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: Ways of Watercolor, Carnival in the Snow, Create a Comic, Exploring Sculpture, Funtastic BookArts, 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 and our Seeding Vitality Arts Intergenerational Collage workshop was featured in the Winona Post.

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

Seeding Vitality Art Workshops

child with artwork

Nature in Color

Explore the beauty and mystery of nature and watercolor paints at the same time. Nature will inspire as you learn new painting techniques, how to mix colors, and have fun expressing yourself through this vibrant medium.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Sept. 23-Oct. 14

Times: 4:30-5:30 pm

Ages: 1st-3rd grade

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $59 includes all supplies


NEW! Printmaking Studio

Get ready to explore the art of printmaking and monotypes. You will have the opportunity to learn the step by step process used to make an edition of prints or collection of monoprints. Throughout the eight weeks, older adults and Riverway Learning Community High School students will work side by side and independently in this inter-generational setting. Participants and their families will be invited to celebrate their artwork on Nov. 19th, from 4:30- 6:30pm in MCA's Galleria Valencia.

Day/Dates:  Sept. 24-Nov. 12, exhibit opening Nov. 19

Times: 3-4:30 pm

Ages: Adults 55+

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $18, includes all supplies*

Location: Classes will take place at Riverway Learning Community, 1733 Service Dr. Ste. 18, Winona, MN

*Discounted thanks to a Seeding vitality Arts MN initiative grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.


Creative Journaling

Take time out of your day to channel your inner artist in written and visual expression. This process-based approach to creating will allow attendees to learn techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media while using a journal format. Your intuition will guide you as you fill the pages. 

What to expect: Guided lessons on multiple techniques, open-ended work time to experiment in each session, access to materials of interest & a welcoming environment conducive for artistic growth.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Sept. 23-Oct. 14

Times: 5:30-6:30 pm

Ages: 14- Adult

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $45 includes all supplies, including a journal


NEW! Selfie Inspired

Follow the footsteps of famous artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahio and learn the tricks and techniques of a variety of self-portrait styles. You don't want to miss this opportunity to admire that beautiful face in the mirror and play with exciting materials.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Oct. 28-Nov. 18

Times: 4:30-5:30 pm, 1st-3rd grade

5:30-6:30 pm, grades 4+ 

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $59


Reflections Visual Arts Workshop

Come join MN PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Reflections Arts chair, Lori Ortega in an art class that will utilize the 2019-20 Reflections them, "Look Within." Express yourself through art! This hands-on, creative class, where each student will create their own art work.

2-Day Homeschool Workshop in celebration of Arts Education Week: 

Day/Dates: Tuesday & Thurs, Sept. 10 & 12 

Times & Ages: 10-11:30am, Grades K-8

Learn more about MCA's Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Weekend Workshops:

Day/Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 9

Times & Ages: 11-12:30 pm, grades K-2

                          1 pm- 2:30 pm, grades 3-6

Instructor(s): Lori Ortega

Price: Free, but registration required

Winona Arts Camp 2019

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 5th annual integrated arts summer camp. Once again students will get to rank their class choice of visual and performing arts they want to explore, having the opportunity to be immersed in four subjects a day. From puppet creation and creative journaling to learning chords on a guitar, there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone.  Back by popular demand, there will be an all camp talent show on Friday morning and families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. Once you have registered online or in-person, please fill out the class choice form.

Dates: August 5-9, M-F

Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Age: 1st - 8th grade

Price: $199, Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

Class choices for 2019 include: Creative Journaling, Puppet Making, Stain Glass Techniques, Just Weave it, Guitar Star, Recorder Karate, The Monologue Challenge, Acting Up, Musical Theatre Dance, Dance Me a Story, Dance Around the World, and Intro to Hip Hop. Short class descriptions can be found on the class choice form.

Island Style

Come join us on a journey to the Pacific rim where you will make new friends as you dance stories with your hands and feet, drum island beats, craft your own lei and much more during this artistic and imaginative adventure. Families are invited to an open house at 10:15 am on the last day of camp.

Dates: August 12-16, M-F

Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-1st grade (students must be potty-trained)

Price: $69, fee includes a camp t-shirt


2019 Summer Camp Overview

Junior Training Program for Dancers- June 17- 28, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Junior Training Program.

NEW! Young Dancer Intensive– June 24-28, Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm, ages 6-9 years

17th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)-  July 7-27, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 29-Aug. 2, 1pm-5pm (Int./Adv. dancers), 3pm-5pm (beg-2 years tap experience), Monday- Friday, ages 6+ .

Winona Arts Camp 2019- August 5-9, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Island Style- August, 12-16 Monday- Friday, 9:30-11:30am, ages 3-5 years & 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, 2019 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons, spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

Full camp descriptions

FALL into Art at MCA

From printmaking to nature inspired watercolors and creative journaling we've got the visual art workshop that is right for you no matter your age or budget. We are ready to help you start or continue your creative journey. Explore the options:
Homeschool Workshops in Celebration of Arts Education Week

Homeschool Workshops in Celebration of Arts Education Week

Area homeschoolers in Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to join MN PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Reflections Arts chair, Lori Ortega in an art class that will utilize the 2019-20 Reflections theme, "Look Within." Express yourself through art! This hands-on, creative class, where each student will create their own art work. This exciting 2-day workshop on Sept. 10 & 12, 2020 is provided free as a celebration of National Arts in Education week and kick-off of the National PTA Reflections Program.
Ways of Watercolor Exhibit

Ways of Watercolor Exhibit

Thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts was able to offer community members ages 55+ the opportunity to learn more about the ways watercolor paint during an 8-week course taught local teaching artist, Brianna Haupt. On Monday, Aug. 5, 5:00-6:00pm the community is invited to a celebration and opening of the exhibit at the in Galleria Valencia inside MN Conservatory for the Arts' home, The Valencia Arts Center. During the celebration the community will have the opportunity to meet and greet the artists, walk through the exhibit and enjoy treats. Visitors will love the variety of techniques represented from wet on wet to still life paintings. Community members unable to attend the open house can view the exhibit throughout the month of August during business hours and when ever programming is happening.

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

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


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

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

9 a.m. - 12 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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