Classes in the Arts

Dare to Drum
Tue, Oct 3
9 – 10am
Experience the primal wonder of the drumming circle.  This ancient yet modern method of community music making awakens your improvisational instincts while comfortably participating in a group ensemble.
Capacity: 8
Fee: $9/nm, $7/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:Wendy Russell 
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.

 

“Don’t Ya Know” a collaboration with Northfield ArtMakers
Tue, Oct 3 – Dec 19
6:30 – 8pm
“Don’t Ya Know” will be a storytelling, oral history, human dignity, advocacy project that will develop personal narratives of the participating individuals.  If you desire, your narrative will be crafted into a script that may be performed by you.  Or, you can come and simply hear and share.  This is an exciting storytelling/performing arts opportunity.  Everyone is welcome.  Everyone has a story worth hearing.
Capacity: 20
No Fee
Instructor: Jim Rossow

“Don’t Ya Know” a collaboration with Northfield ArtMakers
Wed, Oct 4 – Dec 20
1 – 2:30pm
“Don’t Ya Know” will be a storytelling, oral history, human dignity, advocacy project that will develop personal narratives of the participating individuals.  If you desire, your narrative will be crafted into a script that may be performed by you.  Or, you can come and simply hear and share.  This is an exciting storytelling/performing arts opportunity.  Everyone is welcome.  Everyone has a story worth hearing.
Capacity: 20
No Fee
Instructor: Jim Rossow

Intro to Opera
Thu, Oct 5
9 – 10am
Find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about Opera but were afraid to ask. Learn and listen for your music appreciation and enjoyment!
Capacity: 10
Fee: $9/nm, $7/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:Wendy Russell 
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.

Painted Paper Bird Collage
Tue, Oct 10, 17, 24
9 – 11am
Painted paper collage is a wonderful art technique filled with exploration and play! In this class we will create our own unique painted papers using numerous art techniques with a focus on color and texture. These beautiful papers will then be used to create your own bird inspired collage!
Capacity:10
Fee: $64/nm, $52/m, $10/plat equiv (includes materials)
Instructor: Angie Ekern
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.

Beautiful Birches
Thu, Oct 12, 19, 26
6 – 8pm
Join this inspiring art experience where we will explore the beauty of birch trees! Birch trees are one of the most magical and beautiful trees to paint and through this exploration a world of possibilities opens. Using numerous art techniques, we will create beautiful birches throughout the changing seasons.
Capacity:10
Fee: $64/nm, $52/m, $10/plat equiv (includes materials)
Instructor:Angie Ekern
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 Poems that Tell Stories
Tue, Oct 24
1 – 3pm
You have stories to tell. But how do you tell them? Narrative poems combine elements of both storytelling and poetry. They develop character and plot using imagery, figurative language, and rhythm. To write our own narrative poems, we’ll start by reading a few poems that tell memorable stories. Then, we’ll do exercises to recall stories, to create images, and to play with language and rhythm as we develop our stories into poems. In other words, you’ll write a poem one step at a time. This class is appropriate for beginning writers, as well as more advanced writers who want to draft a new poem.
*Bring your own paper or notebook and writing instrument
Capacity: 10
Fee: $18/nm, $14/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Diane LeBlanc

A Watercolor Play Date
Wed/Thu, Oct 25, 26 & Tue/Wed, Oct 31, Nov 1
9 – 1pm
Join us for a fun-filled, exploratory play date with watercolors!  Students will use a limited color palette in class to create several mini-paintings ranging in style from abstract to realistic.  Each student will experiment with brushes and paints to mix an endless array of luscious colors for their paintings using just the triad of red, blue, and yellow (plus brown).
Numerous teacher demonstrations will be provided, followed by teacher guidance as students play with color and technique in order to create their own mini-paintings.  In addition, each student will be able to work on a painting of choice during the final classes, using the triad color palette and applying the demonstrated techniques.
The class is designed for students of all levels, from those with no experience to those with extensive experience.  To enable a successful painting experience, all students need artists/professional grade supplies (brushes, paints and paper).
Capacity: 10
Fee: $144/nm, $112/m, $0/plat equiv, (plus materials)
Instructor: Kathy Miller
NOTES:  Please pick up required materials list at the front desk by October 10!

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.

Lino Printing
Wed, Nov 1, 8, 15
6 – 8pm
Join us for this inspirational printmaking journey of exploring the art of Lino printing. Lino printing is a printmaking technique where the artist carves with a linoleum cutter into a soft linocut surface to create a relief design. This design is then inked with a roller and impressed onto paper. A joyful technique that leads to many opportunities that we will explore.
Capacity: 10
Fee: $69/nm, $57/m, $15/plat equiv includes materials
Instructor:Angie Ekern
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

Time and Place, painting memories
Thu, Nov 2, 9, 16
9:30 – 11:30am
Think of some time or place or an object associated with some time or place in your life. Make it a place and/or time that is in your heart. We will work with those ideas to create images, not necessarily renditions. The point is not to replicate an object or place, but rather associate it with memory. We will then create pathways in the piece to move through and across the memories. I will have slides of my work and others’ as examples.
Capacity: 10
Fee includes materials: $87/nm, $75/m, $33/plat equiv
Instructor: Jill Ewald