Upcoming Classes and Events through Granite Area Arts Council


Gramote Area Arts Council, building community through art. Pictures of glass mosiac art, one of a canoe ona river, another is just designs.

All classes take place at K.K. Berge Gallery (Granite Area Arts Council), 807 Prentice St, Granite Falls, MN unless otherwise noted. Register by calling 320-564-4240. All classes require preregistration to reserve space and purchase supplies. Registration deadline is one week prior to class. Late registrations must contact the artist directly from permission.

Part of the proceeds of classes go to the Granite Area Arts Council which provides many exhibits, classes and events for our community.

colorful abstract paintFebruary 18-Experimenting with Alcohol Ink Tiles with Melanie Gabbert-Gatchell, $20 includes supplies. 10am-12pm. If you have been interested in trying out alcohol inks or you have tried it but still need more time to explore the medium, this is the class for you! Join artist, Melanie Gabbert-Gatchell as she guides participants (open to those age 9 and up) as they explore and experiment with alcohol inks on tile. This will be unlike other alcohol ink classes that you may have taken because we will be trying out many techniques and tricks to gain different effects with the inks on tile. Blending, dabbing, mixing, flow with mixative and other tricks will be explored. Mistakes will be made—that is how we learn. And sometimes, what we think is a mistake is actually a whole new perspective unto a finished art piece! You will end with a finished art piece by the end of the class, so don’t worry—it is not all experiment. Participants should wear an apron or old clothes as the alcohol inks could stain your clothes.

small book, looks like a journalMarch 2-Bookmaking with Tamara Isfeld, 6:30-8:30 pm. $15 includes supplies, ages 10 and up. Minimum participants: 5. Students will make a meander book (referring to the way you cut and fold the paper not the art crawl). During the workshop you will make beautiful pages for a journal or photo book. This will be done with watercolor, markers and colored pencil. The cover will also be made with handmade paper designs. This class is fun and doesn’t require artistic skill. This is a class for any level of experience, come have some fun!

March 4-Chip Carving with Joe Hauger, 9am-4 pm. $25 registration plus $25 for purchase of materials (need not purchase a knife if you already have one to bring). Minimum participants: 3, Maximum: 6.

March 9-Crocheting Dishcloths for beginners with Linette Bahn, 6:30-8:30 pm, $10. Minimum participants: 3, Maximum: 10. Call gallery instead of artist for late registration.

March 10-Artist Reception for Nancy Altain of Clara City (stained glass), 6:30-8:30 pm.

March 11-Flowers on Alcohol Ink Tiles with Melanie Gabbert-Gatchell, 10am-12pm, $25 includes supplies.

blackand white doodlingMarch 14-Doodling with Jammie Neimeyer, 6:30-8:30 pm, $40. Doodling is calming and beneficial for the mind and provides relaxation. Jammie Niemeyer will teach students the art of doodling (Zentangle). This is a class for all to enjoy…bring a loved one or come by yourself and share in the doodling fun. You will be able to choose from 3 doodles. Jammie will help students make the outline and teach the basic designs to use in the outline. Cost includes a sketch pad and pencil. Part of the proceeds go to the Granite Area Arts Council which helps support art in the community.

colorful ceramic bowl that resembles a flower.March 16 & 30, Decorative Ceramic Bowl with Tamara Isfeld, 6:30-8:30 pm. $35 includes supplies. Minimum participants: 5. This class will take two sessions. Session one: You will start with a base already created for you and then you will learn how to pull up on the sides making an interesting flower or ruffled edge.

Session two: After the clay has dried and has been fired you will clean and glaze your bowl. The glazing will look drastically different after firing. This class doesn’t require previous experience in ceramics but you do have to like surprises! This is a class for any level of experience, come have some fun.

black anb white lino cut block print of a chicken in front of a barn door.March 18-Introduction to Linoleum Block Printing with Brad Hall. 10am-5pm, $30 registration plus $20 for supplies, ages 15 yrs and up, Minimum participants: 2. Bring 5″x7″ photo printed or sketch on plain paper. This class will have students carve and print a linoleum block. A linoleum block, carving tool, pencils and markers will be provided.
Once their artwork is ready to print, the class will print their blocks at the Bradley Hall studio on a tabletop press.

Bradley Hall is a linoleum block printer and watercolor artist. He combines both mediums and then sells the prints at various Art Fairs across the Midwest. Visit his facebook by clicking here.

close up of water color painting of leaves and grapesMarch 20-Watercolor Basics with Tamara Isfeld, 6:30-8:30 pm, $25 includes supplies. Minimum participants: 5. Maximum: 20. Learn the wet on wet technique, negative painting and other tips and techniques to create beautiful watercolor paintings. We will be doing similar projects but choice of colors, placement of leaves etc will make each painting unique. Wear paint clothes even though it is watercolor it can stain light color clothing!

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March 26-Monroe Crossing Concert, YME High School Auditorium, 2 pm. Adults $15, students $10. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Regional favorite, Monroe Crossing Is back! Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

April 1-May 13-Karen Savage Exhibit: From the Great North Woods to the Prairie. Acrylic and oil paintings.

April 7-Artist Reception for Karen Savage, 6:30-8:30 pm.

April 8-Alcohol Ink on Black Tiles ($25 includes supplies), Flowers on Alcohol Ink Tiles ($30 includes supplies) with Melanie Gabbert-Gatchell, both from 10am-12pm.


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