Classes and workshops calendar published March 8, 2023
Mar. 9—Classes scheduled at the Willmar Community Center. To register, call 320-262-5288 or visit
Community crafts: March 9, 2:30 p.m., $15, all ages, pre-registration required; make your own personalized welcome mat.
Little Art Gallery Session: March 17, 2:30 to 4 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries with the themes of Green, St. Patrick's Day, Growth and Spring.
Willmar Community Education has several art-related classes scheduled. Pre-registration is required for all the classes on the website. Cooking classes are in the Food and Drink calendar in the Thursday paper. Youth only classes available on community ed website. Below are youth and adult classes.
Rock painting: Have you found any painted rocks outside around Willmar? Learn how to create your own! Paints, brushes and rocks will be provided for each class. The classes are from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Jefferson Learning Center, ages 5 and up; those ages 5-11 will need to sign up with a responsible adult; $6; instructor Sarah Miller. There are two remaining classes this winter: flowers theme on March 25 and sunshine theme on April 29.
Painting Barn Quilts: March 14, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Willmar Middle School, ages 12 and up, those under 18 should enroll with a responsible adult; instructor Cynthia Buchholz; $50 plus $60 materials fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class; guided instruction which takes you through the barn quilt process and by the end of class, you will have your own masterpiece to take home and display.
Glass on glass mosaic project: March 30, 4 to 7 p.m., Willmar Senior High School, ages 10 and up, those under 13 must sign up with a responsible adult; instructor Laura Ruprecht; $79; learn mosaic basics by making one inside a 5-by-7-inch shadow box frame.
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 www.milanvillageartsschool.org; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Casses listed by registration deadline are:
Weaving rugs: March 31-April 2, Friday evening through Sunday; instructor Diana Soehren, minimum age 16; 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 March 11. Class will be offered again Nov. 3-5.
Norwegian Skinnfeller: April 15-16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instructor Karen Aakre; beginner and above, minimum age 12; Skinnfeller is a Norwegian craft of sewing sheep skins together and then decorating them; make mittens, boots or a hat, in the size of your choice; tuition $160, supplies $50 plus the cost of the skin; registration deadline March 25.
Silversmithing 1, three-day: May 5-7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Marilyn Hanson; beginner, no experience necessary, minimum age 16; learn the basics, including how to solder and how to use most of the tools; tuition $195, supplies $80 to $110 depending on market price and $5 acetylene fee; no outside silver; Silver studio is available to those completing this class; registration deadline March 25.
Silversmithing 1, three-day: May 12-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; same as class above; registration deadline April 1.
Sami-inspired bracelets: April 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Kathy Nardi; beginner and above, minimum age 14; work in leather, nickel-free pewter thread and antler to construct a bracelet; very close handwork, if you need extra magnification, you will need to bring your own; tuition $100, supplies $35; registration deadline April 1.
Sami-inspired bracelets continuation: April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Kathy Nardi; some experience in Sami bracelet making required, minimum age 14; make bracelets that go beyond the traditional three-strand braid; several designs to choose from; close handwork, if you need extra magnification or lighting, you will need to bring your own; tuition $100, supplies $50; registration deadline April 1.
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: 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: Open to those with experience with looms or have taken the weaving rugs class and are MVAS members; by appointment or join a weaving group, no fee; looms are maintained with warp at no cost.
Framing Studio: A fully-functional framing workshop open to those who have taken the framing workshop and are MVAS members; $5 hour, $10 for half day, $20 full day; by appointment only.