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MCA Colored Pencil Techniques Art Class

Did you know that there are a multitude of special techniques that can be applied using colored pencils? Join MCA for this online art class to learn these special techniques that can be applied to create highlights, shading, blending, shapes, and more. Each week will explore a new topic, technique, and artist(s). Participants who are interested will be invited to exchange postcards with classmates featuring their artwork.

Suggested class supplies: set of colored pencils (24 colors or more is ideal), sketch book, pencil (an ebony pencil is ideal), eraser, black felt-tip or fine liner pen, & straight edge (such as a 12 in. ruler). Optional extra supplies: colorless blending pencil, blending stump (tortillon), and gel pens. For postcard mailing: you will need card stock, recycled materials or premade postcards, (3”x5” or 4”x6”) and postcard stamps which are 36 cents each.

Day/Dates: Mondays, April 12- May 31
Time: 7-8 pm
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $25

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Vintage Valentines – Free Zoom Art Class

Sunday | February 7 | 2:00-3:00pm Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) with the support of the Winona Fine Arts Commission and in partnership with the Winona County History Center, invites community members aged 6-106 to join a free virtual art class. The live class will be delivered via Zoom on Sunday, Feb. 7,… Continue Reading

Clay Workshops with Anne Scott Plummer

Anne Scott Plummer, a retired WSU Art Professor, is offering a series of eight Clay Workshops this winter and spring through WAPS Community Education. Each three-hour workshop has a different focus, including Creating Ceramic Tiles, Making Textured Ceramic Bowls, Clay Slab Mug Making, Clay Mask-making, Creating a Lidded Container, Sculpting a Clay Wall Relief, Creating… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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