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
Seeding Vitality Art Workshops
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+)
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.
Instructor: L. Douglas
Create a Comic Workshop
This workshop is in celebration of Free Comic Book Day (always the first Saturday in May). During the workshop, young artists will celebrate the art of comic books and learn how to create their very own comic. Drawing comics is a great way to promote literacy skills and an opportunity for kids to flex their creative muscles.
Date: Saturday, May 2
Time/Age: 9–10 a.m., grades K–2
10:15–11:45 a.m., grades 3–5
Noon–1:30 p.m., grades 6+
Instructor: B. Haupt
2020 Summer Camp Overview
Junior Training Program for Dancers- June 15-26, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Junior Training Program.
Young Dancer Intensive– June 22-26, Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm, ages 6-9 years
17th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- July 5-25, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required. Q & A about our SDI.
Winona Arts Camp 2020- August 3-7, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade
Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 10-14, Monday- Friday, 9:00-11:00 am, ages 3-5 years & K-1st grade
Tap Camp- Aug. 10-14, 11:30 am-1:30 pm (beg- 2 years tap experience), 1:30-5:30pm (Int. & Adv. tap experience and 11+), Monday- Friday, ages 5+ .
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, 2020 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons, spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.
Winona Arts Camp 2020
Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 6th annual integrated arts summer camp. Once again students will get to rank their class choice of visual and performing arts they want to explore, having the opportunity to be immersed in four subjects a day. From percussion and creative journaling to learning how to apply special effects stage make-up and ballet basics, there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone. Back by popular demand, there will be an all camp talent show on Friday morning and families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. Once you have registered online or in-person, please fill out the class choice form.
Dates: TBD, M-F
Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
Age: 1st - 8th grade
Price: $189 (Early Bird Special), $209 (after May 1), Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
Class choices for 2020 include: Special Effects Stage Make-up, Adventures in Acting, Recycled Art, Word Art, Exploring the Masters, Meet the Piano, Tap it Out, Ballet Basics, Intro to Contemporary Dance, Dance around the World Just Weave It, Percussion Jam, Songwriting, Sing Out, and Adventures in Acting. Class choice form.
Virtual Arts for All Houston County Residents
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is excited to announce NEW virtual programming for both youth and adults in collaboration with Caledonia Public Library and Mainspring in June. Due to COVID-19, this collaborative group had to cancel in-person creative classes previously scheduled for spring and summer 2020. However, thanks to the dedication of funders and partners, we are excited to bring virtual creative and cultural classes to you at home! All of these events are FREE to Houston County residents, but registration is 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.
With beautiful bluffs, owls, and barn quilts, what's not to love about Houston County? Now is your chance to create mini-pictures of your favorite spots and features of your home. You will learn how to play with color, blending, and design during this one-of-a-kind class.
Pre-packaged materials for this class will be provided for free, thanks to our funders. Once registered, you will receive an email with details for curbside pick-up or delivery. Each registered participant will also receive access to a series of short adult mindful stretching and chair yoga videos created by Mainspring to enjoy at home.
Do you love to paint, draw, & sculpt? Youth ages 5-10 are invited to flex their creativity muscles while creating and connecting with others virtually. Each week you will explore new artistic materials and concepts. This session will focus on explorations with oil pastels and drawing techniques. Each participant will receive their very own home art kit including oil pastels, an artist pencil, special paper and more.
Pre-packed materials for this class will be provided for free, thanks to our funders. Once registered, you will receive an email with details for curbside pick-up or delivery. Registrants also receive a series of short downloadable youth yoga classes and Houston County Activity Book created by Mainspring.
Why not set aside a little time to flex your creativity muscles this month? We have virtual classes for kids and adults and we even have self paced community wide art project for the whole family. So register now and get ready to explore with new materials and connect with others. Here is the run down of our July 2020 Art Division classes:
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering 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. This Intentional Doodling class will be interactive and run live through ZOOM. During this session students will explore using shapes, lines, and patterns to create artwork and even relax the mind.
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.These programs will run through out July and August.