Classes and workshops calendar published Jan. 5, 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

Chunky yarn wreath: Jan. 25, 3 p.m., $12, pre-registration required. Make a wreath that is a building block to macrame art.

Square Dance Lessons

The Jolly Twirlers Square Dance Club will be teaching the art of square dancing to singles and couples of all ages. The lessons are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, at the Willmar Community Center, The Jolly Twirlers dancers serve as mentors for new dancers learning the different square dance โ€œcalls.โ€ Adults $3 per lesson, students ages 16 and under are $1.50.

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.

Rock painting: Have you found any painted rocks outside around Willmar? Learn how to create your own! Paints, brushes and rocks will be provided for each class. The classes are from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, at Jefferson Learning Center, ages 5 and up; those ages 5-11 will need to sign up with a responsible adult; $5 first person, $3 for each additional family member; instructor Sarah Miller. There are three classes scheduled for this winter. They are:


Emoji rocks: Jan. 15, step-by-step painting instructions and variations to create unique emojis.

Butterfly rocks: Feb. 5, try painting different butterfly designs at this class using simple yet beautiful designs that any age or skill level can master. These rocks are perfect to set out in your flower garden this spring.

Rainbow rocks: March 5, learn how to paint different rainbow-inspired rocks that will brighten anyone's day. Come see what you can do with a few colors and a whole lot of creativity.

Floral map of Minnesota wall art: March 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Willmar High School, $50, ages 15 and up; instructor Haci Stumbo; create a beautiful 3D map of Minnesota featuring our state flower, the lady's slipper; choose whether to paint or stain your wood background and then pick your favorite colors to paint your map with as much detail as you desire.

Painting Barn Quilts: March 29, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Willmar Middle School, $50, ages 12 and up, those under 18 should enroll with a responsible adult; instructor Cynthia Buchholz; guided instruction which takes you through the barn quilt process and by the end of class, you will have your own masterpiece to take home and display; $45 materials fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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 or visit the website at; email: The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Upcoming classes listed by registration deadline are:

Norwegian knife making, five-day workshop: Jan. 21-25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Jon Roisen; beginner to experienced; hone your skills using more advanced techniques, make either a Telemark-style knife or a knife consisting of multiple traditional materials used in Nordic blades; tuition $230, supplies $120; registration deadline Jan. 8.

Painting in watercolor: Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; instructor Katia Andreeva; beginner and above; watercolor techniques for beginners; tuition $115, supply list provided on registration; registration deadline Jan. 15.


Portrait in watercolor: Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; instructor Katia Andreeva; for intermediate and advanced watercolor painters, minimum age 14; demonstration how to work on a painting from start to finish with time spent with each student individually; tuition $135, supply list provided on registration; registration deadline Jan. 29

Wood spoon carving: Feb. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Fred Livesay; beginner and above, minimum age 15; learn to use the axe and knife for roughing and finishing of a beautiful, durable and usable wooden spoon; tuition $165, supplies $30; registration deadline Feb. 5.

Design your own Dala horse: Feb. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Charles Banks; beginner through advanced carvers; learn the basic cuts to make your own Dala horse; tuition $145, supplies $5 to $15 depending on size; registration deadline Feb. 12

Scandinavian flat plane carving: March 19-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Bill Jaeger; beginner and above; tuition $150; registration deadline Feb. 19.

Wood bowl turning: March 5-6, 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 โ€œgreenโ€ unseasoned wood; tuition $230, supplies $45; registration deadline Feb. 19. Class will be offered again Oct. 22-23.

Broom making: March 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Robin Moore; beginner and above, minimum age 14; learn how to make a simple broom from raw materials that will last for years; tuition $105, supplies $25; registration deadline Feb. 26.

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 taking 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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