Classes and workshops calendar published Aug. 10, 2022

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Willmar Community Center

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

Spotlight Theatre Camps: Aug. 15-16, instructor Nikki Erickson, Willmar Community Center, adaptation of the classic tale “Snow White, A New Musical.” Several different classes will be offered over the two days. The performance for the community will be at 3:45 p.m. Aug. 16, $2 suggested donation. The classes are for children going into grades 1-6, there is a discount for additional children in the same family, pre-registration is required at or call or text Nikki Erickson at 320-262-9170.

Create fun and crazy creatures: Aug. 15, noon to 1 p.m., $7, pre-registration required; create puppets, masks and other fun pieces inspired by your favorite fairytale creatures.

Mini musical: Aug. 15-16, 1 to 4 p.m., $35, help stage a fun retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in two days. Audition, dance, sing, wear costumes and work on acting skills while putting together a great performance.

Sing along: Aug. 16, noon to 1 p.m., $7, sing and dance to some favorite Disney musicals.


Cooking With Riley: Shrimp boil: Aug. 20, 2 p.m., $30; enjoy making a mess in this one pot meal enjoyed in the deep south. It includes baby potatoes, fresh sweet summer corn, and shrimp. We’ll top everything off with herbs, spices and a delicious lemon garlic butter and make Mint Cucumber Lemonade. This month we are offering a BOGO option, bring your friend.

Little Art Session: Aug. 24, 3 to 6 p.m., free, at the Willmar Public Library. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries.

Willmar Community Education

Willmar Community Education has several art-related classes scheduled. Pre-registration is required for all the classes. Cooking classes are in the Food and Drink calendar in the Thursday paper.

Nature Kid Art Club: one session remaining, 1:30 to 3 p.m., grades K-5, instructor Libbie Anderson. Join us doing art outdoors. We will work on a different project each month using objects from nature and different art mediums. Expand your love of nature and art at the same time. Aug. 18 at Robbins Island Shelter #1, $15 per session, register at .

Rustic Designs Flower Farm: Aug. 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m., $43, all ages welcome, instructor Mary Solbreken. Enjoy a guided tour of more than two acres of flower gardens and then create a beautiful fresh flower arrangement to take home. Dress appropriately for an outdoor experience and wear shoes comfortable for walking in the gardens. Rustic Designs Flower Farm, 25801 County Rd 9 NE, Belgrade 56312. Pre-registration required at .

Milan Village Arts

Milan Village Arts classes have been scheduled with the complete schedule 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 or visit the website at; email: The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Summer classes listed by registration deadline are:

Stone setting: Aug. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor William Kennedy; silversmithing or goldsmithing experience necessary, minimum age 18; setting round cubic zirconia stones using the bead and bright cut setting and the flush or “Gypsy” setting; tuition $165; registration deadline Aug. 6.

Swedish wheat weaving: Aug 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Lynette Swenson; beginner and above, minimum age 14; tuition $95, supply list upon enrollment; registration deadline Aug. 6.


Feeling dull? Learn to keep your edge: Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Fred Livesay; beginners and above, minimum age 15; discuss edge geometry, sharpening stone types, technique and edge triage and how to deal with it. Bring your kitchen knives, pruners, plane and even mower blades for lots of hands-on opportunities; tuition $95; registration deadline Aug. 6.

Silversmithing 2: Sept. 17-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; designed for both intermediate and advanced students, minimum age 16; tuition $145, supplies dependent on use and current market price and $5 acetylene fee; registration deadline Aug. 6.

Gudbrandsal style rosemaling: Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Clarice Dieter; beginner and above, minimum age 15; paint a round box in the Gudbrandsal style; tuition $55, box information and supply list upon enrollment, advance purchases required; registration deadline Sept. 24.

Wood bowl turning: Oct. 22-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Steve Mullins; beginner and above, minimum age 16; learn the basic skills needed to turn a wooden bowl on a lathe from “green” unseasoned wood; tuition $230, supplies $45; registration deadline Oct. 8.

Weaving rugs: Nov. 4-6, Friday evening through Sunday; instructor Diana Soehren; learn the basics of preparing fabrics, choosing a design, warping and beginning to weave on Friday; continue to work on their projects Saturday and Sunday; members who have taken this workshop have access to the Loom Room to work on their own projects; tuition $90, supplies $10 or more; registration deadline Oct. 22.

Picture Framing: spring and fall dates to be determined, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, instructor Brian Wolf returns from Germany twice a year to teach this class, beginners, minimum age 14; members who have taken this workshop have access to the Framing Studio to work on their own projects; tuition $105.

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.

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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