Fine Arts

Beginning to intermediate level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, furniture, and more. Experiment freely in our facilities and under the guidance of our instructors.

This course introduces soft sculpture and the metaphoric power and possibilities it offers for contemporary artistic expression. Developing their creative voice, participants reimagine a hard object through soft materials, working towards a large-scale final project. Participants will explore the design process through research, sketching, experimentation, and in-class critiques. Demonstrations will include a range of techniques, including: hand sewing, flat patterning, armatures for soft forms, and surface treatments such as embroidery, applique, wrapping, and painting.

Saturday
Feb 27 - Apr 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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While it may sound like a complicated process left to big factory operations, papermaking is something at which even those without studio experience can excel. This class is a start-to-finish primer on the beautiful art of Japanese papermaking known as Wa-Shi. The class will cover fiber preparation (cooking, cleaning, and hand beating); sheet formation; pressing; drying; and even surface decoration. The finished pieces will range from strong and nearly translucent to more decorative pieces that incorporate layers and inclusions.

Saturday
Feb 20 - Mar 12
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Making monotypes is work that's so engaging it feels like play. In this class students learn how to combine printmaking processes with the spontaneity of collage, painting and drawing to create surprisingly vivid and inventive imagery. Participants create images on plexiglass using ink, stencils, found objects and whatever comes to hand and mind. Using the printing presses the students transfer their images onto paper, modify the original images and print them again. The prints are one-of-a-kind but the process builds on itself and reveals more and more possibilities.

Saturday
Mar 26 - Apr 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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If you love printmaking, you'll love this class. It offers intermediate and advanced printmakers the chance to work in an open and collaborative learning community with instruction from a skilled printmaker, while using some of the best printmaking facilities in the Midwest. Select demonstrations will be offered along with individual tutorials, as needed. Sessions will also include informal dialogue, large and small group critiques, and studio time. The learning environment is collaborative and relaxed.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Apr 14
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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A brand new offering, this class is designed to be an opportunity for students to explore their own individual creative goals with the support of an experienced instructor while working in MCADs expansive light-filled painting studio. Receive feedback on skills and technique and help with concept development as you develop a body of work such as abstract, landscape, still-life, or figure painting, and/or resolve unfinished work. Your colleagues will be working on their own projects but will touch base regularly for peer critiques to gain helpful feedback.

Tuesday
Feb 9 - Apr 12
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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People are drawn to watercolors due to their vibrant, delicate, and luminous qualities. Students in this class will work from observation, photographs, and their imaginations to create translucent works using this versatile medium. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor painting, including how to transfer an existing drawing into the base for a painting, and how to execute washes and blends.

Wednesday
Feb 10 - Mar 30
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This is a self-driven class that explores the basics of contemporary furniture design and fabrication. Each student will be able to design and construct a piece of furniture using MCADs wood shop. Class discussions will focus on materials, tools, design and techniques that will aid in the completion of a one of kind piece of furniture. Shop experience is not required, but is helpful. / Students will have access to the 3D Shop when other classes are not in session (other than Saturdays from 12-5 p.m.) / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Saturday
Feb 13 - Apr 16
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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This class, designed for those interested in hand-lettering, will teach students the basics of modern calligraphy: writing posture, ink control, and composition. 

Tuesday
Feb 23 - Mar 8
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Drawing from the Collection is a way to explore and develop your research-based drawing practice, which will inform and inspire the creative process no matter your profession or experience level. The class will help refine how you see and will allow you to explore, learn from, and inspire your practice. Students in this class will explore unique collections in the Twin Cities through observational drawing on location. Beyond the still life, students will have the opportunity to create studies of a variety of objects and ephemera.

Tuesday
Feb 9 - Mar 15
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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