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Classes are listed below in chronological order

Help us plan! Register at least one week prior to class.
Call 507-732-7616 to register by phone

Sorry, online registrations are not available at this time

Click here for the fine print about cancellations and refunds.


September 2014

19

Wine and Poppies

Thursday, September 18
7-9 pm
Cost: $29 plus $8 supply fee

Painting Poppies

Join us for a fun and casual evening of art. Bring some wine or beverage of choice and spend a couple of hours with acrylic paints and brush!

Join professional artist Beth Bacon for a fun, creative evening! Everything you'll need to paint is supplied. Just bring your curiosity and a beverage if you'd like. In this class, Beth will lead you step-by-step in creating a beautiful work featuring poppies on an 18 x 24 inch canvas.

This is a fun and easy project, suitable for beginners and experienced painters alike. No artistic talent is required - but you'll be amazed at what you will take home.

Instructor Beth Bacon often paints in her backyard in Hastings, MN while her children play. She often works with a Palette knife, which instills richness and texture to her work, but enjoys brush work as well.

 


Welded Metal Garden Sculpture

Saturday, September 20, 9am-3pm
AND/OR
Sunday, September 21, 9am-3pm.

Cost: $98 plus $75 materials fee.

Sign up for both days and save $30 on materials costs!

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. (16-17 years ok if accompanied by an adult.)

Learn how to weld AND create a variety of different sculptures for your garden!

Ever wanted to learn how to operate a MIG wire feed welder or a stick welder? You are in luck! Using these, plus oxy-acetylene and grinders, you will learn how to create your own garden decorations.Metal artist extraordinaire Kelly Ludeking will take you step-by-step through the processes. Check out this short video from a previous class!

Everyone, from the complete novice as well as experienced metal workers, will enjoy this opportunity to try their hands at this rewarding craft.

Students are encouraged to bring along their own found steel or cast-iron objects that they would like to incorporate into their own unique garden object of art.

This class is made possible by, and will be held 2 blocks away from Crossings at the state of the art welding shop of our generous neighbors, Custom Iron. Custom Iron metal crafters create spiral stairways and unique stair and balcony railings for fine homes throughout the US.

Please bring a sack lunch for this day-long class, and wear all natural fiber clothing, long-sleeves, and pants without cuffs! Safety glasses are required at all times – even under welding helmets. Bring your welding or tough leather gloves if you have them. A Custom Iron representative and the instructor will talk about shop safety and cover the equipment and hand tools provided.

Kelly will also provide a variety of different size of metal rods, tubes and solid stock. Each student will leave with a piece of art they created that day and the knowledge of how to use their new skills again.

Learn more about Kelly and his creations here!

 

26


Glass Trinkets and Wine

Friday, September 26, 7-9pm.
Cost: $38 plus $11 materials fee.

In this fun class with "The Goddess of Glass", students will have up to two hours to create several fused glass items. We'll start with pre-cut "blanks" and create unique designs from the instructor's bins of scrap glass.

Grab a friend or partner and a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage, and make it a creative, relaxing evening! You'll have at least three finished projects to feel proud of.

Option ideas include: a suncatcher and small trinkety pieces like pendants, magnets, pins, and the like. Included in your class fee is one piece of dichroic glass and two necklace bails.
For more sparkle and pizazz, additional dichroic glass elements will be available if desired for $1 each.

No glass cutting experience required! Your fused glass pieces will be available for pick-up in a few weeks.

Instructor Connie Beckers, aka "The Goddess of Glass" will work with you every step of the way to ensure you leave with enough proficiency to continue with your own projects, if you choose. Connie is an award winning glass artist who owns a retail gift shoppe at Lowry & Penn Avenues North, and runs a studio and classroom at The Funky Bungalow on Lowry & Girard Avenue all in North Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

27


Intermediate Glass Fusing: BIG Plates!

Saturday, September 27, 10am-1pm.
Cost: $98. Everything you need is included!

Make your own fused glass! These colorful decor items can be functional, purely decorative, or both.

In this class, students will create one of four projects starting with clear "blanks" and building up their unique design using bits of colored glass.

  • A) Two Plates - 9″ + 6″ square
  • B) Two Plates - 8″ + 6″ curved
  • C) One Platter - 7½” by 15" curved
  • D) Two Pieces - 9″ round bowl + 6" plate

Upon them you'll layer additional glass elements of all sorts of beautiful shapes and colors from the Goddess of Glass's fabulous scrap bins. You'll receive guidance in design ideas for the best use of color, style and wow-factor.

No glass cutting experience required! Your items will be fired in a kiln where the fusing magic happens. Your plates will be ready for pick up in approximately three weeks after class.

ADD ONS: Dress up your pieces with bits of Dichroic glass for $1 apiece. Additional plates, coasters and trinkets can also be added to your order for a nominal fee. Please bring cash or your checkbook just in case. (Sorry, no credit cards.)

Instructor Connie Beckers, aka "The Goddess of Glass" will work with you every step of the way to ensure you leave with enough proficiency to continue with your own projects, if you choose. Connie is an award winning glass artist who owns a retail gift shoppe and runs a studio and classroom at The Funky Bungalow in North Minneapolis, Minnesota.


 


Open Studio - Life Drawing sessions at Crossings

Life DrawingScheduled sessions take place on Sundays
from Noon to 3 pm.

Upcoming sessions: September 28, October 19.
Life Drawing is $18 per session or $30 for two. Includes model fee.

“Life Drawing is at once the most frustrating and satisfying
art form that an artist can undertake”

- artist Mike Schad of Zumbro Falls.

The ‘Open Studio-Life Drawing’ sessions are a great opportunity for artists, at any level of expertise, to practice and hone their skills, and expand their ability to "see." Professional and emerging artists, as well as fine art students developing their portfolios, motivate each other with their own abilities, critiques, and encouragement. Each artist works independently in the medium of their choice.

Live models, natural light, welcoming and creative setting.

October 2014
4

Painted Pot Gumball Machine
Saturday, October 4
1pm-3pm

Cost: $10 plus $4 materials fee

painted gumball

Would you like to have your very own gumball machine that you don't even need a penny for? Make your own!

Come join us and design, make and take home a gumball machine or candy dish to display your favorite treats. We'll use planting pots to construct the "machines" and acrylic paints to decorate them any which way you desire. You can make them any time you want to display candy - to celebrate seasons, holidays, birthdays, or whatever. They make wonderful gifts, too!

All supplies are provided, and we'll clean up after the class. No planning, no mess, no stress!

No Experience Necessary!
(Ages 6 and under: Bring a parent or guardian to help)This project can be completed in less than an hour.

Instructor: Renee Reinardy, owner of Rather Bee Crafting.

4-5


Concrete Sculpture Workshop

Saturday, October 4, 10 am-4pm and
Sunday, October 5, 11am-3pm.

Cost: $198 plus $35 materials fee.

Learn to make concrete statuary in this 2-day workshop with award-winning folk artistWouterina "Riana" DeRaad. You'll learn techniques in this workshop that are not taught in any other schools or books! Bring a pair of part-rubber/part-cloth gloves and a face mask to class. Everything else you'll need is supplied.

During the first day of this workshop, participants will be making a multi-layered metal armature, which will be cemented in the following day. You will learn how to cut and shape the metal lathe and when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on the various cementing techniques, discussions on cement formulas, and what pigments to use for coloring cement.

You can even go one step further and embellish your concrete sculpture with mosaic tile. Rianna's Mosaic 2-day workshop will take place later in the month!

"Big Head" concrete sculpture made in Riana's class by Susan Waughtal
Since 1988 Wouterina has created more than 40 figures that make up a sculpture garden at her home in Beldenville, WI. Wouterina's award-winning sculpture gardens have been featured on “Rebecca’s Garden” and “The Wisconsin Gardener” on Wisconsin Public Television, and in numerous publications including Midwest Living, Minnesota Monthly, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Country Gardens, Minnesota Horticulturist, and the Folk Art Messenger.

A little about Riana: "I like for my statues to provoke imagination, to look naive and old, as though they have been here for many years. Beauty, function and longevity are my main objectives. Most statues have a welded steel frame and two layers of a metal mesh for strength, followed by one or two layers of concrete. To make the mosaics, pottery shards, glass, pebbles and various other objects are applied with a tile adhesive. Most pieces are finished with a grout."

View Riana's online gallery for inspiration and amazement at her website !

 


11-12

Batik Bee
Saturday, October 11, 9 am - 4pm and
Sunday, October 12, 9 am - 4 pm

Cost: $95 plus $25 materials fee

Batik Sample

Come make colorful, VIBRANT art by applying molten wax and dye in layers on cloth. Whatever your experience level, we invite you to join other batikers for a weekend of creativity!

Have fun discovering how to draw with hot wax on cotton using brushes, special tools and even cookie cutters and other fun shaped objects. The wax applied to fabric resists dyes, allowing the artist to create patterns or images with layers of colors, by adding wax, painting the dye, removing the wax and repeating the process for each color desired. After ironing out the wax, you'll have a great piece of wall art!

No formal instruction will be given, but experienced batik artists will be on-hand to answer questions and offer up ideas and techniques.

Even if you’ve never tried your hand at batik, you are welcome to come and get started experimenting alongside other artists, with supplies and workspace provided. You will get the help you need to get started, plus you can ask questions whenever you need guidance!

Dyes, wax, tools and fabric will be supplied. Just bring yourself, a few household supplies and your ideas. This ancient art form began centuries ago in Egypt, yet remains a beguiling art form. You'll be amazed at how much fun making batik is!

You can expect to bring home 6-12 pieces from this weekend workshop.

Discover how to batik … even if you've never done it before.

Please bring to class:
1. 3 pieces of cardboard no larger than 16 X 20
2. 2 rolls wax paper
3. Scissors
4. 1 roll paper towel
5. Masking tape
6. 3 inch stack of newspapers – shiny pages removed
7. 1 pair rubber gloves


16
17

Creating Your Own String Art
Thursday, October 16 - Friday, October 17: 9:30 am - noon (grades 2-5); 12:30 pm - 3:00pm (grades 5 and up)
Cost: $15 plus $5 supply fee
(second family member discounted to $12/each with $6 supply cap)

string art

String yourself along to make an object, an animal, your name or an amazing geometric design! We’ll strategically place small nails, then wrap brightly colored strings in patterns that become intricate. Our background is black velvet so your designs will really POP!

Merribeth Schrimpf is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Art and Design Education for grades K-12. She has designed and taught many art classes to students in elementary, middle, and high school.

18

Color Temperature Workshop
Saturday, October 18
10 am - 4pm

Cost: $115

Painting This workshop is designed to train and fine-tune the eye to recognize and see the difference in color temperatures and their relationships to their surrounding colors. Within each mass of color are subtle color temperature changes that brings life and light to a painting - if observed and noted.

In this workshop you will build an understanding of color temperature relationships using a limited palette of color. The day will be designated to train the eye by doing a series of color mixing and recognizing exercises using the palette knife.

Instructor Kami Mendlik is an inspired painter and an inspiring teacher whose enthusiasm for painting and teaching is contagious. She has been in many international, national and regional shows including 'Oil Painters of America' National and Regional show, Salon International Juried Exhibition and the "Door County Plein Air Festival" invitational.

 

24-25-26

Rosemaling with Ken Magnuson - 3 day workshop
October 24,25, and 26 Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9 am - 4 pm

Cost: $165

Rosemaling is a form of decorative flower painting that originated in Norway in the 1700s. These graceful designs are derived from C and S strokes and are characterized by flowing lines and scroll, imaginative, fanciful flowers, and subtle colors. Rosemaling may also incorporate figures, scenes and script letterRosemalinging.
Several different styles of rosemaling exist, each named for the region in which it originated.

In this class, both Telemark and Hallingdal styles of painting will be taught.
Students will work at their own level, from beginners on up, and may choose the style they prefer. Each student will work on their own project at their own pace. Please bring in any wooden object that's suitable for painting such as a tray, canister or box; patterns of all sorts will be available for you to choose from. Beginners can bring an object to paint but can also spend the workshop practicing painting on paper.

Please bring at least 3 sheets of heavy paper or cardboard (11x14 or larger) with TWO coats of neutral-colored latex paint. You will use these for practice.
Click here for a list of supplies you'll need

 

25-26


Mosaic Madness

Saturday, October 25, 10 am - 4pm and
Sunday, October 26, 11am - 3pm.

Cost: $175 plus $10 materials fee.

Learn the basic skills of Mosaic Tiling, materials and patterning in this 2-day workshop with award-winning folk artist Wouterina "Riana" DeRaad. You'll learn techniques in thisworkshop that are not taught in any other schools or books!

Students will learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, what materials and adhesives to use for our subzero climate, and different mosaic patterning techniques. There will be a grouting demonstration, discussions on cement formulas, how to use pigments and ways to texture a cement surface!

You can mosaic your own mailbox, garden planter, bench, cookie jar.... just about anything that holds still ... with the skills you'll learn in this class.

Materials list: an object to tile, such as a clay pot, vase, cookie jar, birdbath, or your sculpture from the concrete workshop! Please bring some TESSERAE (tile objects such as broken dishes, pebbles, buttons, mirrors, beads, shells, and the like), rubber/cloth gloves, old towels and rags.

A few pointers from Riana:
• Bring non porous materials to tile with if your project will reside outside all year around
• Please break your tile (tessarae) before coming to the workshop. An easy way to do this is fold an old towel several times, lay your tile /dish glazed side facing down in between the folds, and break it with a hammer. (Kind of fun!) Don't forget to wear safety glasses.
• We will be using a cement-based tile adhesive, so please don't bring metal or painted wood to tile on.

Since 1988 Wouterina has created more than 40 figures that make up a sculpture garden at her home in Beldenville, WI. Wouterina's award-winning sculpture gardens have been featured on “Rebecca’s Garden” and “The Wisconsin Gardener” on Wisconsin Public Television, and in numerous publications including Midwest Living, Minnesota Monthly, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Country Gardens, Minnesota Horticulturist, and the Folk Art Messenger.

A little more about Riana: "I like for my statues to provoke imagination, to look naive and old, as though they have been here for many years. Beauty, function and longevity are my main objectives. Most statues have a welded steel frame and two layers of a metal mesh for strength, followed by one or two layers of concrete. To make the mosaics, pottery shards, glass, pebbles and various other objects are applied with a tile adhesive. Most pieces are finished with a grout."

View Riana's online gallery for inspiration and amazement at her website !
Please also check out the frequently asked questions and answers about Rianna's workshops.

 


 


"Crossings is one of my favorite places to teach.
I love it not only for its wonderful, engaging students, but for the warmth and vitality of the art gallery space. Crossings is a great place to be a writer." – Alison McGhee - Author, Pulitzer Prize winner and Loft Literary Center Instructor


Classes are listed below in chronological order


Writers of any level can gain something from each of these classes. Our experience-level indications are meant to guide your choices, but you are always welcome at any class, whether you're just starting out or are on the New York Times bestsellers list!

Help us plan! Register at least one week prior to class.
Call 507-732-7616 to register by phone. Online registrations are not available at this time.


Click here for the fine print about cancellations and refunds.


 

 


Writing Kickstart

Saturday, September 27, 10am-Noon.
Cost: $26. ($48 for both morning and afternoon classes.)

Whether you’re an experienced writer launching a new writing project or an aspiring writer wondering how to get started, beginnings can be both exciting and a little daunting. Learn how to get your great ideas for stories, articles, essays, maybe even a book out of your head and onto the page. You’ll practice brainstorming, clustering, freewriting and other ways to get your writing off to a good start. You’ll also complete an interest inventory and learn about habits that will sustain your writing in the future.

Rosanne Bane is a creativity coach, teaching artist and speaker. She is the author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance (Including Writer's Block, Procrastination, Paralysis, Perfectionism, Postponing, Distractions, Self-Sabotage, Excessive Criticism, Overscheduling and Endlessly Delaying Your Writing) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den.

 


The Six Stages of the Creative Process

Saturday, September 27, 12:30-2:30pm.
Cost: $26. ($48 for both morning and afternoon classes.)

Getting words on the page is essential, but there’s a lot more to writing. There are six stages in the creative process and in only one of the six do you have fingers on the keyboard or pen on the page. Find out what these six stages are and what you need to do in each of them to complete the creative process with a piece of writing you’re proud of.

Rosanne Bane is a creativity coach, teaching artist and speaker. She is the author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance (Including Writer's Block, Procrastination, Paralysis, Perfectionism, Postponing, Distractions, Self-Sabotage, Excessive Criticism, Overscheduling and Endlessly Delaying Your Writing) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den.

 

How Pictures Work in Picture Books
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 am -4:00 pm.
Cost: $100

pig illustration rocket illustration

This class will be on how the pictures work in a picture book. We will look at some old classics and some new picture books as well. So if you are not an illustrator just how do you write a picture book? I will show some simple dummies and storyboards to get you started. If you have a picture book manuscript bring it to share and for a critque. If you are looking to just get started bring a notebook or sketchbook to work on some drawing or writing exercises. This class is open to writers and illustrators who want to write. Bring something to write with or simple drawing supplies. Also bring your imaginations!

Nancy Carlson Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking, and shortly afterward became fascinated with children’s books while working at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center. Nancy began to write her own stories and created accompanying drawings. She had numerous art exhibitions before getting into the publishing world and her artwork is held in many private and public collections. Recognition for her published work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award and several others.

 


 

 

Classes are listed below in chronological order

Help us plan! Register at least one week prior to class.
Call 507-732-7616 to register by phone

Click here for the fine print about cancellations and refunds.

 

16

Bee Keeping 101: An Overview
Thursday, October 16
6:30 - 9 pm

Cost: $8 in advance/$10 at the door

bee keeping

You love honey -- who doesn’t? -- and you’ve heard about honeybee colony collapse, but how much do you really know about these amazing producers of sweetness who also are key to agriculture? Here’s your chance to learn about the life and times of honeybees, hive society, becoming a beekeeper, the plight of the honeybee and what you can do to help them thrive. All ages are encouraged to attend this fun and informative class aimed at teaching bee basics, taught by a beekeeper who produces local, chemically free honey from his operation northeast of Oronoco.

This class will focus on beekeeping basics and is intended for anyone who has an interest in becoming a beekeeper, or just wants to know more about honeybees in general. We will cover the following topics:

  • The life of a honeybee: More than just making honey
  • How honeybees live: The Bee Movie wasn’t that far off
  • What you need to know about becoming a beekeeper
  • The plight of the honeybee
  • Things anyone can do to strengthen the honeybee population
  • Questions and Answers

John Shonyo of Bee’s Knees Honey Farm started raising bees six years ago, after an uncle gave him enough beekeeping equipment to set up two hives. Besides selling honey and other products from the hive, John has served as president of the Southeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association, is a mentor to new beekeepers, and presents on honeybees and beekeeping to a variety of audiences.



Prana Flow Yoga
September 23 - October 28
November 4 - December 9

6:30 - 7:30 pm

6 sessions/$60. Drop-ins are fine! $12 per class. Call to check availability.
Instuctor: Heather Ritenour-Sampson

Note: A single class at the Minneapolis Yoga Center is $17, and a 6 class pass is $90- this is an amazing deal!

Prana Flow Yoga is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum vinyasa style of yoga pioneered by world-known yoga teacher Shiva Rea and her Global Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana- the universal source of breath, life energy and conscious intelligence- as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Classes will include aspects of the teachings of Krishnamacharya, Tantra, Ayurveda and Bhakti, in addition to paying attention to what is currently happening on a personal, local and global level, to utilize inner intelligence to find balance between strength and fluidity, skill and intuition, and activation and receptivity.

Heather Ritenour-Sampson has completed over 500 hours of training in Prana Flow Yoga with Global Activist and Master Teacher Shiva Rea and the Samudra Global School of Yoga. She has 8 years of experience teaching to a range of ages and ability levels, and loves to hold space and bear witness to the beauty of being that yoga practice creates. Prana Flow is a style of yoga which honors breath-inspired movement, flowing transitions, and an ever-present opportunity to cultivate self-healing, energetic awareness, and stress-relief on the mat, so that it can be used in the real yoga practice of life.

 
Mind Body Spirit Workshops
 

Medicine Wheel Weekend Retreat
Register by OCTOBER 1!

Friday - Sunday
October 17-19
$265

Instructor: Rose Diana Khalsa

Limited lodging available at Dancing Winds Farm, from $78 for Friday and Saturday nights. Please speak with Marie at Crossings to arrange lodging. Tenting also available, for $25 per person. For those staying at Dancing Winds Farms, breakfast is included. Everyone is provided two lunches and an evening meal with the price of the workshop.

Due to the deeply healing and spiritual nature of this retreat we will only accept 12 registrations

Join us for this very special weekend of healing and spirituality centered on the Medicine Wheel.

Walk in nature. Share with one another. Breathe. Connect.

The Medicine Wheel has been used as a healing tool by many indigenous peoples for thousands of years. It is a powerful tool for understanding how to live a life of balance and harmony.
This weekend we will explore the Four Cardinal Directions, also known as the Sacred Guardians of the Four Directions. We will learn the places in the wheel where we become wounded or fragmented from trauma and simple tools for healing these places. We will be doing some shamanic journeying, holding discussions and spending time in nature to connect on a deeper level to the spirit world.

We will begin the weekend by gathering around the fire and starting in the wheel's Center, the place of the heart, where all things begin and all things end. 

Our mornings will be open to yoga, breathwork or a silent walking meditation outside.

We will close the weekend with a traditional pipe ceremony to complete the circle with wisdom and transformation.

Things to bring:

  • A dish to share for the first meal (refrigerator/stove/oven available, if needed),
  • drum or rattle (not needed if you do not have one),
  • a journal and pen,
  • eye covering,
  • shawl or blanket,
  • any sacred items to place on the alter,
  • snacks
  • warm clothes and rain gear (as we will be outside every day)

Schedule:

Friday
4-5pm Check in
6-7pm Potluck
7-9pm Teachings of the Wheel Center around the fire (sometimes called the Children's Fire)

Saturday
Morning: Yoga and Meditation - a mixture of Hatha and Polarity Yoga coupled with simple breathwork and silent meditation. Walk the Labyrinths, weather allowing.

Afternoon: Teachings of the East and South of the Wheel.

Evening: Bonfire with Pipe Ceremony, from the Ojibwa tradition. To pray for all those we know who are suffering, to bring in the energy of transformation.

Sunday
Morning: Yoga and Meditation

Afternoon: Teachings of the West and North. Closing circle

3pm Program ends

Rose Rose Khalsa is the Director of the Polarity Center & Shamanic Studies. Rose has been teaching internationally for more than 30 years in the areas of polarity therapy, cranial sacral therapy and shamanic healing. She has been leading Vision Quests in the US and Ireland for 15 years.
Rose has been a pipe carrier and Sundancer for many years in the Lakota and Ojibway tradition.
Yoga and meditation have been a part of Rose's life since 1972. She also integrates Tibetan Buddhist teachings, weaving a tapestry of mindfulness and compassion. You can read more more on her web site at :www.polaritycenter.org or send her an e-mail for more information on the weekend.

 

 

 
Language Classes
 
Musical Instruction
 


An Introduction to DADGAD for Guitar w/Sarah McQuaid

Saturday, September 27, 3:30-5pm.
Cost: $28

For guitarists with little or no previous experience in DADGAD.

Join International recording and performing artist Sarah McQuaid for a workshop exploring an alternative guitar technique. Sarah is the author of a guitar tutor, The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists".

DADGAD, or Celtic tuning is an alternative guitar tuning most associated with Celtic music. Students will learn the following in this quick, inspiring 90-minute Session:

Sarah McQuaid1. The DADGAD tuning
2. The modes
3. A few general guitar playing tips
4. Basic chord shapes in DADGAD
5. The capo and its uses
6. Chord patterns for backing tunes
7. Backing guitar styles
8. Backing songs in DADGAD
9. Playing melody in DADGAD

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living near Penzance, Cornwall (after 14 years in Ireland), Sarah McQuaid is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

Sarah will be performing on Crossings' stage in the evening after this workshop, where you'll be able to see DADGAD in action. Details coming soon!

Sarah will be performing at Crossings later this evening. See here for more info.

 

 

Making Your Songs Better
Sunday, December 14
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $50

Instructors: Sally Barris, Jon Vezner and Don Henry

These talented artists will be performing in a concert on December 13. MORE INFO

Do you wish someone would listen seriously to a song you wrote, and offer thoughtful criticism? Three sets of ears are even better than one when it comes to critiquing, and that’s just what you’ll get at this class, offered by seasoned singer/songwriters Sally Barris, Jon Vezner and Don Henry.

“Making Your Songs Better,” is offered Sun., Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This all-levels, informative, fun, and interactive workshop focuses on the art and craft of songwriting. Participants can play a song they’ve written and receive feedback, as well as get a tool kit full of new skills. The three award-winning songwriters also will offer instruction on how to write songs “about anything, anywhere.” Participants should bring a lunch.

The two native Minnesotans, and Californian Don, now all live in Nashville and have co-written and played shows together over many years. All can boast an impressive line-up of stars who’ve recorded their songs, from Patti Page to Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert to Conway Twitty.

Don and Jon won a Grammy for “Where’ve You Been,” recorded by Kathy Mattea, who won song of the year honors from ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International). It was the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year.

Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban received a Grammy nomination for their recording of a song Sally wrote called “Let The Wind Chase You.” While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Dirty Linen says, “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality.”

Jon is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. The wit and wisdom of Don’s songs are widely renowned whether they are campfire favorites, the hilarious “B.F.D.” and biker lullaby “Harley,” to the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King “Beautiful Fool.”

 

 

 

Guitar, Ukulele and Mandolin Lessons:
Tuesdays from 3-7:30pm; call to set up time.

$18 per half-hour private weekly lesson, paid monthly. Requires two-month commitment, and 30 days' notice before cancellation. Please read Crossings' music instruction FAQ's

guitarOne-on-one instruction, acoustic or electric guitar, plus ukulele and mandolin! Beginners on up: all ages!

 

Instructor: Jake McBroom. Jake has 12 years of experience playing guitar in the local music scene playing various styles of music- everything from metal to rock to bluegrass to country.

Jake will provide a personalized lesson plan depending on each student's musical interest and beginning skill level.

Crossings' music instruction FAQ's

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We understand entirely that life brings many surprises to us all, and sometimes people must cancel their class reservation.

We sincerely do our level best to accommodate each individual’s request when emergencies arise.

However, if cancellations occur within a week of the class start date, granting a refund frequently means we operate at a loss. Materials have already been purchased, and instructors have agreed to a set minimum compensation.

Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes, at the most affordable costs possible, by reading and adhering to our cancellation and refund policy:

Class participants who cancel 21 or more days prior to the class start date will receive a 100% refund, and will be charged a $15 cancellation fee.

Class participants who cancel 8-20 days prior to the class start date will receive a 50% refund.

No refunds will be issued 0-7 days prior to the class start date.

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Crossings is located in a former Carnegie Library building in
Zumbrota, Minnesota.
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