REGISTER HERE for classes! Winter/spring classes are via Zoom. Summer classes are mostly Zoom, some in-person/outdoors/distanced. Questions? Email director.acsp@gmail.com, or call Ann, 507-351-6521.

(You may also register through St. Peter Community & Family Education by calling 507-934-3048, M-F during business hours.)


WINTER/SPRING 2021

Fiber Arts Classes
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Writing Classes
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EMBROIDERY

DARNING, DECORATIVE REPAIRS & CLOTHING EMBELLISHMENT Learn how to repair and renew clothes, blankets, and other textile accessories through needle work. Develop skills in traditional repair methods as well as visible or decorative patches and reinforcements. Take a worn or less-loved piece in your wardrobe and give it a refresh with some creative cloth embellishments. This course requires no previous sewing or needle work experience. Provide your own pieces in need of repair, as well as an embroidery hoop, needles, and floss. 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., March 24, 31, April 7, 14. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

WEAVING

INTRO TO WEAVING ON A TABLE LOOM Learn the meditative art of weaving! Looms will be provided in advance, pre-warped (the hard part!), and instruction will focus on basic loom terms and simple techniques to produce a small wall hanging. The Arts Center will provide everything you need to get started. All levels, 18+. Via Zoom, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., April 6, 13, 20, 27. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer.

WRITING

READING LOCAL: THE POETRY OF MICHAEL TORRES Nationally acclaimed poet Michale Torres lives and writes locally. His book An Incomplete List of Names has gotten a lot of attention in literary circles, and for good reason. It’s a relatable, vivid, and touching collection that “…grapples with the roles that names, hometown, language, and others’ perceptions play on our understanding of ourselves and our worlds. His collection illuminates the artist’s struggle to make sense of the disparate identities others have forced upon him.” Let’s read it together. In our first meeting, we’ll talk about poetry in general. We’ll connect as a group before we start reading the book, to talk about what makes a good poem, and maybe come up with a few guiding thoughts or questions to keep in mind as we read. Then, we’ll regroup in a couple of weeks and talk about his work. Provide your own copy of An Incomplete List of Names (for sale direct from Beacon Press at beacon.org). All levels, 18+. Via Zoom, Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m., April 1, 15. (Min: 3. Max: 10.) $25. Instructor: Ronda Redmond.

SUMMER 2021

BEAUTIFUL ART FOR BEAUTIFUL BRAINS

WRITE THE BOOK OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL BRAIN! Are you a kid who has a beautiful and unusual brain? Join author and writing instructor Kirstin Cronn Mills to make and take a book about that mind and its unique ideas! Families will be provided with craft materials for book creation, plus writing and drawing prompts to fill the book. Location: Arts Center’s back parking lot, with socially distanced seating. For all levels, age 7+. Registration is per family; kids must be accompanied by a participating adult. (Min: 4. Max: 10.). Thursday, June 10, 2-4 p.m. Free (funded by an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board). Instructor: Kirstin Cronn-Mills. Register here.

WRITE THE BOOK OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL BRAIN FOR ADULTS: “DIFFERENT” BRAINS MAKE DIFFERENT ART. Do you have a unique/unquiet/expansive/unruly/different/neurodivergent brain? Join author and writing instructor Kirstin Cronn Mills for an evening of writing and drawing prompts about your brain and its fantastic possibilities. Materials provided by the Arts Center, cash refreshments provided by Patrick’s on Third. Location: Arts Center’s back parking lot, with socially distanced seating. For all levels, age 18+. (Min: 4. Max: 10.). Thursday, June 10, 7-9 p.m. Free (funded by an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board). Instructor: Kirstin Cronn-Mills. Register here.

BOOK BINDING

INTRODUCTION TO BOOK BINDING. Enjoy the satisfying experience of writing and doodling in your own handmade notebook! Bind two different books, one with the Coptic Stitch and another with the Long Stitch. Provide your own materials: At least 40 sheets of paper of any kind, thread or embroidery floss of any size or color, a sharp needle, a blunt needle, glue (preferably a glue stick or rubber cement), and any interesting images or fabric to use as cover decoration. For all levels, age 14+. (Min: 4. Max: 10). Thursdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., May 20 & 27. Via Zoom. $20. Instructor: Jake Fee. Register here.

MARKETING

MARKETING FOR THE CREATIVE MIND: DEVELOPING A BRAND & PUBLIC PRESENCE. Join us as we explore an overview of marketing skills and strategies tailored to creative work. Public relations specialist and working artist Reese Damiani will facilitate discussion of your brand and how to create a cohesive identity across multiple platforms. Work through steps to clarify your image and tailor your presentation based on your personal business goals. Whether you are just starting out or looking to reach new audiences in your market this course will help give you the tools needed to meet your goals. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 10). Mondays 6-8 p.m., May 17 & 24. Via Zoom. $20. Instructor: Reese Damiani. Register here.

PERSONAL STYLE

YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC: DEVELOPING A WARDROBE TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. Join sisters and working artists Reese Damiani and Caitlin Heyer as they discuss how color, cut, and your personal aesthetic affect your overall style. We’ll discuss color theory and learn how to use it to craft a palette that makes you look and feel great. We’ll discuss cut and style of clothing, how the fibers you wear can affect the out come of your look, and offer some down-to-earth guidelines for building a wardrobe you love. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 10). Wednesdays 1-3 p.m., May 19 & 26. Via Zoom. $20. Instructors: Reese Damiani, Caitlin Heyer. Register here.

RADIO DRAMA

KMSU RADIO DRAMA TROUPE. This is a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new troupe of radio dramatists, headed up by KMSU Radio host Shelley Pierce. Open to actors, artists, and storytellers at all levels. Our goal is to cast and perform a Halloween-themed radio drama, to air on KMSU Radio 89.7FM in October. Experience is not required, only an enthusiasm for creativity and reliability. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 12.) Sundays 1-3 p.m., June 6-July 25 (but depending upon casting, attendance won’t be required for every class). In the Arts Center’s back parking lot (rain site: inside the Arts Center with social distancing and all CDC protocols in place).  Free (funded by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund of KMSU Radio). Instructor: Shelley Pierce. Registration is closed, but you can learn more by joining the Facebook group “KMSU Radio Drama Troupe!”

WEAVING

EN PLEIN AIR TAPESTRY WEAVING This beginner tapestry weaving class will teach you the skills to create a tapestry from start to finish. Incorporate materials from the natural world into your weaving while we explore basic tapestry skills such as – warping, clasped weft, seamless color changes, weave patterns and more. Weather providing, we will enjoy this class outdoors at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. The Arts Center will supply looms and all fiber materials. Please be prepared to provide natural materials you have gathered, if weather prevents meeting outdoors (your instructor will notify you by email of an alternate, indoor meeting space). All social distancing and mask guidelines issued by the CDC will be followed while meeting for this course. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6). Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., June 5 & 12. $20. On the grounds of the Treaty Site History Center (meet on the sidewalk at the front entry; in case of rain, the instructor will notify you by email of an alternate location). Instructor: Caitlin Heyer. Register here.

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING Explore the world of weaving on table looms from starting a pre-warped project to finishing techniques. Learn basic weaving skills by exploring a variety of twill structures while experimenting with texture. In this course we will learn to operate a loom, as well as the terminology to create a solid foundation of weaving knowledge. By the end of this four-week course you will have a weaving sampler that can serve as a wall hanging or a helpful reference for future projects. The Arts Center will provide looms and fiber materials in advance. Please provide your own fork (a standard table fork will do) and approximately 2 yards of toilet paper. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6). Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., May 4, 11, 18, 25. Via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer. Register here.

INTERMEDIATE WEAVING Take your weaving to the next level by exploring a new structure – waffle weave! Learn about shrinkage, balance, and other key aspects of weaving a completed project. Solidify weaving skills and challenge yourself by completing a matched set of waffle weave washcloths in this four-week guided course. The Arts Center will provide a warped loom and fiber materials in advance. Please provide approximately 2 yards of toilet paper. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6).  Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., July 6, 13, 20, 27. Via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer. Register here.

TAPESTRY WALL HANGING Explore dimension and texture in weaving during this two-week course. Use a tapestry loom to create a weaving from warping to finished project. Create a soft a neutral weaving using a free form weaving technique based on your own personalized tapestry story board. The Art Center will provide a loom and the necessary fiber materials. Please provide a fork, a ruler, scratch paper and a writing utensil. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6).  Saturday, June 19 & Thursday, June 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Via Zoom. $20. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer. Register here.

PRIVATE WEAVING/WARPING CLASSES For floor loom or table loom — the Arts Center will provide a table loom for home use (lessons via Zoom), or a floor loom for use on site at the Arts Center (private students use an advance sign-up system to ensure no more than two people in the studio at once, wear masks, and observe all other CDC protocols). Get personalized instruction for your next weaving project starting with a free one-hour consultation to determine a project overview and lesson plan based on your weaving goals. Lessons as arranged: $60 per 2 hour session, 2-session minimum. To learn more, email Caitlin at fiber.acsp@gmail.com.

WRITING

SATURDAY WRITING IN THE PARK Bring a notebook, a pen, and a lawn chair, and join poet Ronda Redmond for writing prompts to strengthen your creative muscles. For all types of creatives at all levels, age 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 10). Saturdays June 5, July 3, August 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. First meeting will be at the Minnesota Square Park Pavilion (other meeting places to be determined—new locations will be part of the fun). $25 for all three sessions if you register in advance; $10 drop-in fee to participate in single sessions. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. Register here.


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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 director.acsp@gmail.com, call 507-931-3630, or speak with an Arts Center staff member or volunteer.

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