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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

Watercolor Workshops

Explore basic watercolor techniques including masking, wet on wet application, and learn about various painting supplies. Students will be given step by step instruction to complete a finished floral piece during each session. Sign up for one or both! Have fun, let go, relax, explore your creative side and enjoy the magical world that is unique to watercolor!

Adults (55+): $24/workshop (includes supplies)


  • Workshop 1: Wednesday, July 14 | 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Workshop 2: Thursday, July 15 | 1:00pm-3:30pm

Instructor: Faye Schoen

Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts' home, Valencia Arts Center

Please note that MCA's COVID Code of Conduct will be followed during these in-person workshops for the safety of faculty and students.

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)

Mindful Moves and Artful Journaling Camp

Kids will love this camp that infuses creative journaling, movement, yoga, and mindfulness. Campers will explore their senses as they create, listen to music, build their sensory awareness, while they enjoy the sunshine during this outdoor program. Parents will also breathe a little easier knowing that their kids are learning new tricks to regulate their emotions, build positive self-image and ways to explore with new art materials. Campers will be required to follow MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, Aug. 2-6

Time: 9am-12pm

Ages: 6-12 years (separated in groups)

Instructors: Megan Peterson & Brianna Haupt

Location: Outside Valencia Arts Center (moved inside if inclement weather)

Fee: $129*

* Campers will need to bring a mask, towel or yoga mat, water bottle, and snack daily. 

Colored Pencil Techniques

Did you know that there are a multitude of special techniques that can be applied using colored pencils? Creating highlights, shading, blending, shapes, and more. Each week will explore a new topic, techniques and artist(s). Participants who are interested will be invited to exchange postcards with classmates featuring their artwork.

Suggested class supplies: set of colored pencils (24 colors or more is ideal), sketch book, pencil (an ebony pencil is ideal), eraser, black felt-tip or fine liner pen, & straight edge (such as a 12 in. ruler). Optional extra supplies: colorless bending  pencil, blending stump (tortillon), & gel pens. For postcard mailing: you will need card stock, recycled materials or premade postcards, (3"x5" or 4"x6") and postcard stamps which are .36 per stamp.

Day/ Dates: Mondays, April 12- May 31
Time: 7-8 pm
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $25

Oil Pastel Kit

This kit includes everything you need to create your next masterpiece. Oil pastels are a fun medium for all ages. They were invented in 1924 and are a drawing medium which consist of pigment (color) mixed with a binder mixture of non-drying oil and wax. They are a fast medium that is easy to paint/draw with (no water needed) and convenient to carry. You can explore on your own or use the included tip sheet and links to videos to get you started on your oil pastel journey.

What's included (colors or brands may vary):

  • Set of 24 oil pastels
  • Paper of different textures to explore (smoother surfaces are easier to color and blend on, but harder to build up layers on). Try them all to find out what is your favorite surface and background color. 
  • Ebony pencil which has a smooth jet black graphite lead that is great for drawing a silhouette over oil pastels.
  • White Paint Pen- this pens can be used to add finishing touches and details over the top of the oil pastels (best after your artwork has sat and dried for a few minutes). 
  • Tortillion (blending stub) for blending tool.
  • Masking Tape to be used to create a frame around the outside or cover areas you want to stay oil pastel free.
  • Tip sheet

Instructors: access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes

Fees:  $18 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 per order, kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Everything Art Kit 

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, 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): 24 oil pastels, 12 colored pencils, masking tape, washi tape, pencil sharpener, ebony pencil, tortillion (blending stub), eraser, black fineliner pen, 2 gel pens, 12 piece watercolor pan, paint brush, 10 pieces of paper of different textured and colored paper (including a blank postcard and bookmarks), tip sheets and link for access to pre-recorded MCA classes

Instructors: access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes

Fees:  $29 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12per order, kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

MCA Doodle Kit

Take your doodling to the next level with this handy Doodle Kit. This kit is perfect for use during MCA's Doodle Club, virtual classes or instruction videos online.

What's included (colors or brands may vary): White, Silver, and Gold Gelly Roll Pens, blending stump (tortillion), Ebony Pencil, 12 colored pencils, pencil sharpener,12 Artist Tiles, 12 Black Bookmarks and extra fine point sharpie inside of a zippered pouch.

Dates: Available October 20- May 31 (self-paced)

Fees:  $19 (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

Price: Free

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What Happening in MCA’s Visual Arts Division

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.

What to do while you are in Winona

What to do while you are in Winona

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so proud to call Winona home. Nestled between the bluffs along the mouth of the mighty Mississippi, Winona is both ascetically beautiful and buzzing with activity both indoors and out.  Over the past couple decades Winona has experienced a renaissance that has transformed it into an arts destination. MCA is proud to contribute to the cultural scene through theatrical, musical, and pre-professional dance performances, dance classes, private music lessons, and even a summer dance intensive (SDI) which hosts students from around the nation.

Though this list is by no means exhaustive it should give you a few ideas of what you can do if you have a little time to kill in Winona while your child is in class, before or after a performance, or when you travel our way for our SDI.

Summer Here we come!!!

Summer Here we come!!!

Do you have a child who ready to dance their day away or step into the spotlight? If the answer is yes, don’t look any further than MCA’s summer camp offerings with 5 unique camps, private music lessons, and a theatre production we have something for every kid aged 6 and up. Check out the camps below and then register to ensure you snag one of the remaining spots before they are gone. Participants will gain arts and life skills, build lasting friendships and have fun in an inclusive and COVID safe environment.

1001 Arab Futures

1001 Arab Futures

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering with The Cedar Tree Project, curated by Keoxa/Winona, MN based dance/interdisciplinary artist Sharon Mansur is thrilled to present 1001 Arab Futures. 1001 Arab Futures is an intimate outdoor site-specific solo dance performance and visual installation contemplating imaginative visions, past reckonings, embodied truths and other future potentials from the SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African)/Arab diaspora.

Watercolor Workshops

Watercolor Workshops

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to offer “Watercolor Workshops”- two one-day workshops aimed to bring together older adults (ages 55+) while learning new skills, having fun, and creating a project to take home. Watercolor Workshops Explore basic...

Early Bird Special Ends May 1!

Early Bird Special Ends May 1!

Our 2021 in-person summer camps are filling fast, but there are still a couple of days to get registered and save at the same time. All of these camps have limited class sizes and will follow the strict MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct. Our early bird special ends on May 1 (with the of the Junior Training Program’s early bird special which extends to June 15). Check out the descriptions below and save your spot now!

Winona Grows Art Hunt Map & More

Winona Grows Art Hunt Map & More

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to invite the community to join in a COVID friendly community wide mystery art hunt, “Winona Grows”. Between April 17-May 1 oil pastel artwork created by Winona area artists of all ages will be on display in windows of area businesses and outside in public spaces. Not only will participants get to view beautiful Winona and spring themed artwork but they will also get to explore Winona and solve a mystery. Next to the artwork in each location clues will be given to a poem created by Winonan Miranda Harper.

A Sneak Peek at Spring & Summer ’21 at MCA

A Sneak Peek at Spring & Summer ’21 at MCA

Things are definitely brewing at MCA. We are so excited to be planning for a variety of spring and summer programming for all ages. It is going to be an exciting summer with new offerings inside, outside, and online. All in-person classes will follow the MCA COVID...

Intergenerational Playful Postcards

Intergenerational Playful Postcards

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to offer “Intergenerational Playful Postcards”- a class aimed to bring together older adults and Girl Scouts in the Winona Area.


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

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


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May 10-June 20. Closed on Memorial Day.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are limited to the following but subject to change:

Mondays: 3:30-7:00 pm

Tuesdays: 4:00-7:00 pm

Wednesdays: 3:30-6:30 pm

Thursdays: 3:30-6:45 pm

Fridays- Sundays: Closed, expect during events or classes



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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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