Studio Coffee

Date/Time: 12 Fridays, December 1 – February 23, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
No class December 29

Date/Time: Every other Tuesday, January 16 & 30, February 13 & 27, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Neil Johnston
Come to WBCA for coffee and discuss art, artists, techniques, and trends. Free with registration. Stay for open studio and make art.

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Stages of the Creative Process (Lunch & Learn)

Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 14, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Susan Hartzell Vannelli
Creativity isn’t just about art. Creativity applies to our everyday life. Join teaching artist Susan Vannelli in discussions about the stages of the creative process and weave it into your life experiences. During lunch you will learn a few steps to integrate creative thinking into your life. Bring your own lunch.

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Improving Photographic Skills

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Robert Cuerden & David Parker
This course will be an open discussion and critique of photographic skills and technology. Join Robert and David, along with an invited professional photographer, for a session of critique and review of their compositions. Time permitting, there will be an opportunity to do a photo walkabout at the art center and a critique of those images. Be prepared to complete assignments for following sessions. You are encouraged to bring a selection of up to 3 images (digital or prints), which will be reviewed by the instructors and class members in an open critique.

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Finger Labyrinths: A Path for HeART and Hand

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 7, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Mary Silvaroli Daul
Come explore the smallest of all labyrinths, known as finger or tabletop labyrinths, and discover how these miniature patterns offer an ever present “path of possibilities” at your fingertips, to inspire art and a more artful way of living. Armed with only the simplest of art tools and a simple guide for drawing the Classical labyrinth from its “seed pattern,” participants will move through drawing, “walking,” collaging, and journaling exercises designed to increase curiosity and creativity. Grounded in the ancient wisdom and ways of the labyrinth and a unique “labyrinth as life coach” approach, this class is designed to provide rest for your souls and awareness that all you will ever need to journey on the path of the labyrinth is as close as your heart and your hand.

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Split Rock Studios Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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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Frontier Odyssey – The Story of John James Audubon and The Birds of America

Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

William Souder
Local author William Souder will speak about his writing process and the journey from Minnesota to Kentucky to Scotland and England while researching his book Under a Wild Sky, the story of pioneer and bird artist John James Audubon.This book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Souder’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Harper’s.

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Introduction to Tai chi

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 24, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Aimee Van Ostrand
Learn about this beautiful and healthy art form during a free class. Dress comfortably so you can move; no special outfits required! Aimee will let you know about the health benefits and give you a brief history before she guides you through the Yang Style short form.

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Open Studio: Artist to Artist

Date/Time: 11 Fridays, December 1 – February 23, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

No Instructor
Get to know other artists. Grow in knowledge, support, and community by creating together in any medium. Work on your own project with your own supplies. No instruction will be provided; this is an opportunity for open studio with like-minded artists. Bringing snacks is encouraged. Registration is required to attend this class.

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Am Now Writer: Public Reading (with guest Nolan Zavoral)

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share your short essay, a few poems, fan-fiction, flash-fiction, or your novel in progress; anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen! “Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your avocation or vocation, it is our hope that this public reading helps you to claim this title for yourself. Reader registration required prior to the event.

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Get to the Pointe with Swan Lake

Date/Time: Thursday, March 1, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Jan Chamberlin
Swan Lake, it is so much more than just ballerinas in white tutus and feathers. Ever since it’s premier as a ballet in 1877, the ballet, music, story and images Swan Lake evokes has been a part of Western culture. Join us as we discuss the many versions and artistic visions for the ballet, memorable dances and moments and Houston Ballet, the company that presents their interpretation in April. This is the perfect way to get ready for the field trip to see Swan Lake at the Northrup or just spend an evening discussing ballet and one of its most enduring love stories.

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