Whether you need to add to your job skills, develop a hobby or are just looking to have a little fun doing something different, you can find many options in public schools, private schools and art museums. Here are five places to find the best sketching classes in Minnesota.

Community Education
St Paul Public Schools
1780 7th Street West
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 767-8179
www.commed.spps.org

Whether you are starting anew or wish to develop your talent, Community Ed has a good selection of classes to get you going. Basic Drawing explores materials, teaches drawing concepts and gets you started on pencil, charcoal and ink. Another class, Introduction to Drawing and Right Brain Creativity, is designed to give you a shot of confidence in your abilities and artistic perception. A third drawing class by Community Ed, Wake Up With Drawing, should improve your expressiveness and composition abilities. See these courses along with many other classes devoted to art in the Winter/Spring Catalog at the link above.

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Pencil Case
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 473-7361
www.minnetonkaarts.org

“The Minnetonka Center for the Arts has a fabulous drawing program with classes for many levels,” says Sara Skalle, the Center’s Communications Director. “In fact, we encourage artists of all disciplines to take a drawing class at some point in their education since the skills of perceiving and capturing shapes, value and the affect of light is applicable in all forms of visual art.” Try the two-hour “sampler” class, Drawing Basics: A Friendly Introduction, or the more advanced Drawing Studio class. Experienced instructor Holly Nelson “is a fabulous artist,” adds Sara.

White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 407-0597
www.whitebeararts.org

Beginning artists and advanced artists should all find a class or two to their liking at White Bear. Creative class names like Drawing From The Paper Up, Gestural Drawing and Directed Life Drawing are as enticing as they are descriptive of the interesting approaches they evoke. Portrait Drawing and Building Sketching are two more of the several adult classes that would attract any budding artist.

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Sketching in the Galleries: Classes For Adults
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-3000
www.artsmia.org

Experienced sketchers and newcomers are all welcome take advantage of exposure to the unique skills of a visiting artist or professor and absorb the art of past masters in the galleries. Each weekly workshop opens with a short lecture followed by a discussion or a slide show underscoring a technical, historical or stylistic issue. Students then proceed to the permanent collection or a relevant special exhibition where they receive attentive individual instruction as they sketch from gallery art.

Sketch It Up: Classes For Youth
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-3000
www.new.artsmia.org

Discover creative expression in youth age nine through 12 at a three-session youth class called Sketch It Up. Students will also learn new ways of documenting time and gathering imagery from the largest art educator 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 Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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