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

Theater Class – (typical) Ages 7-12 $225.00 (14 weeks) 1 instructor

Theatre Classes - 14 wk session September 15-December 15th (Held on Mondays)

 4:15-5pm Theatre Class for students 7-12 yrs of age (no experience necessary)     Acting, Singing, Dance, Improvisation, Comedy and more.  Fun class for beginner actors building self esteem and confidence while learning skills in the performing arts. Performance on the last class.

 5:15-6pm Adaptive Theatre Class for students 7-12 (programs for children with special needs)6:15-7pm Adaptive Theatre Class for Teens     Our adaptive theatre programs include acting, improvisation, movement/dance and music appreciation.  Adaptations are made by teachers so children can participate to their fullest ability and have fun!  Great for building social skills and confidence! 

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:

Writing your Memoirs and other forms of creative writing

Four experienced writers from the Maple Grove Night Writers critique group will give presentations on 

a variety of topics that face new writers.

Date: Saturday October 25th at the Maple Grove Arts Center,.

Time: 1pm to 4pm.

Cost:$45 Senior $35

The clinic is geared to those who want to write fiction, nonfiction, 

memoir or any style of creative writing, with a focus on memoir writing. 


1:00 pm

How to Get Started Writing, with Novelist Judy Granahan

Author Ms. Granahan, author of Dancers of the Third Age, will introduce the program  and show how to take those first steps to finding your writing voice, be it memoir or fiction..

Turning Your Life Stories Into Written Words

Acclaimed memoir writer Minnesota Book Award Nominee, Genny Kieley, presents tips and exercises to help new writers organize ideas and themes. 

Using the Senses in Your Writing

Author Lyn Miller LaCoursiere, author of the Lindy Lewis series, will share ideas on making your writing more vivid by using the senses. 

Critique and Courage to Write

Seasoned mystery writer, Ross Tarry, will cover sharing what you write and improving your writing through giving and receiving critique.

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

Fall/Winter Classes

Classes for Children and Adults

Paint with Watercolor

Instructor: Maryleah Marshall

Dates: Thursdays September 25-October 30, (6 weeks)


Cost: $150

Ages: 16-Adult

In this 6 week class we will explore the wonderful medium of watercolor and learn a variety of techniques used to create your own paintings. Class discussions/demonstrations will cover materials, subject matter, composition,mixing, color theory and applying the paint. The format is structured but does encourage students to play and learn as they go. A supply list will be emailed to students prior to the start of the class.

Oil Painting Techniques( Old Masters Style)

Instructor: Lisa Garty


Session 1: Tuesdays, Sept. 23-Oct.28( 6 weeks)

Session 2: Tuesdays, November 11-December 16th(6 weeks)


Ages: 16- Adult
 Class Cost: $130 /approx. Materials cost $65

This class is for beginning and intermediate students who already have the basic foundation of drawing. You will learn to paint a simple still life using the old masters technique. The first class will focus on the materials used, composition, value relationships, and Step 1 of completing an old masters style painting. The remainder of classes will focus on each step within the process until completed. Demonstrations and critiques are given at each session.  Class instructions will be supplied by email and can be printed off for handy reference throughout the course.

Canvas will be supplied; student will supply their own brushes, oil paints and pallet. A supply list will be emailedto students prior to the first class.

Plein Air Painting with Derek Davis

Dates: October 18 &19

Time 9am-5pm

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.

Learn to Paint!

Instructor: Johanna Smith

Dates:  Session 1: Thursdays, September 25th- October 30th (6weeks)

        Session 2:Thursdays, November 13th- December 18th(6weeks)

Time: 5:00p.m-6p.m.

Ages 8-Teen

Cost:$150/ Materials Included

 In this class we will work on learning about mixing colors, painting techniques and having fun! This is a relaxed class that welcomes anyone who wants to become a better painter.  We will be doing easy paintings that will be great for you to practice techniques in mixing color and brush control. No experience necessary, just come ready to learn and have fun!

Class Registration

Register for classes online!

Pay for classes online!

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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