13 Places to Get Creative in Rochester MN


photo: Copper and Coal Photography

This post was updated on January 27th, 2021. 

Are you interested in creating or exploring art or dancing, or looking for a new way to express your creativity? Rochester MN has a wide variety of creative outlets available for visitors and residents alike. Our community encourages you to challenge yourself and push your creative boundaries to see what you’re capable of through art exploration. Since creativity comes in many forms, your imagination has the power to take you anywhere. Try one (or all!) of these options and see for yourself. You may even relieve stress while finding a new hidden talent!

Canvas and Chardonnay
317 S Broadway, Rochester, MN // (507) 319-0117
While in studio art sessions are suspended for the time being, you can still get the wonderful Canvas and Chardonnay experience from the comfort of your own home! Canvas and Chardonnay offers a wide variety of take home art kits. You get all the materials needed to create a unique piece of art along with a step by step video demonstration! Check their website for more information.
Neon Green Studio
4 3rd St SW Suite 201, Rochester, MN // (507) 951-1331
Located in The Vault above Nellie’s on 3rd in Downtown, Neon Green Studio is an art store that invites you to explore your creative side! The store is currently open by appointment only, but Neon Green Studio has a large variety of take home art kits readily available to order now. You can even subscribe to a monthly art box!  Check the website for more information to order.
Jessica’s PYOP To-Go
jessicaspottery@gmail.com // (507) 405-0557
Paint your own pottery, on your time, in the comfort of your home!  Jessica provides you with everything you need to create beautiful painted ceramic creations.  Choose what you’d like to paint from her huge collection, pick your glazes, and then pick everything up from her studio in SE Rochester! Once you’ve finished painting, return to Jessica to be fired in her kiln.  She’ll let you know when it’s ready for pick-up!
Board and Brush
810 S Broadway Ave, Suite D, Rochester, MN // (507) 322-0770
Are you looking for a new option for a night out with friends? Are you ready to DIY a fun new project without having to buy all your own supplies and make a mess at your house? Then get ready for  Board and Brush, where you can create your own wood sign in one of their workshops.
Wine and Canvas
Art Entertainment at its finest! Wine and Canvas offers classes with detailed painting instructions from local artists while guests enjoy an adult or non-alcoholic beverage. All supplies are provided and guests leave with their own masterpiece. At this time, classes are on hold. Call 507-923-0474 for additional information.
Willomina Art Studio
608 18th St SW, Rochester, MN // (507) 884-9166
Join Willomina in her art studio where she hosts art classes for people of all ages!  From summer art classes to adult classes, homeschool options, parties, private instruction and more, Willomina truly has something for everyone.  Her whimsical style will leave you smiling and inspired.
Rochester Public Library
101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN // (507) 328-2300
The Rochester Public Library is an incredible resource for our community.  Not only do they provide so many useful services for adults, youth, and children alike, there are so many opportunities for children and adults to create!  Kids can stop by their art room to color, draw, paint, and cut & paste to their hearts delight. Oftentimes, there are special projects that families can attend.  These are posted on their event calendar.  At this time, the Rochester Public Library is closed to the public. They are currently offering drive up options to check out books.
125 LIVE
125 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester, MN // (507) 287-1404
125 LIVE is a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to focus on the diverse needs of individuals 50+ in Rochester MN while also providing wonderful all-age community opportunities. Registration is required to attend classes and events at 125 LIVE, but there are several creative groups you could attend. For example, woodcarvers, quilters, and knitters all have weekly/monthly gatherings. Check their calendar for in person and virtual offerings.
Riverwood Studio
1190 Riverwood Dr. SW, Oronoco, MN // (507) 216-2399
Jill at Riverwood Studio offers youth art classes, drama classes, summer camps, adult and family classes and more!  She also has a special monthly adult art classes calendar.  Jill’s passion is for helping people of all ages build skills and broaden artistic experiences in a relaxed, cozy, collaborative environment. Currently, Jill is offering most classes virtually. She also has wonderful take home art kits to create at home!
Blue Moon Ballroom
2030 US-14, Rochester, MN // (507) 288-0556
Learn to dance and change your life! Blue Moon Ballroom offers private lessons for couples or singles. At this time, there are no public dance events taking place.
Dahl Dance
2625 Hwy 14 West Suite E, Rochester, MN // (507) 252-1848
Learn to Social Dance! Dancing is a creative and fun way to stay fit and healthy. At Dahl Dance, you will learn a new skill and make some great friends along the way! There are a variety of classes, private lessons, and even wedding couple options to choose from.
Julie’s Cookie Creations
Julie’s Cookie Creations specializes in custom decorated sugar cookies with royal icing. Take a Beginner Cookie Decorating Classes and learn the secrets to professional cookie decorating and receive her personal recipes! The best part is you get to decorate six cookies to take home and enjoy. Message Julie’s Cookie Creations on Facebook for upcoming class schedules!
Sweet House Bakery
Sweet House Bakery is a delicious bakery offering baked goods at several locations around the Rochester Area. They also do themed cake decorating classes. Check their Facebook page for more information regarding upcoming cake decorating classes.
This post was originally published September 2018.