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Plein Air Painting Series Begins June 19th!

“Plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It refers to painting outdoors, in direct contact with nature and the elements.
Discover the joy of plein air (outdoor) painting in Bemidji’s beautiful landscapes with instructor Shannon Stormy Reyes. This adaptive painting workshop is geared toward adults with diverse abilities and will be hosted in various parks across the Bemidji area. Each session promises a unique and inspiring outdoor painting experience, weather permitting.
June 19th – Paul and Babe/Library Park
July 24th – Bemidji State Park (Under the Basswoods near the beach)
July 31st – Diamond Point
All skill levels and abilities are welcome! If you are interested, please email or call to reserve your spot. | 218.444.5606
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Headwaters Holds a Series of Teen Pottery Wheel Day Camps

Roll into summer with teen Pottery Wheel Camp! Headwaters Music and Arts holds its first ever Pottery Wheel Camps for teens, ages 13-18. With two options to choose from this summer, these seven session day camps are for teens who want to explore creating with clay on the wheel. Longtime Headwaters’ pottery instructor Tom Daly will lead this in-depth look at wheel throwing. Participants will dig into how to throw, different design and sculptural techniques, and glazing.

The first of these two camps will be held July 10-14, 12-3pm (with additional meetups July 20, 1-3pm & July 27, 2-3pm) and the second camp will be held couple weeks later July 31-Aug. 4, 12-3pm (with additional meetups Aug. 10, 1-3pm & Aug. 17, 2-3pm). The additional planned meetups will give participants a chance to glaze their fired bisqueware and then collect their final projects. Each camp will conclude with an ice cream party and social where participants will get to test their finished, wheel thrown, vessels. Teens are guaranteed to find camaraderie and leave feeling more comfortable with the wheel. All supplies provided.

The cost to attend either session of Pottery Wheel Camp is $185 per participant. Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming in an effort to make their programming accessible for all.

Headwaters Music & Arts is an independent non-profit multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and to inspire community through music and the arts. They offer a variety of summer camps for all ages.

Register or find out more about Pottery Wheel Camps  here.


Headwaters Scholarship options available for this program. Read more here.


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Exploring Underbrush: Painting Plants with Acrylic with Diamond

Are you interested in growing your acrylic paint skills and know-how? Headwaters Music & Arts hosts Exploring Underbrush: Painting Plants with Acrylic, a four week workshop with Northwoods based artist and long time teacher, Diamond. This workshop is for adults at any level of painting experience. The class will spend 8 hours getting to know acrylics through Diamond’s unique perspective 6-8pm each Wednesday starting November 9 through November 30. The group will touch on color mixing, depth, composition, and capturing shadows and light with an eye to the botanical world. Participants will leave the workshop with multiple plant pieces and with a deeper understanding of how to capture a leafy scene with confidence.

An artist and explorer at heart, Diamond has been making a career as an artist for more than a decade with both her personal work and employment and residencies at art organizations around Northern Minnesota. She received a 2022 Individual Artist Grant from Region 2 Arts Council to take her latest body of acrylic paintings, Wild Whimsy of the Northwoods, around the state of Minnesota where it just wrapped up its most recent exhibition at Hutchinson Center for the Arts (Hutchinson, MN) this past September. Diamond paints in her own distinctive style that she describes as “postmodern-narrative wildlife.” She makes an effort to paint everyday as she focuses on any flora and fauna that strikes her fancy. She creates unique originals as well as commissioned pet portraits. Not just an avid painter, Diamond also works as the Marketing & Web Manager at Headwaters Music & Arts, owner and operator of Wild Growth Engineering, and an art instructor to folks of all ages and abilities. She currently lives in the Laporte (MN) area with her husband, Cassidy, and beloved cat, Lady Gray. They live in a patch of forest surrounded by their squirrel and fox neighbors in their as-of-yet unfinished home studio that the duo began constructing together in 2016.

The cost to attend Exploring Underbrush: Painting Plants with Acrylic is $150 per person. Space is limited, advance registration required.

You can register here!