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May 2020

Announcing Class Cancellations

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MMFS is committed to providing a safe and supportive experience for all our students, instructors, and volunteers.  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.  All classes have been cancelled through May 1, 2020.  At that time we will reassess the changing situation regarding COVID-19 precautions. Students registered for cancelled classes will receive an email with confirming details and will be issued a gift certificate…

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Introduction to Stove Carving: House Numbers

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$90 4 tickets left

Create unique hand-carved house numbers with skilled stone mason Mike Tibbetts.  This is how gifted stone masons of the Middle Ages began learning their craft, by creating castle numbers!  Perhaps not, but this class will provide a hands-on introduction to stone carving, and you’ll take  home a beautiful addition for your house.  Learn what material works best, how to create a stone blank of the desired size, design considerations and how to carve stone.  Each participant will take home an…

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Stone Balancing

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$60 15 tickets left

The piling of stones has been happening since ancient times, whether for spiritual purposes, identification of burial grounds, navigation, or other reasons.  Stone balancing has been compared to yoga practice, as the mind becomes focused and quiet during the process of balancing the stones. Uniting elements of performance art, sculpture, and meditation, Peter Juhl has been arranging natural stones to create works of art for over twenty years, primarily on the North Shore of Minnesota. The sculptures he creates evoke…

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Intuitive Watercolor Painting

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
$50 12 tickets left

Recent studies have shown that adults need more playtime in their lives!  Through Intuitive Watercolor Painting, you have the chance to let your creative muse "take the wheel" for a while.  A variety of watercolor paints will be available for you to explore, "play" with different paint and styles to discover what will delight your muse the most!  Students will learn a few basic watercolor techniques, such as, "wet on wet", "dry brushing", and "lifting". In intuitive painting, there’s no…

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Chip Carving for Beginners

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$65 2 tickets left

There are many techniques and ways to carve wood. One of the most basic methods, which is great for beginners,  is chip carving.  Chip carving is a very old craft found throughout history in many cultures and was believed to have started in China. It eventually spread through various wars and invasions into Europe and into Switzerland. Early in history, it was a carving technique used to add ornate decoration to buildings and churches. It eventually became a popular folk…

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Anyone Can Draw! Beginning Travel Sketching

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on May 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

$40 – $65 8 tickets left

Learn to draw and get more out of traveling!  ‘Moment sketching’ is capturing the moment, expressing how you feel about what you are observing and sketching.  It’s the perfect approach for traveling, as it will help you become more observant and expand your traveling experience. A wise man once said the only way to learn how to sketch, is to sketch!  Want to learn?  This class will introduce drawing and design concepts (line, shape, value, perspective, shade, shadow, composition) in…

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June 2020

Block Printing on Fabric

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$80 7 tickets left

One of the oldest forms of art, block printing is both historical and accessible, as it involves simply carving an image on  linoleum blocks and using permanent fabric inks to print the designs on fabric. Join Karen Rognsvoog, experienced folk school teacher, for an introduction to block printing on fabric.  Learn how to carve your own design on to a linoleum block and then transfer (print) this design on natural fiber fabrics (cotton, linen and silk) to create napkins, table…

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July 2020

Beginning Crop Art

July 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$60 3 tickets left

Is Crop Art the first exhibit you race to at the Minnesota State Fair every year?  This is the class for you!  Typically incorporating a variety of seeds, grains and other natural materials, crop art has been described as the ‘collision of art and agriculture’.  Is crop art ‘kitsch’ or ‘art’ or somewhere in between?  You decide, as you join the fun and create your own design.  Did you know the Minnesota State Fair is the only state fair with…

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