Classes in the Arts

Playing with Purpose 1
Tue/Thu, Jan 9,11,16,18,23,25
10am – 12pm
Whether you’ve never been in a play but always thought it might be fun, whether you’ve been in many plays and want to tune-up ‘the actor’s instrument’, or whether you have no interest in acting but are still interested in staying young at heart and remaining in touch with your inner child, this is a course for you.

Capacity: 16
Fee:  $108/nm, $84/m, $0/plat equiv

Instructor: Philip Spensely
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Discovering Painting
January 30  10-11am

Feb 6, 12, 13  10am-12pm
First session: 10 – 11am, next 3 sessions: 10am – 12pm
Students will choose between watercolor or acrylic and subject matter they wish to work with. After that the instructor will work with them to learn as much about the medium as they can. Supplies will be required but instructor will have more information about that when we meet the first time.  This class is appropriate for beginners!
Capacity: 10

Fee:

NonMember: $63

Member: $49

Plat-equiv: $0

Instructor: Alan Mathison
 
NOTES:  Students will buy supplies on their own after the first class.

Exploring Creative Writing
Mondays  Jan 29- Feb 19 

10am- 12:30pm
Ever want to try some creative writing, but don’t know where to get started? This class is for you. Capacity: 8
Fee: $90/nm, $70/m, $0/plat equiv

Instructor: Emily Urness
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Humor Writing
January 31

6-7:30pm
Everyone has a funny story. Learn how to tell it on the page. The aim of this class is to give students a foundation in a humor writing for further exploration after the class is done.

Capacity: 8
Fee: $13/nm, $10/m, $0/plat equiv

Instructor: Emily Urness
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Playing with Purpose 2
Tue/Thu, Jan 30, Feb 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
10:00am to 12:00pm
This course builds directly on Playing With Purpose 1 and is more focused on role playing, particularly how to create a role and to develop a character.  Through scene playing, participants will incorporate clues found in the text concerning their character’s goals and tactics:  “what does my character want? what prevents me from getting it? and what am I willing to do to get it?  Also we will consider the influence of place, time of day, temperature, age, physicality, outlook, and other factors that may affect character behavior.
NOTE: Priority of enrollment will be given to those having taken Playing With Purpose I, although this course may also be taken by those who have some acting experience, if there is room at the time the course begins.  Second-course-only enrollees will therefore be wait-listed.
Capacity: 16
Fee:  $108/nm, $84/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Philip Spensely
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Studio Class: Drawing From  An Image
Every Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
1:00pm to 3:00pm
In this Studio Class, students will explore and use a variety of ways to draw from a photo or image. One way is to just look at the image and draw. However, there are several techniques that can result in more accurate drawings. For instance, if you would like to create a drawing based on the photo of a person, place, object or pet that you would like to turn into a painting, some techniques will help you with proportions, values and shapes. You will be pleased with your drawing moving into a painting phase. This skill can be used in many other studio classes.

First, you will need to photograph some new images or use existing photos that you have printed. If you have printed photos, you can bring them to the first class so we can determine which will work best. Then we can create a larger image for you to use. Your photos should be clear and the images should be large enough to see necessary details.

A blurry or very tiny photo will not improve by making it larger. Images can be black and white or color. Bring as many images as you can so we can decide which will work best.
Pick up a materials list from the front desk.  Please have these with you at the first class.

Instructor: Kate Douglas
Capacity: 10
Cost:

Member:  $60 plus materials

Non:  $76 plus materials

Plat Equiv: $4 plus materials
Room:  Art Studio

Writers as Readers
Fridays, February 2 & 9
10:00am to 11:30am
As the great William Faulkner commands, “Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write.” Reading can be an effective way to add to one’s creative writing toolbox. This class will provide direction on how to read various pieces of creative writing with a mind for dissecting the craft of writing. Reading can and should inform all types of creative writers. By learning techniques on how to get the most out of reading, students will become better writers.
Capacity: 8
Fee: $26/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv

Instructors:Emily Urness

NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Multi Genre Writing
Wednesday, February 21

6:00pm to 8:00pm
What can you do with old photographs, text messages, poems, dialogue and song lyrics? Use them in a piece of creative writing! Learn techniques to combine multiple genres and story formats to create cohesive, unique and effective stories. In this class, we will discuss and examine examples of multi-genre writing. We will try our hand at creating a multi-genre story, and we will decipher how to work a story from bits, pieces and baubles.
Capacity:8
Fee: $18/nm, $14/m, $0//plat equiv

Instructor: Emily Urness
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Writing Capstone
Monday, February 26

10:30am to 12:00pm
This will be a reading by students who participated in the grant program “A Year of In-Residence” writing classes taught by writer-in-residence Emily Urness
No Fee

Silk Painting
Monday, February 26
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Join Anna for an hour-long session of painting away your winter blues!  Walk away (after Anna steams the scarves) with your very own wearable silk/rayon blended scarf. No experience necessary, just come as you are and get ready to watch colors flow.  Some dancing while painting is encouraged, if able.  Swing your hips and stomp your feet; paint with one paintbrush at once, or two! This is not an exact science: the colors dance on their own across the fabric.  Great for anyone who wants to find joy in art-making without the stress of making it ‘perfect.’
Instructor: Anna Chance
Capacity: 5
Cost: $58 nonmbr, $56 mbr, $49 plat-equiv for materials
NOTE: Anna will bring the finished scarves back to FiftyNorth for pickup approx. 1 week after the class.

Art Studio Class: Painting from an Image
Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Do you have a photo, an image from another source, or a drawing you once made and want to turn it into a painting? This is the class for you! So many students have told me they had a desire to paint a bird, a horse, a pet, a loved one from an old photo or capture a place they visited. In this studio class, a few basic techniques will be presented before each student will receive individual advice, tips and suggestions from the instructor. The concept of a studio class involves students helping one another and the instructor ‘coaching’ each student based on their individual goals.  Students will progress at their desired pace and use their desired medium. All people and all levels of experience are welcome. Studio classes are also a place where students can enjoy lively discussions about art or share insights into their experiences with materials or subject matter.
Instructor:  Kate Douglas
Capacity: 10
Cost:

Member: $56 plus materials
Nonmember:  $72 plus materials
Plat Equiv : Materials
Needs for the program: need room 30 minuted before and after class time
NOTE: Pick up materials list at the front desk.  Have all materials with you at the first class.