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


SKILL-BUILDING FOR KNITTERS 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. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m. Fiber Studio. Instructor: Reese Schlawin. $55. Register below.

INTRO TO WEAVING ON A TABLE LOOM Learn the meditative art of weaving! Looms will be pre-warped (the hard part!), and instruction will focus on simple techniques to produce small finished products (table runners, coasters, wrist cuffs). Bring your own tools & materials if you wish, but the Arts Center has plenty and will provide everything you need to get started. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Mondays, Feb. 24, March 2, March 9, March 16, 4-6 p.m. Fiber Studio. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer. $55. Registration is closed; check out our summer offerings, posted here in May!


PRIVATE INSTRUCTION Whether you’re seeking a new way to meditate or you’re an accomplished ceramist looking to push your skills to new levels, private instruction guarantees a customized experience that fits your schedule. Session times are arranged between the student & instructor. Private instruction is available for individuals & groups (we can accommodate up to six students at a time), for a minimum of two hours, $30/person/hour. For all levels, 19+. Instructor: Clay Studio staff. To arrange an initial session (payment will be collected on-site, cash/check/card), contact

DROP-IN CLAY STUDIO Try your hand at clay, or renew your skills with guidance from friendly, helpful Clay Studio staff. Newcomers welcome. For all levels, 8+ (ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult). Every second & fourth Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm. Free. No registration required.


MONTHLY DROP-IN ART CRITIQUE. Bring your finished or nearly-finished visual art in any medium, and receive feedback from a professional artist who specializes in constructive critiques that’ll help you sharpen your artistic agenda and identity going forward. Facilitator: Amber Rahe. February-May, first Thursday of the month, 5-7 p.m. Lower Gallery. $10 drop-in fee, no advance registration.

MONTHLY DROP-IN ART STUDIO. Need designated time, space, and community to get a project started or make progress? Take part in this monthly gathering designed to provide just that, plus encouragement from a professional artist. Facilitor: Amber Rahe. February-May, first Tuesday of the month, 5-7 p.m. Lower Gallery. $10 drop-in fee, no advance registration.

THE ARTIST’S WAY For writers, performers, and visual artists seeking to build creative muscle. In this twelve-week session, participants will receive a used copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, “an indispensable book for anyone following the spiritual path to higher creativity.” Each class meeting will include discussion,the opportunity to report on goals and progress, and reading/writing assignments for the following week. For creatives at all levels, 16+. Mondays Jan. 27-April 13, two options, 2-3 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. (Min: 4. Max: 12). $50. Register below.

ALL-NIGHT ART PARTY: A LOCK-IN FOR CREATIVES Celebrate the Arts Center’s full occupancy of our building with an artmaking marathon! Facilitators will be provided in each of five media: drawing, writing, weaving, clay, and music. Each participant will claim a personal artmaking space, and facilitators will keep time and call breaks. BYO refreshments & sleeping bag/pillow if you plan to stay overnight (not necessary; you can call it a night at some point, go home, and rejoin the group for breakfast the next day). For all levels, 21+. Sat. Feb. 15, 6 p.m. – Sun., Feb. 16, 9 a.m.  (Min: 12. Max: 24). $30. Register below.

CREATIVE CROSS-TRAINING Get maximum inspiration from every new exhibition! Poets Ronda Redmond and Derek Liebertz guide participants through the gallery, providing writing prompts guaranteed to get your creativity flowing. Participants need not share what they’ve written, but sharing is always welcome. All levels, 16+. Sundays 1:30-3:00 p.m., Jan. 19, Feb. 2, March 8, April 5, May 3. $10 drop-in fee, no advance registration.

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WRITING LIKE A READER: A SHORT STORY COURSE. Explore the craft of the short story through  readings, writing exercises, and group workshop critiques of participants’ original stories. For aspiring writers, or active writers seeking the support of a workshop environment. For all levels 16+. (Min: 5, Max: 10.)  Thursdays 6-8 p.m., Feb. 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26. Second Story Writing Studio. $60. Instructor: Holly Dodge. Register below.

MONTHLY CRITIQUE GROUP FOR WRITERS For all levels, all genres, 16+. Every second Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm. Instructors: Ronda Redmond & Kevin Langdon $10 drop-in fee. NOTE: Newcomers are encouraged to discuss with the instructor whether they can commit to regular attendance and exchanging work in advance. Regular participation with advance reading and critique provides the greatest benefit. No registration required.

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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.






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