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: 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.
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
Make Your Mark
Get ready to leave your mark on the world as you learn creative art techniques that can be used to design your own greeting cards, bookmarks, school projects and more. The class fee includes an at-home kit that will include gelly roll pens, graphite drawing pencil, extra fine point sharpie, blank greeting cards, and more.Students are asked to also have a set of markers and scratch paper on hand. available with free delivery or pick-up in Winona (or mailed for an extra fee). Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.
Dates: Sept. 18-Oct. 23
Day & Time: Fridays- 1-1:45 PM (ages 6-9)
Fridays- 2-3 PM (ages 10+)
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fees: In-person $59 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a set of markers and scratch paper in addition)
You've Got Mail
Do you love to get mail? Do you need an excuse to get creative? If so this class is for you! You will receive blank postcards that will be come your canvas to create a unique artwork that will then be mailed to another classmate. Each week you will be emailed a different art topic or element to inspire your postcard design. You will interact though written word with classmates by sending and receiving one postcard per week, but you create at time that works for you, no Zooming or other technology required! Each registration comes with 10 postcards, 8 postcard stamps, and lesson packet. You can use any art materials you have on hand such as markers, colored pencils, or scrapbook paper. If you are looking to experiment with some new art materials consider ordering our Hours of Art or Mystery Art Kit.*
Dates: Oct. 8-Nov. 28 (self-paced)
Instructors: Brianna Haupt
Fees: $22 (includes postcards and stamps with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $5 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)
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.
Playful Postcards: Artist Study
It's time to get creative and have a little fun sending and receiving colorful postcards. Each student will receive a special art kit to keep that includes everything you need to get started including blank postcards, stamps, watercolor pencils, paint brush, glue stick, fun paper, and weekly lesson plans. All you will be asked to do is to explore new art techniques inspired by an artist then create and send a postcard a week to a classmate. Miss. Brianna will also check in with students throughout the program via a desired contact via digital platform or by phone which will be determined at a later date. (includes all art supplies & Winona Delivery or pick-up)*
Dates: Sept. 10-Oct. 29 (self-paced)
Instructors: Brianna Haupt
Fees: In-person $24 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US) Need based scholarships are available.
Hours of Art Kit & On-Demand Classes
This inclusive kit has everything you need to get started creating on your own. If you want a want to dive a little deeper you can access previously recorded MCA art lessons to learn about blending and creating with oil pastels, how to sculpt a bird out of model magic, perspective drawing, colored pencil techniques, doodling word art and more. This kit is perfect for all ages, but is a perfect addition to a homeschooling curriculum.
What's included (colors or brands may vary):oil pastels, colored pencils, masking tape, pencil sharpener, ebony pencil, fine tipped sharpie, white multi-media art paper, colored construction paper, 2 packs of 1 oz. model magic, link for access to pre-recorded MCA classes
Dates: Available Aug. 24- Dec. 15 (self-paced)
Instructors: access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes
Fees: $25 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)
Mystery Art Kit
Sick of hearing “I’m Bored”? We have just the cure… our MCA Mystery Art Kits will inspire and provide hours of unplugged entertainment. No two kits are the same and they are designed with the student’s age in mind. Order yours today and let the adventure begin! Each unique kit will contain:
- One set of coloring supplies such as oil pastels, colored pencils, paint, watercolor pencils, crayons or markers
- One binding material such as elmer’s glue, mod podge, glue stick, or masking tape
- A variety of surfaces to create on such as a postcard, book mark, artist paper, exclusive coloring pages created by MCA staff, and or construction paper.
- An art challenge guide created by MCA art faculty to help spark the artist within
- Other surprise items such as model magic, stickers, DIY masks, or props
- Links to previously recorded MCA visual art classes (if you have purchased a kit, here is the link to the password protected special access site.)
- Invitation to share photos of your creations to be featured on MCA’s social media
Dates: Available Aug. 1- Dec. 15 (self-paced)
Instructors: Self-paced booklet with 8 creative challenges created by Brianna Haupt and access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes.
Fees: In-person $24 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)
2021 PTA Reflections
Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the Minnesota State PTA Reflections program. For the third consecutive year MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2021 through MCA. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated. In 2020 MCA has two students state winners and one national winner.
Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2021
Ages: Preschool- 12th grade
Categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist
What Happening in MCA’s Visual Arts Division
At Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) we believe that art is for everyone. Regardless of race, gender, age, ability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or economic circumstances everyone deserves access to arts education and experiences. Now thanks to the City of Winona Creative Laureate, Sarah Johnson a door on our bricks and mortar home, the Valencia Arts Center has a splash of color and reminds those passing by that “Art is for Everyone”. This public art project is part of the #Winonacolorproject intended to create more vibrant, welcoming spaces in the Winona community. This project was made possible by the Winona Fine Arts Commission and the Winona Community Foundation
Do you know a child aged 6-18 who would love to get mail? Do they need an excuse to get creative? If so then our You’ve Got Mail class is for them! They will receive blank postcards that will be come their canvas to create a unique artwork that will then be mailed to another classmate. Each week participants will be emailed a different art topic or element to inspire a postcard design. Students will interact though written word with classmates by sending and receiving one postcard per week, but participants create at time that works for them, no Zooming or other technology required! Each registration comes with 10 postcards, 8 postcard stamps, and lesson packet. Students can use any art materials they have on hand such as markers, colored pencils, or scrapbook paper.
We know times are strange, but we also know that art can be a great way to help you get through these times. Whether you are a parent of a child who just needs some new art supplies to help spark their imagination or if you an adult who needs to make a little room in their schedule to relax while also learning something new, we have a kit for you. Kit details are below, both of our kits are designed to promote creativity, and provide experience with new mediums and tools. Both kits also come with access to a series of previously recorded visual art classes that can be watched on-demand at a time that works for you or your family. The class subjects range a great deal covering art techniques and materials ranging from creating landscapes oil pastels, perspective drawing, lettering techniques, creating with model magic and more.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is excited to announce a second session of virtual programming for both youth and adults in collaboration with Caledonia Public Library and Mainspring. Due to COVID-19, this collaborative group had to cancel in-person creative...
Join Miss. Lisa and other MCA community members virtually for a live, interactive drop in art session on Wednesday nights 7:30-8 pm, now through Dec. 16, 2020. 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.
On September 10th MCA will begin it’s second of five Creative Aging art workshops designed for older adults. In August students learned over Zoom how to create beautiful oil pastel works of Winona landmarks including Sugar Loaf and the Winona bridge over the Mississippi. Throughout September- October older adults are invited to register to participate in Playful Postcards: Artist Study. This unique class will inspire students to paint with watercolor pencils, collage with fun paper and more using a postcard to be sent to a classmate as a canvas.
Due to COVID-19 Fall at MCA will look different, however we are proud to say that we are still here to provide quality arts education opportunities. As artists and educators we are getting creative to ensure that we have options for everyone. From in-person ballet classes, Tapping Tuesdays outside at the Winona Levee, and online hip hop class to art kits with on-demand recordings and private music lessons we are hear to be your creative and physical outlet during these challenging times. If you would like to learn more about this Fall at MCA especially our measures to mitigate risks in-person classes please view the recording below that was recorded on Aug. 19th during our Open House Week.
Project FINE is hosting an art contest to celebrate Welcoming Week in partnership with the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and River Arts Alliance. Welcoming Week is an annual celebration that brings together immigrants, refugees
and long-term residents to build unity and a sense of belonging. This year, Welcoming Week will be celebrated from September 12-20.
Do you need to set aside a little time to get creative, move, or spend time with family and friends? You can do all of these at once when you choose to join us during our Fall 2020 Open House week, August 17-22. Throughout the week you can experience free dance and art classes, take in virtual performances of talented local performers, and take a stroll with your family through our “MCA Choose Your Own Adventure Winona Walk” in the green space between MCA and the Alverna Center/ Chapel of the Angels.