We are really MARCHING into spring at MCA. If the warmer weather has you excited about getting out of the house look no further than these exciting classes and performances happening at MCA in March & April.  Also, check back soon for announcements about our May/June Session of dance & theatre classes and summer camps.

Classes starting in March & April at MCA:

Learn to Draw from Perspective

Explore art from a new perspective! Learn how to draw ONE and TWO point perspective! Want to learn how to design or draw your bedroom? Maybe draw a beautiful city view? Take this opportunity to enhance your drawing experience and learn how to create your own perspective drawing.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, March 11-April 1

Times & Ages: 4:30-5:30 (4-8th grade)

5:30-6:30pm (Ages 14+)

Fee: $29

Instructor: Grace Gillis, guided by MCA Faculty. Grace is an Education Major with an Art minor who is combining her love of education and the arts. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and skills with the community.

NEW! Homeschoolers Working in 3-D 

Warm-up your hands, it’s time to sculpt, fold, and engineer art that pops off the page or stands on its own. MCA will provide materials from clay to wires and colorful paper, all you have to bring is your imagination and a readiness to learn new techniques.

Date: Thursdays, March 12–April 23 (No class on April 9)

Time: 1–2:15 p.m.

Ages: 8-14

Fee: $63

Instructor: L. Douglas

Piano Discovers Class in Piano Lab

NEW! Piano Discoveries I

Your child can begin his or her journey to a lifelong love of piano by joining us for this low–key, but engaging introductory group piano class. Students will have fun as they learn new  songs and play games that will unlock musical skills such as notation, listening skills, proper posture, and hand placement. Basic reading ability and access to a keyboard or piano for practice is recommended for optimal success (Free use of pianos at MCA possible subject to availability).

Day/Dates: Session I: Mondays, Jan. 13March 2

Session II: March 16- May 11 (no class April 13)

Level/Time:  56 p.m.

Ages: 69 years

Cost: $155 (including textbook material)

Instructor: L. Douglas

Class is limited to 6 participants


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is back! Students ages 7-18 will be cast in the original musical production of “Cinderella,” a rock and roll version of the classic tale set in the 1950’s. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 20 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4-8:15 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 20- 25

Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)

Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre

Cast Member Price: $69

Ticket cost: $6 Adults & $5 Students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 20-25 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

MCA Partnership Classes

 Seussical KIDS

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering with Winona Area Public Schools Community Education to offer a brand new arts experience to youth in grades 1-4 right on-site at Jefferson Elementary School beginning March 16th.

Kids in Grades 1-4 are invited to step into the spotlight as they perform in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical featuring all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Under the direction of teaching artists from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), students will meet twice a week and have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a show, from casting to learning music and choreography. On Wednesday, April 29 (time TBA), friends and family are invited to cheer on their actors and actresses in a showcase. Each student registered is guaranteed a role, but all students will participate in an audition.

Each rehearsal will begin with a quick snack included in the class fee. The program is open to all area youth in grades 1-4 regardless of school of attendance.

Suessical KIDS Theatre Production Details:

  • Instructors: Ahnika Lexvold (Director), Kayla Jannsen (Musical Director) & Jamie Schwaba (Managing Director)
  • Cost: $110
  • When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Where: Jefferson Elementary (1268 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987)
  • Class Begins: Monday, March 16
  • Class Ends/ Performance for Friends & Family: Wednesday, April 28
  • No class dates: March 30, April 13
  • How to Register: All registrations will run through Winona Area Public School Community Education. Register Online or call 507-494-0900 for more information.

More Details

MCA Classes in collaboration with Winona YMCA 

Adventures in Ballet: Frozen

Your Little one is invited on a magical journey that will tickle their imaginations as they fall in love with ballet during the class perfect for "Frozen" and dance enthusiasts.

Day/ Date: Wednesdays, Jan. 15- Feb. 26th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Adventures in Ballet: The Little Mermaid

Young dancers will fill with joy as they use their imaginations and bodies to dive under the water; point their mermaid tail, and jam with their underwater friends.

Day/Date: Wednesdays, March 18- April  29th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Programs and how to register

Arts for All Ages @ Caledonia Public Library

MCA is thrilled to be partnering with the Caledonia Public Library to bring a variety of arts opportunities to the Caledonia Community during 2020. This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. All programs will be free to participate, however pre-registration through the Caledonia Public Library for the 8-week classes is requested due to limited class size. More details will be available soon on the Caledonia Public Library website.

Stained Glass Inspired Art Class for ages 55+
Come and immerse yourself in the world of stained glass inspired art. Students will learn basic principles of art, including design elements and color theory as well as be exposed to a variety of different art materials and methods in this engaging 8-week program. Projects will include painting on glass and perfecting blending techniques with pastels.
Day/ Dates: Fridays, March 27-May 22
Time: 2- 3:30 pm
Ages: Adults 55+
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Mainspring in Caledonia, MN (down the street from the Caledonia Public Library)
Fee: Free, but registration required
Maker Club- Art in Action
Are you ready to paint, draw, and mold? Youth ages 5-9 are invited to come and flex their creativity muscles while creating individually and collaboratively. Each week youth ages 5-9 will explore new artistic materials and concepts. At the completion of the 8-weeks select art creations will even be displayed inside the Caledonia Public Library for the community to enjoy!
Day/ Dates: Fridays, March 27-May 22
Time: 4-5 pm
Ages: Youth 5-9 years
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Mainspring in Caledonia, MN (down the street from the Caledonia Public Library)
Fee: Free, but registration required
This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Join us for a performance, from Irish Dancing, Jazz music, Improv theatre, and ballet we have something for everyone!