Make art! Take a class, host a party, do a drop-in group.


PRIVATE INSTRUCTION For all levels, 19+. Instructor: Clay Studio staff. (Min: 1. Max: 6.) Option I: 4 hours ($120), Option II: 6 hours ($175). Meeting times will be arranged between the student and instructor & must take place between Jan. 10-May 31, 2019. Comm. Ed will provide us with your contact information. Then, we’ll will connect you with your instructor. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education

OPEN CLAY STUDIO For all levels. Every second & fourth Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm. Free! No registration required. Newcomers welcome. Try your hand at clay, or refine your skills with guidance from friendly, helpful Clay Studio staff. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult participant. No registration required.

CLAY PARTIES Clay Parties include 90-120 minutes of studio time with a Clay Center instructor; materials; firing, glazing, and 1-2 pieces of pottery per participant. $30 per participant. Maximum wheel participants: 8. Maximum hand-building participants: 20. Minimum age: 8. Ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating, paid adult.  Completed work will be ready for pickup by the host or assigned representative ASAP following the event (may be up to a month). Renter assumes the risk for any breakage by guests. To inquire:, 507-931-3630.

SOUPER BOWL THROW-A-THONS & TRIM-A-THONS For potters with throwing & trimming experience. Instructor: Juana Arias. Free! Gather with fellow friends of the Clay Studio to help make 400 hand-thrown bowls for our annual “Souper Bowl” pottery sale March 17. We’ll need help wedging, throwing, trimming, floor-mopping & more. Sess: V (Throwing): Fri., Feb. 22, 4-6 pm. Sess. VI (Trimming): Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-4 pm. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education

 Our Clay Studio instructors are experienced at setting goals with and mentoring learners of various ability levels, including those with disabilities. We welcome opportunities to talk in advance about how to customize instruction to meet special needs. Contact the Arts Center at


KNITTING For all levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Sess. I: Mondays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, 4-6 p.m. Instructor: Juana Arias. $55. Never knit? Come learn! Got an unfinished project in the works? Bring it & we’ll help you make headway & learn new skills in the process. Bring your own tools & materials if you wish, but the Arts Center has plenty and will provide everything you need to get started. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education


CREATIVE CODING For all levels, 14+. Instructor: Jake Fee (Min: 3. Max: 9.) $36. Sess. I: Saturdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2-4 pm. Explore creative coding with the Processing programming language, and go home with dozens of your own finished digital art pieces! Accessible to all levels, we will use computer code to draw beautiful geometries, edit images, visualize strange data, and play with color and sound. BYO laptop computer or tablet (no iPads or Kindles) & charging cable. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education


PORTRAITURE For all levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Wednesdays 6-8 pm, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. Instructor: Amber Rahe. $85. Explore different types of portraiture, from realistic (focusing on measurement & the practice of really seeing your subject matter) to nontraditional (questioning the concepts of portraiture–expression, angles, beauty vs. reality). Bring a photo to work from! Beyond that, all tools & materials supplied by the Arts Center. Cleanup is part of class time, so dress for mess-making. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education


ACRYLIC PAINTING For all levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Tuesdays 6-8 pm, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7. Instructor: Abby Daleki. $85. Explore techniques of acrylic painting! Topics include which brushes to use for different strokes, types of surfaces, color mixing, and the types of additives one can use to create different textures & patterns. You’ll learn the very basics for creating an acrylic painting! All tools and materials supplied by the Arts Center. Cleanup is part of class time–dress for mess-making.

Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education

Originally from Onalaska, WI, Abby Daleki attended Minnesota State University, Mankato where she received both her BFA and MA in Studio Arts. She received her MFA from the University of Delaware in 2017. She works primarily with acrylic paint and smaller works with pen on paper. Currently, Abby is an artist based out of Mankato. She creates bright-colored abstract object paintings that are hung on the wall, leaned against the wall, cut out from the frame, suspended from the ceiling, and pinned directly to the wall, in congruent with flashing lights and sounds she creates. Her work comments on male-abstract-painters and nods to female abstract artists like Lynda Benglis, Jessica Stockholder, and Judy Pfaff.


POETRY: READ, WRITE, REVISE, REPEAT. For all levels, 16+. Instructor: Ronda Redmond (Min: 3. Max: 8.) Sess. I: Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 6-9 pm. $120. This six-week course will take you through the basic elements of poetry, help you understand how they contribute to a good poem, and then offer opportunities to practice. We will read A LOT of amazing poets and look at their work from our perspective as writers. We’ll also read Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones and talk about the practice of writing (copies available for check out at the library for the length of the course). And we will write!! You will generate a lot of first-draft work. Some of that will make its way through revision and into a workshop. We’ll end with a reading that’s open to the public where you can share your own work or give voice to work you admire. (Reading will take place at the Arts Center, at a date to be determined by the group.)

Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education.

DROP-IN CRITIQUE GROUP For all levels, all genres, 16+. Every second Sunday of the month, 3-4:30 pm. Instructor: Ronda Redmond & fellow local writers. $5 (drop-in, no registration requried). Newcomers welcome. No registration required.

Ronda Redmond earned her MFA in poetry from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1999. She has published poetry, non-fiction, and young adult fiction. She lives in St. Peter and works out of her home. She is active in the local arts community and connects to issues related to local food, environmentalism, and sustainability.



MUSIKGARTEN’S MUSIC MAKERS AT HOME IN THE WORLD For 4 1/2 – 6-year-olds. Mondays 4:15-5:15 pm, Jan. 28-April 15. $190. MUSIKGARTEN’S FAMILY MUSIC FOR TODDLERS For 10-month to 3-year-olds. Mondays 5:25-6:05 pm, Jan. 28-April 15. $150. Instructor: Anja Scheidel. Six class levels are offered in this Kodaly, Orff Schulwerk, and Montessori-based curriculum. The first three lay a strong aural & sensory-motor foundation for musicality, and create a foundation for cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. Register through Anja: (507) 995-5497,, or on Anja Scheidel’s Musikgarten on Facebook.


Some general info about classes at the Arts Center: Need-based scholarships are available to Saint Peter-area youth. Inquire about The Thalia & Larry Taylor Arts Scholarship with Tami Skinner at 507-934-3048. Child care is not provided before or after class, so please arrange to have your child dropped off and picked up within 10 minutes of class time. Arts Center members receive a 10% discount on class registration. Contact the Arts Center to receive your refund. 





These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Arts Education Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.






Need the info in another format? Upon request, Arts Center information may be made available in alternative format such as large print or audio. To request an alternative format, contact the director at, call 507-931-3630, or speak with an Arts Center staff member or volunteer.