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Give to the Max Day

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Thank you for being part of ArtStart’s community!
Please join us on November 16, 2017 for Give to the Max Day and help us provide arts education that inspires children and adults to become stewards for our earth. With your help, we can reach our goal of raising $5000!

Your donation supports our diverse and creative programs for preschoolers through adults. You help us give access to classes and camps to all students through our scholarship program. With your donation, you’ll help a child experience environmental and cultural exploration and learning through the arts!

Some of the many ways we’ve served the community this year!

  • Through our artist residency program, 2000 students participated in 130 days of artist residencies in 18 urban Twin Cities schools and 2 rural schools.
  • Twenty-five ArtStart roster artists representing diverse cultures and art forms taught in residency and workshop programs.
  • ArtStart’s ArtScraps Creative Materials Reuse and Idea Center, processed 65,000 pounds of materials that would have gone into the waste stream.
  • 7,000 shoppers at ArtScraps- from artists to educators to families-reused these materials in creative projects.
  • 75 families celebrated birthday parties at ArtScraps.
  • Our ScrapMobile portable art program served 20,000 youth who created inspired art projects in local libraries, community centers, nature centers, daycares, and at festivals.
  • We offered 12 weeks of summer art camps for kids ages 4-17 years throughout the Twin Cities.
  • We initiated classes for adults that involved both artful reuse and basic skill classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, and textiles.
  • ArtStart’s EcoArts Festival was revamped and implemented at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge involving 400 children in a day-long exploration of nature and art activities with naturalists and artists.
  • ArtStart’s ArtGallery featured the work of 20 Minnesota artists.
  • We collaborated to develop long-term arts programming with Lifeworks Resources Inc., Audubon MN, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and East Side Neighborhood Services focused on artful reuse and art and nature.
  • You can schedule your donation for Give to the Max Day now by visiting, or use the form below.

    Thank you for your generous support of ArtStart!

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    Adult & Teen Art Classes

    Reuse, Repurpose, Upcycle
    Spark Your Creative Flair!

    An inspired series of classes for those who like a little guidance before they do-it-themselves! Taught by professional artists who help you imagine possibilities and demonstrate processes and techniques characteristic of certain materials, these classes are designed for success AND you create art that you proudly display or wear.

    What better way to do your part in keeping discards and other materials out of the waste stream.

    Unless otherwise indicated . . .
    CLASS FEES: $22 for members and $27 for non-members
    CLASS LOCATION: ArtScraps, 1459 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
    All materials provided by ArtStart’s ArtScrap Creative Reuse Materials and Idea Center, unless otherwise noted.

    Expressly Personal

    Repurposing Vintage Books
    Artist Meg Erke leads you through the process of creating a hand-bound journal reusing vintage book covers. You’ll leave with your very own handmade book, plus the knowledge required to make them on your own in the future. Bring your own book and receive $5 off class tuition.
    CLASS CODE: 101
    DATES: Wed. September 27
    TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm

    Reusing Newspaper, Feathers, & More
    When you put on a mask, you open yourself up to the layers of energies within that are often ignored or hidden. Create a mask that honors your spirit and inner powers with artist Julie Boada. Starting with guided meditations, shape clay, add paper mâché and finish to create your own personal spirit mask. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 102
    DATE: Tuesday, October 10
    TIME: 6:00-8:30 pm

    Repurposing the Wooden Cigar Box
    Record the memories you hold dearest in your heart through art. Bring treasured photographs, objects, notes and more. Then decoupage and decorate a wooden cigar box to hold your keepsakes. Wooden cigar boxes and other decorative materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 103
    DATE: Wednesday, November 8
    TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm

    For the Home

    Repurposing Plastic Bags
    Artist Ella Thomson demonstrates how to take a variety of plastic bags and turn the into Plarn. That is right—yarn with a “pl”. Then work with the artist and weave a set of placemats that are colorful and functional. Bring your own plastic bags from home and receive $5 off class tuition.
    CLASS CODE: 201
    DATES: Thursday September 28
    TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Repurposing Glass Jars
    Spark your creativity with artist Jeanette Dickinson and create a festive luminary using recycled glass and Modge Podge. Learn different techniques like collage and stenciling. Add a light source and illuminate a special walkway or centerpiece.
    CLASS CODE: 202
    DATES: Monday, October 9
    TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm

    Upcycling Glass Vases
    If you have a shelf full of clear glass vases that you have collected over the years, we have the perfect solution to giving them pizazz and new life! Work with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch to add color and design using alcohol paints. You will be amazed at the outcome—good enough to give as a gift to someone special even without flowers!
    CLASS CODE: 203
    DATES: Wednesday, November 29
    TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm

    Repurposing Plastic Bottles
    Save those plastic water bottles and other clear plastic containers that can be easily cut apart. Then bring them all to this class where you create a beautiful chandelier inspired by the art of Dale Chihuly fit to hang in any hallway. Bring your own plastic bottles and receive $5 off class tuition.
    CLASS CODE: 204
    DATES: Thursday, December 14
    TIME: 6:00-3:30 pm


    Repurposing The Button Collection
    No sewing experience needed. Just gather all those buttons that have popped off clothes and join artist Ella Thomson to create an elegant button necklace. Learn basic jewelry making techniques unique to button jewelry while re-purposing material in a creative way! Bring your own button collection and receive $5 off class tuition.
    CLASS CODE: 301
    DATE: Friday, October 20
    TIME: 4:00-6:00 pm

    Repurposing Wire & Beads
    The Tree of Life is an ancient symbol found around the world in many cultures. Come learn about the history and meaning behind the symbol of the Tree of Life with artist Jeanette Dickinson. Then using a wire construction method, create your own circular pendent Tree of Life. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 302
    DATES: Tuesday, October 24
    TIME: 5:00-7:00 pm

    Repurposing Memorabilia
    Small treasures or photos you have collected from trips, events or loved ones before the stuff of this classy jewelry project. Learn simple jewelry techniques working with micro images, beads and more with artist Jeanette Dickinson to turn your memories into wearable art. Bring in items no larger than 1” x 1”.
    CLASS CODE: 303
    DATES: Monday November 13
    TIME: 4:00-6:00 pm

    Upcycling the Wrist Watch
    Watch time fly as you give new life to that old wrist watch you never wear anymore. Turn it into a timeless pendant or classy pin working with artist Jeanette Dickinson. Bring your own wrist watch and receive $5 off class tuition.
    CLASS CODE: 303
    DATES: Saturday, December 9
    TIME: 4:00-6:00 pm

    Global Arts

    Repurposing Felt
    Julie Boada introduces the art of beading. As a member of the Fond du Lac nation, Julie teaches how patterns and colors can reflect tribal and family affiliations. Work with Julie to learn how to bead and sew your own felt pouch, as she retells favorite Anishinaabe stories about coyote, loon, and others animals of the Northern woods. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 401
    DATE: Tuesday, September 26
    TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Reusing Feathers, Beads and More
    Work with Rebekah Crisante de Ybarra to turn the gourd from the garden into a work of art. Inspired by gourd arts of Mexico and Latin America, design and paint your own gourd using paint pens and other decorative materials. Then add it to a centerpiece or display. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 402
    DATES: Monday, October 16
    TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm

    Upcycling A Picture Frame
    Work with artist Rebekah Crisante de Ybarra, to learn the ancient art of repousse or metal tooling. Then using a small repurposed wooden frame from ArtScraps, make your own relief designs using gold, silver or copper heavy foil to wrap each side of the frame create a brand new look for your favorite photo. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 403
    DATES: Thursday, November 16
    TIME: 1:00-3:00 pm

    Repurposing Leather
    Join artist Armando Gutierrez G. and learn about the significance of the medicine bag to indigenous cultures. Then using leather, leather tools and beads create your own medicine bag. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 404
    DATES: Tuesday, December 12
    TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm

    ArtCamp A La Carte

    ArtCamp A La Carte for Adults.
    Imagine giving yourself the gift of art. You choose the days that work best for you to explore materials and techniques that transform the white sheet of paper or canvas into a work of art from pen and ink to encaustic painting. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn basic art skills and techniques that you can apply to future creative projects.

    CLASS FEES FOR ART CAMP: $30/class for members and $35/class for non-members
    CLASS LOCATION: Mount Zion, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

    Work with artist and book illustrator, Jeanette Dickinson, and explore the art of illustration using pen and ink. Learn how to use different pens and papers, practice different techniques for shading, tone, value and texture, and create a series of illustrations. All materials provided.
    CLASS CODE: 501
    DATE: Tuesday, December 26
    TIME: 9:00 am – Noon

    Brought to the Americas by the Spaniards and Europeans, painting on glass is a technique that has been used for centuries. Work with artist Jeanette
    Dickinson to learn this specialized process and create your own masterpiece.
    CLASS CODE: 502
    DATE: Wednesday, December 27
    TIME: 9:00 am – Noon

    Encaustic painting is the art of painting with hot beeswax combined with dry pigments to create a painting medium. The paint is applied hot and makes for a dramatic layered image into which objects and photographs can be added. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn the process and techniques of encaustic painting.
    CLASS CODE: 504
    DATE: Thursday, December 28
    TIME: 9:00 am – Noon

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    Winter Art Camp

    Passport to Egypt: Exploring the Nile River Valley Through the Arts. DECEMBER 26-29, 2017

    Travel with ArtStart artists to Northeast Africa and the ancient land of the Pharaohs! Steeped in history, the Nile River Valley of Egypt is home to such wonders as the Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings. Inspired by the history, ecology, and the culture of the Nile River Valley, you create a sarcophagus complete with a mummy inside; learn how to read hieroglyphics; create a funerary or other mask based on that of Tutankhamun; make containers and toys from red clay; and, draw and paint Nile River wildlife like the Nile crocodile to the African Tigerfish.

    TIME: 8:30 am-3:30 pm
    LOCATION: Mount Zion
    AGE: Ages 6-12 years
    FEE: ½ day $135 / full day $240, ArtStart members take 10% off when registering.
    A brochure is available upon request.


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    Exhibits In The Art Gallery

    Africa Revealed
    SEPTEMBER 8-OCTOBER 21, 2017
    Stop in and view some inspired art work created by youth and teens in ArtStart’s summer programs. Be ready for the unexpected-a mural that talks to you, animals of the Serengeti that come alive against the twilight, gorgeous mosaic steppingstones of sea life in the oceans surrounding Africa and more.

    An Artist’s Journey: From India to the Midwest
    OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 11, 2017
    Experience an artist’s personal journey through photographs, drawings and folk art that give the viewer a glimpse into the culture of India, the home land of award-winnng artist Shakun Maheshwari.

    The Gift of Art
    NOVEMBER 20-DECEMBER 29, 2017
    12 local artists display a colorful array of art works and crafts priced just right for holiday gift giving.

    Held at:
    ArtStart ArtGallery
    1459 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul

    From I-94 take the Snelling Avenue exit south to St. Clair Avenue.

    Turn left at the intersection of Snelling and St. Clair Avenue and go two blocks east.
    The building is on the north corner of St. Clair and Pascal.

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    Birthday Parties

    New! Saturday and Sunday birthdays now available for youth or adults!

    Birthday Fun Begins at ArtStart’s ArtScraps!

    If you want a creative, fun, memorable, rather trouble-free, birthday party-then try an ArtScraps Birthday Party.

    Two hour party includes scrap invitations, the art project and a party favor bag for all participants to take home.

    Cost: $185 for up to 10 children plus $15 for extra children
    (no more then 12 children)
    ($25 non-refundable reservation fee included)

    Please reserve party time 3 weeks in advance of selected date.
    Party is for reserved time slot only. Please be prompt.

    Please Contact Us to reserve your birthday party or call 651-698-ARTS

    The following themes can be chosen:

    Seed Mosaics
    Fairytale fun
    Frame Ups
    Treasure Boxes
    Creature Masks
    Animal Shakers
    2-D and 3-D Magnets
    From Rockets to    Spaceships
    Design Your Own Party
    Bookmaking *
    Castle in the Sky *
    Inventors Workshop *

    * ages 8 and up


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    ArtStart’s Spring Camp

    Passport to Mongolia:  From the Eurasian Steppes to the Gobi Desert APRIL 2-6, 2018

    Save these Dates for 2018Book your flight today to the fascinating and beautiful country of Mongolia bordered by Russia and China. Create drawings of domestic and wild animals who live in the Gobi Desert; learn how to felt using wool from sheep; design and build your own yurt inspired by those of the Mongolian nomads, create a small pouch with embroidery inspired by Mongolian patterning and much more.

    MONDAY-FRIDAY • 8:30 AM-3:45 PM Ages 6-12

    Mount Zion Temple
    1300 Summit Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55105

    Tuition: $295 full days/$150 half days.
    Aftercare available until 5pm at $7.00/day
    ArtStart members take 10% off when registering.
    A brochure is available in January.

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    Summer Arts Camp St. Paul

    Passport to India: From the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal

    Week I
    We explore Northern India bordered by the high Himalayas mountain range and the source of the Ganges River.

    Week 2
    We continue our sojourn down the Ganges to the Bay of Bengal through regions of Southern India. You will not want to miss this grand excursion from Northern to Southern India all through music, art, dance, storytelling, and ecology!

    LOCATION: Mount Zion, 1300 Summit Ave. St. Paul
    AGES: 4-12 years
    FEE: ½ day $150/ full day $295

    A brochure is available in January.

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    Art and Creativity Camps for Teens

    Camp Create June 25-28
    ArtStart’s Camp Create is geared for youth ages 13 years+ who want to explore their artist within as they work side-by-side with professional artists to create art inspired by a specific culture.

    A brochure is available in January.


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    Repurpose & Refresh


    ArtStart has just the ticket!

    We provide the artist, a project of your choice, and access to any of the fabulous repurposed materials in the ArtScraps store for you and your guests to use for your projects.

    You provide the adult beverages and refreshments and relax for 2 hours as you make art.

    BASIC FEE: $75 plus $12/person for up to 12 participants.

    ArtStart members take 10% off when registering.

    Book your workshop now, call 651-698-2787 or contact Cindy

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