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Eight years ago I never could have imagined where I am today. I’ve gone from being hopeless to looking forward to life.

— Loren

Artability Workshops

About the Workshops

Eligibility: All Artability workshops are free and open to adults (18+) who have a mental health diagnosis. You must register to attend. ASL interpreters available upon request.

How to Sign Up: Sign up online via the links below, or call 651-288-3532. If you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible. Class sizes and supplies are limited.

Mailing List: Sign up for email updates! Contact Artability@peopleincorporated.org to be added to our mailing list to hear when new workshops come out, receive updates on new opportunities for artists to exhibit or sell their work, and receive information on the 2016 Artability Show & Sale!

Available Workshops

During this class, artists will create many small-scale, 5×7, works of art. A variety of mediums will be offered including watercolor, linoleum-cut printmaking, collage and many more. All artists participating in this class will have the option to keep their art if they wish, but artists are encouraged to submit at least one of the pieces they create to Art 4 Shelter. Art 4 Shelter is an exhibition and sale that benefits Simpson Housing in their work to support people experiencing homelessness. The art we donate will be exhibited and sold for $35 each at their benefit sale, which takes place on Wednesday May 10th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Le Meridian Chambers Minneapolis. Participating artists are welcome to attend the sale, which will an Artability On the Go event in May. Teaching Artist, Corilyn Wagner, will be there to help with art creation, filling out the submission form and navigate the donation guidelines. Donating art to Art 4 Shelter is a great way to gain exposure and support a good cause. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

Date / Time Location Register
April 22nd, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

Join us at the Minneapolis Institute of Art with tour guide Jan Sedgewick. Jan has been giving tours at the MIA for 17 years and is still very in love with hosting visitors. The collection of art is quite extensive and there are many themes that can be addressed and discussed. She can tailor a tour to the group’s desire or we can meander the galleries and stop where there is interest. MIA has a website where you can look ahead and decide if there’s something specific you’d like to see.  Also, there are traveling exhibitions throughout the year, so there’s always something new to discover. There will be more Artability On the Go outings and tours with Jan to come!

Note: Please arrive by 3:30pm. We will meet at the tables in the coffee shop on the 1st floor from 3:00pm-3:30pm. The walking portion of the tour will take place for one hour from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Wheelchairs are available- just ask the front desk when you walk in.

Date / Time Location Register
March 23rd, 2017
3:00pm-4:30pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art – First Floor Coffee Shop Register

Please come along with us to Minneapolis Institute of Art for their annual Art in Bloom, which exhibits imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from the MIA’s permanent collection created by more than 100 commercial florists and individual artists. Each work of art is paired with a real floral arrangement. It is a sight to see!

Note: Please arrive by 1:00pm. We will meet at the tables in the coffee shop on the 1st floor from 1:00pm-1:30pm. We will then start to explore the exhibit for an hour and a half from 1:30pm-3:00pm. Wheelchairs are available – just ask the front desk when you walk in.

Date / Time Location Register
April 30th, 2017
1:00pm-3:00pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art – First Floor Coffee Shop Register

Join us at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska as we journey through the Water’s Edge exhibit, which explores flora and fauna through a variety of mediums. Water’s Edge was curated by Martha Bird and features 15 artists from Spectrum ArtWorks. Martha and some of the other 15 artists that are featured are Artability artists and we are excited to support them and see their work on display. Refreshments will be provided. After viewing the exhibit, we can explore the landscape arboretum – it is beautiful! Admission to the arboretum is usually $12, but is free to people that attend Water’s Edge. Simply let the staff at the gate know that you are attending the art exhibit in the Café and they will waive your admission fee.

Note: Please arrive by 1:00pm. Between 12:30pm and 1:00pm we will meet near the entrance to the Café. At 1:00pm we will walk through the gallery, but latecomers should be able to find us, if they wish.

Date / Time Location Register
April 29th, 2017
1:00pm-3:00pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Café Entrance Register

A monthly class, artists will explore forms of creative journaling. Each artist will receive an old book that they will reinvent into a journal by covering it with paintings, poems, collage, or drawings. Every month artists will be introduced to a new journaling medium or exercise. The format will provide an open environment for expression and reflection on past, present, and future. Over the course of the workshop, the book will become a work of art from cover to cover. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

Date / Time Location Register
March 25th, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
April 15th, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

In an atmosphere of creativity, conversation, encouragement and expression, the Acrylics Open Studio class is an opportunity to paint, play and learn together with other artists. Start a new painting or bring one you’ve been working on. Teaching Artist, Gail Harbeck, will be there to help answer questions, offer guidance and provide feedback on your work. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

Date / Time Location Register
April 1st, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
April 8th, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

This workshop will teach writers the basics on how to begin, build and complete a fictional (make-believe) short story. Using examples, discussion and exercises, writers will have an opportunity to complete a fun, imaginative short story. Beginners and advanced writers welcome!

Date / Time Location Register
April 9th, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

Join us for Watercolor classes to learn both basic and advanced watercolor techniques: how to use paint and color by mixing paint and adding water to create memorable works. Continue to learn and grow in your Watercolor abilities. As you learn, you will motivate yourself as you see improvements with each painting. Interaction between teacher and student is encouraged. Instructor Mike Conroy will work with each artist as they have questions and individualize teaching to each artists’ level. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

Date / Time Location Register
March 28th, 2017
4pm-6pm
People Incorporated York Ave St. Paul Register
March 30th, 2017
4pm-6pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register