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


ART ADVENTURE WEEK FOR KIDS Instructor: Eva Hendrickson. Sess. I: Ages 6-9. (Min: 7. Max: 10) Mon. 6/11-Wed. 6/13, 10 am-2 pm. Sess. II: Ages 10-13. (Min: 7. Max: 10). Mon. 6/18-Wed. 6/20. $72. Kick off summer with a three-day arts adventure! North Intermediate art teacher Eva Hendrickson will lead new activities every day, at the Arts Center and around town, indoors and out — collage, painting, papier-mâché and more. Fun and mess-making guaranteed. Students should wear comfy walking shoes and bring a sack lunch. Drop-off time: No sooner than 9:50 am. Pickup time: 2 pm. Arts Center staff cannot provide before- or after-class child care. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education

CREATIVE STRATEGIES TO STAY INSPIRED & PRODUCTIVE  Instructor: Britta Higginbotham. Sess. I: Ages 12-15. (Min: 4. Max: 8) Wed. 6/13-7/25, 4-5 p.m. (Six class meetings–no class July 4.) $42. Learn new techniques involving drawing, crafting, journaling, free-associating, vision-boarding and more, to yank yourself out of a rut and into a mindset where you’re open to inspiration and ready to be productive. If you keep a dream journal or something similar, feel free to bring it to the first class meeting. Participants will meet in the lower gallery of the Arts Center and have access to ample art and craft materials. Dress for mess-making. Register at



PRIVATE INSTRUCTION For all levels, ages 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, and must take place between Feb. 1-April 30, 2018. Community Ed will provide the Arts Center with your contact information. Then, the Arts Center will connect you with your instructor. Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education

OPEN CLAY STUDIO For all levels. Every second 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 Parties in the Clay Studio include 90-120 minutes of studio time with an instructor who will guide participants through basic throwing techniques, resulting in 1-2 pieces of pottery per participant. A flat fee of $100 covers up to five participants (ages 8+) and all materials. Additional participants, up to a maximum of 8, are $15 each. To inquire:, 507-931-3630.

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


BEGINNING WATERCOLOR For all levels. 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., June 5-July 10 (six class meetings). Instructor: Abby Daleki. $85. Learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting! Topics include which brushes to use for different strokes, types of watercolor paper, watercolor palette vs. paint from tubes, and the types of additives one can use to create different textures and patterns. You’ll learn the basics for creating a landscape, figurative, portrait, or abstract watercolor painting. All tools and materials will be 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 her BFA and MA both in Studio Arts. She works primarily with acrylic paint. Currently, Abby is an artist based out of Newark, DE. 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 that she created. Her work comments on male-abstract-painters and nods to female abstract artist like Lynda Benglis, Jessica Stockholder, and Judy Pfaff. She is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the University of Delaware.



FAMILY MUSIC FOR TODDLERS For 1 ½  to 3-year-olds & their caregivers. Instructor: Anja Scheidel. $140 ($40 reg./materials, $100 tuition) (Min: 4. Max: 12). Mondays 4:30-5:10 pm, Jan. 22-April 9 (12 classes). Learn the joy of musical movement while developing musical skills. Adults and children will explore music through singing, focused listening, moving, echoing rhythmic and melodic patterns, and playing simple percussion instruments. Packet includes a family songbook, child’s instrument and companion CD. Register through Anja: (507) 995-5497,, or on Anja Scheidel’s Musikgarten on Facebook.



MY MEMOIR IS A HOT MESS: WORKSHOP & MANUSCRIPT CONSULTING For all levels 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 12.) Mondays 6-8 p.m., June 4-July 9 (six class meetings plus individual consultations scheduled with the instructor). Instructor: Nicole Helget. $120. This course is for writers of creative nonfiction who will have at least 20 pages of manuscript by class start and plan to complete a memoir or book of creative nonfiction in the next year. The summer is devoted to giving you a kick-start and the guidance you need to accomplish this goal. The class will include weekly evening workshop meetings at the Arts Center of St. Peter with other cohorts (up to 12), as well as an individual manuscript consultation and ongoing guidance for your manuscript by the instructor. The class requires writing a lot, editing with a critical eye, and reading/commenting intelligently about other cohort manuscripts. OPTIONAL: Students will be invited but not required to read their work (5 min. each)at public reading and celebration at the Arts Center on Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., curated and hosted by Nicole Helget.Register through St. Peter Community & Family Education.

Nicole Helget  is a writer, editor, and educator based in rural St. Peter. She is the author of award-winning nonfiction and fiction, including The End of the Wild, which the New York Times listed among new book recommendations in 2017.

DROP-IN CRITIQUE GROUP For all levels, all genres, 16+. Every second Sunday of the month, 3-4:30 pm. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. $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.

WRITING ABOUT ART For all levels, age 16+. Sun., May 6, 3-5 pm, in conjunction with CHANGING MINDS II: WORK BY PATIENTS AT ST. PETER REGIONAL TREATMENT CENTER. Sun., June 24, 3-5 pm, in conjunction with 50 YEARS OF ART & MARRIAE, CERAMICS, DRAWINGS, WOOD ENGRAVINGS, & PRINTS BY JOEL MOLINE. Sun., July 8, 3-5 pm in conjunction with WORK BY MEMBERS OF THE ARTS CENTER OF SAINT PETER. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. $5-$10 as your budget allows. Ronda guides participants around the gallery, prompting writing exercises based on specific works of art. A new way to enjoy art and write for fun! No registration required.

In WRITING ABOUT ART, Ronda Redmond guides participants through the gallery, prompting writing based on chosen works of art. A fresh way to enjoy exhibitions & write for fun. All levels. No registration required. $5-$10 as your budget allows.



OPEN CLAY STUDIO For all levels. Every second 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. Newcomers are welcome. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult participant.

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

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.






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