REGISTER BELOW for fall classes in KNITTING, SPINNING, WEAVING, WRITING! You’ll then receive a Google calendar invite to the class, which serves as confirmation of your registration.

View class offerings in calendar format on our Events page.

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

KNITTING

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., September 13, 20, 27, October 4. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani. REGISTRATION CLOSED.

INTERMEDIATE KNITTING: SOCKS Create natural-fiber socks while adding to your basic knitting skills. From the beginning, we’ll strategize ways to avoid “second sock syndrome,” the thing that keeps many would-be sock knitters from finishing the job! Plenty of troubleshooting and problem-solving time is built into class meetings. Provide your own supplies: Approximately 400-450 yards of sport weight yarn (#2 or fine weight) and size 3 or 4 circular needles 32″ or longer. Stitch markers recommended (safety pins will do). All levels, 16+. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Via Zoom, Mondays 6-8 p.m., October 18, 25, November 1, 8. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani. Register here.

INTERMEDIATE KNITTING SKILL BUILDER II Delve into more unique knitting skills. Join us as we explore working with double pointed needles, entrelac and brioche knitting, pattern adjustments and more. This class will give you a basic understanding of some intermediate knitting skills through practice swatches and hands on knitting experience. Provide your own supplies: one skein of medium weight yarn #3 or #4. Size 6 or 7 needles straight and double pointed will be required. Optional: a pattern that hadn’t worked out for you or you are looking to adjust. (Min: 3. Max: 5.) Via Zoom, Mondays 6-8 p.m., November 15, 22, 29, December 6. $40. Instructor: Reese Damiani. Register here.

SPINNING

INTRODUCTION TO SPINNING Start with raw sheep’s wool and go home with a freshly hand-spun ball of yarn! Learn to clean, card, spin, and ply wool into fiber you can use for weaving, knitting, crocheting, or other projects. The Arts Center will provide spinning tools and raw fiber, but if you have your own tools or fibers you’d like to use, bring them along! All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6). Saturday 1-4 p.m., September 18. In person the Arts Center, masked/distanced. $20. Instructor: Jake Fee (read Jake’s craft vocab blog here). Register here.

WEAVING

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING ON A TABLE LOOM Explore the world of weaving on table looms from starting a pre-warped project to finishing techniques. Learn basic weaving skills by exploring a variety of twill structures while experimenting with texture. In this course we will learn to operate a loom, as well as the terminology to create a solid foundation of weaving knowledge. By the end of this four-week course you will have a weaving sampler that can serve as a wall hanging or a helpful reference for future projects. The Arts Center will provide looms and fiber materials in advance. Please provide your own fork (a standard table fork will do) and approximately 2 yards of toilet paper. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6). Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13. Via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Freya (Caitlin) Heyer. Register here.

INTERMEDIATE WEAVING Take your weaving to the next level by exploring a new structure – waffle weave! Learn about shrinkage, balance, and other key aspects of weaving a completed project. Solidify weaving skills and challenge yourself by completing a matched set of waffle weave washcloths in this four-week guided course. The Arts Center will provide a warped loom and fiber materials in advance. Please provide approximately 2 yards of toilet paper. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 6).  Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1 (no class Nov. 24). Via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Freya (Caitlin) Heyer. Register here.

PRIVATE WEAVING/WARPING CLASSES  For floor loom or table loom — the Arts Center will provide a table loom for home use (lessons via Zoom), or a floor loom for use on site at the Arts Center (private students use an advance sign-up system to ensure no more than two people in the studio at once, wear masks, and observe all other CDC protocols). Get personalized instruction for your next weaving project starting with a free one-hour consultation to determine a project overview and lesson plan based on your weaving goals. Lessons as arranged: $60 per 2 hour session, 2-session minimum. To learn more, email Freya (Caitlin) at fiber.acsp@gmail.com.

WRITING

SPEAKING OF POETRY: THE LIFE AND WORK OF LANGSTON HUGHES In this four-session course, we will read and discuss the work of an American icon. We will explore Langston Hughes’ place in literary history and his role in the Harlem Renaissance. In particular, we’ll dive into a form he created called jazz poetry, and we’ll look at the weekly columns he contributed to The Chicago Defender. If Langston Hughes is a writer you’ve always meant to read more deeply, of if you are already familiar with his work and just want to hang out with a group of folks and talk about it, this class is for you. Provide your own copy of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, available at most used book sources. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8). Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9 (no class Nov. 25). Class will take place at the Arts Center, and participants may attend in person or via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. Register here.

MODERN LOVE: THE ESSAY CHALLENGE The New York Times column Modern Love is a long-standing literary tradition in our popular culture. In this class, we will read a handful of essays, deconstruct them to see what makes them compelling, and then write out our own Modern Love stories. Participants will work within the length restrictions required by the Times as they write an essay in the spirit of the column. We will share drafts in each class and help each other generate fresh ideas and revise them into tight essays worthy of submission. Oh, yes. We WILL submit them to he New York Times! Who knows if YOUR Modern Love story will make it to print. Whether you end up with an amazing publication credit or a written rejection, you will be in the game and living the writing life. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8). Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4. Class will take place at the Arts Center, and participants may attend in person or via Zoom. $30. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. Register here.

LIVING THE WRITING LIFE: WRITING DOWN THE BONES In this four-week class, we will read Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones; Freeing the Writer Within (provide your own copy, available at most used book sources). If you have been trying to jump start your writing life, this class is for you. Goldberg’s book gets back to the basics of generative writing, revision, and the habit of showing up to the page. It’s a practical guide to launching, or re-committing to, a writing practice. We will share tips and tricks for firing up your writing mind and share our experiences as we live out the highs and lows of the writing life. Participants will have the option to share work with the class, but it is not required. All levels, 16+. (Min: 4. Max: 8). SECTION I: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7.  Register here. SECTION II: Thursdays 6-7 p.m., Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7. Class will take place at the Arts Center, and participants may attend in person or via Zoom. $40. Instructor: Ronda Redmond. Register here.


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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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