Category Archives: Educational

Mindful Journaling (Self-Paced Class for ages 55+)

Sunday | February 7 – April 3 + Zoom social (TBD)
Virtual | Register at

Be present in the moment and channel your creativity through written and visual expression, learning techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media. This self-paced course provides 8 weekly emails containing journaling techniques and mindfulness prompts to inspire your creativity. Finish the course with a zoom social to share what you learned and, if you’re brave, show off your work!

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Playful Postcards: Artist Study MCA’s Playful Postcards program is back, this time lessons will be focused around famous artists. Participants will have the opportunity to get creative and have a little fun sending and receiving colorful postcards. Each student will receive a special art kit to keep that includes everything you need to get started including blank postcards,… Continue Reading

MCA Adult Doodle Club Continues

Weekly on Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Dec. 16 7:00-8:30pm | online Join teaching artist Lisa Douglas and other MCA community members virtually for a live, interactive drop in art session on Wednesday nights 7:30-8 pm, now through Dec. 16, 2020. Each week students will have a chance to unwind from their day as they… Continue Reading

MCA Fall Open House Week

August 17-22 Online and Outside of Valencia Arts Center Do you need to set aside a little time to get creative, move, or spend time with family and friends? You can do all of these at once when you choose Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts during our Fall 2020 Open House week, August 17-22.… Continue Reading

MCA Oil Pastels Class in Partnership with Winona Friendship Center

Thursdays | August 6-27 | 1:00-2:00pm Zoom | The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so excited to be partnering with the Winona Friendship Center and continuing to offer a unique programs geared towards adults ages 55+. Each participant will get a package of supplies to create with over the 4-week period. Registrations… Continue Reading

Dance Photography with Ron McKinney

Friday | July 17 | 4:00-5:15pm Join professional photographer and Pas de Deux Photo Co-founder, Ron McKinney for a interactive virtual workshop learn about Dance Photography and what a career in it looks like. This workshop is part Careers in Dance, a 3-workshop series during MCA’s 2020 Summer Dance Intensive during July 2020. To… Continue Reading

Online Workshop with Broadway Make-up Artist Daniel Klinger

Wednesday | July 15 | 4:00-5:15pm Join Broadway Hair and Make-up Artist Daniel Klinger for an interactive virtual workshop. Daniel will give tips and tricks for applying theatrical make-up and will guide participants through a fun lesson in covering-up and re-shaping eyebrows to create characters such as Jafar and Genie in Aladdin. This workshop… Continue Reading

Winona Community ROCKS! The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts invites community members to join in a unique community building initiative. Each week we will share information about an important artist of color and or of an indigenous background and their approach to art. Participants will then use rocks as their canvas to create art inspired by that… Continue Reading

The River Art of George Caleb Bingham

Thursday | February 20 | 6:00-7:00pm Minnesota Marine Art Museum | 800 Riverview Dr Gregory Schmidt will offer a presentation that focuses on George Caleb Bingham, one of the most respected and well-known American artists of the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Bingham was a transitional figure in American art history. Largely self-taught,… Continue Reading

Expanding Perspectives at WSU

Winona State University’s Inclusion and Diversity Office is growing its outreach and offerings to serve all students, the campus community, and the greater Winona community at large. During the week of February 10, Dr. Jonathan Locust, Director, invites everyone to participate in a program series entitled Expanding Perspectives, to be held each night of the… Continue Reading