Listening for Peace Concert

with Lauren Pelon

December 5th, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30

Twin Oaks Middle School Auditorium

15860 Fish Point Rd SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Tickets are $5 in advance online (click here to be taken to registration site).

Tickets will be $8 at the door.


Kick off your holiday season with a concert of peace with acoustic-style music with instruments from around the world along with commentary on making peace with ourselves, nature and our world neighbors. 


The event is presented by the Savage Arts Council and co-sponsored with the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community Education. The event is made possible by a grant from the MN State Arts Board.



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Savage Arts Council is pleased to have a place to call home in the same building that houses the Savage Public Library Building. The Savage Arts Council will offers cultural art events, and visual and literary art classes to students of all ages and abilities. Classes typically meet for 3-4 sessions are about about $10 per instruction hour.



Fall classes are now available.  You can register for classes HERE!





Weekly Class Schedule

(A full class description is listed below.)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday








Family Art Experience 

Instr: Kristine Lund, MA

1:00 to 3:00 




Lead by: Tracey Sandoval

3:30 to 5:00





Writing Your Story

Instr: Joel Arnold

5:30 to 7:30

Watercolor Tricks


 Watercolor Abstracts

Instr: Lucy LeMay

6:30 to 8:00

Open Studio

2:00 to 7:30

FREE to members






Instr: Nelson Anderson

6:00 to 8:00



Writing Your Story

Instructor: Joel Arnold

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30

Oct. 20, 27, & Nov. 3, & 10

Dec. 1, 8, 15, & 22



Everyone has at least one story in them. This class will help you get that story out onto paper, whether it's in the form of a novel, memoir, or short story. We'll discuss first drafts, structure, setting, dialogue, revision - all the things needed to take your ideas and experiences and turn them into compelling writing.





Watercolor Tricks

Instructor: Lucy LeMay

Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00

Nov. 4, 11, 18, & 25



After painting for 30 years and doing watercolor for 10 years, Lucy Le May, retired high school art teacher and owner operator of Le May Studio, has some tricks to share. This course is a four session event, no make ups. Because of the pace and amount of material covered this is not recommended for children under 16 years of age. Handouts provided. We will cover:

  • Floating color and controlling that darn back bleed.
  • Color theory for a good painting every time.
  • Painting skies: hake brush 2”
  • Nature under your feet: fan brush
  • Good design means a good painting: focal points, rule of thirds.
  • How to make water or reflecting surfaces: hake brush
  • To salt or not to salt
  • Paintings that paint themselves
  • Staining vs. non-staining colors, paper differences and what that means to you.

Other topics will be covered as time allows based on the needs of students who have a technique they need for a problem painting. Noteworthy: these are not sessions to complete a finished project but practice for beginner watercolorists. Beginner supply list should include: a large round #22-26 with a good point, small round #8-10 with a good point, flat 1 ½” brush, liner or script brush, fan brush #2, 140 lb. Arches cold-press of any size or scrapes 6 x 8” or bigger, p. towels or Kleenex, water container, masking tape, small flat kitchen sponge. Paint & palette: quin. gold or yellow cad. medium, alizarin crimson  or red cad. medium, ultra-marine blue, thalo-green. 





Watercolor Abstracts

Instructor: Lucy LeMay

Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00

Dec. 2, 9, & 16



Watercolors are 100% pigment and great for abstracts because water makes them transparent. Layer paint and collage for a well-designed, rich looking abstract painting that is relaxing to do and easy to finish on your own. Bring a package of cocktail napkins and we will divide these up so each artist gets 5-10 different patterns to collage with and take home. . Because of the pace this course is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. This is a three session course, no make ups. Each class is 1 1/2 hours.

  • Session one: Build on a good design and how to start to paint, layers 1-3.
  • Session two: make a focal area and start collage process, layers 4-6.
  • Session three: Finishing detail and knowing when enough is enough, layers 6-7.

Supply list: a large round #22-26 with a good point, small round #8-10 with a good point, flat 1 ½” brush, liner or script brush, 140 lb. Arches cold-press 11 x 14 or bigger, p. towels or Kleenex, water container, small matte medium and a separate #8 flat to apply it, masking tape, small flat kitchen sponge, paint & palette: quin. gold or yellow cad. medium, alizarin crimson  or red cad. medium, ultra-marine blue, thalo-green. 





Beginning to Advanced Acrylic Painting

Instructor: Nelson Anderson


Thursdays 6:00 to 8:00

Nov. 6, 13, & 20



Nelson Anderson is an inspiring instructor, adding energy and a lot of fun to each class. Nelson has been painting and drawing since early childhood, with collectors in Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, Calgary, and as far away as Brazil! Wherever Nelson lives and works, he seems to teach classes too, passing on his passion and skill to the next generation. His daily discipline includes painting in his studio, as well as doing nature studies outdoors. Nelsonstudied painting at the Alberta College of Art in Canada and Masters Degree from North Park University in Chicago. Each student will develop drawing and painting skills and complete a canvas based on personal interest - either from a still-life or a picture you provide.

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Family Art Experience 

Instructor: Kristine Lund, MA

Saturdays 1:00 to 3:00

Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, & 15



Bring your child to an explorative art Therapy sessions. Focus will be on strengthening the parent child bond while having fun exploring various art materials and themes. Some of the directives will include: Creating your family, what kind of animal are you, and take turns family picture. Parents and Children will have the opportunity to celebrate their images with the group at the end of each session. The last session will be a group wrap up with a carousel image and what it was like for each participant. 


Purchase one ticket per individual with a 2 child maximum per adult.






Savage Arts & Creativity Book Club

Lead by: Tracey Sandoval



Sundays 3:30 to 5:00

Nov 9th book: Seven Days in the Art World, by Sarah Thornton

Dec. 14th book: TBD



Join us for the gathering of the Arts and Creativity Book Club! The book club is free and open to anyone who would enjoy reading about topics related to art, artists, and creativity, and getting together with like-minded people to discuss!

The first book we’ll check out is Seven Days in the Art World, by Sarah Thornton. Here’s a little snippet about the book (swiped from the NY Times): "This book is cleverly divided into seven day-in-the-life chapters, each focusing on a different facet of the contemporary art world: an auction (at Christie’s New York), an art school “crit” (at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia), an art fair (Art Basel), an artist’s studio (that of the Japanese star Takashi Murakami), a prize (Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize), a magazine (Artforum) and a biennale (Venice).”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/books/review/Fineman-t.html?_r=0

There are copies available for reserve at the Hennepin County Library, and it is also available in bookstores and online, as well as on different e-reader platforms.






Free to Savage Arts Council Members!

Wednesdays 2:00 to 7:30



Practice your art with other artists at our new facility. You can sign up for yourself and up to two non-member guests.


Not yet a member?  Sign up for an annual membership at savageartscouncil.org.


A donation to help us run this and other programs is appreciated, but optional.


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