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) 258-4268
Grab your friends, spouse, or child(ren) for an evening of painting with step-by-step instructions to reveal your inner artist! Everything you’ll need for an entertaining evening is provided by the staff at Canvas and Chardonnay, including wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverages. Canvas and Chardonnay also offers a variety of other creative classes. Check their calendar for all class information.
Neon Green Studio
121 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN // (507) 951-1331
Located on the second floor of the Castle Community, Neon Green Studio is an art store that invites you to explore your creative side! Browse a selection of art materials, a variety of pre-assembled creative kits for take-and-make projects, and at the “art bar” you can drop in and make an art or craft project using provided materials (using our projects for inspiration, or make anything your heart desires).
Board and Brush
810 N 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 Rochester’s newest creative outlet 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. Call 507-923-0474 for additional information.
Make something truly one-of-a-kind at this paint your own ceramics shop! Color Me Mine has an all-encompassing event calendar to unleash your inner creative genius with their Toddler Tuesdays, Adult Workshops, Pajama Nights, Scout Badge Classes, and more! Spend a couple hours creating individualized masterpieces such as bowls, vases, platters and even jewelry. Just remember that it can take a few days before your finished piece will be ready for pick-up! Ample parking on site.
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 Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN // (507) 282-8629
Check out world-class contemporary art exhibits in a friendly, accessible environment at the Rochester Art Center. Contemporary art showcases innovation and creativity through world-class exhibits and programs. The Rochester Art Center is attached to Mayo Civic Center and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of Downtown Rochester cityscape, the Zumbro River, and Mayo Memorial Park. Parking is free after 5PM weekdays and on weekends.
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. Additionally, the library hosts monthly Make-N-Take events for adults with themes such as calligraphy, paper art, fabric print-making and more! There are several other creative class offerings as well. Click here for a list.
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. Consider attending their Life Drawing class. Life Drawing is self-led and meets regularly on Tuesday evenings from 6PM-9PM with a variety of models. Feel free to bring your own charcoals, watercolors or any other materials you like to work with. Non-member drop-in cost is $10. Feel free to bring your own beer or wine.
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.
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 in addition to Blue Moon Dance Parties from November – March. Ample parking on site.
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. Ample parking on site.
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!