Classes and workshops calendar published Sept. 21, 2022

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Conference for Young Artists

MARSHALL — The 28th annual Conference for Young Artists will be Oct. 26 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The conference is for students in grades K-8.

The keynote speaker is ventriloquist and comedian Kevin Horner. It will be followed by three hands-on learning sessions in different areas of art. Fees are $40 per student, $10 per adult. Register online at . Registration deadline is Sept. 30. For questions, contact Andrea Anderson at 507-537-2257 or .

Willmar Community Center

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

Beginner art classes: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13; 1 to 2 p.m., $2 per class; four-week class for all art abilities,using a variety of art mediums. Each week will build on the previous weeks. Pre-registration required. Participants grades 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Community Thread Studio: Oct. 4 and 11, 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m., $5, grades 4 and up, pre-registration required. Learn the basics to running a sewing machine to make your own clothing or home items. Oct. 11 class will create a pillowcase. Supply list will be provide when you register.


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:

Gudbrandsal style rosemaling: Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Clarice Dieter; beginner and above, minimum age 15; paint a round box in the Gudbrandsal style; tuition $55, box information and supply list upon enrollment, advance purchases required; registration deadline Sept. 24.

Wood bowl turning: Oct. 22-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Steve Mullins; beginner and above, minimum age 16; learn the basic skills needed to turn a wooden bowl on a lathe from “green” unseasoned wood; tuition $230, supplies $45; registration deadline Oct. 8.

Weaving rugs: Nov. 4-6, Friday evening through Sunday; instructor Diana Soehren; learn the basics of preparing fabrics, choosing a design, warping and beginning to weave on Friday; continue to work on their projects Saturday and Sunday; 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. 22.

Picture Framing: fall dates to be determined, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, instructor Brian Wolf returns from Germany twice a year to teach this class, beginners, minimum age 16; members who have taken this workshop have access to the Framing Studio to work on their own projects; tuition $105.

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.

Studios: The silver studio, weaving studio and framing studio are open to all those that have taken classes and are MVAS members. Some fees apply.

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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