Category Archives: Classes

MCA offers Virtual Summer Camps

Where Nature Meets Art: June 8-11
Hero Camp: June 15-18
Journey Around the World: June 22-26
(times for all depend on age)

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce a variety of exciting online offerings. Offerings will be online at least through July 31, MCA continually monitoring the situation and recommendations from the affiliate program, Saint Mary’s University of MN and public health officials to find out the earliest but safest time we can return to regular programming. However, until classes can be held in person, MCA has designed a variety of camps and classes for ages 2- adults that are designed to inspire creativity, keep students healthy, and offer the opportunity for community members to connect.

MCA has been offering online programming since March and has reached over 300 people from Winona and beyond during this time. Inspired by a community survey, MCA has designed special youth summer camps to not only teach arts and foster creativity but they are also designed carefully to reinforce literacy, STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art & Math) skills, exploration of the world around us, and or promote physical activity. June camps include “Where Nature meets Art”, “Journey Around the World”, and Hero Camp. July will include a Summer Dance Intensive and other creative arts camps. Each creative arts camp registrant receives an at-home kit that promotes learning and creativity both during the camp and beyond.

To learn more about MCA’s Online programs visit:

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA, visit, email, or call 507-453-5500.

Photo: Lydia Wang, age 11 shows off an oil pastel rendition of Sugar Loaf she created during MCA’s May “Creating Winona with Oil Pastels” online class.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


Creative Aging Art in a Box Class At this time the doors to the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) brick and mortar home, the Valencia Arts Center, are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, the dedicated staff and faculty are working hard to bring the arts, routine, and community right into your living room (kitchen, bedroom, or garage). Until… Continue Reading

Nia and the Dance Arts

Saturday | March 7 | 10:30am-noon Winona Friendship Center | 251 Main St Join us for a wonderful time of exploring the dance arts in Nia: modern dance, jazz dance, and the freedom created by Isadora Duncan.  Mary Lee Eischen will demonstration a few of our Nia moves and then everyone can move the choreography… Continue Reading

Artist Bonnie Cutts GOLDEN Media Demo

Sunday | March 8 | 2:00-4:00pm Mississippi Mornings Art Studio 40341 LaMoille Dr | Winona Bonnie has been affiliated with Golden Artist Colors in their Certified Working Artist Program since 1998. She offers technical lectures and demos about acrylic materials in college classrooms and for a variety of artists’ groups, art centers and organizations. She… Continue Reading

Nia and the Martial Arts

Saturday | February 8 | 10:30am-12:00pm Winona Friendship Center | 251 Main St Nia has three martial arts movement forms incorporated in the practice.  We’ll learn about the three martial arts in Nia: Tai’ Chi, Tae Kwan Do, and Aikido.  We learn how some movement is slow and deliberate, some movements flow for precision, and… Continue Reading

Learning about Nia

Saturdays | 10:30am-12pm January 11, February 8, March 7, and April 4 Winona Friendship Center | 251 Main St. Mary Lee Eischen invites you to learn about Nia through her upcoming class. You may sign up for one class or the four part series to learn how to feel more alive and vibrant in your… Continue Reading

MCA Reflections Visual Arts Workshops

Saturday | November 9 Grades K-2: 11:00am-12:30pm Grades 3-6: 1:00-2:30pm Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts 1164 W Howard (10th) St Come join MN PTA Reflections Arts chair Lori Ortega in an art class that will utilize the 2019-20 Reflections theme, “Look Within.” Express yourself through art! This is a hands-on, creative class, where each student… Continue Reading

Selfie Inspired Art Classes @ MCA

Follow the footsteps of famous artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo and learn the tricks and techniques of a variety of self-portrait styles. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to admire that beautiful face in the mirror and play with exciting materials. Dates: Mondays, Oct. 28–Nov. 18 Time/Ages: 4:30–5:30 pm, 1st–3rd… Continue Reading

Printmaking Studio

Tuesdays | Sept. 24 through Nov. 12 | 3:00-4:30pm Riverway Learning Community, 1733 Service Dr. Ste. 18 | Winona, MN It is not too late to register for this exciting class! Get ready to explore the art of printmaking and monotypes. You will have the opportunity to learn the step by step process used… Continue Reading