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February classes can help you fill your plate

This year is a leap year, meaning an extra day is added in the miniature month of February.

But the shortest month of the year has a full plate of area art classes and educational workshops. Even the last day of the month has a few opportunities to try something new.

Kids ages 8-12 can learn the art of making pizza in an afternoon class Monday Feb. 29 with the new Kids in the Kitchen series.

Students will learn how to make and roll out pizza crust and also make a dessert pizza.

The cooking classes have been popular for students at the middle school-age level for the past few years, says Red Wing Community Education program coordinator Marcia Jensen.

“We thought we would expand the age group for families looking for a fun afternoon of entertainment for their kids on non-school days,” she explained.

In the past, cooking classes were only offered to middle-schoolers and those students helped create each session with their ideas of what they would like to make. Now the classes are expanded for ages 8-12.

“Don’t tell the kids, but they may be learning some math and other life skills in these cooking classes,” Jensen added.

“The response for the classes has been great and there are limited openings remaining the upcoming sessions in February and March,” she said.

March’s class features desserts, including homemade ice cream.

Class cost is $14.

Bob Ross re-energiezed

Back on the class list this month is certified Bob Ross paint instructor Julie Fjetland. After spending last month at the Bob Ross Floral Teacher Certification Training program, she says her experience was awesome and amazing.

“I look forward to putting my new training to use and sharing what I have learned here with anyone interested,” she said. “This is truly a technique anyone can do even if you have no painting experience at all.”

Fjetland will teach wet-on-wet landscape painting techniques with a winter mountain scene. The class happens from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 10 at Red Wing High School.

Lovebirds can even get creative at the “Love is Sweet” canvas painting class offered by ArtReach. Instructors will guide couples with step-by-step instructions on how to create a two-piece canvas artwork. The class happens 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11.

A few other Valentine’s Day related workshops are sprinkled in the mix as well.

For more information on classes or workshops, visit Red Wing Community Education and Recreation at, Crossings at Carnegie at or ArtReach at

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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