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Classes and workshops calendar published March 23, 2022

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Sunburg Heritage Arts Initiative

The Sunburg Heritage Arts Initiative has several workshops scheduled. They will be held at the Sunburg Community Center.
Introduction to Hardanger Embroidery: March 26, 9 to 10 a.m.; free, students ages 18 and over. Students will learn some of the basic stitches of Hardanger embroidery, a traditional Norwegian handcraft, by completing a small coaster. People with more experience in Hardanger are invited to join the group to work on their projects and share their experience. To register, call Darlene at 320-599-4700.
Open Rosemaling: March 26, 9 to 11 a.m. free. The community center will be open for anyone interested in rosemaling. Paints, brushes and samples are available for practice. People should bring the item to paint.
Fiddle workshop: April 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church; open to all violin players of any age, with two or more years of playing experience strongly encouraged; those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn fiddle tunes and techniques in both small and large groups and perform in a student/teacher 4 p.m. concert at the end of the workshop. Instructors are Cristina Seaborn and Dempsey Schroeder. Maggie Harp is the accompanist on piano and guitar. Advance registration required by March 28, space limited. Call Darlene at 320-599-4700.

DEMO Inc.

DEMO Inc. (Developing Exploring Maintaining Originality through the arts) has received funding from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to bring “Art to the Willmar Library” for students in grades 4-12. Monica Villars is the instructor. Maximum class size is 10. Pre-registration is required, write to Monica at DEMOinClass22@gmail.com with name, age, classes, and contact information. Walk-ins welcome if space allows.
Classes for students in grades 4-8, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.
April 12: Book arts, Pocket accordion
April 19: Drawing, Riley op art

Classes for students in grades 7-12, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.
March 28: Drawing, Mandala design
April 11: Drawing, Picasso portrait

Classes for students in grades 7-12, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at DEMO inc Studios, west of Svea on U.S. Highway 71.
April 18: Printmaking, Gelli printing
April 25: Intro to western paper

The annual Spring Paper sessions have been set for April at the DEMO inc Studios, west of Svea on U.S. Highway 71. Pre-registration is required; send your name, age, address, phone number, your email and a check made payable to DEMO Inc. to 728 Second St. S.E., Willmar, MN 56201. For more information, email DEMOinClass22@gmail.com . Walk-ins welcome if space is available.
Spring Paper: For teens and adults, learn and practice the “western paper” making process during the 90-minute class; come prepared to get wet and wear shoes that can get wet. Six sessions, 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, 10 a.m. and noon, Saturday, April 23 and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24; $5 per-person reservation fee that will be refunded at the workshop.

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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.
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 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:
Viking knit bracelet: April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Kathy Nardi; beginners and above, minimum age 14; learn the fundamentals, practicing first with copper wire (sterling silver wire is an option); tuition $100, supplies $20 to $40 depending on market price; registration deadline April 2.
Norwegian Skinnfeller: April 23-24, 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 in the size of your choice; tuition $160, supplies $50 plus the cost of the skin; registration deadline April 9.
Sami-inspired bracelets: April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Norma Refsal; 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 9.
Sami-inspired bracelets continuation: April 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Norma Refsal; beginner and above, 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 9.
Silversmithing 1, 3-day: May 6-8, 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 26.
Silversmithing 1, 3-day: May 13-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; same as class above; registration deadline April 2.
Silversmithing 2, 3-day: May 20-22; instructor Marilyn Hanson; designed for both intermediate and advanced students, minimum age 16; tuition $195, supplies dependent on use and current market price and $5 acetylene fee; registration deadline April 9.
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.

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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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