REGISTER HERE for winter classes in fiber arts & creative writing! All classes are via Zoom. Classes are recorded & available to students for review or if a class is missed. 

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


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EMBROIDERY

BEGINNING EMBROIDERY Learn how to free-form embroider in this beginner-level class. Students will learn how to create patterns, use different stitches, and take a project from start to finish. The Arts Center will provide you in advance with hoop & fabric. Provide your own floss (any colors), and needles. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., January 6, 13, 20, 27. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

MIXED-MEDIUM STITCHING: EXPLORING FREE-FORM EMBROIDERY Take your needlepoint to the next level in this four-week course. Throughout our four class sessions, we’ll experiment with aspects of needle point by incorporating additional mediums into our projects (those will be discussed at the first session, so you’ll know what to gather). Each week we’ll learn a new way to create dimension and interest in our pieces. Provide your own embroidery hoop, needles & embroidery floss. Basic embroidery skills required. 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., February 10, 17, 24, March 3. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

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.

KNITTING

INTRODUCTION TO KNITTING Create natural-fiber washcloths while learning basic knitting skills. Plenty of troubleshooting and problem-solving time is built into class meetings. Provide your own supplies: 1) one skein natural fiber #3 (lightweight) or #4 (medium) yarn, any color; 2) one pair size 7 needles. All levels, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Mondays 6-8 p.m., January 4, 11, 18, 25. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

KNITTING SKILL BUILDER Know how to knit but looking to develop more skills? Join us for a four week skill building course that will cover basics in the areas of cables, lace stitches, increases/decreases and other intermediate knitting skills. For this course you will need a smooth yarn in sport, DK, or worsted weight to work swatches, appropriately sized knitting needles and a tapestry needle. For our cables section we will also need ONE of the following: double pointed needles OR a cable needle. Basic knitting skills required, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Mondays 6-8 p.m., February 8,15, 22, March 1. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

STASH BUSTING FOR PROCRASTINATORS Ready to do a little spring cleaning of your yarn collection? Take this four-week course and blow through those odds and ends from over the years. Together we will assess your stash and delve into a variety of creative projects to clear out your collection. Whether it’s one or two unique skeins that you’re holding onto for the perfect project, or bunches of tail ends from previous knitting endeavors, join us as we clean out our stashes together. Basic knitting skills required, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Mondays 6-8 p.m., March 15, 22, 29. April 5. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

WEAVING

PROJECT WEAVING Use the skills learned in Intro to Weaving on a Table Loom, to make two functional washcloths in a two-color pattern. Ample yarn and looms will be provided in advance, pre-warped. Basic table loom experience required, 18+. Via Zoom, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 2. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer.

TAPESTRY FROM WARP TO WALL Learn how to plan a draft, warp a small loom, weave, and finish a small tapestry! Small tapestry looms and materials will be provided to each participant in advance, and instruction will focus on basic loom terms and simple techniques. All levels, 12+. (Min: 3. Max: 6.) Via Zoom, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., March 9, 16, 23, 30. $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer.

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

BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, unpacks the creative life in this amazing book. Whether you’re a writer, painter, cook, woodworker, or just someone who likes to dabble in everything, you’ll gain something. And you don’t have to have a creative practice in place, to participate. Gilbert talks about creating for the sheer joy of the process. We’ll read the book over the course of the class. We’ll also sprinkle in a couple of practices from The Artist’s Way and see what we can do to explore our own creative instincts, set some intentions, and rediscover new joys in creating. Think of it a hug for your inner artist, even if he/she wouldn’t dare use that title. It’s going to be a warm, bright spot in the middle of winter and a powerful way to start the new year. Provide your own copy of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, easy to find online, including used copies. All levels, 18+. Via Zoom, Thursdays 6-7 p.m., Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 6-7 p.m. (Min: 3. Max: 10.) $30. Instructor: Ronda Redmond.

WRITING HAIKUS A haiku is a simple poetry form that’s easy to remember and fun to write. In the first class, we will read some, talk about what makes them work, and explore a couple of similar poetry forms. We will come back together in a couple of weeks and share some poems we have written and/or discovered. Don’t over-think this one. It’s going to be short, sweet, and fun. All levels, 18+. Via Zoom, Thursdays 6-7 p.m., March 4, 18. (Min: 3. Max: 10.) $20. Instructor: Ronda Redmond.

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.

NOTE: DROP-IN WRITERS’ CRITIQUE GROUP, DROP-IN CLAY STUDIO, and POTTERY INSTRUCTION are suspended in light of COVID-19. We look forward to resuming these popular offerings in the future. Please consider a fiber or writing class in the meantime!


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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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