FALL 2020 CLASSES ARE HAPPENING! In clay, embroidery, knitting, weaving, writing — and (new!) tarot for artistic inspiration. Scroll down for course descriptions and registration/payment info. Class meetings will take place via Zoom (except clay). 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.)


Clay & Fiber Classes
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Writing & Tarot Classes
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CLAY

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 three 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!

FIBER

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.) Via Zoom, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., September 9,16, 23, 30. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

MONOGRAM EMBROIDERY Put your embroidery skills to use! Do you know how to embroider, but have never known what to do with your fun skill? Get a refresher on a variety of stitches while completing this personalized monogram project. The Arts Center will provide you with hoop & fabric in advance. Provide your own floss (any colors), and needles. Basic embroidery skills required. 16+ (Min: 4. Max: 8.) Via Zoom, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., October 14, 21, 28, November 4. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

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.) Via Zoom, Mondays 6-8 p.m., September 14, 21, 28, October 5. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

SCANDINAVIAN KNITTING MOTIFS Learn how to knit your own traditional Scandinavian motifs! Learn how to work with multiple strands of color, follow motif patterns, and design your own motifs in the Fair Isle style. Provide your own supplies: 1) four skeins natural fiber #3 (lightweight) or #4 (medium) yarn, one skein each color; 2) two pairs size 7 needles, double-pointed or looped; 3) graph paper, pencil, & ruler for pattern creation. Basic knitting skills are required. 16+ (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Via Zoom, Mondays 6-8 p.m., October 19, 26, November 2, 9. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

DOUBLE KNITTING Discover the secrets to double knitting in this four session class! We’ll cover double knitting while working a flat piece and double knitting in the round, and we’ll discuss how to create patterns using this technique. Provide your own supplies: 1) four skeins natural fiber #3 (lightweight) or #4 (medium) yarn, one skein each color; 2) two pairs size 7 needles, double-pointed or looped; 3) graph paper, pencil, & ruler for pattern creation. Basic knitting skills are required. 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Via Zoom, Mondays 6-8 p.m., November 23, 30, December 7, 14. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani.

PARENT/CHILD TAPESTRY CLASS Learn the meditative art of weaving with your child! Small tapestry looms and materials will be provided to each participant in advance, and instruction will focus on basic loom terms and simple tapestry techniques to produce a small wall hanging. All levels, 6+. (Min: 2 pairs. Max: 4.) Section I: Via Zoom, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Sept 9, 16, 23, 30. Section II: Via Zoom, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25. $40 per pair. 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, Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) $40. Instructor: Caitlin Heyer. REGISTRATION IS FULL! CHECK BACK FOR MORE WEAVING IN JANUARY.

TAROT FOR ARTISTIC INSPIRATION

INTRO TO TAROT FOR ARTISTS & WRITERS. In this four-week class, participants will learn how to interpret the 22 Major Arcana of the tarot, and use those interpretations to guide and stimulate creative work. Participants must supply their own tarot deck (any version). The Arts Center will provide other materials in advance of the first class meeting. For creatives at all levels; no previous tarot knowledge required. Age 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 12). Via Zoom, Mondays 4-5 p.m. via Zoom, September 7, 14, 21 & 28, plus a one-on-one tarot reading from the instructor (scheduled at each participant’s convenience). $40. Instructor: Ann Rosenquist Fee.

WRITING

SELF PORTRAITS IN POETRY Let’s destroy the myth that poetry isn’t for everyone. In this creative writing course with Deanna Larsen-Quinn, participants will explore self-expression through sensory and figurative language in multiple poetic forms, including persona poetry, section poems, and narrative poetry. Poetry will be approached as a playful experiment. All skill levels are welcome; if you’re having fun, then you’re doing it right! Poetry can be a surprising process of discovery and invention for anyone with an open mind. Find out how poetry allows us to investigate the multiple facets of our identity and helps reshape our personal narratives. Class periods will feature writing instruction, discussion, and guided writing exercises. All participants will receive feedback on their writing and a Poetry Starter Kit with additional poems, writing prompts, idea generation strategies, and revision activities. For all levels 16+. (Min: 5, Max: 15.)  Via Zoom, Sundays 2:00-4:30 p.m., Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25. $70. Instructor: Deanna Larsen-Quinn.

CREATING FASCINATING CHARACTERS IN FICTION Do you have a story you want to tell, but don’t know how to get started? All good stories begin with a compelling central character. But how does a writer create a realistic character who’s interesting enough to draw the reader into their world? Join Deanna Larsen-Quinn and find out! In this creative writing course, participants will learn the difference between flat and round characters, static and dynamic characters, and practice various methods of direct and indirect characterization. And an engaging character needs to be doing something, so we’ll put your character in action by having them confront internal and external conflicts. Let’s brainstorm and build the story you want to write! Class periods will feature writing instruction, discussion, and guided writing exercises. All participants will receive feedback on their writing and a Character Starter Kit for putting their story together with additional writing prompts and revision activities. For all levels 16+. (Min: 5, Max: 15.)  Via Zoom, Sundays 2:00-4:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20. $70. Instructor: Deanna Larsen-Quinn.

WRITING LIKE A READER: A 12-WEEK COURSE IN TONI MORRISON. Explore the craft of Toni Morrison through readings of her selected work, writing exercises, and group workshop critiques of participants’ original pieces. This course is most ideal for aspiring or active writers seeking the support of a workshop environment. For all levels, 16+. (Min: 5, Max: 12.)  Selected works and how to acquire them will be discussed at the first class meeting. Via Zoom, every other Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 4, 18. $40. Instructor: Nate LeBoutillier.

GRANT WRITING GUIDANCE Applying for an individual artist grant? Thinking about it?!? Work with an experienced grant writer to talk through your idea, artist’s statement, and budget plan. Then, submit your draft for one round of line-edits and critique, designed to help you create a clear and compelling proposal. No previous grant writing experience required. Age 16+. (Min: 1. Max: 6). Initial group discussion via Zoom on Monday, October 5, 4-5 p.m.; then, one-on-one Zoom sessions and email critique deadlines scheduled one-on-one with the instructor. $30. Instructor: Ann Rosenquist Fee.

NOTE: DROP-IN CRITIQUE GROUP is suspended in light of COVID-19. We look forward to resuming this popular offering in the future. Please consider a 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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