Classes & Programs

Visual Art

Visual Arts Division

Keeping true to our founder’s original vision of encompassing both performing and visual arts in one’s overall arts education, MCA’s Visual Art division offering a variety of classes, workshops and multi-arts summer camps! Past and current offerings include: Carnival in the Snow, Create a Comic, Exploring Sculpture, Funtastic BookArts, Bookbinding — Two Sewn-Boards Bindings, Intro to Mosaic, Figure Drawing, Still Life Drawing, and the Winona Arts Camp. Workshops are held throughout the  year for all ages in The Monet Room at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center. Our Carnival in the Snow workshop was a part of the Winona Winter Carnival and was feature in the Winona Daily News.

Galleria Valéncia

Another important aspect of the Visual Arts Division at MCA is our gallery, Galleria Valéncia, at the Valéncia Arts Center (located down the long hallway that takes you to Studio 1 and the Karate Do Jo). Galleria Valéncia hosts visual art works from Winona area schools, Winona Area Homeschoolers, local organizations, professional artists, and student works from the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and MCA in  Throughout the year different exhibits delight all of the students, families, audience members and gallery visitors. Galleria Valencia is open during office hours as well as anytime classes or performances are in progress Monday- Sunday. Stop by and enjoy the featured talents of local artists.

MCA hosts visual art works from Winona area schools, local professional artists, and student work from the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and MCA in Galleria Valéncia, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th Street, Winona. Throughout the academic year different schools and organizations display works of their student artists. Galleria Valencia is open during the center’s office hours and when programming is in session. Stop by and enjoy the featured talents of local youth artists.

Galleria Valéncia schedule

Visual Art Classes

Family Arts Academy Workshops

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Choose your own ARTventure

During these monthly visual arts workshops, young artists will have an opportunity to build community and explore the visual arts in a unique way. Participants are invited to take a process based approach to artistic discovery and skill building. Students will enhance their artistic decision making skills through a variety of materials such as: clay, watercolor, printmaking and more. Each session will include an introduction to the elements of art and how they guide creative process. Art Lab is a place for kids to join a community of artists, let their imaginations take charge, and to choose their own art-venture! 

Day/Time: Fall:Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, & Dec. 9, Winter: Jan. 13,  Feb. 17, March 17, April 14

K-2nd grade: 9-10am

 3rd-5th grade: 10:15am-11:45am

 6 grade & up: Noon -1:30pm

Instructor: Bianna Haupt

Price: $54 for four or $15 ea.

“Frozen” Dance and Art Adventure Workshop

There will be miles of smiles as students dance and craft their way through  a magical journey unleashing their imaginations in this workshop centered around the movie “ Frozen” and perfectly timed to align with Winona’s Winter Carnival Celebrations.  

Day/Time: Saturday, Feb. 10th, 10am- 12pm

Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-2nd grade

Price: $19 (snack included)


My Father's Dragon Art Experience

The classic tale, My Father’s Dragon featuring a courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon will inspire color artwork that will be created during this workshop.  As an added bonus artwork will be featured in the lobby of the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University Campus during the Page Series production of My Father’s Dragon on February 22 at 6:30pm.

Date:  Feb. 12

Day:  Monday

Time:  5-6:30pm

Age: 3rd-6th grade

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

Price:  $15 (all supplies included)


Create a Comic Workshop

This workshop is in celebration of the holiday Free Comic Book Day (Always the first Saturday in May). During the workshop young artists will celebrate the art of comic books and learn about how to create their very own comic. Drawing comics is a great way to promote literacy skills and for kids to flex their creative muscles.

Day/Time: Saturday, May 7th, K-2nd grade (10 - 11 a.m.) & 3rd-5th grade (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Price: $15 (all supplies and snack included)

Instructors: Brianna Haupt


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.

All the World is a Stage- Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Luck of the Irish- March 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free


2018 Summer Camp Overview

Mini-Summer Dance Intensive- June 18- 29, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II)

Camp Broadway- June 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade

Castles and Kingdoms Multi-Arts Camp– June 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.

16th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- NOW 3 WEEKS!  July 8-28, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 30-Aug. 3, 1pm-5pm, Monday- Friday.

Winona Arts Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade.

Imagine That Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2018 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons,  spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

For full camp descriptions Click Here.

All the World is a Stage

You and your family are cordially invited to explore the delightful and intriguing world of theatre during Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ (MCA) “All the World is a Stage”, February Family Arts Academy workshop on Friday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30-6:30pm.

4th Annual Winona Area Homeschool Show

The community is invited to view the Winona Area Homeschool exhibit now through the end of Jan. 2018 during regular business hours (Mondays & Tuesday 9am-7pm, Wednesdays 11:30-5:30pm, Thursdays & Fridays 9am-3pm and Saturdays 9am-Noon) or celebrate with the artists during a small open house celebration on Jan. 17th, 5:30-6:30pm.

Winter MCA Classes at the YMCA

YMCA Members and Winona area community members can now experience the same great quality and benefits of MCA programs at the Winona YMCA through a special partnership. Classes offered at the Y do not require previous experience and have been developed to encourage creativity, develop skills in the arts and foster life skills such as confidence and problem solving skills. For more information about these programs or to register please visit the YMCA Website.


Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


Happy Holidays! The MCA offices will be closed Dec. 25, 2017- Jan. 1, 2018

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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