Classes and workshops calendar published April 20, 2022

Art classes and meetings in the area

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DEMO Inc. (Developing Exploring Maintaining Originality through the arts) has received funding from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to bring “Art to the Willmar Library” for students in grades 4-12. Monica Villars is the instructor. Maximum class size is 10. Pre-registration is required, write to Monica at with name, age, classes, and contact information. Walk-ins welcome if space allows. Classes for students in grades 7-12, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at DEMO inc Studios, west of Svea on U.S. Highway 71.

April 25: Intro to western paper

The annual Spring Paper sessions have been set for April. Pre-registration is required, send your name, age, address, phone number, your email and check made payable to DEMO Inc. to 728 Second St. S.E., Willmar, MN 56201. For more information email . Walk-ins welcome if space is available.

Spring Paper: For teens and adults, learn and practice the “western paper” making process during the 90-minute class; come prepared to get wet and wear shoes that can get wet. Six sessions, 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, 10 a.m. and noon, Saturday, April 23, and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, $5 per-person reservation fee that will be refunded at the workshop.

Willmar Community Center

Classes scheduled at the Willmar Community Center. To register call 320-262-5288 or


Little Art Gallery-Little Art Class: The Willmar Community Center will have five free art classes to launch the Little Art Galleries around Willmar. You are welcome to come at any time between the advertised hours and make your own creation or follow a step by step project provided by the Willmar Community Center. The Little Art Gallery Program strives to create community connections, inclusion and engagement towards creating different art. We encourage artists to use any art medium that will fit in our 12”x20” gallery. Materials will be provided for patrons to borrow to complete their craft and Riley will be there to help with projects. The final class will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22.

Milan Village Arts

Milan Village Arts classes have been scheduled for the next year. The complete schedule is on the website. Members receive a discount on tuition. Supply fees are paid to the instructor at the end of class. To register or for more information on any of these workshops, call 320-734-4807, visit the website at or email .

Everyone taking a class, using a studio, or participating in the Spoon Gathering is required to be fully vaccinated. The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information.

Upcoming classes listed by registration deadline are:

Shrink box magic: May 31-June 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructors Bill Rickard and Scott Johson; beginner and above, minimum age 18; you will remove the bark from a section of a green tree or branch, hollow it out, fit the bottom in and carve and fit the lid; tuition $200, supplies $30; registration deadline May 17.

Tool sharpening demystified: June 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Paul Linden; beginners and above, minimum age 16; focus on the process of sharpening and maintaining various edge tools for woodworking with hands-on opportunity to take a tool to perfect sharpness; tuition $75, supply fee $25; registration deadline May 21.

Kolrosing, a Scandinavian tradition: June 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Ty Thornock; beginners and above, minimum age 14; specially designed knife is used to cut fine lines into the wood which is backfilled with pigments; tuition $90, registration deadline June 4.

Open carving night: carvers of all persuasions are invited to meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the school to carve and network. Free.


Silver Studio: open to all those that have taken beginning silversmithing and are MVAS members. Fee is $10 for evening and $20 for all day.

Weaving Studio: open to those with experience with looms or have taken the weaving rugs class and are MVAS members; by appointment or join a weaving group, no fee; looms are maintained with warp at no cost.

Framing Studio: a fully-functional framing workshop open to those who have taken the framing workshop and are MVAS members; $5 hour, $10 for half day, $20 full day; by appointment only.

The Spoon Gathering: June 2-4, all day and into the evening, tickets will be limited, no walk-ins on Saturday; family-friendly event for those interested in wood spooncarving and traditional handcrafts.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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