Classes and Workshops for Children and Adults

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

You are invited to join our Theater Programs at the Maple Grove Arts Center!  All abilities are welcome to participate in our Musical Theater programs brought to you by In the Company of Kids Performing Arts Center.  Students will explore Acting, Singing, Dance, Improvisation, Puppetry and the creation of skits/plays to be performed for parents.  A 12 week session will begin on September 28th and will finish in performance December 14th.   Classes are held on Mondays.  Theater is wonderful for building confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and nurturing imagination!   Call 952-220-1676 or visit  www.cokartscenter for more information.

5:15-6 pm Adaptive Theater Class (special needs) 8-12 yrs

6:15-7:15 pm Musical Theater Class 10-15 yrs

Watercolor Workshop (Adult)

Instructor: MaryLeah Marshall

Dates: September 17th-October 22nd (skip October 8th)

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Cost: $125 Non-Member/ $112 Member

Discover the joy of working with watercolors in a relaxed and creative setting. Learn about techniques, color mixing and washes, as well as the elements and principles of art. Use still life and photo images as inspiration. Perfect for the beginner artist as well as the advanced watercolor artist.

The 7 Elements of Successful Creative Writing Are...?(Adult & Teens)

Instructor: Gail Wood

Dates: November 2nd-23rd

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Cost: $135 Non-Member/ $122 Member

This creative writing class series gives students the 7 major elements of, or means to a successful story, and insight on how they are best employed. These classes are dedicated to the explanation and use of each of the 7 elements, with focus on the ways and means to pull the correct elements together in a style unique to the story and its author. Plot genres, story line methods, outlines, and brainstorming, will be explained. Students will experiment in class with a writing project. Items to bring to each class are: personal computer OR lined notebook and pens/pencils, dictionary and thesaurus (electronic or book-form). In addition, a detailed handout in creative writing will be emailed for students to bring to class.

The Total Picture I – Beginning to Intermediate, Acrylic Painting (Adult & Teens)

Instructor: Gail Wood

Dates/Time: November 10th-December 8th from 1:30pm-4:30pm

                 or  November 11th-December 9th from 10am-1pm

Cost: $175 Non-Member/ $157 Member

This is an open forum studio class where individual attention is given students at their level. This series gives students a chance to learn and practice the fundamentals in painting or to extend them to the next level. Areas to be covered will be use of supplies, the principles and elements of art, value of art history and visual reference, with extra focus on: compositional structure, value/color, shadow, and various modes of perspective. A drawing background is optional for this study. Students should bring: a gum eraser, basic set of acrylic paintbrushes and paints, a pallet knife and pallet paper notebook, paper towels or painting rags, a 20” x 16” paint ready canvas, and either a regular sized notebook or sketchbook for notes. Other supplies will be provided. A detailed handout in painting will be emailed to students to print out and bring to class.

The Total Picture II – Intermediate to Advanced, Acrylic Painting (Adult & Teens)

Instructor: Gail Wood

Dates/Time: November 10th-December 8th from 10am-1pm

                  or November 11th-December 9th from 1:30pm-4:30pm

Cost: $185 Non-Member/ $162 Member

This painting series is an open forum studio class where individualize attention is given students at their level. Students will hone their use of the principals and elements of art, techniques, and composition, while being instructed in the study of diverse genres: still life, figure, landscape and abstract/modern. Students should bring: a gum eraser, intermediate set of acrylic paintbrushes and paints, a pallet knife and pallet paper notebook, paper towels or painting rags, and a paint ready canvas at least 20” x 16”. Other supplies will be provided. A detailed handout in painting will be emailed to students to print out and bring to class.

Three Dimensional Crocheting (Adults & Teens)

Instructor: Jenny Stice

Date:  October 15th

      Or December 4th 

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Ages: 14+

Cost: $27 Member/$30 Non-member plus $5 material fee (each date is a separate event, cost is for one night.)

In this class students will learn to take basic crocheting skills and turn them into three dimensional sculptures. Inspired by the Minneapolis Crochet Reef project, students can create animals, jewelry, or abstract sculptures with newly learned skills. Students are encouraged to bring yarn and crochet hook. Wire will be supplied.

Old Soul Artists  (Adult & Teens)

Connecting with Past Lives to Fuel Your Creative Fire

Speaker: Heidi Steffens

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  $35

Sign up online! 

Have you ever wondered where your creative inspiration comes from? Have you been looking for a new way to tap into a inspirational source that you can channel into your creative work? Learn how your past lives may have influenced your current path, and how to tap into one (or more!) past lives to find continued inspiration.

Acrylic Sunsets for Beginners (Adult)

Instructor: Gene Kadlac

Dates: October 11th & 18th

Times: 2-4pm

Cost: $49 Non-Member/ $44 Member

These classes are all about sunsets you've seen, have a picture of, or colors in your head. Blending, texture, composition, contrast, are part of what you will learn. You bring the paint/brushes/ palette knife/and or rubber gloves for painting with your hands, and I'll bring the 11x14 canvas board (if you prefer a different size canvas you can provide your own).

Travel and Place Based Writing (Adult)

Instructor: Kaia Preus

Date: October 22nd

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $30

In this workshop, participants will read examples of travel essays and articles and examine them in order to see how they are successful. There will be a writing exercise portion of the workshop, and participants will have the opportunity to share their work with the rest of the class.

The workshop will also spend time discussing the importance of place in writing and the philosophies that stem from a “vagabond” lifestyle—a lifestyle that can be employed across the globe or at home. Through readings, videos, and discussions, participants will learn from the voices of travel writers the ways in which to make a place and its experiences vivid to readers. Participants will also experiment with re-creating their own sense of time and awareness in order to deliberately move through places (either familiar or strange) and experience them for all they are worth.

Charcoal Drawing Series (Adult)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Dates: October 29th-November 12th

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Cost: $71 Non-Member/ $64 Member

Unleash your inner artist while creating charcoal fine art drawings in a relaxed, fun environment. Learn a different charcoal technique each week with provided professional-grade supplies. Explore the world of charcoal with step-by-step instruction and leave with a collection of beautiful art. No art experience necessary. All supplies provided.

Palette Up! Sunflower Acrylic Painting (Adult)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Date: November 1st

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $32 Non-Member/ $29 Member

Socialize, relax, and recharge with an Art Soiree. No art experience necessary to have fun and enjoy. Grab a friend and join us for an evening of unrestrained imagination with step-by-step instruction. You will complete a painting of Sunflowers with acrylic paints on stretched canvas. Everyone will take home an original art piece they will want to hang on their walls.

Silk Scarf Painting (Adult)- FULL

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Date: November 3rd

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Cost: $42 Non-member/ $38 Member

Learn the French Serti technique of silk painting while creating a beautiful scarf. No art experience necessary, create your own design as simple or complex as you would like. It's easy, it's clean, it's fun, and you get startlingly beautiful results. View project examples on our Pinterest page:

Floral Watercolor Techniques (Adult)

Instructor: Gene Kadlac

Dates: November 10th & 17th

Times: 7-9pm

Cost: $49 Non-member/ $44 Member

Learn basic watercolor techniques such as overlapping, blending, wet and dry techniques, correcting mistakes, etc. You bring your watercolor supplies, and I'll bring the flowers and 11x15" watercolor paper.

Secrets of Good Story Telling & The Value of Critique (Adult)

Instructor: Genny Kieley & Ross Tarantino

Time: 1-4pm

Date: November 7th

Cost: $45 Non-member/ $41 Member

Learn to use Basic Elements of Good Story Telling—Sense of Place, Well drawn characters, Setting and Story Problem. Also mapping out your book’s structure. Scene & Summary, Tension, Action and Emotion.

Starting Writing/ Creating Unforgettable Characters (Adult)

Instructors: Judy Granahan and Laura Vosika

Date: November 14th

Time: 1pm-4pm

Cost: $45 Non-member/ $41 Member

Judy will talk about how to get started with writing. Laura will talk about creating characters who come to life on the page. Included will be a course book on writing, writing time, and the opportunity to read to the class.

Writing From The Essence (Adult)

Instructor: Catherine Galascione

Date: November 21st

Time: 12pm-3pm

Cost: $44 Non-member/ $40 Member

Explore and express your essential being and voice with Poetry. Through writing exercises and sharing, we will tune into our authentic self and write from the Essence.

Adding Feeling and Personality to Your Cartoons (Adult)

Instructor: Gene Kadlac

Date: December 8th

Times: 7-9pm

Cost: $40 Non-member/ $36 Member

Cartoons are a great way to express feelings, be light hearted, or serious, funny, or thoughtful. Certain lines, compositions, shapes help describe visual emotional appeal. Basic cartoon drawing is a fun way to relax and enjoy life. Bring your own pencils, pens, markers, etc.

Holiday Coloring Book Night (14-Adult)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Date: December 10th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $35

Celebrate the holiday season with Christmas and Winter themed coloring books, cookies, and hot chocolate. Socialize and take a break from the busy holiday season and join the latest trend of adult coloring books.

Class Registration

Register & pay for classes online!


Download the mail-in registration form.

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

Please also note your intended classes on the memo line - thank you!

For questions regarding classes:
please call Lisa Vitkus (763) 494 6957

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