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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

Join us at MIA 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 3:00-3:30. The walking portion of the tour will take place for 1 hour from 3:30-4:30. 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

In this 3-hour hands-on workshop, we will create still life charcoal drawings with the help of guest artist Don Palmgren. Beginners are welcome and will be introduced to the basics of charcoal and the various tools and materials used for charcoal drawing. We will hear from Don about how he utilizes charcoal in his work as a professional artist and what advice he has for us about art making. Don earned his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a retired art teacher from Gustavus Adolphus College. Beginners and advanced artists welcome. 

Date / Time Location Register
March 10th, 2017
2pm-5pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

In this class, we will paint vibrant and expressive paintings as we play with mixing colors. Beginners will focus on learning the basics of creating colors, and experienced painters will focus on expanding their color repertoire and usage. We will also view a presentation to discuss how other painters used and manipulated colors in their work. Paint will be our primary medium, but others will be utilized. Join us as we learn about the richness that color can bring to your creative process. Beginners and advanced artists welcome. 

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

In this 3-hour workshop artists will learn about abstract art. Artists will be led in creating an abstract drawing and have the opportunity complete an abstract painting. Beginners and advanced artists welcome. 

Date / Time Location Register
March 11th, 2017
1pm-4pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
March 18th, 2017
1pm-4pm
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 7th, 2017
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated York Ave St. Paul Register
March 9th, 2017
4pm-6pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register
March 14th, 2017
4pm-6pm
People Incorporated York Ave St. Paul Register
March 16th, 2017
4pm-6pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery 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