Classes & ProgramsVisual 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.
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.
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! Sat Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 9–10am, Grades K–2 10:15–11:45am, Grades 3–5 Noon–1:30pm, Grades 6 & up Brianna Haupt $54
Day/Time: Second Saturdays, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, & Dec. 9
K-2nd grade: 9-10am
3rd-5th grade: 10:15am-11:45am
6 grade & up: Noon -1:30pm
Dates: Jan. 14th, Feb. 25th, March 18th, & April 8th
Instructor: Bianna Haupt
Winona Arts Camp 2017: Improv Everywhere “Unexpected in the Arts”
Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 3rd annual integrated arts summer camp. This year’s theme is “Improv Everywhere.” Get ready to think quick on your feet, flex your creative muscles and discover the joy of the unexpected in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3pm on final day of camp.
Dates: August 7-11 (Monday- Friday)
Time: 9:00- 3:30 p.m.
Age: 2nd – 4th & 5th – 8th grade
Price: $199. Fee includes camp t-shirt, daily snack and admission to the MMAM. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
NEW! 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 3-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.
Stomp August 1st, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Free
A Visit to Oz- Sept. 12, 5:30- 6:30pm, Free
Ninja Quest- Oct. 10, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, starts at 5:30pm, Free, special performance & movie night for the whole family.
Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for shoes, register for classes and enter prize drawings.
On Wednesday, August 23rd, 4:30-6:30pm the community is invited to come to the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts to explore “Echoes” an art exhibit in Galleria Valencia by Dan Eastman and then pick out and take home your favorite piece to hang in your bedroom! This is a special opportunity for children ages 4-12 thanks to the generosity of the artist. Mr. Eastman has donated over 50 original works and will let children choose their favorite piece to take home so that they can see and touch it as much as they want! (Something children are often discouraged to do with art!)
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is so excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Winona YMCA this summer. We will be bringing our top notch instructors, curriculum, and teaching tools on-site to the YMCA (207 Winona Street, Winona, MN) to offer new opportunities for members of the community to explore the arts. YMCA staff is even able to offer chaperones to aide younger children in getting to and from YMCA Childcare and other Y programs to these camps which will allow parents to work-out during this time.