Basic Watercolor (4 Session Workshop)

Local famed mural and batik artist, Mary Therese, revisits her artistic beginnings with a class in basic watercolor. Learn the beauty of this fluid art form by exploring the basics with a pro. This four session class is for all those who have wanted to learn watercolor but haven’t had the opportunity, or folks looking to brush up on their skill.

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Mending as An Art: Shashiko

Keila McCracken will lead the class in Sashiko mending. Sashiko is one of the oldest known mending stitches in human history, originating in Eastern Asia, it is now practiced throughout the world because of its durability, aesthetic and cultural significance. Sashiko is a method used to mend clothing that is worn and torn in a way that is artistic and creates aesthetic value.

Keila McCracken is an Anthropologist and design activist. She believes that the behaviors that fill our days, and the objects that fill our homes, can serve as tools to fuel sustainable cultural change in our world. Keila is the owner and operator of Bare Cloth, a sustainable design and clothing business that uses its supply chain to positively impact its local economy, environment, and community. Keila also seeks to make life better for Bemidji area residents as a Service Access Specialist at Community Resource Connections where she’s served for 3 years. She has a certificate in Sustainable Design

Students will leave the class with the physical skill of hand sewing and the knowledge needed to complete their own projects outside of class. They will also have the opportunity to experience how clothing can become more than just physical objects that meet the basic need of being clothed, but a personal expression, not only of art, but of one’s personal narrative.

All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your well loved clothes that are in need of repair and add value and beauty through the process of repairing.

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Storytelling through Pictures (4 Session Workshop)

Learn how to illustrate a story with Amanda Kastner, an illustrating storyteller and designer from the Northwoods. This class will take you through the process of creating a character, giving that character a personality, and building a scene. You will leave this 4 session class with one short story and the skills to create more.


Amanda Kastner, author of George and the Dragonvine, is an illustrator and storyteller from the Northwoods. Storytelling with Pictures is a four session class. It is an introduction to creating stories with art. We often have ideas for stories, and sometimes we even have a character in mind that we want to create a story for, this class will help flesh out that process.

You will leave this class with one short story and the story writing process in your back pocket. The class will look at composition and learn how to fully engage the reader by creating a defined style for your story. You will explore expressions and body language and learn how to put them to work for your character.

Have you ever aspired to write a children’s books? This class is for you.

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Arts Education Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Headwaters Art Camp

Join us for 9:00-3:00pm for a Headwaters’ Art Camp. During this fast-paced program, participants will work with different skilled artists to advance their skills. Led by Tom Daly, with guest artists Al Belleveau, Stacey Stang, Susan Kedzie, author and illustrator of A Thousand Purring Cats, and Joanna Dymond, author of Howling Yowling Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack, will work with participants to create animal art in clay, pastels, murals, acrylics, drawing, and plasma welding.

Participants will develop an artist’s statement and learn how to exhibit their work in Friday’s public art exhibition at 3 pm. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age, and should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day.
Ages 9-18, the cost to attend is $125 per participant, applications for partial scholarships available. The registration deadline 5 pm August 15, 2017 (if deadline has passed, contact us about late registration options). For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music and Arts at 218.444.5606 |

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

August 4th First Friday

Time Funnel Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk (4-6pm)

Artist and retired art teacher David L. Smith of Siren, WI. uses objects from second hand stores in combination with his own woodwork to create his pieces. He describes his work as “found object sculpture with influences of folk art, surrealism, and outsider art. I like to re-purpose objects from the past and put them into a new environment. The pieces that I do are like entries into a journal of my life. It’s my way of communicating with others-what I think about and feel.”

The public is invited to an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm, with an artist talk at 5:00. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be up through the end of the month.

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Arts Education Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


First Friday CoffeeHouse (7-10pm)

eadwaters Music and Arts will hold First Friday CoffeeHouse in association with the Northwoods Folk Collective beginning Friday, August 4th, 7-10 pm. The CoffeeHouse events will feature local musicians, singers and writers sharing their talents in 10-15 minute sets. Featured performers include Rachael Munson and Jeffery Sawyer. Artists will be scheduled ahead of time with limited slots reserved for sign up the night of the event..

Event organizer Don Zieman notes that “the goal of First Friday CoffeeHouse is to create a place where local artists can bring their music and compositions to a beautiful setting and perform for local members of the community. Please come out and enjoy the local talents!”

Admission is $3 per person or $7 per family. For more information contact Headwaters at 218.444.5606.

Fairytales and Folklore Camp + Music Creativity Camp

Apple Blossom Summer Camp and Headwaters Music and Arts have teamed up to offer summer programming for children ages 4 ½ to 8 Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17. We have three flexible scheduling options – sign up for just the morning, just the afternoon, or attend both sessions!

Fairytales and Folklore Camp

Join us in the magical outdoor space at Rail River Folk School for four mornings of storytelling fun! Each day begins with a story told using props or puppets: Jack and the Beanstalk, Mashenka and the Bear, the Legend of Arachne the Weaver, and The Three Little Pigs. We will explore the Story of the Day through imaginative play and a real life activity based on the story: gardening, cooking, fiber arts, and fort building. Use your imagination to change or add to the story as we play among the gardens and trees. Snack provided.
$60 | Rail River Folk School

Creativity Camp 1-4pm

From Picasso to Mozart, explore your creative side with an afternoon of lively, hands-on art and music activities. Bring to life famous artists like Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock as you create your own works of art each day. Wear clothes you can paint in! Make your own instrument including a guitar, violin, or kazoo. Have a music lesson on violin, guitar, cello or piano. You will be treated to music themed snacks. Join us 3:30 Thursday for a celebration!
$60 | Headwaters Music and Arts

Want to attend both events? The cost to attend both is only $125 for both morning and afternoon sessions, which includes supervised lunch and walk from Apple Blossom Summer Camp to Headwaters Music and Arts (Bring a lunch from home)

$5 |8 am early arrival at Rail River Folk School | fee includes all 4 days

$5 |5 pm late pickup at Headwaters 5 pm | fee includes all 4 days

Contact Headwaters Music and arts to register, or register online.

218.444.5606 |

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Poetry Circle (3 Session Workshop)

This three session course is for advanced poets who have been writing for some time and would like to have in-depth guidance on individual, new poems that they bring to each meeting. Leading this Workshop is poet, published author, and BSU professor Dr. Carol Ann Russell. Participants will be asked to order textbook, Ordinary Genius, by author Kim Addonizio.

Registration Deadline is September 25th. (Limited number of spots available)

Monday, Sep. 25th, Oct.16th, and Nov. 13th
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

$70.00 member | $75.00 public


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