Open Studio: Artist to Artist

Date/Time: 12 Fridays, September 6-November 22, 
10:00 AM-12:30 PM 
**No Class November 29 
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation) 
Age/Levels: Adults, All Levels

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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Photographing Technique and Critique

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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Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, September 10, October 8,
November 12, 7:00-9:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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Tap Talk

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 11, 7:00-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

You have probably heard “shuffle off to Buffalo.” Have you ever wondered what exactly a shuffle is in tap dance? How about a riff or a flap? Join us and learn what these basic tap steps are as we explore the origin and evolution of tap dance. Video clips of famous and not so famous tap dances will be shown to demonstrate the similarities and differences in various tap styles. This is the perfect “tap warm up” if you will be attending the Dorrance Dance performance at the Northrup Auditorium on October 19th.
Walk in and shuffle out!

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First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)

Join author Dan Hill as he discusses his book First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art. What we choose to focus on, and how we feel about what we’re seeing, defines us. From TV show to movies, advertising, video games, on-line memes, and more, we live in a hyper-visual world. Much of the imagery we experience also flashes by us on a split-second basis, further challenging our visual IQ. How good are we at truly understanding what does and doesn’t grab our attention, and makes us care? This groundbreaking book tackles that question by using two unique scientific tools to provide objective, quantifiable see/feel answers.

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Minnesota Historical Society Archives Tour

Date/Time: Thursday, September 19, 11:15 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $10 includes bus, $5 if you drive yourself

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour of a selection of fine press books and art from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection. We will share what we collect and why, and look at art from territorial time to modern day. Meet at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in the White Bear Country Inn (on Highway 61 across from WBCA) for lunch from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. Guests will pay for their own lunch. We will then board a bus leaving at 12:30 PM for the Minnesota Historical Society. The tour is from 1:00 -3:00 PM, and the bus will return to Rudy’s by 3:30 PM.

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A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

Join us for a celebration, illumination, and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. Bandolier bags, or gashkibidaaganag — the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes—are prized cultural icons here and around the world. From the 1870s to the present day, Ojibwe bead artists of Minnesota have been especially well known for their lively, creative designs. Neighboring Dakota people would trade a pony for a beautiful beaded bag.

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Introduction to Tai Chi

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 13, 2:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 9:30-10:30 AM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

Aimee Van Ostrand
Learn about this beautiful and healthy art form during a free class. Just 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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MnArtists Informational Workshop

Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: Adults, All levels

This workshop will introduce you Mnartists digital platforms and public programs. You will learn how to register an account and create a profile on Learn how this website can benefit you as an artist through networking, collaborations, sharing artwork, creating events and more! Please bring a device (laptop, iPad), examples of your artwork and your CV.

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Golden Acrylics Lecture & Demo

Date/Time: Saturday, October 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration Age/Level:
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Throughout this two-hour presentation you will hear tons of information about a variety of GOLDEN materials and their inherent possibilities. Extensive information about acrylic paint formulas, gels and mediums will be presented. In addition to all the information about acrylics, you will see numerous Mixed Media samples as well as a variety of Watermedia applications using both acrylics and GOLDEN’S QoR watercolors. Learn about mixing acrylic paints and gels together for engaging effects and about grounds that offer new surfaces to paint on. See examples of a variety of uses for gels and learn how to extend your paint to save yourself money. Open to all levels of painting experience; there is a little something for everyone! Information packets and free samples for all attending. Registration necessary.

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WBCA Book Club

Join other friends of WBCA to talk about interesting books!

Book: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.
Published in 2014 by Graywolf Press

Claudia Rankine’s book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society. Books are available for checkout, call 651-407-0597 for more information.

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

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