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Artability Workshops

2023 Schedule & Workshop descriptions

Workshop Title Date & Time Teacher Location

“Just Write” Writing Group

Last Sunday of every month starting Jan. 29 through August 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Colin Chambers People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul
Open Studio Every Wednesday starting on Jan. 25 through August 23, 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm Tessa Weyhe People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis
Portrait Drawing Jan. 28, 1-2:30 pm; March 12, 3-4:30 pm, May 14, 3-4:30 pm; June 17, 1-2:30 pm; and August 13, 3-4:30 pm

Alison Bergblom Johnson

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul
Watercolor Figures

Feb. 5, 1-2:30 pm, & May 14, 1-2:30 pm

Kris Lange

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul
Acrylic Pour Sundays; Feb.12, March 12, and April 2, from 1-2:30 pm

Kris Lange

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis
Mixed Media Feb. 18, 3-4:30 pm; March 18, 1-2:30 pm; April 16, 1-2:30 pm; and June 11, from 3-4:30 pm

Alison Bergblom Johnson

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis
Intro to Acrylic Feb. 18, 1-2:30 pm & June 18, 1-2:30 pm

Tessa Weyhe

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul
Hand-Sewn Felt Jewelry Feb. 19, 3-4:30 pm & July 16, 3-4:30 pm

Jenny Stice

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis
Acrylic Landscapes March 5, 1-2:30 pm & May 7, 1-2:30 pm

Kris Lange

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul

Altered Books Feb. 12, 3-4:30 pm; April 9, 3-4:30 pm, May 20, 1-2:30 pm; July 16, 3-4:30 pm; and Aug. 19, 1-2:30 pm

Alison Bergblom Johnson

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis

Observational Drawing

March 19, 1-2:30 pm or July 23, 1-2:30 pm

Tessa Weyhe

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul

Watercolor Landscape

April 9, 1-2:30 pm

Kris Lange

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul

Beginning Abstract Acrylic

April 23, 1-2:30 pm

Tessa Weyhe

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul

Mindfulness & Mixed Media

May 21, 1-2:30 pm; August 20, 1-2:30 pm

Tessa Weyhe

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis

Painting with Soft Pastels

Sunday, June 18, 3-4:30 pm

Jenny Stice

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul

Watercolor & Embroidery Fusion

Sunday, April 16, 9:30-11 am

Jenny Stice

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis

3-D Needle Felting

Sunday, May 21, 3-4:30 pm

Jenny Stice

People Incorporated Northside Community Support Program, 1309 Girard Avenue N, Minneapolis

Drawing Arranged Symbols

Saturday, July 15, 1-2:30 pm

Alison Bergblom Johnson

People Incorporated York Mental Health Clinic, 317 York Avenue, St. Paul

Inspiration, motivation, critique, collaboration, and encouragement for creative writers of all genres, forms, and experience levels. Get inspired by prompts, see your work through a new lens, get out of your comfort zone through interesting exercises, share your works in progress, and receive feedback from your fellow writers.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

Group Leader: Colin Chambers

  • Sunday, January 29, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, February 26, 1-3 pm – Register here
  • Sunday, March 26, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, April 30, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, May 28, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, June 25, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, July 30, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, August 27, 1-3 pm

Join us every (or any) Wednesday for an open studio. An assortment of supplies will be available for use, in addition to a social setting in which to work and an Artability group leader to answer questions or provide guidance when needed. Come connect with other artists and take advantage of the art supplies provided to foster your creativity, and experience structured time to focus on your art making.

Group Leader: Tessa Weyhe

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  • Wednesday, January 25, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 1, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 8, 3:30-5:30 pm – Register here
  • Wednesday, February 15, 3:30-5:30 pm – Register here
  • Wednesday, February 22, 3:30-5:30 pm – Register here
  • Wednesday, March 8, 3:30-5:30 pm – Register here
  • Wednesday, March 15, 3:30-5:30 pm – Register here
  • Wednesday, March 22, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 5, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 12, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 19, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 26, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 3, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 10, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 17, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 24, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 7, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 14, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 28, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 5, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 12, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 19, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 26, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 2, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 9, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 23, 3:30-5:30 pm

Participants will draw portraits, with emphasis on shapes and composition, from a variety of reference materials, including iconic, well-known artworks, snapshots, studio portraits, and others in our life. We will also spend time looking at and discussing model-drawn and painted portraits. We will explore the fluidity of lines, composition, relationships between figures, and technical details that will improve our drawings.

Teaching Artist: Alison Bergblom Johnson

Choose from the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 28, 1-2:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 12, 3-4:30 pm – Register here
  • Sunday, May 14, 2-3:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 17, 1-2:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 13, 3-4:30 pm

Use watercolors to depict stylized portraits or figures! Each workshop includes art materials to share and the opportunity to paint, play, and learn together with other artists. Artability provides a space for people to tap into the creativity within themselves, free of expectations or judgments. The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun.

Teaching Artist: Kris Lange

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 5, 1-2:30 pm – Register here
  • Sunday, May 14, 1-2:30 pm – Register here

We’ll get to write in, fold, and cut into books to make our very own sculpture from existing books. Participants will explore a variety of alterations and observe and discuss examples of how other artists have altered books. Artability provides a space for people to tap into the creativity within themselves, free of expectations or judgments. The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun. Our workshops and art shows are designed to be accessible to all, regardless of previous experience or ability.

Teaching Artist: Alison Bergblom Johnson

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 12, 3-4:30 pm – Register here
  • Sunday, April 9, 3-4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 1-2:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 16, 3-4:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 19, 1-2:30 pm

The Acrylic Pouring technique allows artists to apply color in puddles, pools, and marble-like patterns. Pouring results in a smooth, glossy paint film that is perfectly even and blemish free. It is particularly popular with beginners as it allows artists to create quick paintings with dramatic, contemporary results. Everyone is doing it. No painting turns out the same; it is always a surprise and always successful.  

Teaching Artist: Kris Lange

Choose from the following dates:

Participants will draw, paint, cut, tear, and glue to make their own mixed media compositions. We will also review examples of mixed media work from the canon to better understand how other artists have made mixed materials work for them. Artability provides a space for people to tap into the creativity within themselves, free of expectations or judgments. The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun.

Teaching Artist: Alison Bergblom Johnson

Choose from the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 18, 3-4:30 pm – Register here
  • Saturday, March 18, 1-2:30 pm – Register here
  • Saturday, April 16, 1-2:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 11, 3-4:30 pm

In this acrylic painting techniques course, we will be covering essential basic acrylic painting techniques that can be applied to any subject matter you choose to paint. We will cover materials, brushwork, washes, color mixing, tonal value, and other fundamental skills. Great class for beginners or those looking for a refresher in acrylic painting. This class can be messy, and acrylic paint stains, so please dress accordingly! Supplies will be provided.

Teaching Artist: Tessa Weyhe

Choose from the following dates:

Artists will learn about using hand-sewing techniques to create pendants or earrings out of felt, with the addition of small beads or embroidery stitches as embellishments. Artability provides a space for people to tap into the creativity within themselves, free of expectations or judgments. The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun.

Teaching Artist: Jenny Stice

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 19, 9:30-11 am – Register here
  • Sunday, July 16, 3-4:30 pm

 

Acrylic paint dries rapidly, serves as a vehicle for any pigment, and is capable of giving both the transparent brilliance of watercolor and the density of oil paint. In this class, we will explore the use of acrylic paint to make interesting landscape paintings! The arts can be a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, personal growth, and a bit of fun. Our workshops and art shows are designed to be accessible to all, regardless of previous experience or ability.

Teaching Artist: Kris Lange

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, January 29, 1-3:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 5, 1-2:30 pm

In this class, we will focus both on developing our skills of observation, as well as to draw what we see instead of what we think. We will start with some basic drawing techniques, after which we will spend time drawing a still life with guidance.

Teaching Artist: Tessa Weyhe

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, March 19, 1-2:30 pm – Register here
  • Sunday, July 23, 1-2:30 pm

Artists will learn what needle felting is and how it works. Learn the basics of needle felting and the skills needed to create flat-felted artwork. This type of needle felting is often referred to as painting with wool roving. Depending on the specific theme for the class, participants will be led in creating a similar needle-felted artwork.

Teaching Artist: Jenny Stice

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, March 19, 9:30-11 am – Register here
  • Sunday, August 20, 3-4:30 pm

Watercolor landscape painting is an art form that’s been practiced for centuries. Yes, the landscapes in watercolor are delicate and mesmerizing, but they can be attainable for even the most novice of watercolor artists. Learn some new watercolor painting techniques as we create a beautiful Minnesota lake scene.

Teaching Artist: Kris Lange

  • Sunday, April 9, 1-2:30 pm

 

This class will expand on basic acrylic techniques to create an abstract painting piece. We will review materials, brushwork, washes, color mixing, tonal value, and other fundamental skills before spending the majority of the class on a guided abstract piece. Great class for beginners, and intermediate painters, as a follow-up for the intro to acrylic class or for those looking for a refresher in acrylic painting.

Teaching Artist: Tessa Weyhe

  • Sunday, April 23, 1-2:30 pm

This workshop will begin with a guided mindfulness meditation. We will experiment with a couple of mindfulness-in-art exercises, which will encourage a “flow” mindset. Artists will be provided with a variety of supplies and encouraged to create in an open studio-type environment. Some examples and techniques will be demonstrated, and then the artists will be free to create intuitive art pieces and will experience how mindfulness is integrated with art. This class is great for anyone interested in using art therapeutically. I like to think of it as giving my brain a bath!

Teaching Artist: Tessa Weyhe

Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 21, 1-2:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 20, 1-2:30 pm

Soft pastel is a wonderful medium, it’s ultra soft, blendable, and vibrant, and it almost feels like painting with pure pigment. For these reasons, it lends itself to expressive applications. Use soft pastels in a new way in this class – to paint!

Teaching Artist: Jenny Stice

  • Sunday, June 18, 3-4:30 pm

 

Play with watercolor and combine with sewn embellishments to create an interesting abstract fibers piece!

Teaching Artist: Jenny Stice

  • Sunday, April 16, 9:30-11 am

Artists will learn what needle felting is and how it works. Learn the basics of needle felting and the skills needed to create a 3-D object. Depending on the specific theme for the class, participants will be led in creating a similar needle-felted artwork.

Teaching Artist: Jenny Stice

  • Sunday, May 21, 3-4:30 pm

A still life artwork that includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly goods and pleasures.

Teaching Artist: Alison Bergblom Johnson

  • Saturday, July 15, 1-2:30 pm