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.
Visual Art Classes
Family Arts Academy Workshops
Seeding Vitality Art Workshops
NEW! Wonderful Watercolor
Come and explore the wonderful and wacky world of watercolor painting. You will learn new painting techniques, how to mix colors,
and have fun expressing yourself through this vibrant medium.
Day/Time:Thursdays, Sept. 13 - Oct. 4
1st- 3rd grade: 4:30-5:30pm
4th grade +: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: B. Haupt
NEW! Art Social
Are you a creator? Are you inspired by others? Sometimes it is just more fun to get creative when you have someone to bounce ideas off of. Come join our community of young artists in a relaxed atmosphere designed to get your creative juices flowing. Bring a project you are working on to share and add on to or create with provided materials in an open-ended way. Simple snacks also provided.
Date/Time/Age:Sunday, Sept. 16, 1:00-2:15 pm, Grades 1-3
Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:00-2:30 pm, Grades 4+
Instructor: B. 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.
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
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.
On Wed. August 22, 4-7pm MCA will hold it’s Fall Open House. 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, learn about our National Honors Society for Dance Arts chapter, explore an instrument petting zoo and enter prize drawings. Lucky families could win a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store, Blades to Ballet, a pass to Winona’s Indoor Park The Playground, tickets to a Page Series show, or a certificate to Nate & Ally’s Frozen Yogurt.
In addition to the Open House, Dancers ages 5+ are invited to register for a Pre- Audition Nutcracker Audition Workshop during this time frame.
On Wednesday, August 8, 5:30-6:30pm the community is invited to an open house, where they can meet and greet the artists and walk though Galleria Valencia inside Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona) to view completed projects created during the Multi-generational Collage class.
On Friday, August 24, 6pm- 9am Saturday, Aug. 25. MCA will hold it’s 2nd Annual Student Lock-in. All MCA students from the past year from all divisions (music, theatre, dance & visual arts) are invited to attend and bring 1 guest that has not been an MCA student in the last year, if they wish! Participants will enjoy an escape room, a dance party, movies, games, crafts and more.