Classes and Workshops for Children and Adults

birch trees

birch trees

Winter/Spring 2016

In the Company of Kids (Theater Classes for kids)

Monday night theater classes

5:15-6pm Inclusionary class (ALL ABILITIES) 7-UP


“Triple Threat” classes that will teach skills in singing, dancing and of course acting as students rehearse scenes and songs from classic Broadway or Disney movies. Children will develop these skills through movement, vocal exercises, games and character study. A final presentation will be held at the end of the session.

call today – 952-220-1676

ongoing – MAY 9

Spirit Feathers (Adults)

Instructor: Heidi Steffens

Dates: Tuesday February 9th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost:$39 Non-Member/ $35 Member

Feathers have long been symbols for many cultures throughout the generations, with many uses as well. Learn about feathers and specifically the history of feathers in healing and ritual, the meanings of different kinds of feathers, and you'll have the opportunity to make your own spirit feather to take home. Supplies will be provided including feathers, leather, beads, and stones. The most fun is seeing the personality of each spirit feather what it is naturally attuned for as it is created in class. Truly magical!

Intro to Paper Marbling (14-Adult)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Date: February 11th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $30 Non-Member / $27 Member

Marbling is centuries old, yet incredibly simple to learn. You will learn some basic marbling techniques including the ancient Japanese art form of Suminagashi. Manipulate multicolored inks floating on water that will be transferred onto paper. Create unique marbleized designs on a blank sketch book as well as note cards and other forms of paper.

Old Soul Artists (Adults)
Connecting with Past Lives to Fuel Your Creative Fire

Instructor: Heidi Steffens

Date: Saturday March 5th

Time: 12pm-4pm

Cost: $60 Non-Member/ $54 Member

Have you ever wondered where your creative inspiration comes from? Have you been looking for a new way to tap into an 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. We'll do guided meditations in class to see if you can connect with one of your past lives and an art project at the end of class to channel some of that creative energy.

The Perfect Picture-Acrylic Painting (Adults)

Instructor: Gail Wood


Session A: Saturdays February 27th-March 26th from 11:30am-1:00pm

Session B: Mondays February 29th-March 28th from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Session C: Saturdays April 2nd-30th from 11:30am-1:00pm

Session D: Mondays April 4th-May 2nd from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Cost: $175 Non-Member/ $158 Member (price per session)

This acrylic painting course is designed as a lecture/demonstration/studio class where individualized attention is given to students at their level. Areas to be covered are use of supplies, principles and elements of art, the value of art history and visual reference, with extra focus on: compositional structures, color/value, lighting/shading/shadow, technique, and various modes of perspective. Students may newly incorporate these artistic pieces, or hone these skills - advancing to the next level. More advanced students will be given detailed instruction per their skill level. Included will be an introduction to the value of critique with instructor to measure results. Students, please bring to class: a gum eraser, 20” x 16” paint ready canvas, basic set of acrylic paint brushes and paint, pallet knife, pallet paper, notebook or sketchbook, and a few painting rags. Other supplies will be provided. A detailed handout in painting will be emailed to students to bring to class.

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

Instructor: Gail Wood


Session A: Mondays February 29th-March 28th from 7:30pm-9:00pm

Session B: Tuesdays March 1st-March 29th from 10:30am-12pm

Session C: Mondays April 4th-May 2nd from 7:30pm-9:00pm

Session D: Tuesdays April 5th-May 3rd from 10:30am-12pm

Cost: $135 Non-Member/ $113 Member (price per session)

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.

Old Dog New Tricks... Fine tuning your brain for art (Adults)

Instructor:  Andrew Claflin

Dates: Tuesdays March 1st-March 29th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $160 Non-Member/ $144 Member

As you may know, learning as a child is easier than re-learning as an adult but it doesn't mean it can't be fun. If you are looking for your inner Rothko or Rembrandt...or would like to be able to create images you have seen with confidence, then it is important to understand some concepts that will help in this journey.

In these five weeks, we will lecture and produce in class but much of the work will be self study at home with time in the studio / peers once a week. Each class we will cover basic principles that are present in all artists work to a varying degree. This class is designed to expose you to very basic principles and develop these concepts into your own art / creation. I address and look at where you are at and work with you from that point. Whether you are on point with your art or just starting, these principles are key.

Material list will be emailed to you prior to class

Palette Up! O'Keeffe Flower (Adults)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Date: March 17th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $35 Non-Member / $32 Member

Socialize, relax and recharge with a Georgia O'Keefe inspired floral 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. Share an unforgettable evening of art with friends, family and new acquaintances. You will complete a painting of an up close flower on a 20x20" canvas. Everyone will take home an original art piece they will want to hang on their walls.

Spoken Word (Adults)

Instructor: Pam Kivi

Dates: Wednesdays April 6th and 13th

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Cost: $50 Non-Member/ $45 Member

Spoken word is dramatized poetry that plays with words in a storytelling style. It is a trend whose time has come. Learn the  classic, contemporary, and experimental techniques of spoken word by writing, practicing, and performing in a learning environment so that you can perform publicly. Please bring Notebook and pen/pencil to class.

For Young Artists - LET'S GET SERIOUS: understanding the fundamentals (Youth Ages 7-14)

Instructor:  Andrew Claflin

Dates: Tuesdays April 5th-May 10th (Spring Session)

Time: 5-6pm

Cost: $110 Non-Member / $99 Member

All art starts with observation and understanding. Whether you want to pursue painting, drawing, sculpture or just get better at artist must understand the principles that all art is built upon.

This 6 class course is designed to introduce college level techniques in drawing, seeing, understanding and application for the young artist in an easy to understand format. These include but are not limited to: perspective, gesture, contour, various techniques in application, color principles, confidence and more. These principles are second nature to artists and this series will help you better "see" your imagination come to life.

Each young artist is at different levels of control or ability...after all we all start somewhere and it is important to build on each students ability - individually. In class while working on concepts and "at home" projects, the students will go in many different directions. We recognize that art is dynamic and that it is not the same for everyone and to everyone. Students will be met at their level and encouraged in the areas of strength and challenged where they may be lacking.

The important aspect is that creativity is dynamic but the basic principles are steady. Let's learn these basic principles and have some fun!

Creative Writing (Adults)

Instructor: Pam Kivi

Dates: Thursdays April 21st-May 5th

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Cost: $75 Non-Member/ $68

This Creative Writing Sample class will help you to discover which form(s) of writing is you best. These include poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The classes add upon and inform each other. You will learn the basics of poetry and story writing so you will be able to incorporate them into quality creative nonfiction. Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil to class.

Silk Scarf Painting (Adults)-5 spots left

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Date: Thursday April 21st

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: $42 Non-Member / $38 Member

Learn the French Serti technique of silk painting while creating a beautiful scarf. Share an unforgettable afternoon of art with friends, family and new acquaintances. 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. Youth 16 and older may register when accompanied by a registered adult. Visit our Pinterest site to get ideas and inspiration prior to class.

Mosaic Birch Trees (16+)

Instructor: Rachel Arntson

Dates: Thursdays April 28th-May 12th

Time: 6pm-9pm

Cost: $130 Non-Member / $117 Member (includes $50 for supplies. All supplies will be provided)

Take a Mosaic Break and create a beautiful, ready to hang mosaic picture (approximate size 20 inches x 14 inches) made with glass, rocks, and/or beads. The theme of this class project will be birch trees. Learn the steps of mosaic art from glass cutting and snipping to gluing and grouting. No prior experience is required. Youth 16 and older may register with an accompanying registered adult. You will be guided through every step and thrilled with your final product. Supplies are included in the cost of this class.

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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