The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art


Give to the Max Day is November 19, 2020

Give to the Max Day November 19, 2020

Dear Friends of The Atelier,

Please think of us for your donation on Give to the Max Day, November 19, 2020.

The Atelier is open and we are continuing to teach with a limit on class size in order to keep our faculty and students safe.

This impacts our budget for operations. Our very survival is dependent on the generosity of people like you, which would allow us to be able to continue to pay the rent on our space as well as provide some modicum of payments to our staff and directors to continue to maintain our operational readiness as we look forward to a future where we are able to return to full capacity and a more normal pace of life. Please donate to our virtual campaign to help ensure our programs stay running during these uncertain times. We are looking forward to seeing you again and making art with you!

Please consider donating by mail, through our website or via our GiveMN page.

Thank you,
Cyd Wicker and Laura Tundel

The Atelier Part-Time Classes Resume June 1, 2020

As of June 1, 2020 The Atelier has reopened for part-time classes. We are resuming using the next 8 weeks as make-up classes for the time missed since March.

We are all still in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, we are physically distancing and wearing masks, and class sizes are limited with fewer classes being offered. If you are planning to attend be aware you must agree to wear a mask, wash your hands, and disinfect areas you touch like the easels. Also, it goes without saying, if you don't feel well or are sick, stay home. For more information, see our Safety & Preparedness Plan

New students can join classes that are not full. Class size is limited to 10 students. After this week, teachers should be able to tell if they have room in their class and how many spaces are available.

Basic Classes are $140.00 for 8 weeks (which is $17.50 per class, the same as last year's prices).

Figure and Portrait Classes are $160.00 for 8 weeks (which is $20.00 per class, same as last year).

We will prorate if you are starting a week late.

For BASIC CLASSES: We are running Monday night, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday morning, and Saturday morning. Same instructors as the Winter Schedule for the times.

For LIFE DRAWING CLASSES: We are running Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening (start date June 3), Thursday afternoon (start date June 11) and Sunday afternoon (start date June 7).

For PORTRAIT CLASSES: We are running Tuesday night and Thursday night. Start dates June 2 and 4.

For DESIGNING AN INTERIOR PAINTING WITH A FIGURE: FRIDAY at 4:15, same instructor as Winter, Andy Sjodin.

Art-A-Whirl: Tour The Atelier's Permanent Collection

We're getting creative at The Atelier. Usually at this time of year we would be enjoying each other's company during the Full-Time Student Show. As a special treat we have created a little video tour featuring part of The Atelier's permanent collection, something most student show attendees don't get to see because we take everything down to hang the student work. The Atelier is part of Art-A-Whirl and a member of NEMAA so you can view this video through NEMAA's Art-A-Whirl website. We're hopeful that we will hold our student show this Fall.

Be well, friends.

#GiveAtHomeMN May 1-8, 2020

Support The Atelier during GiveMN's virtual fundraising event! Read more at The Atelier's GiveMN page.


Cyd Wicker Featured in Star Tribune article

On July 28, 2018, Cyd Wicker, Director of The Atelier, was featured in a Star Tribune article titled Posthumous portraits preserve Minnesota's federal court's history.

Lynn Maderich Featured on TPT 2

On June 18, 2017, on Twin Cities Public Television's channel 2, the award-winning series "Minnesota Original" had a segment on Atelier graduate and instructor Lynn Maderich and her equine paintings. The 8-minute portion of the episode may be viewed below.