SUMMER 2020 CLASSES ARE HAPPENING! Scroll down for course descriptions and registration/payment info. Class meetings will take place via Zoom. We’ll use the contact information you provide through PayPal, to provide further instructions.

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

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Critique & Support Group Fees (due before each session)
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INTRODUCTION TO POETRY: THE RIGHTS OF WRITING Fill your writing toolbox by learning how to use the basic elemental units of poetry. In this six-week class, students will have the opportunity to read, discuss, and write poems of their own (although writing is not required). Each class will focus on one poetic tool: Imagery, language, sound and diction, the line and how the line functions, and form and voice. Class meetings will be treated as learning communities with the shared goals of learning from and understanding from one another to improve comprehension and progress. Materials will be provided by the instructor, and will include video, music, discussion, and visual art. For all levels 16+. (Min: 5, Max: 10.)  Wednesdays 12:30-2:00 p.m., June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8. $50. Instructor: Jenn Wartman.

WRITING LIKE A READER: SYLVIA PLATH’S ARIEL. Haven’t read much poetry? No problem. This two-session class is an opportunity to explore some famous poems by a famously complex poet. Ronda Redmond will facilitate discussion, which will include not only swooning over Plath’s amazing work, but also talking about the basic elements of poetry. We will slow down and look at how she does what she does. Expect to walk away with a better understanding of poetry in general. Or, if you’re comfortable with the genre, come and feel the love as we geek out over the art, craft, and magic that is poetry. Students should come to the first session with a copy of Ariel. You can find used copies online ( is a good source), or you can check one out from the library. Feel free to read before the first class if you’d like, but the plan is to spend our first meeting reading a few poems together, talking about poetic conventions, and getting you psyched up to read the collection before our second meeting. For all levels 16+. (Min: 4, Max: 10). Thursdays 6:00-8:00 p.m., June 18, July 2. $24. Instructor: Ronda Redmond.

WRITING LIKE A READER: A 12-WEEK COURSE IN HERMAN MELVILLE. Explore the distinctive craft of Herman Melville through readings of Moby Dick (the whole thing if you’re ambitious; excerpts if you’re a regular person), writing exercises, and group workshop critiques of participants’ original work. For aspiring writers, or active writers seeking the support of a workshop environment. For all levels 16+. (Min: 4, Max: 8.)  Please provide your own copy of Moby Dick (used or library-borrowed preferred, vs. electronic). Every other Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m., June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12. $40. Instructor: Nate LeBoutillier.

MONTHLY CRITIQUE GROUP FOR WRITERS For all levels, all genres, 16+. Every second Sunday of the month, 3:00-5:00 pm. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. $10 drop-in fee payable prior to each session, via PayPal above or directly to the instructor via Venmo. 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. 


INTRODUCTION TO KNITTING Never knit? Come learn! Create natural-fiber washcloths while learning basic knitting skills. Plenty of troubleshooting and problem-solving time is built into class meetings. Ready-made packets of tools and materials will be provided. After we receive your registration, the Arts Center will contact you for curbside pickup. All levels, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Mondays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 8, 15, 22, 29. $40. Instructor: Reese Schlawin.

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. Ready-made packets of tools and materials will be provided. After we receive your registration, the Arts Center will contact you for curbside pickup. All levels, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 9, 16, 23, 30. $40. Instructor: Reese Schlawin.

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 basic loom terms and simple techniques to produce a small wall hanging. Ready-made packets of tools and materials, including a table loom, will be provided. After we receive your registration, the Arts Center will contact you for curbside pickup. All levels, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Section I: Fridays, June 5-26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Section II: Fridays, June 5-26, 5-7 p.m. $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer.


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). $30/hour/person. For all levels, 19+. Instructor: Clay Studio staff.

NOTE: DROP-IN CLAY STUDIO is suspended in light of COVID-19. We look forward to resuming this popular offering in the future. Please consider private instruction in the meantime!


WHY AM I EVEN DOING THIS? A weekly meet-up for artists at all levels in all genres, to check in on the state of our states during and post-quarantine. Each participant will be given a few minutes to share their latest triumph/challenge/block/etc. Not a critique group, just a chance to share ideas, reconnect with each other, and keep stoking the embers of our collective creative spirit. No advance registration required. Thursdays 4-6 p.m., June 4 through August 13. $10 drop-in fee payable prior to each session, via PayPal above. Facilitator: Ann Rosenquist Fee.


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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