The Gift of Art for the Holidays

Plan ahead for the Holiday Season.

ArtStart’s The Gift of Art holds something for everyone! Warm up your creativity by purchasing a holiday-themed Creativity Kit or visit ArtStart’s ArtScraps and select your own materials for a special holiday project. Or it is never too soon to register for an art class taught by a professional artist and learn a new skill. Can’t decide? Then maybe a gift certificate from ArtStart is the ticket.


A Beading Bonanza
Calling all crafters who love to use beads in their art work or jewelry creations. Based on the response last year to our beads and findings sale, ArtStart is making A Beading Bonanza an annual event and expanding it to 2 weeks! Make sure to stop by ArtStart’s ArtScraps, 1459 St. Clair Ave. St. Paul, MN on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays, the first and second weeks in December and shop the sale. You will not be disappointed!
Thurs & Fri, December 1 & 2: 10-6 pm
Thurs & Fri, December 8 & 9: 10-6 pm
Sat, December 3: 10-4 pm
Sat, December 10: 10-4 pm

ArtStart’s Creativity Kits
Designed to spark creativity and unlock that artist within, ArtStart’s Creativity Kits are filled with both new art materials and fun, creative materials from ArtScraps to create the project. Directions on how to make the project are also provided. Some kits come with a book that inspires the art activity. Each kit arrives in a specially designed gift box. Creativity Kits can be picked up at ArtStart, 1459 St. Clair Ave. St. Paul, MN, or mailed for a small fee. Purchase yours now!


Studio A Classes for YOUTH

Clay Holiday Ornaments
Create a myriad of holiday ornaments from clay to give as a gift or to decorate your home for the holidays. Work with master potter Lisa Himmelstrup to design and make your clay ornaments. Then paint them with glazes. Once the ornaments are dry, they are fired by Lisa in her kiln where the glazes turn to bright colors. After firing, your work is ready for pick up at ArtStart (or we can ship to you for a small fee, if outside the Twin Cities). A great activity to ring in the holiday season! This class is for local residents only.

All materials are provided.
VIRTUAL CLASS: Thurs, December 8 • 4-5:15 pm
Registration deadline: December 1
Limit: 10 participants
Tuition: $45

Holidays at Hogwarts
The holidays are a magical season. What better time to work as a family with artist Gustavo Boada to create one of the most magical of places there is, Hogwart’s Castle, the site of so many of Harry Potter’s adventures. With ready access to all sorts of creative materials at ArtStart’s ArtScraps –tubes, cones, cups, and mylar – just add a special spell, “Decorateum Glueioso” and create a magnificent holiday castle!

All materials provided. Note: This project can be purchased as a Creativity Kit .
IN-PERSON CLASS: Sat, December 17 • 1-3:30 pm
Location: ArtStart’s ArtScraps,
1459 St. Clair Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105
Registration deadline: December 10
Limit: 10 participants
Tuition: $45

Peace Dove Candle Holder
Get ready to welcome in New Year 2023 with artist
Laurie Witzkowski as you create a peace dove candle holder. Using bakeable polymer clay, let your imagination take flight as you sculpt a peace dove with a holder for a candle. Then paint your peace dove candle holder with colorful patterns inspired by the candlabras of Mexico using acrylic paint pens. After baking the painted clay in the oven at 275 degrees, you are ready to add the candle and send your hopes for peace into the world on beams of light.
VIRTUAL CLASS: Thurs, December 29 • 7-8:30 pm
Registration deadline: December 22
Limit: 15 participants
Tuition: $45

Studio A Classes for ADULTS

Felting: Holiday Ornaments in Wool
Let your imagination take flight as you create beautiful soft sculptures from the carded wool
of sheep known as roving. Learn how to use the materials and tools of this timeless art form as artist Gustavo Boada introduces you to dry needle felting. Then create an ornament that symbolizes the special December holiday you celebrate.

All materials provided.
IN-PERSON CLASS: Sat, November 26 • 1-3:30 pm
Location: ArtStart’s ArtScraps,
1459 St. Clair Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105
Registration deadline: November 19
Tuition: $45

Beaded Earrings
Julie Boada, Anishinaabe from Fond du Lac,
introduces the art of beading. Create your own pair of beaded earrings, as Julie instructs and tells traditional stories of the Anishinaabe.

All materials provided.
IN-PERSON CLASS: Sat, December 3 • 10 am-Noon
Location: Creators Space
218 7th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101
Registration deadline: November 26
Tuition: $45

Kumihimo Beading
Kumihimo is the ancient art of Japanese cord braiding. Work with artist Julie Boada to learn the basics of braiding using beads and create a beautiful beaded bracelet. Work outside of class will be required in order to finish the project. No experience necessary.
All materials provided.
IN-PERSON CLASS: Sat, December 3 • 1-3 pm
Location: Creators Space
218 7th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101
Registration deadline: November 26
Tuition: $45

Illuminating the Way: Luminaria
The tradition of luminarias comes from Mexico. Using recycled glass, Modge Podge and more work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to collage and stencil your own lovely luminaria. Then add a light source and illuminate a special walkway or centerpiece. All materials provided which can be picked up at ArtScraps of mailed for a small fee.
VIRTUAL CLASS: Tues, December 13 • 6:30-8:30 pm
Registration deadline: December 6
Limit: 8 participants
Tuition: $45

Celebrate the Winter Solstice!
When nature is experienced fully with all our senses engaged, we develop a kind of rhythm with the natural world that leads to a sense of well-being. Join naturalist Judy Geck for a two-hour experience that will help bring you into the present moment, de-stress and relax as you enjoy the serenity of Winter. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
IN-PERSON CLASS: Tues, December 20 •6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Wabun Picnic Area-Minnehaha Park, Mpls.
Note: Meet in the parking lot by Picnic Area B
Registration deadline: December 13
Limit: 10 participants
Tuition: $15

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