Classes and Workshops

In the Company of Kids (Theater Classes) All abilities Welcome

Join the fun! Act, Sing, Dance, Music Appreciation, Puppetry, Improvisation and more! Classes are great for building self esteem, confidence and social skills. Consumer Support Grants accepted.

Instructor: Bonnie Kaye, Matt Alto, Karl Gronwell Tuition: 14 week session - $280 (adaptive Theater Class) *2 instructors

Session begins September 16th ** tuition pro-rated if starting mid session

Adaptive Theater Class: Ages 7 and Up

Mondays 5:15-6:00 pm Ages 7-10 Mondays 6:15-7:00 pm Ages 11-16

Theater Class – (typical) Ages 7-12 $225.00 (14 weeks) 1 instructor Monday 4:15-5:00pm (1 instructor)

For more information contact: Bonnie at 952-736-3644 or 952-220-1676 Email: For more information about the Company of Kids visit the website:

How To Start Writing - presented by the Maple Grove Night Writers Guild

A course for people who want to write and need a place to start.  Four experienced writers from the Maple Grove Night Writers (guild) critique group will give presentations on a variety of topics that face writers.  This seminar is geared to those who want to write fiction, nonfiction, memoir or any style of writing but don't know where to start.

Instructors: Judy Granahan, Genny Kieley, Lyn Miller LaCoursiere, and Ross Tarry
Date: Session 1: May 17, Session 2: Aug: 16, Sesion 3: Nov. 8
Time: 10a.m.-3p.m.
Age: 18-adult
Cost: $75 per session, senior $50 

**Please note what session(s) you are registering for on the registration form.

Spring Classes

En Plein Aire Painting

Instructor: Derek Davis

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8 

Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Ages: 16- Adult
Cost: $160
Painting "en plein aire" conjurs a romantic image of artist and easel at one with nature. Come and explore the plein air experience at a beautiful location with nationally recognized Plein Air Painter Derek Davis.

Derek is a second generation artist who has been following the path of painter and honing his skills for 30+ years. He can be found teaching workshops and painting in "plein air " competitions throughout the U.S.

His painting are eagerly collected by patrons and he is in demand as a popular instructor.

Each day will begin with a demo followed by 2-3 hours of painting, breaks as needed, personal coaching and afternoon painting.

Each day's lessons will address one of the topics from the "Master's Toolbox" depending on needs of the students. These topics include; 3 C's of painting - a systematic approach to painting, Principles and Elements of Design, Creating a Value Plan, Block-in approaches, Rendering / Drawing, Using Local and Expressive Color, Brushwork, Properties of Pigment and Using Mediums.

Instructor will be painting in oil paint and the materials list refers to this medium.

Materials include a basic palette of colors with suitable substitutes in parenthesis- 1. cadmium yellow light ( azo yellow ), 2. cadmium yellow, 3. quinacridone gold ( transparent yellow oxide ), 4. cadmium red light, 5. quinacridone rose ( permanent alizarin crimson), 6. ultramarine blue, 7. cobalt blue, 8. viridian, and 9. titanium white.

Additional equipment includes a palette for mixing paint on, palette or painting knife, two each no. 6 and 8 bristle brushes ( flat, filbert or bright), a small round brush, an outdoor easel ( a sketch easel with a paint box for equipment is adequate), mineral spirits or turpentine in a container large enough to rinse brush in, paper towels, clips ( these are important because of wind ), small sketch book, hard charcoal ( soft pencil ), and  panels to paint on. Painting panels should be between 6x8 inches and 12x16 inches. A clamp on umbrella is helpful but not not absolutely necessary for class.

Workshop is a two day affair for beginning through advanced painters from 9am to 5pm both days with ample time for breaks. Pack a meal or snacks as they are not provided and don't forget insect repellant.

Class Registration

Registration Form for Writing Class

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Download the mail-in registration form.

Mail form and check to:
Education Director
7916 Main Street
Maple Grove, MN 55369

For questions regarding classes:
please call Christina Hankins at (612) 964-2542

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