Youth Camps and Classes

Art classes and camps for youth

MCBA is proud to partner with other fantastic centers across the Twin Cities to encourage curiosity and exploration in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, history, photography/video, cooking, writing, and other creative endeavors. These unique partnerships give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and explore many different art forms hands-on!

These classes are designed for youth to attend independently; for workshops where kids and their adults can work side-by-side, please visit our Family Classes page.



Making Comics

Making Comics
with Tom Spence
Saturday, October 6; 1-4pm
For students ages 12-14

Do you enjoy reading comics? Have you ever thought of making one yourself? In this combo class, you will learn all about the building blocks of comics: panels, text, pacing, and so on, as well as how to conceptualize your characters and story. These combined efforts of form and content will result in a unique comic story of your own making. Students will then venture downstairs to MCBA to bind their original comic book inside a cover they print themselves and construct a portfolio sketchbook.

$55.50 ($49.95 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 6, 2016

Making Monsters with Frankenstein!

Making Monsters with Frankenstein!
with Karlyn Coleman
Saturday, October 29; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

Starting in MCBA's studios, we will create our own Portrait Pop-Out Book featuring Frankenstein. With 2 blank pages to fill, the class will move to The Loft to read classic spooky tales, write our own, and share what we have created. The class will include a mini-lesson on how to imbue a story with atmosphere, how to make believable monsters, and how to chill your readers to the marrow instead of just grossing them out. Much writing will be done.

$55.50 ($49.95 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 29, 2016

Haunted House, Hidden Page

Haunted House, Hidden Page
with Holly Day
Saturday, October 29; 9am-12pm
For students ages 6-8

While it’s so much fun to read a good, spooky ghost story, it’s even more fun to write one of your own! As a class, we’ll first read some classic, age-appropriate ghost stories, and talk about why the idea of a haunted house is so thrilling to so many of us. Character development and basic story form will be discussed, and finally, we’ll write our own ghost stories to put in our own Haunted House Hidden Page Book made in MCBA's studios. This is no ordinary book... it holds a secret hiding place just waiting to surprise your readers!

$55.50 ($49.95 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 29, 2016