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

 

Observational Garden Drawing

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 4, 5, 6
1:00-3:00pm
Location: FiftyNorth patio and 104/106

We will spend time looking at and drawing parts of gardens. You will actually go outside, find an interesting part of the FiftyNorth garden, and zoom in (visually, using view finder or phone camera) on one particular part of the garden. If the weather is not cooperative, you can look at flowers and leaves inside. We will use pencils first, add color later. Ink will be applied with a pen or brush.

Instructor: Kate Douglas
Capacity: 6
Cost: $55/$45/$0
Notes:
Materials list
  • Drawing boards (provided)
  • View finders ( 3”X5” tag board) I can make these ahead of time (provided)
  • Decent multi-purpose/watercolor paper. The Sketchy Artist has multi- purpose sketchbooks.  You can determine the scale or size of your work.
  • Pencils, erasers, sharpeners (come with at least two drawing pencils; one hard (2) and one softer (5 or 6)
  • Mr. Clean pads (white, for cleaning spots on walls)
  • Watercolor sets, any kind
  • Brushes (we have many available, but you may want your own)
  • Spray bottle (misting)
  • Water container (provided)
  • Ink container with ink (provided)

 

 

Observational Garden Drawing

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 11, 12, 13
1:00-3:00pm

We will spend time looking at and drawing parts of gardens. You will actually go outside, find an interesting part of the FiftyNorth garden, and zoom in (visually, using view finder or phone camera) on one particular part of the garden. If the weather is not cooperative, you can look at flowers and leaves inside. We will use pencils first, add color later. Ink will be applied with a pen or brush.

Instructor: Kate Douglas
Capacity: 6
Cost: $55 nonmbr, $45 mbr, $0 platinum
Location: FiftyNorth patio and Art Studio

Notes:
Materials list

  • Drawing boards (provided)
  • View finders ( 3”X5” tag board) I can make these ahead of time (provided)
  • Decent multi-purpose/watercolor paper. The Sketchy Artist has multi- purpose sketchbooks.  You can determine the scale or size of your work.
  • Pencils, erasers, sharpeners (come with at least two drawing pencils; one hard (2) and one softer (5 or 6)
  • Mr. Clean pads (white, for cleaning spots on walls)
  • Watercolor sets, any kind
  • Brushes (we have many available, but you may want your own)
  • Spray bottle (misting)
  • Water container (provided)
  • Ink container with ink (provided)

 

 

Carrot People

Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24
1:00-3:00pm
Location: 104/106

What are carrot people? I happened upon a YouTube site where an artist swore by a method of figure drawing that starts with a carrot. I thought it sounded hokey, then tried it. What the heck. It was so much fun, I ended up making several versions of the carrot folks. I thought it would be fun to have a class out of the concept. YouTube is amazing.

Consider trying this technique. I will show some examples then demonstrate how the artist embellished the “carrot” and turned it into a very interesting figure.

Session 1: Looking at a video of the originator of Carrot People. Watching a demo (me) of how to get started. Looking at examples of completed Carrot People, then just playing with a variety of brush strokes for the balance of the two hours. The end of session one will be looking at the varied results of all students.

Session 2: After the first stage of Carrot People is completed and dried, we can begin the embellishment of each figure. I will give a quick demo, then you will begin the “fleshing out’ of the figures. You may also have time to think of the scenario of your people..are they waiting for a bus? Watching a concert? Dancing at a club? Working in a garden? The list is endless and this is so much fun.

Session 3: We will spend the last 2 hours of class putting up the completed art works and allowing the artist to describe the people, how the people evolved and what the people are doing.

Instructor: Kate Douglas
Capacity: 10
Cost: $65 nonmbr, $55 mbr, $10 platinum

Notes:

Materials:

  • Acrylic Paint (provided)
  • Brushes (provided)
  • Surface: This can be a sturdy paper, cardboard, a small/medium canvas, or something else??Like a piece of wood, metal or fabric. (you must provide)
  • Size of surface is up to you, but make sure your figures can be at least 7-8” tall, and be amongst at least 3-4 other figures. You can do smaller versions on your own, but will learn the concept better if you use a size 11X 14 or larger. 12 X 18 is great. They all work.

 

 

ONLINE – Story Connection

Mondays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
10:30-12:00pm

Classes will take place via Zoom, in a format similar to past in-person classes. The instructor will communicate technical details before the first meeting. Between sessions, participants will have the option (at no additional cost) of sharing writing and connecting online in a private small group forum.

Do you feel called to write? Come gather, connect around the writing process, and learn narrative craft. 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 writing that feel true, focusing on craft aspects to move promising pieces forward. 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.

If this speaks to you, join us.
(8 sessions)

Instructor:  Amy Hallberg
Capacity: 10
Cost:  $115 nonmbr, $90 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline:  September 18