Classes and Workshops for Children and Adults

In the Company of Kids

Dance & Theater Class (adaptive) DS, ASD, etc.  Activities include dance, creative movement, acting, puppetry, song, music appreciation and more.
Location: Village Hall at Lakeview Knolls, 9391 Fernbrook La N (upper Arbor View parking lot)
Ages 5-8 meet Wednesday's 5:15-6pm
Ages 9-up meet Wednesday's 6:10-6:55pm

Welcoming all abilities!  Call 952-220-1676 or email to register.  Classes will fill quickly.
10 week session $186.00 October 12-December 14 (Presentation last day)

Consumer support grant or waiver accepted.

Landscape Oil Paint Instruction-3 Hour Sessions (Ages 14+)

Instructor: Katie Beaudry

Location: Village Hall

Dates: Tuesdays September 27th-October 18th

Time: 6-9pm

Cost(per 3 hour session): $54 Member/ $60 Non-Member 

Paint a different landscape oil painting each Tuesday. Sign up for one or all weeks. Pick what works best for you and complete a beautiful realistic scene. Please bring your own supplies as preferred including a palette knife or instructor will provide supplies for an added $25 per session.

Introduction to Encaustics (Adult)

Instructor: Kara Groff

Location: Maple Grove Community Center

Dates: Mondays October 3rd-24th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $135 Member/ $150 Non-Member (includes $30 for supplies provided by instructor)

Introduction to Encaustics, an ancient medium containing beeswax and tree resin.  The four classes will run as follows:

Introduction to Encaustics and mono-printing using encaustics to enhance your paper collage. Encaustic transfer methods (for photos and black and white pictures) Photo manipulation using encaustic medium.

Grape Vine Serving Tray Mosaic (Ages 16 +)

Instructor: Rachel Arntson

Location: Rachel's Home Studio (near Rush Creek Golf Course, address will be given after registration)

Dates: Tuesdays October 4th-25th

Time: 6-9pm (the last class is grouting, it may not take the whole 3 hours)

Cost: $126 Member/ $140 Non-Member (includes $60 for supplies provided by instructor)

Do you want to take a class where you will walk away with something that is immediately usable and where friends will say, "You made that?" Learn the art of mosaic from Rachel Arntson in this 4 evening class. You will learn how to design, cut glass, glue, and grout from start to finish with this gorgeous grape vine serving tray. Even though the sample tray will have a distinct look, the joy of mosaic is to make each piece of work you own. Rachel will guide you.

Materials for this class are provided, and you will have access to all of the glass, beads, rocks that Rachel has in her studio. Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Drawing with Imagination (Ages 10-14)

Location: TBD

Dates: Thursdays October 6th-27th

Time: 6pm-8pm

Cost: $117 Member/ $130 Non-Member

Use your imagination to take rough sketches and drawings and turn them into finished pieces. You will keep a sketchbook through the class and learn to create drawings from you imaginations. Still-life objects and other tools will be used to further understanding of basic drawing techniques and spark creativity. All levels welcome.

Pet Portrait Painting (Ages 16+)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Location: Village Hall

Date: October 27th

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $38 Member/ $42 Non-Member

Paint a portrait of your favorite Fuzzy friend - dog, cat, hamster, horse or other cuddly family pet! After registering for this class, please email with a high quality digital photo of your pet (one pet per photo). Paint your own background color or pattern to match your home decor, and then begin creating a unique pet masterpiece on an 11x14” canvas!

Beginning Drawing (Adult)

Instructor: Douglas Garder

Location: Maple Grove Community Center

Dates: Wednesdays October 5-November 9th

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: $100 Member/ $110 Non-Member

Learn to draw with a variety of media, such as charcoal, graphite, and India ink. Starting with simple geometric forms and maturing to more complex forms, such as forms from nature and linear perspective, you will study basic drawing concepts of contour line, cross contour, negative space, gesture, value, and one and two point perspective. A supply list will be sent after registration (supply cost approximately $30).

Pen and Ink Drawing (Adult)

Instructor: Douglas Garder

Location: Maple Grove Community Center

Dates: Mondays November 7th-December 12th

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: $100 Member/ $110 Non-Member

Have you always admired the fine line work of old engravings and etchings? Explore nuances of line drawing with a variety of steel pen nibs and create graphically concise images using cross-hatching, cross-contour, and stippling to build tonal variations. You can embellish your drawings with a light watercolor wash! Many demonstrations given! Bring photos to work from, a Speedball pen & ink set with a variety of nibs, black waterproof India ink, white drawing paper, and plenty of patience. A supply list will be sent after registration (supply cost approximately $15).

Image Transfers, Mixed Media and Collage (Adult)

Instructor: Bonnie Cutts

Location: Village Hall

Date: December 4th

Time: 10am-4pm

Cost: $90 Member/ $99 Non-Member

Learn to do a variety of image transfer techniques and mix up drawing, painting and collage materials all on one surface. Work on a variety of acrylic grounds (surfaces to work on) using drawing materials along with acrylic paints and gels for a wide range of ‘drop to your knees’ beautiful effects. Wake up some color, make that mark, build some texture and create some amazing mixed media artwork. Use Golden’s High Flow Acrylics loaded into markers for drawing along with other paint formulas and gels. Learn to make gel skins and how to use them for collage. Experimental in nature, this class will generate new ideas for pushing your work in new directions with amazing results. Abstract images welcome. Open to all levels of painting experience. 

Bring to class: 2 - 9x12 or 10x10 or 12x12  hardboard surfaces, synthetic paintbrushes, palette knives, palette for acrylic paint, papers for collage, ruler, scissors, permanent marker, drawing tools like watercolor pencils and water soluble crayons, stencils, plastic sheet protectors with cardboard inserted inside (for making skins on), water container, hair dryer, a bag lunch and a sense of adventure. All paints and gels, prepped gel skins, stencils, drawing materials and more will be provided.  

Silk Scarf Painting (Ages 16+)

Instructor: Lisa Vitkus/Art Innovators

Location: TBD

Date: December 5th

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: $38 Member/ $42 Non-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. Cost includes all supplies.

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Class Registration

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Mail form and check, made payable to Maple Grove Arts Center, to:
Education Director

PO Box 1643

 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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