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Art Academy

Art Academy is for highly motivated and talented students in 2nd through 12th grade. It was formed in 1987 by longtime Art Center Director Diana Hedges with Margaret Gust as coordinator of the programming.

The goal of Art Academy is to provide a balance in two areas: art making from observation and recollection and art making through creative expression. It is also the goal of Art Academy to encourage communication among students, parents and instructors.Art Academy provides a supportive environment with individualized guidance from instructors who are also working artists. Students with a focused attitude are offered additional art experiences not necessarily taught in schools.


Interested Students

Prospective students cannot just register for this program like other classes. Admittance to this program is by application only and informal interviews are scheduled when openings arise. After reviewing the applications, students are asked to bring in portfolios and brief resumes to be reviewed by Art Academy instructors. We usually have quite a waiting list for Art Academy and always encourage prospective students to take other classes while waiting.



Art Academy runs throughout the academic school year and meets weekly. Art Academy provides excellent lessons primarily in drawing, painting and ceramics, building on what students have already learned in other settings. It is also recommended that Art Academy students attend special art classes offered during the summer months.


About Our Instructors

Elizabeth Franklin, who holds a degree from the College of St. Catherine, teaches art to youth in the Edina Art Center Art Academy. She enjoys helping students to express their ideas through art and enjoys seeing the unique, creative ways students apply artistic concepts. Elizabeth has studied with many talented local instructors and recently completed her studies in the Edina Art Center School of Realism program. Elizabeth teaches 6th- to 10th-Grade Art Academy Tuesdays, at the Edina Art Center.

Michael J. Frey is an award-winning portrait artist who has taught adults and teenagers at the Edina Art Center since 1998. Michael was born in Montana and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where he received a bachelor of arts in Biology from the University of Colorado. Relocating to Minneapolis in 1981, he trained as a classical realist painter at The Atelier in Minneapolis from 1995-1999. "While I love art, my passion is teaching. The heady mix of angst, creativity and hormones makes teaching middle and high school students an unbelievably stimulating and rewarding experience."

Denise Willey Johnson is a local artist who specializes in figurative sculpture and wheel-thrown pottery. For the past 17 years, she has taught wheel throwing, sculpture and general art classes to students age 3 to 83 at Minnesota public schools and art centers, including eight years of teaching classes at the Edina Art Center. Denise makes “everyday” pots, smoke-fired vessels and colorful raku sculptures that are prized for their craftsmanship and individuality. Her figurative sculptures of birds and humans use physical form to explore inner character and emotion. She enjoys helping students develop their technical skills and achieve their artistic goals.

Carol Clay, is a realistic painter who teaches drawing and painting at the Edina Art Center. She works primarily in oil and watercolor and enjoys painting in floral, still life and en plein air. She has been painting since taking the leap and signing up for her first class in 2002. Her work has been featured in Twin Cities’ juried shows and she sells her work both in Edina and Lanesboro, Minnesota, and online. Give her a brush and some paint and watch time fly!

Adama Sow, is a Senegalese artist who teaches many of our ceramics classes for adults and children including ‘French Immersion Clay on the Wheel’ classes. He is inspired from travelling Europe, Turkey, America and nations in the Indian Ocean. He obtained a diploma in ceramics in Senegal and exhibited at the historic museum of Goree in Dakar. Within a year, he began teaching adults and youth his ceramic techniques. With the intention to further his education he attended the FUH School of Ceramics in Hor-Grenzhausen in Germany. His artwork has been exhibited in Senegal, Germany, France and the United States. He has been teaching at Edina Art Center for about 13 years.


For additional information, please contact Edina Art Center at 952-903-5780. 


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Edina Art Center

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4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
952-903-5781 (fax)

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