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

Wood Turning: Vase or Candleholder

Tuesdays & Thursdays
March 21, 23, 28, 30

In this class, each student will learn the basic skills required for turning wood with the grain parallel to the axis on rotation of the lathe.  After turning some practice pieces into shavings, participants will decide what kind of finished product they want to make: a vase, a candle holder, a muddler or other item.  After shaping the piece, we will sand our work to bring out the grain and create an attractive surface.  Before applying a finish to the final product, participants may use one or more simple methods to add decorative features.
Each  participant will have access at all times to a lathe.  Students are encouraged to come to the makerspace between classes to work.  The use of wood-turning tools is a complex set of skills; practice will enhance your enjoyment of woodturning and satisfy your creativity.
(4 sessions)

Instructor: David Peterson
Capacity: 3
Cost: $140 (all levels)
Space: Cannon Valley Makers, 300 Railway St, Dundas, MN  55019

Calligraphy Workshop: Brush Lettering

Saturdays, March 25, April 1

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 letterforms. Proper care of tools, good practice habits, spacing and layout, resources, and other calligraphic possibilities will be presented and explored. 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. Materials provided.
No experience necessary.
(2 sessions)

Instructor: Sally Wightkin
Capacity:  10
Cost: $65 nonmbr, $55 mbr, $12 platinum
Space:  Room 105

Note:  Sally Wightkin is a calligrapher with over 30 years of calligraphy and teaching experience. Sally creates art and teaches other calligraphy workshops in the studio located in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.

Make a Wood Charcuterie Board

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
April 3, 5, 7

In this class, we will select strips of wood from different species that will complement each other in color and grain.  We will cut these to size, plane them and then glue them up to make a blank which will become your cutting board.  After the glue sets, we will plane the assembly, square up the ends, round the edges and cut finger-notches using the router table.  Finally, we will sand them and finish them with a food-safe oil/wax combination.  The finished board — about 10″-12″ wide by 16″-18″ long — will be suitable for serving cold-cuts, cheese, fruit, bread or pastries.  It will also do serious kitchen duty for chopping vegetables or slicing meat.
(3 sessions)

Instructor: David Peterson
Capacity: 4
Cost: $120 (all levels)
Space: Cannon Valley Makers, 300 Railway St, Dundas, MN  55019

West African Drum Class

Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25

Join David Miller in exploring the rhythms of West Africa! You will learn some common drum patterns (and maybe a song!) from the nations of Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Guinea, played on djembes and other West African percussion instruments. Instruments will be provided.
(4 sessions)

Instructor: David Miller
Capacity: 12
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103

Storytelling class

Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25

What are the stories without books in your memory library?  Family stories?  Cultural tales? Imaginative Outer Space, or other Galaxy stories?  How do stories work in that required arc?  What do you want to do with your stories?  Tell them?  Perform them? Write them down?  Start a memoir?  Have fun? We’ll start with questions, and maybe come up with answers — some of them unexpected, and perhaps exactly correct.
(4 sessions)

Presenter: Marie Gery
Capacity: 18
Cost: $54 nonmbr, $42 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Far Link

Landscape Painting

Wednesday, April 12

Paint along with a local artist as she shows you how to create a beautiful landscape on canvas. This class is great for beginners as well as more experienced painters. Kate will show you the simplest way to set up your landscape and then show more detailed things you can paint you can pick and choose from. Each student will get an 8×10 canvas to paint on and we will use good quality tempera paint. (It is not super washable so dress in clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.) Materials provided.

Kate Langlais holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and has been teaching art classes for 14 years. She primarily works in oil paint, charcoal, and graphite pencil as she strives to create realistic portraits and landscapes. You can see examples of her work at

Instructor: Kate Langlais
Capacity: 10 Max, 5 Min
Cost: $30 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $10 plat
Space: 105

Saori Weaving Start to Finish

Tuesday, April 25

If you think you might be interested in getting a rigid heddle loom this class will give you an opportunity to experience the weaving process from beginning to end. You will start by preparing the loom (warping it) and then move on to the actual weaving. We’ll break for bite to eat. Pack a lunch or eat at Little Frida Café across the hall.
All materials are provided.

Instructor: Kathy Anderson
Capacity: 3
Cost: $60 nonmbr, $50 mbr, $15 platinum
Space: 102

Preserving Your Memories

Tuesday, May 2

Do you have precious photos stuck on your devices? Have you always wanted to share your stories, but just didn’t know how to begin? In this overview class you will learn the steps involved to preserve your memories and determine your style. In addition, you will create 4 greeting cards that you can use to share a photo. Materials provided.

Instructor: Lori Koch
Capacity: 12
Cost: $28 nonmbr, $24 mbr, $10 platinum
Space: 102

Wood Turning Demonstration

Wednesday, May 3

Have you ever wanted to learn the skill of wood turning or just see how this beautiful craft is done? This is an opportunity to watch a wood turning project from beginning to end. There will be time for questions throughout the demonstration. You will be standing most of the time for a closeup view. You may want to bring a pen, notepad, lawn chair and camera. This will be in John’s heated workshop. Space is limited, so sign up early.
*Transportation will be on your own.

Presenter: John Van Ast
Capacity: 10
Cost: No fee
Space: Offsite – John’s workshop, 1810 Prairie St., Northfield, MN  55057

Jewelry Making

Thursday, May 11

Jillian will give a short talk about different jewelry making techniques and then you will design and make a necklace, and a pair of earrings. Participants will learn basic wire working and stringing techniques. Materials provided.

Instructor: Jillian Steger
Capacity: 8
Cost: $38 nonmbr, $34 mbr, $20 platinum
Space: 102

Rosemaling Wooden Hearts

Saturday, May 13

Come learn rosemaling in the Hallingdal style with Lyn Rein.  The class will cover basic strokes and embellishments while painting this 5” wide heart with oil paints. Materials provided.

Instructor: Lyn Rein
Capacity: Min 3, Max 8
Cost: $32 nonmbr, $26 mbr, $5 platinum
Space: 102

Scrapbooking Basics

Tuesday, May 16

Learn how to tell your story with your photos and words. This 2-hour class will teach you all the basics about photo safety, organizing your photos, planning your scrapbook album project, and the steps to go through to create great page layouts! Bring 6-10 photos of a recent event and I’ll provide the rest! What’s the story you want to share? Materials Provided.

Instructor: Lori Koch
Capacity: 12
Cost: $43 nonmbr, $39 mbr, $25 platinum
Space: 102

Fun Felted Fungi

Monday, May 22

From whimsical to realistic, needle felt a one-of-a-kind mushroom.  Using animal fiber, an armature, and a barbed needle, learn the fun process of needle felting.  Create your uniquely shaped and colored mushroom and adorn it with specialty fibers, tiny felted acorns, or ladybugs.   Finish your project off with a hanger to display your creation.
Materials included.

Instructor: Char Johnson
Capacity: Min 2, Max 8
Cost: $30 nonmbr, $25 mbr, $8 platinum
Space: 102

Card Making Class

Tuesday, May 23

Do you love to send cards but think they cost too much to buy? Why not create your own cards and save money.  You may think you’re not creative but if you can follow instructions, like paint by number, you can create your own handmade cards. Yes, really! You will create 12 cards during this class. Materials provided.

Instructor: Lori Koch
Capacity: 12
Cost: $43 nonmbr, $39 mbr, $25 platinum
Space: 102

Textile Art Class 8″ X 10″ Wall Hanging Quilt

Thursday, June 22

Learn to make a “raw edge applique” collage quilt. No sewing required!
Kathy will instruct you on how to cut the pieces using the pattern and how to place the flowers and leaves. The pieces will be ironed onto the 8” X 10” sky fabric. The last step is to attach a binding fabric. Kathy will also demonstrate stitching that can be done on the background sky fabric.

No online registration. Please call the front desk at 507-664-3700 or Elaine Meyers at 507-664-3703 to register. You must choose which floral print you wish to make at the time of registration so the kits can be prepared before class. You have your choice of Coneflowers, Poppies or Sunflowers.

MATERIALS PROVIDED: The kit will include: an assortment of collage fabrics, a pattern and the backing, which is a 3-layer piece consisting of: (background sky fabric, the layer of batting & the back fabric). Also, binding fabric.

NOTE: Bring your own fabric scissors.

Instructor: Kathy Weed
Capacity: 10
Cost: $30 nonmbr, $26 mbr, $12 platinum
Space: 106
Registration deadline: June 15