Fall Youthful Arts Classes

with Rosemary Glesener – Director of the Cultural Centre in Bird Island

Session I: Art Experience 2nd-4th Grade

TUESDAYS, September 28, October 5, and 12th, 2021

Location: The Cultural Centre in Bird Island

Transportation: Superior Bus Company

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm (fruit/vegetable snack and water provided)

Week 1: Ceramic Tile Coaster

Children will be introduced to color theory by using colored Sharpies and painting on a ceramic tile. Using a medicine dropper, rubbing alcohol droplets will be applied to their design and they will observe the blending of color. (Children will wear gloves to protect their fingers from staining and the alcohol (approx. 3-5 drops will be applied in a well ventilated room.)

Week 2: Introduction to Watercolor

Using Watercolor Pencils, children will design a card on watercolo paper. With a dampened watercolor brush they will blend the medium to complete their design.

Week 3: Rubbings

Children will lay a dried leaf or other flattened object between two sheets of paper. They will make 3 rubbings using crayon, soft pastel and charcoal. Instructor will spray the soft pastel and charcoal with a fixative to prevent smearing or smudging.

Cost: $70.00 includes transportation from school, materials, and snack

Session II: Art Experience 4th-6th Grade

TUESDAYS, October 19th, 26th and November 2nd, 2021

Location: The Cultural Centre in Bird Island

Transportation: Superior Bus Company

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm (fruit/vegetable snack and water provided)

Week 1: Clay Papier-Mache

“Clay Papier-Mache is a mixture of paper pulp with a few simple ingredients: Elmer’s glue-all, dry-wall joint compound, toilet paper and flour. Student will design and make an armature/form using tin foil and/or cardboard mask.

Please visit Ultimate Paper Mache for sculptures & mask ideas.

Week 2: Clay Papier-Mache

Instructor will provide Clay Papier-Mache. Student will coat form/armature with approximately 1/4″ of mixture evenly, then develop the details. Paper mask form and tinfoil provided.

Week 3: Painting w/ Acrylics the Formed Mask

Using the above principles of instruction and acrylic paint, students will paint sculpture/mask of their own design.

Cost: $70.00 includes transportation from school, materials, and snack

Session III: Art Experience 6th-8th Grade

TUESDAYS, November 9th, 16th and 23rd, 2021

Location: The Cultural Centre in Bird Island

Transportation: Superior Bus Company

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm (fruit/vegetable snack and water provided)

Week 1: Drawing/Composition

Discussion and planning then drawing on canvas with chalk. Brief intro to perspective.

Week 2: Painting

Study composition refine and make minor changes, if necessary, block in colors with acrylic pigment. Learn how to clean brushes correctly.

Week 3: Painting

Complete painting. Final details and discuss how to measure for proper hanging using wire and eye hooks.

Cost: $70.00 includes transportation from school, materials, and snack

Rosemary Glesener

Youthful Art Instructor | Director

Bird Island, MN – Rosemary, a Minnesota native has resided in Renville County for approximately forty years. During this time, she organized art shows in various venues. These three-day exhibitions showcased local, regional and metropolitan artists. As a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Superior, she designed her own major entitled Integrative Community Wellness which encompassed her belief that art, psychology and health are interconnected. She has been instrumental in the management of the Cultural Centre, her brain child, since its inception in November 2016. As an artist, poet/essayist and entrepreneur she thrives on the creative process.


Celeste Suter Exhibition - February 2023

Fiber Art | "Mystical Mandala"

Justin Beck Exhibition - March 2023


Youth Art Classes Begin - March 2023

Perspective Classes begin and registration for Youth Art Camp continues, visit here for more information.

Bradley Donner Exhibition- April 2023

Wildlife Painting

Earth Day Celebration - April 22, 2023

Join us for creative activities in celebration of Earth Day! More info to come.

Bonnie Lipinski Smith Exhibtion - May 2023

Watercolor & Color Pencil

Farmers and Artisan Market Opens - May 31st, 2023

Join us from 4-7pm for the opening day of the 2023 Market Season! 

Adam and Jessica Preuss - June 2023

Andy Kahmann Exhibition & The Second Coming of Kahmanns - July 2023

Andy Kahmann's Letterpress Printing | Patsy Kahmann Book Signing & Reading | Karl Kahmann Book Reading | Jim Kahmann "My Life in Baseball" Book Reading

ACTS & MBW Adult Day Services Exhibition - August 2023

Multi Media Exhibition

Artisan & Farmers Market Finale - August 30, 2023

Tales from the Tall Grass Prairie Writers Composition Readings | Outdoor Market Art Exhibition | Movie Night after the Market

Yellowstone Trail Quilters Exhibition - September 2023

Yellowstone Trail Sociability Run will also take place this month.

Bill van der Hagen Exhibition- October 2023

Photography | Birds and Waterfowl

David Adams Exhibition- November 2023


The Old Fashioned Christmas Market- December 1, 2023

Local gift vendors, Santa, kids activities, horse drawn wagon rides, campfire and warm beverages....like a Hallmark movie in real life.


640 Dogwood Avenue P.O. Box 434
Bird Island, MN 55310
(320) 365-1011


Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Open on Saturdays by request.



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.