Classes in the Arts

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class
Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship


Painting a Mural Part 2: Piece by Piece

Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26

Join us for a fun “group” activity in painting. Each student will be given a tiny piece of a large painting image to copy on a small canvas. The painting will be selected by a committee of artists. Each small piece will be part of a puzzle that will become an entire painting! The finished mural will be displayed in an undisclosed room in FiftyNorth. You will love this adventure!!!

Instructor: Kate Douglas
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $ 120 nonmbr, $95 mbr, $10 platinum
Notes: Bring a pencil, eraser and ruler.  All other materials will be provided.



Flower Sun Catcher

Monday, March 9

Try your hand at fused glass.  Make a beautiful flower sun catcher for your window.  Happy Spring!

Instructor:  Gerie Thelan
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $ 40nonmbr, $35 mbr, $25 plat-equiv



Art and Wine Mini Masters: Wood and Iowa Grapes

Wednesday, March 18

Grant Wood (1891-1942) was an American painter who is best known for his work depicting the Midwest. In 1930, he exhibited his most famous painting; American Gothic. This painting was among the most iconic and recognizable images in American art and helped propel Wood to fame and launch the Regionalist Movement, of which Wood became the de facto spokesperson.
We are scheduling the Mini-Master Wine and Canvas Series every other month.
If you are interested, most people enjoy the no-pressure fun experience of messing with art and learning something about the style and life of well-known artists. Bring nothing.

Instructor: Kate Douglas
Capacity: 10
Cost:   $36 nonmbr, $31 mbr, $13 platinum



Story Connection

Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1

Do you feel called to write? Come gather and connect around the writing process. Whether you’re a first-time writer seeking direction or an experienced writer who longs for community, you’re welcome here. Let’s cultivate stories and nurture the muses. More than ever, that matters.
Why? Because stories can bring people together.
The gift of shared wisdom helps us understand each other. More than that, our stories helps us understand ourselves.
In this collaborative workshop, we’ll keep it simple. We’ll locate and unpack the writing that feel truest. Each session will consist of three parts:
1) idea-generating writing prompts,
2) cross-pollination to unpack ideas, and
3) facilitated peer review to reflect on shared work in a supportive space (around 500 words or fewer).

If this speaks to you, join us.
Note: This is a continuation of a previous class. New members and former participants are encouraged to sign up as topics will evolve in creative response from one week to the next.

Instructor:  Amy Hallberg
Capacity:  15
Cost:  $115 nonmbr, $90 mbr, $0 plat-equiv

NOTE: Amy Hallberg, Courageous Wordsmith, taught high school German (later Spanish) for twenty years before turning to storytelling in her native English. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the Loft Literary Center’s Foreword Apprenticeship in Creative Nonfiction, is a Martha Beck Master Certified Life Coach, and holds certificates in Editing and German to English Translation from the University of Chicago. Amy’s true-life novel, German Awakening: Tales from an American Life, features Northfield, and she’s delighted to teach here. Amy hosts the podcast Frau Amy’s World: Conversation with Real-Life Creatives.



Beginning Calligraphy Workshop

Mondays, April 20, 27

This workshop will introduce students to Brush Lettering. This currently popular style of writing is easy to learn and could just get you hooked on the wonderful art of calligraphy. This workshop will provide step-by-step demonstration and individualized instruction to help each student produce beautiful letter forms. Proper care of tools, good practice habits, spacing and layout, resources, and other calligraphic possibilities will be presented and explored and by the end of the workshop students will be able to complete a final project of a small piece or a greeting card and envelope. No experience necessary.If you took Sally’s February workshop, this one will be a little different.   Don’t hesitate to register!

Instructor Sally Wightkin
Capacity:  10
Cost:    $65 nonmbr, $55 mbr, $10 platinum

NOTES: Your instructor will be Sally Wightkin, a calligrapher with over 30 years of calligraphy and teaching experience. Sally creates art and teaches other calligraphy workshops in her studio located in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.



Aromatherapy and More

Monday, May 4

Have you ever  wondered about aromatherapy? Would you like to know more about the healing properties of essential oils? This is the class for you . In this class you will create your own first fused glass vase to put your own essential oils in for aromatherapy. Then you learn about different essential oils and what they can be used for. For example: Lavender essential oil is great for helping get a peaceful night sleep. Lime oil is the zest for life. After learning about the oils, you will then create your own blend to use in your vase you created.

Instructor:  Gerie Thelen
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $45 nonmbr, $40 mbr, $30 plat-equiv