Classes & Programs

Visual 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.

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

Seeding Vitality Art Workshops

NEW! Selfie Inspired

Follow the footsteps of famous artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahio and learn the tricks and techniques of a variety of self-portrait styles. You don't want to miss this opportunity to admire that beautiful face in the mirror and play with exciting materials.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Oct. 28-Nov. 18

Times: 4:30-5:30 pm, 1st-3rd grade

5:30-6:30 pm, grades 4+ 

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $59


Reflections Visual Arts Workshop

Come join MN PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Reflections Arts chair, Lori Ortega in an art class that will utilize the 2019-20 Reflections them, "Look Within." Express yourself through art! This hands-on, creative class, where each student will create their own art work.

2-Day Homeschool Workshop in celebration of Arts Education Week: 

Day/Dates: Tuesday & Thurs, Sept. 10 & 12 

Times & Ages: 10-11:30am, Grades K-8

Learn more about MCA's Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Weekend Workshops:

Day/Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 9

Times & Ages: 10-11:30 am, grades K-6

Instructor(s): Lori Ortega

Price: Free, but registration required

NEW! Zoom In

Grab your pencil and get ready to zoom in on life. Learn drawing techniques and how to transfer what you see onto paper.

Dates: Mondays, Feb. 10March 2

Time/Ages:  4:305:30 p.m., grades 4+

Cost: $ 59 (includes all supplies)

Instructor: B. Haupt

Artist drawing of tree

NEW! Drawing from Life

Get inspired by the life around you as you learn to take a closer look and apply drawing techniques in your creative ventures. From shading to crosshatching, we will explore them all.

Dates: Mondays, Feb. 10March 2

Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Ages: 14–adult

Cost: $45 (includes all supplies)

Instructor: B. Haupt

NEW! Kids Can Print

Get ready to explore the art of printmaking and monotypes. You will have the opportunity to learn the step by step process used to make an edition of prints or collection of monoprints.

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 620

Time/Ages: 4:305:30 p.m., grades 13

                         5:306:30 p.m., grades 4+

Cost: $ 59 (includes all supplies)

Instructor: B. Haupt

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

“Frozen” Dance and Art Adventure Workshop

There will be miles of smiles as students dance and craft their way through  a magical journey unleashing their imaginations in this workshop centered around the movie “ Frozen” and perfectly timed to align with Winona’s Winter Carnival celebration and Frozen River Film Festival.

Day/Time: Saturday, Feb. 8th, 12:15 pm- 2:15 pm

Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-2nd grade

Price: $19 (snack included)

Instructors: Location: R. Racki & A. Pelowski


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+

Cost: $15

Instructor: B. Haupt

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2020 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 second 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, 2020 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.

Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2020 

Reflections Art Exhibit at MCA:  March 2020

Ages: Preschool- 12th grade

Categories:  Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist

Price: Free

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The Beauty Around Us, artwork by Heidi Bacon

The Beauty Around Us, artwork by Heidi Bacon

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), Galleria Valéncia at the  will feature “The Beauty Around Us” an exhibit by artist Heidi Bacon Jan.2- Jan. 31, 2020. The public is invited to the show’s opening reception with the artist on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 12:30-2 pm.  Visitors can expect to be wowed as they view painting of the Mississippi River, the falls in Mantorville, MN, a swan family, a coyote pouncing in the snow and a scene from Frontenac State Park.

New in Winter 2020

New in Winter 2020

Each session we try to offer a few new programs, this winter will be no exception. Below is a little sneak peek at our new programs. Online registration will open Nov. 1st, 2019. Don’t forget to register to participate in our 5th Annual Free-4-All on Jan. 4th to try new classes and old favorites out for  free!


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

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


Monday - Wednesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming



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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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