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Arts & Aging: Winter/Spring 2024 Class Registration

If you’re a CommonBond resident aged 55 or older, we invite you to join our FREE art classes.

These classes are led by professional instructors and include all the materials you’ll need. Don’t worry if you’re new to art – no prior experience is required!

Scroll down to see the complete list of our upcoming art classes. Please remember to register for each class you’re interested in attending.

Online Classes

Join our online classes! They’re open to all CommonBond residents who are 55 or older.

To join a class online, you need:

  • An email address and a phone number.
  • A device with a camera, microphone, and connection to the internet. A computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone will do.

There are 3 easy ways to register! Pick the way that works best for you:

  1. Click or tap on a sign-up link below and fill out a short form.
  2. Need help signing up? Your Advantage Services Coordinator can help.
  3. Call us at (651) 383-4099 and we can sign you up over the phone.

Don’t wait! The last day to sign up is February 29th.

Legacies Told: A Storytelling Workshop (Online Class)

With Teaching Artist Dane Stauffer
Join us for a special storytelling workshop where you’ll bring your most cherished memories to life. Guided by Dane’s expert leadership, you’ll delve into your past and turn your favorite tales into a performance to record and share with your loved ones. This class is all about the joy of sharing memories that will be passed down for generations to come. Sign up and experience the magic of storytelling this winter season!

  • 8 Week Class from 3/8/24 to 4/26/24
  • Fridays from 1pm to 2:30pm
  • This online workshop takes place on Zoom
  • Special note: this course requires that you have a smart phone or tablet and access to the internet.

Registration is closed.


 

The Everyday Art of Photography (Online Class)

With Teaching Artist Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Touching a button on your mobile phone to take a photo is easy but does not always produce what you hoped. Understanding and practicing the ‘how to’ of good photography can quickly improve your photos resulting in unique artwork, family treasures, and inspiration.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/4/24 to 4/22/24
  • Mondays from 1pm to 2:30pm
  • This online workshop takes place on Zoom
  • Special note: this course requires that you have a smart phone or tablet with a camera and access to the internet.

Registration is closed.


 

Painting the Winter Landscape with Watercolors (Online Class)

With Teaching Artist Judy Cline
Explore the understated beauty of winter landscapes through our lakes, rivers, and the sky. You’ll weave a connection between brush, watercolor pigment, and the serene natural world during the coldest months and find light in winter’s subdued tones. Immerse yourself in the craft of capturing the essence of our tranquil winters.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/6/24 to 4/24/24
  • Wednesdays from 2pm to 3:30pm
  • This online class takes place on Zoom
  • Special note: this course requires that you have a smart phone or tablet and access to the internet.

Registration is closed.

In-person Classes

Join our in-person classes! They’re open to all CommonBond residents who are 55 or older and live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

To join a class in person, you need:

  • To be able to get yourself to the location of the class in the Twin Cities metro area (refer to our transportation resources section below).

There are 3 easy ways to register! Pick the way that works best for you:

  1. Click or tap on a sign-up link below and fill out a short form.
  2. Need help signing up? Your Advantage Services Coordinator can help.
  3. Call us at (651) 383-4099 and we can sign you up over the phone.

Don’t wait! The last day to sign up is February 29th.

Getting Your Hands Dirty with Clay (In-person Class)

With Teaching Artist Julian Gruber
Learn basic skills to turn mud into a creation that lasts a lifetime. You’ll dive in hands-first into the world of sculpting clay, learning techniques such as pinch construction, slab work, coils, and more. Participants can expect step-by-step demonstrations/ instruction, and hands-on help throughout. Create your own version of bowls, cups, plates, and adorable creatures, imaginary scenes, home decor, and more. Come ready to gain new skills, get creative, and learn all about the magic of clay! Special partnership with Northern Clay Center.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/5/24 to 4/30/24 (skipping 4/2/24)
  • Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm
  • Concordia Arms (Link to Google Maps)
    2030 Lydia Ave East
    Maplewood, MN 55109

Registration is closed.


 

Clay Forms from Around the World (In-person Class)

With Teaching Artist Elizabeth Coleman
Step into the studio and journey through the diverse traditions of clay artistry in this 8-week class. Get your hands into the earth as you learn to shape and mold using techniques from across the globe. Our step-by-step guidance ensures you’ll craft not just pottery but also an appreciation for international artforms. Create your own collection of bowls, vases, and sculptures that tell a story from every corner of the world. Join us to mold your creativity into creations that celebrate the rich tapestry of global clay forms. Special partnership with Northern Clay Center.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/7/24 to 4/25/24
  • Thursdays from 2m to 4pm
  • Wilder Square (Link to Google Maps)
    750 N Milton Street
    St Paul, MN 55104

Registration is closed.


 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (In-person Class)

With Teaching Artist Gail Katz-James

Discover the craft of weaving in our 8-week course. With a blend of hands-on practice and historical insights, you’ll learn to create both solid and patterned textiles. We supply a loom, tools, and yarns, though personal materials are welcome. The course culminates in the creation of several woven samples and one finished piece for display. Join us to weave your own piece of art and history.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/7/24 to 4/25/24
  • Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm
  • St. Anne’s (Link to Google Maps)
    2323 N 26th Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

Registration is closed.


 

Watercolor: People & Places (In-person Class)

With Teaching Artist Judy Cline
Explore the medium of watercolors by learning about the structure of faces and figures, as they interplay with light, shadow, and the world around them. Under Judy’s expert guidance, learn how to use watercolors to be creative in expressing yourself and your ideas.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/6/24 to 4/24/24
  • Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm
  • South Shore Park (Link to Google Maps)
    255 Mill Street
    Excelsior, MN 55331

Registration is closed.


 

Explorations in 3D Art (In-person Class)

With Teaching Artist Gail Katz-James
This class introduces sculpture and builds off of previous courses in painting. It is upscaled to include mediums for hands of all ages. Assignments will include working with familiar materials: wire, tissue, paper, wood, foam-core, cardboard, and reed. Explorations in 3-D Art introduces the idea of process-based art or responding to art materials as an exploratory experience.

  • 8 Week Class from 3/7/24 to 4/25/24
  • Thursdays from 10am to 12pm
  • Shingle Creek Commons (Link to Google Maps)
    4600 N Humboldt Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55412

Registration is closed.

 

Transportation Resources

Metro Mobility

Metro Mobility is a shared ride public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses due to a disability or health condition. Trips are provided for any purpose. Click or tap the link above to visit the website and learn more.

Metro Transit

Metro Transit is the public transportation resource for the Twin Cities, offering an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike. Click or tap the link above to visit the website and learn more.

Arts & Aging is Generously Supported By

E. A. Michelson Philanthropy

Minnesota State Arts Board

         

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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