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Workshop Catalog

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: To join our mailing list and hear when new workshops come out, receive updates on new opportunities for artists to exhibit or sell their work, and receive information on the Artability Show & Sale, send an email to artability@peopleincorporated.org or fill out the form by clicking here.

Available Workshops

During this workshop, artists will be encouraged to get playful with the provided materials and create expressive and intuitive works of art. Together we will look at examples of expressionistic and abstract art and discuss them. We will also go through warm up exercises and the second half of class will be free work-time to create a larger work of art.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

In this workshop, artists will explore landscape painting through an abstract lens, drawing inspiration from various landscapes and abstract art. Artists will create a painting using shape, line, texture and color to develop abstract interpretations of landscapes. Artists will practice composition and color pairing to explore how to develop an abstract painting. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

Date / Time Location Register
September 8th, 2018
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

In this class, we will create vibrant paintings as we play with mixing colors. Beginners will focus on learning the basics of color mixing, and more experienced painters will challenge themselves to expand their color repertoire and usage. We will view images of other painter’s artwork to examine how they use and manipulate colors in their work. Acrylic 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.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

During this 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 blackout poetry, paintings, quotes, collage, and 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. Over the course of the workshops, the book will become a work of art from cover to cover. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

Date / Time Location Register
September 15th, 2018
1:00pm-4:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

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.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Join us for a two-hour glass pendent making class at Glass Endeavors. Glass Endeavors is a stained and fused glass studio and retail store in Minneapolis. Each person that attends this workshop will be able to create two handmade fused glass pendants. The supplies to make the pendants into necklaces are included in the class, but the pendants could also be used on their own for some other purpose if you prefer. Join us for a fun afternoon as we learn about glass art!
Note: Artists must register with Artability to attend, because of the limited number of spots.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

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 until 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
September 11th, 2018
3:30pm-4:30pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art Museum 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.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Join us at the Walker Art Museum to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Walker Sculpture Garden. The Walker Sculpture Garden has been under construction for some time and is opening this summer with new sculptures for us to see! Incase of bad weather, we can explore the indoor exhibitions. Walker admission is free all day, so you may stay after Artability to explore the museum more on your own or take a lunch break and attend the afternoon printmaking class at Huss Center.

Note: Please arrive by 10:30am. Between 10:00am and 10:30am we will meet in the lobby, near the Information and Ticket Desk. Look for the “Artability Meeting Point” sign. At 10:30am we will begin our walking tour through the gardens.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

In this 3-hour, hands-on workshop, we will tap into our observational side and create a charcoal drawing. We will learn about the basics of charcoal, including the various materials and techniques used for charcoal drawing. If you are a beginner or think you can’t draw- don’t worry – you will be guided through step-by-step. Together we will explore observational drawing, composition, measuring, tonal values, material choice and much more. Beginner and advanced artists welcome!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

In this 3-hour, hands-on workshop, artists will learn the basics about charcoals and the various tools and materials used for charcoal drawing. Basic mark-making techniques and smudging will be covered, as well as, tone, value, and shading. Artists will learn the four step process for drawing with charcoal, create a value chart, and be guided through several drawing exercises. Artists will have the opportunity to practice their skills and create a charcoal drawing.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

If you attended the clay workshops in April, you can come to paint your pieces at these workshops. All pieces are being fired at Continental Clay and will be available to paint using acrylic paint. Artists can come to either location to paint their clay sculpture.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

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!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

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. 

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Writers will learn the basics for writing a fun, creative short story. This workshop will focus on how to start and build a story using a simple story-telling formula. Learn how to build a plot, create characters and add emotion and action into your story. All artist levels welcome!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

In this day long workshop, 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. Participants that attended the previous weaving class will be introduced to more advanced techniques. New weavers will start with the basics. When you arrive, looms will be set up, so that you can have plenty of class time to weave. We will have five hours of weaving time. We will break a half hour for lunch at 1:00pm. There will be snacks and water provided, but please bring something for lunch. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

In this workshop, artists will learn about simple ways to approach drawing the human form. Artists will learn how to go beyond drawing people as stick figures and will explore form, gesture and movement. The class will include a discussion about what makes examples of figure drawings interesting to look at. Artists will have the opportunity to participate in various exercises and will leave with many sketches in both graphite and charcoal. All artist levels welcome!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

This hands-on workshop will combine haiku poetry writing with straw ink painting to create a haiku ink drawing. Using examples, exercises and discussion, artists will learn about the ancient art of Japanese haiku poetry, create their own haiku and illustrate their haiku using the straw ink technique.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Join teaching artist, Gail Harbeck, to learn about color!  This workshop will focus on the art and technique of mixing color.  Artists will learn how to mix colors, make a color wheel and create a colorful acrylic painting. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Please join us at MIA with tour guide Jan Sedgewick as we learn about impressionism. On our tour, we will see impressionistic paintings and learn about how the artists lived and worked. We will discuss what characteristics make a painting impressionistic. Jan has been giving tours there 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. 

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

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

This is a two-part workshop. What is illustration you may ask? Most people think illustration is the art found in children’s books, which is correct, but it can also be more. Illustration is an art form that depicts an idea or story that the artist has seen, imagined, remembered or read. In this class, we will learn how to take an idea, lived experience, story or poem and create an illustration from it. If you would like, you can bring a story, book, poem or text to class to take inspiration from.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

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. 

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

During this two-day class, artists will create a framed mosaic with guidance from guest mosaic artist, Cynthia. During day one, each artist will receive a framed piece of glass that they will adorn with beautiful pieces of colored glass to create a work of art. On day two, we will add grout to complete the mosaics. Each piece will have eyehooks so that the mosaic can hang in a window. Our mosaics will look particularly beautiful when light shines through them. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!Note: To participate in this workshop, artists will need to be able to attend both the Thursday and Friday class to complete the mosaic.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

This is a two part workshop. Join us as we explore how to utilize paper as a medium all on its own by creating three dimensional paper art. We will dive into various kinds of paper art, but focus primarily on the process of quilling paper. Many people choose to paste their quilling creations to a background to show them as a work of art, while other people might combine them into a sculpture, piece of jewelry, or an ornament. If artists have special colored paper they like, they may bring them along. Thin paper is best.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Join us for an afternoon of homemade paper making with guest artist Libby London. We will get our hands dirty as we create our own paper from recycled materials. The paper we create will be nicely textural and great to use for future art projects. Please wear clothing that can get a little wet and dirty.  Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Come learn the basics of painting with pastels and about the different types of pastels and various ways to use them. We will paint our landscapes using a photograph for reference and inspiration. Photos of landscapes will be provided, but you may also bring photos with your own choice of subject matter. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Join us for a fun afternoon of printmaking. In this class, artists will draw a simple image, which we will then create a print. Watch your simple drawing transform through the printmaking process. Think you can’t draw very well? Not a problem for this class, printmaking is approachable for artists at any level. The majority of this class will be spent exploring linoleum-cut printmaking, which is similar to making a stamp. It involves carving an image into a surface and then printing it with ink onto paper. Beginners and advanced artists welcome!

Note: Artists will need to be comfortable using small sharp tools.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

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!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Come try this fun and colorful medium. You will learn about the different types of soft pastels and various ways to use them, such as drawing, blending, layering, etc. We will work on painting landscapes. Different steps in a painting will be discussed. Beginner to advanced artists welcome.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Art speaks differently to each of us. By exploring which technique used by famous artists you find most captivating, you will be able to bring out a side of your art you didn’t know existed. Artists like Van Gogh, Rachel Ruysch, Manet, etc. have all worked with paint in very different ways to create beautiful and captivating floral still lifes.

In this class, you will try out taking cues from famous artists, including their use of color, the quality of their brush strokes, and how they move around the canvas, to create your own floral still life. You will surprise yourself by what you can create.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

In this class, we will use plaster, string, beads, and other small objects to create textured acrylic paintings. The added texture will make the paintings 3-dimensional and dynamic. We will discuss composition, color, and form. This is a great opportunity to explore a new twist on painting. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

Date / Time Location Register
September 22nd, 2018
1pm-4pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

This workshop will help artists to ‘read’ a painting. Learn how to look at paintings – to really see them – and to understand the elements that make a painting ‘strong.’ Using examples, demonstrations, exercises and discussion, artists will learn key concepts to help them better understand the paintings they see and the paintings they create. All artist levels welcome!

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Join us for our watercolor classes as we create beautiful, memorable works. Learn watercolor techniques, such as creating a balanced composition and color mixing. Continue to learn and grow in your watercolor abilities. As you learn, you will motivate yourself as you see improvements with each painting. Mike Conroy will apply individualized teaching for each artist’s skill level and will be available to answer questions and provide guidance. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

Date / Time Location Register
September 25th, 2018
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated York Ave Register
September 27th, 2018
4:00pm-6:00pm
People Incorporated Huss Center for Recovery Register

Woodseed is a six-week workshop in creative writing. It is a ‘sampler course’ briefly exploring ourselves and gaining knowledge in journal writing, memoire and poetry. We will read from and write from selected handouts and prompts. We will read, write, revise and perform work generated and will gain knowledge of the creative process fueling our imaginations to continue to cull out the writer within. Beginners and intermediate writers are so welcome! Artists are encouraged to attend all of the classes but this is not required.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.

Zen Tangle is typically described as intricate doodling. It is considered easy to pick up as well as relaxing and meditative. It combines the practice of making precise patterns, typically using fine-point pens, with creative image making.  Artists will have the option to use additional media to turn their Zen Tangle into a mixed media piece.

No classes available at this time. We add new workshop classes every 4-5 weeks, so check back soon.