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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

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Open Studio - Life Drawing sessions at Crossings

Scheduled sessions take place on Sundays from Noon to 3 pm.

Upcoming sessions: Apr 27, May 18
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.

 

April 2014
 

Wine and Watercolor with Dan Wiemer
Friday, April 25, 7 - 9pm.
Cost: $28 + $8 materials fee.

Dan Wiemer returns for another creative evening! Everything you'll need is supplied, and each class will provide students with new subject matter to paint. This month's Wine & Watercolor will focus on the theme: Pines Trees and Water. Can't you just hear the breezes blow through them?

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

This is a fun and easy project, suitable for beginners and experienced painters alike. You'll be guided by expert watercolor artist Dan Wiemer through a step by step watercolor painting.

Whether it is a landscape or a floral, you will learn and laugh in a relaxed setting and leave with a finished "masterpiece".

Instructor Dan Wiemer is an award-winning artist and illustrator who lives in Red Wing MN. He was trained as a graphic designer and has painted in watermedia most of his life. Dan is a past president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and has taught classes and workshops for twenty years, from Austin to Zumbrota and a few stops in between.

May 2014
 


Wine and Watercolor with Wendy Westlake

Friday, May 2, 7-9pm.
Cost: $28 + $8 materials fee.

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

Join watercolor artist Wendy Westlake for a fun, creative evening! Everything you'll need to paint is supplied. Just bring your curiosity and a beverage if you'd like. This particular Wine & Watercolor will feature a rural Minnesota landscape with a glowing sky as the backdrop.

This is a fun and easy project, suitable for beginners and experienced painters alike. You'll be guided by expert watercolor artist Wendy Westlake through a step by step watercolor painting. No artistic talent is required - but you'll be amazed at what you will take home.

Instructor Wendy Westlake is an award-winning artist who lives right here in Zumbrota. She is the current vice-president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society. She loves painting and helping others explore the beauty of watercolor.

 

 


Make Your Own Drum

Saturday, May 3, 10am - 3pm.
Cost: Medium Drum (13"): $125; Large Drum (16"): $145.

Instructor Wayne Manthey returns by popular demand
to teach a day-long drum-making workshop at Crossings

Drums

Using a cedar frame and deer hide, you will create your own handmade, single-sided drum. What you will walk away with is more than just a drum. Wayne Manthey will take you on a journey to create a very special instrument using ancient techniques.

Here's what Wayne says: "The healing properties of a drum are found in the elements that make it: wood and animal hide. Making personal frame drums is a journey that is individually and spiritually meaningful. Teaching drum making classes involves storytelling and introspection. The drum symbolizes the heartbeat of life, the heartbeat of community. It is not simply an art form, but a tool for cleansing, centering and focusing one’s intentions for health and happiness."

Tying up the leather and dipping it into black walnut dye is fun...but pulling it out to see what Wayne with Drumsimages are revealed on your drum is incredible. Everyone's drum is so different!

In his early experiences with drumming, Wayne was moved by the healing sound drums produce - a deep, rich reverberation that generated a feeling of physical and emotional well-being. He searched for a drum that would have this special sound, but when he was unable to find exactly what he wanted, he decided to make his own. In the process, he discovered that the act of making the drum was profoundly healing. Since then he has guided hundreds of others through the process of making their own personal drums.

 

 


Precious Metal Clay - Make Silver Rings in a Day!

Saturday, May 10, 10am-3pm.
Cost: $86. Everything you'll need in included!

make your own one-of-a-kind silver jewelry
and wear it home the same day!


Learn how to use a material called Precious Metal Clay and create your own rings, pendants, earrings or charms. Metal Clay is made up of tiny particles of pure silver or gold which are suspended in a non-toxic organic binder to create a material that can be worked like modeling clay. The clay, in its unfired form, can be worked with the fingers and clay modeling tools to create a vast range of forms and surfaces that would be unattainable or laborious with traditional metalworking techniques.

Have fun while learning how to work with the clay to make your own design. After firing, you will learn how to polish your jewelry to bring out the beauty of the design. You'll have enough supplies to make at least 2 finished rings plus enough to make a couple of charms or matching pendant! So bring a friend or two and make it a creative day out!

Instructor: Laurie Riekmann. As always, in Laurie's classes you learn great tips and techniques in working with the material, use of all her tools and supplies and receive one-on-one instruction to help you create and go home with one of a kind pieces of jewelry.

 


Flowers for Mother's Day
-Make it and Take it!
Saturday, May 10, 10-1pm.
Cost: $10 + $4 materials fee.

For Ages 4 and Up. (Ages 6 and under: Bring a parent or guardian to stay and help.)

During this fun and easy class you will design, make and take home a beautiful flower collage on canvas.This happy work of art would be a great Mothers Day present made with love! You could also make one to bring spring into the home of your very best friend, neighbor or teacher.

Drop in any time between 10am and 12:30pm; the project takes about an hour to complete. We'll watch your kids (ages 4-6 need a parent or guardian) and you can go shopping!

We will walk you through all the steps that result in this blossoming canvas using paint, canvas, pipe cleaners and a recycled item that shouts spring!!  All supplies and clean up will be provided. 

Instructor: Renee Reinardy, owner of Rather Bee Crafting. Renee has instructed many classes for adults and children including flower arranging, wreath making, ceramics, painting, ornament making, decoupage and paper crafting.

 

 


Matisse and Merlot with Odell Portz

Friday, May 16, 7-9pm.
Cost: $29 + $8 materials fee.

Let's get together for an evening of wine, paint, and fun! Grab your partner, BFF or co-worker, bring a bottle of your favorite beverage (it doesn't have to be merlot!) and plan to leave with a special work of art created by YOU.

NO painting experience or drawing ability is required!

Be expressive!
Be emotional!
Using arbitrary flat color shapes and stamping patterns, we'll be inspired by the figurative works of Matisse, while adjusting and adapting our own personal style. Feel free to bring in a picture of yourself, a family member, friend or pet to use as the subject figure!

Matisse was called a Fauve, or "wild beast."
So bring your inner beast and join the fun. His use of large, clean shapes is particularly accessible for a novice painter.

Professional artist Odell Portz will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating your own acrylic work of art. You will build the acrylic painting through glazing and multiple layers, creating a cheerful painting.


August 2014
 


Clown & Physical Comedy Basics

Saturday, August 2, 10am-4pm. Please bring a sack lunch.
Cost: $39 + $10 materials fee.

For ages 8 to Adult!

Do you like to make people smile? Do like to make people laugh? Join us and learn how to become a funny clown.

You can make others laugh- all you need to do is learn how. Discover the different types of clown characters and which is best suited for you! Learn how to think like a clown. We will work on the basics of physical comedy, introduce the basics of juggling, and teach a clown juggling routine.

Students will learn the three basic types of clown, the differences in their make-up, and go home with a simple clown face design. They will learn some simple basic physical comedy techniques like how to walk like a clown, how to walk into a wall with out getting hurt, and how to trip. They will learn a clown routine they can perform!

Students will need to wear loose fitting clothes, pants are preferred, and gym shoes (no flip flops or sandles allowed in class)!

Instructor Greg Chalmers is a professional Clown and Magician. He was voted America's Funniest Magician in 2010. He teaches clowning and magic for the Fellowship of Christian Magicians kids program. Check out his website at http://GiggleGivers.com

 

September 2014
 


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!

 

October 2014
 


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 !

 


 


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


Click here for the fine print about cancellations and refunds.

 

New Writing Classes Coming Soon!


 

 

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.

 

 
Yoga


Prana Flow
Yoga
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.
April 8 through May 6.
6 sessions/$60. Drop-ins are fine! $12 per class. Call to check availability.
Instuctor: Heather Ritenour-Sampson

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.

Instructor Heather Ritenour-Sampson is a certified Prana Flow yoga teacher. She has studied extensively with her teacher, Shiva Rea, and has a passion for relating all aspects of life into her yoga practice, and vice versa. She celebrates the experience of being human as an opportunity to embrace chaos and peace, humor and devotion, strength and surrender, simultaneously!

 

 
Mind Body Spirit Workshops
 
Language Classes
 
Musical Instruction

 


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

One-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.

 


Flute and Piano Lessons:
Flexible times available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; call to set up time.
Requires two-month commitment, paid monthly.
Beginners on up: all ages
One-on-one instruction

$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

Instructor: Angela Roehl.

PIANO
Angela teaches all levels of piano, from beginning to advanced. She will tailor lessons to the student's interests and personalities. Angela has been playing piano for 14 years, and has studied under several piano greats, including a jazz pianist and professors at Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

FLUTE
Angela holds a bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a master's from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, both in flute performance. She teaches all levels, from beginners to semi professional.

She also provides accompaniment at events on piano including solo recitals and weddings.

Crossings' music instruction FAQ's

 

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

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
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