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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

Please join us for Art-A-Whirl, an annual artist open studio tour put on by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association. Art-A-Whirl provides us with an opportunity to see inside of hundreds of artist studios to see a diverse array of art work all in one place. It is the largest open studio tour in the country! Although Art-A-Whirl has many buildings open for the weekend-long festival, we will be touring just one of them, The California Building. If you would like to tour additional buildings during the festival you are welcome to do so on your own. The California Building is handicap accessible and has Mojo Coffee on the main floor, so you are welcome to purchase a snack or beverage before or after our tour. We look forward to viewing and discussing the art together as a group!

Note: Please arrive between 11:30am and 12:00pm. We will do our meet and greet in the main lobby of the California Building from 11:30am-12:00pm. We will explore the building for two hours from 12:00pm-2:00pm. The main lobby entrance is on California Street and has a sign that says “No Place Like This.” The handicap accessible entrance is on the parking lot side of the building.

Date / Time Location Register
May 20th, 2017
11:30am-2:00pm
California Building – 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis 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 3:00pm. 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
May 9th, 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

Learn how to sculpt subjects ranging from large to small structures and 3-D subjects with earthenware clay. There will be two clay workshops at each of the Minneapolis and St. Paul locations. You can work on your sculptures in one or both of the classes. All pieces will be taken to Continental Clay to be glazed. We will schedule additional workshops for artists to return to pick up their glazed sculptures and/or paint them. All artist levels welcome!

Date / Time Location Register
May 9th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated York Ave St. Paul Register
May 11th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
May 30th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated York Ave St. Paul Register
June 1st, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery 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
May 6th, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

In this three hour workshop, we will explore basic weaving techniques and practices. We will create colorful free-form weavings with vibrant yarn and fabric. Free form or expressive weaving is often described as relaxing and meditative, because there are few rules. When you arrive, looms will be set up, so that you can have plenty of class time to weave. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

Note: Artists must register with Artability to attend, because of the limited number of looms.

Date / Time Location Register
May 13th, 2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

The Healing Power of Art – Learn the Fundamental Tools of Creating a Pastel Landscape. We will examine the difference between paintings that merely contain elements of the landscape, those that strike an emotion and how to gain skills necessary to accomplish this. Please bring some landscape photos for reference. This is an all day workshop. We will break for 30 minutes for lunch. There will be snacks and water provided, but please bring something for lunch.

Date / Time Location Register
May 15th, 2017
9:30am-4:00pm (Break 12:30pm-1:00pm)
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
May 20th, 2017
9:30am-4:00pm (Break 12:30pm-1:00pm)
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
April 27th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
May 16th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated York Ave St. Paul Register
May 18th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register