Classes and workshops calendar published Oct. 24, 2019

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Willmar Parks and Rec

Willmar Parks and Recreation has several free events scheduled for the upcoming months at the Willmar Community Center. For more information contact Darlene Schroeder at 599-4700.

Jammin’ Uke Group: Nine sessions, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8 &15; community jam will feature familiar songs, open to all levels of uke players and those that want to sing-a-long; intro workshop on the basics at 5 p.m. to get newbies started.

Drum Circle: Nine sessions, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8 &15; all ages welcome to participate in hand drum circle, no no experience needed, drums provided.

Mexican folkloric dance: Four sessions, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27; all ages welcome, Art Express presents a traditional Mexican folkloric dance class.

Willmar Community Education

Willmar Community Education has several art related classes scheduled. Pre-registration is required for all the classes, register online at or in person at Jefferson Learning Center.


Stained glass for beginners: Nov. 26, 7-9 p.m. and Dec. 7 and 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willmar Senior High School, ages 15 and up; instructor Tom Nelson; $65 fee plus $25 to $70 for supplies; make a copper foil method piece. Lead assembly techniques will be demonstrated.

Milan Village Arts

Milan Village Arts has scheduled a number of classes. 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.; email: The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Upcoming classes listed by registration deadline are:

Picture framing: Nov. 8-9, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; instructor Brian Wolf; learn how to use the resources in the school framing room to make wood frames, cut mats, cut glass, hinge artwork and assemble the pieces to give your artwork polish; tuition $105; members who have taken this workshop have access to the Framing Room to work on their own projects.

Weaving rugs: Nov. 8-10, Friday evening through Sunday; instructor Diana Soehren; members who have taken this workshop have access to the Loom Room to work on their own projects; tuition $90, supplies $10 or more; registration deadline Oct. 26.

Biscotti sampler: Dec. 7, 1-5 p.m., instructor Maureen Hark; beginner and above; we will make biscotti, an Italian crunchy twice baked cookie, often containing nuts, chocolate, spices and dried fruit that stores well; make several different recipes and some to take home; tuition $65, supplies included; registration deadline Nov. 23.

Precious metal clay: Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Kim Bakken-Parr; adults and teens, beginners and above; learn the basics of working with precious metal clay and how easy it is to design and create beautiful silver earrings, pendants, charms and even how to set stones; tuition $105, supplies $55; registration deadline Dec. 21.

PMC Nature’s Beauty: Jan. 5, 9 4 p.m.; instructor Kim Bakken-Parr; adults and teens, beginners and above; coat leaves, twigs, seed pods, etc. with silver paste, which will be dried and kiln-fired, to a piece that is 99.9 percent silver; tuition $105, supplies $55; registration deadline Dec. 21.
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 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 or phone 320-214-4341.
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