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.

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.

Color Me Mine

416 Crossroads Dr, Rochester, MN // (507) 258-5436

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. The Rochester Art Center is attached to Mayo Civic Center and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the downtown Rochester cityscape, the Zumbro River, and Mayo Memorial Park. Parking is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. 

Rochester Art Center in Rochester, MNExhibit-related activity at Rochester Art Center | AB-PHOTOGRAPHY.US

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.  

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.

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. Ample parking on site.

JOANN Fabric and Craft

5154 E Frontage Rd, Rochester, MN // (507) 289-4205

Are you looking for inspiration on a current project or ready to try something new? JOANN in Rochester MN offers creatives a playground for inspiration or classes to help develop their skills. The team at JOANN offers crocheting, food crafting, kids’ activities, paper crafting, knitting, quilting, sewing classes and many more hands-on classes for various skill levels from beginner to advanced. 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 Class and learn the secrets to professional cookie decorating. Also, receive Julie's 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.

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. Consider attending their Life Drawing class. Life Drawing is self-led and meets regularly on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 9 p.m. 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.

125 Live in Rochester, MNCreate or view art at 125 LIVE | AB-PHOTOGRAPHY.US

Art enthusiasts should also check out 5 Places to See Public Art in Rochester, MN.