ArtStart in partnership with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation will offer a series of free, hands-on art classes this winter that focus on African American Art and Culture.  These classes geared for children ages 5-12, will offer kids the chance to explore a variety of art forms and learn about African American Artists and Inventors who made great contributions to our world.

Register here for one or all of the 3 sections!  or just drop in on Saturday Feb 2 or Feb 9 between 1-3 PM and experience art with Terry Williams for yourself!

#23728: ArtStart I Program: Collage Creations

#23723: ArtStart II Program: Gees Bend Quilts–delayed until April 2013!!

#23724 ArtStart III Program: The Real McCoy–Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6.  See more info below!

Collage Creations

Work with artist Terry Williams and learn how to combine paper scraps and acrylic paints to create your own original art work.  Learn about African American Artist, Romare Beardon and his style of collage, while also learning from Terry how he creates a more sculptural, three dimensional type of collage using paper and paint.

Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, January 19, 26 and February 2, 9

Gees Bend Quilts

Explore the brilliant, bold and dynamic quilts created by African American Women who live in Gee’s Bend Alabama.  Work with textile artist, Robin Getsug and design a quilt square on paper.  Then transfer your design to fabric and hand stitch your own quilt creation.

Saturdays, beginning in April!  Dates to be announced!

The Real McCoy

Learn about African American Inventors and how the term “the real McCoy” came to be.  Working with artist, Esther Osayande use your most expansive thinking and creativity to make your own inventions using a variety of found objects and art materials.

Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6

ArtStart is an award-winning, non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing quality arts education for children and adults.  Funding for this program was made possible by a generous grant to ArtStart from a Twin Cities foundation.

If you have questions contact Ann Godfrey at ArtStart at 651.698.2787.


Artist Bios:

Terry Williams is a professional artist and art instructor, and has been creating art since he was nine.  He teaches art residencies in metro area schools, and was a mentor at North High School.

Robin Getsug is a professional textile artist who has been teaching at ArtStart for over ten years.  She recently received her art therapy degree at Alfred Adler Institute, and is currently teaching in ArtStart’s ArtLife program where artists work with developmentally disabled adults.

Esther Osayande is an illustrator and painter who was mentored by local artists Ta-coumba Aiken and Seitu Jones.  She has worked on numerous community arts projects including her most recent commission, the ”Lee Family Project for standing against Racism and supporting Fair Housing”.  Esther’s sculpture for this project can be seen at 46th and Chicago.


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