Classes and Workshops for Children and Adults

Please use the online forms and secure payment links at bottom of this page to secure classes and lectures. 

All classes held at the Maple Grove Arts Center - 11666 Fountains Drive, Maple Grove (next to Wedding Day

Fall 2018

Spoonbridge and Cherry, paint night with wine (Adults 21+)

Students will paint the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in a step by step class with no painting experience required! Dabble in underpainting, washes, layering, and creating form with a fun atmosphere and professional instruction. Each student will leave class with a 16x20" acrylic painting and many memories. Wear clothes that can catch any spilled acrylic paint or wine because we're going to get energetic!

Please not that attendees wishing to have wine must be 21+ and be prepared to show ID

Instructor: Sarah Thornton

Date: September 19th

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: $45 Non-member/ $41 Member - fee includes two glasses of wine

Watercolor Workshops (Adults)

Discover the joy of watercolor as you explore many techniques and a variety of subject matter, while focusing on the elements and principals of art.  Join educator and artist, MaryLeah Marshall, in this fun and relaxed atmosphere where individual instruction is adapted to include the new or experienced artist.  
Instructor: MaryLeah Marshall


               Session 1: Thursdays September 20th-October 25th (Skip Oct. 18th)

               Session 2: Thursdays November 1st-December 6th (Skip Nov. 22nd)

              Please put which session you prefer in the notes section on the initial form at bottom of this                  page.  Thank you.

Time: 12pm-2:30pm

Cost:  $130 Non-Members / $117 Member

Pour. Smile. Repeat: Acrylic Paint Pouring—“Puddle Pour” (Adults)

Acrylic paint pouring is an exciting method for making unique, abstract art. In this class, we’ll start by learning about pouring mediums and how to mix paints to get consistent results. There will be a couple demonstrations, then you’ll get to create a unique painting of your own on a 9x12” canvas. In this session, we’ll learn the puddle pour and straight pour techniques. All supplies are included! Wear old clothes, it’s a messy medium. Paintings take 36 hours to dry, so you’ll need to come back to the Arts Center to pick up your painting later in the week.

Instructor: Dan McAvey

Date: September 24th

Time: 7-9 pm

Cost: $39 Non-members/$35 Members

Small Paintings, Big Impact: Landscapes (Adults)

Have you always wanted to learn to paint but feel short on time, space, or money to put into it?  In this course, we’ll learn how making small paintings can resolve all three of these issues while providing opportunities to make beautiful, complete works of art that fit perfectly on a bookshelf or mantel. We’ll cover acrylic painting fundamentals as well as strategies for working art into your busy life.  The subject for this course will be landscapes and students can expect to complete one painting each class period.

Instructor: Dan McAvey

Dates: Mondays October 1st-22nd

Time: 7-9:30pm

Cost: $99 Non-member/ $90 Member

Alcohol Ink Painting (Adults)

Experiment with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. The non-absorbent nature of Yupo means it will not buckle, no matter how much water you put on it and it makes colors more vibrant and brilliant than on standard papers as all the color sits on the surface. Alcohol inks are pigment-intense and vibrant, free-flowing and filled with an energy all their own. You will leave the workshop with knowledge of a new technique that you can take home and expand your artistic interest.

Instructor: Art Innovators/Lisa Vitkus

Date: October 4th

Time: 7-8:30pm

Cost: $38 Non-member / $34 Member

Creating Visual Narratives (Teen-Adults)

This class is designed to be a crash course in visual storytelling. It’s perfect for writers looking to explore a visual medium, artists who want to incorporate narrative into their work, and anyone interested in comics or illustration. No previous writing or drawing experience required. This class is intended for adults and teens, but children may participate if accompanied by an adult.

*Bring a sketchbook and your preferred method of drawing materials to class.

Instructor: Kristin Tipping

Dates: October 5th-November 2nd (skip October 19th)

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Cost: $90 Member/ $100

Paint Night at Split Rock Lighthouse (Adults)

Enjoy an evening out while you make a beautiful painting of one of Minnesota's iconic landmarks!  In this one-night class, artist Dan McAvey will walk you through the steps to complete a 16x20" painting of Split Rock Lighthouse using acrylic paints.  No painting or drawing experience is required to have a fun night and create a work of art you can bring home!  Supplies are included. 

Instructor: Dan McAvey

Date: November 5th

Time: 7-9:30pm

Cost: $39 Non-member/ $35 Member

Class Registration

Register & pay for classes online here - you will choose the class or classes you want on secure payment page. 

  • Are you under 18 years of age?:


Download the mail-in registration form.

Mail form and check, made payable to Maple Grove Arts Center, to:
Education Director

PO Box 1643
Maple Grove MN, 55311

Please also note your intended classes on the memo line - thank you!

For questions regarding classes:
please call Lisa Vitkus (763) 494 6957

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