Creative Arts / Ealaíona Chruthaitheach

All courses in the spring quarter will be offered online through Zoom videoconferencing and learning software at the time scheduled. The instructor will email the meeting link to registered students. While it isn’t necessary to have Zoom downloaded on your laptop/computer, it will increase the quality of the video conference if you do. Zoom is easy, fun,  and free to use!

Croal Jackson, family photo

Write Your Family Stories

Family stories help us understand who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going. Strengthening family bonds across generations, they remind us that we will be remembered. Anyone can capture their family stories, and in this class you'll build your family legacy one story at a time. Each week, you'll learn a new story-based project that helps you tell a particular type of family story. Projects include family sayings, life's pivotal moments, character sketches, lessons learned, and more. You'll have plenty of writing time in class to practice these new techniques. All levels of writers welcome! Students should bring a notebook and pen or computer.

3 sessions: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 15, 22.

Class Fee: $60

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to 'Celtic Junction Arts Center' and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Brenda Hudson at brenda@voicedlife.com and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won't know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
Celtic Knot

Celtic and Norse Knotwork for Beginners

This class will explore the historical origins of Celtic and Norse knot patterns, starting in the Neolithic era with maze and labyrinth stone carvings and moving on to later examples of interlacing and zoomorphic knotwork used to adorn cultural objects over millennia. Symbolism and language embodied in knot and spiral patterns will also be discussed. Participants will learn several ways to draw interlacing knots based on a grid pattern, as well as basic construction of Triskelle spirals and an introduction to zoomorphic (animal) elements in knotwork.

Note: Students should try to have graph paper, a straight edge ruler and preferred drawing materials (pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, etc.) If available, a compass/protractor and circle template/french curve tools would also be very useful to have. A PDF workbook will be available at the first class.

4 Sessions: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. April 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Class fee: $80

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to 'Celtic Junction Arts Center' and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Jeanine Malec. at jeaninemalec@gmail.com and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won't know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
Writing Circle

Shelter in Place Writing Circle

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” –Irish proverb

Free online offering. We invite you to explore and share the [virtual] shelter of each other during this time of physical social distancing. Come as you are able to this free weekly online journaling circle with teaching artist and author Brenda Hudson. In each session, Brenda will offer gentle guided writing on different topics for these times. Prompts will be inspired by Irish poets John O’Donohue and Padraig O’Tuama.

  • Week 1: Beannacht (Blessing)
  • Week 2: Hello to “here”
  • Week 3: Dark and light
  • Week 4: Courage for today

4 Sessions: 7 -8:00 p.m. Thursday April 2, 9, 16, 23.

Class fee: Free!

  • Please send an email to the instructor, Brenda Hudson at  brenda@voicedlife.comWithout an email, we won't be able to send you the Zoom meeting link.