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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; […]

Figure Drawing (Ages 15+)

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

Delve into the captivating world of figure drawing as we celebrate the beauty and diversity of the human form! Figure Drawing for Every Body is a dynamic and inclusive workshop […]

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, […]

Figure Drawing (Ages 15+)

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

Delve into the captivating world of figure drawing as we celebrate the beauty and diversity of the human form! Figure Drawing for Every Body is a dynamic and inclusive workshop […]

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 […]

Drawing Along Lake Superior

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

As part of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, Teresa will lead two focused yet informal outdoor drawing sessions that are open to all skill levels. Participants will be invited […]

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 positive and negative space. Everyone will create a reed framework for their sculpture that will be skinned with a tissue paper matrix. The camp will […]

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 positive and negative space. Everyone will create a reed framework for their sculpture that will be skinned with a tissue paper matrix. The camp will […]

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 as paint one strategic follow along activity designed to speed up your understanding and abilities. Dan will bring optional photos to use but also strongly […]

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 "painting from a point" to create dynamic, vivid drawings. Kristy will provide free samples and insight into using a variety of materials, including watercolor pencils, […]

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 more to create images. This class will spend time both in the studio and outside. Anna will provide demonstrations and guidance, allowing students to experiment […]

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 blue and white toned prints. You will learn a variety of techniques to use both inside the studio and outdoors, and additionally, fine tune your […]

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 wiring the finished piece. Students will receive individualized instruction that supports all skill levels, including painters with more experience. Adam will demonstrate color mixing using […]

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 […]

Drawing Along Lake Superior

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

As part of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, Teresa will lead two focused yet informal outdoor drawing sessions that are open to all skill levels. Participants will be invited […]

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 […]

David Hahn Art Days

Studio 21 21 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, United States
Meets 2 times, starting: Recurring

David Hahn was a beloved community-member, artist who passed away in 2022. He attended Washington University School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota. David was Art Director for […]

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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