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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.

Due to COVID-19 the below info may not be up-to-date, to view current online programming click here.

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

Word Art: Faux Calligraphy (virtual)

Learn lettering and faux calligraphy techniques to apply to greeting and post cards from lines, heights, slants and strokes, to rhythm, spacing, width and pressure. Participants will receive class materials via mail, and by the end of the session create four unique greeting cards. Students will receive a kit of materials including everything needed.

 
Dates/Time: Tuesdays Jan. 25 - Mar. 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Ages: 55+
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Zoom
Fee: $24
 
*This activity is made possible through a grant from Aroha Philanthropies, a non-profit arts organization working to improve quality of life through creative self-expression.

Doodle Club

Join Miss. Lisa and other MCA community members virtually for a live and interactive art session. Each week students will have a chance to unwind from their day as they explore using shapes, lines and patterns to create new doodle designs. Come create and even relax the mind with us.

Students will just need a device enabled with Wi-Fi, white 8 1/2 x 11 typing paper, pencil, eraser and fine line felt tip black pen. Additionally, colored pencils or markers can be used to enhance creations, but are not required. Please make sure to enroll in this class at least 4 hours prior to class start time to ensure you get the Zoom link in time.

This class is free, however if you are find value in this program, our MCA Moments and want to help ensure MCA is able to continue to offer engaging programming during these challenging times and beyond, please consider making a donation if you are able.

Day/ Dates: Wednesdays, ongoing
Time: 7:30-8pm
Ages: 13 +years
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free (please read supply list above)

What Happening in MCA’s Visual Arts Division

Statement from MCA Managing Director Brady Plunger

Statement from MCA Managing Director Brady Plunger

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Finding Ourselves & New Connections in Expressive Arts

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New Health & Safety Code of Conduct

New Health & Safety Code of Conduct

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One Month In with the New Managing Director

One Month In with the New Managing Director

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Creative Aging: Word Art- Faux Calligraphy

Creative Aging: Word Art- Faux Calligraphy

Learn lettering and faux calligraphy techniques to apply to greeting and post cards from lines, heights, slants and strokes, to rhythm, spacing, width and pressure. Participants will receive class materials via mail, and by the end of the session create four unique greeting cards. Students will receive a kit of materials including everything needed.

Dances from the Nutcracker Auditions

Dances from the Nutcracker Auditions

We are excited to announce that we will be holding auditions on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company Theatre’s Dances from the Nutcracker, this will be a more COVID friendly and flexible version of the Nutcracker featuring your favorite characters from the Nutcracker. Dancers aged 6 and up is invited to audition. There is no fee to audition, but dancers who are cast should be enrolled in one dance class this fall session, will be required to pay a cast fee that help cover choreography instruction and costume fees, additionally families will be asked to complete volunteer duties or pay an opt out fee.

Friends of MCA Meeting- Aug. 17th

Friends of MCA Meeting- Aug. 17th

We will be holding a Friends of MCA meeting (MCA’s volunteer advisory board) on August 17, 6:30pm at MCA, additionally, we will have an online option to join us through the Zoom link below if you are out of the area or not comfortable meeting in-person. We will follow MCA’s COVID protocol for the meeting, which currently requires everyone to be masked regardless of vaccination status.

Color Yourself Calm, Class in Collaboration with Elder Network

Color Yourself Calm, Class in Collaboration with Elder Network

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is thrilled to be partnering once again with Elder Network to offer an art workshop suitable for all family members, care givers, and care receivers to spend an hour together in their home creatively. The class will be exploring colored pencils and will be interactive and run live through ZOOM. No art experience with oil pastels is needed, however for those that participated in Elder Network and MCA’s Intentional Doodle or oil pastel series will find this class a perfect next step in their artistic journey. Below are the class details.

LOCATION & CONTACT

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

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

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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OFFICE HOURS

Winter 2022 Hours (Jan. - Mar. 26)

Monday- Thursday- 8am-6:30pm

Friday- 8am-3pm

Closed April 15th & 18th

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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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