Classes and workshops calendar published March 22, 2023

Art classes and meetings in the area

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DEMO Inc. (Developing Exploring Maintaining Originality through the arts) annual spring paper sessions have been set for April. Pre-registration is required; send your name, phone number, email address, what session you will attend and check made payable to DEMO Inc. to 728 Second St. S.E., Willmar, MN 56201. For more information, call 320-231-2696 and leave a message.

Spring Paper: For pre-teens and adults, learn and practice the โ€œwesternโ€ paper making process during the 90-minute class; come prepared to get wet and wear shoes that can get wet. Cost is $15, class size limited to 10, six sessions, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

Art book structure: Teens and adults who have taken a paper making class at DEMO; use your previously pulled paper to make art book structures, text transfer and more. Cost is $35, no refunds, additional paper available for $1 or $2, class size limited to 8, five sessions, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12 and 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

Willmar Community Center

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

Community crafts: March 30, 2:30 p.m., $9, all ages, pre-registration required; make a gnome planter to house a little succulent.


Community crafts: April 3, 3 p.m., $6 or $10, all ages, pre-registration required; Bunny Blocks and Boards, make a cute bunny in time for Easter. Pre-registration required.

Community Crafts: April 29, 3:30 p.m., $14, pre-register by April 23; all ages, make this outdoor wood utensil wind chime.

Willmar Community Education

Willmar Community Education has several art-related classes scheduled. Pre-registration is required for all the classes on the website. Cooking classes are in the Food and Drink calendar in the Thursday paper. Youth only classes available on community ed website. Below are youth and adult classes.

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; $6; instructor Sarah Miller. There are two remaining classes this winter: flowers theme on March 25 and sunshine theme on April 29.

Glass on glass mosaic project: March 30, 4 to 7 p.m., Willmar Senior High School, ages 10 and up, those under 13 must sign up with a responsible adult; instructor Laura Ruprecht; $79; learn mosaic basics by making one inside a 5-by-7-inch shadow box frame.

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. Classes listed by registration deadline are:

Norwegian Skinnfeller: April 15-16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Karen Aakre; beginner and above, minimum age 12; Skinnfeller is a Norwegian craft of sewing sheep skins together and then decorating them; make mittens, boots or a hat, in the size of your choice; tuition $160, supplies $50 plus the cost of the skin; registration deadline March 25.

Silversmithing 1, 3-day: May 5-7, 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 $195, 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 March 25.


Silversmithing 1, 3-day: May 12-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; same as class above; registration deadline April 1.

Sami-inspired bracelets: April 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Kathy Nardi; beginner and above, minimum age 14; work in leather, nickel-free pewter thread and antler to construct a bracelet; very close handwork, if you need extra magnification, you will need to bring your own; tuition $100, supplies $35; registration deadline April 1.

Sami-inspired bracelets continuation: April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Kathy Nardi; some experience in Sami bracelet making required, minimum age 14; make bracelets that go beyond the traditional three-strand braid; several designs to choose from; close handwork, if you need extra magnification or lighting, you will need to bring your own; tuition $100, supplies $50; registration deadline April 1.

Scandinavian to Ale Bowl Carving: April 28-30; instructor Jim Paulson; beginner and above, minimum age 16; carve a Scandinavian ale bowl in the shape of a small rooster; tuition $195, $30 supply fee paid at class; registration deadline April 8.

Silversmithing 2, 3-day: May 19-21; instructor Marilyn Hanson; designed for both intermediate and advanced students, minimum age 16; tuition $195, supplies $80 to $110 dependent on use and current market price and $5 acetylene fee; registration deadline April 8.

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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