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

Seeding Vitality Art 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.

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

 

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 (9-10 a.m.), 3rd-5th grade (10:15-11:45 a.m.), 6th grade+ (Noon-1:45pm
 
Price: $15 (all supplies)
 
Instructor: Biranna Haupt

 

Multi-generational Collage

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.

 

The Ways of Watercolor

Come and immerse yourself in the ways of watercolor painting and color mixing. In this 8-session workshop you will engage with peers through artistic expression and observation. Through group and individual instruction, terminology and techniques will be taught to create final pieces based on themes of your choice.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, Sept. 5- Oct.24, 4:30-6pm , Exhibit at Winona Friendship Center

Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Ages: Adults 55+ years

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.

   

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) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist 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 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

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.

Help your little Super Artist Soar

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.

Kids Choose their classes for Winona Arts Camp this Summer

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)

Night Out for All

Everyone deserves a night out, that is why Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so pleased to partner with the Page Series to offer childcare on-site at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center while parents enjoy the KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s “Places Please!” on Saturday, Nov. 10th.

LOCATION

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

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

HOURS OF OPERATION

The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

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

Wednesday
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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