate for each workshop.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/11/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 78.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

D313W20 Artist Development: Websites
Nikki Lindberg
Skill level: ALL

Create your online presence with an easy and inexpensive website. During the first half of this workshop, you will see examples of successful website design and discuss essential and less essential website features. Artists' individual experiences are encouraged in this discussion. During the second half, website development will be demonstrated. 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 3/13/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 27.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

D438W20 Encaustic Painting: Working With Wax
Jodi Reeb
Skill level: ALL

In this exciting, one-day experience you will learn encaustic techniques (molten beeswax painting). A brief history and description of encaustic painting will be shared as well as basic supplies and tools, safety, preparation of supports including the application of grounds, fusing techniques and paint application. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated such as wax image transfers, mixing your own paint, creating texture and working with masks and stencils. The majority of time will be spent painting. Previous participants may work on individual projects with instructor guidance. All levels welcome. Materials included. Café is open for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 10; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/13/2020 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 120.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 129.00 ea.

D433W20-D Watercolor Wednesday: Pouring [NEW!]
Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB

Designed for the advanced beginner watercolor student and those wanting to brush up on their skills, these workshops will focus on techniques essential to watercolor painting. Café is open for the half-hour break.

In Pouring, you'll watch as colors flow and blend over masked areas to create an iconic scene with a lively background using this fun and unique painting technique.

Don't miss the other Watercolor Wednesday Technique Building Workshops: Color Mixing, Wet-into-Wet, Glazing & Reflective Light, Creative Compositions, and City & Landscape Perspectives. Take one or all to improve your watercolor skills! Registration is separate for each workshop.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/18/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 78.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

D468W20 Drawing with Dramatic Light
Tracie Thompson
Skill level: ALL

Drawing on softly-colored paper using light and dark (such as chalk and charcoal) is a technique master painters such as Michelangelo and Rubens used to create faster, more realistic sketches and explore a full range of value. This surprisingly easy method will help you become a better drawer and better painter by working in both directions on the value scale, helping you render light and form, and creating a unity to your artwork. A materials list is on our website. Bring lunch for the half-hour break. Formerly titled Drawing for Painters.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/21/2020 and ending 3/28/2020 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 97.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 108.00 ea.

D724W20 Introduction to Bead Embroidery [NEW!]
Nancy Eha
Skill level: B, AB

Are you drawn to fashion accessories and home decorations that are adorned with bead embroidery? Would you like to learn how to add fringe and beaded details to any fabric? This class will get you started from learning where to buy quality beading supplies, to how to work with different fabrics, to tips and techniques for stress-free beading. You will learn five traditional bead embroidery stitches and leave with instructions and a sampler of the stitches you made. Bring small sharp scissors and glasses if needed for handwork. Beading materials included.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/23/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 64.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 69.00 ea.

D319W20 Introduction to Flower Arranging
Lee Persell
Skill level: ALL

Have you ever looked at a vase and wanted to do more than plunk a bouquet of store-bought flowers into it? This class will introduce you to the art of flower arranging by breaking down the arrangement into its basic structure: line, shape, color, balance, proportion and texture. Find out why "less is more" and how not to pillage your entire garden for a single bouquet. We will also discuss the use of non-floral elements. Bring one or two vases (can be glass, ceramic, or other material) and garden shears or hand pruner.

Enrollment limited to 10; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/27/2020 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.

D864W20 Charming Metal Clay Molds
Sarah Bober
Skill level: ALL

Molds are a great way to convert designs and textures into wearable art. You'll make reusable silicone molds from vintage buttons to create silver charms for pendants, earrings, or bracelets. Learn basic metal clay techniques, how to embed jump rings, and how to set gemstones in your design. Items will be fired by the instructor after class and available for pick up one week after the class date.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 3/28/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 91.00 ea.

D320W20-A Kokedama: Living Sculptures
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 living kokedama sculpture 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 3/28/2020 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 57.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.

D433W20-E Watercolor Wednesday: Glazing & Reflective Light
Julie Allen
Skill level: AB

Designed for the advanced beginner watercolor student and those wanting to brush up on their skills, these workshops will focus on techniques essential to watercolor painting. Café is open for the half-hour break.

In Glazing & Reflective Light, you'll create and build glowing watercolors by glazing thin layers of paint. You'll work on several pieces to explore the potential of this essential technique.

Don't miss the other Watercolor Wednesday Technique Building Workshops: Color Mixing, Wet-into-Wet, Pouring, Creative Compositions, and City & Landscape Perspectives. Take one or all to improve your watercolor skills! Registration is separate for each workshop.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/1/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 78.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

D638W20 Shooting after Dark: Night Photos & Light Painting
Donald Tredinnick
Skill level: ALL

Just because the sun sets, doesn't mean it's time to put away the camera. Shooting after dark opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. You will learn about photographing the stars (astrophotography), urban night scenes, and light painting with flashlights. Depending on the weather, we'll either head out to do some urban night photography or spend time light painting closer to the Art Center. Bring your camera with spare batteries, a lens with a focal length between 24 and 70 mm, tripod, wired or wireless cable release, and warm clothing.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/2/2020 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 61.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 68.00 ea.

D412W20 Fantasy Art [NEW!]
Leo Winstead
Skill level: ALL

Step into the world of fantasy illustration. Starting with a provided subject (including necessary reference material) you will be guided from initial sketch and concepts to final rendering on board or canvas. You'll learn about dynamic composition, creating a mood through color and lighting, transferring the drawing, underpainting, and creating a finished piece. You'll look at samples for inspiration and discuss the history of fantasy art within the larger field of illustration. A materials list is on the website. Bring lunch for the half-hour break.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/4/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 73.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 81.00 ea.

D433W20-F Watercolor Wednesday: Creative Compositions [NEW!]
James Turner
Skill level: AB

Designed for the advanced beginner watercolor student and those wanting to brush up on their skills, these workshops will focus on techniques essential to watercolor painting. Café is open for the half-hour break.

In Creative Compositions, you'll go beyond what's in your photos and learn to edit, add to, and combine photo references to create artistic balance.

Don't miss the other Watercolor Wednesday Technique Building Workshops: Color Mixing, Wet-into-Wet, Glazing & Reflective Light, Pouring, and City & Landscape Perspectives. Take one or all to improve your watercolor skills! Registration is separate for each workshop.

Enrollment limited to 15; ages 16 and up
Single class scheduled on 4/8/2020 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 78.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 86.00 ea.

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 $ 78.00 ea.
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 $ 67.00 ea.
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 $ 20.00 ea.
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 $ 48.00 ea.
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 $ 89.00 ea.
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 $ 146.00 ea.
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 $ 55.00 ea.
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 $ 122.00 ea.
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 $ 74.00 ea.
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 $ 78.00 ea.
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 $ 78.00 ea.
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 $ 149.00 ea.
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 $ 27.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 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 $ 73.00 ea.
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 $ 57.00 ea.
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 $ 78.00 ea.
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 $ 135.00 ea.
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 $ 146.00 ea.
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 $ 55.00 ea.
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 $ 146.00 ea.
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 $ 49.00 ea.
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 $ 51.00 ea.
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.
Attendees: 1 $ 146.00 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 $ 74.00 ea.
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 $ 20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 23.00 ea.

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Hours
Monday          9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday         9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday        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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