Course and workshop calendar posted August 3, 2022 – West Central Tribune | WHs Answers

Classes planned at the Willmar Community Center. To register, call 320-262-5288 or

Small Art Gallery Session: August 12, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., free. Create art to be displayed in our community art galleries.

Spotlight Theater Camps: 15-16 August, Instructor Nikki Erickson, Willmar Community Center, Adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Snow White, A New Musical.” Various courses are offered over two days. The performance for the community will be on August 16 at 3:45 p.m., a suggested donation of $2. Classes are for children in grades 1-6, there is a discount for additional children in the same family, pre-registration is required at or call or text Nikki Erickson at 320-262-9170.

  • Create funny and wacky creatures: August 15, 12-1 p.m., $7, advance booking required; Create puppets, masks and other fun pieces inspired by your favorite fairy tale creatures.
  • Mini Musical: 15-16 August, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., $35 Help stage a fun retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs over two days. Audition, dance, sing, wear costumes and hone your acting skills as you put together a great performance.
  • sing along: August 16, 12-1pm, $7 Sing and dance to some of our favorite Disney musicals.

Cooking with Riley: Cooking Shrimp: Aug. 20, 2 p.m., $30; Enjoy making a mess with this stew dish enjoyed in the Deep South. It includes baby potatoes, fresh sweet summer corn, and shrimp. We top it all off with herbs, spices and a delicious lemon garlic butter and make mint cucumber lemonade. This month we are offering a BOGO option, bring your friend.

Small art session: August 24, 3-6 p.m., at the Willmar Public Library, free. Create art to be displayed in our community art galleries.

Willmar Community Education

Willmar Community Education has several arts-related courses planned. Pre-registration is required for all courses. Cooking classes can be found in the food and drink calendar in the Thursday newspaper.

Nature Kid Art Club: one remaining session, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Grades K-5, Instructor Libbie Anderson. Make outdoor art with us. We will work on a different project each month using objects from nature and different art mediums. Expand your love of nature and art at the same time. August 18 at Robbins Island Shelter #1, $15 per session, register at

Rustic Designs Flower Farm: August 18, 9:30am-11:00am, $43, all ages welcome, Instructor Mary Solbreken. Enjoy a guided tour of more than five acres of flower gardens, then create a beautiful fresh floral arrangement to take home. For an outdoor experience, dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes to walk in the gardens. Rustic Designs Flower Farm, 25801 County Rd 9 NE, Belgrade 56312. Pre-registration required at

Milan Village Arts classes have been scheduled with the full schedule on the website. Members receive a discount on tuition fees. The provision fees are paid to the teacher at the end of the lesson. To register or for more information about any of these workshops, call 320-734-4807 or visit the website at; Email: The art school has several studios. Visit the website for studio dates and more information. The summer courses listed after the registration deadline are:

stone setting: 19-20 Aug, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Instructor William Kennedy; Silversmith or goldsmith experience required, minimum age 18; setting round cubic zirconia stones with the pearl and luster cut setting and the flush or “gypsy” setting; Tuition $165; Registration closes August 6th.

Swedish wheat weaving: August 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Instructor Lynette Swenson; from beginners from 14 years; Tuition $95, materials list at enrollment; Registration closes August 6th.

Do you feel faint? Learn to keep your edge: August 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; instructor Fred Livesay; from beginners from 15 years; Discuss edge geometry, grindstone types, technique and edge triage and how to deal with them. Bring your kitchen knives, secateurs, planers and even reaper blades for plenty of handy options; Tuition $95; Registration closes August 6th.

Silversmithing 2: September 17 to 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Instructor Marilyn Hanson; suitable for intermediate and advanced learners, minimum age 16; Tuition $145, accessories depending on usage and current market price, and $5 acetylene fee; Registration closes August 6th.

Gudbrandsal style rosemaling: Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; trainer Clarice Dieter; Beginners and older, minimum age 15 years; paint a round box in the Gudbrandsal style; Tuition $55, boxing information and materials list at registration, advance purchase required; Registration deadline 24 Sept.

Turning wooden bowls: 22-23 October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Instructor Steve Mullins; from beginners from 16 years; Learn the basic skills needed to turn a wooden bowl on a green, unseasoned wood lathe. Tuition $230, Materials $45; Registration deadline Oct 8

Weaving carpets: November 4-6, Friday evening through Sunday; Lecturer Diana Soehren; On Friday, learn the basics of fabric preparation, choosing a design, warping, and beginning weaving. continue working on their projects on Saturday and Sunday; Members who attended this workshop have access to the Loom Room to work on their own projects; Tuition $90, supplies $10 or more; Registration deadline 22 Oct.

Picture Frame: Spring and Fall dates to be determined, 6pm to 9pm Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday, Instructor Brian Wolf returns from Germany twice a year to teach this course, beginners, minimum age 14; Members who attended this workshop have access to the Framing Studio to work on their own projects; Tuition $105.

Open carving night: Carvers of all kinds are invited to meet at the school for carving and networking on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free.

Silver Studio: open to anyone who has started silversmithing and is an MVAS member. The fee is $10 for the evening and $20 for the whole day.

Weaving: open to those who have loom experience or have taken the carpet weaving course and are MVAS members; by appointment or participation in a web group, no fee; Looms are serviced with chain free of charge.

Framing Studio: a fully functional framing workshop open to all who attended the framing workshop and are MVAS members; $5 hour, $10 half day, $20 full day; only with an appointment.

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