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Help us plan! Register at least one week prior to class.
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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.


August 2014

Thursdays

7,14,21

Watercolor Painting Workshop : TexturesWendy Westlake Textures
Thursdays, August 7,14,21
7-9 pm.
$95 + $25 materials fee.

 

Take your watercolors to the next level with exciting texturing techniques!

Splatter and spray using salt, sticks, saran wrap, and other everyday materials to create unusual effects. We'll have a lot of messy fun so be sure wear messy clothes!

If you prefer to bring your own materials - you will need the following:

paints - tube watercolors, (student grade is fine) primaries and earth colors - raw & burnt sienna, bring your favorites.

paper - at least two full sheets of paper 22 x 30, hot press or cold. We will be working mostly on 1/2 or quarter sheets.

brushes -1" wash, 1/2 flat, 8,10, or 12 round

board to support your painting, masking tape, palette for mixing, spray bottle and anything you think will create an interesting texture!

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

 

 


Open Studio - Life Drawing sessions at Crossings

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

Upcoming sessions: August 24; 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.

 

September 2014

19

Wine and Poppies

Friday, September 19
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.

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.


October 2014
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 !

 


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 the Outdoors: A Field Guide for the Outdoor Writer

Saturday, August 9, 9am-Noon.
Cost: $20.

Good writing, any kind of writing, comes down to six key traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Hopefully, the seventh will be publication. If one is writing a “how to” story about ice fishing, these traits must be in place. If one is writing a poem about ice fishing the same traits are exhibited but in different ways. There is no better example of “creative nonfiction” than outdoor writing. The workshop will examine the traits and will offer practical tips about how one constructs an outdoor-inspired piece of writing in any genre.

We will write, and develop strategies for making each of the traits come alive in written work. We will look at examples and discuss them in the context of the traits. We will also trouble shoot, and offer ideas for getting rid of the barriers to good writing. The best advice is always to write. Every day. Write.

Photography is a key to selling outdoor writing and the basics of composing a photo are very similar to the traits of writing. We'll look at some examples of photographs that enhance the ideas in a text and make that text more appealing.

Larry GavinLarry Gavin has had more than 150 articles published in magazines including: Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine (where he was a senior editor for 15 years) Gun Dog, Fly Rod and Reel, North Dakota Outdoors, Grays Sporting Journal, and others. He writes regularly for Minnesota Outdoor News. His four books of poetry are: Necessities, Least Resistance, Stone & Sky, and The Initiation of Praise (March 2014), all from Red Dragonfly press.

 

 


Reading (and Writing) Minds: Creating Believable Characters

Saturday, August 16, 10am-1pm.
Cost: $35.

This workshop will benefit fiction writers of all genres and experience levels, whether refining existing work or starting from scratch.

Using examples from contemporary fiction for both adults and young readers, we'll discuss what makes characters believable (or not), and talk about building characters that feel fresh, complex, and real. Then we'll delve into the lives and minds of our own characters with an assortment of writing and imagination exercises.

Jacqueline West is the author of the best-selling middle grade fantasy series The Books of Elsewhere (Dial/Penguin). Her novels, short fiction, and poetry have earned many awards and honors, including two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Cybils Award, and two Minnesota Book Award nominations. A former high school English teacher, she is now a frequent speaker and workshop leader. Visit her at www.jacquelinewest.com.

 


The Reflective Voice in Creative Prose

Saturday, September 13, 9am-Noon.
Cost: $40.
Optional:
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will review class participants' manuscripts for a $25 fee. Maximum of 10 pages (12 point font, double spaced, with at least 1" margins) sent to her via mail by September 1st. Email address available upon request at registration.

Writing students often are advised to “Show, don’t tell.” But the reflective voice, used effectively, can give stories dimension, texture, and drive.

In this morning workshop, we’ll learn how to use reflection as connective tissue, write lively summaries, create tension between the past and present, connect the particular to the universal, and portray ourselves as engaging, reliable narrators. Please bring a current draft to work with.

Elizabeth Jarrett AndrewElizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author most recently of Hannah, Delivered (Koehler Books). Other works include the spiritual memoir, Swinging on the Garden Gate (Skinner House Books), a collection of personal essays called On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness (Westview Press), and Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Skinner House Books). Her work is also anthologized in Views from the Loft (Milkweed Editions), My Red Couch and Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith (Pilgrim Press), Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Minnesota Historical Society Press), Blessed Bi Spirit (Continuum), and various literary and religious journals. She is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board artists’ fellowship, the Loft Career Initiative Grant, and is a Minnesota Book Awards finalist. Her website is www.spiritualmemoir.com.

 

 


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.


 

 

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
Please check back for upcoming Yoga sessions this fall!


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
 


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!

 

 


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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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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