Note that for 2021 classes masks or shields may be required in our studio classrooms. The Art Colony is assessing practices one class at a time. Masking may be required for any of the following reasons:

    • The Art Colony is an educational institution hosting various age groups, including students who may be too young to get a vaccine.
    • Art Colony classes are in intimate settings, in close proximity for several hours at a time and variants and uncertainties still exist around the spread of COVID-19.
    • Some students or instructors may have underlying conditions preventing them from getting vaccinated, and COVID-19 can still be carried and contracted by those with a vaccine, causing spread to unvaccinated populations. 
    • For all of the above reasons, the Art Colony will set the practice of each class individually, requesting students and instructors to offer if they are vaccinated or not by way of making the class experience most successful for everyone. 

The health and safety of our community, students and visiting artists is of upmost importance. Thanks for doing your part.

Youth Classes

For Fall of 2021, there will be no after-school youth classes. We are working with local artist, Melissa Wickwire, to support a ceramics project with 5th – 6th graders in the County.

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The Art Colony hosts intensive classes with instructors who are practicing studio artists and college and university faculty from May – September. Instruction covers a broad spectrum of media including: ceramics, drawing, literary arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, among others. The Art Colony’s mentor series is also a perfect way for advancing and mid-career artists to receive mentored guidance on their works-in-progress.

Due to COVID-19, the Art Colony has implemented new safety protocols for all classes. Requirements include: limited class sizes, physical distancing, and mandatory masks. Students will receive further information upon registration. We continue to practice under the evolving guidelines of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.

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All Skill Levels Welcome

The Art Colony values the diversity of creative expression present within our community. The following class categories are designed to meet specific needs:

  • Foundational Series: For students with no experience or who want to try a medium for the first time.
  • Open to All Levels: For students who are NOT looking for basic-level experience and eager to learn various techniques and methods in a mixed-skill environment. Often this category provides rich learning to happen between students as well as between the instructor and students.
  • Experience Required: For students who have gained foundational knowledge in a specific medium. See individual class prerequisites in class descriptions.

Registration Guide

Interested in registering for a class and would like more guidance? Follow our step-by-step guide below:

  • Go to the class you would like to register for, select how many tickets you would like to purchase, then click “Add to Event Cart”
  • Click “Proceed to Registration”
  • Enter your contact information and click “Proceed to Payment Options” at the bottom of the page
  • Payments are made through PayPal. Select the PayPal icon and then hit “Proceed to Finalize Registration”
  • You will be redirected to PayPal to finalize transaction details
  • If you have received a promo code from us, click the area to the left of the “Submit Promotion Code” button and enter the code. Then hit submit to apply the promotion. If you do not have a promotion code, you do not need to use this button.
  • If you need assistance registering, please email info@grandmaraisartcolony or call 218-287-2737. Due to COVID-19 our staff time in the office is limited. Email is the best way to reach us, however we will be checking voicemails regularly.

Cancellation Policy 

Classes must reach a minimum number (generally that is 6 students), 35 days before the class start date. From there, classes remain open until one week (7 days) prior to the start date unless special circumstances apply. If the Art Colony  needs to cancel a class due to low enrollment or instructor illness, etc., students  will be informed at least five business days before the start date (unless otherwise noted) and refund tuition payment in full. The Art Colony assumes no  responsibility for losses incurred due to lodging or travel arrangements (you may want to consider travel insurance and confirm the cancellation policy of your lodging accommodations).

• Adult Cancellation Policy: 35 or more days in advance of start date: 75% payment refunded. No refunds are given within 35 days of the class start date. Students do have the option to transfer their tuition payment to another class for a $100 fee.