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Classes and workshops calendar published July 27, 2022

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Child’s Play

Willmar, 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, The Barn Theatre. An interactive weekly event with art and creativity for children ages kindergarten through sixth grade, free, register online at www.thebarntheatre.com .

Willmar Community Center

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

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. Preregistration is required at sites.google.com/view/find-your-light/summer-2022-programs or call or text Nikki Erickson at 320-262-9170.

  • Create fun and crazy creatures: Aug. 15, noon to 1 p.m., $7, preregistration 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 our acting skills while putting together a great performance. 
  • Sing along: Aug. 16, noon to 1 p.m., $7, sing and dance to some of our favorite Disney musicals.

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

Willmar Community Education

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


Nature Kid Art Club: two separate sessions, 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. July 29 at Rice Park Shelter, Aug. 18 at Robbins Island Shelter #1, $15 per session, register at https://tce.me/i0cRIa .

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. Preregistration required at https://tce.me/i0dmRl .

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 www.milanvillageartsschool.org ; email: mvas@fedteldirect.net. The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Summer classes listed by registration deadline are:

Silversmithing 1: Sept. 10-11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; beginner, no experience necessary, minimum age 16; learn the basics, including how to solder and how to use most of the tools; tuition $145, supplies $80 to $110 depending on market price and $5 acetylene fee; no outside silver; Silver studio is available to those completing this class; registration deadline July 30.

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.

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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