Create Your Own Class | Group Programs

Are you looking for a creative and memorable experience to celebrate a birthday, family event, or a friends’ weekend away? Call us to plan something today! Enjoy a half-day (3-hour) or full day (6-hour) private class with an Art Colony artist/instructor. Please note that we ask for a minimum of a two week notice in order to plan the event.

A variety of options are available from sculpture to printmaking and art tours. The Art Colony also hosts a variety of associations and groups for private art retreats or conferences.

  • Groups of 5 or more
  • 1/2 day class (3 hours) = $65/person
  • Full day class (6 hours) = $130/person
  • Refreshments Add On = $40
  • Supply Fees = Varies based on class

Relief Printmaking: Cards or Fabric

Learn to carve in linoleum or woodblock, and then print a series of cards or decorate a fabric of your choice. This class is available as a half-day or a full-day class.

  • Supplies: $20/person


Suminagashi, or “floating ink,” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into a vibrant and colorful design. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Create your own unique print and learn more about this art form.

  • Supplies: $10/person

Cast Metal Sand Mold | Aluminum Pour

Create and carve your own design into a bonded sand mold. Then experience pouring metal to create your one-of-a-kind relief sculpture. 

  • Supplies: $60/student

Screenprinting: T-shirts and Bags

Choose from a variety of pre-selected designs to print onto a T-shirt or bag. Personalized designs will need to be created in conjunction with the artist and include the design fee.

  • Supplies: $20/person or $10 if bringing own item to print on
  • Design Fee (if applicable): $40 one-time fee

Art Around Town Tour

Tour the various public artworks around town and learn about the rich and on-going history of the arts in Cook County. Included are works by Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, George Morrison, Hazel Belvo, and Betsy Bowen, among others. 

Bookbinding Studio Tour

Scott Husby has been a conservation bookbinder since the 1970s, and has worked at the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian, and also served as the rare books conservator for Princeton University. Participants will have the chance to visit Scott’s hand bookbindery and learn about his more than 40-year career. Scott will showcase the tools, equipment, and materials used in making hand-bound books as well as an assortment of historical bookbinding models.

Catered Food

The Art Colony can work with your group to organize light refreshments provided by local Grand Marais businesses for an additional $40 fee, including but not limited to your choice of:

  • Wine or Non-alcoholic Drink and Dessert
  • Drink of Choice and World’s Best Donuts (seasonally available)
  • Drink of Choice and Cheese/Cracker/Fruit Tray


Interested groups should contact the Art Colony at to outline a class and possible dates. Once groups commit to a date for their event they will put down a 25% nonrefundable deposit. The remainder of the fee is due 35 days from the class start date, at which time there are no refunds given. Should groups cancel prior to the 35 day timeframe they will receive a 75% refund.