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Adult Art Classes offered through the NDMOA

MOLLIE DOUTHIT

MOLLIE DOUTHIT
History of Still Life Painting
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
July 15 – August 26

Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 20 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.

This weekly class will follow the text of Norman Brysons “Looking at the Overlooked” to gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of the still life genre in painting. The structure of this class will consist of weekly readings, a lecture on the readings with additional information on artists and movements discussed. Following the lecture there will be a discussion that is formulated around a question posed prior to the lecture.

Historically and culturally, the societies that produced still life painting could hardly be more diverse. What is it, then, that allows us to place such different types of image in a single category? Norman Bryson argues that the family resemblances between the different types of still life stem from their common portrayal of a level of material culture that retains its fundamental outlines through long spans of time and across the boundaries and divisions of national culture: the culture of domestic routine and of the rituals of hospitality. How this ‘low plane reality’ is historically viewed and inflected by the ‘higher’ levels and discourses of the surrounding culture is the fundamental subject of this book.

  • Looking at the Overlooked

Mollie Douthit: a painter who resides in Grand Forks and Ireland. She depicts ordinary, personal situations that contain personally emotive objects or people. Mollie enjoys reading and films immensely, often finding inspiration from these sources. She also incorporates creative writing into the titles of many of her works. She has been the recipient of multiple international painting awards. Mollie has received numerous awards and grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Irish Arts Council, and the North Dakota Council of the Arts. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Jentel Foundation for the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. Splitting time between Ireland and North Dakota, among other locales, Mollie loves painting in the kitchen and is an avid baker. Mollie’s passion for still life painting continually informs and helps grow her practice.


Utilizing the text of ‘Looking at the overlooked’ by Norman Bryson Douthit will present in detail key facets of this genre with images, historical insights, as well as structure for enriching conversation around a topic that is a cornerstone to her work and being.
The book is not required but suggested. Online and print copies are available from multiple sources.

Members $125
Non-members $140

Digital Drawing by Tait Simonson

TAIT SIMONSON
Digital Drawing
online class
ages 18+

Four weeks to choose from!
Monday – Friday
June 29 – July 3
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31

Ever want to create a wonderful work of art, but just don’t have the materials? This is the camp for you! It is all digital! We love using our phones and devices so why not make art with them! Learn to draw and paint digitally on a whole new level with this camp! Four unique art lessons on making digital art, step by step directions from start to finish, that will teach you better understanding of techniques and process of digital art making!

Each day includes a pre-recorded demonstration. You’ll upload your images and get feedback from the teacher and other students in the online classroom. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

These classes are a combination of working on your own time and meeting together using Zoom. Please see schedule below.

Monday – Friday. Four lessons and three Zoom meetings.

Monday: Mountain Landscape
Tuesday: Abstract Art
Wednesday: Contour Line Drawing
Thursday: Desert Sunset Landscape
Friday: Review and Celebrate!

Zoom Meetings:
Monday, Introduction: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Wednesday, Review and Discuss: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Friday, Review and Celebrate: 11:00 am 40 minutes

Zoom meeting links available in the classroom
*You will need a gmail account (email address) to access the classroom. Secure classroom codes sent after registration.

Members $100
Non-members $120

Tait Simonson is from Faith, South Dakota, today he does most of his creative art work from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Dakota receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. He then went on to attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Fine Art to receive his Master’s of Fine Arts degree. Since then he has been teaching Art at Central Valley Public School K-12, while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valley City State University. He specializes in sculpture and, focuses on light based architecturally responsive work, he also enjoys working with metal, clay, and wood.

Book Binding with Tait Simonson

TAIT SIMONSON
Book Binding
ages 18+

Stab Binding
Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Line Stitch
Wednesday, July 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Coptic Stitch
Wednesday, August 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Perfect Binding
Wednesday, August 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 14 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.

Have you ever wanted to create your own book, or maybe you’re tired of buying a boring sketchbook that isn’t what you want? This could be the perfect class for you! Learn how to create and bind your very own books! This is a great way learn to make your sketchbook or craft book for almost any use! This class we go over four distinctly different binding stitches with great insight on how you might use this technique for years to come!

All material is provided, no experience necessary.

Each evening class rate:
Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Sign up for all four classes and receive 25% off

Teaching Artist Roster Program Training in August

The NWMAC will be holding a Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP) training series in August 2020 

Apply now to be part of this cohort and join our TARP Roster online 

What are the TARP training dates?  Thursdays and Mondays in August 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, and 24, 2020 from 6:30 to 9pm.

What is the location?  All trainings are virtual/remote due to the pandemic. Computer connection and internet are essential to participate.  

Who is the trainer for TARP?  Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls has experience leading our previous cohorts and will be leading participants through engaging materials and interesting discussions about the value of artists residencies. She is a fun, engaging trainer with a background in performing arts and teaching. NWMAC is excited that she has agreed to teach this condensed series of six sessions. Guests will also attend and share interesting information.  

Am I eligible?  Qualified individuals live within our seven county service area of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau counties in Minnesota and can live within 60 miles of our regional boundaries extending into North Dakota and Canada.   

Who should apply and attend?  This session is geared towards teachers in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing who are interested in artist residency activity during summer months and leading festival workshops. It is also geared towards people who have a history with already doing artist residency and festival workshop activities and would like to be listed on our roster after attending our training series.      

How can I apply to be in TARP?  You can go on-line and complete the application in our NWMAC online grants system here. Or go to www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org and click login in the upper right corner to enter our online system.  If you have not already done so, you will need to set yourself up as a user with your email and a password.  Help is available from our office at director@nwartscouncil.org if you have any problems.  Please apply by July 31!

What is the cost?  This is free to attend. The value of the training series is equivalent to receiving a $500 grant. 

Can I get the guidelines and application sent to my email or mailed to me?  Absolutely!  Just email your request to director@nwartscouncil.org and include your email or mailing address.      

How many people will participate? NWMAC needs a group of 6 participants to hold the training.  The group can be as large as 20 before qualified candidates are turned away.  

What if I miss a session?  Since it is all on-line, you can miss a session and catch up by watching the recording.  However, you will be dropped from the program if you have too many misses and fall behind in watching the recordings and completing the assignments.  

Can I get CEUs for this course?  Yes, all participants will receive documentation for CEU credits.  

What if I attended a previous TARP training series, can I attend again to complete my TARP profile?  Yes, previous attendees can attend again to refresh and work on their materials.  Please contact our office to be added to the attendee list and go through a process to check your Internet connection. This session will be faster paced and geared for people who have either been or are an arts school teacher or have previous experience doing residencies.   

Hopefully it will work for you to sign up and join this group of creative people! Thanks for your interest.

Online Summer Art Camps for All ages

Online Summer Art Camps for All Ages Hosted by the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks
more to come… stay tuned

TAIT SIMONSON Digital Drawing 
Three different online classes!

Camp 1: ages 8 – 13
Camp 2: ages 14 – 17
Camp 3: ages 18 and older
June 29 – July 3 Ever want to create a wonderful work of art, but just don’t have the materials? This is the camp for you! It is all digital! We love using our phones and devices so why not make art with them! Learn to draw and paint digitally on a whole new level with this camp! Four unique art lessons on making digital art, step by step directions from start to finish, that will teach you better understanding of techniques and process of digital art making!  Each day includes a pre-recorded demonstration. You’ll upload your images and get feedback from the teacher and other students in the online classroom. We’re looking forward to seeing you! These classes are a combination of working on your own time and meeting together using Zoom.   Monday – Friday. Four lessons and three Zoom meetings. Different techniques and instructions based on age level. Each camp is limited to 15 people.
Monday: Mountain Landscape

Tuesday: Abstract Art

Wednesday: Contour Line Drawing

Thursday: Desert Sunset Landscape

Friday: Review and Celebrate! 

Camp 1 Zoom meetings: Ages 8 – 13

Introduction Mon. (6/29/2020): 9:00 am 40 minutes Review and discuss Wed. (7/1/2020): 9:00 am 40 minutes Review and discuss Fri.(7/3/2020): 9:00 am 40 minutes 

Camp 2 Zoom meetings: Ages 14 – 17

Introduction Mon. (6/29/2020): 10:00 am 40 minutes Review and discuss Wed. (7/1/2020): 10:00 am 40 minutes Review and discuss Fri.(7/3/2020): 10:00 am 40 minutes 

Camp 3 Zoom meetings: Ages 18 and older

Introduction Mon. (6/29/2020): 11:00 am 40 minutes Review and discuss Wed. (7/1/2020): 11:00 am 40 minutes Review and discuss Fri.(7/3/2020): 11:00 am 40 minutes
 You will need a gmail account (email address) to access the classroom. Secure classroom codes sent after registration.
Members $100 
Non-members $120
Click here to Register 
Tait Simonson is from Faith, South Dakota, today he does most of his creative art work from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Dakota receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. He then went on to attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Fine Art to receive his Master’s of Fine Arts degree. Since then he has been teaching Art at Central Valley Public School K-12, while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valley City State University. He specializes in sculpture and, focuses on light based architecturally responsive work, he also enjoys working with metal, clay, and wood. 

Springboard offers Artist career Consultations

Artist Career Consultations

Springboard for the Arts has a deep roster of Artist Career Consultants, for virtual one-on-one support navigating these difficult times.

With expertise across disciplines, cultures, and practices, these working artists can offer support with:
-Career planning
-Website development & web presence
-Legal & financial planning
-Grant writing & fund development
Consultations are available on a sliding scale.

Sign up here  for your next steps.

Work of Art + Zoom 101

Springboard for the Arts is offering a

Work of Art+ Zoom 101


Date: June 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Location: Online
Price: Free
Category: Work of Art+Sign up here

Get tips and insights into using Zoom as an effective platform for your artistic business, whether you are looking to use Zoom for meetings with clients, as a collaboration tool, or as a means of connecting with audiences. We will discuss the setup and settings to achieve the best results for both live and recorded videos. Live demonstration will be provided, as well as space for participants’ questions during this Zoom meeting.

Aaron Fiskradatz is a theatre artist and educator active in the Twin Cities area, and an Artist Career Consultant with Springboard for the Arts. In the past 3 months, he has provided technical assistance for Zoom projects with Park Square Theatre, Frank Theatre, Upstream Arts, and more. Learn more about Aaron’s Zoom Consulting business at https://fiskradatz.com/.

Date: Saturday, June 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Online Platform: Zoom
Presenter: Aaron Fiskradatz
Tuition: Free. Register to receive the Zoom meeting details.