Classes and workshops calendar published Oct. 3, 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 Oct. 11, 18 & 23, 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 Oct. 11, 18 & 23, 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. 6, 13, 20 & 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.


Diamond painting: Oct. 17, two classes, 3:30 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center, $25 for 8 inch canvas or $29 for 11 inch canvas; instructor Deb Stelter; learn about the latest crafting craze, Diamond Dotz, creating your own sparkly masterpiece by placing colorful sticky dots on their matching color fabric square. You will finish your project at home. Registration deadline Oct. 4.

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 class listed by registration deadline is:

Wood bowl turning: Oct. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Steve Mullins; beginner and above, learn the basic skills needed to turn a wooden bowl from “green” unseasoned wood; tuition $230, supplies $45; registration deadline Oct. 12.

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: The studio is 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: Opportunity to create beautiful rugs from old jeans, blankets and other articles of clothing. Experience with looms or have taken the weaving rugs class and MVAS membership required. Use the studio by appointment or join a weaving group, no fee, looms are maintained with warp at no cost.

Framing Studio: The studio provides an opportunity for students and artists to professionally frame their artwork. Equipped with a computerized Wizard mat cutter, the Framing Studio is a fully-functional framing workshop. Artists can make frames, cut mats and glass, back their artwork, add bumpers and hanging wire, and leave with a professionally framed painting, print, or photograph. Completion of a framing workshop and MVAS membership required; $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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