NorthStar Members are offering the following workshops and classes to the public. To find out information about any one of these entries, go to the individual listing’s contact information. CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO SEE IT LARGER!

20160227_161829 (3)Member: Charlotte Laxen
Date/Time: Multi-day Workshop, Thursday-Friday, April 19-20, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $180 plus $30 materials. The cost covers instruction and the canvases, you bring your own paints etc.
Title: Watercolor Painting on Yes Canvas
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Description: Join me for my workshop on Watercolor Painting on YES canvas to be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.This is my first class that will focus entirely on painting on Yes Canvas, the wonderful canvas that works beautifully for watercolor. I have been using this for over two years now and am excited to share the knowledge I have acquired working on this delightful surface.  It is different than watercolor canvas and allows for rich, vibrant color and controlled spontaneity. Class size limited to 10. Please register with me at and not the arboretum!

Carol Spohn classMember: Carol Spohn
Date/Time: One-Day Class on Sunday, May 6,  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $65 includes wc paper and paint, instructional packet
Title: Southwest Sunset
Location: Carol’s House, 384 Saratoga St., S Saint Paul, MN 55105
Description:Painters of any experience will complete a successful painting.
Phone: 651.698.6444
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Member: Calvin deRuyter
Date/Time: Multi-day Workshop, Wednesday-Thursday, May 30-31, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $197 Member/$246 Non-Member; Adults, All Levels
Title: Claim Your Own Abstract
Location: White Bear Center for the Arts, 4971 Long Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Description: I am not going to teach you how to paint abstracts that look like mine! We will discover some tools that you can use to “reach inside” yourself and create paintings that are vibrant and exciting–no matter what direction you take them! We will work with automatic drawing, the nature of line, shape, form, focus, intention (or not) in a way that makes the paintings exciting for you as the artist–and therefore can only be exciting for your viewers and collectors. All experience levels are welcome, but come prepared to really stretch your artistic vision in an attempt to move beyond your current thinking.
Phone: White Bear Center for the Arts: 651-407-0597 ; Calvin: 763-486-5862

14840 David SmithMember: David Smith
Date/Time: Multi-day Workshop, Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $425
Title: Radiant Floral & Magical Mist
Location: Smith Studio & Gallery, 9500 Flying Cloud Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Description: Radiant Floral – The paper with the drawing printed on it will be provided along with a packet of step-by-step directions with colored photos. What better way to celebrate Summer, than by painting a beautiful flower with bright, vibrant colors? Through wet into wet glazes, you will be amazed at the rich colors that will be developed. Also, learn how to preserve the whites, pour colors, negative paint, soften and lift, and a valuable technique to allow you Time to adjust colors and make corrections.. YES.. I know it sounds unbelievable, but with this technique, you will have time to make corrections with watercolors! Capture the Magic of Mist – Explore techniques to create the illusion of mist. We’ll paint multiple “misty” paintings so you get lots of practice with a variety of subjects. By understanding how water reacts on the paper and how to prepare the paper in such a way, misty effects happen naturally – without scrubbing and lifting. Participants will also learn to create beautiful skies, sun beams, waves, birch trees, as well as trees that look natural vs mechanical looking trees we might create with too much brushwork. Participants will be provided with a sketch to transfer from, a reference photo, a typed outline (so you can focus on instruction vs taking notes), and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the paintings. Hope to see ya there!
Phone: 952-846-9448