Studio Coffee

CLASS ID: 3Z6A
Date/Time: 13 Fridays, March 1 – May 31, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
*No class May 24

Neil Johnston
We will gather over coffee to discuss all topics related to art making – studio practice, marketing, philosophy, culture, materials, ideation, process, events, etc. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary – we have artists, designers, writers, non-artist art enthusiasts, beginners, professionals, musicians, dancers… Just stop in and let the conversation carry you!

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Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

CLASS ID: 3Y801
Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Experience the Labyrinth

CLASS ID: 4Z9A
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CLASS ID: 5Z9A
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Whether an experienced traveler or new to the way of the labyrinth, come and join others on the path for a morning of reflection and renewal. Gather together for a brief introduction to the labyrinth followed by time to walk, reflect, and share at the close of the morning. Participants may bring a journal to extend and integrate their experience. Discover how each labyrinth journey offers the gift of time and space to rest…release… and return, renewed and refreshed.

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The Invisible Art

CLASS ID: 4Z1E
Date/Time: Thursday, April 4, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This workshop will invite you to consider the importance of typographic principles in any printed or digital word communication. Do you create newsletters, posters, cards, forms, web pages and/or fonts? How do you encourage and help readers read what is presented in these media? What makes your communiqués readable? Come to share your interest in the invisible art of typography. Bring typographic projects, questions and samples.

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Visit Mia with an Artist

CLASS ID: 4Z1J
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Join friends from WBCA for a fun day of art and food! Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art with artist Dan Mackerman who will talk about brush strokes, color and art history. The group will stay for lunch afterward to chat about what they saw! Meet at Mia.

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