Classes and workshops calendar published June 22, 2022

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Child’s Play

Willmar, 1 to 3 p.m., every Wednesday, June 8 through July 27, The Barn Theatre. An interactive weekly event with art and creativity for children ages kindergarten through sixth grade, free, register online at .

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.

Parade puppets and giant creations: ages 12 and up, June 27-30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., July 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 2 from 10 a.m. to noon; $35, register at: ; instructor Nikki Erickson. In this class, we will construct 5- to 12-foot tall giant parade puppets and other structures for an end of the week storytelling performance for the community. We will use recycled materials, fabric and other pieces to create our structures. Students will get their hands dirty, be creative, learn to maneuver their structures and have a chance, if they'd like, to move and sing for a performance on The Barn Theatre stage.

Nature Kid Art Club: grades K-5, three separate sessions, 1:30 to 3 p.m., June 30 at Miller Park Shelter, July 29 at Rice Park Shelter, Aug. 18 at Robbins Island Shelter #1; $15 per session, register at ; 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.

Spotlight Theatre Workshops: June 27 through July 2, instructor Nikki Erickson, Barn Theatre, adaptation of the classic tale “Sleeping Beauty, A New Musical.” Several different classes will be offered during the week. Tickets for performances will be open to the community.


  • Acting: grades 1-9, June 27-July 1 from noon to 4 p.m., July 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., July 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; $85, register at . Performers will work on their acting skills while putting together a fully staged musical all in one week with live music and costumes on The Barn Theatre stage. 
  • Costume and makeup creations: grades 3-8, June 29 and 30 from 2 to 4 p.m., July 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., July 2, 9 to 10:45 a.m.; free, register at . Are you interested in creating costumes, doing magical stage hair and makeup or coming up with interesting ways to make a play come to life? Participants will learn valuable stagecraft theater skills while helping pull together the final costume and makeup touches. No sewing, hair or makeup experience required. 
  • What is behind the curtain?: grades 3-8, June 29 and 30 from  2 to 4 p.m., July 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., July 2, 9 to 10:45 a.m.; $40, register at . Are you interested in directing, stage managing, lighting, sound, set and prop design? Participants will learn valuable backstage theater skills while helping pull together the final touches for Sleeping Beauty. 
  • A taste of theater: grades 1-5, June 29, 4 to 5 p.m.; free, pre-registration required at ; instructor Nikki Erickson. Learn about acting, movement, making theater crafts and props, and more. This is a great class for both kids who are curious about the performing arts and those who have experience. A fun time for all ability and experience levels.
  • The magic of stories: Sleeping Beauty and the Stage: ages 3-8, July 1, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; free, pre-registration required at . Participants will meet in The Barn Theatre lobby with director Nikki Bettcher Erickson to talk about storytelling, the power of words and the magic of theater. An actor from the play will then read a special story. At 3 p.m. participants will see a fully staged dress rehearsal of the musical, Sleeping Beauty.

Willmar Community Center

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

Royal Little Art Session: June 24, 1 to 4 p.m., free; the Willmar Fest Ambassadors and candidates are joining for this special princess-themed art session.

Cooking With Riley, Sushi with a Twist: June 25, 2 p.m., $25; sushi and sushi hand-rolls, if you missed the first sushi class, here’s your chance to try sushi again.

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:

Introduction to Ale Bowl Carving: July 8-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Jim Paulson; beginner and above, minimum age 16; carve a Scandinavian ale bowl in the shape of a small rooster; tuition $195, $20 supply fee paid at class; registration deadline June 25.

Os style rosemaling: Aug. 5-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Clarice Dieter; beginner and above, minimum age 15; paint a tray in the Os style; tuition $165, tray and supply list upon enrollment, advance purchases required; registration deadline July 23.

Acanthus carving: Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Jock Holmen; beginner and above; learn to carve elegant, ornate leaf designs in wood; tuition $325, plus supplies; registration deadline July 23.

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.

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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