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After-School Art Club (Ages 10 – 13)

Studio 21 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States
Meets 6 times, starting: Recurring

Are you someone who enjoys being playful with art materials and experimenting with different techniques? If that sounds like you, then the Art Colony after-school art club is the perfect […]

Continuing in Clay

Ceramics Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States
Meets 10 times, starting: Recurring

This class is for experienced students looking to go the next steps in wheel throwing while continuing to build on their foundational knowledge. Students will receive individualized instruction to help […]

Ceramics: Advanced Beginner

Ceramics Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States
Meets 6 times, starting: Recurring

This class is designed to build on your foundational knowledge of wheel-thrown ceramics. In this class we will demonstrate more advanced forms like bowls, mugs, and plates. We will also […]

VIRTUAL CLASS: Drawing Landscapes

Zoom Virtual Studio Grand Marais, MN, United States

Explore the process of drawing a landscape from start to finish. Students will learn to decide on the framing, how to ensure proportionate drawing, pen techniques including methods for shading […]

VIRTUAL CLASS: Birds with Pen and Marker

Zoom Virtual Studio Grand Marais, MN, United States

Explore the process of drawing a bird from start to finish using proportionate drawing methods, pen techniques to include shading and texture, and finally marker color layering to bring the […]

Demonstration: Intro to Slip Casting Ceramics

Ceramics Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

This one night session will introduce students to the process of casting pottery and sculpture with liquid clay. Many industrial objects from toilets to lightbulb sockets are made from filling […]

VIRTUAL CLASS: Introduction to Botanical Drawing

Zoom Virtual Studio Grand Marais, MN, United States

Botanical drawing is a valuable way to grow your drawing practice, learn to see with a more focused eye, and use drawing as a way to explore and learn about […]

VIRTUAL CLASS: Kitchen Lithography

Zoom Virtual Studio Grand Marais, MN, United States

Kitchen-litho is a great DIY printmaking technique that uses safe materials readily available to  create prints without chemicals or a printing press. The process is directly related to traditional stone […]

Painting in Pastel: Landscape from Photographs

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Bring your pastel landscapes to life through a better understanding of key artistic principles. We'll discuss design and composition, painting fundamentals, the importance of accurate drawing and those valuable tools: […]

Approaching Plein-air

Bearskin Lodge 124 E Bearskin Road, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Oftentimes when painting en plein air, it is all too easy to over-analyze and waste time as the desired light effect slips away, leaving us with an incomplete study. By […]

Woodcut Printmaking

Printmaking Studio 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

This beginner-friendly course will cover the basics of woodcut printmaking. Beginner students will be fully supported throughout the design and printing process, while intermediate students can work at their own […]

Oil: Beginning

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Gain a basic foundation of oil painting as Paula covers all of the fundamental tools of the trade from color to design. Along with a variety of hands-on exercises, students […]

Oil: Advanced Beginner

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Discover more of  your artistic voice and refine technical skill by building on your foundational knowledge of oil painting. Paula will go more in-depth on color theory, putting a special […]

Abstraction from Nature

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

In this painting intensive, artists will create a series of abstract paintings inspired by visual studies, personal narratives, and elements of the North Shore landscape. Daily warm-up exercises and group […]

Develop Your Artistic Potential

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

David’s teaching philosophy is tied to his belief that each artist is unique, and therefore the challenge is to help students generate their internal voice so they can achieve their […]

Woodblock Printmaking

Printmaking Studio 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Join Nick Wroblewski, Duluth-based printmaker, for four days of carving and printing explorations while investigating the methods of relief woodblock printmaking. Techniques covered include transfer, carving, reduction, and multiblock methods; […]

Sumi-e: Beginner’s Inspiration

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Sumi-e is a Japanese word that means "ink picture." Learn to paint the sumi-e way using ink, Chinese painting colors, rice paper, and bamboo brushes. Students will paint Minnesota subjects […]

Youth Character Creation Camp: Use Your Imagination (Ages 6 – 9)

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Do you love to draw, write, and use your imagination? This camp is for you! Join author and illustrator Nancy Carlson, who has published over 67 books, to create characters, […]

Thinking through Process: Altering the Thrown Form

Ceramics Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Ernest will share his approach to making pottery influenced by architecture and landscape. Using the potter’s wheel as a starting point, he will share techniques for altering the thrown form, […]

Beginning Watercolor

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Explore the foundation of watercolor techniques to create a small series of watercolor paintings inspired by the majestic scenery and natural elements found in Grand Marais.  Students will work from […]

Breaking Boundaries with Paper Mache

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Paper mache is an exciting and sometimes overlooked medium that embodies fascinating ideas about craft, preciousness, ephemerality, and play. This class explores a range of paper mache materials, techniques, and […]

Mobiles: Sculpting with Line and Volume (Ages 11+)

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Create a suspended, mobile-like sculpture using line and volume as your guide. Using materials such as reed, tissue paper, wire and glue, students will learn about rectangular prisms, cylinders, and […]

Mobiles: Sculpting with Line and Volume (Adult)

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Create a suspended, mobile-like sculpture using line and volume as your guide. Using materials such as reed, tissue paper, wire and glue, students will learn about rectangular prisms, cylinders, and […]

Expressive Watercolor

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Gain a foundation in the visual language of watercolor with an emphasis on simplifying landscape subjects through large value shapes. Students will enjoy one full demo each day as well […]

Colored Pencil Potential

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Featuring an abundance of art materials, this course is full to the brim with colored pencil demonstrations and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Students will focus on […]

Family Class: Introduction to Cyanotype | Ages 8+

Printmaking Studio 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Experience an introduction to cyanotype printing, a non-toxic sun printing process where students will learn to make a cyanotype print using found objects such as leaves, rocks, tree bark and […]

Cyanotypes: Bringing Your Art Practice Outdoors

Printmaking Studio 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Bring your art making outdoors using cyanotypes and various drawing exercises. Cyanotype printing is a non-toxic sun printing process that uses natural objects, coated paper, light and water to create […]

Acrylic: Beginning

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Start from the foundation as Adam demonstrates each step of the process of making an acrylic painting, from gessoing a board/canvas, to creating a drawing and painting, to varnishing and […]

Acrylic: Advanced Beginner

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Continue growing in your knowledge and practice of acrylic painting as Adam demonstrates additional comprehensive techniques with a focus on developing meaningful content. Adam will demonstrate color mixing using color […]

The Lost Art of Personal Writing

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Writing is an often overlooked art form that is easily accessible, but can be intimidating. This workshop is designed to spark your creative juices and awaken the writer in you. […]

Fearless Painting in the Studio and En Plein Air

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

When you see a beautiful landscape, do you perceive it with your eyes only? Is it purely visual? What about the broader context? Imagine if we learn to communicate this […]

Layering Color in Reduction Woodcut

Printmaking Studio 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

What makes a woodcut such a fascinating way to represent the natural world? Find out in this workshop that explores the many dynamic connections between landscape and the physical process […]

Reflections in Watercolor

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Watercolor is the perfect medium to use for painting water and reflections. Because of its transparency it allows us to create effects that other mediums cannot. Students will learn about […]

Creating Art with Natural Pigments

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Gain the tools to make a color palette from naturally-sourced pigments and make a series of artwork with wax resists on paper by creating several different natural dye baths. Students […]

Monotype through Drawing

Printmaking Studio 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Monotype through Drawing demonstrates trace monotype, which allows an artist to explore the specific vocabulary of drawing while making one-of-a-kind prints. Done most effectively on dry Asian paper, trace monotype […]

Botanical Drawing & Gouache

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Develop and refine your observational drawing practice through close examination and drawing of a variety of wild specimens right in Grand Marais. During walking visits to nearby nature sites such […]

Pastel Innovations

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Learn innovative ways of using Pan Pastels with stick pastels and mixed media. Dawn will demonstrate most of the techniques presented in her book, Pastel Innovations (2017), and share recent […]

Memory Cafe: Weaving Memories Together

The HUB Senior Center 10 Broadway Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

As part of the Art Colony's 2024 theme of Art + Embodiment, we have partnered with Cook County Care Partners to look at the Art of Health under the topic […]

HeArt of the Caregiver

Studio 21 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

As part of the Art Colony's 2024 theme of Art + Embodiment, we have partnered with Cook County Care Partners to look at the Art of Health under the topic […]

Avoiding Practitioner Burnout: Resiliency Trees

Studio 21 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

As part of the Art Colony’s 2024 theme of Art + Embodiment, we have partnered with Cook County Care Partners to look at the Art of Health under the topic […]

Sumi-e: Painting from the Heart

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Have fun interpreting North Shore landscapes using ink, color, and absorbent Chinese xuan paper. Class will focus on composition and contemporary interpretations of landscapes using traditional brushwork plus experimental techniques. […]

Acrylic and Collage Flower Painting

Studio 17 17 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Students will work with images of favorite plants, patterns, objects and colors as inspiration to create a still-life inspired artwork. We will explore fundamentals of composition, scale, values and color […]

Shaping the Page

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Poetry is always a shape on the page. Whether it is a rectangular prose box, a series of couplets, or a continuous descent of lines of varying lengths, the effect […]

Watercolor and Soft Pastel Mixed Media Workshop

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Watercolor and pastel have long individual histories in visual art as media favored by artists to work through ideas with color in a more immediate/direct manner than oil, fresco, encaustic, […]

Oil Painting: Concept to Execution

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

A successful painting starts before paint is ever applied to the canvas, with a solid concept. We will look at this part of the process by exploring what other artists […]

Art Journaling Re-invented

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Rehab an old book by transforming it into a personal piece of art. Supported by instructor prompts, students will build foundation pages; create permissions to self and write a creative […]

Spontaneous Process Painting

Founders Hall Studio 120 W 3rd Avenue, Grand Marais, MN, United States

Supported by writing prompts and instructor guidance, students will discover how creating mixed-media work on one surface reflects their life experience, wisdom, desire, joy, resistance, and their own visual voice. […]

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