Get to the Pointe with Ballet

Tuesday, September 12, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Jan Chamberlin
If you are going on the field trip to the New York City Ballet at Northop, then this lecture is a can’t miss! Whether you have attended ballet performances before or this will be your first time, join us as we talk about the dances that New York City Ballet will perform, the choreographers, their artistic influences, and the key concepts that make ballet the graceful and athletic art form it has become.

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Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

Date/Time:  2 Thursdays:  August 31 & September 14, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Date/Time:  2 Thursdays:  October 5 & 19, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Date/Time:  2 Thursdays:  November 2 & 16, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Carolynn Johnson
Join us for open-ended conversation amongst friends. Whatever your proficiency, we’d love to see you. If you’ve always wanted to be more conversational with your French, here’s your opportunity. Bring a notebook if you wish to take notes.

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Foci Hot Glass Social

Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Foci MCGA Instructors
Meet a group from WBCA at Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, where a professional glass instructor will mentor you along in the process of making a paperweight. This hands-on experience is designed to provide you with an exciting introduction to working with molten glass. The thrill of shaping molten glass is unlike anything else available in the Twin Cities metro area. This is an excellent team building experience and truly a unique special event. You may bring food and drinks to enjoy, as there is some downtime while everyone takes turns making their glass. Finished projects can be picked up from WBCA one week after the class. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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Pottery Tour and Kiln Opening

Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, 3:00PM – 4:30PM

Zac Spates
Visit Zac Spates’ Pottery in Hudson, WI for a tour of his studio and kilns. Zac and his Woodfire Exploration class will open the kiln at 4 PM.

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Recycled Journal: Old Book & Mixed Media

Date/Time: Monday, October 2, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Debra Dresler
Create a journal for your everyday musings or travel experiences using an old hardcover book that you find. Look for a title that grabs you. I will show you how to transform it into a unique writing keepsake. We will also share ideas and techniques to add to your fun artful journal, including pockets, envelopes, small paintings, maps or drawings, and writing prompts to help you get started. No book making experience needed.

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New York City Ballet MOVES

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Northrop Presents
Join a group from WBCA to see the New York City Ballet at Northrop for a reduced rate! Meet at Northrop or notify WBCA if you are interested in setting up a carpool. It’s a rare treat when New York City Ballet dancers take the Northrop stage. This stunning repertory program includes ballets by four exceptional choreographers. Jerome Robbins, one of New York City Ballet’s founding choreographers, visits three couples, each at different points in their romantic relationships, in his enduring classic In the Night. Justin Peck’s first ballet for NYCB, In Creases, showcases his keen wit and musicality. Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux is an achingly beautiful expression of tenderness and longing.
Please register by September 27 for the discounted tickets.

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Split Rock Studios Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Craig Sommerville
Split Rock Studios is an interpretive museum display firm that maintains a long term relationship with White Bear Center for the Arts. Split Rock will be offering a fascinating behind the scenes tour of a working commercial art studio. Housed in a modern 40,000 square foot facility in Arden Hills, Split Rock Studios employs exhibit designers, graphic designers, muralists, sculptors, and talented wood workers. Artists, designers, and other experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

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Mapping Abstraction

Date/Time: Friday, September 15, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Anne Kramer
This class will use an ordinary map (road, world, country) to further the painter’s knowledge of abstraction and its process. Paint will be applied directly onto the map using the map’s preset shapes, lines and colors to create an abstract painting. The map is the canvas. Since the map doesn’t contain realistic content the artist will have the ability to distill the painting to pure abstraction. This is an exploratory class, the process is knowledge and play is a large part of the learning. Let’s talk about abstraction! What is it, which artists are your favorites…? Come with questions and topics abstract.

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Travel Photography Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, October 17-19, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Doug Beasley
Go beyond pretty postcard travel images to photographs with depth, meaning and mystery. Learn to make pictures that reflect the truth of your own experience. In this course, lectures, demonstrations, slide shows, assignments, discussions, and critiques will show you how to create photographs that can tell a more personal visual story. Topics include methods for approaching and photographing people from different cultures, working with natural or available light, deciding when and how to supplement with flash. See how pacing, rhythm and sequencing of your image files or prints can create a more dynamic presentation. Attention also will be paid to equipment choices, including balancing weight and versatility, and the virtues of simplicity. This workshop is appropriate to all levels, beginning to professional, who have already mastered basic camera skills and value content, creativity and vision over equipment.

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