Artist Workshops

What Shannon exposed us to both in techniques and the places she took us to draw were places I would not have otherwise gone. – Artist Participant

SPARK YOUR ART – Pop-up Classes & Mini-retreats

Artist and Educator Shannon Brunette and Integrative Psychotherapist Pam Kowal are joining forces to collaborate on a series of pop-up art + meditation classes and mini-retreats. For those of you who are interested in making space in your life to slow down and connect to your deeper knowing through tapping into your creative and spiritual practices, these opportunities may be the spark you need in the year ahead! These workshops will be held at Schmidt Artists Lofts.


February: Love & Art | Mini-Retreat

Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

We will offer a mini retreat for creative folks who are seeking space and encouragement to get their art on, as well as to honor their own heart desires through the process of creation. Time for guided meditation, writing and conversational prompts, and focus on a simple yet powerful art project to seal in the external manifestation of your eternal love energy. Limited to 12 participants.

Cost: $75, art materials provided. 

Register by to share if you will join us!

Upcoming courses through Minneapolis College of Art & Design:

Experimental Drawing

Non-Traditional Drawing, Part I: Insights on Observation | 5-Week Course

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6, 2018 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Non-traditional Drawing, Part I will focus on a variety of approaches to drawing from observation. How does the process of drawing help us see the world in new ways? Working from realism to abstraction, students will engage a range of processes using traditional tools and materials in non-traditional ways. In this first 5-week course, we will cover linear perspective as well as a multitude of visual measuring techniques in order to develop strategies for seeing and drawing. Students will learn the value of process and discovery as a means to develop ideas, work collaboratively, and cultivate your individual creative voice. This course provides a supportive atmosphere where taking risks is encouraged. Part 2 is not required.

Non-Traditional Drawing, Part II:  Beyond Conventional Tools | 5-Week Course

Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 3 & 10, 2018 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Non-traditional Drawing, Part II will focus on experimentation as the key to exploring drawing’s endless possibilities. Do you want to take your drawings to the next level, whatever your skill? Working from realism to abstraction, students will engage a range of processes using traditional tools and materials in non-traditional ways, as well as using unconventional materials as a means to examine the possibilities of mark-making, space, and surface. Spontaneity and improvisation are encouraged in the creation of mixed media drawings. Emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between how drawings are made and what they potentially express. In this 5-week course, we will split our time between identifying drawing in the world around us, discussion about experimental drawing and drawing/studio time. Part 1 is not required.

Professional Development for Artists | 1-Day Workshop

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This Advancing and Promoting Your Art Practice workshop is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to research and strategic planning techniques for artists. We will address questions such as: What is the difference between an artist statement and artist bio? How do you write a compelling proposal? Through lecture, discussion, collaboration, and sharing, students will explore creative ways to advance and promote their art practice from residency opportunities to using social media for promotional purposes. Participants will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of their personal artistic goals alongside an action plan to meet those goals. Through writing activities, homework, research and planning each artist will have gathered materials for working towards a completed application proposal or plan for promoting their work.

freedom to explore – Artist Participant

Art Educators Workshop: Experimental Drawing

Monday through Friday | June 25 to 29, 2018 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Art Educators Workshop: Experimental Drawing is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand their way of thinking about drawing. The class will consider the criteria for successful experimental work and look at contemporary artists using experimental drawing as their primary artistic practice. Drawing will be considered as a mode of discovery and creativity. Experimentation will be key to exploring the parameters of drawing.