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Classes and workshops calendar published Feb. 6, 2020

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Digitize your collection

Morris, Feb. 16, 1 to 5 p.m., Briggs Library archives, University of Minnesota; want to digitally share family photos and the stories behind them? How do you decide what’s important? The library staff will guide you through the process of selecting items that tell your story, scanning them, and uploading them to your own personal digital collection and exhibit space using a tool called Omeka.

Willmar Public Library

The Willmar Public Library is offering sessions of a Samba Reggae Drumming from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays Feb. 10, 24; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; April 6, 13, 20 and 27. All ages, no experience needed.

Willmar Community Education

Willmar Community Education has several art related classes scheduled. Pre-registration is required for all the classes, register online at www.cewillmarmn.com or in person at Jefferson Learning Center. Cooking classes are in the Food and Drink calendar elsewhere in today’s paper.

Intro to knitting: Feb. 20 and 27, 6 to 7 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center, $40 plus supplies, instructor Anna Auth; for beginners or those who are looking to refresh or expand their skills. Learn the basics of knitting and create your own chunky rib knit scarf. Learn how to cast on, make knit and purl stitches and bind off.

Chunky knit blanket: March 1, noon to 2 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center, $93 includes all supplies, instructor Hilary Evans; Learn the basics of hand knitting to create a super soft chenille chunky blanket 40 inches by 60 inches.

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Stained glass for beginners: March 10, 7-9 p.m. and March 28 and April 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willmar Senior High School, ages 15 and up; instructor Tom Nelson; $65 fee plus $25 to $70 for supplies; make a copper foil method piece. Lead assembly techniques will be demonstrated.

Basics of manual camera modes: March 26 and April 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center, instructor Derek Auth; learn the purpose of the manual modes on your DSLR camera and how to use them. Bring your camera and instruction book, no cell phones.

Milan Village Arts

Milan Village Arts has scheduled a number of classes. 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 or visit the website at www. milanvillageartsschool.org; email: mvas@fedteldirect.net. The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Upcoming classes listed by registration deadline are:

Wood spoon carving: Feb. 22-23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Fred Livesay; beginner and above; learn to use a knife for roughing and finishing spoons; tuition $165, supplies $30, additional spoon blanks for sale; registration deadline Feb. 8.

Quick and even quicker cinnamon rolls: Feb. 22, 1 to 5 p.m., instructor Maureen Hark; beginner and above; learn to make two kinds of cinnamon rolls; tuition $65, supplies included; registration deadline Feb. 8.

Classical drawing 1: Feb. 29-March 1; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Michele Steffen; in the 2-day class students will explore the use of various drawing materials and learn how to apply basic elements and principles of art and design; tuition $145, registration deadline Feb. 15.

Wood bowl turning: March 7-8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Steve Mullins; beginner and above, learn the basic skills needed to turn a wooden bowl from “green” unseasoned wood; tuition $230, supplies $45; registration deadline Feb. 22.

East Asian Brush painting: March 14-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Michele Steffen; Explore the ancient art of Japanese Sumi-E and Chinese style brush painting; tuition $155, all class materials supplied by the instructor; registration deadline Feb. 29.

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Scandinavian flat plane carving: March 21-22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Bill Jaeger; beginner and above; tuition $150; registration deadline March 7.

Acanthus carving: March 23-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Jock Holmen; beginner and above; learn to carve elegant, ornate leaf designs in wood; tuition $325; registration deadline March 7.

Stained glass: March 28-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Kim Bakken-Parr; adults and teens, beginners and above; learn and practice the copper foil stained glass technique; tuition $150, supplies $30; registration deadline March 14.

Weaving rugs: April 3-5, Friday evening through Sunday; instructor Diana Soehren; 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 March 21.

Polish Pisanki: April 4-5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor John Rajtar;beginner and above; learn the old world method of the ancient art form of Pisanki, writing symbols, designs on an egg, transforming the elements of the earth – water, air and fire into something precious and wondrous; tuition $155, supplies $20; registration deadline March 21.

Silversmithing 1, 3 day: May 1-3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; beginner, no experience necessary, learn the basics, including how to solder and how to use most of the tools; tuition $195, supplies $70 to $90 depending on market price and $5 acetylene fee; no outside silver; Silver studio is available to those completing this class; registration deadline March 21.

Silversmithing 1, 3 day: May 8-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; same as class above; registration deadline March 28.

Silversmithing 2, 3 day: May 15-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; designed for both intermediate and advanced students; tuition $195, supplies dependant on use and current market price and $5 acetylene fee; registration deadline April 4.

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Luffarslojd Scandinavian Wirework: April 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Faith Clover; beginner and above; make useful and decorative items using wire; tuition $85, supplies $15; registration deadline April 4.

Focaccia: April 18, 1 to 5 p.m., instructor Maureen Hark; beginner and above; learn to make Focaccia using an easy, no-knead recipe; tuition $65, supplies included; registration deadline April 4.

Viking knit bracelet: April 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Kathy Nardi; beginners and above; learn the fundamentals practicing first with copper wire with sterling silver wire as an option; tuition $100, supplies $20 to $40 depending on market price; registration deadline April 4.

Norwegian Skinnfeller: April 25-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Karen Aakre; beginner and above; Skinnfeller is a Norwegian craft of sewing sheep skins together and then decorating them; make mittens in the size of your choice; tuition $160, supplies $50 plus the cost of the skin; registration deadline April 11.

Tool sharpening demystified: June 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Paul Linden; beginners and above; 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 $35; registration deadline May 23.

Kolrosing, a Scandinavian tradition: June 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Ty Thornock; beginners and above; specially designed knife is used to cut fine lines into the wood; tuition $90, registration deadline June 6.

Introduction to Watercolor painting: June 27-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Michele Steffen; watercolor painting demystified; tuition $150, registration deadline June 13.

Introduction to Nature Journaling: July 11-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Michele Steffen; beginner and above; Nature Journaling uses a wonderfully creative combination of drawing, painting and writing, etc., to record personal observations and experiences; tuition $145, registration deadline June 27.

Introduction to Ale Bowl Carving: July 17-19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Jim Paulson; beginner and above; carve a Scandinavian ale bowl in the shape of a small rooster; tuition $195, $20 supply fee paid at class; registration deadline July 4.

Os style rosemaling: July 31-Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Clarice Dieter; beginner and above; tuition $165, supply list upon enrollment, advance purchases required; registration deadline July 11.

Stone setting: Aug. 7-8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor William Kennedy; silversmithing or goldsmithing experience necessary; setting round cubic zirconia stones using the bead and bright cut setting and the flush or “Gypsy” setting; tuition $165; registration deadline July 25.

Acanthus carving: August 10-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Jock Holmen; beginner and above; learn to carve elegant, ornate leaf designs in wood; tuition $325; registration deadline July 25.

Silversmithing 1, 2 day: Sept. 12-13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; beginner, no experience necessary, learn the basics, including how to solder and how to use most of the tools; tuition $145, supplies $70 to $90 depending on market price and $5 acetylene fee; no outside silver; Silver studio is available to those completing this class; registration deadline Aug. 1.

Swedish wheat weaving: Aug 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Lynette Swenson; beginner and above; tuition $95, supply list upon enrollment; registration deadline Aug. 8.

Silversmithing 2, 2 day: Sept. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; designed for both intermediate and advanced students; tuition $145, supplies dependant on use and current market price and $5 acetylene fee; registration deadline Aug. 8.

Sami-inspired embroidery jewelry: Sept. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Norma Refsal; beginner and above; apply pewter thread to either a wool or leather background; very close hand work, if you need extra magnification, you will need to bring your own; tuition $155, supplies $55; registration deadline Sept. 11.
Scandinavian folk take characters flat plane carving: Sept. 25-27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; instructor Harley Refsal; beginner and above; open to seasoned carvers as well as beginners; tuition $175; registration deadline Sept. 12.
Valdres rosemaling: Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Clarice Dieter; beginner and above; tuition $55, supply list upon enrollment, advance purchases required; registration deadline Sept. 26.

Wood bowl turning: Oct. 24-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Steve Mullins; beginner and above, learn the basic skills needed to turn a wooden bowl from “green” unseasoned wood; tuition $230, supplies $45; registration deadline Oct. 10.

Studios

The Milan Village Art School has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information, www.milanvillageartsschool.org.

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

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.

Weaving Studio: Opportunity to create beautiful rugs from old jeans, blankets and other articles of clothing. Experience with looms or have taken the weaving rugs class and MVAS membership required. Use the studio by appointment or join a weaving group, no fee, looms are maintained with warp at no cost.

Framing Studio: The studio provides an opportunity for students and artists to professionally frame their artwork. Equipped with a computerized Wizard mat cutter, the Framing Studio is a fully-functional framing workshop. Artists can make frames, cut mats and glass, back their artwork, add bumpers and hanging wire, and leave with a professionally framed painting, print, or photograph. Completion of a framing workshop and MVAS membership required; $5 hour, $10 for half day, $20 full day, by appointment only.

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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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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