Classes & ProgramsFamily Programs
With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have multi-age classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.
My Grown up & Me
Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 months – 3 years old are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime! Grown-ups attending will be asked to participate along with their child.
Day/Dates: Fridays, May 11-June 15
Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Age: 18 months -3 years by 05/01/18
Fee: $42 (6 classes)
Instructor: J. Dienger
In this intergenerational workshop older adults and youth ages 7-12 will be invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Within the eight sessions, will experience artistic decision-making first hand and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects. A culminating exhibit will take place to showcase final projects.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, June 6-August 1, 12:00-1:30pm , Exhibit at MCA
Location: Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St. Winona, MN 55987
Ages: Adults 55+ years, this workshop also welcomes kids ages 7-12 to register for an opportunity to hone their arts kills and interact with a different generation.
Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt
Price: Free thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.
Register: Though this workshop is free, participation is limited. Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.
Family Arts Academy
Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.
Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free
Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Parents! Come learn how to teach your little one the guitar and have fun doing it. Geared for parents with children ages 4-6 years old, The Suzuki Guitar Method is based on the way a child acquires language. Besides instilling the gift of music, it is also an opportunity to bond with your child while teaching socialization skills, patience, persistence, community, respect, problem solving, and joyful participation. Our instructor, Kerry Klungtvedt, is a nationally registered Suzuki Teacher with many years of experience. This program is comprised of a mix of parent only, parent & child, group and private lessons. For this exciting pilot program participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program.
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 28-March 25
Time: class 10:00am-10:30am, lesson scheduled directly prior or after
Age: 4-6 years old with a parent or guardian
Instructor: K. Klungtvedt
Price: $189 (include guitar rental for both adult and child guitar)
Back by popular demand, our 2nd annual Super Artist Camp camp for ages 3- 1st grade is almost here! The week long camp runs June 25-29 at MCA’s home, The Valencia Arts Center. This camp invites young children to explore their inner artist, grow their imaginations, and creative super powers. They will zoom around the room like their favorite heroes, design their own super accessories, sing out proud with their brave voices and more.
Our most popular camp, the Winona Arts Camp is back for the 4th year, Aug. 6-10, 9am-3:30pm. However, for the first time ever campers get to have input into the classes they want to take the most. Each camper will be placed in 4 classes that they will take daily for the week of camp. So what can campers explore?
-From Concept to Curtain (Learn how to craft a story for the stage in this introduction to playwriting class)
-Exploring the Masters (Get inspired by master artists to create your own masterpieces and also take a trip to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum to see work of the masters up close (transportation included).
-Stand up Commedia (a mix of improvisational theatre and Commedia Dell’arte, get ready to laugh and think quick on your feet)
-Ready, Set, DRAW (From sketching to Zentagle, you will be amazed with what you can create with pen and ink)
-Dance Around the World (From Africa to Ireland, explore a new culture and style of dance each day)
-Tappin’ Time (we provide the tap shoes for the week and you get to learn how to shuffle, flap and more)
-Hip Hop Dance (learn hip hop tricks, moves, and jumps you can show off to your friends and family)
-Stain Glass Techniques (when you live in the stain glass studio capital it makes you want to create your very own, so this is your chance to play with visual art and light to create)
-Sing Out (Give your vocal cords a workout while you play musical games, learn new songs and vocal techniques.)
-Recorder Karate (Master a skill or song and earn a belt (ribbon) for your Recorder)
-Songwriting 101 (Work with your classmates to create a song and leave with the skills to create your own album)
-Guitar Star (Give guitar a try, play musical games, learn chords and more)
MCA Director of Dance, Tammy Schmidt has set aside time on June 21st & August 23rd to speak personally with dancers and a parent to discuss your dance goals to make sure you are on the right path to reach them and answer questions you may have about MCA’s dance levels, dancing in college and professionally, or other opportunities in the dance world.