Thursday, September 25, 2014

MCA offers drawing workshops with local artist this fall

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold drawing workshops with local artist Julie Johnston this fall at Saint Mary’s University’s Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets.

Visual Art Workshop I is offered to students in grades 4-6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 27, and Nov. 10. Students will increase their skills in observation, memory, and dexterity, while learning techniques for drawing still life, imaginative works, and portraiture. Tuition for Visual Art Workshop is $35 (which includes supplies). The workshops offer students a fun opportunity to connect with other local children who are passionate about art and drawing.

Art in Motion workshops are offered to teen and adult artists of all experience levels wishing to refresh or improve their drawing skills. The workshops will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 12. Students will explore the art of drawing a still life using versatile charcoal techniques to create a powerful piece influenced by the props from “The Nutcracker” ballet.  The works will then be on display in the Ben Miller Lobby at Saint Mary’s University Performance Center during the performance season. Tuition for Art in Motion is $60. Students may also choose to sign up for just one workshop date for $30. Supplies are included in the cost.

Scholarships are available. To register for Visual Art Workshop I or Art in Motion or for scholarship information, visit or call 453-5500. Registration closes Oct. 6.