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Member Workshops and Classes

*Always check with the artist and venue to verify classes and workshops as there can be changes not announced on this site.

Mary Axelson

is teaching the following classes:

At Bloomington Art Center

www.btacmn.org, 952 563 8575

Watercolor Landscapes Wednesdays June 11 – July 16, 6:30 to 9p, #1074 Section A

And Wednesdays July 23 – August 27, 6:30 to 9p, #1074 Section B

This class will teach students basic to intermediate watercolor painting skills for creating skies, trees, water, rocks, and mountains. Students will learn how to separate visual elements in a landscape to show depth and better represent foreground, midground, and background imagery. For beginning students, the focus of this class is to become comfortable with watercolor as a medium and teach them skills that can be the basis for further study. The focus for more experienced students is to go beyond the basics and further develop your painting style and technique * See list of supplies

At the “ Buzz coffee shop” in Burnsville

Watercolor Landscape

1p – 3p Mondays, continuous 6 week sessions. Inquire with instructor on dates

See class description above

Watercolor Floral

1p-3p Wednesdays, continuous 6 week sessions. Inquire with instructor on dates

Class description:

This is an excellent course for those who have never painted in watercolor before. Basic wet-in-wet watercolor techniques will be taught as well as the creation of good watercolor habits. Students will learn to paint multicolored flowers as well as value modulation in a monochromatic flowers. Basic floral forms will be painted with gradual increase in difficulty. For beginning students, the focus of this class is to become comfortable with watercolor as a medium and teach them skills that can be the basis for further study. The focus for more experienced students is to go beyond the basics and further develop your painting style and technique

Suz Galloway

Minnetonka Center for Art
952-473-7361 952-473-7361


Skill level: AB, I

Learn how to draw botanical subjects in contemporary American style. Beginning students will draw a leaf focusing on contours and vein structure, moving on to twigs and seed pods. Intermediate students will select a botanical subject and work on process drawings, composition, and value development. The instructor will introduce new methods, techniques, and design as needed. New students should contact the Art Center for a materials list.

Drawing Basics, Drawing Studio or equivalent.

Enrollment limited to 12; ages 18 and up
E48014 Wednesdays, April 23 - June 4
(7 sessions) 1 - 4 p.m.
$189 Members / $210 Non-members

Skill level: All

This class introduces the student who has a basic foundation of drawing and watercolor painting to the world of botanical art. Students will learn to “see”
the anatomy of a leaf by studying its contour, vein structure and texture and then drawing it in graphite, painting it in sepia tones and finally painting it
in watercolor. Creating realistic botanical work takes time and patience.

Contact the Art Center for a materials list.

Enrollment limited to 10; ages 18 and up
E45014 Tuesdays, April 22 - May 27
(6 sessions) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$162 Members / $180 Non-members

Skill level: AB, I, AD

Loosen up and experiment with the free style of wet-into-wet painting. Students will paint a waterscape, underwater scene, tree-filled shoreline and a floral, with a preliminary demonstration by the instructor and a strong emphasis on value. The last few weeks will be independent work with supervision from the instructor. Bring your regular watercolor supplies.

Enrollment limited to 14; ages 18 and up

$189 Members / $210 Non-members
E45314 Tuesdays, April 22 - May 27
(6 sessions) 1 - 4 p.m.
$162 Members / $180 Non-member

Edina Art Center
952-903-5780 952-903-5780


Wet-into-Wet Watercolors

This new four-week class is designed for the student who has a fundamental kwowledge of watercolor, but who wants to loosen up and experiment with the free style of wet-into-wet. We will paint a different subject each week with a preliminary demonstration by the instructor. Subjects will include a waterscape, underwater scene, tree filled shoreline and a floral with strong emphasis on value. Bring your watercolor supplies.
Maximum 12.

5187: Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., 4 weeks — starts April 10
Cost: $102 nm/$92 m

Contemporary Botanicals!
From the Beginning

This new introductory class will take you from drawing a leaf in graphite to painting it in sepia tones and finally to painting it in watercolor. You will learn the process used to create botanical work, gain insight into the criteria used to define contemporary botanical art, but most importantly to “see” your subject and be able to translate that into a realistic image. A pre-requisite of basic drawing and watercolor painting is suggested for all students.
Please request a supply list at the time of registration.
Maximum 12.

5183: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8 weeks — starts April 10
Cost: $204 nm/$184 m


Suz Galloway and Georgia Kandiko
OCTOBER 26-30, 2014

Enjoy the tranquility and peace of the best North Shore scenery and a cozy lodge experience.Join us for an energizing painting workshop focusing on composition where references of water, rocks, and pine trees are right outside. We will paint in a studio that facilitates collaboration and sharing of ideas. If weather permits, outside painting will be an option. Demonstrations, painting time,and individual coaching will be part of each day.

Reserve your spot because this workshop will fill up fast!

Cost: $318 non-member/$286 member. Workshop #7350
To register on Line: www.EdinaArtCenter.com
To register by Phone: 952-903-5780 952-903-5780 mention Workshop 7350.

Lodging costs are not included in workshop fee.

For lodging call; Cove Point Lodge 800-598-3221 800-598-3221; www.CovePointLodge.com
Mention Edina Art Center Workshop 7350 when booking your room for access to reserved block of cottages and discounted rooms. The most economical choice is sharing a cottage. A hearty full Scandinavian breakfast is included in all room rates. Group dinner reservations are in place for Sunday and Monday nights; payment not included.

Mark Granlund

Classes at Jack-in-the-Pulpit Studio

Botanical Watercolor
More than an introduction to Botanical Watercolor, this class will teach plant structure, simple to complex compositions, light and shadowing, color interaction, layering, focusing on edges and constructing a painting from start to finish. It is expected that students have some previous experience in watercolor and drawing.

Wednesdays, April 9 - May 14, 2014 (6 sessions)
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $165

To register, more classes and info. at:

Nancy Carney

phone: 612-961-7075
email: natmpc@yahoo.com
website: http://www.nancycarney.com/

SPRING PLEIN AIR CLASSES will begin in May, every
Tuesday from 10am to 12:20pm.
Please see http://www.nancycarney.com/ for full descriptions
of each class and registration details. Space is limited,
so sign up early. Your payment by check or credit card
will reserve your space. Hope to see you soon.


CeCeile Hartleib teaches the following classes:

Traditional Watercolor, 10 am - 12:30 pm, in CeCeile's studio in St. Paul, $25. per session attended.  For more information, call 651-647-6078 or 651-592-1877 (cell) or www.ceceile.com

Traditional Watercolor, Tues., 7- 9:30 pm, 12 sessions, $185. Classes begin on the third Tues. in Sept. and the last Tues. in Jan. - more information at www.theatelier.org

Plein Air Watercolor, Thurs. 9:30 - noon, 6 sessions, (June and July only) - more information at www.theatelier.org


Caroline Ampuero

Learn to Paint Transparent Watercolors
The art school is located in my home in Medina, MN. I provide a fun and challenging art environment for students to develop transparent watercolor skills based on a proven art program that builds from lesson to lesson. The sessions are set in blocks of 8 classes allowing the student to have a flexible schedule.

I offer 3 levels of instruction, beginner students learn the tools of fine art that include color, value, shapes, direction, line and texture, intermediate students will gain knowledge of design laws which is essential to fine art. And for advanced students who have mastered the tools of fine art you will study how the principles apply to design laws. My telephone number is 763.205.4825, email: is caroline3@earthlink.net and website is www.ampuero.biz

Date/Time: Ongoing class, Monday mornings, 10-1:00 pm

Cost: Paid by month, $21 per class, per number of Mondays in month.

Location: 4065 Shorewood Trail, Medina, MN 55340

Member Announcements/Exhibitions

Deb Magelssen and other members of Ten Brushes are currently exhibiting in the Inspire Arts gallery at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). The paintings are displayed in the complex's Red Building on the 2nd floor skyway level. This HCMC building is located just north of 8th St on Chicago Ave. Please stop by to see 'BrushWorks: Approaches to work in Watermedia' which will be on display from April 4th through June 25th, 2014. A Reception to meet the artists is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th from 1 to 3pm.

Both Ann and Wayne Sisel were accepted into Arts in Harmony in Elk River that opens on February 9th.

Call for Artists

*TIP* A great resource and place to get information about local artists is at www.mnartists.org. They also have a current call for artists list that is updated regularly.

MINNETONKA CENTER FOR THE ARTS -  Call for artists. Juried Figure Show. Closes March 22nd.

Click here for details and application form


Silverwood Park is seeking proposals for the 2015 gallery season. Three exhibitions will be chosen for the Silverwood Park Gallery in the Visitor’s Center.

Please note that application materials are DUE APRIL 13, 2014
Click here for all the details and application form


UCare Skyway Senior Center  We are putting a call out to artists to be one of our monthly “artist of the month” at the UCare Skyway Senior Center in downtown Minneapolis. We have openings for artist of the month from August to December of 2014. Our Center has featured artists from MNWS in the past and we would love to feature more. Please contact:

Sara Goodnough
Coordinator - UCare Skyway Senior Center
950 Nicollet Mall - Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Center: 612-370-3869/Direct: 612-370-3993
Email: sara.goodnough@minneapolismn.gov


  • Visual artist opportunities at BPAC (Burnsville Performing Arts Center). Artists and Art organizations interested in displaying their work are encouraged to apply for the following opportunities: 1. Exhibit proposals 2. Art around BPAC 3. Art donations. For full details and application forms, visit the BPAC Website.

Links of Interest

  • Bloomington Center for the Arts  www.bloomingtonartcenter.com

  • The Edina Art Center www.edinaartcenter.com

  • American Frame Corporation is a leading online source for custom picture frames, framing supplies, custom mat boards, and fine art printing on papers or canvas. Serving professionals and amateurs alike since 1973, they feature solid woods and Nielsen metal moldings, Crescent and Bainbridge mat boards, and supplies at low direct wholesale prices. Easy online design tools let you see your frame and mat selections before you purchase. They offer FREE CUSTOM CUT MAT with any frame purchase up to 30” x 38”. You can also follow their blog “A Good Frame of Mind” at www.americanframe.blogspot.com for news, views and preannouncements of sales. Since the MN watercolor society is a member of their Alliance Program already, we receive quarterly rebates based on purchases MNWS members make. www.americanframe.com

  • Madeline Island School of the Arts  www.madelineschool.com                                                             

    MISA is located on a peaceful, prairie meadow farm, on an Island that is unrivaled with its breathtaking views of other Apostle Islands, sea caves, beaches, and clear blue waters with bright skies. These twenty-two pristine Islands provide some of the most spectacular scenes for photographers and plein air painters.

    Five-day workshops in writing, painting, quilting, photography, yoga and other genres are offered May through October. There is no standing faculty - instructors and students come to the school for the duration of their session.

    Workshops in light filled studios are small in size and are designed for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students--in many cases welcoming all three.

    MISA’s modern on-site lodging is adjacent to an apple orchard and the nearby workshop studios. All facilities are climate controlled and there is Wi-Fi in every building.

    You can register online for your workshop, lodging and meals. If you have any questions, please email Anne Leafblad, Registrar at misa@cheqnet.net.

  • Interlochen College of Creative Arts (ICCA) offers a series of engaging programs for adults to help them learn new art forms or express an existing talent. These programs deliver the kind of high-quality educational experiences you would expect from Interlochen. Classes are based on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts, in the woods of northern Michigan. www.interlochen.org/college/college-creative-arts-programs

  • Passion for Art Passion for art in Waseca MN has a beautiful, bright classroom, gallery and studio that will easily accommodate 16 students. Some artists who have taught workshops here include Andy Evansen, Karen Knutson, Charlotte Laxen, Dar Brooks, Lana Grow, Richard Graves, Steve DeLaitsch, Bonnie Broitzman, and Kelly Sadler. www.pfawaseca.com/classes or e-mail passion4art@deskmedia.com

  • Art Association of Jackson Hole  www.jacksonholeworkshops.org

  • Northstar Watermedia Society  www.northstarwatermedia.com

  • Hopkins Center for the Arts http://www.hopkinsmn.com/_hca/
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