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Best Art Classes For Adults In Minnesota

There are countless ways for adults to develop their artistic ability. Here are five institutions that offer programs standing out from the rest. See even more ways to immerse yourself in the arts in the previously published article, Best Sketching Classes In Minnesota.

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College Of Continuing Education
University of Minnesota
20 Ruttan Hall
1994 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-4000

Working adults who are looking for the best in studio arts that Minnesota has to offer need not look any further than the state's land grant college. The university offers programs in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography and interdisciplinary art. Learn how to get started by attending a College of Continuing Education information session. Participants will hear a brief overview of options and then can attend a breakout session in their area of interest.

MCAD Continuing Education
2501 Stevens Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-3765

Adults seeking the best in graphic design for the internet, digital media, photography and filmmaking should look into MCAD. The college offers classes ranging from basic to advanced in technical competence. Classes take students beyond the technical and into advanced conceptual design skills. Also unique to MCAD are the many illustration and comic art specialties. Adults beginning or progressing in painting, drawing, printmaking, paper and furniture may discover an appropriate fine arts class.

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The Art Academy
651 Snelling Ave. S.
(651) 699-1573
St. Paul, MN 55116

Adults seeking a skill-building program complete with patience, praise and proper instruction may appreciate The Art Academy's approach to education. Start with Traditional Drawing and Painting Techniques, a course that begins with the basics in a relaxed manner. Renaissance Drawing and Painting Techniques and Beyond is a more structured program that concentrates skills development in a positive environment. Students can choose from many workshops in drawing, painting, sculpture, origami and even comic and graphic novel art.

Edina Art Center
4701 W 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 903-5780

Adults specializing in pottery and ceramics are especially attracted to the Edina Art Center with the "Biggest Little Pottery Department in Minnesota." Additionally, the center offers a wide range of instructional methods in most disciplines. One can contract for private lessons in drawing, painting, watercolor, photography or pottery. Member adults may also choose to participate in several open studio classes. A group meets on Tuesday for ink and brush painting, including watercolor. On Wednesday, a class meets for metal and jewelry, and on Friday, there is a class for pastel and oil. For standard classes, see the schedule featuring classes in pottery and ceramics, drawing and painting, water media, photography, metal and jewelry.

Related: Best Ceramics Classes For Adults In Minnesota

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Sketching In The Galleries
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-3000

The experience is priceless. Surround yourself with great art and try to recreate its goodness on paper with a pencil. Professors and artists help you delve into the piece and guide your renderings. Sketching in the Galleries offerings are normally not scheduled during the summer, but one can look forward giving it a try in October.

Related: Best Photography Classes In Minnesota

Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at

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