Hmong Filmmaker Series

Saturdays in February – April, 4:00-7:00 PM
Steve Y. Thao, Executive Director of CHAT

WBCA is excited to partner with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to present this series of films by Hmong filmmakers, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. These evenings will include appetizers prior to each film and a discussion afterwards. All films are in Hmong, two with English subtitles (see below).

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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26
Wouterina De Raad
Learn to make a concrete statue in this 2-day workshop. Wouterina will teach her own techniques, not offered in books or schools. During the first day of this workshop, we will make a multi-layered metal form, which will be cemented on the following day. You will learn how to cut and shape metal lath and when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on various cementing techniques, discussions on cement formulas, and what pigments to use for coloring cement. Wouterina has a technique to create concrete environments without any welding. With this knowledge you can create benches in any shape you like, that can seat as many people as you want, as well as outdoor adobe style fireplaces, fences and arches that light up, life size sculptures, bird baths, planters, and smaller objects. All materials and tools are provided.

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Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Morris Anderson

This woodcarving class will be use rough-outs from various Caricature Carvers of America carvers like PJ Driscoll, Gerald Sears, Harold Enlow, Phil & Vicki Bishop, and Stu Martin. Instruction will be given in the areas of physical anatomy, proportion, and proper techniques used in caricature carving. The rough-outs will vary from realistic to western caricatures.

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The Art of Cut Paper

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00-8:30 PM
Andrea Martin
This presentation will explore the art of papercutting – its history, techniques, and styles. From its origins in China shortly after the invention of paper, papercutting spread to the rest of the world along with the craft of papermaking. Each culture developed its own style and technique for the art so that today we have an amazing array of very different artistic approaches to what is basically a very simple technique. Andrea will also discuss current styles and techniques, and present examples of current papercut art from a variety of well-known artists.

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Cut Paper Art: Papercutting for Beginners

Saturday, April 8, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Andrea Martin

If you have ever wanted to create beautiful designs out of paper, this class is for you! Papercutting is a unique art form practiced by artists all over the world and has evolved into a wide range of different cultural styles. In this class, you will learn to create basic designs, which will then be cut out of paper using only the simple tools of the papercutter – a pair of scissors and/or a craft knife. These designs will be applied to a variety of projects. Andrea will provide templates that you can use, or you can create your own designs. No previous papercutting or drawing experience needed.

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Mosaic Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10
Wouterina De Raad

Learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling. Learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, and what materials and adhesives to use for subzero climates. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussions on cement formulas and how to use pigments and texture a cement surface. You provide the object or sculpture to be decorated. All other materials and tools are provided.

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Public Art: Shaping the Form and Experience of the Public Sphere

3 Mondays, April 24-May 8, 1:30-3:00 PM
Christine Podas Larson

Follow the trajectory of contemporary public art practice, focusing on Saint Paul as a laboratory for artist exploration of civic values and social conditions, and as a forum for creative expression, intervention, and action. The course will encompass public sculpture, the role of artists in shaping urban landscapes, and socially engaged artwork. It will explore the nexus of artistic vision, multi-disciplinary collaboration, non-profit partnership, civic process, and public policy. It will include classroom presentations and discussions.

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Friday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 PM
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. This program will include a wide variety of music from Bach to Jazz pianist Hiromi to Prince. Also featured will be California composer Ian Krouse’s new work “StarWaves”, composed for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and based on a song by 1970s British rock/pop musician Nick Drake.

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Hmong-Lao Friendship Play

Saturday, June 3, 4:00-6:00 PM
May Lee-Yang & Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

How did the daughter of a provincial governor and the daughter of a buffalo-riding gangster become BFFs? The Friendship Play is a comedy turned accidental musical about playwrights, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang (a Hmong refugee) and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay (a Lao refugee). Set to the backdrop of karaoke music and Little House on the Prairie fantasies, Lee-Yang and Vongsay hack their way through stories about refugee life, American pop culture, and empowering their brethren through the Hot Asian Man project.

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Painting Birds with Lots of Texture!

Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Karen Knutson

Back for her third summer workshop at WBCA, Karen Knutson loves to introduce students to fun techniques and stretch their imagination into making their paintings semi-abstract. In this workshop we will be making our own stencils using a glue gun. Then we will paint illusionary birds and have fun with color exploration. Another day, we will pour water on a charcoal surface and then incorporating a bird of your choice onto the charcoal surface. Karen will be demonstrating a cardinal, but you can pick your own subject. Collage will be incorporated into an abstract design on the third day, and again, birds will be the subject of this painting, but just the outside shape of the bird. No drawing necessary for this workshop. Get ready to learn so many new textural tricks! Fun to incorporate into any subject for future paintings!

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