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
For those families who like to plan, here is a little glimpse at what the summer of 2018 will look like at MCA, it so going to be another packed but exciting summer!
With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have classes and workshops that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together.
The Fall MCA session is underway. Our dance studios, theatre, Monet room and music studios are a buzz inside the Valencia Arts Center. However, MCA is on the Go and busy providing you will opportunities to explore the arts through our #MCAontheGO Community Outreach events and performance. All of these opportunities are free unless otherwise noted and they are a great way to get to know MCA or experience the arts on a shoestring. So grab your calendar and save the date for the amazing community events listed below that we will be a part of!