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  • *NEW Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop

    Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor, as she provides her unique curriculum for learning how to draw and paint. With more than 35 years of teaching experience, she simplifies complex art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed. In this workshop, you will learn how to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques, make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage, use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic, design your painting rather than copy photographs, and create strong, dynamic compositions. For this workshop, supplies are extra so plan on spending approximately $180. A supply list will be available to each participant upon registration.
  • *NEW Calligraphy – Get Your Irish on with the Uncial Hand (Ages 12 and up)

    Calligraphy is the age-old art of beautiful writing. This basic class will focus on the comprehensive study of the 26 elegant uncial letterforms. With only 26 letters to learn we can learn good form and habits that we will build on with other calligraphy styles in other classes. Enjoy the shapes that simple tools can make on paper! Calligraphy classes offer you a chance to relax, have fun, and learn a time-honored skill; they also increase your hand-eye coordination, patience and aesthetic awareness. This concentration will slow you down and let creativity in. Lessons will comprise a theory section, forms, practice, review and a project. There is a homework component because calligraphy needs practice. A pen will be available for purchase as needed.
  • *NEW Creative Cursive (Ages 12 and up)

    You have the basic skills, now let's pen it up a notch and get creative.  Craft a project that is elegant and authentic. Bring the fountain pen you got in your Beginners Cursive class.
  • *NEW Creativity Enhancement Workshop with Hypnosis

    Reach your maximum creative potential in this workshop led by certified hypnotherapist Kimble Bromley. You'll learn through hypnosis how to combine deep relaxation and guided imagery to enhance creativity and overcome artistic blocks. Kim teaches painting and drawing at NDSU. He exhibits work internationally and has participated in painting residencies in Chicago, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica and Mexico.
  • *NEW Nature Photography: See, Compose and Shoot

    This series of three workshops is for amateur photographers who would like to take their photography to the next level without investing in more expensive equipment. You will be guided through several relaxing exercises designed to help you see things that you may have missed before. You will learn to compose a photo rather than just take it, and you will better understand the different functions and options on your camera.
  • *NEW Nature Photography: See, Compose and Shoot - Part 1

    This session will focus on seeing. You will be guided through several relaxing exercises that are designed to help you see things that you may have missed before. You will take before the lesson and after the lesson pictures at each spot and compare the quality of your photos. 
  • *NEW Nature Photography: See, Compose and Shoot - Part 2

    You will focus on composing a photograph rather than just taking one. You will take pictures before the lesson and after the lesson at your location and compare the quality of your photos.
  • *NEW Nature Photography: See, Compose and Shoot - Part 3

    We will focus on shooting a photograph. You will learn and understand the different functions and options on your camera. We will meet at Buffalo River State Park at the parking lot by the pool. From there, we will drive to the Felton WMA and Felton Prairie SNL. You will take pictures before the lesson and after the lesson at each spot and compare the quality of your photos.
  • *NEW Plein Aire Watercolor (Ages 12 and up)

    Join us in the garden at the Comstock House for some plein aire painting lessons. The greens in the garden will be peaking and the house is lovely to paint as well. Learn how to enjoy the thrill of working with changing light, fresh air and nature. Plein aire painting is a fun way to discover the outdoors. You will need painting supplies and a chair, or you can sit on the ground if you choose.
  • *NEW Talk Back: 5 Weeks

    5 Weeks, a play by Meena Natarajan, explores the aftermath of the partition of India to create Pakistan in 1947. Whole families were divided or uprooted and moved amidst violence and turmoil unforeseen and unforgotten. Join the cast, director, and writer of 5 Weeks after the production for an in-depth discussion of their experiences in bringing this poignant story to life. Course fee includes ticket to the performance. 
  • *NEW The Genteel Art of Letter Writing

    Join calligrapher Anne Kaese around the same table that Mrs. Comstock used to organize her work in the community. In this workshop we will use cursive to lay out and draft letters, genteel salutations, and greetings.  A fountain pen will be provided for you to learn with and keep. Fee includes supplies.
  • *NEW The History Behind the Play 5 Weeks

    What was the partitioning of India and what is the lasting impact on the world still today? Before taking in the play “5 Weeks” by Meena Natarajan, participants will be given an overview of this world-changing event as preparation for understanding the play’s context. “5 Weeks,” performed by Pangea World Theatre of Minneapolis, presents the horror of the aftermath of this British political move on the very people most directly impacted. Fee includes discussion, refreshments during the class, and ticket to the performance. 
  • Acrylic Painting for Beginners on Up

    Find your creative energy and build your confidence as you learn to paint with this water-based medium. This introductory course in acrylic painting will teach you how to use brushes, mix colors, and use a variety of different mediums. All levels of experience are welcome. This class will include individualized and group instruction based on what you are interested in learning. Supplies are included, so all you have to do is bring yourself for four fun and relaxing evenings of painting.
  • At Last, the Secret to Landscape Painting is Revealed

    This class introduces artists of every skill level to the discipline of landscape painting. While in class, we will explore and uncover the techniques by which you and your work can grow and evolve. You will become more confident in undertaking the processes of conceptualizing, sketching and applying acrylic paints in a particular manner. We also will explore finishing a piece to a degree of satisfaction or success approaching or nearing unrivaled and blissful contentment! Please bring a set of acrylic paints, two to three acrylic paint brushes, a canvas pad or a couple of stretched canvases of any size, and a container to hold tap water and brushes.
  • Beginners Cursive (Ages 12 and up)

    Join calligrapher Anne Kaese around the same table that Mrs. Comstock used to organize her work in the community. In this workshop you will learn to write in an elegant cursive reminiscent of those times of elegance and beauty. You also will learn about this remarkable woman and the work she did in our community. A fountain pen will be provided for you to learn with and keep. Fee includes supplies.
  • Beginning Woodcarving

    No woodcarving experience is needed to learn how to carve simple wood projects. After four sessions, you will leave with information about carving and will have learned carving techniques that will enable you to enjoy a lifelong satisfying skill. Fee includes wood projects, safety gloves and a carving knife. All you have to do is come.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Illustrating a Story

    This class provides a judgment-free environment for learning how to confidently translate a manuscript into an illustrated work. It’s a great first step for anyone interested in writing a graphic novel or children’s book or just wanting to tell their own story in a visual manner. Beginning with a manuscript, students will learn to sketch their characters and settings, brainstorm how to overcome certain challenges, interpret feedback from other artists, and create an illustrated work that sees their original story transformed. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring a graphite drawing pencil set, sketchpad and kneaded eraser.
  • Get the Most out of Drawing with Color

    Experiment with colored pencils and chalk pastels while exploring the basic elements of design, composition and color theory. Discover your own style and begin to rely on your own approach to rendering powerful figures, rich landscapes and robust ideas. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring a set of colored pencils and chalk pastels, a sketchbook or sketchpad, and kneaded eraser.
  • How to Play Piano by Ear -- Online

    Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. This practical presentation of music theory includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing — all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “Instant Piano” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons — free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords recommended. Topics include how to find the starting note, how to determine when chords change, how to predict the chord progression, how chords help you find the correct melody, how the melody helps you find the correct chords, how to learn songs from recordings in all keys, how to transpose, the universal signature, how to use the circle of fifths, and how to recognize the most common chord patterns. This class is completely online. Register at any time. Fee includes the online book and follow-up online instruction.
  • How to Play Piano by Ear -- Online

    Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. This practical presentation of music theory includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing - all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “Instant Piano” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons -  free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords recommended. Topics include how to find the starting note, how to determine when chords change, how to predict the chord progression, how chords help you find the correct melody, how the melody helps you find the correct chords, how to learn songs from recordings in all keys, how to transpose, the universal signature, how to use the circle of fifths, and how to recognize the most common chord patterns. This class is completely online. Register at any time. Fee includes the online book and follow-up online instruction.
  • Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People -- Online

    Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you do not need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano lessons teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. You can learn all the chords you will need to play any song through this online course. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. Topics include: how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid “counting," and how to simplify more than 12,000 complex chords. Students will be guided by a series of videos. This course is self-paced and completely online so enroll at any time. Fee includes an online video and online instruction book.
  • Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People -- Online

    You do not need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano lessons teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. You can learn all the chords you will need to play any song through this online course. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. Topics include: how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid “counting," and how to simplify more than 12,000 complex chords. Students will be guided by a series of videos. This course is self-paced and completely online so enroll at any time. Fee includes an online video and online instruction book.
  • Introduction to Alcohol-Ink Art

    You don’t need to be an experienced artist to create beautiful and distinctive art with alcohol inks. This vivid, transparent, fast-drying ink can be diluted and manipulated to form contemporary abstracts, florals and more on any non-porous surface. Because of the ease of application, it is a great medium for adult beginning artists. Fee will cover all supplies, instructions and two painted tiles to take home. You’ll also learn how to make your own alcohol ink, for pennies, at home. 
  • Introduction to Alcohol-Ink Art

    You don’t need to be an experienced artist to create beautiful and distinctive art with alcohol inks. This vivid, transparent, fast-drying ink can be diluted and manipulated to form contemporary abstracts, florals and more on any non-porous surface. Because of the ease of application, it is a great medium for adult beginning artists. Fee will cover all supplies, instructions and two painted tiles to take home. You’ll also learn how to make your own alcohol ink, for pennies, at home.