Community Art Programs

The Rumriver Art Center partners with many local community organizations to provide art education through classes and programs throughout the year. We have an ongoing partnership with the City of Ramsey for the "Art in the Park" series. The Rumriver Art Center has free art activity programs with the City of Anoka including Winterfest and Halloween events. We also work with the Anoka-Hennepin Libraries to offer free classes at your local library and the Anoka-Hennepin school district's "Wellness Day".  We are the resource for the North Metro art community.

Classes at Anoka County Libraries

Join us at various Anoka County Libraries for FREE art classes! Registration is required through the Anoka County Library system. Click the link above to be taken to the Anoka County Library events calendar.

Thursday 6/28, 1pm - 2:30pm, Rumriver Library Summer Collage

Thursday 7/19, 2pm - 3:30pm, Mississippi Library Nature Painting

Tuesday 7/31, 10:30am - 12pm, St. Francis Library Mosaic Palette

Wednesday 8/1, 2pm - 3:30pm, Johnsville Library Gnome Painting

Tuesday 8/13, 2pm - 3:30pm, Northtown Library Mosaic Palette

Saturday 10/13, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Crooked Lake Library Family Mosaic Class

Art in the Park Events with The City of Ramsey

The City of Ramsey and The Rumriver Art Center offer occasional art classes either at Elmcrest Park or at the Rumriver Art Center.

Elmcrest Art Fair: Sunday, 7/15, 10am – 4pm

Polymer Clay Ornaments: Tuesday 12/4, 6:30 - 7:30

Art in the Park at The Draw: Thursday 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/2, 8/16, 5:30pm - 6:45pm

June 14: Paul Klee - Switzerland - Taking a line for a walk, mixed media project
June 28: Star Wars Porgs - Ireland - These adorable puffins were a hit in "The Last Jedi", watercolor pencils on watercolor paper project
July 12: Eiffel Tower - France - Celebrate Bastille Day (July 15) with drawing your own Eiffel Tower pencil, colored pencil on paper project
July 26: Amigo the Dog - Mexico - Create your very own Chihuahua, oil pastels on paper project
August 2: Taj Mahal - India - Learn how to draw the Taj Mahal as we take you through step by step, pencil, sharpie on paper project
August 16: The Great Sphinx - Egypt - Create the ancient Sphinx, watercolor pencils on watercolor paper project

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education

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We are offering 3 classes through Coon Rapids Parks & Recreation this Summer! Click the link to be taken to the Coon Rapids Parks & Recreation webpage. You will find these classes under Recreation Programs - Youth Activities. Questions? Call the Coon Rapids Ice Center at 763-951-7222.

Wildlife Sketching Class
Wildlife Sketching is a drawing class with a difference; instead of human life models, we sketch animals and nature. The drawing classes are open to ages 6 to 15 and all abilities, from beginners to advanced. Our aim is to inspire appreciation and understanding for the natural world through creativity as attendees draw and learn about the animals, their habitats, and distinct characteristics. This class is held outside rain or shine at 4 different Coon Rapids parks. Materials included: sketchbook and mechanical pencil.
6/14/18 Lions Coon Creek Park, 1664 119th Ave
6/21/18 Coon Rapids Dam, 9750 Egret Blvd
6/28/18 Pheasant Ridge Park, 11845 Pheasant Ridge Dr
7/12/18 Prairie Oaks Park, 1455 12th Ave
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Cost: $35 for all 4 sessions

Father/Child Mosaic Art - Bird House
Mosaic tiles are everywhere! We can make mosaic from paper, from nature, buttons, hardware and office supplies. And of course we can use ceramic, sea glass and glass tiles. You will use a mini bird house to create your mosaic. Materials included: Bird house, sea glass, mosaic tiles, blue, tile cutter, safety glasses. Ages 6 and older, class held at Riverview Park Building, 2420 105th Ave
Date: 7/28/18
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Cost: $35/pair


Mother/Child Pottery Project
Experience the fun of hand built pottery. This hands-on class will teach basic techniques to making a slab self-portrait. Instructor will provide you with decorating ideas and discuss glazing and firing techniques. When complete, your project will be fired in a kiln and ready for pick-up in about a week. Materials included: clay, glazes. Ages 5 and older, class held at Riverview Park Building, 2420 105th Ave
Date: 8/4/18
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Cost: $35/pair

We also have one adult class. You will find it through the same link as above under Recreation Programs - Adult Activities.
Photography Basics
Learn about composition, shutter speeds and f-stops. Bring your digital camera to learn about all the capabilities and how to use it. This class will be held in Shelter #4 - next to the parking lot of Lions Coon Creek Park, 1664 119th Ave.
Date: 6/23/18
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: $25